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Bruce Springsteen, The River, and the Outtakes
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The writers of this blog are not music critics, and they don't consider a second (or third, fourth or fifth) mortgage to be a perfectly reasonable course of action to pay for front-row tickets, but despite being a whole lot more middle aged than ...
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The writers of this blog are not music critics, and they don't consider a second (or third, fourth or fifth) mortgage to be a perfectly reasonable course of action to pay for front-row tickets, but despite being a whole lot more middle aged than they were when they first put \x34Born in the U.S.A.\x34 or \x34The River\x34 down on the turntable, still feels like Bruce has something -- OK, a lot of things -- to say about our country and the way we live our lives, things that not a lot of other artists are saying. And whether he's talking about the knife that can cut this pain from your heart, the house that's waiting for you to walk in or what that flag flying over the courthouse means, he's nailing down feelings that are so universal that they can raise your spirits and break your heart at the same time. Plus, let¹s face it, the man rocks.
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By Leann Pomaville
Oct. 18, 2013 12:01 a.m.



The River



Thirty-three years ago today, Bruce Springsteen’s fifth studio album, The River, was released. The album was life changing for many people, me included. According to Bruce Springsteen on November 8, 2009 at Madison Square Garden:



The River was a record that was sort of the gateway to a lot of my future writing. It was a record we made after Darkness on the Edge of Town. It was a record made during a recession – hard times in the States. Its title song is a song I wrote for my brother-in-law and sister. My brother-in-law was in the construction industry, lost his job and had to struggle very hard back in the late 70s, like so many people are doing today. It was a record where I first started to tackle men and women and families and marriage. There were certain songs on it that led to complete records later on: “The River” sort of went to the writing on Nebraska, “Stolen Car” went to the writing on Tunnel of Love. Originally it was a single record. I handed it in with just one record and I took it back because I didn’t feel it was big enough. I wanted to capture the themes I had been writing about on Darkness. I wanted to keep those characters with me and at the same time added music that made our live shows so much fun and joy for our audience. So in the end, we’re gonna take you down to The River tonight.


What if  The River had been a different album, what if some of the outtakes we know exist had been included? What would you have added to The River? Listen to and watch some of our favorite outtakes and let us know what you think!









In The City Tonight



Chain Lightning



Oh Angelyne







Down In Whitetown



Find It Where You Can



Night Fire



Cindy



White Lies



Rock Version of Point Blank



Rockabilly Version of You Can Look But You’d Better Not Touch



Be True



Mary Lou



Chevrolet Deluxe



Protection



Held Up Without A Gun



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