October 15, 2003

1975: Bruce Springsteen, "Thunder Road."

Much ink has already been spilled about the grandeur of Bruce Springsteen's "Thunder Road" -- salvation, transcendence, the open road (or as Prefab Sprout once put it, "cars and girls") -- so I won't bother justifying why it's on my list. Suffice it to say that I've listened to it more times than I can count. And I'm not embarrassed to admit that it makes me a little misty-eyed every single time.

The version I'm including here [update: it's offline] isn't the one on Born to Run, which I've always found slightly disappointing. (He sings "Well I've got this guitar and I've learned how to make it talk" and plays a weak little riff.) This hushed, piano-and-harmonica version (from 1978, I believe) starts off the Live 1975-85 box set, and it is beautiful beyond belief. There's magic in the night indeed.

Posted by the wily filipino at October 15, 2003 08:12 AM


blank page lumalabas if i click on your link to the mp3. hmmmmmm.........

Posted by: Dyno on October 15, 2003 03:14 PM

Try this:

PC: right click then Save Target As
Mac: Ctrl click then Download Link to Disk

Posted by: Happy on October 16, 2003 07:53 AM
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