As I listened to this album today I was marvelling at how great the band sounded, and i was wondering how Springsteen got such a great group of players together in the E Street Band. Then I checked to see who played on it. It turns out only Clarence Clemens played on this record from what we would later know as the E Street band. Wow! Springsteen is listed as the only guitar player. Wow. I had a notion he was a pretty good guitar player, but he sounds great on this album.
Nobody writes a dramatic rock anthem like Springsteen. For my money his best song is on this album. Rosalita. I love it. It can make you dance fast, or slow. It can make you happy, and sad. It has in your face musical moments, and subtle things you can hear on your 100 th listen. I can never tire of this song.
I think that incident on 57th Street, and Rosalita are Springsteen's best one, two punch on any of his albums. I actually like side two better than side one. That doesn't happen often.
Springsteen is a great story teller on this album as usual. The album is fun. This music is uplifting. It would be a great album to put on and drive.
I give this album 4 stars out of 5