Born to Run

~ Release group by Bruce Springsteen

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Born to Run 12" Vinyl 8 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) 80959
Born to Run 12" Vinyl 8 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) PC 33795 [none]
Born to Run 12" Vinyl 8 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) PC 33795 [none]
Born to Run 12" Vinyl 8 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) S 69170 [none]
Born to Run 12" Vinyl 8 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) JC 33795 074643379519
Born to Run CD 8 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) CK 33795 07464337952
Born to Run CD 8 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) CD 80959 5099708095925
Born to Run MiniDisc 8 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) CM 33795 074643379588
Born to Run CD 8 Legacy (Legacy Recordings) 480416 2 5099748041623
Born to Run CD 8 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), Legacy (Legacy Recordings), MasterSound CK 64406 074646440629
Born to Run CD 8 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), Legacy (Legacy Recordings) CK 52859 074645285924
Born to Run CD 8 SME Records (Japanese imprint - not equivalent to "Sony Music Entertainment") SRCS 8983 4988009898391
Born to Run CD 8 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) COL 511301 2 5099751130123
Born to Run CD 8 Sony Records International (Japanese TEXTLESS walking eye imprint) MHCP-723 4571191052193
Born to Run (Remastered, Vinyl Replica) CD 8 Sony BMG Music Entertainment (Aug 5, 2004 - Oct 1, 2008; do not use if a specific sub-label is available) 88697287422 8869728742270
Born To Run: 30th Anniversary Edition 2×DVD-Video + CD 16 + 14 + 8 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) 82796 94175 2 827969417522
Born to Run (30th anniversary edition) CD 8 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) 8287675589 2 828767558929
Born to Run (30th anniversary edition) Digital Media 8 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) 884977157031
Born to Run (30th anniversary edition) CD 8 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) 82876755892-3 [none]
Born to Run (30th anniversary edition) Digital Media 8 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) 886444977241
Born to Run (US, Record Store Day 2015 release) 12" Vinyl 8 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) PC 33795 888750142412
Born to Run CD 8 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) 88875098752 888750987525
Born to Run CD 8 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia), Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) CK-33795 0612133379502
Born to Run CD 8 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) CDCBS 80959 [none]
Born to Run CD 8 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) CD 80959 5099708095925
Born to Run (BMG Direct club version) CD 8 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) CK 33795 [none]
Born to Run CD 8 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia), Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) CK 33795 074643379526
Born to Run (made in Japan) CD 8 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) CK 33795 074643379526

Relationships

performed at: 1976-03-28: Cameron Indoor Stadium, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA (1976-03-28)
1976-04-04: MSU Auditorium, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA (1976-04-04)
2008-05-07: Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ, USA (2008-05-07) (benefit concert in aid of renovations for the venue)
2009-09-20: United Center, Chicago, IL, USA (2009-09-20)
2009-09-30: Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ, USA (2009-09-30)
2009-10-08: Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ, USA (2009-10-08)
2009-10-13: Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA, USA (2009-10-13)
2009-10-19: Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA, USA (2009-10-19)
2009-10-25: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO, USA (2009-10-25)
2009-11-02: Verizon Center, Washington, DC, USA (2009-11-02)
2009-11-03: Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC, USA (2009-11-03)
2009-11-10: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH, USA (2009-11-10)
2009-11-13: The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI, USA (2009-11-13)
2009-11-15: Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI, USA (2009-11-15)
2009-11-18: Sommet Center, Nashville, TN, USA (2009-11-18)
2009-11-20: 1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore, MD, USA (2009-11-20)
2013-05-03: Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden (2013-05-03)
2013-05-14: Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark (2013-05-14)
2013-05-31: Stadio Euganeo, Padua, Italy (2013-05-31)
2013-06-20: Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England, UK (2013-06-20)
2013-07-16: Thomond Park, Limerick, Ireland (2013-07-16)
2013-07-28: Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, Ireland (2013-07-28)
2014-02-16: AAMI Park, Melbourne, Australia (2014-02-16)
2014-03-02: Mt. Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand (2014-03-02)
associated singles/EPs: Born to Run
Tenth Avenue Freeze‐Out
included in: The Album Collection, Vol. 1
part of: Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 18)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000650803 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/26725 [info]
Wikidata: Q752366 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Born to Run [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/bruce_springsteen/born_to_run/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/gmjw [info]

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Born To Run's eight songs run to less than 40 minutes in length, but comprise a whole as satisfying as a portion of exquisitely rich chocolate cake. It seems Springsteen truly went for broke in 1975 after his first two albums had been critically well-received but less so commercially. Music critic Jon Landau became his producer and joined Bruce with his E-Street band in the studio to make what remains a classic, honest musical expression of hope, dreams and survival.

The colossal wall of sound production would make Phil Spector proud. Clarence Clemons' triumphant yet bittersweet saxophone wailing and Roy Bittan's nagging piano riffs augment the tough Telecaster guitar sound, while chiming glockenspiel and Max Weinberg's drumming cement the heady mix.

Lyrically, it's a dramatic collection of blue-collar tales of love and making ends meet that could only come from New Jersey's favourite son. He clearly took a few ideas from storytellers like Van Morrison and Bob Dylan but also forged his own uplifting style. In ''Meeting Across The River'', a street tale Lou Reed would be proud of, listeners can ponder on a great deluded hustler's line: 'That two grand's practically sitting here in my pocket.' ''Thunder Road'' meanwhile, is almost effortlessly cinematic. In two lines there's imagery more striking than most songwriters can manage on a whole album: 'In the skeleton frames of burned-out Chevrolets… Your graduation gown lies in rags at their feet.' On the excellent title track familiar BS motifs are returned to, particularly running away and the allure of fast cars, 'Chrome-wheeled, fuel-injected and stepping out over the line…We gotta get out while we're young.' Few tunesmiths can make a bad situation sound so good.

Like Ry Cooder, over a lengthy career the working-class NJ hero has proved himself to be a remarkably versatile operator. He's taken on rootsy American folk material, written about 9/11 and, of course, had gargantuan commercial success with Born In The USA. Contemporary bands are never slow in praising him and his influence is still keenly felt. In songwriting terms alone Arcade Fire, REM and Mercury Rev have all clearly borrowed his ideas down the years and it's unlikely they'll be the last.