The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle
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|The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle|
|Studio album by Bruce Springsteen|
|Released||September 11, 1973|
|Recorded||May - September 1973
914 Sound Studios, Blauvelt, New York
|Genre||Heartland rock, Jersey Shore sound, folk rock|
|Producer||Mike Appel, Jim Cretecos|
|Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band chronology|
|Singles from The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle|
The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle is the second album by Bruce Springsteen and the as-yet-unnamed E Street Band, and is described by Allmusic as "one of the greatest albums in the history of rock & roll." It was released in 1973. The album includes the song "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)", the band's most-used set-closing song for the first 10 years of its career.
As with Springsteen's first album, it was well-received critically but had little commercial success at the time. However, once Springsteen achieved popularity with Born to Run, several selections from this album became popular FM radio airplay and concert favorites.
In 2003, the album was ranked number 132 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. On November 7, 2009, Springsteen and the E Street Band played the album in its entirety for the first time ever in a concert at Madison Square Garden.
The E Street Band is known to have taken its name from David Sancious' home in Belmar, New Jersey. The back photo on the album has the six band members standing in a doorway. The picture was of an antique store on Sairs Ave in the West End section of Long Branch, New Jersey. The building was down the street from West End Elementary School, and for years was Tommy Reeds bicycle repair shop and penny candy store; it has since been demolished and its former location is occupied by a parking lot.
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When released, the album was greeted with critical acclaim and has been referred to in The Rolling Stone Album Guide as Springsteen's "first triumph" but sales were slow. Allmusic rated the album with 5 stars pointing to the second side of the album as a "flawless piece of music" and of the album as a whole as "one of the greatest albums in the history of rock & roll". Ken Emerson with Rolling Stone noted that even with an "occasional weak spot or an awkward transition" the album "works spectacularly". Robert Christgau rated it an A- and called the music "a funky, vivacious rock and roll that's too eager and zany ever to be labeled tight..." Sputnikmusic gave it a 4.5 star rating and described it as "a grand fusion of nostalgic Rock 'n' Roll and soulful R&B".
All tracks composed by Bruce Springsteen.
- Side one
- "The E Street Shuffle" – 4:31
- "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" – 5:36
- "Kitty's Back" – 7:09
- "Wild Billy's Circus Story" – 4:47
- Side two
- "Incident on 57th Street" – 7:45
- "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" – 7:04
- "New York City Serenade" – 9:55
The E Street Band
- Bruce Springsteen – guitars, harmonica, mandolin, recorder, maracas, lead vocals
- Clarence "Nick" Clemons – saxophones, backing vocals
- David L. Sancious – piano, organ (including solo on "Kitty's Back"), electric piano, clavinet, soprano saxophone on "The E Street Shuffle", backing vocals, string arrangement on "New York City Serenade"
- Danny Federici – accordion, backing vocals, 2nd piano on "Incident on 57th Street" & organ on "Kitty's Back"
- Garry Tallent – bass, tuba, backing vocals
- Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez – drums, backing vocals, cornet on "The E Street Shuffle"
- Richard Blackwell – conga, percussion
- Albany "Al" Tellone – baritone saxophone on "The E Street Shuffle"
- Suki Lahav - choir vocals on "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" and "Incident on 57th Street" (uncredited)
- Mike Appel & Jim Cretecos - record producers (for Laurel Canyon Ltd.)
- Louis Lahav – engineer
- Teresa Alfieri & John Berg – design
- David Gahr – photography
Notes and references
- Ruhlmann, William. The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle at AllMusic. Retrieved 17 October 2005.
- Levy, Joe; Steven Van Zandt (2006) . "132 | The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle - Bruce Springsteen". Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (3rd ed.). London: Turnaround. ISBN 1-932958-61-4. OCLC 70672814. Retrieved 14 April 2006.
- "Bruce Springsteen to perform entire albums at Madison Square Garden shows". nj.com. 3 November 2009. Retrieved 11 April 2012.
- Goldstein, Stan (15 May 2009). "Bruce Springsteen Rocked Here". nj.com. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
- "E Street should lead directly to the Rock Hall of Fame". Goldmine. 19 May 2011. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
- Kot, Greg (August 23, 1992). "The Recorded History of Springsteen". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
- Christgau, Robert. "Bruce Springsteen: The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle > Consumer Guide Album". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2 December 2005.
- Emerson, Ken (January 30, 1974). "Bruce Springsteen The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle > Album Review". Rolling Stone (153). Retrieved 20 March 2004.
- Sheffield, Rob (2004). "Bruce Springsteen". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. London: Fireside. pp. 771–773. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. Portions posted at "Bruce Springsteen > Album Guide". rollingstone.com. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
- Scaruffi, Piero (1999). "Bruce Springsteen". pieroscaruffi.com. Retrieved September 10, 2013.
- Thomas, Adam (March 4, 2009). "Bruce Springsteen The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle > Staff Review". sputnikmusic. Retrieved 6 March 2011.