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Bruce Springsteen: Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.

Bruce Springsteen: Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.

Mobile Fidelity  UDSACD 2264

Stereo Hybrid

Pop/Rock


Bruce Springsteen


SOURCED FROM THE ORIGINAL ANALOG MASTER TAPES: HYBRID SACD PLAYS WITH AUDIOPHILE SOUND

Teeming with identifiable characters, youthful romanticism, vivid narratives, and sophisticated arrangements, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. is a personal postcard from the heart, soul, and mind of a rock 'n' roll lifer bent on discovering his world and what lays beyond it. The 1973 album establishes many of the signature themes and sounds Bruce Springsteen would embrace throughout his unparalleled career. No wonder a majority of the songs – "Blinded by the Light," "Lost in the Flood," "Spirit in the Night" included – remain staples of the New Jersey native's fabled concerts.

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Comment by Downunderman - January 15, 2024 (1 of 1)

This SACD was released late 2023 and was mastered by Shawn R. Britton.

I have never been particularly enamored of the sound of this recording. Finding it largely dry, distant and a little thin sounding. Being too cleanly produced having the effect of robbing the album of much of its potential emotional power.

The SACD remaster has stayed true to the master tape in this regard but does benefit now from increased clarity and detail. The sound of Springsteen's voice in particular is much improved.

Artistically though the album overall remains somewhat stilted (lyrically and musically) and spotty. For mine, a goodish debut which supports the historical case for the record label's role in spotting and nurturing talent.

Hopefully this reissue is an initial toe in the water by Springsteen himself and, if he likes the result, a sign of things to come.