Bruce Springsteen
Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.



by Rawmeeth38 USER (12 Reviews)
May 7th, 2015 | 9 replies

Release Date: 1973 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not just your average debut album

Bruce Springsteen – Greetings from Asbury Park

In July 1972, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band recorded their debut album, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. At this point in time, Bruce was 22 years old and straight out of college. He was ready to begin writing and start his career in the music industry. Of course today he is known for classics like “Born to Run” and “Darkness on the Edge of Town” but, it is his first couple albums that are most overlooked. Many see Greetings as just a debut album, however, I can guarantee that it is much more than just that.

Greetings is a delve into the mind of a creative young man full of potential and confidence. Bruce showcases his phenomenal song writing ability throughout the album. One thing that is easy to notice is how specific and clever his lyrical ability can be at times. Most lyrics revolve around his childhood and growing up in New Jersey. This is why it is one of my favorite albums of his. He didn’t have a lot to write about at the time as he was very young and had not been through a lot. But he still manages to create amazing stories.

On the opener, “Blinded by the Light” it seems as if he is talking about nonsense stating, “Madman drummers – and Indians in the summer with a teenage diplomat” when really he is referencing Vini Lopez, his recreational baseball team, the Indians, and himself being the teenage diplomat. Most of the songs on this album are fun and have great summer time lyrics. On the other hand you will reach songs like “Lost in the Flood” (the best song on the album) which is very serious and contains some of his greatest writing to date.

There are imperfections on this album, but I think that makes it what it truly is. A young songwriter taking his first steps into the industry. The energy he has throughout lets you look past the lack luster production as he takes your breath away with genius lyrics again and again, just as he does on Born to Run. The talent is all there, it just hasn’t taken its full form yet. Bruce’s debut album is not just a beginning, it is a triumph by a true artist looking to be taken seriously. Greetings is a key album in Bruce’s discography that cannot be overlooked. It is a perfect start to his long career and has very memorable songs.

Best Tracks:
Lost in the Flood, For You, It’s Hard to be a Saint in the City


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May 7th 2015


Album Rating: 5.0

The best Bruce, do not understand why people knock it, One of the best debuts ever

May 7th 2015


Blinded by the light is an earth wind and fire cover.

[edit]: i've made a terrible mistake. I was wrong about this. My bad.

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May 7th 2015


spirit in the night is so good

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May 7th 2015


Album Rating: 4.5

This album is awesome, my favourite is still the sophomore, but this is a hell of a debut. Good review also, pos

May 8th 2015


Album Rating: 5.0

Blinded by the light was covered by manfred mann's earth band, bruce wrote it, and yes the sophomore release is very cool as well, very jazzy

May 8th 2015


Album Rating: 4.5

Nice review; this is one of the greatest debuts agreed.

May 8th 2015


Album Rating: 2.5

not a fan of brucey

May 9th 2015


Album Rating: 4.0

nooo ):

December 28th 2017


Album Rating: 5.0

this is vastly underrated, you see why there were so many Dylan comparisons, Lost in the flood could be his coolest song ever, which is saying something

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