ACROSS THE BORDER
Where the banned are
Released 41 years ago today. It's aged nicely.
While I really enjoyed the River album, I've got to admit I had a hard time absorbing it all at first, and the value of some of the songs eluded me. The thing that made me appreciate The River fully was the release of Nebraska. That album blew me away from the get-go, and suddenly the whole River album kicked in for me. The atmosphere, the lyrics. I can't really articulate why it worked this way for me, but I associate Nebraska with The River just as much as I associate it with BItUSA.
Didn't Bruce say writing the song The River led directly to his writing Nebraska?
Top 5 for me. It’s also the first album that I had to get on first day of release.
I had become a fan over the prior year or so. The radio replays of 78 shows on New York’s WNEW hooked me. The River cemented my devotion going forward.
I vividly remember getting out of school, running to the big department store next to my high school and getting that fresh vinyl right out of the box. Then the bus ride home to the turntable. …then cranking it up!
It was probably nudged out of my top 5 by WS, but it has a very special place in my heart and the tour - nothing will ever top that.
Feel the same way about the tour. 2 of the greatest nights of my life and yes I have shared that with the significant other!
Around place 8,9, I guess for me. Some great songs on the double album, some sadly underrated (Point Blank, Jackson Cage...) The original tour was magnificent, and this is the only album that got a reunion tour, with the unprecedented approach of playing the album in its entirety night after night. Well, in some parts of the world....
I'm an accountant, and that's why these facts probably seem worth mentioning.😋
The River 2016 Tour was the top grossing worldwide tour of 2016 pulling in $268.3 million globally and was the highest-grossing tour since 2014 for any artist topping Taylor Swift's 2015 tour which grossed $250.1 million. Springsteen and the E Street Band also hold the biggest Boxscore for 2016, with the May 27 and 29 shows at Dublin's Croke Park taking in $19,228,100 from 160,188 attendance for two sellout shows.
Arguably, album wise it is the best one stop shop to get a taste of everything Bruce is great at. Which, I suppose, is understandable given it is a double album and Bruce himself states the aim was to cover the joyous party music alongside the more serious and sombre material.
On the other hand, whenever a discussion starts up amongst fans speculating how you would 'improve' a Bruce album by swapping in out-takes, a majority of the conversation appears to centre on rebuilding The River album from the wealth of material he had at the time.
In all my efforts, I don't think I've ever come up with an alternative that topped Buce's sequence. I still think some of the outtakes are among the best songs from those sessions, but, for instance, I can't fit the magnificent Roulette properly into the album no matter where I put it.
He could have released a triple album rather than a double, though, without losing any of its integrity.