Bruce Springsteen is a force to be reckoned with.
I have to be honest, I didn’t realize how many great (and popular) albums the Boss had released until looking back at his career for this blog entry. Born in the USA, released on this date in 1984, was his fifth of eight straight albums to reach the top ten on the Billboard 200 chart. It was his second of nine #1 albums. It remains one of the best-selling albums in history, certified 15x Platinum in the US. The title track is a sing-along pop anthem that will never go away.
Of the twelve songs on the album, seven made it to the top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. At the time, only Michael Jackson’s Thriller record could make the same claim; since then, Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 and Drake’s Scorpion have joined that list.
Manhattan Records, 2009
Named “Album of the Year” in 2010 by the Americana Music Association, The List is a collection of songs suggested to Rosanne Cash by her late father, legendary country music singer Johnny Cash. Ms. Cash recruits a few high-profile guests to appear on her album, including Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello. Despite their contributions, the album falls far short of my expectations for an album with the “Cash” name on it.
The record did very well on the Billboard charts, and was praised by music critics far and wide upon its release, but I have difficulty finding much worthwhile here. The best recording is certainly “Sea of Heartbreak,” but more for Springsteen’s voice than anything else. I was looking forward to Ms. Cash’s take on Bob Dylan’s “Girl from the North Country,” a song that I have loved since I heard first heard Dylan’s duet with Johnny Cash, but I struggled getting through it.
Despite the accolades and awards, I cannot recommend The List. As they say, you cannot please all the people all the time. However, if you are interested in hearing it for yourself, the purchase link has been provided below.
1. Miss the Mississippi and You
2. Motherless Children
3. Sea of Heartbreak (feat. Bruce Springsteen)
4. Take These Chains from My Heart
5. I’m Movin’ On
6. Heartaches by the Number (feat. Elvis Costello)
7. 500 Miles
8. Long Black Veil (feat. Jeff Tweedy)
9. She’s Got You
10. Girl from the North Country
11. Silver Wings (feat. Rufus Wainwright)
12. Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow