2 things got me thinking - 1.) This particular comment Bruce had about Pettyafter he passed (among many very nice/loving things he said about him) : "Tom was a great classicist. He followed those forms pretty religiously. I veered slightly away from some of those things, into other things. But what was charming and exciting about the Heartbreakers was their formalism. It was kind of like the great bands of the Sixties, like the Beatles. It was a guitar band, something I envied very much. Because when we tried to push the guitars [in the E Street Band], it never quite worked for us. But they were a real guitar band. And the music was beautifully written, beautifully constructed. He had an ear to the classics. But Tom's attitude and personality, his own vision, gave it a modern edge." 2.) I've always wondered why , though I like a ton of Bruce, very little of it is the meat and potatoes saxophone*/glockenspiel/Billy/Davey/Sandy/Janey/boardwalk stuff. And I'd see filmed concerts of Bruce and as well as Youtube clips and always wonder - "Why is the guitar so buried in the mix ?" I've kinda realized that I don't like the musical settings and mix of a lot of Bruce's classic songs and the reason I'd give is that it "was too East Coast". (When I was younger/dumber (if that's possible) I'd always say "Bruce is too Sha Na Na ! Oh, and let's get more beer !") Is there an East Coast rock sound ? Is it just Southside Johnny and Bruce ? Am I imagining the whole thing ? *Saxophone ? Nothing against Clarence , I hate it in Seger's tunes as well.