Springsteen - Western Stars

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Ron R, Jun 14, 2019.

  1. Ron R

    Ron R Friend of Leo's

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    Just came out today - yes, I grabbed it, even though the hype was putting me off a bit. Pretty subdued album overall, but a LOT of tasty stuff on there.
    Favorites on first listen are the title cut, The Wayfarer, Sleepy Joe's Cafe, Hello Sunshine, Moonlight Motel, Sundown, and Chasin' Wild Horses.
    All in all, a damn fine album with sometimes lush orchestration, but not a lot of the bombast and no real fist pumping moments.
     
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    I plan to pick it up at some point as well, but the reviews make it sound to me like a lot of modern Clapton albums....good stuff, but nothing that really moves the needle. I have always found a modern Clapton album to be the perfect album for late night driving through a major city in the rain. It always has that same vibe to me, but it just never inspires me to listen otherwise. With Bruce, I have been a fan years before his break out hits as my Uncle introduced me to his music. I have been to several concerts as early as '85 and really happy to hear that he will be touring in the US again soon.

    That all said, I don't have high expectations for the new album, but will always listen to the Boss.
     
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    For what it's worth, I've found it more engaging than say, Devils and Dust. Or even most of The Rising.
     
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    Good description. Sadly it’s more background/reading music, good music there but mellow.
    I know we are all getting old but sometimes I miss the hunger they had when they were young.
     
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    There is a new record in the works with the E Street band ...
     
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    Listened to it a couple of times, admire it, impressed by it, sounds age appropriate to me - the man is 70 after all. But I’ll probably never listen to it again. Just isn’t my thing. I rarely listen to any Bruce these days other than the Wild, the Innocent, and the E-Street Shuffle (my all time favorite) and sometimes Born to Run, basically his second and third albums. And when I’m in the mood for mellow depressing Bruce (which I’ve been in too damn much since the end of 2016), I’ll pull out the Ghost of Tom Joad. He had a lot of great stuff but that’s my cream of the crop. I’m like that these days - for the Stones, I’m down to Exile and Let it Bleed, with Neil Tonight’s the Night and Zuma, the Dead it’s any show from 72-74, etc.
     
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    I love it!
     
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    Great songs and stories. One of his best in my humble opinion.
     
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    "Tunnel of Love" is one of my favorites. How do you think the new one compares?
     
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    Strong song wise? I think you’re absolutely correct. Definitely one of his best records.

    I myself would love to supervise a remastering of that record and see how much 80s we could remove...:lol::lol::lol:

    The more years in between Hearing a lot of his music it’s striking how awful so much of it sounds production wise. Which doesn’t matter when the music is crap but when the music is good you just think “wow , those gigantic gated reverb drums just ruined that song !”
     
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    I found myself thinking "this would have fit on Tunnel of Love" several times during my first listen.
     
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    Oh god yes, even if we could 70's it the sound would be so much better!

    Interesting way to look at it. I need to give it a listen soon.

    Looking forward to another E Street Record too.
     
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    That is a strong endorsement
     
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    I’ve gone through periods of being really inspired by Springsteen. I played Born To Run a LOT as a teenager, which was about 15 years after its release.

    But his music just doesn’t touch me like it used to. Not sure why. I’m talking ANY of his music. Old, new, whatever.

    I’ve always found Springsteen and Petty to be kind of in the same vein, and Petty still does the trick for me, so I just don’t know.
     
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    I would love to remaster pretty much all of the 80s.

    Actually, for most 80s music, I'd just wipe the tapes.
     
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    Completely agree about the production. I don’t know if it’s a function of them emailing parts to each other or Bruce losing parts of his hearing, but I hate the sound of his records since The Rising.
     
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    Just beautiful. Here's to the cowboy....

     
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