The sudden rush of sharp, insightful comments on yesterday's Springsteen post heavily favoured Nebraska as one of his greatest accomplishments. This surprised me. It always felt odd that Nebraska was the only Springsteen album I own. I'm usually the guy who likes the rockers on an album and is tempted to skip the ballads but with Springsteen it's the opposite. For instance, when Lucky Town came out, "If I Should Fall Behind" was the track that stuck with me most. While I respect almost everything in the man's oeuvre, it's those songs where the drama isn't turned up to eleven that I return to the most.
Nebraska stripped away most of the soul and R&B fripperies Springsteen had grown famous for and substituted a whisper. Which leaves me a bit curious whether the fans who relate to that Springsteen view Nebraska as an aberration or an apex.
Certainly the number of lavish bootlegs of this era do prove that Springsteen aficionados are anything but indifferent to this aspect of the man.
The How Nebraska Was Born bootleg includes just about every song from this era (including multiple alternate takes), a lavish booklet and a seemingly endless supply of album covers. There's much to love here but as Bruce says, "Love is a dangerous thing".
How Nebraska Was Born (Two CD Set with booklet) is in the comments.
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Vilstef added this link to the section of Dave Marsh's Glory Days that covers Nebraska.
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