Bruce Springsteen ‎– The River

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The Ties That Bind 3:33
Sherry Darling 4:02
Jackson Cage 3:04
Two Hearts 2:42
Independence Day 4:46
Hungry Heart 3:19
Out In The Street 4:17
Crush On You 3:10
You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch) 2:36
I Wanna Marry You 3:26
The River 4:59
Point Blank 6:05
Cadillac Ranch 3:02
I'm A Rocker 3:34
Fade Away 4:40
Stolen Car 3:53
Ramrod 4:04
The Price You Pay 5:27
Drive All Night 8:26
Wreck On The Highway 3:53

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PC2 36854 Bruce Springsteen The River(2xLP, Album, Ter) Columbia PC2 36854 US 1980 Sell This Version
LP2S 103 Bruce Springsteen El Rio(2xLP, Album, Gat) CBS LP2S 103 Mexico 1980 Sell This Version
CBS 40-88510 Bruce Springsteen The River(2xCass, Album) CBS CBS 40-88510 Greece 1980 Sell This Version
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C2K 36854 Bruce Springsteen The River(2xCD, Album, RE) Columbia C2K 36854 US 1985 Sell This Version
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Amjac

Amjac

September 13, 2019
referencing The River, 2xLP, Album, CBS 88510, S CBS 84622, S CBS 84623
Based on what i'd personally grade a Physical Media - VG and Sleeve - Good copy.

The discs are not thin which is very nice and delivers good depth of sound. The stereo mixing and soundstage is impressive. The drums and piano are fantastically mixed.

My copy has some crackling, however some moments are completely silent, I imagine this is down to the condition of my copy, so if you find a better kept copy you should be onto a VERY good sounding pressing.

The inners are not poly-lined so you'll want to fix that.
streetmouse

streetmouse

June 14, 2019
referencing The River, 2xLP, Album, Ter, PC2 36854

Springsteen had been moving in this direction for some time now, most fans caught glimpses of it … it was as if Bruce purposely was trying to out run himself, to take a step beyond providing the usual Springsteen magic. So I ask you, “What better way is there to shed your skin?” With the answer of course being, “To overload the senses with a double album of twenty songs that can’t be tied together, that will never create a sonic whole, nor will those songs ever create a romanticized cinematic vision of living on the edge, with just enough money in one’s pocket to get them through the night and into the next day.

There are those who will imply that The River is a contemporary version of “The Grapes of Wrath” played out with guitars along the Jersey shore. Others are going to infer that The River is part of a trilogy, where Born to Run fuses with Darkness on the Edge of Town, where they in turn fuse with this outing, but methinks, as much as I love Bruce, that concept is a pretty big leap, one that’s more biblical than factual. That being said, Bruce was in possession of fifty songs that were tucked away from his Darkness sessions, and who knows how many were set aside from Born to Run. All of that material could certainly have lead to this double disc set, and if that’s the case, we really don’t have a new album to hold, as a new album suggests a step beyond the last album, and not the assemblage of once considered material that’s been revamped … just something for you to ponder. But then it really doesn’t matter, revitalizing that old material is just fine, it gave Bruce a chance to expand and evolve his thoughts and attitudes.

Remember, titling this album The River (which he anticipated calling The Ties that Bind) is highly suggestive, where one could easily see Bruce setting sail across the smooth waters, gliding with the current, yet under those waters, hidden within those drifting currents are undercurrents that can lead one onto rocks, where a lounging day in the sun finds you head over heals, striving just to stay alive.

I think the biggest issue fans had with The River, is that none of it really seemed natural, where as good as many of the songs were, there was a sincere self-consciousness that Bruce couldn’t out distance, as if he’d painted himself into a corner and the record, no matter how hard he tried, would never unfold or blossom as Born to Run had, because The River wasn’t a singular conceptual thought. Nor would The River tie up everything into an earth shattering crescendo that would take listener’s breath away, leaving them staggering, limp and weary with delight. Not withstanding, Bruce has been moving toward a more gritty feel, away from the polished emancipations of before, where whether he though this relayed a more honest deliverance or not, the results did not go unnoticed. At this point I could go into Bruce’s fascination with punk, but Bruce wasn’t a punk, he was far to great a musician and songwriter to ever be punk, yet there was something about punk that captured the hearts of so many, even if it was something they could never be. But I’ll leave that for another time.

To my way of thinking, The River would have been far better as The Ties that Bind, the single album originally visioned, woven of considered concerted dynamic romantic numbers, instead of going in far too many directions at once, giving Bruce ample room to roam around, to be sentimental, hopeful, lost and even goofy at times, all leaving The River to be rather paradoxical. The tenor of the record also changes with every few songs, leading one to see this album as a series of snapshots rather than a conceptual whole; which is pretty much how we live our lives, a series of snapshots strung together that don’t make a whole ‘till one is old enough to look back on them with the benefit of age and hindsight. In other words, the prevailing ideology of life comes down to binaries … heroes and villains, victories and losses, highs and lows, sins and redemptions, where to that end, The River is a resounding success.

Certainly The River can be seen as a comprehensive journey, yet for as good as it is, when push comes to shove, it all sounds as if it’s being forced into existence. All of this leads me to suggest that there’s an underlying question presented on The River, that question is never spoken aloud nor even inferred, yet it’s there nonetheless, and that’s the question of “What comes next?”

Review by Jenell Kesler
alebsp

alebsp

June 9, 2019
edited 9 months ago
referencing The River, 2xLP, Album, CBS 88510
First pressing: "CBS Dischi S.p.A., Milano 1980 / Distribuzione CGD Messaggerie Musicali S.p.A., Milano"; second pressing "CBS Dischi S.p.A., Milano 1980". Both with "Indipendece Day" instead of "Independence Day".
alebsp

alebsp

June 9, 2019
edited 9 months ago
referencing The River, 2xLP, Album, CBS 88510
Indipendece Day instead of Independence Day. Error on side 1
PrairieSchooner

PrairieSchooner

May 4, 2019
referencing The River, 2xLP, Album, RE, RM, PC2 36854
Does the packaging note it's been remastered? How can I tell if I have the original or remastered?
skydog64

skydog64

December 31, 2018
referencing The River, 2xLP, Album, RE, RM, PC2 36854

Same barcode and matrix etched but not part of box set. Sticker on front cover "The river - The #1 double album featuring Hungry heart - Fade away - The river. Remastered from the original source tapes. Faithful recreation of original LP packaging. 180-gram audiophile vinyl
thismanisaboy

thismanisaboy

December 28, 2018
referencing The River, 2xLP, Album, PC2 36854
OK, mine is a different lable that says its CBS, but not a specialty pressing. IDK, no other US pressing matches as closely as this one. I should probably do a new listing altogether.
tftdguru

tftdguru

April 1, 2018
referencing The River, 2xLP, Album, Pit, PC2 36854

It's vintage Bruce, strong stories about ordinary people and dreams that may be just beyond their grasp, served up with simple solid rock 'n' roll. No pretensions here. A worthwhile successor to "Born To Run" and "Darkness On The Edge Of Town". The E Street band sounds perfect for the material. My only wish is that the band and production had managed to find some real bass, a bigger bottom end, at some point in their journey.
sixtoilcapo

sixtoilcapo

May 28, 2017
referencing The River, 2xLP, Album, CBS 88510
I have a strange copy of this edition (88510 made in ITALY CBS)... Sides 2, 3 & 4 are fine, but SIDE 1 contains the tracks on Side 4...
Mortslaker

Mortslaker

May 17, 2017
referencing The River, 2xLP, Album, 88510, CBS 88510, S CBS 88510
From my copy:
Labels: Made in England
Rear Cover: Printed in Holland.