Bruce Springsteen ‎– The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle

Columbia ‎– KC 32432
Vinyl, LP, Album

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A1 The E Street Shuffle
Baritone Saxophone – Albany "Al" TelloneCornet – Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez*Soprano Saxophone – David L. Sancious*
A2 4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) 5:35
A3 Kitty's Back
Organ – Danny FedericiOrgan, Soloist – David L. Sancious*
A4 Wild Billy's Circus Story 4:43
B1 Incident On 57th Street
Piano [Second] – Danny Federici
B2 Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) 7:02
B3 New York City Serenade
Arranged By [Strings] – David L. Sancious*



1st issue.
The "KC" cat# prefix was used for prints from the release in September 1973 until July 1975, when the album was re-released around the time of "Born To Run" and Springsteen's major breakthrough. At that time the "KC" prefix was replaced by the "PC" prefix.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): P AL 32432-2A
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): P BL 32432-2A
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): P AL 32432-2A
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): P BL 32432-2E



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August 28, 2015

If you even remotely considered “Greetings From Asbury Park” to be Springsteen’s “Bringing It All Back Home,” you knew you were in for the time of your life with the release of “The Wild The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle.”

“Greetings” was both a romantic and artistic success, yet delightfully disjointed, and manic, with Bruce playing and singing to the high heavens for no other reason than to make a joyful noise. On “The Wide The Innocent,” Springsteen takes a massive step forward, presenting a collection of songs that are longer, more ambitious, and darkly romantic, in a way that “Greetings” was not. Yet though it all Bruce and his band never lose a single spark, rocking back and delivering the likes of which I have never heard.

The most obvious reason for the success of both of these albums is that Bruce is speaking from the heart, from what he knows and understands, from dreams he’s kept tucked in his back pocket, and a vision that will lead him full throttle into our hearts. On second look, there’s even more success with “The Wild The Innocent” due to the savvy razor edged wordplay that is far more complex and encompassing than one would ever expect from a man of his young years ... and this instantly allowed him to become the voice of American youth, at a time when we [those of us who were young at the time] needed it most. And finally, Springsteen seems to have literally stepped out of the contemporary novels we were reading, where he created bigger than life characters out of mere nobodies, emphasizing the fact that we should take nothing for granted, that each breath is to be savored, remembered, watched over, and nourished.

Just listen to Bruce in a nearly hushed voice sing, “those romantic young boys,” ... it still sends shivers down my spine. He’s melodramatic, his juxtapositions cut like switchblades, he’s ragged around the edges, but his shoes are highly polished, marking him as a rock n’ roll force to be reckoned with.

Review by Jenell Kesler