One of Bruce Springsteen’s finest albums turns 35 today. Born In The U.S.A. was released on June 4th 1984 and marked a true massive hit. The album was The Boss’s seventh and was recorded on all tracks by The E Street Band. While the album received a massive amount of honors including a Grammy nomination, it also holds the distinction of being the first CD ever manufactured in the U.S. Let’s take a look at some of the best moments for one of his greatest works.
I’m On Fire
I’m On Fire marks one of the first times that Bruce experimented with a synthesizer on an a song. The track was basically made up on the spot in the studio during the first round of album sessions in 1982 and became the albums forth single.
Cover Me was a song that Bruce originally wrote for Donna Summer, but his manager heard real rock potential in the song and made sure he didn’t give it away. The songs sweeping guitar solos have kept it a live staple.
Dancing In The Dark
Dancing In The Dark was the first single released from Born In The U.S.A. and really showcased Bruce’s comfort with the new synth sounds of the time period. This was the song that propelled the album into the monster hit it became.
Bruce always excelled at songs that were about real people with conditions that we could all relate to. That massive songwriting skill is on full display on Glory Days. This was the fifth single from the album with a video that was a massive hit on MTV.
Born In The U.S.A.
The title track for the album and lead off song is a tour de force. Born In The U.S.A. powerfully addresses the treatment of Vietnam Veterans when they returned home. The song caused quite a bit of controversy on it’s release and is still an evocative portrait of how this country treats those who serve.