Bruce Springsteen - The River tracks poll!

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Aar Gal, Oct 3, 2020.

  1. Aar Gal

    Aar Gal Monkberry Moon Delight Thread Starter

    Location:
    Virginia
    Pick your 5 favourite tracks from this great album plus b sides
     
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  2. Frankie99

    Frankie99 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Spain
    The river
    Independence day
    Cadillac ranch
    Fade away
    Wreck on the highway
     
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  3. blackstar

    blackstar Senior Member

    Location:
    Germany
    Ties That Bind
    Independence Day
    Out in the Street
    The River
    Be True

    I always felt there are too may dumb rock songs on the album (I'm a Rocker, really??) but the good tracks on it are really good. 'The title track and 'Independence Day' are in my top ten Bruce songs and I love 'Out in the Street', especially when played live. Actually all of the songs work better live as the album's production is mostly appaling.

    Not a fan of the sped-up vocals on 'Hungry Heart'. I prefer the Tracks version of 'Stolen Car'.
     
  4. NunoBento

    NunoBento Rock 'n' Roll Star

    Location:
    London
    In order:

    1. Be True (The Ties That Bind version)
    2. The Price You Pay (although I prefer the extra verse version on The Ties That Bind)
    3. The River (The River version)
    4. The Ties That Bind (The River version)
    5. Two Hearts

    I'd choose Stolen Car, if it was The Ties That Bind version. I don't care for the cut that made to the album.
     
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  5. Claudio Dirani

    Claudio Dirani Forum's hostage

    Location:
    São Paulo, Brazil
    Two Hearts
    Out in the Street
    The River
    Point Blank
    The Price You Pay
     
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  6. I don't mind this album but it was always a jumbled mess to me.
     
  7. chervokas

    chervokas Forum Resident

    The Ties that Bind
    Independence Day
    Hungry Heart
    The River
    Stolen Car
     
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  8. graveyardboots

    graveyardboots Resident Patient

    Location:
    Atlanta, GA, USA
    The Ties That Bind - a terrific opening number with one of Clarence's signature solos
    Independence Day - this song kills me
    Stolen Car - lots of people seem to prefer the outtake version but I can't understand why, as the album version is an understated masterpiece
    The River - arguably Springsteen's best song
    Wreck on the Highway - foreshadowing the next project, this is one of the key ballads that make this album indispensable
     
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  9. Picca

    Picca Forum Resident

    Location:
    Modena, Italy
    Held up
    Ramrod
    Out in the street
    Two hearts
    Ties
     
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  10. WithinYourReach

    WithinYourReach Resident Millennial

    Location:
    Austin, TX
    - The River
    - Two Hearts
    - The Price You Pay
    - Hungry Heart
    - Drive All Night
     
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  11. BeatleBruceMayer

    BeatleBruceMayer Forum Resident

    Location:
    Florida
    This was hard. I love the album, but not many are tracks that I play on their own.

    The Ties That Bind
    Out in the Street
    The River
    Point Blank
    I'm a Rocker
     
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  12. Tim 2

    Tim 2 MORE MUSIC PLEASE

    Location:
    Alberta Canada
    Not in my top 10 Springsteen albums but still worth owning. :shrug:
     
  13. brew ziggins

    brew ziggins Forum Prisoner

    Location:
    The Village
    I found this album such a comedown after Born to Run and Darkness that I pretty much tuned out on Bruce.

    The River and Point Blank are quality tunes, but nowhere near enough to drape a double album around.
     
  14. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    Ah...stuck Be True on there, did ya?

    Love em all, but I made my picks that include Independence Day and The River.
     
  15. stillrockin

    stillrockin Forum Resident

    Location:
    United Kingdom
    And there's the title track already at the top. I have never liked that song it must be me!
     
  16. It 's not just you.
    When I heard that the forthcoming Springsteen album was going to be a double set I was excited about it.
    It was going to be his White Album ! His Exile on Main Street !! His Blonde on Blonde !!!
    Nope . It was his The River.
     
  17. andy75

    andy75 Forum Resident

    The Ties That Bind
    The River
    Stolen Car
    The Price You Pay
    Be True
     
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  18. Rockford & Roll

    Rockford & Roll Forum Resident

    Location:
    Midway, KY
    The Ties That Bind - A perfect intro.
    The River - It's ubiquitous but very, very good.
    Stolen Car - An underrated nugget. Tallent's bass playing is perfect.
    The Price You Pay - I like the linkage back to Darkness.
    Wreck On The Highway - A perfect ending.
     
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  19. kouzie

    kouzie Forum Resident

    Location:
    Batavia, IL
    I LOVE Bruce, but for some reason, I could never get into this album and I've been trying since it came out. That said, I think Be True is fantastic and I also like Held Up Without a Gun.
     
  20. andy75

    andy75 Forum Resident

    Have you heard the scrapped album called The Ties That Bind? My favourite Springsteen album.
     
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  21. babyblue

    babyblue Pactches Pal!

    Location:
    Pacific NW
    The Ties That Bind
    Two Hearts
    Independence Day
    Point Blank
    Be True

    Many of the River outtakes are my favorite Bruce performances and are better than most of the official album. I wish the album could be totally remixed too. The box would have been a perfect time to include it.
     
  22. Syd Avett

    Syd Avett Forum Resident

    1. The Ties That Bind
    2. Independence Day
    3. Out in the Street
    4. The River
    5. Cadillac Ranch

    Great album, almost impossible to limit to 5.
     
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  23. smorrison

    smorrison His Master's Voice

    Location:
    Wisconsin
    Hungry Heart
    The River
    Point Blank
    Cadillac Ranch
    Wreck On The Highway
     
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  24. Lombardi

    Lombardi Forum Resident

    Location:
    Charlotte
    Two Hearts - In an alternate universe this was a hit single. One of my favorite Bruce songs.

    Hungry Heart - classic

    The River - the 75/85 intro into the harmonica.. chilling. That said, this studio cut captures just about everything that is appealing about Bruce. "Is a dream a lie if it don't come true, or is it something worse?" - Bruce has been searching for the answer throughout the entirety of his career.

    Stolen Car - Used to prefer the Tracks cut, but I've come around and prefer this version. Think the music fits the lyrics better.

    Drive All Night - I mean, cmon.
     
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  25. Ellen1014

    Ellen1014 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Leeds
    None of these polls have been easy. You're torturing us.

    I made my choices and I could have picked another 10 songs in it.
     
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