Meeting Across the River
Born to Run was Springsteen's third album, yet it might as well have been his first. This is when his legend as The Boss really begins. He and the E Street Band unleash rock and roll every bit as cacophonous as rush hour traffic in the Holland Tunnel: sprawling wordplay, banging pianos, blaring horns, walloping grooves and ringing guitars all piled atop one another with Spectorian splendor. Damn near every tune -- "Backstreets," "She's the One" the nearly 10-minute "Jungleland," and, of course, that iconic title track, a genuine blast of orgiastic magnificence -- is a working-class operetta.