Various Artists: Dead Man’s Town, A Tribute to Born in the U.S.A
Dead Man’s Town:A Tribute to Born in the U.S.A.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
“Born down in a dead man’s town/first kick I took was when I hit the ground/You end up like a dog that’s been beat too much/then you spend half your life trying to cover it up” aren’t exactly the kind of lyrics that scream multi-platinum sales. But add glossy production, thunderous arrangements and Bruce Springsteen’s gruff, boomy vocals and the result was his biggest seller to date, one that moved over 30 million copies worldwide. Coming after the sparse Nebraska, Springsteen’s 1984 release Born in the U.S.A. was an enormous artistic and commercial shift, pushing him into superstar, stadium headliner status. Thirty years later, Columbia/Sony might have missed the boat by not commemorating the event with an expanded box. But that left an opening for this multi-artist tribute with each act taking on one of the 12 tunes, presented in order.
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