Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.

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Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. is the first studio album by Bruce Springsteen, released in 1973. It sold roughly 25,000 copies in the first year of its release.



Springsteen and his first manager Mike Appel decided to record the album at the low-priced, out-of-the-way 914 Sound Studios to save as much as possible of the Columbia Records advance and cut the record in a single week.

Both "Blinded by the Light" and "Spirit in the Night" were released as singles by Columbia, but neither made a dent in the US charts. Manfred Mann's Earth Band released a version of "Blinded by the Light" on their album The Roaring Silence. The song reached #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 on 19 February 1977 and #1 on the Canadian RPM chart the same day. The Manfred Mann's Earth Band recording of "Blinded by the Light" is Springsteen's only Number 1 single as a songwriter on the Hot 100. Richard Davis, upright bass player on "The Angel", also played the bass on Van Morrison's Astral Weeks.

Ken Emerson wrote in Rolling Stone magazine, "Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ . . . was like "Subterranean Homesick Blues" played at 78 RPM, a typical five-minute track busting with more words than this review. . ."[1]

In 2003, the album was ranked number 379 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

On November 22nd, 2009, Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ was played in its entirety for the first time by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York, to celebrate the last show of the Working on a Dream tour.[2] This marked the E Street Band's first-ever performance of "The Angel".

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