Born To Run: 30th Anniversary Edition – Bruce Springsteen | CD/DVD review

(Columbia CD/2DVD) 5 stars

Springsteen (and Columbia) celebrate his breakthrough album’s 30th birthday in grand style with a boxed set comprising a remastered CD, a DVD documentary plus a concert DVD resurrected from tapes of a previously overlooked 1975 concert.

When `Born To Run’ was released in ’75, I recall being slightly underwhelmed — probably because the album had been preceded by over-the-top reviews of Springsteen and the E-Street Band’s marathon concerts and lavish PR claims that Bruce was “the new Bob Dylan’’.

Click through to listen to tracks from the album.

The disc, in all its digital stereo splendour (pity they didn’t make it a 5.1/stereo hybrid SACD), stands the test as a rock classic, as much for its rough-honed exuberance as for its fusion of streetwise poetry and wall-to-wall orchestral rock.

But first watch the “making of’’ DVD, mixing 1975 studio footage with contemporary interviews from past and present band members, producers, engineers and musical peers.

Then, finally take in that ’75, post-LP concert (in London) which, despite the murky visuals, accurately reflects the band’s greatness onstage, as those who have seen them perform will testify.

- Mike Daly

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