Diverse artiesten hebben meegewerkt aan het coveralbum Badlands: a tribute to Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska .Een deel van de opbrengsten ging naar Artsen Zonder Grenzen. At the time I’d only begun exploring “folk” music. 07-25-2007 . Ensuing records simply refined, expanded and deepened his artistry. He asks to be executed. "Nebraska Springsteen's Solo Acoustic Triumph Includes Atlantic City Johnny 99 Open All Night Remastered from the original source tapes 88875098782" Recorded in New Jersey on a Teac Tascam Series 144 4-track cassette recorder. State Trooper 7. “It needed that really kinda austere, echoey sound, just one guitar—one guy telling his story.”. With “Nebraska” and “Atlantic City,” his landscape has taken on new, broader boundaries, and when he begins “Mansion on the Hill” with a reference to “the edge of town,” it’s clear that his usual New Jersey turf has opened its borders to include Nebraska and Wyoming and forty-seven other states. 10 tracks (40:12). At some point, he saw Terrence Malick’s Badlands on television, a film based on the 1957–58 killing spree of Charlie Starkweather. Following The River Tour, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band were scheduled to start recording the next album in New York City in February 1982.Springsteen felt that the upcoming band studio sessions would progress faster than they had for his previous three albums if he first records finished demos and demonstrates them to the band. If this record is as deep and unsettling as anything Springsteen has recorded, it is also his narrowest and most single-minded work. The keynote lines on Nebraska — “Deliver me from nowhere” and “I got debts that no honest man can pay” — each surface in two songs. Every small touch speaks volumes: the delicacy of the acoustic guitars, the blurred sting of the electric guitars, the spare, grim images. Nebraska is an acoustic triumph, a basic folk album on which Springsteen has stripped his art down to the core. The slapback echo present on some of the songs conjure early rockabilly (the technique, which thickens sound by folding a slight delay onto the signal, was pioneered by Sam Phillips at Sun Studio and can be heard in all its glory on the sides Elvis Presley recorded there), and the heavy dose of reverb has been present in all kinds of music, from Bobby Vinton’s “Blue Velvet” to any number of country hits. CK 38358; CD). The former ends both “State Trooper” and “Open All Night,” while the latter turns up in “Atlantic City” and “Johnny 99.” The album’s honest men — and they outnumber its criminals, though side one’s string of bloodletters suggests otherwise — are all paying debts and looking for deliverance that never comes. Here‘s what Dylan wrote in 1963 in “North Country Blues”: They complain in the East they‘s paying too high They say that your ore ain’t worth digging … We want to hear from you! Singing in a voice borrowed from Guthrie and early Bob Dylan, he takes the part of mass murderer Charlie Starkweather to quietly sing, “I can’t say that I’m sorry for the things that we done/At least for a little while, sir, me and her we had us some fun.” The music is gentle and soothing, but this is no romanticized outlaw tale à la Guthrie’s “Pretty Boy Floyd.” The casual coldbloodedness, the singer’s willingness to undertake the role and the music’s pastoral calm make Starkweather all the more horrific. “Nebraska” was Springsteen's re-telling of the Starkweather saga, and it begins, as the film does, with a shot of a young girl twirling her baton outside her house. Roads are littered with radio relay towers, radios in dark cars are choked with talk shows, a cop is called to action by the crackle of the radio. “Life went on,” is how he ends the section of his book on the record. Released 20 September 1982 on Columbia (catalog no. Release and Composition . Muderous, cold, and bleak, Nebraska captures the pain and turns it into timeless songs for the ages. Johnny 99 5. Complete your Bruce Springsteen collection. And if it’s a risky move commercially, Nebraska is also a tactical masterstroke, an inspired way out of the high-stakes rock & roll game that requires each new record to be bigger and grander than the last. Flying in the face of a sagging record industry with an intensely personal project that could easily alienate radio, rock’s gutsiest mainstream performer has dramatically reclaimed his right to make the records he wants to make, and damn the consequences. Genres: Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Folk, Americana. The album’s violence continues. Verenigde Staten Folk / Rock Label: Columbia. het eerste liedje dat ik leuk vond van bruce was atlantic city, hartverscheurend mooi. Springsteen covers the entire episode of the record in just a few pages in Born to Run, and there isn’t a lot to say. But all are permeated by a deep yearning for connection, a wish that the unexpressed could be finally be spoken, and that barriers erected over a lifetime could dissolve. "Nebraska" is the title song of Bruce Springsteen's 1982 solo album. https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-album-reviews/nebraska-2-114243 Suddenly there’s a crack of light, a bit of humor; we can take a breath. '”, By the end of the record, paradoxically, the choking dust that hangs over Springsteen’s landscape makes its occasional rays of sunlight shine brighter. He wrote the songs, he put them down on a demo, and that demo became the record. album eigenlijk gekocht om dat liedje, maar het is zeker een van zn beste albums, mischien wel zn beste als je het aan mij vraagt. Nebraska is donker, misschien wel de donkerste plaat die Springsteen ooit uitbracht, en het is net dat duistere dat me de troost biedt als Rudi, een van mijn wapenbroeders – een monument van rust, een begenadigd gitarist en een nog begenadigder mens – tijdens een onschuldig zwempartijtje verdrinkt. There were recording dates with the full band who tried to give the pieces life like they had so many other songs Springsteen had written on his own. These songs aren’t part of a shared language that people in a room might speak to each other, they are one-way transmissions from a distant, lonely place. As Bruce Springsteen songs go, these are very good ones, but their true meaning came out in the presentation. The stark, moody composition sets the tone for the LP, the content of which consists mostly of songs about criminals and desperate people, accompanied only by acoustic guitar and harmonica. On Born to Run, the car represented escape, while on Darkness on the Edge of Town and parts of The River it was used to define boundaries, to mark the places where the dramas of life unfold. E Street Band guitarist Steve Van Zant recalled to Rolling Stone magazine that Springsteen started cutting the tracks that made up Nebraska as demos for the band. That separation, underscored by the arrangements, give the album its force. Sign up for our newsletter. Pitchfork is the most trusted voice in music. Springsteen follows with another tale of real-life murder, this one involving mob wars in Atlantic City. “State Trooper” might as well be beamed in from an orbiting satellite—there’s the song and then there is silence. On paper, this is Springsteen at his most novelistic, trying to get into the heads of murderers and corrupt cops, or diaristic, revisiting detailed scenes from his childhood. Springsteen released the song in January 1982 off an album which has the same title as the song. Nebraska en State Trouper zijn gecoverd door Steve Earle. “My Father’s House” may be the only cut on side two that can stand up to the string of songs that open the record, but inconsistency is perhaps inevitable after that astonishing initial stretch: the title track; “Altantic City”; and “Highway Patrolman,” an indelible tale of the ties that bind and the toll familial love exacts, with one of Springsteen’s most delicious, delirious reveries — “Me and Frankie laughin’ and drinkin’/Nothing feels better than blood on blood/Takin’ turns dancin’ with Maria/As the band played ‘Night of the Johnstown Flood. Mansion on the Hill 4. “Atlantic City,” the only song released as a single, is a masterpiece of withheld information, a story of an out-of-luck character who is about to perform an unnamed act that he hopes will rescue his life from oblivion. Nebraska Lyrics: I saw her standing on her front lawn just twirling her baton / Me and her went for a ride, sir, and ten innocent people died / From the town of Lincoln, Nebraska, with a sawed-off The Starkweather murders were meaningless, and the randomness of that violence and inability to explain it fit with the mood of Springsteen’s songwriting. Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska (1982) mijn stem. And when that didn’t work, there were sessions of Springsteen alone, trying to capture the stark feel of the original tape in a professional studio with proper fidelity. bruce springsteen is de baas en ik hou van de baas. Once the new songs recorded on the Portastudio began to gel, Springsteen selected some of his favorites, ran his simple arrangements through a Gibson Echoplex unit to add some reverb and echo, and mixed them down to a boombox he had laying around the house. This, the title track, would have been the first thing I heard as I put the needle down on the record for the first time on my used copy. When he awakens, he finds that his father is gone, that the house sits at the end of a highway “where our sins lie unatoned.” By this point, the convicted murderer of “Johnny 99” is one of the few characters who’s seemingly figured out how to retain his dignity. Highway Patrolman 6. Nebraska, an Album by Bruce Springsteen. Nebraska is the sixth studio album by American singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen, released on September 30, 1982, by Columbia Records.Springsteen recorded the songs as demos on a 4-track recorder, intending to rerecord them with the E Street Band, but decided to release them as they were. The new machine arrived in Springsteen’s life at the perfect moment, during what was arguably the most fruitful songwriting period in Springsteen’s long career, one that would produce enough material for two albums (1982’s Nebraska and 1984’s Born in the U.S.A.) with dozens of additional songs to spare. Springsteen’s initial burst of material in Colts Neck clustered around isolation and disillusionment. Genres: Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Folk, Americana. As The River closed, Springsteen found himself haunted by a highway death. Nebraska 2. https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/bruce-springsteen-nebraska Heart Of Darkness: Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska by David Burke, review. Nebraska invites no such feeling of communion. The story of a home recording that became an album, as told by Bruce's long-time engineer Toby Scott By Daniel Keller “I work for the state.”. Many of its songs, especially “Atlantic City,” end up in live sets and greatest hits collections. Bruce Springsteen's haunting album Nebraska is 30 years old and is the subject of a new full-length study. © Copyright 2021 Rolling Stone, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media, LLC. Rated #9 in the best albums of 1982, and #713 of all-time album.. Springsteen recorded multiple takes at Power Station on April 27, 28, and 30, 1982 either solo (Springsteen would re-record the Nebraska tracks around this time in a failed attempt to reproduce his demos in a professional environment) or with the band. The atmospheric processing on Nebraska, the vast majority of which was imparted by the Echoplex during the mixdown stage, is crucial to the album’s meaning. In the arc of Springsteen’s career, Nebraska is still a blip. Used Cars 8. He didn’t quite understand what he had, but he did feel he was entering new territory with his work. Send us a tip using our anonymous form. Whatever the verdict, nobody was under the illusion that this was just a rock 'n' roll record. In early 1982, Bruce Springsteen was living in a rented house in Colts Neck, New Jersey, recuperating from a year-long tour following his 1980 double album The River. One man stands alongside a highway, poking a dead dog as if to revive it; another heads down to the river to wed. But rather than invoking a certain era, genre, or style, the sound of Nebraska brings to mind the radio, the medium through which these techniques were first widely distributed. Nebraska was Springsteen's "abrasive, clouded, and ultimately glorious portrait of America." in the Real World – Rolling Stone’s 1987 Cover Story. Springsteen’s letter to Landau, reproduced in his book of lyrics, Songs, suggests that the album that was emerging was mysterious even to its creator. Sparsely recorded on a 4-track cassette tape Portastudio 144, the songs on Nebraska were originally intended as demos of songs to be recorded with the E Street Band. The bride never shows, the groom stands waiting, the river flows on, and people, Bruce sings with faintly befuddled respect, still find their reasons to believe. Word vervolgd? Springsteen wrote that he wanted Nebraska to consist of “black bedtime stories,” and the album almost seems to take place during one long night. Genres: Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Folk, Americana. The atmosphere in the room and the grain of Springsteen’s processed voice scramble notions of a fixed time and place. Batlan picked up a Teac Tascam 144 Portastudio, a then-new device that was the first piece of equipment to use a standard cassette tape for multi-track recording. Nebraska's ten songs marked a departure for Springsteen, even as they took him farther down a road he'd already been traveling. Want more Rolling Stone? Coming as it does at the end of the album, “Reason to Believe” feels a bit like a sunrise. Nebraska is een veredelde demo, waar bij nader inzien de nummers zich niet naar tevredenheid lieten vertalen naar een Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band situatie. "Once again special thanks to Chuck Plotkin for his help in the completion of this record. Until now, it looked as if 1973’s dizzying The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle would be the last Springsteen album to surprise people. Nebraska’s homespun production reinforces the notion that recorded music happens across vast amounts of time and space. Sub Pop Records even put out an entire tribute album just to Nebraska called Badlands: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska. QC 38358; Vinyl LP). Bruce Springsteen talks about “Nebraska” In 1996, the singer, in an interview, explained that the song wasn’t intended to recreate the event, but to go further and dig up the cause of the actions. He’d transform ideas he discovered in books and films and the news into frameworks for songs: the short stories of Flannery O’Connor, which detailed the harsh lives of people living on the margins; Ron Kovick’s Born on the Fourth of July, in which a gung-ho soldier becomes deeply scarred by the actions of his government. Early in his career, Springsteen’s work thrived on personal instinct, but in isolation, it became more reliant on specific inputs. Nebraska remains one of the most highly regarded albums in his catalog. He’s now telling simple stories in the language of a deferential common man, peppering his sentences with “sir’s.” “My name is Joe Roberts,” he sings. Nebraska is the sixth studio album by Bruce Springsteen, released on September 30, 1982, by Columbia Records. On Nebraska, the automobile is a kind of isolation chamber, a steel husk that keeps its passengers apart from the world. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. This is the bravest of Springsteen’s six records; it’s also his most startling, direct and chilling. He is not extending or advancing his own style so much as he is temporarily adopting a style codified by others. The title track is an audacious, scary beginning. 4,09 (722) 722 stemmen . The boy knows only by what he sees, not what his father tells him; the father, consumed with his own shame, has no sense of the boy’s experiences. In the world of this record, these are the small and quiet tragedies that can nudge you down a path leading to larger and more explosive ones. But the record’s most lasting power comes not from its words or melodies but from its sound. Deelnemers waren o.a. To put on Nebraska and hear its world of echo is to enter a dream. “A lot of its content was in its style, in the treatment of it,” he said in an interview in 1984. It is a portrait painted with old tools: a few acoustic guitars, a four-track cassette deck, a vocabulary derived from the plain-spoken folk music of Woody Guthrie and the dark hillbilly laments of Hank Williams.