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Music Single : Rosalita – Bruce Springsteen

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It’s taken CB a while to get to this one (in his takes).  It was a game changer in his musical world. To set the scene a bit, CB’s parents had one of those old entertainment consoles with an AM/FM radio, record player and a TV (black and white).  I used to put in a lot of time with it.  On one of those occasions I heard this song coming out of the speakers and I instantly cranked it up to to the max.  No bullshit.  After it was over I got the guy’s name and headed to the record shop the next day but that’s another story.

‘Rosalita’ slammed CB.  The song was a rock n roll story with great lyrics, humor, vocals and sax.  It reminded me of Van Morrison. The energy and passion came through loud and clear.  I never heard any thing like it before.  It was a unique sound and the music grabbed me right away.  It was like a celebration and CB joined in.  The music moved me like all great music does.  This was my style.  No thinking involved.  It just makes you feel good.  A lot crammed into 7 minutes.  This song did it for me then and still does. It introduced me to some of my favorite music and to one of my favorite rockers.  Bruce Springsteen. So all I can say is…

” Rosie come out tonight”

 

13 comments on “Music Single : Rosalita – Bruce Springsteen

  1. Aphoristical
    November 12, 2017

    It’s definitely his most Van Morrison influence album. It’s a shame he never really did anything like it again. I like it how the final verse has this obligatory car mention.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 12, 2017

      I think him and Van were listening to the same stuff. The whole band cooks on this. Clemons was part of my first attraction. He sounded like a one man orchestra. I love that kind of wailing sax. Plus Federici’s organ right of the top and throughout. David Sancious brought a lot to the sound. Jazzy feel. I love this band. Yeah and “my machine is a dud..” yeah CB could relate. I’ve had my share of “duds”

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      • Aphoristical
        November 12, 2017

        I think Sancious actually plays a lot of the organ on this album too. It’s probably my least favourite song on the second side of Wild, but it’s still fantastic.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        November 12, 2017

        Rosalita was my intro to his music. The album is probably the one (along with a few others) that I listen to the most. I will get to how you came to the record on your takes. Not only had I never heard this song before I had no idea who this Bruce guy was. It was a special discovery.

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      • Aphoristical
        November 12, 2017

        I just bought a couple of albums out of the bargain bin. I trusted his strong critical reputation over his radio songs (all I heard were Born To Run, Hungry Heart, and the Born in the USA singles) which were hit and miss for me.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        November 12, 2017

        You came at it from a different angle. Interesting. I would have had different slant on his music if that was the case for me. Certain artists live up to “critical reputation” Springsteen in my opinion being one. When it comes down to it it’s what appeals to our own ears. By the time I got to ‘Hungry Heart” it was a different del. ‘River’ is great album.

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  2. Jim S.
    November 12, 2017

    I first heard “Blinded by the LIght” which I liked but then this, which I loved. Fun fact – I was living in Philly when this came out. My pals and I used to drive to the Jersey shore for nights of rowdiness and you couldn’t escape this song. Not that you’d want to. I feel bad for the people next to me when I go see Bruce and this song comes on. They have to put up with my warbling. One of the greatest songs ever and I never get tired of it. Somewhat autobiographical too.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 12, 2017

      I didn’t think I’d hear from you on this one. Just kidding. I’d be “warbling” beside you Doc. I love stories like you just shared (sounds like I’m in group therapy). I agree on your love for this song . No arguments. So much going on in it. Like i said in an other comment. This band and the style they played was unique. ‘Rosalita’ gets the Docs rock n roll bill of musical health..

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  3. Yeah, Another Blogger
    November 12, 2017

    Yeah, Bruce!
    An amazing guy. The hardest-working guy in show biz.

    Rosalita is such a great song. That whole album is fantastic.

    Have you read his memoir, CB?
    I haven’t, but might.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 12, 2017

      Yeah Neil! I have your old take on your E Street concert experience to read. I’m very curious on that one. You seen him right in those early days. Song and album are some of my favorite music.

      I haven’t read his memoirs. I devoured all the early writings by Marsh etc. I have some of the original stuff kicking around. Rolling stone (one where he’s ice skating), Cream and others. Back in the day no internet so it was a little harder to come by. Like you maybe one day. I haven’t read the Robbie Robertson book either but read all the earlier stuff on the Band. I’m catching up on other reading. CB is a big Harlequin guy.

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