Released: 17 October 1980 – 40 years ago Score: #1 in the US and Canada, #2 in the UK
Pitchfork wrote: “Bruce Springsteen’s fifth album gushes forth with the fury of a burst dam, delivering torrents of despair, inspiration, heartbreak, and joy… ‘The River’ brought Bruce to those heights, giving him his first number one album and Top 10 single, but it’s hard not to think of it as not a beginning but an end, the last record where he and the E-Street Band were not the biggest band in the land but merely the best.” Score: 8.5/10.
Bruce: “The E Street band casts a pretty wide net. Our influences go all the way back to the early primitive garage music, and also, we’ve had everything in the band from jazz players to Kansas City trumpet players to Nils Lofgren, one of the great rock guitarists in the world.”
This week mister LIAM GALLAGHER made a bang-up appearance on BBC’s legendary TV Show ‘Later… With Jools Holland’. One of the songs he performed was THE RIVER, one of the rockiest pieces on his new Number One album Why Me? Why Not. Cool thing was that Liam‘s son Gene was one of the two drummers (the one with the hat on).
Ladies and gents, here’s the Liam Gallagher Family…
LIAM GALLAGHER is mad for it (and he always will be). But not in the hedonistic teenage ‘let’s get wasted’ way as 25 years ago. He still rocks, he still rolls but he also cares about what is going on today for his family, for his older self and for humanity overall. He speaks out about the idiocy of Brexit, about the evil sides of social media for kids and about other important issues you would never have expected coming from this “tonight I’m a rock ‘n’ roll star” party animal.
His second solo LP, entitled ‘WHY ME, WHY NOT‘ will hit the streets on 20th September. The man says about it: “I want this second album to be a step-up, because the hardest thing to do is to make something the same, only better. So that’s what we’ve done. It’s a better record than ‘As You Were’. Which is saying something, as that was epic, wasn’t it?”
After sharing ace lead single ‘Shockwave‘ here’s corker number two called ‘THE RIVER’ .
A swaggering Liam rocker. Turn it up here, folks, Liam is showing the way…