January 5, 1973

Postcard from Asbury Park

The Columbia Records release of Bruce Springsteen’s debut album, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. From the Lester Bangs review in Rolling Stone: “He’s been influenced a lot by The Band, his arrangements tend to take on a Van Morrison tinge every now and then, and he sort of catarrh-mumbles his ditties in a disgruntled mushmouth sorta like Robbie Robertson on Quaaludes with Dylan barfing down the back of his neck. It’s a tuff combination, but it’s only the beginning. Because what makes Bruce totally unique and cosmically surfeiting is his words. Hot damn, what a passel o’ verbiage!”