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A To Z Anthology Fun Facts And Video- Jungleland- Bruce Springsteen

What an incredible song! Nothing like hearing it live.  Here are some cool facts about Jungleland. Enjoy the live video as well

  • This is a poetic tale of life on the streets of New Jersey.
  • Springsteen and the E Street Band performed this live for over a year before they recorded it. It developed into a longer song with a grand sax solo when it was finally released.
  • This features the piano of Roy Bittan. He joined The E Street Band for Born To Run after playing in orchestra pits on Broadway.
  • This was a highlight of Springsteen’s 1999 reunion tour with The E Street Band.
  • Suki Lahav played the violin. She was the first female to play in Springsteen’s band, and was with him from September 1974 – March 1975.
  • This is the last song on Born To Run, the breakthrough album for Springsteen. He tested the patience of Columbia Records by taking over a year to record it, refusing to release it until it was just right.
  • Clarence Clemons played a long sax solo on this. With his bright suits and large stature, he is the most notable and popular member of The E Street Band.
  • This is one of Clemons’ favorites. He was disappointed when it was not included on the 1995 Greatest Hits album.
  • As seen in the documentary Wings For Wheels on the 30th anniversary package of the album, one take of the song had a dramatic flamenco-style intro. (thanks, Marshall – Sacramento, CA)
  • Melissa Etheridge said in Rolling Stone magazines 100 Greatest Singers Of All Time issue: “When Bruce Springsteen does those wordless wails, like at the end of ‘Jungleland,’ that’s the definition of rock & roll to me. He uses his whole body when he sings, and he puts out this enormous amount of force and emotion and passion.”

 

Bruce Springsteen- Jungleland

 

 

 

 

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