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The River (1980)

Bruce Springsteen
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Rock music, Heartland rock

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The River is the fifth studio album (a double album) by Bruce Springsteen, released in 1980.
The sources of The River go back into earlier parts of Springsteen's recording career. "Independence Day", "Point Blank", "The Ties That Bind", "Ramrod", and "Sherry Darling" were leftovers from his previous album, Darkness on the Edge of Town, and had been featured on that 1978 tour, as had parts of "Drive All Night" as a long interpolation within "Backstreets". "The River" had premiered at the September 1979 Musicians United for Safe Energy concerts, gaining a featured spot in the subsequent documentary No Nukes.
Originally, the album was going to be a single set entitled The Ties That Bind and released in late 1979. According to Dave Marsh, tracks of this unreleased album were to be:
Side One: 1. "The Ties That Bind" 2. "Cindy" 3. "Hungry Heart" 4. "Stolen Car" 5. "Be True".
Side Two: 1. "The River" 2. "You Can Look (But Don't Touch)" 3. "The Price You Pay" 4. "I Wanna Marry You" 5. "Loose Ends".
Springsteen added darker material after he'd written the title track. Indeed, The River became noted for its mix of the frivolous next to the solemn. This was intentional, and in contrast to

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Tracks

5:29 The Price You Pay
4:05 Ramrod
2:37 You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)
3:04 Jackson Cage
3:30 I Wanna Marry You
4:03 Sherry Darling
3:18 Hungry Heart
2:45 Two Hearts
8:33 Drive All Night
3:54 Stolen Car
4:18 Out in the Street
3:35 I'm a Rocker
4:46 Fade Away
3:54 Wreck on the Highway
6:06 Point Blank
4:50 Independence Day
3:03 Cadillac Ranch
5:01 The River
3:34 The Ties That Bind
3:10 Crush on You
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