302 – Bruce Springsteen – Jungleland (1975)
Written by Bruce Springsteen
Produced by Jon Landau and Bruce Springsteen
Label – Columbia
This epic closer from the “Born To Run” album shows the attention to detail in both lyrics and music few solo performers could ever match. The story, a fable of tough street life in New Jersey is a mini rock opera that depicts the central characters lives of violence and ultimate tragedy. The arrangement heightens the tension with a Clarence Clemons sax solo he considered one of his best, and a beautiful opening accompaniment between violinist Suki Lahav and pianist Roy Bittan. It’s also the clearest distillation of Springsteen’s passion for Phil Spector’s legendary Wall of Sound style of production which thunders the loudest clarion call of “I’ve Arrived”.