Prof. Wagstaff wrote:
rrnate wrote:IMO, the good thing about Bruce is the E-Street Band.
That's totally backwards. The good thing about The E-Street Band is Springsteen.
Can you imagine those guys backing anybody else? I'm hardly the first person to point out that The E Street Band are greater than the sum of their parts -- they get over on team spirit as much as actual musicianship, and that's all coming from leader Bruce. And while I've always liked Nebraska
quite a lot for what it is, I agree that Bruce is best when whipping his boys into a frenzy over songs that, if you think about it, are less anthemic than they're all pretending.
While they're by no means amazing players (except for maybe Roy Bittan), IMO the best thing about most of their stuff is the arrangements. That's WHY they can get away with pretending the stuff is more anthemic than it really is. (Hell, the Boss barely knows how to write an actual chorus. "Born In The USA", I'm looking at YOU.)
I think Nebraska is pretty weak because it lacks the good arranging - not to say it doesn't have it's parts, but dude isn't by any means the most musical part of the band and without the arrangements, the songs are revealed for what they are - very, very repetitive (musically).
And then also, yeah, I can totally imagine the E-Streeters backing other people - they've backed tons of folks. According to their Wikipedia page (which I visit weekly, 'cause, why not?) they've backed: "The band has also recorded (both individually and as a band) with a wide range of other artists including Bob Dylan, Meat Loaf, Bonnie Tyler, Air Supply, Dire Straits, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Stevie Nicks, Tom Morello, Sting, Ian Hunter, Ringo Starr, Ronnie Spector, Gary U.S. Bonds, Darlene Love, Southside Johnny, the Grateful Dead, Santana, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Tracy Chapman, Lady Gaga, and Aretha Franklin." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E_Street_Band