Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "She's The One" (1975)

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For some reason, this tune has launched many over-the-top moments for me at E Street shows. There’s just something about the energy profile early in the song that creates the perfect channel leading up to Bruce’s ecstatic scream and gear-shift into the Bo Diddley beat-laden second half. Of course, there’s one more surprise to follow and that is Clarence’s call & response sax solo. It’s really a simple rock and roll song that gets the maximum amount of juice out of a handful of unpretentious elements.

When me and Stepson#1 attended the Hartford show early in the Magic tour, I was able to detect the exact moment when John was knocked back by that energy. It was during the brutal three-pack of “Reason To Believe” into “Night,” and then “She’s The One.” The segue from “Night” into the keyboard ostinato of “She’s The One” momentarily dialed back the energy as the crowd readied themselves. Sure enough, Bruce let’s out that scream and the room went over the top. I could hear John let out a giggle right then, with me satisfied that he now finally understood what I’d been talking about all of these years.

Up next: “Meeting Across The River”

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Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski is a writer and music obsessive based out of the woods of central New Hampshire. A past contributor to Jazz.com, Blogcritics.org and Salon, he originated several of our weekly features including the Friday Morning Listen, (Cross the) Heartland, WTF! Wednesday, and Sparks Fly on E Street. Follow him on Twitter: @msaleski. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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