Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "Prove It All Night" (1978)

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The themes of struggle and redemption are so strong on Darkness that on every song I want to say that this song is the album’s emotional center. The reality is that each and every song get their fair share of the responsibility.

Except…if you check out live recordings from back in 1978 (and older fans will surely remember this), “Prove It All Night” was played with a long introduction that featured Bruce laying out some absolutely smokin’ guitar. So while the album certainly traffics in life’s struggles, at concerts it seemed like Bruce channelled all of that angst, fear, and lust into these snarling guitar lines.

Up next: Darkness On The Edge Of Town

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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