Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "Ramrod" (1980)

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Let’s roadhouse!!!

“Ramrod” is The River‘s last full-on rocker and it’s one of my favorites, especially when played live. Some people have complained that the pace of the concert version has been too slow in the post-reunion era. I guess it’s a matter of taste, as the song is most often called into service these days toward the end of the main set or in the encores — and almost always ends up pushing the energy level one or two notches higher.

Case in point: Live in New York City. After completing the majestic “Jungleland,” Bruce rakes the neck of his guitar against the mic stand and the band launches into that signature “Ramrod” bump & grind. Check out the giddy looks on those E Street faces. There’s no difference between band and audience…everybody in that hall is having a blast.

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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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