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Encyclopedia > Nebraska (album)
Nebraska
Nebraska cover
Studio album by Bruce Springsteen
Released September 20, 1982
Recorded Mostly January 3, 1982 in Bruce Springsteen's Colts Neck, New Jersey bedroom
Genre Folk / Rock
Length 40:50
Label Columbia Records
Producer Bruce Springsteen
Professional reviews
Bruce Springsteen chronology
The River
(1980)
Nebraska
(1982)
Born in the U.S.A.
(1984)

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Contents

History

Initially, Springsteen recorded demos for the album at his home with 4-track cassette recorder. The demos were sparse, using only acoustic guitar, electric guitar (on "Open All Night"), harmonica, and Springsteen's voice. Multitrack recording (multitracking or just tracking for short) is a method of sound recording that allows for the separate recording of multiple sound sources to create a cohesive whole. ... Typical 60-minute Compact Cassette. ... A steel string acoustic guitar is a modern form of guitar descended from the classical guitar, but strung with steel strings for a brighter, louder sound. ... Left: Rosa Hurricane, a heavy metal-style solid body guitar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ...


Springsteen then recorded the album in a studio with the E Street Band. However, he and the producers and engineers working with him felt that a raw, haunted folk essence present on the home tapes was lacking in the band treatments, and so they ultimately decided to release the demo version as the final album. Complications with mastering of the tapes ensued because of low recording volume. But the problem was overcome with sophisticated noise reduction techniques. The E Street Band is a backing band that has toured and recorded with rock musician Bruce Springsteen since 1972. ... Folk music can have a number of different meanings, including: Traditional music: The original meaning of the term folk music was synonymous with the term Traditional music, also often including World Music and Roots music; the term Traditional music was given its more specific meaning to distinguish it from the...


Springsteen fans have long speculated whether Springsteen's full-band recording of the album, nicknamed Electric Nebraska, will ever surface (in a 2006 interview, manager Jon Landau said it was unlikely and that "the right version of Nebraska came out"). [1] Somewhat different band arrangements of most of these songs were heard on the 1984-1985 Born in the U.S.A. Tour and have been played in various guises ever since. Jon Landau is an American music critic, manager, and record producer, most known for his association in all three capacities with Bruce Springsteen. ... The Born in the U.S.A. Tour was the supporting concert tour of Bruce Springsteens massively popular Born in the U.S.A. album. ...


Songs and video

The album begins with "Nebraska", a first-person narrative by a serial killer (based loosely on Charles Starkweather) and ends with "Reason to Believe", a complex narration that renders its title phrase into contemptuous sarcasm. The remaining songs are largely of the same bleak tone, including the dark "State Trooper" (influenced by the band Suicide), although "Open All Night", a Chuck Berry-style lone guitar rave-up, does manage a dose of defiant, humming-towards-the-gallows exuberance. Nebraska is a song by Bruce Springsteen. ... First-person narrative is a literary technique in which the story is narrated by one character, who explicitly refers to him or herself in the first person, that is, I. the narrator is a fool putting his nose into the storytelling exercise. ... Serial killers are individuals who have a history of multiple slayings of victims who were usually unknown to them beforehand. ... Charles Starkweather (November 24, 1938 – June 25, 1959) was a spree killer who murdered 11 victims in Nebraska and Wyoming during a road trip with his underage girlfriend Caril Ann Fugate. ... Suicide is an American rock music group intermittently active since 1971 and composed of Alan Vega (vocals) and Martin Rev (synthesizers and drum machines). ... Charles Edward Anderson Chuck Berry (born October 18, 1926 in St. ...


A music video was produced for the song "Atlantic City"; it featured stark, black and white images of the city, which had not yet undergone its later transformation, and was still rather bleak and depressed. "Atlantic City" was released as a single in the UK but not the U.S. A music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ... Atlantic City is a song written and recorded by rock musician Bruce Springsteen, which first appeared on Springsteens 1982 solo guitar album Nebraska, which is generally considered one of Springsteens darker albums musically. ...


Critical praise

In 1989, Nebraska was ranked #43 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 greatest albums of the 1980s. In 2003, the album was ranked number 224 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. This article is about the magazine. ... In its November 16th, 1989 issue (issue #565) Rolling Stone magazine published its list of the 100 greatest albums of the 1980s: London Calling - The Clash Purple Rain - Prince and the Revolution The Joshua Tree - U2 Remain in Light - Talking Heads Graceland - Paul Simon Born in the USA - Bruce Springsteen... This article is about the magazine. ... The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time is the cover story of a special issue of Rolling Stone magazine published in November 2003. ...


Homage

The Nebraska Project took place at Winter Garden/World Financial Center, New York City, on January 14, 2006, as the opening night concert of the 2006 New York Guitar Festival (www.newyorkguitarfestival.org). This live celebration and re-creation of the seminal album, produced by Festival creator and artistic director David Spelman and co-produced by A.J. Benson, and hosted by WFUV DJ John Platt, presented a diverse line-up of artists who covered the songs in album sequence. Line-up was as follows: Nebraska: Michelle Shocked / Atlantic City: Jesse Harris / Mansion On The Hill: The National / Johnny 99: Chocolate Genius / Highway Patrolman: Martha Wainwright with Marc Ribot / State Trooper: Dan Zanes with Vernon Reid / Used Cars: Laura Cantrell / Open All Night: Otis Taylor / My Father's House: Mark Eitzel / Reason to Believe: Kevn Kinney with Lenny Kaye / Encore (comprising all artists, plus special guest Bruce Springsteen): Oklahoma Hills / Plus instrumental interludes by Gary Lucas, Harry Manx, Marc Ribot, Kerryn Tolhurst & David Spelman.


Track listing

All songs written by Bruce Springsteen.

  1. "Nebraska" – 4:32
  2. "Atlantic City" – 4:00
  3. "Mansion on the Hill" – 4:08
  4. "Johnny 99" – 3:44
  5. "Highway Patrolman" – 5:40
  6. "State Trooper" – 3:17
  7. "Used Cars" – 3:11
  8. "Open All Night" – 2:58
  9. "My Father's House" – 5:07
  10. "Reason to Believe" – 4:11

Nebraska is a song by Bruce Springsteen. ... Atlantic City is a song written and recorded by rock musician Bruce Springsteen, which first appeared on Springsteens 1982 solo guitar album Nebraska, which is generally considered one of Springsteens darker albums musically. ... Highway Patrolman is a song written and recorded by Bruce Springsteen, and was first released as the fifth track on his 1982 album Nebraska. ...

Personnel

Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an influential American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... A steel string acoustic guitar is a modern form of guitar descended from the classical guitar, but strung with steel strings for a brighter, louder sound. ... Left: Rosa Hurricane, a heavy metal-style solid body guitar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Production

  • Mike Batlin – engineer
  • David Michael Kennedy – photography
  • Dennis King – mastering
  • Andrea Klein – design

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Album interpretation

The songs of Nebraska are classic Springsteen in the sense that they deal with ordinary, blue collar characters who face a challenge or a turning point in their lives. Some characters on Nebraska also commit some sort of offence as on the song "Highway Patrolman" - even though the protagonist works for the law, he can be seen letting his brother escape after he has hit somebody with his car. This became the basis for the Sean Penn-directed film The Indian Runner. Similar to this, on the song "Nebraska", the characters are based on real people who drove through their local town randomly opening fire on people just for "fun". Because of these kinds of themes on Nebraska, there is very little of the grace or salvation which can be seen in other albums. It could be said that the bleakness of the album was the reason it received poor sales, yet critical acclaim. This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... The Indian Runner is a 1991 drama film written and directed by Sean Penn, evidently based on Bruce Springsteens song, Highway Patrolman. The story involves two very different brothers, some time during the 60s. ...


Chart positions

Album

Year Chart Position
1982 U.S. Billboard Pop Albums 3

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1982 "Atlantic City" U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock 10
1982 "Johnny 99" U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock 50
1982 "Open All Night" U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock 22

References

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External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
Nebraska (album) - Encyclopedia, History, Geography and Biography (451 words)
Nebraska is the sixth album by Bruce Springsteen, released in 1982 (see 1982 in music).
The album begins with "Nebraska", a first-person narrative by a serial killer (based loosely on Charles Starkweather) and ends with "Reason to Believe", a complex narration that renders its title phrase into contemptuous sarcasm.
Indeed Nebraska ended up being one of the most well-reviewed records in his catalog, and Springsteen returned to somewhat recapture the sound and feel of it on later recordings such as The Ghost of Tom Joad and Devils and Dust.
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