Bruce Springsteen - Lucky Town

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Posted on Tue, 09/02/2014 - 7:33pm
by John MacMillan

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Release Type

Studio Album

Release Year

1992

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Label

Columbia

 

Album Overview

Lucky Town is the tenth studio album by Bruce Springsteen. The album was released on March 31, 1992, the same day as the Human Touch album.

Tracks

TrackTitleDuration
1Better Days4:08
Notes

Backing Vocals: Lisa Lowell
Backing Vocals: Patti Scialfa
Backing Vocals: Soozie Tyrell
Bass: Randy Jackson

2Lucky Town3:27
Notes

Bass: Bruce Springsteen

3Local Hero4:04
Notes

Backing Vocals: Lisa Lowell
Backing Vocals: Patti Scialfa
Backing Vocals: Soozie Tyrell

4If I Should Fall Behind2:57
5Leap Of Faith3:27
Notes

Backing Vocals: Lisa Lowell
Backing Vocals: Patti Scialfa
Backing Vocals: Soozie Tyrell
Keyboards: Roy Bittan

6The Big Muddy4:06
Notes

Keyboards: Roy Bittan

7Living Proof4:49
Notes

Keyboards: Roy Bittan

8Book Of Dreams4:24
9Souls Of The Departed4:18
10My Beautiful Reward3:55
Notes

Organ [Hammond]: Ian McLagan

Background

Springsteen was working on Human Touch, which he intended to release sometime in 1990, but the project took him longer than he thought. He shelved the project in early 1991 and came back to it in September of the same year. Intending to record one more song for the album ("Living Proof"), he ended up with ten new songs, which became Lucky Town. Once he completed Lucky Town, he decided to release both albums at the same time. While most of the songs from the album have received few performances since the reunion of the E Street Band, "If I Should Fall Behind" was played at every show during the 1999-2000 Reunion Tour and was included in the Live in New York City DVD and CD release.

Themes

Compared to Human TouchLucky Town has a more stripped down, folksy sound and is more personal in terms of its songs' lyrics. Human Touch consisted of mostly love songs, while Lucky Town focuses on more specific events in Springsteen's life. The opening track "Better Days" expresses his desire to start over after some rough patches in his life (his divorce from his first wife). "Living Proof" is about the birth of his first son and "Local Hero" is about a time that he saw a picture of himself in a store window. When he went to buy it, the clerk told him it was a picture of a "local hero." "Souls of the Departed" recalls "Born in the U.S.A." both in terms of its big music sound and its scathing social commentary. The song was inspired by the Gulf War.

Reception

Upon release the album received generally positive reviews. Rolling Stone gave the album a positive review (a combined review with its companion album, Human Touch), but thought that the aims of the two albums "would have been better realized by a single, more carefully shaped collection." In a mostly positive review, Allmusic said of the album: "While Human Touch was a disappointing album of second-rate material, Lucky Town is an ambitious collection addressing many of Springsteen's major concerns and moving them forward."

Track listing

All songs written by Bruce Springsteen.

Unreleased outtakes

Eleven songs were written during these sessions with the song "Happy" being the only outtake and eventually released on the Tracks box set.

Personnel

Bruce Springsteen – guitar, lead vocals, keyboards, bass guitar, harmonica, percussion
Gary Mallaber – drums
Roy Bittan – keyboards on "Leap of Faith", "The Big Muddy" and "Living Proof"
Patti Scialfa – backing vocals on "Better Days", "Local Hero" and "Leap of Faith"
Soozie Tyrell – backing vocals on "Better Days", "Local Hero" and "Leap of Faith"
Lisa Lowell – backing vocals on "Better Days", "Local Hero" and "Leap of Faith"
Randy Jackson – bass guitar on "Better Days"
Ian McLagan – organ on "My Beautiful Reward"

Credits

Mastered By: Bob Ludwig
Mixed By: Bob Clearmountain
Producer: Chuck Plotkin
Producer: Jon Landau
Producer [Additional Production]: Roy Bittan
Producer, Written-By, Instruments [All]: Bruce Springsteen
Recorded By: Toby Scott
Assistant Engineer: Anton S. Trees
Digital Editor: Scott Hull
Art Direction: Sandra Choron
Stills Photographer: Alexander Vitlin
James Wright – wardrobe
David Rose – cover photography
 

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