The 100 Best Debut Albums of All Time

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'Greetings From Asbury, Park N.J.'

Bruce Springsteen, Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ
Courtesy of Columbia Records

Bruce Springsteen
Columbia, 1973

"Madmen, drummers, bummers, and Indians in the summer with a teenage diplomat" begins the future Boss, going on to unspool a sound and a cast of characters from a New Jersey seaside town that would change the landscape of rock'n'roll. "Growin' Up" was a creation myth of a kid inventing himself on stages, "For You" anticipates the screen-door slam and lets-blow-this-town chivalry of "Born To Run," and "Spirit In The Night" launches the indomitable soul of Clarence Clemons and his horn. The beginning of one helluva ride.

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