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12 Best Springsteen Albums (Not Made by Bruce)

The E Street bandleader was involved with loads of great LPs recorded by other artists

Bruce Springsteen (C) and the E Street Band, with Nils Lofgren and Steven Van Zandt,

Bruce Springsteen (center) with Nils Lofgren and Steven Van Zandt of the E Street Band. The boss was involved in many great records by other artists, including these 12.

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Keyboardist David Sancious was the only member of the E Street Band to ever live on E Street (located in Belmar, New Jersey) – but over the past four decades, E Street has proven to be a state of mind more than a neighborhood. Bruce Springsteen looms so large, straddling the Garden State like a colossus, that there are countless albums made under his influence: records by sidemen past, present and future; discs that he produced; albums by fellow travelers recording the songs he never got around to releasing himself. These are 12 of our favorites – great albums for when you're driving all night on Interstate 95 and you didn't bring along your copy of The River.

Gary U.S. Bonds

Gary U.S. Bonds, ‘Dedication’

Springsteen co-produced this thrilling 1981 comeback record for Sixties rocker Bonds (most famous for "Quarter to Three"), keeping The River's party rolling by giving him three songs that didn't make that album's final cut. The following year, Springsteen gave Bonds another seven original songs for On the Line – but Dedication was the one that included Number 11 single "This Little Girl," which explodes out of your speakers the first time you hear it (or when you play it 20 times in a row).

Bruce Factor: Springsteen co-produced the album with Bonds and Steven Van Zandt; he also played guitar and sang a duet with Bonds on "Jole Blon."