It was the album that came before the 1975 landmark Born to Run, and introduced the world to the E Street Band, even before they were named that moniker.
In September 1973, and about eight months after his debut, Bruce Springsteen released his second album The Wild, the Innocent, & the E Street Shuffle. And like his debut Greetings from Asbury Park, the album was well received by critics (credited for its mixture of the Jersey Shore sound, as well as funk and jazz) but upon its release experienced little commercial success. In fact, it peaked at number 59 on the charts. But overtime, and especially after Springsteen’s career had taken off, the album would have a slow and steady commercial growth, and went on to sell over two million copies in the U.S. alone.
None of the seven tracks on The Wild, the Innocent, & the E Street Shuffle were initially released in the U.S., but one single “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)” became both a radio and concert staple, and was even named as one of the songs that shaped Rock and Roll by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Other notable tracks on the album includes “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)”, “Kitty’s Back”, and “New York City Serenade”.
Despite not being one of Springsteen biggest selling albums, The Wild, the Innocent, & the E Street Shuffle, is hailed as the rocker’s most acclaimed albums alongside more successful albums including Born to Run, Darkness on the Edge of Town, and Born in the U.S.A. And it set the stage for those albums.