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In June 1978.

In June 1978, “Elektra” label released “Living Room Suite”, the eighth Harry Chapin studio album. It was recorded in 1978, at “Secret Sound”, “The Sound Factory”,  “Record Plant” and  “Clover Studios” and was produced by Chuck Plotkin.


  • Harry Chapin – guitar, vocals
  • George Bohanon- trombone
  • David Burgen – harmonica
  • Stephen Chapin- keyboards
  • Tom Chapin- banjo, guitar
  • The Cowsills- vocals
  • Bob Cowsill – guitar
  • Dixie Hummingbirds- vocals
  • Howie Fields – drums, percussion
  • Chuck Findley- trumpet
  • Steve Forman – percussion
  • Dennis Frick – bassoon
  • Richard Hyde- trombone
  • Neil Jason- bass
  • Jackie Kelso – baritone saxophone
  • Jim Keltner- drums
  • Steve Madaio – trumpet
  • Andy Newmark- drums
  • Bill Payne- organ
  • Herbert Rhoad – vocals
  • Joe Russell – vocals
  • Kim Scholes – cello
  • Lou Volpe – guitar
  • Doug Walker – guitar
  • John Wallace- bass, vocals
  • Ernie Watts- clarinet, flute, oboe, saxophone

Track listing:

All tracks by Harry Chapin

  1. Dancing Boy
  2. If You Want to Feel
  3. Poor Damned Fool
  4. I Wonder What Would Happen to This World
  5. Jenny
  6. It Seems You Only Love Me When It Rains
  7. Why Do Little Girls
  8. Flowers Are Red
  9. Somebody Said

On November 21, 1995.


On November 21, 1995, “Columbia” label released “The Ghost of Tom Joad”, the eleventh Bruce Springsteen studio album. It was recorded March–September 1995, at “Thrill Hill West”, Springsteen’s home studio in Los Angeles, and was produced by Bruce Springsteen and Chuck Plotkin. In 1997, the album won “Grammy Award” for “Best Contemporary Folk Album”.


  • Bruce Springsteen– guitar, keyboards, harmonica, vocals
  • Danny Federici– accordion, keyboards
  • Gary Mallaber– drums
  • Garry Tallent– bass
  • Jim Hanson – bass
  • Marty Rifkin – pedal steel guitar
  • Soozie Tyrell– violin, background vocals
  • Lisa Lowell – background vocals
  • Patti Scialfa– background vocals
  • Toby Scott – engineer
  • Greg Goldman – recording assistant
  • Terry Magovern – research
  • Sandra Choron – art direction
  • Eric Dinyer – cover art
  • Pam Springsteen– interior photographs

Track listing:

All tracks by Bruce Springsteen.

  1. The Ghost of Tom Joad
  2. Straight Time
  3. Highway 29
  4. Youngstown
  5. Sinaloa Cowboys
  6. The Line
  7. Balboa Park
  8. Dry Lightning
  9. The New Timer
  10. Across the Border
  11. Galveston Bay
  12. My Best Was Never Good Enough

On August 10, 1981.


On August 10, 1981, “Columbia” label released “Shot of Love”, the twenty-first Bob Dylan studio album. It was recorded March – May 1981, and was produced by Chuck Plotkin, Bob Dylan and Bumps Blackwell.


  • Bob Dylan – guitar,  harmonica,  percussion,  piano,  keyboards, vocals,
  • Carolyn Dennis– vocals, background vocals
  • Steve Douglas– saxophone
  • Tim Drummond– bass guitar
  • Madelyn Quebec – vocals, background vocals
  • Steve Ripley– guitar
  • William D. “Smitty” Smith– organ
  • Ringo Starr– drums, tom-tom
  • Donald “Duck” Dunn– bass guitar
  • Jim Keltner– drums
  • Clydie King– vocals, background vocals
  • Danny “Kootch” Kortchmar– guitar, electric guitar
  • Regina McCrory – vocals, background vocals
  • Carl Pickhardt – piano
  • Fred Tackett– guitar
  • Benmont Tench– keyboards
  • Ronnie Wood– guitar
  • Monalisa Young – vocal
  • Vic Anesini – Compact Disc mastering
  • Dana Bisbee – assistant engineering
  • Ken Perry – original LP mastering
  • Toby Scott– engineering

Track listing:

All tracks by Bob Dylan.

  1. Shot of Love
  2. Heart of Mine
  3. Property of Jesus
  4. Lenny Bruce
  5. Watered Down Love
  6. The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Altar
  7. Dead Man, Dead Man
  8. In the Summertime
  9. Trouble
  10. Every Grain of Sand

On June 4, 1984.

Born in the USA

On June 4, 1984, “Columbia” label released “Born in the U.S.A.”, the seventh Bruce Springsteen studio album. It was recorded January 1982 – March 1984, at “The Power Station” and “The Hit Factory” in New York City, and was produced by Jon Landau, Chuck Plotkin, Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt. With total sale of over 30 million copies worldwide, “Born in the U.S.A.” is Springsteen commercially most successful album and one of the highest-selling albums ever. In 2003, “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked the album at number 85 on its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of all Time”. In 2013, “NME” magazine ranked it at number 428 on its list album of the “Greatest Albums of all Time”.


  • Bruce Springsteen– lead vocals, lead guitar, acoustic guitar
  • Roy Bittan– piano, synthesizer, background vocals
  • Clarence Clemons– saxophone, percussion, background vocals
  • Danny Federici– organ, glockenspiel, piano
  • Garry Tallent– bass guitar, background vocals
  • Steven Van Zandt– acoustic guitar, mandolin, harmony vocals
  • Max Weinberg– drums, background vocals
  • Richie “La Bamba” Rosenberg– background vocals
  • Ruth Davis – background vocals

Track listing

All tracks by Bruce Springsteen.

  1. Born in the U.S.A.
  2. Cover Me
  3. Darlington Country
  4. Working on the Highway
  5. Downbound Train
  6. I’m on Fire
  7. No Surrender
  8. Bobby Jean
  9. I’m goin’ Down
  10. Glory Days
  11. Dancing in the Dark
  12. My Hometown


On June 2, 1978.

darkness on the edge

On June 2, 1978, “Columbia” label released “Darkness on the Edge of Town”, the fourth Bruce Springsteen studio album. It was recorded October 1977 – March 1978, at “Record Plant Studios” in New York, and was produced by Bruce Springsteen, Jon Landau, and Steven Van Zandt.

In 2003, “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked “Darkness on the Edge of Town” at number 151 on its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of all Time”. The album was certified 3 x Platinum in the US by the “RIIA’.


  • Bruce Springsteen– lead vocals, lead guitar, harmonica
  • Roy Bittan– piano, backing vocals
  • Clarence Clemons– saxophone, backing vocals
  • Danny Federici– organ, glockenspiel
  • Garry Tallent– bass guitar
  • Steve Van Zandt– rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Max Weinberg– drums
  • Jimmy Iovine– engineer, mixing
  • Thom Panunzio– assistant engineer
  • Chuck Plotkin– mixing
  • Mike Reese– mastering
  • Frank Stefanko– photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Bruce Springsteen.

  1. Badlands
  2. Adam Raised a Cain
  3. Something in the Night
  4. Candy’s Room
  5. Racing in the Street
  6. The Promised Land
  7. Factory
  8. Streets of Fire
  9. Prove it All Night
  10. Darkness on the Edge of Town

On April 26, 2005.


On April 26, 2005, “Columbia” label released “Devils & Dust”, the thirteenth Bruce Springsteen studio album. It was recorded 1996 – 2004, and was produced by Brendan O’Brien. “Devils & Dust” was Springsteen’s third acoustic album.


  • Bruce Springsteen– vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass, drums, harmonica, tambourine, percussion
  • Brendan O’Brien– hurdy-gurdy, sarangi, sitar, bass guitar, tambora
  • Steve Jordan– drums
  • Patti Scialfa– backing vocals
  • Soozie Tyrell– violin, backing vocals
  • Marty Rifkin – steel guitar
  • Lisa Lowell – backing vocals
  • Chuck Plotkin– piano
  • Danny Federici– keyboards
  • Nashville String Machine– strings
  • Brice Andrus, Susan Welty, Thomas Witte, Donald Strand – horns
  • Mark Pender– trumpet
  • Danny Clinch– cover art

Track listing:

All tracks by Bruce Springsteen.

  1. Devils & Dust
  2. All the Way Home
  3. Reno
  4. Long Time Comin’
  5. Black Cowboys
  6. Maria’s Bed
  7. Silver Palomino
  8. Jesus Was an Only Son
  9. Lean
  10. The Hitter
  11. All I’m Thinkin’ About
  12. Matamoros Banks

On March 31, 1992.


On March 31, 1992, “Columbia” label released “Human Touch”, the ninth Bruce Springsteen studio album. It was recorded September 1989 – March 1991, at “A&M Studios”, and was produced by Bruce Springsteen, Jon Landau, Chuck Plotkin and Roy Bittan.


  • Bruce Springsteen– lead vocals, guitar, bass
  • Randy Jackson– bass
  • Jeff Porcaro– drums, percussion
  • Roy Bittan– keyboards
  • Sam Moore– backing vocals
  • Patti Scialfa– harmony vocals
  • David Sancious– Hammond organ
  • Bobby King– backing vocals
  • Tim Pierce– second guitar
  • Michael Fisher – percussion
  • Bobby Hatfield– harmony vocals

Track listing:

All tracks by Bruce Springsteen, except where noted.

  1. Human Touch
  2. Soul Driver
  3. 57 Channels (And Nothin’ On)
  4. Cross My Heart – Bruce Springsteen, Sonny Boy Williamson
  5. Gloria’s Eyes
  6. With Every Wish
  7. Roll of the Dice – Bruce Springsteen, Roy Bittan
  8. Real World – Bruce Springsteen, Roy Bittan
  9. All or Nothin’ at All
  10. Man’s Job
  11. I Wish I Were Blind
  12. The Long Goodbye
  13. Real Man
  14. Pony Boy – traditional

On October 9, 1987.

Tunnel of Love

On October 9, 1987, “Columbia” label released “Tunnel of Love”, the eighth Bruce Springsteen studio album.  It was recorded January – July 1987, and was produced by Bruce Springsteen, Jon Landau and Chuck Plotkin. in 2003, “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked it at number 467 on their list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.


  • Bruce Springsteen– lead vocals, backing vocals, guitar, mandolin, bass guitar, keyboards, harmonica, percussion, drum machines
  • Roy Bittan– piano, synthesizers
  • Clarence Clemons– backing vocals
  • Danny Federici– organ
  • Nils Lofgren– guitar, backing vocals
  • Patti Scialfa– backing vocals
  • Garry Tallent– bass guitar
  • Max Weinberg– drums, percussion

Track listing:

All compositions by Bruce Springsteen.

  1. Ain’t Got You
  2. Tougher Than the Rest
  3. All That Heaven Will Allow
  4. Spare Parts
  5. Cautious Man
  6. Walk Like a Man
  7. Tunnel of Love
  8. Two Faces
  9. Brilliant Disguise
  10. One Step Up
  11. When You’re Alone
  12. Valentine’s Day