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2023/4 Albums Thing 353 - Various Artists “Blinded By The Light: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack”

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I did say almost done…this is the soundtrack to a British made film about Javed, an Asian teenager from Luton, who discovers the music of Bruce Springsteen in the ’80’s and has his life completely changed by that. The film is based on the book “Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock N' Rollby journalist Sarfraz Manzoor.

This soundtrack is really a Various Artists comp but as it’s predominantly filled with some of the better known Springsteen songs (“Dancing In The Dark”, “Hungry Heart”, “Thunder Road” etc.) I’m tacking it onto the end of the Springsteen albums but it also includes the Pet Shop Boys, Aha, Heera, Amer Chadha-Patel and AR Rahman. 

There are a couple of previously unreleased Springsteen recordings included, “The River” live from Madison Square Garden in September 1979, an acoustic “The Promised Land” live at the National Mall in Washington DC at The Concert for Valor, November, 2014 and “I’ll Stand by You”, a previously unreleased studio recording which I have only recently discovered was originally written for the first Harry potter film ! The album is pressed on White vinyl. That’s all there is to say about it really…

I’ll Stand By You - https://youtu.be/hwfPtkxF0aA?si=3CebiVolieEESJA6

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