Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska recorded on a cassette-tape

Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska sixth studio album was recorded on a Portastudio 144 cassette 4 track. The tracks were originally intended as demos of songs to be recorded with the E Street Band.

“I got a little Teac four-track cassette machine, and I said, I’m gonna record these songs, and if they sound good with just me doin’ ’em, then I’ll teach ’em to the band.” Bruce Springsteen

However, he and the producers felt that the essence present on the home tapes was lacking in the band performance, and so they decided to release the demo version as the final release.

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“It’s amazing that it got there, ’cause I was carryin’ that cassette around with me in my pocket without a case for a couple of week, just draggin’ it around. Finally, we realized, “Uh-oh, that’s the album.” Bruce Springsteen

In 1989, Nebraska was ranked 43rd on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 greatest albums of the 1980s

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