I was never a mad keen Bruce Springsteen fan. But his second album - The Wild, The Innocent and The E Street Shuffle, released in 1973, was always my favourite and still to my ears is his masterpiece. I first heard it in 1975 or 1976 - I was 14 or 15. This album, played repeatedly on a cassette was my introduction to what rock and roll songs could be, with complex poetic storytelling and his ever best band.
The opening 30 seconds of E Street Shuffle are his best writing ever.
HERE is a review of the album from Rolling Stone magazine in 1974.