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Monday, 31 August 2020

River Deep or Mountain High


Yes - it is Monday and we are back with another compare and contrast series .

This time round it is rivers versus mountains. I think I have enough material to make it the first to 10 the winner again. If I'm struggling I am sure that some of you will be able to help me out. There are plenty out there to choose from particularly on the river front 

Two fairly obvious ones to start us off. The title tracks from two great albums.

From 1980 The River was Bruce Sprinsteen's fifth studio album and his only double album. The River is Side 2 Track 6. Being somewhat lazy rather than rip the vinyl I've gone for the easy option and ripped it from the Essential Bruce Springsteen CD.

From 1999 The Mountain is the only album by Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band. Steve is not averse to a blugrass song or two but this is his first full bluegrass album. Made as a tribute to Bill Monroe the founder of bluegrass music who died in 1996

Do I love you, my oh my

River Deep or Mountain High?

Bruce Springsteen - The River

Steve Earle & the Del McCoury Band - The Mountain


  1. Looks promising, although I had hoped that we had finally persuaded you to do the much demanded 'Arse vs Elbow' series. Maybe next time.

    Even though this is one of the relatively few Bruce tunes I like, and from the only album of his I have in my collection, its a narrow vote for Steve and Del for me.

  2. If Steve Earle does not win this I am going on a twitter rampage a la Trump

    1. So I vote for Steve Earle

    2. Looking forward to it!

      You know my vote, CC... even before George gave us all this extra inducement.

    3. Ah Mr Rol
      We have been expecting you

  3. Not necessarily one of my favourite Springsteen songs, but it still takes it for me this week.

  4. I'm a big Steve Earle fan, but "The River" gets my vote.

  5. A great idea for a new series - Always love these compare and contrast ones as I'm introduced to artists/songs I might never otherwise find out about. Not so for Bruce and The River though and he gets my vote on this occasion.

    I had to immerse myself in his album The River ahead of my 21st birthday as it coincided with him appearing at the NEC and we drove down through the night from Aberdeen. Wasn't really a massive fan at the time and only went because the crowd I hung around with were going but it was a very memorable event that's for sure.

  6. Love this idea for a new series. It is hard for me to vote against Steve Earle but this round goes to Springsteen.

  7. Ditto Alyson's comments on your new thread. I always struggle with Springsteen - I can't ever quite put my finger on why - but on this occasion I'm going with him over Steve.