Bruce Springsteen – The Wild, The Innocent first issue Japan LP with obi


A rare first issue Japanese pressing of The Wild, the Innocent, & the E Street Shuffle by Bruce Springsteen, including the original obi.

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Offered for sale is an original Japanese first pressing of The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle by Bruce Springsteen, complete with the rare original obi.

About this copy: Though this LP was issued on vinyl in Japan at least five times, this is the true first pressing, with catalog number SOPL-239, the white obi with “Bruce Springsteen” in blue at the top, and the white and orange CBS label.

The cover is VG+, with no general wear but slight wear at the edges and corners.  The original obi is intact, with no rips or tears, but it’s a bit “wavy,” with a few wrinkles and a bit of foxing on the back.

The lyric insert is included.

The disc is VG++, with just a few faint sleeve scuffs.  The disc has clearly only been played a few times.

A beautiful copy of a record that’s surprisingly hard to find as a first pressing.

Background: The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle was the second album by Bruce Springsteen.  Released just 8 months after his debut, the album peaked at #59 on the U.S. album chart, though it was eventually certified double platinum by the RIAA. gave The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle a rare 5 star review:

Bruce Springsteen expanded the folk-rock approach of his debut album, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., to strains of jazz, among other styles, on its ambitious follow-up, released only eight months later. His chief musical lieutenant was keyboard player David Sancious, who lived on the E Street that gave the album and Springsteen’s backup group its name. He would later make different albums, but he never made a better one. The truth is, The Wild, The Innocent & the E Street Shuffle is one of the greatest albums in the history of rock & roll.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: CBS
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1974
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in