Bruce Springsteen Explains Why The River Needed To Be 2 LPs

(Radio.com) Bruce Springsteen stopped by The Tonight Show last night promoting his newly re-issued box set The Ties That Behind: The River Collection, as well as his upcoming tour.

Springsteen told Jimmy Fallon that initially, The River just didn't feel right. "We handed in a single record first, and I panicked after we handed it in, and I took it back," Springsteen said to Fallon. "It didn't feel like quite enough. So I took it back and spent another year, in tears, making the double album. I shed man-tears."

The double record was important, according to Springsteen. "We were trying to get a record that felt like our live show, that's why it ended up being a double record," The Boss said. "We had a lot of bar band music on and a lot of character studies that I would write also. It got close to capturing some of the energy of a live show, so it was fun."

Springsteen explained that it was also important that The River be a success. "I had signed a lot of bad deals before when I was younger, and when we put this record out, I didn't have a lot of money in the bank," he said to Fallon. "So it was critical this time." Read more here.

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