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Five world-changing albums that wouldn't have existed if blog buzz determined greatness

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Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run (1975)

Having first appeared on the radar of music critics in the early 1970s with his band Steel Mill, Springsteen earned an audition with Columbia Records' tastemaker John Hammond (who had previously brought Bob Dylan to the label).

America's first real taste of "The Boss" came in the form of Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., which was released in January 1973. Although it received some critical acclaim (and a Manfred Mann's cover of "Blinded by the Light" would later top the Billboard charts), many listeners dismissed the album as an approximation of styles already mastered by Bob Dylan and Van Morrison.

Despite making a few fans among the circle of East coast rock critics, none of Springsteen's first three records were commercially successful. It wasn't until the release of Born to Run in 1975 that the world caught on to one of great voices of American rock thanks to Columbia Records' patience.

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