The E Street band has lasted more than forty years with an independent and highly individualized identity. The most essential albums of Bruce Springsteen’s career - Born to Run, Darkness on the Edge of Town, The River, Born in the USA., The Rising - are built around the group. Yet only four albums and an EP, all live except an anthology, bear the group’s name on the spine.
You could say that the ESB is the greatest instrument Springsteen plays. He recently said almost exactly that: “I write to live up to the band’s abilities and power onstage. That’s something that’s particularly significant. Even if these days, sometimes the guys are on the records, sometimes it’s someone else.