Human Touch

Human Touch

by Bruce Springsteen


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Bruce Springsteen has always been steeped in mainstream pop
ock music, using it as a vocabulary for what he wanted to say about weightier matters. He has always written generic pop as well, but Human Touch was the first album to consist entirely of this kind of genre material, which he seems capable of turning out endlessly and effortlessly. Having largely jettisoned the E Street Band, Springsteen enlisted some sturdy minor talent to play and sing, among them ace studio drummer Jeff Porcaro, Sam Moore of Sam & Dave, and Bobby Hatfield of the Righteous Brothers. It's pleasant enough stuff, easy to listen to, and at nearly 59 minutes it was the longest single-disc album of his career. And although it was Springsteen's first album that didn't aspire to greatness, Human Touch did contain several songs that could have been big hits: the "Tunnel of Love" sound-alike title track, which actually made the Top 40; "Roll of the Dice," an AOR radio favorite; and "Man's Job."

Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2008
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886972297026
catalogNumber: 722970
Rank: 37349

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bruce Springsteen   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Mark Isham   Trumpet,Muted Trumpet
Bobby King   Vocals,Background Vocals
David Sancious   Organ,Hammond Organ
Ian McLagan   Piano
Bobby Hatfield   Vocal Harmony
Patti Scialfa   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Roy Bittan   Keyboards
Michael Fisher   Percussion
Douglas Lunn   Bass
Jeff Porcaro   Percussion,Drums
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Kurt Wortman   Dumbek,Drums,Doumbek
Sam Moore   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Randy Jackson   Bass
Bobby "Blanco" King   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Bruce Springsteen   Arranger,Producer
Roy Bittan   Composer,Producer
Jon Landau   Producer,Management
Chuck Plotkin   Producer
Toby Scott   Engineer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II]   Composer
Rob Jaczko   Engineer
Sandra Choron   Art Direction
Traditional   Composer

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Human Touch 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Listen to the samples for yourself and decide. It bought this CD when it first came out and never really listened to it until years later - and it has become on of my favorites.
pfjones More than 1 year ago
Another of Springsteen's thought provoking and heart warming masterpieces! One of my favourites (of all musicians) of all time.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
This is a good album that gets the kind of critic reviews that border on slanderous. This album is well worth listening to. What I wish would be put on this CD (at some future date) are the remixes of '57 Channels'. Back in the early 90's we had the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles and Bruce put out a special CD with 3 L.A. Riot remixes of the song "57 Channels and nothings on" complete with clips of local and national news reports and crowd reactions integrated in the song. Frankly, that little CD was one of the most powerful things Springsteen has ever put out, yet those cuts don't even find a place in the rarity and outtake boxes. There is just no excuse for the exclusion of these great mixes. At least they should reissue the CD: "57 Channels (and nothing On) The Remixes" - a 4 song CD (the forth song being "Part Man, Part Monkey").
glauver More than 1 year ago
Having just upgraded this album to CD, I listened last night and was forced to re-evaluate it. I recall that when it first came out, most reviews were positive. As time has gone by its stock has fallen. I think that the reasons may be the so-so backing by the studio pro rhythm section and that the writing was more down to earth than previous Springsteen albums. Only the title track is played much on the radio, not always a true measure but in this case probably an accurate one. Had the best songs from this album and its sister project Lucky Town been released on a single disc, the results may have been better. The MTV Plugged disc supports that theory, although most of its tracks are from Lucky Town. Still, this is a bargain price-I paid more for the original LP.