Take the BruceTest™ Vol. 4 – The River

by Peter Wendel
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BruceTest4Main SongMango.comThe fourth installment of the BruceTest™ collection focuses on the spectacular 1980 double album, The River – an LP that features foot-stomping rockers, like “Ramrod” and “Jackson Cage,” alongside simmering, darker tracks like “Wreck On The Highway,” “Stolen Car” and “Drive All Night.”

BruceTest™ Vol. 4 – The River

This fourth BruceTest™ focuses on the glorious 1980 double album, The River – a master, quintuple-platinum work that travels seamlessly from light to darkness. For example, the album transports the listener from the rollicking humor of “Cadillac Ranch” to the haunting disaster of “Wreck On The Highway” – from the brashness of “Ramrod” to the solemnity of the title track, “The River.” You be challenged to identify fan favorites as well as deeper cuts. Good luck and have fun!


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Peter Wendel is a journalist and PR consultant. He's attended hundreds of concerts and festivals, including the Peach, Mountain Jam, the All Good and Lockn'. He's ridden legendary Grateful Dead runs from Ventura County Fairgrounds to Irvine Meadows (CA) from the Nassau Coliseum (NY) to the Boston Garden (MA). Peter is a former U.S. Marine who – after running into trouble with every last one of his commanding officers – received an honorable discharge and a direct order never to return. Born in California and raised in New Jersey, Peter lived in Boston and Joshua Tree (CA) before settling in the nation's capital. Find him on tour at PWendel@SongMango.com.