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On this day in music history: August 25, 1975 - “Born To Run”, the third album by Bruce Springsteen is released. Produced by Bruce Springsteen, Mike Appel and Jon Landau, it is recorded at 914 Sound Studios in Blauvelt, NY, and The Record Plant in New York City from January 1974 - July 1975. After the poor initial sales of his first two albums “Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ” and “The Wild, The Innocent, And The E Street Shuffle”, the critical third album is Springsteen’s last shot to prove his commercial viability or be dropped by his label Columbia Records. Springsteen and his band spends over fourteen months in the studio laboring over the album until he feels it is perfect. Even upon completion of the album, Springsteen is still unsure and nervous about its chances in the commercial marketplace. His doubts will be quelled after he leaks an early version of the title track to rock radio. The positive response it receives stokes demand for the album among the musicians loyal fan base, and finally attracts the attention of radio. Upon its release, “Born To Run” is a commercial and artistic triumph for the New Jersey born rocker, spinning off two singles including the title track (#23 Pop), with several other songs on the the album (“Thunder Road”, Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out", “Backstreets”, “She’s The One”) becoming rock radio staples, and highlights of Springsteen’s epic live concert performances. The albums’ iconic cover photo (taken by photographer Eric Meola), features Bruce holding his trademark ‘53 Fender Esquire while leaning on saxophonist Clarence Clemons shoulder. The picture is taken during a three hour long photo shoot, and is selected out of 900 frames shot by the photographer. The cover becomes most of the most imitated and parodied images in rock history. “Born To Run” is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2003. In 2005, “Born To Run” is reissued as a three disc box set to commemorate its 30th anniversary. It includes a remastered version of the original album and two DVD’s. The first being an extensive documentary about the making of the landmark album titled “Wings For Wheels”, which wins a Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video in 2007. The third disc is a complete and previously unreleased live concert filmed at the Hammersmith Odeon in London in November of 1975, and additional footage from a show filmed at Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles in May of 1973. The album is remastered again in 2014 on CD and reissued as a 180 gram vinyl LP. "Born To Run" peaks at number three on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 6x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

“People were all going, ‘You’re joking, they’ll never play it, you’ll only hear the first few bars and then they’ll fade it out.’ We had numerous rows. EMI were shocked - ‘a six-minute single? You must be joking!’” - Freddie Mercury

To celebrate 40 years of Queen’s most decorated and chart-topping single, here is a compiled list of Bohemian Rhapsody performed throughout the band’s touring career. From the Odeon to Knebworth, listen, relax, and carry on as if nothing really matters…

Hammersmith Odeon (1975)
Live in Houston (1977)
Earl’s Court (1977)
Paris (1979)
Tokyo Budokan (1979)
Newcastle (1979)
Live in Buenos Aires (1981)
Live in São Paulo (1981)
Live in Caracas (1981)
Rock Montreal (1981)
Live at The Bowl (1982)
Rock in Rio (1985)
Live in Sydney (1985)
Live Aid (1985)
Wembley Stadium (1986)
Live in Budapest (1986)
Knebworth Park (1986)