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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 15: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performs at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on March 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Bruce Springsteen: “Badlands”

The Hook: It was all about capturing excitement and energy in the studio.

Album: Darkness on the Edge of Town

Year: 1978

Writer: Bruce Springsteen

Stats: Peaked at number-43 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Background: Bruce Springsteen’s Darkness on the Edge of Town had its 40th anniversary a month ago today — exactly one month ahead of the 69th birthday of E Street Band piano player Roy Bittan. Here’s what the birthday boy has to say about the recording sessions for one of that album’s most memorable cuts.

E Street Band piano player Roy Bittan on the intensity of the recording sessions for “Badlands.” OC:…on tape. :12

“Playing ‘Badlands’ you’d play a take on that thing and you’d be soaking wet by the end of the take. And that’s what we were going for in those days was to capture that excitement and that energy on tape.”

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - Badlands (Live in New York City)

Live in New York City Watch -!bl About: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's first tour in 10 years ended with an emotional series of 10 concerts at New York's famed Madison Square Garden.