What a difference a rhythm section makes!
In 1989 when Bruce shelved the E Street Band, The Boss’ artistic and commercial currency plummeted. When he rehired bassist Garry Tallent, along with Mighty Max Weinberg, Clarence, Little Steven, and Nils Lofgren, he commenced to waxing great records again.
A vastly underrated bassist who was an early adopter of Leo Fender’s Music Man Stingray, Garry is also an acclaimed producer as evidenced by his stellar work behind the console with Jim Lauderdale, Steve Forbert, and The Delevantes.
The last remaining original member of Bruce’s Asbury Park E Street posse, Tallent’s Motown-Macca inspired bass artistry greatly enhanced pivotal platters by Ian Hunter, Little Steven, Southside Johnny, and Gary US Bonds.
Equally adept on the fretless – which he often utilized on stage in the 1980s, Garry’s tone continues to evolve: from his punchy, traditional bass resonance on E Street Shuffle (1973), to producer Brendan O’Brien’s sonic augmentation of Talent’s talents with an overdrive pedal or two as heard on Magic (2007) and Working On A Dream (2009). Though Bruce’s latest acclaimed album High Hopes (2014) is not credited to the E Street Band, Garry appears on all the best tracks...