If you ever listen to Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes and start thinking of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, there’s good reason: Many members of Springsteen’s long time supporting band have also been members of Southside Johnny’s Asbury Jukes. Some before, some after, and some even at the same time. Steven Van Zandt, who is often associated with Springsteen’s guitar sound actually started out in Southside Johnny’s band.
Although Bruce Springsteen and Southside Johnny both competed for the same New Jersey audiences, it was always a friendly rivalry. Hence the numerous players and singers who shared the stage and studio with both. It also explains the similarity in their sounds. It’s easy to tell the difference between the two but at the same time the similarities are unmistakable. I guess that can’t be avoided when your roots are so deeply intertwined.
I don’t think there is any Bruce Springsteen fan who would be disappointed with any album by
Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, especially 1980’s “Love Is A Sacrifice”. My personal favorite by them.