Slate has a great article about Bruce Springsteen and the making of Born to Run (by necessity an important music milestone for anyone who had grown up in New Jersey in the 70′s).
Springsteen’s music has had a number of notable cabaret treatments. My favorite is Barbara Fasano’s amazing recording of Rick Jensen’s recording of Thunder Road.
Favorite quote from the article: “What mattered to him was to sound spontaneous, not to be spontaneous. “Spontaneity,” he said, in 1981, “is not made by fastness. Elvis, I believe, did like 30 takes of ‘Hound Dog,’ and you put that thing on,” and it just explodes.”