Saturday, December 21, 2019

Bruce Springsteen - Cover Songs, Volume 15: 2007-2009

Your daily Christmas season "advent calendar" of Bruce Springsteen albums continues. :) After this album I have seven more albums to go in the series, so I'll finish this some time between Christmas Day and New Year's.

This volume technically covers 2007 to 2009. But in fact only the first two songs are from 2007 and 2008. All the rest is from 2009. When Springsteen went on tour that year, for whatever reason, he played tons of covers that he'd never done before. Each concert, he would ask the audience for large cards with the names of songs they wanted him to play written on him. He encouraged the audience to "stump the band" by requesting covers and not just songs he'd written. So 2009 will take up the vast majority of this album, all of the next album, and half of the album after that.

The one downside to his 2009 approach is that he often played this covers just one time, without practice, based on some random request. So that meant there usually wasn't an official release (despite his recent trend of officially releasing dozens upon dozens of concerts), and occasionally there wasn't even a bootlegged recording. But usually what happened was that someone did bootleg it, but only with a fair sounding audience recording.

That means two things. One, there were many interesting covers he did in 2009 that I didn't include here because I felt the sound quality wasn't good enough. I'm included a bunch of those on an addendum album I'll post later of covers with rougher sound quality, but many songs didn't even rise to that level. The other thing is that, of the songs that I did include here, the sound quality is variable. Only two songs here are officially released (the last two). Most of the rest come from audience bootlegs. Luckily, most of them were very well recorded and sound nearly as good as soundboard recordings, or I wouldn't have included them here.

I edited the song "My Generation." The reason for that is because somebody in the band really messed up. The way the song goes, the band has to change keys several times over the course of the song. But halfway through the song, someone in the band went to the wrong key or didn't change keys. They continued playing that way through a verse, chorus, and a bass solo. So I edited all that out. However, after that cut, the song is still three minutes long, and sounds like a complete song. (I would have used a different version of the song, but Springsteen has only played the song live a handful of times, and the recordings of the other versions either sound really bad or don't exist.)

01 Town Called Heartbreak (Bruce Springsteen & Patti Scialfa)
02 I'll Fly Away (Bruce Springsteen)
03 I Ain't Got No Home (Bruce Springsteen)
04 Proud Mary (Bruce Springsteen)
05 Wild Thing (Bruce Springsteen)
06 96 Tears (Bruce Springsteen)
07 Seventh Son (Bruce Springsteen)
08 Expressway to Your Heart (Bruce Springsteen)
09 You Really Got Me (Bruce Springsteen)
10 My Generation [Edit] (Bruce Springsteen)
11 Like a Rolling Stone (Bruce Springsteen)
12 Mony Mony (Bruce Springsteen)
13 The Dark End of the Street (Bruce Springsteen)
14 Good Lovin' (Bruce Springsteen)
15 London Calling (Bruce Springsteen)

For the last album cover, I went with a photo of Springsteen playing a piano, to help show that he does more than just play guitar. Continuing with that idea, this time I picked a photo of his blowing on a harmonica. This photo was taken in New York City in 2007.

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