Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Bruce Springsteen - Cover Songs, Volume 18: 2012

Even though it's Christmas Eve, the daily posting of Bruce Springsteen cover songs albums continues without pause. This album deals with just the year 2012.

This album is much like the others in the series, with the usual emphasis on covers of classic rock and soul hits from the 1960s. This time, only two out of the 12 songs have been officially released. Still, the sound quality is generally excellent.

Probably the worst song in terms of sound quality is "When I Leave Berlin." But I included it because it's such an unusual song for Springsteen to cover. Plus, even the sound quality on that one is acceptable. The song was written by the rare obscure British folk musician Wizz Jones, and first appeared on a 1973 album by him.

01 The Way You Do the Things You Do - 634-5789 [Soulsville, U.S.A.] (Bruce Springsteen)
02 We Gotta Get Out of This Place [Acoustic Version] (Bruce Springsteen)
03 California Sun (Bruce Springsteen)
04 The Weight (Bruce Springsteen)
05 When I Leave Berlin (Bruce Springsteen)
06 I Saw Her Standing There (Paul McCartney & Bruce Springsteen)
07 Dirty Water (Bruce Springsteen)
08 Knock On Wood (Bruce Springsteen)
09 Pay Me My Money Down (Bruce Springsteen)
10 Monster Mash (Bruce Springsteen)
11 Who Says You Can't Go Home (Bon Jovi & Bruce Springsteen)
12 Tumbling Dice (Rolling Stones & Bruce Springsteen)


In 2012, Springsteen had one of several appearances on The Jimmy Fallon Show in which he parodied his "Born in the U.S.A." era self. As a lark, I've used a photo from that appearance as the album cover. Fallon can be partially seen to the side, dressed up like Neil Young.


  1. Hello Paul. Just found your place and it's amazing: what a labour of love!
    I dowloaded all the Stones albums you made and, believe me, I'm quite into their songbook since the sixties but you succeed in surprising me with your tasty selections, fixing by the way the whole mess between US, UK & poor tracklists that plague their 60's issues. Not erasing the prior choices but making another "should exist" history... Huge thanks from a music lover!


    PS My mouth is watering when I look at musicians' list!
    Have a happy new year full of never existed LPs.

    1. Thanks. Your comment means a lot to me, because that's exactly what I've been trying to do, fix badly managed discographies. Yet you're one of the very few people to comment on it. Even until this day, so many big artists still have discographies in shambles, with all sorts of hard to find songs, and different album versions in different countries, and so on. It's strange.