Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Bruce Springsteen - Cover Songs, Volume 6: 1981-1984

Here's the next Bruce Springsteen covers song album.

Springsteen toured in 1981 and again in 1984, so most of the songs here are from those two years. (The two songs from 1982 and 1983 are from guest appearances he did in small clubs.)

Note that the song "Shake" is an edit. It was part of the "Detroit Medley" that he often performs. I edited just that one song out of the longer medley, then added some audience noise at the end. But it's long enough to stand on its own as a song, and not just a snippet.

As usual, unless specified otherwise, all songs were performed with the E Street Band. The two songs from 1982 and 1983 mentioned above actually were done with different bands.

This time around, seven out of the 15 songs have been officially released. But it doesn't make much difference, since all the songs sound great. The two club performances probably sound a little rougher than the rest. Oh, plus, the first two songs, "Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)" and "Run through the Jungle," sound a bit rough, and obviously come from audience bootlegs. Plus, Springsteen inexplicably said "Run through THIS Jungle," every single time.

01 Double Shot [Of My Baby's Love] (Bruce Springsteen)
02 Run through the Jungle (Bruce Springsteen)
03 Can't Help Falling in Love (Bruce Springsteen)
04 Follow That Dream (Bruce Springsteen)
05 I Fought the Law (Bruce Springsteen)
06 Jole Blon (Bruce Springsteen)
07 Shake [Edit] (Bruce Springsteen)
08 Sea Cruise (Bruce Springsteen)
09 The Ballad of Easy Rider (Bruce Springsteen)
10 Deportee [Plane Wreck at Los Gatos] (Bruce Springsteen)
11 Come On Over to My House (Bruce Springsteen with Cats on a Smooth Surface)
12 Ain't That Lovin' You Baby (Bruce Springsteen with John Eddie)
13 Street Fighting Man (Bruce Springsteen)
14 Travelin' Band (Bruce Springsteen)
15 Jersey Girl (Bruce Springsteen)
16 Trapped (Bruce Springsteen)

For the cover art, I picked a photo showing Springsteen jumping high in the air. I had to crop it carefully to show how high he's jumping without making his body too small. Hopefully you can see what's going on. The photo was taken at a concert in Oakland in 1981.


  1. I don't see a link. Will you be posting one? Thank you for the first 5 volumes.

  2. I don't want to be that guy, and maybe you explained it elsewhere, but the cover art states volume 2 for this 6th volume.

    1. Thanks for being that guy. I just fixed it. I'm bummed nobody else pointed it out.