Born in the U.S.A. is the seventh studio album by American rock singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen, released on June 4, 1984. A critical and commercial triumph, it found Springsteen marking a departure in his sound. While the predecessor, the dark and acoustic Nebraska featured songs of pessimism and isolation, Born in the U.S.A.’s lyrics expressed signs of hope in the daily fight of the standard American in following the American Dream, a new feeling complemented by synthesized arrangements and a pop-flavored, radio-oriented sound that helped Springsteen to extend his popularity and appeal to mainstream audiences.
The album was supported by an enormous commercial campaign that helped create several hit singles, as well as remixes and music videos.
I think it’s a great record and for me it’s the first part of a trilogy that includes: Born in the USA, The Rising and Wrecking Ball. Albums that comments on the state of the country (USA).
1: Born in the USA – John Mellencamp
True to Springsteens song (both Born in the USA and Tracks versions). John performs Born In The USA as part of the Kennedy Center Honors tribute to Bruce Springsteen.
2: Cover Me – Boombox Heart (audio only)
3: Darlington County – Jeff Stevens and The Bullets
Taking it all out into west-coast countryrock territory:
4: Working on the Highway – Olive Street Band (?)
5: Downbound Train – Madrugada
Norwegian band does a great version from 2008.
6: I’m on fire – Bat for Lashes
Looking forward to see her on Bergenfest this summer!
7: No Surrender – Eddie Vedder
Very fine accoustic version:
8: Bobby Jean – Erlend Ropstad
Wonderful piano version by singer/songwriter Erlend Ropstad:
9: I’m goin’ down – Vampire Weekend
Love the way the song changes with another kind of voice:
10: Glory Days – The Avett Brothers
They can do no wrong!
11: Dancing in the dark – Tegan and Sara
With an amusing introduction:
12: My Hometown – Tracy Chapman and Bruce Springsteen
I know, not quite a cover, but I don’t care, my rules , and it’s a beautiful version: