Bruce Springsteen

12" Single Collection

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As part of the extensive promotional campaign for Born in the U.S.A., several of the album's singles were released in remixed, extended versions as 12-inch dance singles. These included "Dancing in the Dark," "Cover Me," and "Born in the U.S.A." itself. Along with others that were not altered, these singles also featured non-LP B-sides. CBS U.K. capitalized on these releases to construct a boxed set of four 12-inch singles and one seven-inch single. This 17-track release contained five of the album's singles (the three above -- two remixes each of "Dancing in the Dark" and "Cover Me"--plus "Glory Days," "I'm on Fire," and "I'm Goin' Down" in their LP versions) and five B-sides ("Pink Cadillac," which would become a Top Ten hit for Natalie Cole in 1988, "Shut Out the Light," a live version of Tom Waits's "Jersey Girl," "Johnny Bye Bye," "Stand on It," and "Janey, Don't You Lose Heart"), plus selected tracks from previous albums. (There was also a poster of a buff Bruce that was, like they say, suitable for framing.) The remixes were trendy at the time -- even Bob Dylan employed remixer Arthur Baker (who also served here) in the mid-'80s -- though they now sound like curiosities. But the B-sides are nearly the equal of some of the released tracks on Born in the U.S.A., and the addition of songs like "Rosalita" make this box a comprehensive sampler of Springsteen's work up to 1985. The only problem is that you have to keep getting up and changing the records.

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