Born In The U.S.A.

BORN IN THE U.S.A. - V1 2:22 FFOD / HNWB / MT2
BORN IN THE U.S.A. - V2 0:30 FFOD / HNWB
BORN IN THE U.S.A. - V3 4:45 FFOD / HNWB
BORN IN THE U.S.A. - V4 3:10 FFOD / HNWB
BORN IN THE U.S.A. - V5 2:55 FFOD / HNWB
BORN IN THE U.S.A. - V6 4:00 FFOD / HNWB
BORN IN THE U.S.A. - V7a 3:06 LM-1 / HNWB
BORN IN THE U.S.A. - V7b 3:06 TRACKS
BORN IN THE U.S.A. - V8 8:09 THLBB / UH / GS / BUERM / MI
BORN IN THE U.S.A. - V9a - take 9 4:34 BITUSA / ESSENTIAL / GREATEST
BORN IN THE U.S.A. - V9b 4:52 LM-19 / THLBP
BORN IN THE U.S.A. - V9c - freedom mix 7:20 1984 EP
BORN IN THE U.S.A. - V9d - radio mix 6:10 1984 EP
BORN IN THE U.S.A. - V9e - dub mix 7:36 1984 EP

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Track-sheet from a recording of 'Born In The U.S.A.', dated May 3, 1982.

Note: V1 is rough demo from 1981. V2 is when things start to get familiar, featuring the lyrics "Born baby in the USA, I believe in the American way". A fascinating glimpse at the development of a classic. Recorded at Springsteen’s home in Colts Neck, NJ from mid-September to December 1981. V3 - V6 are demos written after Jon Landau sent Springsteen a Paul Schrader script called "Born In the USA" in 1981, evolving from an earlier song he wrote called "Vietnam". V7 was recorded on January 3, 1982, and Bruce included it on the "Nebraska" demos cassette tape he sent to Jon Landau. In his notes to Landau, Bruce describes the song as "[a] little ditty. should be done very hard rockin". It was officially released with the "Tracks" compilation in 1998. V8 and V9 recorded in just four takes (two complete), at The Power Station with the E Street Band, during the "Electric Nebraska Sessions". V8 was completed on April 27-28, 1982, and contains a different Springsteen vocal overdub and a very long, extended jam ending. V9a (take 9) was completed on May 3, and became the first song on side one of the album, "Born In the USA". V9b continues where 9a fades out, with an extended synthesizer ending; it was leaked out of the sessions, and released unofficially on one of the permutations of the bootleg, "This Hard Land". V9c thru V9e are dance remixes of V9b, undertaken by Producer/Mixer Arthur Baker, and recorded at Shakedown Studio in New York City around September 1984. Toby Scott was the recording engineer for the remixes (which include additional vocals by The Latin Rascals), which were first released in December 1984.

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