Cover Me

COVER ME - V1 3:15 THLBB
COVER ME - V2a 3:36 1984AC / RTT
COVER ME - V2b 3:28 BITUSA
COVER ME - V3 uncirculating
COVER ME - V4 uncirculating
COVER ME (Undercover Mix) - V5a 6:11 1984 EP
COVER ME (Radio) - V5b 3:46 1984 EP
COVER ME (Dub I) - V5c 4:11 1984 EP
COVER ME (Dub II) - V5d 4:14 1984 EP

Note: "Cover Me" v2b (the album mix) was recorded at The Hit Factory on January 25, 1982. Earlier in the year, David Geffen had approached Jon Landau to ask if Springsteen would write a song for Donna Summer. In response, Bruce wrote "Cover Me", but after Landau heard it, he told Bruce to come up with another song, because we're keeping this one, so Bruce wrote "Protection". V1 was recorded by Bill Scheniman, the engineer working on the Gary U.S. Bonds sessions at the time, so this song may also have been contemplated for Bonds, but more likely he was the engineer available at the time. V2a is an alternative mix that lacks Springsteen's lead guitar overdubs, but has the count-in and full ending chopped off the released track. On May 12, 1982 at The Power Station, Springsteen cut nine takes (V3-V4), but after a full day, he stuck with his earlier recording. Those takes remain in the vault, along with the recently rejected Electric Nebraska recordings. V5a thru V5d are dance/disco remixes cut at The Hit Factory in July 1984 by Arthur Baker. The recording engineer was Toby Scott, and they were released in early September 1984. V2 and V5 feature background vocals by Richie "La Bamba" Rosenberg.

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