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Part One - Overview

The Born In The U.S.A. sessions spanned a two year period and produced the largest quantity of completed song recordings of any session of Bruce’s career. The sessions can be broken down into four distinct phases:

Phase One - January thru May 1982, featuring The E Street Band (with Van Zandt)
Phase Two - January thru late April 1983, featuring Springsteen alone on multiple instruments
Phase Three - May thru June 1983, featuring The E Street Band (little or no Van Zandt)
Phase Four - September 1983 thru February 1984, featuring The E Street Band (no Van Zandt)

According to comments by Max Weinberg, nearly eighty songs were recorded over the course of the entire Born In The U.S.A. sessions. Co-producer Chuck Plotkin has mentioned the number seventy. Springsteen also once stated seventy. In evaluating seventy to eighty it is not clear if these numbers include the thirteen songs from the solo Nebraska sessions that have never surfaced in any form with an E Street Band or multi-instrument backing (i.e., the ten songs issued on the Nebraska album, plus "The Big Payback", "Losin’ Kind" and "Child Bride"). Thanks to information from Sony's studio logs, we now have a far better understanding of the sheer scale of Springsteen's output at this time, as well as the layout of the sessions. Perhaps the most significant information gleaned from the logs is the final confirmation that the majority of Nebraska songs *were* recorded with the band at The Power Station, as well as songs like "Robert Ford" and "Fade To Black" which were demoed in 1981 alongside those Nebraska tracks.

Currently, thirty-two different songs have been officially released from the Born In The U.S.A. sessions, including those originally recorded for but not included on Nebraska. There are thirteen other songs that are circulating unofficially as complete takes in very good sound quality. Eight songs from Nebraska ("Atlantic City", "Johnny 99", "Used Cars", "Nebraska", "Open All Night", "Mansion On The Hill", "Highway Patrolman" and "Reason To Believe") are known to have been recorded with the band, plus another thirty-three songs that may have been worked to completion. Altogether these total eighty-six songs, fairly consistent with Weinberg, Plotkin and Springsteen's recollections. The following list is ninety-one songs from the period that have either been (a) officially released, (b) demoed, (c) rehearsed with the band but never recorded, or (d) cut in the studio but not released.

COVER ME 3:22 BORN IN THE USA
I'M ON FIRE 2:32 BORN IN THE USA
BORN IN THE U.S.A. 4:36 BORN IN THE USA
DOWNBOUND TRAIN 3:29 BORN IN THE USA
WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY 3:10 BORN IN THE USA
GLORY DAYS 4:11 BORN IN THE USA
DARLINGTON COUNTY 4:44 BORN IN THE USA
I'M GOIN' DOWN 3:25 BORN IN THE USA
MY HOMETOWN 4:27 BORN IN THE USA
NO SURRENDER 3:57 BORN IN THE USA
BOBBY JEAN 3:41 BORN IN THE USA
DANCING IN THE DARK 3:57 BORN IN THE USA
PINK CADILLAC 3:33 TRACKS / 1984 b-side
SHUT OUT THE LIGHT 3:48 TRACKS / 1984 b-side
JOHNNY BYE-BYE 1:46 TRACKS / 1985 b-side
STAND ON IT 3:03 TRACKS / 1985 b-side
JANEY, DON'T YOU LOSE HEART 3:24 TRACKS / 1985 b-side
LION'S DEN 2:18 TRACKS
A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND (PITTSBURGH) 3:12 TRACKS
MY LOVE WILL NOT LET YOU DOWN 4:22 TRACKS
WAGES OF SIN 4:49 TRACKS
THIS HARD LAND 4:46 TRACKS
FRANKIE 7:22 TRACKS
CYNTHIA 4:10 TRACKS
CAR WASH 2:04 TRACKS
TV MOVIE 2:39 TRACKS
BROTHERS UNDER THE BRIDGES 5:02 TRACKS
MAN AT THE TOP 3:19 TRACKS
ROCKAWAY THE DAYS 4:40 TRACKS
MURDER INCORPORATED 4:02 GREATEST HITS
COUNTY FAIR 4:50 ESSENTIAL
NONE BUT THE BRAVE 5:35 ESSENTIAL
PROTECTION circulating
THE KLANSMAN circulating
SEVEN TEARS circulating
FUGITIVE'S DREAM circulating
ONE LOVE circulating
BETTY JEAN circulating
UNSATISFIED HEART circulating
RICHFIELD WHISTLE circulating
LITTLE GIRL (LIKE YOU) circulating
DELIVERY MAN circulating
FOLLOW THAT DREAM circulating
SUGARLAND circulating
DON'T BACK DOWN circulating
DROP ON DOWN AND COVER ME circulating
YOUR LOVE IS ALL AROUND ME 3:18 private
STOP THE WAR 3:48 private
REASON TO BELIEVE 3:34 private
BABY I'M SO COLD 4:02 private
BELLS OF SAN SALVADOR 3:07 private
ROBERT FORD uncirculating
FADE TO BLACK uncirculating
JOHNNY 99 uncirculating
ATLANTIC CITY uncirculating
USED CARS uncirculating
LOSIN' KIND uncirculating
NEBRASKA uncirculating
OPEN ALL NIGHT uncirculating
MANSION ON THE HILL uncirculating
HIGHWAY PATROLMAN uncirculating
ON THE PROWL uncirculating
WILLIAM DAVIS uncirculating
GUN IN EVERY HOME uncirculating
COMMON GROUND (STAY HUNGRY) uncirculating
SAVIN' UP uncirculating
OUT OF WORK uncirculating
LOVE'S ON THE LINE uncirculating
CLUB SOUL CITY uncirculating
ALL I NEED uncirculating
HOLD ON (TO WHAT YOU GOT) uncirculating
WORKIN' ON IT uncirculating
TRUE LOVE IS HARD TO COME BY uncirculating
JAMES LINCOLN DEAR uncirculating
I DON'T CARE uncirculating
THE MONEY WE DIDN'T MAKE uncirculating
JOHNNY GO DOWN uncirculating
BODY AND SOUL uncirculating
GONE, GONE, GONE uncirculating
KING'S HIGHWAY uncirculating
JUST AROUND THE CORNER TO THE LIGHT OF DAY uncirculating
INVITATION TO YOUR PARTY uncirculating
BAD BOY uncirculating
GLORY OF LOVE uncirculating
SHUT DOWN uncirculating
100 MILES FROM JACKSON uncirculating
ROLL AWAY THE STONE uncirculating
SWOOP MAN uncirculating
UNDER THE BIG SKY uncirculating
REFRIGERATOR BLUES uncirculating
IDA ROSE (NO ONE KNOWS) uncirculating
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