Bruce Springsteen has no shortage of his own songs to choose from when he plays live, but The Boss also likes to cover tunes by other artists he admires in his concerts. A new archival live compilation gathering together 15 interesting covers Springsteen played with The E Street Band over the years debuted Friday exclusively via select streaming services.
The Live Series: Songs Under Cover boasts performances spanning from 1975 to 2017, and is the sixth installment in a series of themed live playlists from Bruce.
The collection, which is ordered chronologically, kicks off with a 1975 rendition of “When You Walk in the Room” that Springsteen and company played at The Roxy in Los Angeles. The song was written and first recorded by Jackie DeShannon in 1963, and was a hit for U.K. band The Searchers the following year.
The final track is a version of The Bobby Fuller Four‘s “I Fought the Law” performed at a February 2017 show in Hunter Valley, Australia.
Other interesting tunes on Songs Under Cover include renditions of Eddie Cochran‘s “Summertime Blues,” Elvis Presley‘s “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” Creedence Clearwater Revival‘s “Travelin’ Band,” Jackie Wilson‘s “Higher and Higher,” The Bee Gees‘ “Stayin’ Alive,” AC/DC‘s “Highway to Hell, Prince‘s “Purple Rain” and Van Morrison‘s “Brown Eyed Girl.”
Springsteen and the E Street Band played “Purple Rain” in tribute to Prince on April 23, 2016, two days after the legendary entertainer died.
Here’s a full track list for Songs Under Cover, along with the artist or artists associated with each tune and the date and location where they were recorded:
“When You Walk in the Room” (The Searchers) — Los Angeles, CA, The Roxy, 10/18/1975
“Twist and Shout” (The Isley Brothers, The Beatles) — Upper Darby, PA, Tower Theater, 12/31/1975
“Summertime Blues” (Eddie Cochran) — Cleveland, OH, The Agora, 8/9/1978
“Detroit Medley” (Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels) — New York, NY, Madison Square Garden, 9/21/1979
“Can’t Help Falling In Love” (Elvis Presley) — London, U.K., Wembley Arena, 6/5/1981
“Travelin’ Band” (Creedence Clearwater Revival) — Los Angeles, CA, Memorial Coliseum, 9/27/1985
“Boom Boom” (John Lee Hooker) — New York, NY, Madison Square Garden, 5/23/1988
“Higher and Higher” (Jackie Wilson) — Buffalo, NY, HSBC Arena, 11/22/2009
“I Don’t Want to Go Home” (Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes) — Helsinki, Finland, Olympiastadion, 7/31/2012
“Stayin’ Alive” (The Bee Gees) — Brisbane, Australia, Brisbane Entertainment Centre, 2/26/2014
“Highway to Hell” (AC/DC) — Brisbane, Australia, Brisbane Entertainment Centre, 2/26/2014
“Purple Rain” (Prince)– Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center, 4/23/2016
“Lucille” (Little Richard) — Milan, Italy, Stadio San Siro, 7/3/2016
“Brown Eyed Girl” (Van Morrison) — Adelaide, Australia, Adelaide Entertainment Centre, 1/30/2017
“I Fought the Law” (The Bobby Fuller Four, The Clash) — Hunter Valley, Australia, Hope Estate Winery, 2/18/2017
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The next chapter of live performances, ‘The Live Series: Songs Under Cover’ is now streaming. This collection features live versions of “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” “Purple Rain,” “Highway To Hell” & more covers from Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band https://t.co/sWPwYF2qbb pic.twitter.com/KLYHGQHSEx
— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) February 14, 2020