6 Of The Finest Covers By Bruce Springsteen

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Bruce Springsteen, aka “The Boss,” isn’t just a hitmaker; he’s a cover maestro, breathing new life into classics during his epic live gigs. The E Street Band adds their magic, turning these covers into Springsteen’s own. Check out six killer live covers they’ve perfected over the years.

6. “Trapped” (Originally by Jimmy Cliff)
Jimmy Cliff’s soulful original takes a transformative turn in Springsteen’s hands. With an added atmosphere and heightened intensity, Springsteen’s rendition of “Trapped” becomes a concert favorite, filled with mournful verses and an intense chorus oozing pure, raw emotion.

5. “Jersey Girl” (Originally by Tom Waits)
Penned by Tom Waits, “Jersey Girl” is now synonymous with Springsteen. This track has minimal arrangement changes, but the big infusion of Clarence Clemons’ saxophone makes all the difference. Springsteen’s version pays homage to his home state, consistently drawing cheers.

4. “Quarter to Three” (Originally by Gary U.S. Bonds)
Springsteen taps into his love for ’60s soul and R&B. “Quarter to Three” stands out for its infectious party vibe, often featured in encores. Reflecting Springsteen’s admiration for Gary U.S. Bonds, the connection turned into a collaborative hit in the ’80s.

3. “War” (Originally by Edwin Starr)
During the Born in the U.S.A. Tour, Springsteen’s “War” rendition became a highlight, showcasing the E Street Band’s fire-starting live performance. The powerful message, combined with the band’s energy, earned Springsteen another Top 10 hit, proving his knack for reinterpreting the classics.

2. “Chimes of Freedom” (Originally by Bob Dylan)
Adapting Bob Dylan’s poetic meditation, Springsteen channels The Byrds’ arrangement for “Chimes of Freedom.” Roy Bittan’s keyboards add a glistening touch, creating a version that resonates with timeless themes. It’s the perfect title track for a live EP capturing the best of the Tunnel of Love Express Tour.

1. “My Ride’s Here” (Originally by Warren Zevon)
In a heartfelt homage to Warren Zevon shortly after his passing, Springsteen took the stage to perform “My Ride’s Here.” Bringing the tempo down and accentuating the mournful elements, Springsteen, accompanied by Soozie Tyrell’s violin and Danny Federici’s accordion, presented a moving rendition as a touching tribute to his friend.

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