Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Born in the U.S.A. CD 12 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) CK 38653 074643865326
Born in the U.S.A. 12" Vinyl 12 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) QC 38653 074643865319
Born in the U.S.A. CD 12 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) CDCBS 86304 5099708630423
Born in the U.S.A. CD 12 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) CK 38653 0612133865302
Born in the U.S.A. 12" Vinyl 12 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) CBS 86304 [none]
Born in the U.S.A. 12" Vinyl 12 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) CBS 86304
Born in the U.S.A. CD 12 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) CDCBS 86304 [none]
Born in the U.S.A. 12" Vinyl 12 CBS/Sony (Japan) 30AP 2878
Born in the U.S.A. Vinyl 12 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) 86304 [none]
Born in the U.S.A. 12" Vinyl 12 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) CBSCL 32 308-9
Born in the U.S.A. 12" Vinyl 12 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) S 86304 [none]
Born in the U.S.A. (repress) 12" Vinyl 12 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) CBS 86304 [none]
Born in the U.S.A. Cassette 12 AMIGA 0 56 222 [none]
Born in the U.S.A. CD 12 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) COL 511256 2 5099751125624
Born in the U.S.A. CD 12 Sony Records International (Japanese TEXTLESS walking eye imprint) MHCP-728 4571191052209
Born in the U.S.A. CD 12 Sony Records International (Japanese TEXTLESS walking eye imprint) 88697287492 8869728749200
Born in the U.S.A. (hi-res audio) Digital Media 12 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) 0886444977234
Born in the U.S.A. 12" Vinyl 12 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) QC 38653 888750142818
Born in the U.S.A. (remastered) CD 12 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) 88875098792 888750987921
Born in the U.S.A. CD 12 CK-38653 074643865326
Born in the U.S.A. CD 12 CBS/Sony (ES) CD 86304 5099708630423
Born in the U.S.A. (mastered for iTunes) Digital Media 12 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) 074643865326

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performed at: 2009-10-03: Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ, USA (2009-10-03)
2009-10-09: Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ, USA (2009-10-09)
2009-10-20: Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA, USA (2009-10-20)
2013-05-11: Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden (2013-05-11)
2013-05-26: Olympiastadion, Munich, Germany (2013-05-26)
2013-06-03: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan, Italy (2013-06-03)
2013-06-29: Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France (2013-06-29)
2013-06-30: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, England, UK (2013-06-30)
2013-07-27: Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, Ireland (2013-07-27)
2013-09-21: Cidade do Rock, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (2013-09-22)
2014-02-15: AAMI Park, Melbourne, Australia (2014-02-15)
associated singles/EPs: Born in the U.S.A.
Dancing in the Dark
I’m on Fire
My Hometown
covers: Dead Man’s Town: A Tribute to Born in the USA by Various Artists
included in: The Album Collection, Vol. 1
part of: Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 86)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000191830 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/26701 [info]
Wikidata: Q40425 [info]
other databases: http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/bruce_springsteen/born_in_the_u_s_a_/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/j2f9 [info]

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East Berlin, 1988. Under a graphite sky, a familiar synthesizer riff echoes out over a vast arena. As a thundercrack snare drum underscores one of the most consistently spine-chilling intros ever, Bruce Springsteen, telecaster in hand, stares out toward half a million East Germans who've all started singing the chorus - before he's even begun the first verse.

500,000 Germans shouting "Born In The USA" in some huge-ass park in the late-eighties is plainly quite weird. But they're not American. They're not singing about being American, are they? Are they??

"Born In The USA", the title track of The Boss' mega-selling 1984 album, was much misunderstood. Accused at the same time of being repulsively nationalistic, and viciously Anti-American, the track was endorsed by conservative US politicians (including Ronald Reagan) as an exemplar of "classic American values" whilst the bitter lyrics actually tell the story of disaffected Vietnam veteran, chewed up and spat out by his own country:

'I had a buddy at Khe Sahn
Fighting off the Viet Cong
They're still there, he's all gone
He had a little girl in Saigon
I got a picture of him in her arms'

Fire up YouTube and watch John Sayles' music video for the track. The killer punch comes near the end where you see the smiling veteran with a hole where his left eye should be.
Despite the poor sync between the video and audio, Springsteen's leather-clad delivery is scarily fierce. Heard alongside the visuals of Bruce spitting the hopeless verses, the song is revealed as far more than a knuckleheaded, jingoistic sing-a-long. It's a ragged-lunged hymn to long gone friends, a treacherous government, a stupid war, having no job, but f*** it, let's shout the chorus until we cough up our lungs.

Springsteen's much-discussed genius lies in finding the humanity in the everyday, punching it out with a grizzled kind of grandeur, and managing it dressed as Mad Max. That's why our German friends, with their cold war blues and bad blow-dries, are singing along in their hundreds of thousands. Despite huge political and national gulfs, there are more similarities than there are differences.

The other songs on the album? Apart from the unsettling, tender "I'm On Fire", it's familiar fare throughout, reliable rock and soul courtesy of Bruce and his band of E Street musos, with the added bonus of "Glory Days" and the irrepressible "Dancing In The Dark" chucked in too.
But at no point does it become as stupid, or as complex, as track 1.