Double album of Boss cover versions
Uncut gave away two albums of Springsteen covers with twin editions of Take 71 earlier this year. But his songbook is so vast, Light Of Day offers a further 29 such recordings, with only Dion’s “Book Of Dreams” and Patty Griffin’s “Stolen Car” overlapping. Standouts on CD 1 include Dan Bern’s acoustic “Thunder Road”, Nils Lofgren’s “Man At The Top”, Matthew Ryan’s eerie “Something In The Night” and Steve Wynn’s up-all-night, dark and whacked-out “State Trooper”. CD 2 offers Elvis Costello’s countrified “Brilliant Disguise”, Graham Parker doing “Pink Cadillac” as an acoustic blues and a surprisingly affecting “New York City Serenade” by Pete Yorn. Yes, our Springsteen CDs were given away free. But Light Of Day is in a good cause: all royalties are being donated to medical charities.