Bruce Springsteen / Suicide / Beat The Devil ‎– Dream Baby Dream / Mr Ray

Blast First Petite ‎– PTYY 017
Vinyl, 10", 45 RPM, EP, Limited Edition, Numbered, Repress

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A Bruce Springsteen Dream Baby Dream 6:55
B1 Suicide Dream Baby Dream 3:51
B2 Beat The Devil Mr Ray
Recorded By – Perkin*

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This is the first 10" in the Alan Vega 70th Birthday Limited Edition EP Series.

This is the second (and final - according to label owner Paul Smith) edition, limited to another 4000 copies, identical to the first print but with a different sticker.

Track A recorded live for the Dust Devils solo tour 2005.
Track B1 recorded for the The Cars NBC TV "Midnight Special" (28th September 1979). Previously unreleased.
Track B2 recorded at 6/8 Studio, New York City.

Cut at Dubplates, Berlin.

All songs published by Rev/Vega Music.

Cover features a machine-numbered sticker, numbered from 4001-8000.



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June 3, 2009
Hardly the sort of cover you'd expect from the great man, but Bruce Springsteen's take on Suicide's 'Dream Baby Dream' is something very special. He'd close every night on his Devils & Dust tour with a version of this song – a repetitive and mesmeric lullaby of a thing, far away from the wordy, narrative pieces you'd associate with pared down Springsteen sets. If you look a little further back into his career, outside of the E Street Band, there are further traces of the Rev/Vega influence, chiefly in that Nebraska's 'State Trooper' owes much to 'Frankie Teardrop' in its oddly motorik, minimal rock & roll assemblage. Using only a looping organ figure with a little synthesizer to fill in the cracks, Springsteen keeps his arrangement of 'Dream Baby Dream' true to the spirit of the original, channeling vocals into the Roy Orbison-like shape that had characterized his delivery circa twenty years ago…To make a fair comparison between this and the original, the B-side begins with a previously unreleased Suicide performance, recorded for an NBC TV broadcast in 1979. Vega is in fine voice and the strange, snarling aloofness of it all is very much at odds with what goes down on the A. Finally, disbanded New York outfit Beat The Devil complete the EP with a hard rocking version of 'Mr Ray,' which is all good and well, but is inevitably overshadowed by the two tracks that came before it. Extremely limited. Don't miss out.