There are quite a few pressings of Bruce Springsteen singles. Some are glaringly different from one another, with different cover art and/or track listings. But for others the difference is as simple as country of origin. The 7″ single for “I’m Goin’ Down” is one of the larger singles in terms of pressings. with only 15.
What is pictured here is the standard U.S pressing, which comes in a picture sleeve and has “Janey, Don’t Lose Your Heart” on the b-side. There is also a promo pressing of this single, which also has ” Janey, Don’t Lose Your Heart ” as the b-side, gut it comes in a stock Columbia Records sleeve and has grey stock Columbia center labels. There is also another 7″ pressing that is identical to the promo pressing, except it comes in a stock Columbia Hall Of Fame sleeve and released under that HOF banner.
Along with the U.S. 7″ pressing, there is also a UK, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Australian, Japanese and Canadian, pressing. The UK, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese and Australian pressings are all identical to the standard U.S. pressing, except obviously the catalog numbers different.
There are two variants for the Canadian 7″ pressing, one is identical to the aforementioned standard pressings and the other is a promo pressing that is identical to the U.S. promo pressing. The Japanese and Spanish pressings are the only ones to come in gatefold jackets. They both have identical cover art except for a few subtle differences. The Japanese pressing has Japanese writing on it and only makes mention of “I’m Goin’ Down” on the cover. The Spanish pressing has Spanish writing on it and mentions both songs featured on the single; “I’m Goin’ Down” and “Janey, Don’t Lose Your Heart.” In an odd move, the b-side track, “Janey, Don’t Lose Your Heart” has a more prominent position on the cover, up along the top in giant lettering. “I’m Goin’ Down” is sequestered to a tiny section of the bottom right corner.
On top of all the 7″ pressings there are also three different 12″ pressings; a U.S., Spanish and general European. Though I suspect the general European pressing is actually a Dutch pressing, I just can’t confirm it. I have never seen the U.S. pressing or a picture of it, so I don’t know if it has cover art or comes in a stock jacket/sleeve. The U.S. pressing has “I’m Goin’ Down” on both sides of the record. The Spanish and general European pressings have different cover art, but only slightly. The Spanish pressing has the same cover art as the 7″ singles, and the general European pressing has a slight tweak to same, aforementioned cover art. The general European has the picture of Springsteen centered in the jacket instead of off towards the left hand side. Both of the European pressings has the same track listing though, with two b-side tracks; “Janey, Don’t Lose Your Heart” and “Held Up Without Gun.”
It’s important to note that all the North American pressings are released on Columbia Records and all the non-North American pressings are released under the CBS/Sony banner.