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 “My Hometown” is one of the average singles in terms of pressings with 12.
What is pictured here is the standard U.S pressing, which comes in a picture sleeve and has a live version of “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” on the b-side. The standard pressing has the traditional stock, orange Columbia center labels. There is also a promo pressing of this single, which comes in the same picture sleeve as the standard pressing, but has white Columbia center labels that have “no for sale” printed on them. On top of those two pressings there is also a variant of the standard pressing, which simply does not have a picture sleeve. It comes in a plain white paper dust sleeve, and was likely sold solely to be used in jukeboxes. However, all variants of the standard pressing have a large hole.
Along with the U.S. 7″ pressing, there is also a UK, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Irish, Australian, Japanese and Canadian pressing. The UK, Italian and Canadian pressings are identical to the standard U.S. pressing, except for differing catalog numbers. The Japanese pressing is practically identical as well, except there is Japanese writing on the cover and there is also a barcode on it as well.
The Dutch and Spanish 7″ pressings have different cover art on the picture sleeve, but there is only a subtle difference. It has ” Bruce Springsteen My Hometown” printed across the top of the sleeve and “B side: Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” across the bottom. The same black and white picture of Bruce Springsteen is centered on the sleeve, with the writing above and below the picture.
On top of all the 7″ pressings there are also two different 12″ pressings; a U.S. and Dutch. The U.S pressing has the same cover art as its 7″ counterpart, and has “My Hometown” on both sides of the record. The Dutch pressing has the same cover art as its 7″ counterpart and has “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” on the b-side.
It’s important to note that all the overseas pressings are released under the CBS Records banner and has a red center label. The North American pressing are the only one to be released under Columbia Records banner.