Bruce Springsteen Announces New Studio Album For January
Less than two years since his 2012 chart-topping Wrecking Ball collection, Bruce Springsteen will release his 18th studio album, called, High Hopes on January 14th. The collection -- which includes production duties by Springsteen, Ron Aniello, and Brendan O'Brien -- prominently features Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello, and breaks tradition for a Springsteen set, including re-recordings of older, previously released tunes, new material, and most notably, three cover songs. With some of the material stretching back several years, the album features tracks including late E Street Band members organist Danny Federici and saxophonist Clarence Clemons.
Springsteen posted his liner notes to the album on his website (BruceSpringsteen.net), which read in part: "I was working on a record of some of our best unreleased material from the past decade when Tom Morello (sitting in for Steve (Van Zandt)) during the Australian leg of our tour) suggested we ought to add 'High Hopes' to our live set. I had cut 'High Hopes,' a song by Tim Scott McConnell of the L.A. based Havalinas, in the '90s. We worked it up in our Aussie rehearsals and Tom then proceeded to burn the house down with it. We re-cut it mid tour at Studios 301 in Sydney along with 'Just Like Fire Would,' a song from one of my favorite early Australian punk bands, the Saints (check out 'I'm Stranded'). Tom and his guitar became my muse, pushing the rest of this project to another level. Thanks for the inspiration Tom."
He went on to post: "This is music I always felt needed to be released. From the gangsters of 'Harry’s Place,' the ill-prepared roomies on 'Frankie Fell In Love' (shades of Steve and I bumming together in our Asbury Park apartment) the travelers in the wasteland of 'Hunter Of Invisible Game,' to the soldier and his visiting friend in 'The Wall,' I felt they all deserved a home and a hearing."
Steve Van Zandt told us that Bruce Springsteen's recent work isn't that far away from what first attracted him to his earliest songs: "Well, he's still writing at a very high level of quality and that's always inspiring to me. Sometimes it maybe a little more politically slanted or socially slanted than romantically or emotionally slanted -- but, y'know, I don't really judge that way. You go onstage with the script that you have and you do that as well as you can possibly do it. Y'know, that's all I know."
Although best known for his connections to rock n' roll, Springsteen says that throughout his career most of his music has its roots in both blues and gospel: "The two elements that back up one another is blues and gospel music. If you listen to the verses, that's the blues. Go to 'Promised Land' or 'Land Of Hope And Dreams' and go to the verses -- that's the blues. When you get to the chorus, that's the gospel, y'know? (laughs) That's the gospel music. And the choruses are always, they come straight out of -- whether it's a 'Promised Land' or a 'Badlands' -- it's straight out of those gospel influences, and, and the verses are the blues. You, you connect those two things together, and you're both lifting people up and you're grounding 'em at the same time. That's kind of how we've worked over the years."
Vintage Vinyl News posted that the version of High Hopes available for pre-order at Amazon.com contains a DVD featuring the June 30th, 2013 full-album performance of 1984's Born In The U.S.A. at London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band kick off their 2014 tour dates on January 26th, 28th, and 29th in Cape Town, South Africa.
The tracklisting to Bruce Springsteen's High Hopes is:
"High Hopes" (written by Tim Scott McConnell) - featuring Tom Morello
"Harry's Place" - featuring Tom Morello
" American Skin (41 Shots)" - featuring Tom Morello
"Just Like Fire Would" (written by Chris J. Bailey) - featuring Tom Morello
"Down In The Hole"
"Heaven's Wall" - featuring Tom Morello
"Frankie Fell In Love"
"This Is Your Sword"
"Hunter Of Invisible Game" - featuring Tom Morello
"The Ghost Of Tom Joad" - duet with Tom Morello
"Dream Baby Dream" (written by Martin Rev and Alan Vega) - featuring Tom Morello
Photo Courtesy of Danny Clinch