Bruce Springsteen released his 18th studio album, High Hopes, today (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, including re-recordings of older, previously released tunes, reworkings of recent album outtakes, newly written material, and most notably -- three cover songs. Due to some material stretching back over the past decade, fans are able to enjoy cameos featuring late E Street Band co-founders Danny Federici and Clarence Clemons.
The deluxe version of High Hopes is available featuring a DVD containing Springsteen's June 30th, 2013 full-album performance of 1984's Born In The U.S.A. at London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Back in November, upon announcing the surprise release, "The Boss" 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."
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
Over the years, no one has been able to describe the magic and mystery of rock n' roll better than Bruce Springsteen: "Rock is primarily about longing. All the great rock songs are about longing. 'Like A Rolling Stone' is about longing; 'How does it feel to be without a home?' -- 'Louie, Louie' (laughs)! You're yearning for --'Where's that big party that I know is out there, but I can't find it' (laughs), or 'Where's that girl that I know, or that partner, that's out there, but I can't find her?' Well, rock's a little map to those things and it's like a little pill you take that they can't give 'em to ya, but it can create a spark in you that leads you to them."
January 26, 28, 29 - Cape Town, South Africa - Bellville Velodrome
February 1 - Johannesburg, South Africa - FNB Stadium
February 5, 7, 8 - Perth, Australia - Perth Arena
February 11, 12 - Hindmarsh, Australia - Adelaide Entertainment Centre
February 15, 16 - Melbourne, Australia - AAMI Park
February 19 - Sydney, Australia - Allphones Arena
February 22, 23 - Pokolbin, Australia - Hope Estate Winery
February 26 - Boondall, Australia - Brisbane Entertainment Centre
March 1, 2 - Auckland, New Zealand - Mt Smart Stadium
Photo Courtesy of Danny Clinch