By now you know Springsteen’s 18th studio album High Hopes is coming Jan. 14, just weeks before he kicks off another set of tour dates in Australia and New Zealand.
In typical Springsteen fashion – which is anything but typical – confirmation of the long-rumored album came late last night from Springsteen’s Twitter account, and more details have emerged this morning. Our friends at Backstreets have a good rundown of the origins of the tracks, which includes covers, reworkings of older songs and some new tunes. We’d heard all along that Bruce was recording in Australia with Morello, who plays on the majority of the album, but it also includes tracks recorded in New Jersey, New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta. He and Ron Aniello co-produced the album, with Brendan O’Brien co-producing a couple of tracks.
Of those songs unfamiliar to fans, “Harry’s Place,” an outtake from The Rising, is one that has drawn more than a few giggles when you consider “Mary’s Place” made the cut for that album. But if you missed this 2002 “Nightline Up Close” segment (thank you, @sanjivapersad) in which Bruce sat down with Ted Koppel to discuss, among other topics, his notebook from The Rising era, it’s worth checking out. In it, he reads the lyrics to “Harry’s Place.”
Amazon is also offering a limited edition bonus DVD of the E Street Band performing the entirety of Born in the U.S.A. in London during the Wrecking Ball tour, which is available for pre-order.
Perhaps most interesting to me is that Springsteen’s mantra since the Big Man Clarence Clemon’s death in 2011, “Clarence doesn’t leave the E Street Band when he dies. He leaves when we die,” seems truer than ever. According to the press release, both Clemons and organist Danny Federici, who passed away in 2008, appear on several songs.