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BREAKING: New Bruce Springsteen Album Announced, Letter to You, Releases October 23

posted Sep 10, 2020, 9:26 AM by Brandon Thompson   [ updated Sep 10, 2020, 9:34 AM ]
Bruce Springsteen will release his 20th studio album, Letter to You, on October 23. 

This isn't the usual Springsteen announcement for a new album. This is an E STREET BAND record. The first for Springsteen since his 2007 release, Magic. Springsteen and the E Street Band recorded this album together and live in one room. This is the first time that they accomplished this when writing a new record. The big surprise comes in the new album's track listing. Letter To You will feature 12 tracks, nine of them will be newly written Springsteen songs while three have been tinkered with that date back to the 1970's. Die-hard Springsteen fans will notice these songs as: Janey Needs A Shooter, If I Was The Priest and Song For Orphans. The ladder of which was recently released as part of the archive series from the 2005 Trenton, NJ Devils and Dust show. No word if Springsteen has played and altered with the lyrics. It should also be noted that the new song "House Of A Thousand Guitars" is not a cover of the Willie Nile song with the same title. 

Along with an album announcement, we also get our first listen to the new recordings that took place in late 2019. Letter To You (the single) was officially released alongside the announcement. There is an incredible video that Springsteen also released that shows him and the E Street Band in the studio recording the album. Check out the video of the single below! In addition, the three older Springsteen songs have seen the light of day from the 1970's. If you're interested to hear what they could sound like, check out those videos as well. The fact that we're getting a newly done version of Janey Needs A Shooter is just about enough for me. 

Press Release

Bruce Springsteen’s new studio album with the E Street Band, Letter To You, will be released by Columbia Records on October 23. A rock album fueled by the band's heart-stopping, house-rocking signature sound, the 12 track Letter To You is Springsteen's 20th studio album, and was recorded at his home studio in New Jersey.

Watch the video for the album's title track here:

Pre-order Letter To You here:

“I love the emotional nature of Letter To You,” says Springsteen. “And I love the sound of the E Street Band playing completely live in the studio, in a way we’ve never done before, and with no overdubs. We made the album in only five days, and it turned out to be one of the greatest recording experiences I’ve ever had.”

Letter to You includes nine recently written Springsteen songs, as well as new recordings of three of his legendary, but previously unreleased, compositions from the 1970s, “Janey Needs a Shooter,” “If I Was the Priest,” and “Song for Orphans.” Springsteen is joined on Letter To You by Roy Bittan, Nils Lofgren, Patti Scialfa, Garry Tallent, Stevie Van Zandt, Max Weinberg, Charlie Giordano and Jake Clemons. The album was produced by Ron Aniello with Bruce Springsteen, mixed by Bob Clearmountain and mastered by Bob Ludwig. Letter To You is Springsteen's first time performing with the E Street Band since The River 2016 tour, which was named the year's top global tour by both Billboard and Pollstar.

Bruce Springsteen’s recording career spans over 40 years, beginning with 1973's ‘Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ’ (Columbia Records). He has garnered 20 Grammys, won an Oscar and a Tony, been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, received a Kennedy Center Honor and was MusiCares’ 2013 Person of the Year. Springsteen’s memoir ‘Born to Run’ (Simon & Schuster) and its companion album ‘Chapter and Verse’ were released in September 2016, and he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2016. His historic 236-show run of ‘Springsteen on Broadway’ at Jujamcyn’s Walter Kerr Theatre from October 2017 to December 2018 also yielded an accompanying soundtrack album and Netflix special. In 2019, Springsteen released 'Western Stars,' his first studio album in five years, and together with longtime collaborator Thom Zimny he co-directed ‘Western Stars,’ a feature film released through Warner Bros.

Letter To You (Single)

Janey Needs A Shooter ‎‎(1970s Version)‎‎

If I Was The Priest (1970s Version)

Song For Orphans ‎(1970s Version)‎

One Minute You're Here
Letter To You
Burnin' Train
Janey Needs A Shooter
Last Man Standing
The Power Of Prayer
House Of A Thousand Guitars
If I Was The Priest
Song For Orphans
I'll See You In My Dreams