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Bruce Springsteen - Letter To You - 10/23/20

Old 09-09-20, 09:20 PM
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Bruce Springsteen - Letter To You - 10/23/20



Though there has been no official announcement, it appears that the next Bruce Springsteen album will be titled Letter to You. The page shown above is from the Amazon UK website. Though it may be taken down by the time you read this, the web address is amazon.co.uk/dp/B08HGB71RT.

A similar page was also posted today on the site of the Wheeling, W.V. record store, Nail City Records, though it has now been taken down.

There have been heavy rumors of a new Springsteen album, on its way, over the last few weeks.

Amazon UK does not list a release date through Nail City had released the date as Oct. 23. One has to wonder if the timing of the release was chosen because of the proximity of Oct. 23 to Election Day, Nov. 3.

(Update: NJArts.net has learned other details about the album, including a track listing:

“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”
“Rainmaker”
“If I Was the Priest”
“Ghosts”
“Song for Orphans”
“I’ll See You in My Dreams”

“Janey Needs a Shooter,” “If I Was the Priest” and “Song for Orphans” are new recordings of older songs not included on previous studio albums.

I am not sure if “House of a Thousand Guitars” is a cover of the Willie Nile song or an original with the same name.

All current E Street Band members play on the album, which was co-produced by Springsteen and Ron Aniello.

The cover photo is by Danny Clinch, who has worked with Springsteen many times before, and the full shot, taken at New York’s Central Park in 2018, can be seen at dannyclinch.com/bruce-shop/bruce-springsteen-central-park-2018.

There are rumors that the album’s first single will get a surprise release tomorrow (Sept. 10), but this is unconfirmed.

Coincidentally, Sept. 10 is also the date of Springsteen’s virtual convocation speech for Boston College, which will be viewable online.
https://www.njarts.net/pop-rock/bruc...letter-to-you/
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re: Bruce Springsteen - Letter To You - 10/23/20

Cool! I wasn't super-crazy about Western Stars (though the movie wasn't bad). I have always liked "Janey Needs a Shooter" both Bruce's Version and Warren Zevon's (which is of course a totally different song and much better known)
Edit -- I guess they collaborated at some point per Wiki :
Zevon had heard of this Bruce Springsteen song title from his manager, Jon Landau. Warren once said he asked Springsteen about it "many times" until Springsteen said, "You like it so much, why don't you write it?" Zevon wrote a few lines and cut a track and then showed up to Springsteen's house in the middle of the night. Springsteen was asleep on the sofa. Warren played what he had. Springsteen then said "It's nice, but where are all the other verses?" Warren explained he just looked and smiled at that point.


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re: Bruce Springsteen - Letter To You - 10/23/20

Confirmed! New Bruce is always a good thing.

First song and video is out:



Preorder link from Bruce's site:

https://brucespringsteenstore.com/co.../letter-to-you

Official Track Listing:

1. One Minute You’re Here
2. Letter To You
3. Burnin’ Train
4. Janey Needs A Shooter
5. Last Man Standing
6. The Power Of Prayer
7. House Of A Thousand Guitars
8. Rainmaker
9. If I Was The Priest
10. Ghosts
11. Song For Orphans
12. I’ll See You In My Dreams

Release Date: October 23, 2020
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Re: Bruce Springsteen - Letter To You - 10/23/20

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: https://brucespringsteen.lnk.to/LTYSPS/youtube

Pre-order Letter To You here: https://brucespringsteen.lnk.to/LTY-POPS

“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.
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Re: Bruce Springsteen - Letter To You - 10/23/20

Love the first single... already pre-ordered the album on Amazon. Bruce is one of the only artists that I'll actually buy the physical CD these days.
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Re: Bruce Springsteen - Letter To You - 10/23/20

Originally Posted by Meathead View Post
Love the first single... already pre-ordered the album on Amazon. Bruce is one of the only artists that I'll actually buy the physical CD these days.
I own every album on CD. I went to pre-order this one... then stopped myself. I got a new car recently and CD players don't seem to be commonly included anymore. I'll just wait until it's cheap or get it used to be a completionist.
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I own every album on CD. I went to pre-order this one... then stopped myself. I got a new car recently and CD players don't seem to be commonly included anymore. I'll just wait until it's cheap or get it used to be a completionist.
The album is already in my Apple Music library. I may cancel the Amazon order closer to release day unless there is a price drop below $10. I have all the physical CDs. Some of the only ones that survived the cd/dvd purge last year.

I've seen that in cars. Same thing with laptops... very hard to find one that has a built in drive. At least the USB ones are cheap.
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Re: Bruce Springsteen - Letter To You - 10/23/20

New BRUUUUUUUUUUUUUCE is always welcomed. I dig the first single and can't wait to hear the rest.
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Re: Bruce Springsteen - Letter To You - 10/23/20

Second track is out "Ghosts"

2/2 for me. Can't wait for the full release.


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Re: Bruce Springsteen - Letter To You - 10/23/20

This ("Ghosts") is what we've been waiting for from E Street for a long time.
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Re: Bruce Springsteen - Letter To You - 10/23/20

Oh joy, a retailer exclusive. I love those!

Sigh.
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Re: Bruce Springsteen - Letter To You - 10/23/20

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Oh joy, a retailer exclusive. I love those!

Sigh.
the album isn't a retailer exclusive. Only the documentary is. It's no different than his Broadway show appearing on Netflix.
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This ("Ghosts") is what we've been waiting for from E Street for a long time.
I agree. Shades of the energy of the '70s and '80s.
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the album isn't a retailer exclusive. Only the documentary is. It's no different than his Broadway show appearing on Netflix.
Yeah, I know it, and I hated that, too. I like to be able to watch this stuff, but I don't have a bunch of streaming subscriptions.
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Good to see Springsteen doing (I assume) a cover of Willie Nile's great "House of a Thousand Guitars".
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Glad to see Bruce is still kickin' it. I still remember seeing him/them in concert in 1975, it was his Born to Run tour and was one hell of a show. He did tracks from that album plus songs from Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. and The Wild, The Innocent and the E. Street Shuffle. Helluva show! Some of his later stuff is pretty good, but I'll always fall back to his beginnings.

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Good to see Springsteen doing (I assume) a cover of Willie Nile's great "House of a Thousand Guitars".
No relation.
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No relation.
Well, that's silly. Why name it that? Bruce and Willie are friends.
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Re: Bruce Springsteen - Letter To You - 10/23/20

I guess because he says “a thousand guitars” like 20 times in the song and figured why not.
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Out a day early.
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Nice!
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Re: Bruce Springsteen - Letter To You - 10/23/20

Yea... this sounds like a classic E Street album. Good stuff.
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Re: Bruce Springsteen - Letter To You - 10/23/20

I might have to purchase this one. 4 1/2 stars from Erlewine: https://www.allmusic.com/album/lette...u-mw0003427253

Edit: $26.99 CDN for a CD?

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