Bruce Springsteen has announced a new album set for release on January 14, 2014 called High Hopes, and his new single and title track from the album was put up on YouTube this morning for us all to sample:
It’s not a new song, per se — he originally covered The Havalinas’ song in 1995 — but it’s a new recording, featuring former Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello. The single is indicative of an album that contain several covers, re-recordings and unreleased works.
One of those covers is Suicide’s “Dream Baby Dream,” which, interestingly enough, was released on iTunes this morning along with the “High Hopes” single. The rest of the album is only available for pre-order.
I really dug the guitar work on this track, and it turns out it’s because the Boss has been putting in time with Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello — story checks out. He guests on eight tracks on this album (!) and definitely lends some welcome grit to the track above. Here’s the Amazon description and track listing:
1. High Hopes (Tim Scott McConnell) -- featuring Tom Morello
2. Harry’s Place * -- featuring Tom Morello
3. American Skin (41 Shots) -- featuring Tom Morello
4. Just Like Fire Would (Chris J. Bailey) -- featuring Tom Morello
5. Down In The Hole *
6. Heaven’s Wall ** -featuring Tom Morello
7. Frankie Fell In Love
8. This Is Your Sword
9. Hunter Of Invisible Game * -featuring Tom Morello
10. The Ghost of Tom Joad -- duet with Tom Morello
11. The Wall
12. Dream Baby Dream (Martin Rev and Alan Vega) -- featuring Tom Morello
‘High Hopes’ finds Bruce Springsteen in a number of different musical settings, and includes the E Street Band members in various large and small combinations as well as guitarist Tom Morello on eight tracks. Besides Morello, the album also includes appearances on several songs by Clarence Clemons, who passed away in 2011, and Danny Federici, who passed away in 2008, on what Springsteen calls “some of our best unreleased material from the past decade.” The album was recorded in New Jersey, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Australia and New York City and marks Springsteen’s 18th studio album. As Bruce writes in the albums liner notes, “I felt they were among the best of my writing and deserved a proper studio recording.”
The AMAZON BONUS LIMITED EDITION* version also includes a live DVD of Bruce and the E Street Band performing the entire “Born In The U.S.A.” album in London, England, during the historic Wrecking Ball World Tour.
*This version will be available for a LIMITED TIME ONLY.