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My thoughts about the new Springsteen album High Hopes

Upcoming Bruce Springsteen album High Hopes (2014) – My thoughts

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Let’s start with the cover. Bruce started using Twitter in last August (2013), and clearly he is following the latest trends with the Instagram styled album covers. High Hopes (the album) and single both have similar Instagram styled photos. High Hopes album cover has double the Springsteen, and maybe the album has double the guitar as well. Tom Morello (from The Rage Against The Machine) is playing even larger part on this album, when compared to the previous Wrecking Ball album. I’m sure that Mr. Morello will be joining the stage when the tour continues in 2014.

Bruce Springsteen has upgraded the E Street Band sound as well. We have heard two tracks from the new album already; “High Hopes” and “Dream Baby Dream”, and they both have more “industrial” sound than what we have heard previously from Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band.

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Can we call this a new album? That’s the question.

“I felt they were among the best of my writing and deserved a proper studio recording.” – Bruce Springsteen

New record has three cover songs: High Hopes (Tim Scott McConnell), Just Like Fire Would (Chris J. Bailey), Dream Baby Dream (Martin Rev and Alan Vega).

High Hopes, American Skin (41 shots) live version and The Ghost of Tom Joad (solo album version) has been officially released previously. Harry’s Place is an outtake from the Rising sessions. Harry’s Place is also a likely candidate for a song where Clarence Clemons and Danny Federici can he heard.

“The Wall” was co-written with Joe Grushecky, and Bruce has played the song live couple of times during Devils & Dust tour.

There are only 5 completely new tracks that we know (pretty much) nothing about. “Down In The Hole”, “Heaven’s Wall”, “Frankie Fell In Love”, “This Is Your Sword” and “Hunter Of Invisible Game”.

Are these 5 totally new tracks? “Down In The Hole”, “Heaven’s Wall” and “Hunter Of Invisible Game” credits Brendan O’Brien as producer. Springsteen worked with O’Brien in 2002-2008. That would leave only two new songs.

Maybe Springsteen got the idea of re-recording some of the older tracks, when they’ve made the Darkness On The Edge Of Town anniversary box, which included re-recorded material. Or maybe he got an idea of recording this album, when they were searching for a new material for the Tracks 2 box, just notice that there are enough material to make a separate release. To me, this just feels more and more a follow up to the Tracks, rather than a real new album.

My opinion may change of course, when the album hit the stores in January 14, 2014. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to get new official release from Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band.

In the end; No matter what the album is going to be, Rolling Stone magazine will give it 5 stars. 😉


High Hopes album and various editions?

Are we going to see more “limited editions”? Currently Amazon.com has an exclusive edition that 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 (June 30, 2013 at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, UK). Hopefully this is just a teaser, and we’ll see new Wrecking Ball DVD & Blu-ray edition, filled with videos from various locations. There’s no info bout the bonus DVD on Amazon.co.uk

I don’t want to find myself buying various versions from Walmart, Best Buy, Starbucks, Target…

Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes – Track list:

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

All songs written by Bruce Springsteen except as noted

Album produced by Ron Aniello with Bruce Springsteen

*Produced by Brendan O’Brien

**Produced by Brendan O’Brien, co-produced by Ron Aniello with Bruce Springsteen

Release dates: January 14, 2014

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.)

Buy from Amazon:

High Hopes album is available on CD/MP3/Vinyl


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Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes – New Album! Amazon Exclusive DVD

Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes – New Album coming in 2014! Amazon Exclusive Wrecking Ball World Tour DVD

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‘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.”

Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes – Track list:

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

All songs written by Bruce Springsteen except as noted

Album produced by Ron Aniello with Bruce Springsteen

*Produced by Brendan O’Brien

**Produced by Brendan O’Brien, co-produced by Ron Aniello with Bruce Springsteen

Release dates: January 14, 2014

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.

Buy from Amazon:

High Hopes album is available on CD/MP3/Vinyl

*This version will be available for a LIMITED TIME ONLY.


High Hopes – 2014 Studio Version:

High Hopes from 1996 release “Blood Brothers (EP)”

Dream Baby Dream:

High Hopes (Spotify):

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Bob Dylan: The Complete Album Collection Vol. One

Off-topic: Bob Dylan: The Complete Album Collection Volume 1 – CD Box Set and limited-edition harmonica-shaped USB stick

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The Bob Dylan Complete Album Collection Vol. One is a colossal box set encompassing the entire official discography of the American songwriter-performer. The collection contains 35 studio titles, 6 live albums, a new 2CD compilation of tracks not included on the original albums, extensive new album-by-album liner notes, and more! A must-have for any collector.

This release really got me thinking. What is the purpose of these releases? If you are a Bob Dylan fan (like me), you most likely have the whole discography already. As for casual listener, 35 CDs is a bit hefty package. Another thing that got me thinking, is the name “Vol. One”. If (and when) Bob decides to release a new album. Do they make a similar 36 CD box-set called “Vol. Two”?

Would I buy a similar Bruce Springsteen box-set? Hell no.

Does this box offer anything new?

“Also included in The Complete Album Collection, Vol. One is Side Tracks, a new two-disc set of songs from non-album singles, compilations and more”

I’m not really that hardcore fan that I can tell if the two-disc set has anything previously unreleased. For me the interesting part is the USB version. Why? Because it has lossless 24-bit versions of each album. Are they upgrades over the excellent SACD releases? I have no idea. Price is too ridiculous to find that one out.. (244.02EUR/$319.98) You gotta be kidding me. Both packages look great, but the prices are so high, that whoever decided them must have been high. “A must-have for any collector”. With this economic situation, you really have to hardcore collector with money burning your pocket.

The Bob Dylan Complete Album Collection Vol. One will be available on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.