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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):

Dream Baby Dream (Spotify):

Bruce Springsteen – November 2013 Articles

Collection of Bruce Springsteen articles from November 2013

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While we wait the Wrecking Ball 2014 tour to begin. Here’s some links to recent Bruce Springsteen & E Street band related blog posts and news from past month.

Q&A With Steven Van Zandt: ‘No Way You Could Predict My Life’ – rollingstone.com

Bruce Springsteen’s Glory Days Chronicled in New Photo Book – ultimateclassicrock.com

Flashback: Bruce Springsteen Strips Down ‘Dancing in the Dark’ – .rollingstone.com

Story behind rock songs in film Philadelphia – examiner.com

Jake Clemons in his uncle’s footsteps and beyond – montgomerynews.com

Bruce Springsteen super-fan from Jesmond appears on the Boss’s new DVD – chroniclelive.co.uk

Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball – nowtoronto.com

Book Review: Springsteen: Saint in the City 1949-1974 – Brucetapes.com

New Bruce Springsteen Blu-ray alert: “Springsteen & I” – brucetapes.com

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Balboa Park” (1995) – somethingelsereviews.com

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “The Line” (1995) – somethingelsereviews.com

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Sinaloa Cowboys” (1995) – somethingelsereviews.com

Sting: ‘Peter Gabriel & I stole Springsteen’s clothes for prank – express.co.uk

“Vietnam” (recorded September – December, 1981 at Springsteen’s House, Colt’s Neck, NJ; unreleased) – oneweekoneband.tumblr.com

Today: Tunnel of Love by Bruce Springsteen was released 26 years ago in 1987 – johannasvisions.com

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Bruce Springsteen 2013-09-21 Rock In Rio Festival, Brazil

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – 2013-09-21 Cidade Do Rock, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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2013 Wrecking Ball tour comes to an end. Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band plays at the Rock In Rio festival, in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Other performers today are John Mayer, Phillip Phillips, and Skank.

Brucetapes fan blog is here to collect all the possible info from this concert. Concert details including setlist, videos, reviews, articles, photos and more!

If I’m missing anything, feel free to contact me.

Concert setlist doesn’t get updated in real-time. See the discussion/fan forums list at the bottom of this blog post for places where you can follow the setlist in “real-time”.

Ticket & Poster:

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Soundcheck:

 

Concert:

1. Sociedade Alternativa
2. Badlands
3. Death To My Hometown
4. Spirit in the Night
5. Hungry Heart

6. Born in the USA
7. Cover Me
8. Darlington County
9. Working on a Highway
10. Downbound Train
11. I’m On Fire
12. No Surrender
13. Bobby Jean
14. I’m Goin’ Down
15. Glory Days
16. Dancing in the Dark
17. My Hometown

18. Shackled and Drawn
19. Waiting on a Sunny Day
20. The Rising
21. Land of Hope and Dreams
22. Thunder Road
23. Born To Run
24. Tenth Avenue Freeze Out
25. Twist & Shout

26. This Hard Land (acoustic)

 

Notes:

– “Born In The USA” album played fully from start to finish.

Brucebase entry for this concert: 2013-09-21 – CIDADE DO ROCK, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

Pre-show press and other stuff to read before the concert:

Collection of interesting (and recent) blog posts and articles. Not all are related to the upcoming concert. Keeping you entertained, while waiting the concert to begin (or the setlist threads on fan forums).

Hundreds of Bruce Springsteen articles from 2013: Part 1 |Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5

“Millennials hate Bruce Springsteen” – newmarksdoor.com

Louis C.K. on Crying Over Bruce Springsteen – thewrap.com

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Straight Time” (1995) – somethingelsereviews.com

 

 

 

 

Some other related blog posts you might find useful:

How to download YouTube videos – Easy tutorial how to download them youtube videos using free software.

How to upload videos to Youtube and name them properly (user-friendly way) – Please read while uploading videos to YouTube, thanks! Naming videos properly helps fans to find videos from the concerts they went more easily… Your videos more likely to get more vievers too. 🙂

Want to record videos with mobile phone? – Which one should I get? Some of the mobile phones give great quality videos – brucetapes.com

Bruce Springsteen Books 2013-2014 – Latest and upcoming Bruce Springsteen books.

 

Reviews & Other:

 

 

Concert photos:

 

Bruce Springsteen discussion boards/forums for fans:

The Official Rock in Rio, Brazil September 21st *FINAL* 2013 LatinSetListVision Thread – Greasylake

Last night of the Wrecking Ball tour – Rock in Rio setlist thread – SPL Messages

The OFFICIAL Rock In Rio Setlist Thread – Backstreets (BTX)


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