Bruce Springsteen to Release New 'High Hopes' Album in January [VIDEO]

Bruce Springsteen High Hopes album cover
Bruce Springsteen will release High Hopes in January 2014

The New Year will barely have begun when Bruce Springsteen releases his new, quite unexpected album, High Hopes, on January 14, 2014. Rather than being a full album of new tunes from "The Boss," the Columbia label LP will feature one new tune (the title track), cover songs, studio outtakes and re-recordings of longtime Springsteen favorites. "This is music I always felt needed to be released," Springsteen said in a Shore Fire PR press statement on November 25. The video for the debut single "High Hopes" was also released that same day (watch below).

Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen
Springsteen planned for High Hopes to be a quietly and quickly released album with songs that went unreleased on any other of his full-length recordings from the past decade (this includes studio albums such as The Rising, Devils & Dust, We Shall Overcome, Magic, Working on a Dream, and Wrecking Ball). It wasn’t until he called upon one-time Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello to tour as a sub for Springsteen’s captain, Steven Van Zandt (who was busy filming the season 2 of Lilyhammer, scheduled to premiere December 13 on Netflix), that The Boss decided to record something new for High Hopes. That title tune, a song written by Tim Scott McConnell, is a live favorite of Springsteen’s that he first recorded in 1995 with his E Street Band on the Blood Brothers EP.

High Hopes also includes a cover of “Dream Baby Dream,” a pulsating electro-punk classic from the avant-garde noise duo Suicide that Springsteen used to play during his 2005 solo acoustic tour, as well as some of the last recordings of the late Clarence Clemons, Bruce’s saxophonist and old friend.

High Hopes track listing:

High Hopes
Harry's Place
American Skin (41 Shots)
Just Like Fire Would
Down in the Hole
Heaven's Wall
Frankie Fell in Love
This Is Your Sword
Hunter of Invisible Game
The Ghost of Tom Joad
The Wall
Dream Baby Dream

Album Artwork courtesy of Shore Fire PR
Bruce Springsteen photo: Danny Clinch

Posted on Monday, November 25, 2013