(Update) There May Or May Not Be A New Bruce Springsteen Album Coming In October

Post by: 09 September, 2020

Most of the time it's pretty easy to ignore rumors about possible upcoming albums, because the truth is that they are almost always wrong. Still, for those of us who are Bruce Springsteen fans, this rumor is one we'd like to see come to pass. Although Springsteen fans have been burned before by album rumors that turned out not to be true.

On Wednesday morning, a West Virginia record store web site and a page on Amazon's U.K. web site briefly promoted a previously unknown Springsteen album, "Letter To You." According to the listings, the 2-album set is set for release on October 23rd.

Within hours, both pages had been pulled. Which mean the album was either some weird unauthorized bootleg or a title that a couple of places announced prematurely. 


There was no indication of whether the album set - if it is indeed legitimate - is a solo Springsteen release or one that includes his longtime bandmates, the E-Street Band. Although based on the somewhat unsettling album artwork, it could easily just be a Christmas album. Springsteen had previously said that he had been writing a lot of songs for a new album he hoped to record with his band.

I've reached out to both Columbia Records as well as Springsteen's management company. Neither has yet responded at the time this story was posted.

UPDATE: The web site NJArts.net says it has confirmed more info about the album, which the site says is real and scheduled for release in October.

01 “One Minute You’re Here”
02 “Letter To You”
03 “Burnin Train”
04 “Janey Needs A Shooter”
05 “Last Man Standing”
06 “The Power Of Prayer”
07 “House Of A Thousand Guitars”
08 “Rainmaker”
09 “If I Was The Priest”
10 “Ghosts”
11 “Song For Orphans”
12 “I’ll See You In My Dreams”

The album was reportedly co-produced by Springsteen and Ron Aniello and the tracks include all of the members of the E-Street Band. "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.

"Janey Needs A Shooter" dates back to 1978 and Springsteen has apparently worked on versions of the song several times over the years. Warren Zevon fell in love with the title after hearing the demo from Springsteen manager Jon Landau and wrote his own song using the title, which he changed slightly to "Jeannie Needs A Shooter." 

"If Was A Priest" is even older, dating back to 1972. Springsteen played it for Columbia exec John Hammond at their first meeting and according to Hammond, it was one of the reasons he signed the young singer-songwriter.

"Song For Orphans" is also from 1972 and while it's never been released officially, Springsteen inexplicably played it live once-at a 2005 Trenton, NJ concert that was part of his "Devils And Dust" tour.

There are also rumors that the first single off the album will be released on Thursday, but there aren't any other details so far.

The album cover was taken by photographer Danny Clinch in New York's Central Park in 2018. You can see the original, uncropped original of the photo on Clinch's site here.





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