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Bruce Springsteen back with ‘Western Stars’ today

ASBURY PARK, NJ - MAY 08:  Bruce Springsteen joins Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul live in concert during Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul Summer of Sorcery Tour 2019 at Paramount Theatre on May 8, 2019 in Asbury Park, New Jersey.  (Photo by Debra L Rothenberg/Getty Images)
ASBURY PARK, NJ - MAY 08: Bruce Springsteen joins Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul live in concert during Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul Summer of Sorcery Tour 2019 at Paramount Theatre on May 8, 2019 in Asbury Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Debra L Rothenberg/Getty Images)

The long wait is over — Bruce Springsteen‘s Western Stars is out today (June 14th) marking “The Boss'” first new studio set in five years. According to the announcement for the album, Springsteen “takes his music to a new place, drawing inspiration in part from the Southern California pop records of the late-’60s and early-’70s. The album was recorded primarily at Springsteen’s home studio in New Jersey, with additional recording in California and New York.” At midnight, Springsteen released the video for the album’s title track online.

Springsteen said of the album, “This record is a return to my solo recordings featuring character driven songs and sweeping, cinematic orchestral arrangements. It’s a jewel box of a record.”

Western Stars was produced by Ron Aniello with Springsteen providing guitar, bass, and keyboards, among other instruments. Patti Scialfa also appears and contributed vocal arrangements on four tracks, along with original E Street Band keyboardist David Sancious and current touring members Charlie Giordano, and Soozie Tyrell, among many other musicians.

SIDE NOTES

The tracklisting to Western Stars is:

“Hitch Hikin'”
“The Wayfarer”
“Tucson Train”
“Western Stars”
“Sleepy Joe’s Cafe”
“Drive Fast (The Stuntman)”
“Chasin’ Wild Horses”
“Sundown”
“Somewhere North Of Nashville”
“Stones”
“There Goes My Miracle”
“Hello Sunshine”
“Moonlight Motel”

FAST FACTS

  • Bruce Springsteen‘s last official mainstream official release was the soundtrack to his Broadway play, Springsteen On Broadway. The album, which was released on December 14th, 2018, topped out at Number 11 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and peaked at Number Two on the magazine’s U.S. Top Rock Albums chart.
  • In 2014 Springsteen scored his 11th career Number One album with High Hopes. The collection, which was his 18th studio set, was released on January 14th and sold 99,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
  • Having previously tied with Elvis Presley — who also had 10 LP chart-toppers — for the third most Number One albums, Springsteen has now bumped “The King” to fourth place, and now sits behind Jay-Z, who has 13 Number One albums, and the Beatles who lead the way with 19 albums having hit the top spot.
  • In April 2014, Springsteen followed the set up with American Beauty, a four-song EP originally released as a vinyl-only release as part of Record Store Day.

CHECK IT OUT: Bruce Springsteen 2019 video for “Western Stars”: