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Bruce Springsteen / Western Stars

The Boss to release new album in June

Bruce Springsteen has announced details of a new studio album.

Western Stars, his first studio album in five years since 2014’s High Hopes – and first of all new material since 2012’s Wrecking Ball – sees him drawing inspiration in part from the Southern California pop records of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Telling Variety magazine that it’s based around “Glen Campbell, Jimmy Webb, Burt Bacharach, those kinds of records. I don’t know if people will hear those influences, but that was what I had in my mind. It gave me something to hook an album around; it gave me some inspiration to write.”

The album – his 19th – was recorded primarily at Springsteen’s home studio in New Jersey, with additional recording in California and New York.

Ron Aniello produced the album with Springsteen and plays bass, keyboard, and other instruments. Patti Scialfa provides vocals and contributes vocal arrangements on four tracks.  The musical arrangements include strings, horns, pedal steel and contributions from more than 20 other players including Jon Brion (who plays celeste, Moog, and farfisa), as well as guest appearances by David Sancious, Charlie Giordano, and Soozie Tyrell. The album was mixed by Tom Elmhirst.

He’s popped the first taster of the set ‘Hello Sunshine’ online, with this lyric video (above).

Western Stars will be available on 2LP vinyl and CD formats. No box sets or deluxe editions but there is an exclusive blue vinyl is available via Bruce’s online store and JPC in Germany also are doing what looks like a slightly different blue vinyl (“Clear Mixed With Blue Smoke”) which actually looks nicer!

Western Stars is released on 14 June 2019.

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

Western Stars 2LP vinyl

Side one:

Hitch Hikin’
The Wayfarer
Tucson Train

Side two:

Western Stars
Sleepy Joe’s Café
Drive Fast (The Stuntman)

Side three:

Chasin’ Wild Horses
Sundown
Somewhere North of Nashville
Stones

Side four:

There Goes My Miracle
Hello Sunshine
Moonlight Motel

39 responses to Bruce Springsteen / Western Stars

  1. Jim says:

    Thanks again for the heads up on the exclusive JPC blue/smoke vinyl, it’s very blue in color, the other store exclusives I saw here in the USA are a more clear vinyl. This was my first time ordering from JPC, they had my record to me in Brooklyn by Monday! This is Bruce’s best album in years, and I mean YEARS! Glad he still has it in him.

  2. Florentino Stabile says:

    Hi there,
    Do you know if the vinyl comes with a CD or a download code. I know that he has supplied both in the past. With High Hopes the vinyl had a proper CD but many others after that or before have had download codes.

    • Adriano says:

      It does come with a download, but it doesn’t work, as We Are Vinyl still haven’t got it on their website.

  3. Yves says:

    Really enjoyed those days when a 5.1 mix on dvd was available with the cd (remember Devils & Dust), but those days are over, aren’t they?

  4. Jason Yates says:

    The cover is clearly inspired by his daughter who is an extremely talented equestrian. Folks, this is an old album. Nine years old in fact. It was supposed to be released in 2011 after “The Promise,” and it was to be his first album of new material since 2009’s “Working On A Dream.” However, as with many Springsteen projects, he dumped this record and proceeded to work on “Wrecking Ball.” Before the “Broadway” residency, during the “Broadway” residency and after it Bruce indicated that his next studio album would be a solo project that had been recorded some time ago, so this release should come as no surprise to Springsteen fans. He has been wanting to get this album released for ages. I expect this album to probably be followed by a short “Devils & Dust” type tour of theaters. 2019 is the 35th anniversary of the release of “Born In The USA.” It wouldn’t surprise me if we FINALLY see the long awaited “Nebraska”/”BITUSA” box set around the holidays. Maybe he’ll wait another year – I don’t know. But I don’t see him waiting until 2024. Too many things can happen between now and 2004. As fans know, “Nebraska”/”BITUSA” is going to be the mother of all Boss box sets (I don’t believe we will see a separate “Nebraska” box set because he didn’t tour behind the album, and it was never meant to be an album in the first place. It was just a demo tape). You have unreleased songs from the “Nebraska” demo tape; the “Electric Nebraska” sessions (where the band tried to record most (not all) of the “Nebraska” songs with skeletal “Nebraska”-like instrumentation (to Bruce’s displeasure); about 40 outtakes from the “BITUSA” sessions that are still sitting in the vaults that are fully finished (10 or so seriously considered for the “Tracks” box set); unreleased demos from early 1983; and tons of video concert footage and media footage. They need to get this box set out before anyone else in the band dies.

  5. Mark Levy says:

    I expected Bruce to come back with a bang after the Broadway release. Maybe he’s slowing down at his age. Will probably still get this.

  6. Daniel says:

    I have been buying most of the live releases that Springsteen is doing via Nugs and loving those releases. And “Hello Sunshine” sounds amazing. But I no longer trust any artist of this size to do the right thing and offer all of the songs on first release. I’m predicting that 6 months later a deluxe release will come out with bonus tracks. Basically I want the artists to treat fans who continue to purchase music (versus merely streaming music) with some level of respect. At this point, 95% of my purchases are re-issues and the other 5% is directly from small bands when I see them in clubs.

    • Joe Embleton says:

      This made me chuckle, it is very true.

      I’d say that you only need to hold off if you are into the CD’s. Bruce has never reissued the vinyl with extra tracks (so far…)

    • Norrie MacLean says:

      An almost certainty!

  7. Robert Laversuch says:

    Ordered – adore Bruce so no second thought!

  8. Carl Jacobs says:

    Agree with the comments
    The jpc, Badlands and Rough Trade “exclusive” coloured vinyls are all the same. There is as stated above a bundle from Badlands with a A5 print. I’ve gone to Badlands for cd bundle and black and coloured vinyl issues.
    I too have gone to Bruce store for the exclusive blue vinyl version but without the T shirt.
    This from someone who got all six Hackett LP variants earlier this year. See previous posts.
    June is going be a good vinyl month;
    Bruce
    Genesis
    Neil

  9. CarlosBM says:

    anybody knows if the color vinyl pressings from official site and the rough trade site are the same.

    other color versions exists?

    • Ian Humphreys says:

      The official site is a dark blue/black swirl pressing the Rough Trade is the indies variant of clear with blue and white swirls. Not sure about pressed quantities of both.

  10. Kevin Brown says:

    Love the track Hello Sunshine……….but that video is just beautiful with snapshots of the desert taken from all different angles of the car……….

  11. paul wren says:

    Ordered via Amazon.

  12. Tom says:

    I gave up on Bruce a few albums ago but I do like this song. It’s very “Jimmy Webbish”.

  13. Gisabun says:

    One of his better studio album covers. Surprising no deluxe edition.

    Still waiting for the rumoured Tracks II.

  14. David McIntyre says:

    No selling point needed for me, have loved Bruce since I was a kid (River was my first Bruce album). Prince and Bruce are my life’s sound track. Hello sunshine is very evocative. Definite buy for me

    • Paul Mortimer says:

      Yes, as per David Mac, I am a Bruceophile too and have all his music, have been privileged to be in about a dozen fantastic crowds of Springsteen gatherings at his gigs over the last 3 decades and more, in Brum, London, Manchester, Cardiff, Coventry…

      This lead track, ‘Hello Sunshine’, is a gorgeous, shimmering piece of music, rather reminds me of the incandescent mellow sound of Van’s ‘Cry For Home’, or kd lang’s ‘Ingenue’ and ‘Shadowlands’ sets. And that really is no bad thing!

      Pre-order was mandatory, of course!

  15. Asoka says:

    Vinyl the whole time…

    Does vinyl really sound so much better than CD?

    I remain confused by all the vinyl chatter, both here and elsewhere, because I remember a time in the dim and distant past when I traded in almost all my vinyl records to upgrade to CDs.

    And never looked back…

  16. Tom Walsh says:

    Nice cover and a definite Everybody’s Talkin’ vibe to the track as mentioned earlier.

  17. Rhinojack says:

    Probably one of the most beautiful album covers I’ve seen in a long time. I’ve lost my passion for Bruce since “Magic”, but I’m betting this will renew it. I ordered the blue vinyl.

  18. Erik says:

    Must admit, Bruce has always been kind of hit or miss for me (nothing I really dislike, just lots that doesn’t get any reaction from me which is almost worse) but if the whole album is as good as that cut, I will gladly be picking it up. Oddly enough, I find I like his albums away from the E Street Band better. Nothing against them, I just like the songs better.

  19. Bassel hassouna says:

    I wonder, I wonder,
    A special edition in the near future?

  20. Matt says:

    The ‘clear mixed with blue smoke’ is a retail exclusive so it’s the same everywhere. I imagine the one available from Bruce’s official site will have a lower pressing number.

  21. The Golden Age Of Amazon Cock-Ups says:

    Ordered my coloured* vinyl from Amazon and the CD. It`s Bruce innit?

    * Mines coloured black.

  22. Duane says:

    Will the US LP have a download code?

  23. Jim Breeds says:

    “Hello Sunshine” is very pleasant. It reminded me of Nilsson’s Everybody’s Talkin’. Similar sentiment too? (“I’m going where the sun keeps shining …”).

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      I thought that too.

    • Michael says:

      Jim, you’re right. The song also has elements of Glen Campbell’s “Gentle on My Mind,” especially with the ‘chugging train’ rhythm sound of the percussion brush on snare drum.

      This new Springsteen album (judging from “Hello Sunshine,” where Bruce’s evocative, gravelly vocals channel Canadian recording artist, Gordon Lightfoot), should shimmer with retro-sixties country-pop flavor. This stylistic move by Bruce from New Jersey to Texas, is similar in nature to the artistic detour he made when he recorded his brilliant album, “Nebraska.” I think “Western Stars” will be a hit with Springsteen fans, as well as have warm nostalgic appeal for others who grew up listening to music like this on the radio back in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Brilliant!

  24. Kirk says:

    For UK readers the clear with blue swirls edition is also available from Badlands Records and they’re throwing in. An A5 print £29.99 . I’ve gone with the official Blue version bundled with a small t-shirt for the Mrs £38.99 not a bad price.

  25. HP Skolsegg says:

    There’s also a coloured version of the vinyl on cdjapan. (Not marked as import, so possibly a Japanese pressing?) Any idea if it’s the same colour?

  26. Gareth Williams says:

    I suspect there are a number of coloured versions – Rough Trade are offering one – https://www.roughtrade.com/gb/music/bruce-springsteen-western-stars

  27. Willy says:

    Love ‘Hello Sunshine’ …this album sounds like it will be something special.

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