2-3 days before the official release date, Live in New York City was already available in several European countries. In several cases employees in stores in Germany, Italy, Holland, England and probably elsewhere ignored the April 2 release date and were handing the album over the desk to anyone who asked. Reactions from fans who heard the album have so far been extremely positive. ... Read more
It seems to be the case that will never die. Since 1994 a CD worth of songs recorded by Bruce from 1972-74 have been the subject of several court cases. This time London-based Masquerade Records have appealed the decision made 1998 when they were banned from releasing the CD. Bruce himself has not appeared at the court yet, and it is unknown whether he will. The case is expected to be settled next ... Read more
In his first printed interview since Tracks, Bruce for the first time gave his version of what happened last summer when "American Skin" became the subject of a big controversy with the New York police. Bruce claims to have been caught off guard by the strong reactions, especially since none of the critics had even heard the song. In this very exciting interview he also talks about the breakup and ... Read more
Several radio stations in the US have started playing songs from the upcoming live album. Among them also some that are broadcast on the Internet. Check out for example www.worldclassrock.com. If you don't have a strong enough connection for Internet radio, you can also download 30 second sound clips of five different songs from the official Springsteen website. ... Read more
In an apparently last second decision "Born to Run" has been added to the Live in New York City album and the HBO broadcast. Signs indicate that it will be placed as the last song on Disc 1 right after "Out in the Street". If true this seems like an odd choice considering the fact that it breaks up the flow of the so called "five-pack" of "Youngstown", "Murder Incorporated", "Badlands", "Out in th ... Read more
As the first TV station other than HBO German ZDF has announced that they will air the HBO concert. Unfortunately it will only be 60 minutes of the show, but this will still be quite a treat to German fans and others in Europe who can pick up ZDF. So get your VCRs ready for April 14 at 11:40 pm. Check it out for yourself. ... Read more
US music industry organization, RIAA, and the National Endowment for the Arts have published a list of what they consider the 365 best songs of the last century. Bruce is represented with two songs, not surprisingly "Born to Run" and "Born in the USA" as number 59 and 135 respectively. ... Read more
This is what the upcoming live album will look like. On the content side, Amazon now indicates that the first of the two discs will end with "Out in the Street" and the second one start with "Tenth Avenue". The bonus songs have been placed at the end of Disc 2 rather than having been incorporated into their natural positions in the show. The live album is number 18 on Amazon's sales chart even bef ... Read more
For those of you who haven't seen it yet, Backstreets reports that Bruce has been recording new material with the E Street Band in the last few weeks. No word on where and exactly what, but hopefully a result will come of it in a not too distant future. ... Read more
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C Boersma commenting on this: I am curios of the book and the importance of the show for the east back then....
Mike Simpson commenting on this: Acknowledging criticisms by third parties at the outset does not of itself make for a balanced review. To me the review reads as a very soft and favourably biased review. At any level in comparison with the vast bulk of Springsteen's catalogue this new album lacks coherence and ambition. Whilst it's not all bad and has some great moments it is in the round for me at best disappointing. In my opinion 'High Hopes' does not merit a full album release but is more akin to an interesting side project and almost suggestive of chucking out an album to meet contractual obligations. It might have been more appropriate to be scaled back to an EP or 'budget release' in old terms or a download only release.
My disappointment stems from a firm belief that Bruce can do much better and a 'new album' bearing his name should be better. I agree fully with Allan's comments and unfortunately believe this album will soon largely fade in the memory.
Allan Pyke commenting on this: A well written review. I admire your optimism. Unfortunately, for me, the album is sub standard. It is his worst release along with WOAD. Its a hodge podge album with no unifying themes. Wrecking Ball had that in spades along with some tracks that will remain in his live shows. We can't say that about WOAD and I believe we won't be able to say the same about this album. If Bruce wanted to revisit some old songs that didn't see a proper release, why not Another Thin Line and Code of Silence? To each his own. I liked LT and HT when most didn't. Its ok. They all can't be gems such as BTR and Darkness. This one was very disappointing for me.