By Karsten S. Andersen
After the usual weeks of rumors and speculations, the new Springsteen album has now been announced on Bruce's official Facebook page, and a detailed entry appears on Amazon.com. The album will be called High Hopes and is slated for released on January 14. It will include 11 songs (although rumors are already indicating there will be a hidden track) that are a mix of cover songs, previously released songs in new versions, and outtakes (probably re-recorded).
Most of the songs are done with the full or part E Street Band lineup... and Tom Morello. The Rage Against the Machine guitarist is featured on eight of the songs, including the re-recording of "The Ghost of Tom Joad" that will no doubt resemble the explosive, guitar-driven live version that has been performed live on several occasions in recent years.
The album also contains Springsteen-penned songs that - although originally recorded for earlier projects - haven't even been rumored to exist, such as "Down In The Hole", "Heaven's Wall", and "Frankie Fell In Love". We also get to hear Bruce's version of "The Wall" that was written for Joe Grushecky, but performed live by Bruce on a few occasions.
As a bonus, Amazon.com has announced that you can buy a limited edition of the album that includes a DVD of the Born in the USA album as performed at the Hard Rock Calling show in June of 2013.
Check out the complete track list of the High Hopes album.