Bruce Springsteen “Western Stars” (Columbia, 2019)

The lone traveler sticks out his thumb and his journey begins. Across the country he hitch-hikes, catching rides from family men, truck drivers, muscle car owners and the like, listening to their stories and situations as he moves from town to town. So begins ‘Western Stars,’ the most densely cinematic Bruce Springsteen album since ‘The Rising.’ Continue reading “Bruce Springsteen “Western Stars” (Columbia, 2019)”

Bruce Springsteen “Tucson Train” – Watch

Bruce Springsteen has released the song ‘Tucson Train’ globally today, along with a performance video by Grammy and Emmy Award-winning director Thom Zimny. The black-and-white video features many of the musicians who appear on his new album ‘Western Stars’ which is due out on Columbia Records on June 14th. Zimny is a longtime chronicler of Springsteen’s career whose recent film credits include the “Springsteen on Broadway” Netflix special and “The Ties That Bind” documentary on the making of ‘The River’ album.

Bruce Springsteen “There Goes My Miracle” – Listen

We leave you this weekend dear readers with a new track out today from the forthcoming Springsteen album ‘Western Stars’ which will be out via Columbia Records on 14th June. As we’ve previously noted, the 13 tracks of the new album were recorded primarily at Springsteen’s home studio in New Jersey, with additional recording in California and New York, and encompass a sweeping range of American themes, of highways and desert spaces, of isolation and community and the permanence of home and hope. All the things we like most. Have a good one.

Springsteen releases new track “Hello Sunshine” – Listen

We had news on Friday of Bruce Springsteen’s new album ‘Western Stars’ which is due out in June, and now we have the first taste of what to expect from it with the first single ‘Hello Sunshine’. As he told RS, “This record is a return to my solo recordings featuring character driven songs and sweeping, cinematic orchestral arrangement.” So you know what to expect before you hit play. Simply lovely.

Springsteen announces new studio album “Western Stars”

Leaving you this weekend dear reader with news that Bruce Springsteen’s first new studio album in five years has been announced, which draws 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. Columbia Records will release Springsteen’s 19th studio album on 14th June. ‘Western Stars’ will be available for pre-order from today. Continue reading “Springsteen announces new studio album “Western Stars””

Springsteen on Broadway recording arrives in December

We never made it out to New York to catch ‘Springsteen on Broadway,’ for some inexplicable reason the tickets for the all expenses paid press junket just didn’t arrive. Not that we’re complaining you understand… But if, like us, you didn’t make it to Broadway for Springsteen’s intimate (for him) series of shows the good news is that the show is coming to youContinue reading “Springsteen on Broadway recording arrives in December”

Bruce Springsteen “The Album Collection Vol. 2 1987-1996” (Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings 2018)

What do you buy the Springsteen fan who has everything (other than a brief for his Broadway shows)? Well, this comprehensive collection of his Columbia output from ’87 until ’96 would probably be a good starter particularly as it comes in a numbered limited edition vinyl only package. Ten discs, all remastered, all originals long out of print with one disc (the 1996 ‘Blood Brothers’ EP) appearing on vinyl for the first time.  Along with ‘Blood Brothers’ (on 12″ vinyl) there’s another EP, 1988’s ‘Chimes of Freedom’ (again a 12 incher) along with the albums ‘Tunnel of Love’, ‘Human Touch’, ‘Lucky Town’, ‘In Concert/MTV Plugged’ and ‘The Ghost of Tom Joad’. In case you’re wondering how this amounts to ten discs, three of these are “expanded across two LPs to maximize audio quality,” according to Colombia. Continue reading “Bruce Springsteen “The Album Collection Vol. 2 1987-1996” (Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings 2018)”

Daniel Meade “When Was The Last Last Time” (Button Up Records, 2018)

Daniel Meade is many things but never dull. He’s been around in one form or another it seems forever, so prolific and varied is his work. Generally, that work would consist of rootsy music set to country beats but he has been known to deviate. It’s fair to say that’s the case with his latest release and this time he’s foregone that western flavour in favour of a more ballsy approach. Continue reading “Daniel Meade “When Was The Last Last Time” (Button Up Records, 2018)”

Bruce Springsteen Box Set Bonanza due next month

It is a limited edition…there is not an unlimited supply.  We believe it.  The next massive release in the ongoing Bruce Springsteen Archival LP releases is Volume 2: 1987-1996.  Thus there are vinyl pressings of ‘Tunnel of Love’, ‘Human Touch’, ‘Lucky Town’, ‘In concert / MTV Plugged’ and ‘The Ghost of Tom Joad’.  To sweeten the deal Columbia are throwing in the EPs ‘Chimes of Freedom’ and ‘Blood Brothers’ – and that last has never been on vinyl.  Never.  Continue reading “Bruce Springsteen Box Set Bonanza due next month”

The Stephen Stanley Band “Jimmy & The Moon” (Wolfe Island Records, 2017)

Most people wilfully misremember the 1980’s – they selectively associate the decade with musical excesses with 12” extended mixes of new romantic and electro-pop music. Parallel to this were a myriad of other things, one of them was College Rock and this record reminds me of those times (the college rock bit, not big hair and slap bass – now I’m doing it). There are few songs that I hear echoes of bands like Big Dipper: Stanley has been around for a long time (in the Lowest of the Low) so this is more like post-grad rock. Continue reading “The Stephen Stanley Band “Jimmy & The Moon” (Wolfe Island Records, 2017)”