By: Mike Stone
The 18th album in the Hall of Fame career of Bruce Springsteen titled High Hopes will be released on January 14th. The 12 track album features Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello on eight of the cuts, including The Ghost Of Tom Joad, a Springsteen acoustic song that Rage Against The Machine turned electric.
There are also tracks that were recorded with saxophonist Clarence Clemons and keyboardist Danny Federici before their deaths. I am not crazy about an album that includes three covers, plus songs that have already been played live before including American Skin(41 Shots) and The Ghost Of Tom Joad.
Here is what Springsteen himself says on his own website www.BruceSpringsteen.net about the new release. Click the link for the full quote.
I was working on a record of some of our best unreleased material from the past decade when Tom Morello (sitting in for Steve during the Australian leg of our tour) suggested we ought to add “High Hopes” to our live set. I had cut “High Hopes,” a song by Tim Scott McConnell of the LA based Havalinas, in the 90′s. We worked it up in our Aussie rehearsals and Tom then proceeded to burn the house down with it. We re-cut it mid tour at Studios 301 in Sydney along with “Just Like Fire Would,” a song from one of my favorite early Australian punk bands, The Saints (check out “I’m Stranded”). Tom and his guitar became my muse, pushing the rest of this project to another level. Thanks for the inspiration Tom.
Here is the video of the single, feel free to check it out.