New Springsteen Sunday

The new Springsteen song aired on NBC’s Sunday Night Football at halftime.  “Workin’ on a Dream” was debuted at the final appearance for Bruce at a pre-election Barrack Obama rally in Cleveland.   The NBC version was a band recording, with producer Brenden O’Brien at the sliders, as he has been for the last two Springsteen albums.  A January 20 (Inauguration Day, right?) release date is rumored for the record. The music?  Pop music for adults.  The solo take seemed like it was ripe for the rock.   The tease begins… Tour. Tour. Tour.  Because, I swear on Jerry Lee’s quart of backstage Vodka that Bruce and the E Street Band may have been better than ever on their most recent “Magic” tour.  No bull. 

And now it’s official: Bruce Springsteen’s new album is set for January 27 release on Columbia Records. Working on a Dream was recorded with the E Street Band and features twelve new Springsteen compositions plus two bonus tracks. It is the fourth collaboration between Springsteen and Brendan O’Brien, who produced and mixed the album.

Track list:
1. Outlaw Pete
2. My Lucky Day
3. Working On a Dream
4. Queen of the Supermarket
5. What Love Can Do
6. This Life
7. Good Eye
8. Tomorrow Never Knows
9. Life Itself
10. Kingdom of Days
11. Surprise, Surprise
12. The Last Carnival

Bonus tracks:
The Wrestler
A Night with the Jersey Devil

Springsteen said, “Towards the end of recording Magic, excited by the return to pop production sounds, I continued writing. When my friend producer Brendan O’Brien heard the new songs, he said, ‘Let’s keep going.’ Over the course of the next year, that’s just what we did, recording with the E Street Band during the breaks on last year’s tour. I hope Working on a Dream has caught the energy of the band fresh off the road from some of the most exciting shows we’ve ever done. All the songs were written quickly, we usually used one of our first few takes, and we all had a blast making this one from beginning to end.”

Working on a Dream is Bruce Springsteen’s twenty-fourth album and was recorded and mixed at Southern Tracks in Atlanta, GA with additional recording in New York City, Los Angeles, and New Jersey.

Here’s the solo version: