Bruce Springsteen - High Hopes

Double Album 2LP 180 Gram Vinyl + CD Album Copy

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High Hopes is the eighteenth studio album by American musician, singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen, released in January 2014 by Columbia Records.

High Hopes is a portrait of Springsteen at the top of his 21st-century game: rock-soul dynamite and finely drawn pathos bound by familiar, urgent themes (national crisis, private struggle, the daily striving for more perfect union) and the certain-victor's force in Springsteen's singing. 

High Hopes is also a deep look back over Springsteen's past decade, with a keen eye turned forward. The cumulative effect of this mass of old, borrowed, blue and renewed – covers, recent outtakes and redefining takes on two classics – is retrospect with a cutting edge, running like one of his epic look-ma-no-set-list gigs: full of surprises, all with a reason for being there.

Much of High Hopes comes from the what-was-he-thinking shelf: unreleased songs cut for albums going back to 2002's ‘The Rising’, revived with freshening parts. It's hard to see how "Frankie Fell In Love," a frat-rock riot, and the letter from rock bottom "Down In The Hole" ever got the chop. But Springsteen effectively recasts this material with the folk-soul-gospel-army might of his current E Street big band.

In the gangsters convention "Harry's Place", recent E Street recruit Tom Morello fires chain-saw bursts of guitar across meaty peals of sax originally laid down by the late Clarence Clemons. And that's Danny Federici, who died in 2008, playing organ on "The Wall", a requiem for one of Springsteen's Jersey-bar-band mentors, underscoring the singer's belief in the unbroken chains running through his band.

Springsteen revisits two older songs with dramatic results: the acoustic title track from 1995's ‘The Ghost Of Tom Joad’, and "American Skin (41 Shots)", his response to the 1999 killing of Amadou Diallo by New York City police.

Morello is a key trigger in “The Ghost Of Tom Joad”. Springsteen gives him a verse to sing, adding a younger, strident tension to his own fury, while Morello's soloing – scouring and elegiac – puts a new exclamation point on the pledge of righteous vengeance. Morello is on "American Skin" too, but this version is Springsteen's triumph as a bandleader – sculpting that live force with rich studio textures – and a topical lyricist, mining new headlines (Trayvon Martin, NSA surveillance, the numbing cycle of school shootings) reverberating in there now.

High Hopes is a first for Springsteen: a studio album composed entirely of covers, outtakes and reimagined versions of songs from past albums and tours. "The best way to describe this record," Springsteen said, "is that's it's a bit of an anomaly but not much. I don't really work linearly like a lot of people do."

Check out the tracks: “High Hopes”; “Heaven’s Wall” and “Just Like Fire Would”. 

This double album 2LP record set with printed inners and a CD album copy is pressed in the USA on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl.

(888430154612)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

High Hopes

4:56

A2

Harry’s Place

4:04

A3

American Skin (41 Shots)

7:24

B1

Just Like Fire Would

3:56

B2

Down In The Hole

4:59

B3

Heaven’s Wall

3:50

C1

Frankie Fell In Love

2:48

C2

This Is Your Sword

2:53

C3

Hunter Of Invisible Game

4:42

D1

The Ghost Of Tom Joad

7:34

D2

The Wall

4:20

D3

Dream Baby Dream

5:02

 

 

 

Compact Disc

 

CD-1

High Hopes

4:56

CD-2

Harry’s Place

4:04

CD-3

American Skin (41 Shots)

7:24

CD-4

Just Like Fire Would

3:56

CD-5

Down In The Hole

4:59

CD-6

Heaven’s Wall

3:50

CD-7

Frankie Fell In Love

2:48

CD-8

This Is Your Sword

2:53

CD-9

Hunter Of Invisible Game

4:42

CD-10

The Ghost Of Tom Joad

7:34

CD-11

The Wall

4:20

CD-12

Dream Baby Dream

5:02

SKU 888430154612
Record Label Columbia Records
Label / Model # Sony
Catalogue Number 88843015461
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 14 January 2014
Original Release Date (Year) 14 January 2014
Barcode # 888430154612
Shipping Weight 0.5800kg
Shipping Width 0.008m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000789m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, 180 Gram Vinyl, Printed Inner Sleeves, CD Album Copy
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Pop Rock
Genre Classic Rock
Format VINYL LP+CD

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