Letter To You - Studio Sessions


disco_lettertoyou.jpg
Commercially Released: October 23, 2020
Produced by Ron Aniello and Bruce Springsteen
Recorded by Ron Aniello at Thrill Hill Studio
Mixed by Bob Clearmountain
Mastered by Bob Ludwig
Table of Contents

Overview

Bruce's new studio album with the E Street Band, Letter To You, will be released on October 23. A rock album fueled by the band's heart-stopping, house-rocking signature sound, the 12 track Letter To You is Bruce's 20th studio album, and was recorded in late 2019 at his home studio in New Jersey.

"I love the emotional nature of Letter To You", says Bruce. "And I love the sound of the E Street Band playing completely live in the studio, in a way we've never done before, and with no overdubs. We made the album in only five days, and it turned out to be one of the greatest recording experiences I've ever had."

Letter to You includes nine recently written Springsteen songs, as well as new recordings of three of his legendary, but previously unreleased, compositions from the 1970s. Produced by Ron Aniello with Bruce Springsteen, Letter To You is Bruce's first time performing with the E Street Band since The River 2016 tour.

Source:http://www.brucespringsteen.net

Released

# Song Title Running Time Release
1. ONE MINUTE YOU'RE HERE 2:57 LETTER
2. LETTER TO YOU 4:55 LETTER
3. BURNIN' TRAIN 4:03 LETTER
4. JANEY NEEDS A SHOOTER 6:49 LETTER
5. LAST MAN STANDING 4:05 LETTER
6. THE POWER OF PRAYER 3:36 LETTER
7. HOUSE OF A THOUSAND GUITARS 4:30 LETTER
8. RAINMAKER 4:56 LETTER
9. IF I WAS THE PRIEST 6:50 LETTER
10. GHOSTS 5:54 LETTER
11. SONG FOR ORPHANS 6:13 LETTER
12. I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS 3:29 LETTER

Total Running Time: 58:00

Visit our release-pages for additional information.

Details

ONE MINUTE YOU'RE HERE - V1 2:57 LETTER

Note: No recording information availble yet for "One Minute You're Here".

LETTER TO YOU - V1 4:55 LETTER

Note: No recording information available yet for "Letter To You".

BURNIN' TRAIN - V1 4:03 LETTER

Note: No recording information availble yet for "Burnin' Train".

TALKING ABOUT MY BABY - V1 uncirculating
JANEY NEEDS A SHOOTER - V2 6:02 US6 / EY / ATMF
JANEY NEEDS A SHOOTER - V3 uncirculating
JANEY NEEDS A SHOOTER - V4 uncirculating
JANEY NEEDS A SHOOTER - V5 uncirculating
JANEY NEEDS A SHOOTER - V6 4:30 uncirculating
JANEY NEEDS A SHOOTER - V7 1:34 LM-8
JANEY NEEDS A SHOOTER - V8 2:34 LM-8 / PYP
JANEY NEEDS A SHOOTER - V9 6:50 DDO / DO-1 / EC / ATMF
JANEY NEEDS A SHOOTER - V10 6:49 LETTER

Note: "Janey Needs A Shooter" has a long complicated history. V2 was recorded in a solo piano arrangement at 914 Sound Studios, Blauvelt, NY, on January 29, 1973, with additional takes on January 30. The lyrics were written during 1972, although the melody was culled from a mid-1971 Springsteen composition, performed by the Bruce Springsteen Band only once live, from a Richmond show in October 1971, called "Talking About My Baby" V1. It appeared on provisional lists for The Wild, The Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle album, but did not make the final cut. Also listed on the earliest known album #3 sequence, from spring 1974. Session log documents indicate that a Spanish-flavored, full-band arrangement was recorded at 914 Sound Studios May 1974 (V4), October 1974 (V5), and again in February 1975 (V6), but it was bypassed for Born To Run. V7 and V8 are acoustic demos Bruce recorded around March-April 1979, at Telegraph Hill. V9 is a magnificent full band recording originally attributed to the Darkness On The Edge Of Town sessions, and later to the October 1978 rehearsal session at Telegraph Hill, Holmdel, NJ. Given the evidence (including audio not circulating), we can confirm it is a Telegraph Hill rehearsal from May 1979. The quality of the private audio is far superior to that found on the 'Definitive Darkness Outtakes' or 'Iceman' CDs, and includes the count-in and runs at the correct speed. "Janey Needs A Shooter" was also included on a very early tracklist for what became The River, but in all likelihood never seriously considered. Warren Zevon has said that he became obsessed with the title line after Jon Landau mentioned it along with other songs that Springsteen was intending to record. Zevon pestered Bruce, pleading to hear the song. Bruce agreed, and he ended up working on his own version of the song, his interpretation of "Jeannie Needs A Shooter" (he had misheard the name), and played an incomplete version to Bruce sometime in the Spring of 1979. Springsteen loved the arrangement, and they wrote the remainder of "Jeannie Needs A Shooter" together. The Zevon/Springsteen version is "a romantic saga of an outlaw pursuing a maiden while her father tries to gun him down," the opposite of Springsteen's original. Zevon's studio take of "Jeannie Needs A Shooter" from the Bad Luck Streak album was recorded during the summer of '79. V10 was recorded anew late 2019 with the help of The E Street Band.

LAST MAN STANDING - V1 4:05 LETTER

Note: No recording information availble yet for "Last Man Standing".

THE POWER OF PRAYER - V1 3:36 LETTER

Note: No recording information availble yet for "The Power Of Prayer".

HOUSE OF A THOUSAND GUITARS - V1 4:30 LETTER

Note: No recording information availble yet for "House Of A Thousand Guitars".

RAINMAKER - V1 4:56 LETTER

Note: No recording information availble yet for "Rainmaker".

IF I WAS THE PRIEST - V1 uncirculating
IF I WAS THE PRIEST - V2 5:53 US1 / EDR
IF I WAS THE PRIEST - V3 uncirculating
IF I WAS THE PRIEST - V4 5:13 US3 / HDT / EDR
IF I WAS THE PRIEST - V5 5:33 BTF / US4 / DT / EY / MPD / EDR
IF I WAS THE PRIEST - V6 6:50 LETTER

Note: V1 recorded at Pocketful of Tunes, 39 West 55th Street, New York, NY on February 14, 1972. V2 recorded at Mike Appel’s office, Laurel Canyon, 75 East 55th Street, Suite 706, New York, NY during April, 1972. V3 was performed at John Hammond's office at "the Black Rock" aka CBS Records, 51 West 52nd Street, New York, NY on May 2, 1972. V4 recorded at the John Hammond audition at Studio E Columbia Records, 6th floor, 49 East 52nd Street, New York City on May 3, 1972. V5 recorded at Mediasound Studios, 311 West 57th Street, New York, NY during May-July, 1972, a solo acoustic number. It was never recorded at the Greetings sessions. According to comments by Bruce this was written in late 1970 or early 1971. Performed live at The Student Prince in the fall of 1971. V6 was recorded anew with the help of The E Street Band in late 2019.

GHOSTS - V1 5:54 LETTER

Note: No recording information availble yet for "Ghosts".

SONG TO THE ORPHANS - V1 uncirculating
SONG TO THE ORPHANS - V2 uncirculating
SONG FOR ORPHANS - V3 6:34 BTF / UNE / PS / EY / US4 / DT / ATMF
SONG FOR ORPHANS - V4 uncirculating
SONG FOR ORPHANS - V5 6:13 LETTER

Note: According to several authors, including Peter Ames Carlin (Bruce!) and Ryan White (Springsteen Album by Album), "Song To the Orphans" V1 was one of the songs Bruce Springsteen played for Mike Appel, following "Baby Doll", at their first meeting on November 4, 1971, at Pocketful of Tunes, 39 West 55th Street, New York, NY. It should also be noted neither Springsteen or Appel have confirmed or denied this in their writings to date. V2 recorded at Mediasound Studios, 311 West 57th Street, New York, NY, June-July 1972. V3 recorded at 914 Sound Studios on February 19, 1973, V4 recorded next day. Found on a proposed track-listing document for the Greetings album. First known live performance of "Song For Orphans" was on August 10, 1972 at Max's Kansas City, New York City, NY, and it was an occasional inclusion in Bruce’s opening solo segment during the first three months of the Greetings album tour. A couple of live audio performances from that period are circulating. Occasionally written as "Song To Orphans", "Song To The Orphans" and variations thereof. Although not considered for album #2, Springsteen composed several lists of songs in 1974, that were candidates for inclusion on his third album, and "Song For Orphans" made several. More information.... V5 was recorded anew with the help of The E Street Band in late 2019.

I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS - V1 3:29 LETTER

Note: No recording information availble yet for "I'll See You In My Dreams".


Disclaimer | © 1996 - 2020 | Brucebase

icon_facebook.png icon_twitter.png icon_youtube.png
Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License