Western Stars - Studio Sessions


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Commercially Released: June 14, 2019
Produced by: Ron Aniello with Bruce Springsteen
Recording Engineer: Ron Aniello, Tom Elmhirst
Recorded at: Thrill Hill Studio
Engineer – Rob Lebret, Ron Aniello, Ross Petersen, Toby Scott
Mastered By – Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering, Portland, ME
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Overview

Bruce Springsteen's first new studio album in five years takes his music to a new place, drawing 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 June 14. 'Western Stars' will be available for pre-order on Friday, April 26.

"This record is a return to my solo recordings featuring character driven songs and sweeping, cinematic orchestral arrangements", says Springsteen. "It's a jewel box of a record."

The 13 tracks of 'Western Stars' encompass a sweeping range of American themes, of highways and desert spaces, of isolation and community and the permanence of home and hope.
Ron Aniello produced the album with Springsteen and plays bass, keyboard, and other instruments. Patti Scialfa provides vocals and contributes vocal arrangements on four tracks. The musical arrangements include strings, horns, pedal steel and contributions from more than 20 other players including Jon Brion (who plays celeste, Moog, and farfisa), as well as guest appearances by David Sancious, Charlie Giordano, and Soozie Tyrell. The album was mixed by Tom Elmhirst.

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Was this solo album your most recent burst of writing?
According Springsteen. "Yeah, I would say so, which is unusual because I wrote most of that before [2012's] "Wrecking Ball", and I stopped making that record to make "Wrecking Ball," and then I went back to it. So it's been awhile since I've written, but that's not unusual. That's occurred plenty of other times in my working life."

Springsteen. "It's the record I wrote before Wrecking Ball but could not finish, and in attempting to finish it, I wrote Wrecking Ball. So the roots of the record go back quite a ways. Sometimes you have to wait for these puzzles to sort themselves out, and it can take years. I mean, I have a record that I've been working on that's 20 years old. That's just the way the process is working at the moment."

And from a Ron Aniello interview from 2013 talking about High Hopes & in these two questions, it seems obvious to me that he can only be speaking of Western Stars, "Bruce said he wrote a whole bunch of songs before Wrecking Ball, but I suppose he didn't want to dip into those for this album. Those were about 30 or 40 songs. They were very unique for him, unlike anything I'd ever heard. That's what I wanted to do originally, to help arrange those or give him ideas or look for some inspiration. Those are lovely songs, but none of them are on this record."

The album was recorded primarily at Springsteen's home studio in New Jersey, with additional recording in California and New York.

Released

1. HITCH HIKIN' 3:37 WESTERN
2. THE WAYFARER 4:18 WESTERN
3. TUCSON TRAIN 3:31 WESTERN
4. WESTERN STARS 4:41 WESTERN
5. SLEEPY JOE'S CAFÉ 3:14 WESTERN
6. DRIVE FAST (THE STUNTMAN) 4:16 WESTERN
7. CHASIN' WILD HORSES 5:03 WESTERN
8. SUNDOWN 3:17 WESTERN
9. SOMEWHERE NORTH OF NASHVILLE 1:52 WESTERN
10. STONES 4:44 WESTERN
11. THERE GOES MY MIRACLE 4:05 WESTERN
12. HELLO SUNSHINE 3:56 WESTERN
13. MOONLIGHT MOTEL 4:16 WESTERN

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