Working On A Dream - Studio Sessions


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Commercially Released: January 27, 2009
Label: Columbia
Produced by Brendan O'Brien
Recorded by Nick Didia and Rick Kwan, assisted by Darren Tablan, Tom Tapley, Toby Scott, Tom Syrowski, Billy Bowers,
 Derek Karlquist, Kevin Mills, Paul Lamalfa and Tim Mitchell at Southern Tracks Studios, Avatar Studios, Clinton Recording Studios,
 Henson Recording Studios and Thrill Hill Recording (Summer 2007 - Fall 2008)
Mixed by  Brendan O'Brien, assisted by Darren Tablan and Tom Tapley at Southern Tracks Studios
Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering and Bernie Grundman Mastering
Design by Chris Austopchuck, Dave Bett, Michelle Holme
Photography by Danny Clinch and Jennifer Tzar

Overview

Springsteen finished recording 2007's Magic in May of that year. While mixing the album he recorded "What Love Can Do", a song that (in his words) "felt more like a first song of new record rather than something that would fit on Magic." Producer Brendan O'Brien was keen to record another album straight away, something that Bruce had not done since his debut albums in 1972. In the following week he wrote and demo'd another five songs ("This Life", "My Lucky Day", "Life Itself", "Good Eye" and "Tomorrow Never Knows"), and Working On A Dream was born.

The album was recorded during gaps in the 2007-8 Magic tour, in a very similar manner to Springsteen's previous album. Most tracks utilised a core group of rhythm musicians (Springsteen-Weinberg-Tallent-Bittan) and other musicians recorded their parts subsequently at various recording studios around the country. Many songs were recorded in only a few takes.

The album consists of 12 tracks, with "The Wrestler" (from the film of the same name) included as a bonus track. Early press also reported that a second bonus track would be included, the Halloween themed "Night Of The Jersey Devil", the video of which was streamed on brucespringsteen.net in October 2008. However, subsequent press omitted mention of the song, and it was not included on the final CD. The album was officially announced November 17, 2008.

Released

# Song Title Running Time Release
1. OUTLAW PETE 8:00 DREAM
2. MY LUCKY DAY 4:01 DREAM
3. WORKING ON A DREAM 3:30 DREAM
4. QUEEN OF THE SUPERMARKET 4:40 DREAM
5. WHAT LOVE CAN DO 2:57 DREAM
6. THIS LIFE 4:30 DREAM
7. GOOD EYE 3:01 DREAM
8. TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS 2:14 DREAM
9. LIFE ITSELF 4:00 DREAM
10. KINGDOM OF DAYS 4:02 DREAM
11. SURPRISE, SURPRISE 3:24 DREAM
12. THE LAST CARNIVAL 3:11 DREAM
13. THE WRESTLER 3:50 DREAM

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Additional Recordings

Details

OUTLAW PETE 8:00 DREAM

Note: Features Soozie Tyrell on violin, Patrick Warren on organ, and strings and horns arranged by Eddie Horst. The song was adapted into a book by Springsteen and illustrator Frank Caruso and published on November 4, 2014.

MY LUCKY DAY 4:01 DREAM / ESSENTIAL: 2015

Note: Written during the mixing stages of Magic. One of two songs, along with "Born To Run", that was made available as downloadable content for the video game Guitar Hero World Tour on January 29, 2009.

WORKING ON A DREAM 3:30 DREAM / ESSENTIAL: 2015

Note: Premiered in November 2008 in Cleveland, OH at a Barack Obama election rally.

QUEEN OF THE SUPERMARKET 4:40 DREAM

Note:

WHAT LOVE CAN DO 2:57 DREAM

Note: The first song finished, recorded during the mixing stages of Magic.

THIS LIFE 4:30 DREAM

Note: Written during the mixing stages of Magic. Features Patrick Warren on piano.

GOOD EYE 3:01 DREAM

Note: Written during the mixing stages of Magic.

TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS 2:14 DREAM

Note: Written during the mixing stages of Magic. Features Patrick Warren on keyboards, as well as a string and horn arrangement by Eddie Horst.

LIFE ITSELF 4:00 DREAM

Note: Written during the mixing stages of Magic.

KINGDOM OF DAYS 4:02 DREAM

Note: Eddie Horst contributes a string and horn arrangement.

SURPRISE, SURPRISE 3:24 DREAM

Note: Eddie Horst contributes a string and horn arrangement.

THE LAST CARNIVAL 3:11 DREAM

Note: Jason Federici (Danny's son) contributes accordion.

THE WRESTLER - V1a 3:50 DREAM / ESSENTIAL: 2015
THE WRESTLER - V1b 5:20 promo CD

Note: Features Springsteen on all instruments. V1a is the version included on the Working On A Dream album. V1b is on a US-only 1-track promotional CDR in slimline jewel case without artwork, issued exclusively to Academy Award voters by film distributors "Fox Searchlight Pictures" for consideration of "The Wrestler" in the "Best Original Song" category. This rare disc exclusively contains the full, unedited 5:20 version with longer intro and intact piano coda, which was omitted for the song’s widespread release as a "bonus track" on the album. Some copies feature a misprint of "For Your Consiceration".

A NIGHT WITH THE JERSEY DEVIL 3:23 2009 b-side.

Note: probably recorded during the Working On A Dream sessions. Features Springsteen on all instruments. Released as a limited edition 7-inch b-side to "What Love Can Do" in April 2009.

FRANKIE FELL IN LOVE - V1 uncirculating
FRANKIE FELL IN LOVE - V2 2:48 HOPES

Note: Springsteen has stated that the song was recorded for Magic but did not make the album. However, studio footage appears to date the song from the Working On A Dream sessions. Partially re-recorded in 2013 and issued on High Hopes. Produced by Ron Aniello and Springsteen. Features Sessions Band violinist Sam Bardfeld. Springsteen has stated the song was originally recorded for Magic, and partially re-recorded for High Hopes. However, studio footage appears to date the cut from 2008, during sessions for Working On A Dream. Drums, bass and Van Zandt's contribution are all new. Musician credits are Springsteen (vocals, guitar, percussion, organ, mandolin), Roy Bittan (piano), Steve Van Zandt (backing vocals), Max Weinberg (drums), Ron Aniello (bass, guitar) and the aforementioned Sam Bardfeld (violin).


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