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. Bruce felt it was so important he issued a press release on December 23, 2008 through his PR company.

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. On April 18, 2009, it was released as the b-side to the Record Store Day single "What Love Can Do" (details below), the final single from the album.

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

Visit our release-pages for additional information.

Additional Recordings

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

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 - V1 uncirculating
MY LUCKY DAY - V2 uncirculating
MY LUCKY DAY - V3 4:01 DREAM / ESSENTIAL: 2015

Note: Written June 2007 during the mixing stages of Magic, and demo'd before sessions completed. Album version completed Summer 2008, and single released November 28, 2008. 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 November 2, 2008 in Cleveland, Ohio at a Barack Obama election rally, and released November 21 as the album's first single. Winner of the 2010 Grammy Award for "Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance".

QUEEN OF THE SUPERMARKET 4:40 DREAM

Note:

WHAT LOVE CAN DO - V1 uncirculating
WHAT LOVE CAN DO - V2 2:57 DREAM

Note: The first song written for Working On A Dream, in June 2007 during the mixing stages of Magic. Demo recorded before Magic sessions completed. Completed summer 2008. Released as a single April 18, 2009 to commemorate the 2009 “Record Store Day” (an annual campaign supporting independent record dealers), limited to 2,500 copies.

THIS LIFE - V1 uncirculating
THIS LIFE - V2 4:30 DREAM

Note: Written June 2007 during the mixing stages of Magic, and demo'd before sessions completed. Features Patrick Warren on piano.

GOOD EYE - V1 uncirculating
GOOD EYE - V2 3:01 DREAM

Note: Written and demo'd June 2007, completed 2008.

TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS - V1 uncirculating
TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS - V2 2:14 DREAM

Note: Written June 2007 during the mixing stages of Magic, and demo'd before sessions completed. Features Patrick Warren on keyboards, as well as a string and horn arrangement by Eddie Horst.

LIFE ITSELF - V1 uncirculating
LIFE ITSELF - V2 4:00 DREAM

Note: Written June 2007 during the mixing stages of Magic, and demo'd before sessions completed.

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: Written at the request of Mickey Rourke for his film, "The Wrestler", and debuted August 2008 at the Venice International Film Festival. Features Springsteen on all instruments. V1a is the version included on the Working On A Dream album, released as a single December 16, 2008. 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 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".

HUNTER OF INVISIBLE GAME - V1 uncirculating
HUNTER OF INVISIBLE GAME - V2 4:42 HOPES / ESSENTIAL: 2015

Note: With Tom Morello. Produced by Brendan O'Brien, suggesting this recording dates from 2004-2008, presumably with a Morello overdub. Morello has stated in an interview that he heard O'Brien tinkering with a recording of "Hunter" in 2007 or 2008, and being credited on High Hopes release, after he had parted with Springsteen, proves it was recorded prior to 2009.

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

Note: Recorded during the Working On A Dream sessions, but not released on the album. Features Springsteen on all instruments. Video was streamed on brucespringsteen.net in October 2008, and finally released as a limited edition 7-inch b-side to "What Love Can Do" on April 18, 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. Studio footage appears to date the cut from 2008, during sessions for Working On A Dream, but drums, bass and Van Zandt's contribution are all new.

HEY BLUE EYES - V1 uncirculating
HEY BLUE EYES - V2 uncirculating
HEY BLUE EYES - V3 uncirculating
HEY BLUE EYES - V4 4:34 BEAUTY

Note: Recorded with Brendan O'Brien at Southern Tracks Studios, Atlanta, during the Working On A Dream sessions in 2008, which formed the basis of the released track, along with additional parts by the E Street Band, recorded on later dates. Considered for High Hopes in 2013, but was among the several tracks not selected, prompting Springsteen to release American Beauty, a 12" vinyl EP on RSD April 19, 2014, and digitally on April 22. The presence of Patrick Warren and lyrical content suggests this recording (or at least part of it) emanates from Atlanta, which is correct.

MARY MARY - V1 uncirculating
MARY MARY - V2 uncirculating
MARY MARY - V3 2:51 BEAUTY

Note: V1 recorded at Southern Tracks Studios with Brendan O'Brien during the Magic sessions 2007, and again in 2008. V3 HH version completed 2013 with Ron Aniello. Considered for High Hopes, but missed the cut. Released on the four-track 12" vinyl EP American Beauty April 19, 2014, in association with Record Store Day, and digitally on April 22, 2014.


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