Bruce Springsteen’s new album ‘Western Stars’ has entered the Official UK Album Charts at No. 1. Enjoying widespread critical acclaim and strong radio support, ‘Western Stars’ (Columbia Records) is Springsteen’s 11th UK No. 1 and sees him join David Bowie and Rolling Stones in the Top 5 acts with the most No. 1 albums. Also, ‘Western Stars’ has become the fastest selling physical album of the year so far. Bruce’s last studio album ‘High Hopes’ also topped the UK album charts on its release in 2014.
‘Western Stars’ takes Springsteen’s 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.
“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 on ‘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.
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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 13-time Grammy winner Tom Elmhirst.
‘Western Stars’ track listing
1. Hitch Hikin’
2. The Wayfarer
3. Tucson Train
4. Western Stars
5. Sleepy Joe’s Café
6. Drive Fast (The Stuntman)
7. Chasin’ Wild Horses
8. Sundown
9. Somewhere North of Nashville
10. Stones
11. There Goes My Miracle
12. Hello Sunshine
13. Moonlight Motel