LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Bruce Springsteen will release his 24th album on January 27, a disc he and the E-Street Band hurriedly recorded during breaks on their tour last year, the veteran rocker said on Monday.
“Working on a Dream” (Columbia) marks the follow-up to “Magic,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in October 2007. Both albums were produced by Brendan O’Brien, who also worked on AC/DC’s recent chart-topper “Black Ice.”
“Toward the end of recording ‘Magic,’ excited by the return to pop production sounds, I continued writing,” Springsteen said in a statement.
“All the songs were written quickly, we usually used one of our first few takes, and we all had a blast making this one from beginning to end.”
Part of the title track aired on Sunday during the halftime break on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.” Springsteen premiered an acoustic version of the song last month during a campaign rally for President-elect Barack Obama in Columbus, Ohio.
The album features two bonus tracks, “The Wrestler” (from the upcoming Mickey Rourke film of the same name); and “A Night With the Jersey Devil” (a Halloween track that was made available for free online).
Springsteen and the E-Street Band will perform during the Super Bowl halftime in Tampa, Fla., on February 1.
Reporting by Dean Goodman