Bruce Springsteen’s new studio album with the E Street Band, Letter To You, was released by Columbia Records on October 23. A rock album fueled by the band’s heart-stopping, house-rocking signature sound, the 12 track Letter To You is Springsteen’s 20th studio album, and was recorded at his home studio in New Jersey.
“I love the emotional nature of Letter To You,” says Springsteen. “And I love the sound of the E Street Band playing completely live in the studio, in a way we’ve never done before, and with no overdubs. We made the album in only five days, and it turned out to be one of the greatest recording experiences I’ve ever had.”
Letter To You includes nine recently written Springsteen songs, as well as new recordings of three of his legendary, but previously unreleased, compositions from the 1970s, “Janey Needs a Shooter,” “If I Was the Priest,” and “Song for Orphans.” Springsteen is joined on Letter To You by Roy Bittan, Nils Lofgren, Patti Scialfa, Garry Tallent, Stevie Van Zandt, Max Weinberg, Charlie Giordano and Jake Clemons. The album was produced by Ron Aniello with Bruce Springsteen, mixed by Bob Clearmountain and mastered by Bob Ludwig.
The album enjoyed one of the strongest worldwide sales debuts of 2020, entering at #1 in 11 countries. In the U.S., the album enters at #2 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the Albums Chart, #1 on the Top Rock Albums Chart, and #1 on the Vinyl Albums and Tastemaker Albums charts. In the UK, Letter To You is Springsteen’s twelfth #1 and the second biggest album of the year to date.