It took a seemingly endless 35 years, but Nils Lofgren can finally say he’s finally recorded a full studio album with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. Although Lofgren joined up just prior to the tour behind 1984’s Born In The U.S.A., barring the tracks used for the 1996 Blood Brothers project — Lofgren has always laid down his guitar and vocal parts as an overdub.

DID YOU KNOW???

  • Nils Lofgren‘s first studio session with Bruce Springsteen was in 1985 when he overdubbed a backing vocal on “Janey, Don’t You Lose Heart.”
  • The tune was a Born In The U.S.A. castoff, which saw release as the B-side to “I’m Goin’ Down,” the sixth of seven Top 10 hits from the 1984 mega-platinum album.

FAST FACTS

  • Bruce Springsteen‘s latest album with the E Street Band, Letter To You, is his 20th studio album, was recorded at his home studio in New Jersey, and once again co-produced with Ron Aniello.
  • Letter To You includes nine recently written Springsteen songs — alongside new recordings of three of his legendary — but previously unreleased — compositions from the early-1970’s: “Janey Needs A Shooter,” “Song For The Orphans,” and the iconic “If I Was The Priest.”

SIDE NOTES

  • Bruce Springsteen has just issued Madison Square Garden, New York – 6/27/2000 — the latest official bootleg in his ongoing monthly archive series.
  • Rarities include the then-previously unreleased opener “Code Of Silence,” the always timeless take on Jimmy Cliff‘s “Trapped,” The River outtake and Tracks standout, “Loose Ends,” “Back In Your Arms,” and a pair of tunes from Springsteen’s debut 1973 album, Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. — “Mary Queen Of Arkansas” and “Blinded By The Light.”

CHECK IT OUT: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band recording 2020’s “I’ll See You In My Dreams”: