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Western Stars

Bruce Springsteen

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A few months before his 70th birthday, the Boss has released an album that’s totally out of step with his usual sound. Bye-bye to the E Street Band, his loyal backing band that gets entire stadiums up and dancing, and hello strings, brass and choirs! With Western Stars, Bruce Springsteen transforms himself into a kind of third millennium Glen Campbell. In fact, the singer who died in 2017 often comes to mind; building bridges between pop, country and soul with a voice as iconic as that of Sinatra or Elvis, Campbell topped the charts with hits like Gentle on My Mind, By the Time I Get to Phoenix, Wichita Lineman, Galveston, Rhinestone Cowboy.


Much like his deceased elder, Springsteen detaches himself from the present and comes across as innocent and nonchalant rather than resistant or distrustful. In addition to a kitsch atmosphere that harkens back to California of the late sixties/early seventies (the Boss has clearly been playing Jimmy Webb, Harry Nilsson and Burt Bacharach on loop), we find an almost cinematic feel thanks to Ron Aniello's silky production. He’s not new to the job, having already worked with Springsteen on Wrecking Ball (2012) and High Hopes (2014). Here, Springsteen moves away from pure rock’n’roll and drenches his songs in melancholy. Western Stars is not just a compilation of thirteen tracks. It feels more like a novel or a film - one that you could watch over and over again and still find something new every time. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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1
Hitch Hikin'
00:03:37

Ron Aniello, Producer, Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - TOBY SCOTT, Engineer - ROB MATHES, Conductor - Ross Petersen, Engineer - Tom Elmhirst, Mixing Engineer - Bruce Springsteen, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Suzanne Ornstein, Violin - Lisa Kim, Violin - Alan Stepansky, Cello - Jung Sun Yoo, Violin - Robert Rinehart, Viola - Sharon Yamada, Violin - Sandy Park, AssociatedPerformer - Vivek Kamath, Viola - Liz Lim, Violin - Joanna Maurer, Violin - Annaliesa Place, Violin - Desiree Elsevier, Viola - Joe Visciano, Assistant Engineer - Hyunju Lee, Violin - Rob Lebret, Engineer - Nathan Vickery, Cello - Emily Popham, Violin

(P) 2019 Bruce Springsteen

2
The Wayfarer
00:04:18

Patti Scialfa, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Ron Aniello, Producer, Engineer - Soozie Tyrell, Background Vocal - David Sancious, Piano - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - TOBY SCOTT, Engineer - Matt Chamberlain, Drums - Ross Petersen, Engineer - Tom Elmhirst, Mixing Engineer - Bruce Springsteen, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lisa Kim, Violin - Alan Stepansky, Cello - Sandy Park, AssociatedPerformer - Rebecca Young, Viola - Shmuel Katz, Viola - Scott Tibbs, Conductor - Joanna Maurer, Violin - Joe Visciano, Assistant Engineer - Curt Ramm, Trumpet, Fluegelhorn - Hyunju Lee, Violin - Rob Lebret, Engineer - Rachel Drehmann, French Horn - Leelanee Sterrett, French Horn

(P) 2019 Bruce Springsteen

3
Tucson Train
00:03:31

Barry Danielian, Trumpet - Ron Aniello, Producer, Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - MATT ROLLINGS, Piano - TOBY SCOTT, Engineer, Programmer, Loops - Ross Petersen, Engineer - Tom Elmhirst, Mixing Engineer - Bruce Springsteen, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lisa Kim, Violin - Alan Stepansky, Cello - Sandy Park, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Sterman, Flute - Gunnar Olsen, Drums - Dan Levine, Trombone - Rebecca Young, Viola - Shmuel Katz, Viola - Scott Tibbs, Conductor - Alden Banta, Bassoon - Joanna Maurer, Violin - Charles Pillow, Oboe - Joe Visciano, Assistant Engineer - Curt Ramm, Trumpet - Hyunju Lee, Violin - Rob Lebret, Engineer - Rachel Drehmann, French Horn - Leelanee Sterrett, French Horn

(P) 2019 Bruce Springsteen

4
Western Stars
00:04:41

Barry Danielian, Trumpet - Ron Aniello, Producer, Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Lenny Castro, Tambourine, Congas - MATT ROLLINGS, Piano - TOBY SCOTT, Engineer - Cindy Mizelle, Background Vocal - Matt Chamberlain, Drums - Ross Petersen, Engineer - Curtis King, Background Vocal - Tom Elmhirst, Mixing Engineer - Bruce Springsteen, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - JON BRION, Electric Guitar, Synthesizer - Lisa Kim, Violin - Alan Stepansky, Cello - Sandy Park, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Sterman, Flute - Marc Müller, Steel Guitar - Dan Levine, Trombone - Rebecca Young, Viola - Shmuel Katz, Viola - Scott Tibbs, Conductor - Alden Banta, Bassoon - Joanna Maurer, Violin - Charles Pillow, Oboe - Joe Visciano, Assistant Engineer - Curt Ramm, Trumpet - Hyunju Lee, Violin - Michelle Moore, Background Vocal - Rob Lebret, Engineer, Guitar, Electric Guitar - Rachel Drehmann, French Horn - Leelanee Sterrett, French Horn

(P) 2019 Bruce Springsteen

5
Sleepy Joe's Café
00:03:14

Barry Danielian, Trumpet - Ron Aniello, Producer, Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Lenny Castro, Congas, Shaker - TOBY SCOTT, Engineer - Charles Giordano, Accordion - Ross Petersen, Engineer - Tom Elmhirst, Mixing Engineer - Bruce Springsteen, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - JON BRION, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Clark Gayton, Trombone - Gunnar Olsen, Drums - Joe Visciano, Assistant Engineer - Ed Manion, Saxophone - Curt Ramm, Trumpet - Rob Lebret, Engineer

(P) 2019 Bruce Springsteen

6
Drive Fast (The Stuntman)
00:04:16

Ron Aniello, Producer, Engineer - David Sancious, Organ - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - TOBY SCOTT, Engineer - Ross Petersen, Engineer - Tom Elmhirst, Mixing Engineer - Bruce Springsteen, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lisa Kim, Violin - Alan Stepansky, Cello - Sandy Park, AssociatedPerformer - Marc Müller, Steel Guitar - Gunnar Olsen, Drums - Rebecca Young, Viola - Shmuel Katz, Viola - Scott Tibbs, Conductor - Joanna Maurer, Violin - Joe Visciano, Assistant Engineer - Hyunju Lee, Violin - Rob Lebret, Engineer - Luis Villalobos, Violin

(P) 2019 Bruce Springsteen

7
Chasin' Wild Horses
00:05:03

Barry Danielian, Trumpet - Ron Aniello, Producer, Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - TOBY SCOTT, Engineer - ROB MATHES, Conductor - Ross Petersen, Engineer - Tom Elmhirst, Mixing Engineer - Bruce Springsteen, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Suzanne Ornstein, Violin - Lisa Kim, Violin - Alan Stepansky, Cello - Jung Sun Yoo, Violin - Robert Rinehart, Viola - Sharon Yamada, Violin - Sandy Park, AssociatedPerformer - Marc Müller, Steel Guitar - Vivek Kamath, Viola - Liz Lim, Violin - Joanna Maurer, Violin - Annaliesa Place, Violin - Desiree Elsevier, Viola - Joe Visciano, Assistant Engineer - Hyunju Lee, Violin - Rob Lebret, Engineer - Nathan Vickery, Cello - Emily Popham, Violin - Rachel Drehmann, French Horn - Leelanee Sterrett, French Horn

(P) 2019 Bruce Springsteen

8
Sundown
00:03:17

Patti Scialfa, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Barry Danielian, Trumpet - Ron Aniello, Producer, Engineer - Soozie Tyrell, Background Vocal - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - MATT ROLLINGS, Piano - TOBY SCOTT, Engineer - ROB MATHES, Conductor - Ross Petersen, Engineer - Tom Elmhirst, Mixing Engineer - Bruce Springsteen, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Suzanne Ornstein, Violin - Lisa Kim, Violin - Alan Stepansky, Cello - Jung Sun Yoo, Violin - Robert Rinehart, Viola - Sharon Yamada, Violin - Sandy Park, AssociatedPerformer - Clark Gayton, Trombone - Vivek Kamath, Viola - Liz Lim, Violin - Gunnar Olsen, Drums - Joanna Maurer, Violin - Annaliesa Place, Violin - Desiree Elsevier, Viola - Joe Visciano, Assistant Engineer - Curt Ramm, Trumpet - Hyunju Lee, Violin - Rob Lebret, Engineer - Nathan Vickery, Cello - Emily Popham, Violin

(P) 2019 Bruce Springsteen

9
Somewhere North of Nashville
00:01:52

Patti Scialfa, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Ron Aniello, Producer - Soozie Tyrell, Violin, Background Vocal - JAMES BROWN, Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Charles Giordano, Piano - Tom Elmhirst, Mixing Engineer - Bruce Springsteen, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Marty Rifkin, Steel Guitar - Joe Visciano, Assistant Engineer - Rob Lebret, Engineer

(P) 2019 Bruce Springsteen

10
Stones
00:04:44

Ron Aniello, Producer, Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - TOBY SCOTT, Engineer - ROB MATHES, Conductor - Ross Petersen, Engineer - Tom Elmhirst, Mixing Engineer - Bruce Springsteen, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - JON BRION, Timpani - Suzanne Ornstein, Violin - Lisa Kim, Violin - Alan Stepansky, Cello - Jung Sun Yoo, Violin - Robert Rinehart, Viola - Sharon Yamada, Violin - Sandy Park, AssociatedPerformer - Vivek Kamath, Viola - Liz Lim, Violin - Gunnar Olsen, Drums - Joanna Maurer, Violin - Annaliesa Place, Violin - Desiree Elsevier, Viola - Joe Visciano, Assistant Engineer - Hyunju Lee, Violin - Rob Lebret, Engineer - Nathan Vickery, Cello - Emily Popham, Violin - Rachel Drehmann, French Horn - Leelanee Sterrett, French Horn - Luis Villalobos, Violin

(P) 2019 Bruce Springsteen

11
There Goes My Miracle
00:04:05

Barry Danielian, Trumpet - Ron Aniello, Producer, Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Lenny Castro, Tambourine, Shaker - TOBY SCOTT, Engineer - Ross Petersen, Engineer - Tom Elmhirst, Mixing Engineer - Bruce Springsteen, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - JON BRION, Timpani, Synthesizer - Lisa Kim, Violin - Alan Stepansky, Cello - Sandy Park, AssociatedPerformer - Clark Gayton, Trombone - Gunnar Olsen, Drums - Matthew Koma, Background Vocal - Rebecca Young, Viola - Shmuel Katz, Viola - Scott Tibbs, Conductor - Joanna Maurer, Violin - Joe Visciano, Assistant Engineer - Curt Ramm, Trumpet - Hyunju Lee, Violin - Michelle Moore, Background Vocal - Rob Lebret, Engineer

(P) 2019 Bruce Springsteen

12
Hello Sunshine
00:03:56

Ron Aniello, Producer, Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - TOBY SCOTT, Engineer - Matt Chamberlain, Drums - ROB MATHES, Conductor - Ross Petersen, Engineer - Tom Elmhirst, Mixing Engineer - Bruce Springsteen, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Suzanne Ornstein, Violin - Lisa Kim, Violin - Alan Stepansky, Cello - Jung Sun Yoo, Violin - Robert Rinehart, Viola - Sharon Yamada, Violin - Sandy Park, AssociatedPerformer - Marc Müller, Steel Guitar - Vivek Kamath, Viola - Liz Lim, Violin - Joanna Maurer, Violin - Annaliesa Place, Violin - Desiree Elsevier, Viola - Joe Visciano, Assistant Engineer - Hyunju Lee, Violin - Rob Lebret, Engineer - Nathan Vickery, Cello - Emily Popham, Violin

(P) 2019 Bruce Springsteen

13
Moonlight Motel
00:04:16

Ron Aniello, Producer, Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - MATT ROLLINGS, Piano - TOBY SCOTT, Engineer - Greg Leisz, Steel Guitar - Ross Petersen, Engineer - Tom Elmhirst, Mixing Engineer - Bruce Springsteen, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - JON BRION, Drums, Celeste - Joe Visciano, Assistant Engineer - Rob Lebret, Engineer

(P) 2019 Bruce Springsteen

Album review

A few months before his 70th birthday, the Boss has released an album that’s totally out of step with his usual sound. Bye-bye to the E Street Band, his loyal backing band that gets entire stadiums up and dancing, and hello strings, brass and choirs! With Western Stars, Bruce Springsteen transforms himself into a kind of third millennium Glen Campbell. In fact, the singer who died in 2017 often comes to mind; building bridges between pop, country and soul with a voice as iconic as that of Sinatra or Elvis, Campbell topped the charts with hits like Gentle on My Mind, By the Time I Get to Phoenix, Wichita Lineman, Galveston, Rhinestone Cowboy.


Much like his deceased elder, Springsteen detaches himself from the present and comes across as innocent and nonchalant rather than resistant or distrustful. In addition to a kitsch atmosphere that harkens back to California of the late sixties/early seventies (the Boss has clearly been playing Jimmy Webb, Harry Nilsson and Burt Bacharach on loop), we find an almost cinematic feel thanks to Ron Aniello's silky production. He’s not new to the job, having already worked with Springsteen on Wrecking Ball (2012) and High Hopes (2014). Here, Springsteen moves away from pure rock’n’roll and drenches his songs in melancholy. Western Stars is not just a compilation of thirteen tracks. It feels more like a novel or a film - one that you could watch over and over again and still find something new every time. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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