On Oct 5, 12:46 pm, "A to Z"
>> Bruce Springsteen
>> October 05, 2007, 10:45 AM ET
>> Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
>> Bruce Springsteen isn't always known for working quickly, but he just
>> may have another new album already in the can on the heels of "Magic,"
>> released earlier this week via Columbia.
>> "There's another group of songs that exist that I think are great
>> songs and should end up somewhere, but they just didn't quite fit with
>> this group," says producer Brendan O'Brien, who helmed "Magic" as well
>> as 2002's "The Rising" and 2005's "Devils & Dust."
>> O'Brien declined to comment on murmurs that the new album could be out
>> as soon as next spring, saying only, "I'll defer to others on that
>> What's clear is that O'Brien has played a key role in one of the most
>> prolific period of album releases in Springsteen's storied career.
>> Before "The Rising," the Boss hadn't made a new studio album in seven
>> years, and hadn't recorded with the E Street Band in nearly 20.
>> "He had produced his own music with other people for a long time,"
>> O'Brien says. "If he was meeting with me, it meant he maybe wanted to
>> try something new and inspired. He needed somebody to help him get
>> over the hump."
>> In contrast to the somber, Sept. 11, 2001-themed "The Rising," the
>> folk-leaning solo album "Devils & Dust" and last year's all-
>> traditional "The Seeger Sessions," "Magic" offers some of the most
>> melodic songs Springsteen has written in years. The material is tailor-
>> made for the onstage power of the E Street Band, which has just begun
>> a North American tour.
>> O'Brien credits Springsteen with allowing him to participate in the
>> vetting process, which in turn shaped the mostly high-energy vibe of
>> the new album.
>> "It was clear he wanted that kind of input, and I let him know right
>> away that that's something I like to do and am helpful with," he says.
>> "On this one, we met at his place and he sat down and played me a
>> bunch of songs. I would be looking at the lyric book while he was
>> singing them. He'd finish, we'd talk, and we'd make notes."
>> Once ensconced at O'Brien's Atlanta studio, the producer set
>> Springsteen up with a pared-down core band of drummer Max Weinberg,
>> bassist Garry Tallent and pianist Roy Bittan to record basic tracks.
>> Contributions from E Streeters like guitarist Steven Van Zandt,
>> keyboardist Danny Federici and saxophonist Clarence Clemons were added
>> "As best I can tell, everyone else seems at peace with that," O'Brien
>> says. "We'll bring Danny and Steve in, but by that point, I have a
>> better idea as to what we need them for. It makes their overdubbing
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Kevin, Bruce alluded to the point that there are more songs behind
this effort (Magic), in his interview that is currently running on
Sirius. Thanks for the post.