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Bruce Springsteen: A Double Dose of Good News

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Springsteen spent more than a year writing and recording Human Touch. His approach to making the album was to write and record a batch of songs, then take a break, then head into the studio again to record another batch. The album, which he began in January 1990, was essentially finished by the spring of 1991, but Springsteen wanted one more song to round it out. Instead of a single song, he composed an entire album's worth, and by last summer he had decided to release them both.

Bruce Springsteen Album-By-Album

Lucky Town was recorded at Springsteen's home studio, in Los Angeles, in about eight weeks. The core musicians and singers who appear on the album are Bittan, Jackson, Scialfa, drummer Gary Mallaber and vocalists Lisa Lowell and Soozie Tyrell.

With one or two exceptions, Springsteen plays all of the rhythm and lead guitar on both albums. "There is a lot of guitar on the albums," said a source. "A lot of lead guitar, a lot of great guitar."

At press time, cover art hadn't been finalized. Springsteen had participated in a number of photo sessions, including one with Annie Leibovitz, who shot the covers of Born in the U.S.A. and Tunnel of Love. The first single from the albums is expected out by the end of March, and a video was being directed by Meirt Avis, who has worked with U2 and who directed some of the videos from Tunnel of Love. Neither Springsteen's management nor his label, Columbia Records, however, would identify which song had been selected as the single. In fact, security around the project is so tight that one source at Sony Music said Columbia Records president Don Ienner has been using code words when referring to the albums and single so as to prevent media leaks.

It is believed that Springsteen will begin a world tour in the U.S. no later than the summer. Promoters expect Springsteen to play multiple dates at arenas. It is thought that at least some of the musicians who played on the albums will join Springsteen on the road, although one source said Porcaro won't be touring.

Springsteen last toured in 1988, when he and the E Street Band headlined Amnesty International's Human Rights Now! world tour. Since then, he has undergone numerous changes in his personal life. Springsteen and actress Julianne Phillips were divorced in March 1989, and he subsequently married Scialfa. They have had two children, Evan James and Jessica Rae.

This story is from the March 5, 1992 issue of Rolling Stone.

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