By Hayden Wright
Through the years, Bruce Springsteen has been generous with fans who meticulously search for obscure, fresh, rearranged, “forgotten,” and hard-to-find audio from the span of his career. That’s why the release of his upcoming autobiography Born to Run will coincide with a “companion” album of classic, new, and previously unreleased material to take readers through a sonic journey alongside the story.
The album will be titled Chapter and Verse, and includes 18 tracks—some demos reaching as far back as 1972, reports Billboard. Other songs like “Wrecking Ball” are as new as 2012. Chapter and Verse will debut in CD and vinyl formats as well as for digital download and on streaming services.
The announcement comes just as the Boss reveals plans for a 2017 “solo” album, a creative departure from the decades of output he’s released with the E Street Band.
“When I say solo record, I’m not talking about an acoustic record,” Springsteen’s manager Jon Landau said. “It is, in fact, a very expansive record, a very rich record. It’s one of Bruce’s very creative efforts. Stay tuned, and we’ll see exactly how that shapes up next year.”