Rare pre-fame Bruce Springsteen tracks to be released

The tracks date back to 1966

Rare Bruce Springsteen tracks are to be released as a compilation album. It will serve as an audio companion to his forthcoming autobiography ‘Born to Run’.

The album is tilted ‘Chapter and Verse and will be released on September 23 – four days before the book is released.

Tracks featured on the album date back to 1966, with two tracks from Springsteen’s teenage band The Castiles; ‘Baby, I’ which was recorded in May 1966 and a cover version of Wille Dixon’s ‘You Can’t Judge a Book by the Cover’, recorded in September 1967.


Steel Mill’s ‘He’s Guilty (The Judge Song)’ from February 1970 is also featured with The Bruce Springsteen Band contributing ‘The Ballad of Jesse James’, recorded in March 1972. The fifth track is ‘Henry Boy’, a Springsteen solo track.

Springsteen has spent the last six years working on the book, according to reports. A press statement regarding the memoir reads: “In Born To Run, Springsteen describes growing up in Freehold, New Jersey amid the ‘poetry, danger, and darkness’ that fuelled his imagination.

“He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. With disarming candor, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work, and shows us why the song ‘Born To Run’ reveals more than we previously realised.”

“Writing about yourself is a funny business,” Springsteen writes in the book. “But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I’ve tried to do this.”