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Bruce Springsteen to Release 'Chapter and Verse' Companion Album with Autobiography Launch

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Springsteen (center) with saxophonist Jake Clemons (left) and guitarist Steven Van Zandt at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on April 25. Springsteen and The E Street Band’s The River revival is the top tour of 2016 so far.

Bruce Springsteen turns 67 on September 23, but it's his fans who will be getting a big present: the release of his 500-page autobiography coupled with a new album.

The book -- titled Born to Run -- will arrive Sept. 27, four days before the release of its 18-track musical companion piece, Chapter and Verse. The record will feature five previously unreleased songs that reflect the themes and sections of the book. The compilation will kick off with two tracks from The Boss' high school band, The Castiles, and winds all the way through to 2012's "Wrecking Ball."

It will also feature recordings from the Steel Mill and Bruce Springsteen Band, featuring musicians who went on to perform in the E Street Band, as well as solo demos of "Henry Boy" and "Growin' Up" that were recorded in 1972, just before Springsteen began work on his debut album, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.

Chapter and Verse will be available in single CD and double LP configurations with lyrics and rare photos, as well as digital downloads and streams.

 

The Freehold, New Jersey native's hotly anticipated solo album, which manager Jon Landau told Billboard will be a "very different kind of record," is slated for release in 2017.

"When I say solo record, I’m not talking about an acoustic record,” 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.”

The U.S. leg of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's summer stadium tour will kick off with a three-night run at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on Aug. 23 and conclude Sept. 14 at Gillette Stadium in  Foxborough, Mass.

Born To Run is being published by Simon & Schuster, with pre-orders available now.

Chapter and Verse tracklist: 

"Baby I" -- The Castiles (previously unreleased)

"You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover" -- The Castiles (previously unreleased)

"He's Guilty (The Judge Song) -- Steel Mill (previously unreleased)

"Ballad of Jesse James" -- The Bruce Springsteen Band (previously unreleased)

"Henry Boy" (previously unreleased)

"Growin' Up"

"4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)"

"Born to Run"

"Badlands"

"The River"

 "My Father's House"

"Born in the U.S.A."

"Brilliant Disguise"

"Living Proof"

"The Ghost of Tom Joad"

"The Rising"

"Long Time Comin'"

"Wrecking Ball"

Check out this audio of the Castiles: