Category: brilliant disguise

On this day in music history: October 9, 1987 – “Tunnel Of Love”, the eighth album by Bruce Springsteen is released. Produced by Bruce Springsteen, Jon Landau and Chuck Plotkin, it is recorded at The Hit Factory in New York City, A&M Studios in Hollywood, CA, Kren Studio in Los Angeles, CA and Thrill Hill East (Springsteen home studio) in Rumson, NJ from January -July 1987. Coming over three and a half years after the mammoth success of the “Born In The USA” album and world tour, the follow up album differs greatly from the previous release. It is largely a solo effort by Springsteen, with The E Street Band featured on only a few tracks. Standing in stark contrast to “Born In The USA”, the tone of the album is very introspective and somber, with many songs having to do with the breakdown of, and foreseeing the eventual end of his first marriage to actress Julianne Phillips. Nineteen songs are recorded for the album, before being pared down to the final twelve. The outtakes including “Lucky Man” and “Two For The Road”, surface as the B-sides of the first two singles released from the album. The songs “The Honeymooners”, “The Wish” and “When You Need Me”. “Part Man, Part Monkey” are released years later on the “Tracks” box set, with “Part Man” being re-recorded during the sessions for “Human Touch” in 1990. The original version remains unreleased, along with “Walking Through Midnight”. It spins off four singles including “Brilliant Disguise” (#5 Pop) and the title track (#9 Pop). The music video for “Disguise” directed by Meirt Avis (U2), breaks from convention. The stark black & white clip features the camera firmly fixed on Springsteen (with no edits) while playing guitar and singing live to the original instrumental track. Springsteen supports the album with the “Tunnel Of Love Express” tour during 1988. The album is remastered and reissued on CD and 180 gram vinyl on May 18, 2018, as part of the box set “Bruce Springsteen: Album Collection Vol. 2 – 1987 – 1996. "Tunnel Of Love” spends one week at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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