News Flash: Springsteen 'Plugged' Soundtrack To Hit States

Although Bruce Springsteen's last two albums, Greatest Hits and The Ghost of Tom Joad, were released within months of each other in 1995, the New Jersey songwriter is notorious for taking long breaks between releases. To tide over American fans eager for Springsteen's next release, Columbia Records will release an album later this week that has for years been only available as an import. In Concert/MTV Plugged is the 13-song soundtrack to Springsteen's 1992 MTV Unplugged appearance, which he played electric. The album was originally released in Europe during the singer's 1993 tour in support of the jointly released Human Touch and Lucky Town albums. Asked why the Plugged album was just now seeing Stateside release, a spokesman at Shore Fire Media said that the album was originally issued as a European-only item because fans across the Atlantic could not watch the MTV broadcast, and that American fans should no longer have to pay import price for the collection. The timing of the release also capitalizes on a resurgence in interest in Springsteen, following his hit singles "Streets of Philadelphia" and "Secret Garden"; in 1993, his popularity in America had taken a hit after the relatively lukewarm reception to Human Touch and Lucky Town. --ATN staff report [Wed., Sept. 3, 1997, 9 a.m. PST]