Bruce Springsteen In Legal Battle Over Early Recordings

If Bruce Springsteen is inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame when the announcements are made later this year, the New Jersey troubadour will have his 25-year body of work recognized for its contribution to music.

But "the Boss" apparently doesn't want a collection of his early recordings to be among those remembered, and the Associated Press reports that a New Jersey company have recently filed suit in a federal court against Springsteen in an attempt to establish its ownership and right to market the material.

The songs in dispute predate Springsteen's first official release, 1973's "Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ," and Pony Express Records of Bloomfield, N.J. says that the singer has repeatedly attempted to block release of the material by claiming that the company did not possess ownership rights to the songs.

Pony Express Records contends that it legally purchased the rights to some 30 songs, which it has collected onto an album marketed under the titles of "Before

the Flame" and "Unearthed," that Springsteen recorded in 1972 for one of his early producers.