During a chat on SiriusXM's E Street Radio, Bruce Springsteen answered the question that's been puzzling fans — "How did those unreleased early-70's songs find their way onto the new Letter To You album?"
Letter To You includes nine recently written Springsteen songs — alongside new recordings of three of his legendary — but previously unreleased — compositions from the early-1970's: "Janey Needs A Shooter," "Song For The Orphans," and the iconic "If I Was The Priest."
Springsteen explained how the revamped songs came to see release: "We were working the year previous on a Tracks 2, so I happened to go through all of the songs that were on the John Hammond demo tape as potential tracks for Tracks 2. And I came across those songs, and I said, 'Wow, these are pretty good. I'd be interested to see what it would sound like now with the band playing these songs' — which were pre-Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ, never released. . . an entire album, at least. So it just sort of grew from that."