On Friday night Bruce Springsteen picked up the phone for E Street Radio's live call-in request show The Wild & the Innocent with Jim Rotolo. Bruce wasn't calling in with a request; he just wanted to "send all my love out to all the folks who've supported us over these years. Me and the E Street Band are so excited about this record. We really feel it's some of our best work in a long, long time and are just glad to be able to get this out to the eyes and the ears and the hearts that are out there."
At one point, Rotolo asked Springsteen about the older songs on Letter to You, why those particular songs were chosen, and if there were any other older songs considered.
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.
Also, I cut "Janey Needs a Shooter" as a single piece for what I thought was going to be a Record Store Day release here in the United States, but it ended up sounding so good, I said, "That sounds like an album cut." And so I just held onto it, and then one thing led to another… It was all sorts of happy accidents happening all over the place.