Bruce Springsteen fans received an unexpected -- and apparently unintended -- holiday gift over the weekend.
The New Jersey rocker's new album, though not due out until January 14, the 12 tracks from "High Hopes," appeared for sale on Amazon.com's mobile download site for a few hours on Saturday (December 28) before being taken down.
It's not know if the leak was planned or accidental, but the former seems most likely as Backstreets.com reports Springsteen's camp has been serving cease-and-desist notices under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to websites subsequently offering the album for download.
There's also no word on how many copies Amazon sold before "High Hopes" compiles new and old recordings, including a fresh take on "The Ghost of Tom Joad" and a studio version of "American Skin (41 Shots)."
Tom Morello, the Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave guitarist who sat in for Steven Van Zandt during Springsteen's Australian tour last year, appears on the album, as do late E Street Band members Clarence Clemons and Danny Federici.
A limited edition version of the album will come with a DVD of the E Street Band performing "Born in the USA" in its entirety earlier this year in England.
Springsteen and company hit the road again on January 26 in South Africa, followed by Australian and New Zealand dates that wrap up March 2.