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The Promise: The Darkness On the Edge of Town Story

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This is one impressive collection. Darkness On the Edge of Town was Bruce Springsteen’s fourth album, the follow-up to Born to Run, and, in many ways, it surpassed that classic with a stripped-down intensity that few, if any, in rock ‘n’ roll have been able to meet. This “Story” includes a re-mastered version of the album where every instrument finds its place in the mix. The classics: “Badlands,” “Adam Raised a Cain,” “Candy’s Room,” “The Promised Land,” “Prove It All Night” and “Darkness On the Edge of Town” never sounded more brilliant. However, it only starts there. There are 22 studio outtakes (one, “The Way,” is hidden as a bonus track after “City of Night”), including the completed version of “The Promise,” Springsteen’s most legendary unreleased track. There’s a video documentary of the making of the album that goes deep into the artistic process. There is the “Thrill Hill Vault” that includes band rehearsals at the farm in Holmdel, studio footage, and some brilliant live footage from Red Bank, NJ, 1976 and Phoenix in 1978. Finally, there’s the Houston concert from 1978 that shows exactly why Springsteen is considered to be one of the greatest live performers of all time.

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A Classic Expanded

In 1977, Bruce and the boys were coming off of their most successful album to date, 'Born To Run'. Bruce recorded near 70-some songs for the soon to be 'Darkness' album. Although not as much of a commercial success as it's predecessor, it has become essential Bruce. The Boss wanted to create an album that reflected the times of the late 1970's. Blue-collar jobs, city romance, and working class kids being thrust into the adult world. Many years after the original classic 10 tracks were released, we are finally given a chance at fully understanding 'Darkness' as a whole. This remastered album full of genius unreleased tracks, along with a documentary depicting the recording sessions of '78 are insights that capture the album's creation. It is hard to believe that the outtakes included in this set were not included to the original album as a double pressing. 'Darkness On the Edge of Town' will continue to live on as one of Springsteen's most emotional and timeless albums.


I must have gotten really lucky and been on here just as they put this up, because the videos were not album only, and i got 3 hours of BRUUUUUUUCE!!! for 2 bucks.. hahahaha. Unfortunately, now it won't let me put it on my ipod. :( bitter sweet victory i guess.. oh well


Once again a jewel of music is released for people to find those songs they most relate with


Born: September 23, 1949 in Freehold, NJ

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In the decades following his emergence on the national scene in 1975, Bruce Springsteen proved to be that rarity among popular musicians, an artist who maintained his status as a frontline recording and performing star, consistently selling millions of albums and selling out arenas and stadiums around the world year after year, as well as retaining widespread critical approbation with ecstatic reviews greeting those discs and shows. Although there were a few speed bumps along the way in Springsteen's...
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