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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 ... Read more in Amazon's Bruce Springsteen Store

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  • Audio CD (15 Nov. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Columbia Records
  • ASIN: B0040JHWKS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,304 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Racing In The Street ('78)
2. Gotta Get That Feeling
3. Outside Looking In
4. Someday (We'll Be Together)
5. One Way Street
6. Because The Night
7. Wrong Side Of The Street
8. The Brokenhearted
9. Rendezvous
10. Candy's Boy
Disc: 2
1. Save My Love
2. Ain't Good Enough For You
3. Fire
4. Spanish Eyes
5. It's A Shame
6. Come On (Let's Go Tonight)
7. Talk To Me
8. The Little Things (My Baby Does)
9. Breakaway
10. The Promise
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"'Darkness' was my 'samurai' record," Springsteen writes, "stripped to the frame and ready to rumble. But the music that got left behind was substantial." For the first time, fans will have access to two discs containing a total of 21 previously-unreleased songs from the 'Darkness' recording sessions, songs that, as Springsteen writes, "perhaps could have/should have been released after 'Born To Run' and before the collection of songs that 'Darkness on the Edge of Town' became."
Highlights include the extraordinary rock version of "Racing in the Street," the never-before-released original recordings of "Because the Night," "Fire," and "Rendezvous," the supreme pop opus "Someday (We'll Be Together)," the hilarious "Ain't Good Enough for You," the superb soul-based vocal performance on "The Brokenhearted," the haunting "Breakaway," and the fully orchestrated masterpiece and title song "The Promise."
All 21 songs have been mixed by Springsteen's long-time collaborator Bob Clearmountain.

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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful By therealus TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 Nov. 2010
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This is not a rival to Darkness On The Edge Of Town. There's not a track on here that would have improved Springsteen's best ever record. If The Promise had been released in 1978, it would almost certainly have been hailed as a masterpiece, but it would have been a lesser one than what we actually got. But as you listen - if you listen carefully - you really come to appreciate The Boss's creative process, and not least the meticulous attention to detail and the apparent willingness to go all the way back to the drawing board if necessary. The Promise is full of painstakingly produced songs that on close examination don't quite come up to the Springsteen standard, in the main, but still stand as a tribute to his art.

Darkness On The Edge Of Town is, as I've said, Springsteen's best record, and Racing On The Street is the best of the best. The alternative version presented on The Promise is fine in its own right, with added harmonica and a breathtakingly soulful violin break toward the end. But the opening line, with a '32 Ford instead of a '69 Chevy, sounds awkward, and Springsteen seems to stumble a little over the rest of the words in the line, and some of the others later on. It feels raw and unrefined. Not in themselves bad things, but we've been better served by the additional work that went in to the released version, not least the melody from Then He Kissed Me and the more explicit reference to Dancing In The Street. That eventually racing in the street became an alternative to "dying piece by piece" also gave it a much more existential edge than the choice between money and having nothing else to do.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cuban Heel VINE VOICE on 19 Jan. 2011
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I was excited when I heard about this album as 'Darkness on the Edge of Town' is one of my favourite records of all time. When the 'Tracks' box set came out I took the songs from it that were from around the same time and stuck them together on a CD which was almost like creating a lost album (I know, it's a bit sad how obsessive I am about this period in Springsteen's career). So when I heard there were more from the same sessions I was overjoyed.

I saw somewhere, however, that they'd tinkered with the tracks recorded at the time and it certainly sounds that way. Springsteen's voice on some of the songs sounds like it did back in '78, and on others sounds like it does now. There are violins here and there, blended with the sax, which I'm pretty sure weren't in his sound back then, and in parts you can tell where they've tried to merge new production into the old. Which was a little bit disappointing for me.

Having said that, the alternative take on 'Racing in the Street' is interesting and it's great to finally hear a recorded version of 'Because the Night' from the man who wrote it. Other tracks are ok. I had the CD on in the car recently and as background music, without paying a lot of attention to it, I enjoyed it a lot. Lots of tinkling e-street piano over the wall of sound they used to produce back in the day. So it's ok, it's not bad. It just isn't the lost masterpiece I was kind of hoping it would be.
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107 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Nov. 2010
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Oh the agonies of being Bruce Springsteen. You have recorded what many consider to be one of the best ever rock albums in 1975's high adrenaline anthem laden "Born to Run", you have been proclaimed the "future of rock n roll" and expectations are running at a fever pitch that after a three year lay off compounded by legal disputes you are about to release "Born to Run - part 2". So what do you do? Answer - like all great artists you confound expectations and by doing so release the brooding and primal masterpiece 1978's "Darkness on the edge of town". On it Springsteen combined songs like "Adam raised a Cain" that contained so much raw fury it could have started a war with the sheer unadulterated beauty of other songs like the towering "Racing in the street". In addition with his well known prolificness he recorded enough material to literally swamp the 16 track equipment of New York's legendary Record Plant.

The Darkness sessions are now captured in all their glory on a huge box set release and hopefully Santa's elves have already packed it in a parcel marked "Cardiff". But in the meantime we have the music that got left behind from those sessions captured on this essentially "new" double album "The Promise" and frankly your humble reviewer has died and gone to heaven. This album represents a completely essential addition to the Springsteen canon and must be viewed as one of his great seventies albums albeit over thirty years late. "The Promise" very much prefigures "The River" and is packed full of so many styles from joyous jukebox rock n roll such as the Buddy Holly like thumping "Outside looking in" and the wonderful soulful Graham Parker sounding "Talk to me".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Nov. 2011
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As a Springsteen fan since the Born to Run days, and someone who will regret forever having missed his 1975 Hammersmith Odeon UK debut, this album is, for me, the best thing he has released since Darkness - from whose recording sessions, of course, this material was taken. This just raises the question as to why Darkness was just a single, and not a double, album.

Whilst Bruce has made something of a revival in recent years with great albums in The Rising and Magic, my view is that he has never recaptured the sound (or indeed songwriting quality) of the E Street Band pre-1980. The Promise contains a number of 'famous' Springsteen songs, with great versions of Because The Night, Fire and Talk To Me (on a par with Southside Johnny's superb 1978 version). There are very few weak songs here, and other standouts are Gotta Get That Feeling, Rendezvous, Save My Love, Spanish Eyes and The Little Things (My Baby Does).

Sadly, with the death of Danny Federici and Clarence, I think it unlikely Bruce will hit such peaks again (but here's hoping).
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