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5.0 out of 5 stars The Promise That Is Truly Delivered., 8 May 2011
This review is from: The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town Documentary [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
Is "Darkness on the Edge of Town" Bruce Springsteen's masterpiece? You may well think so after watching this wonderful documentary. Almost certainly, you will want to clamp on some headphones and bask once again in the glory of the tunes: "Prove It All Night", "Racing in the Street", "Candy's Room" and all the other gems. Those twinkling glockenspiels, thunderous piano lines, scorching guitar solos and Bruce's gutsy, heartfelt vocals. Life-affirming stuff.

This movie provides an utterly compelling insight into the making of the album. We witness the blood, the sweat and the tears that the band produced to get this music recorded. Studio footage shows the E Street boys hunched over the mixing desk in states of extreme sleep deprivation. We learn that Bruce's requirements were so specific that it took them two weeks just to achieve the right drum sound. Yup, it was a painful process.

There is some great footage here. Witness red raw practice performances from Bruce's NJ home (including a woozy, lethargic and organ-heavy "Something in the Night"). We see some blistering live concert clips. We are treated to a succession of talking head interviews. There is also much arty, black and white footage of a washed out New Jersey that compliments the music perfectly. This movie, like all great music movies, is something of a collage. Beautifully and tastefully designed.

The highlight? It has to be Bruce at the piano performing an early version of "Sherry Darling" while Miami Steve romps and jives with a pair of drumsticks and belts out the vocal harmonies. It's mesmerising...and hilarious!

Anyhow, enough from me. "The Promise" is a great item to own (and check out the extras - quality stuff). It is perfectly packaged and affordably priced. Fans of The Boss and those who need to be converted - BUY NOW.
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Initial post: 14 May 2011 19:17:35 BDT
Barca 82 says:
Is this part of the box set? or a different thing altogether?

In reply to an earlier post on 16 May 2011 11:38:07 BDT
Nicolae Radu says:
It's a different thing altogether which has already upset-ed the box owners - see amazon USA comments!
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