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The Promise

4.6 out of 5 stars 125 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Audio CD (15 Nov. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Columbia Records
  • ASIN: B0040JHWKS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,647 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Track Listings

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
  11. City Of Night

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Product Description

"'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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This vinyl edition really brings the music to life. I previously had the cd and it left me completely indifferent. On vinyl it is a different, much more powerful experience. Much better than I was expecting. Also lovely quiet vinyl surfaces. Highly recommended.
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Great album
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A gift well received...
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brilliant
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Wow! Bruce has never let me down. This is an amazing insight into his alternative take on some of my favourites. The last track on CD2 is so emotional.Buy it and enjoy!!!
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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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