Promise

Performers Bruce Springsteen

Columbia | November 16, 2010 | Compact Disc

Promise is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
'The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story' offers an unprecedented look into Springsteen's creative process during a defining moment in his career, the making of "Darkness On The Edge Of Town." The Promise Deluxe Edition includes 3CD/3DVD package of the remastered album, never-before-seen studio & live footage, 80-page notebook, 21 previously unreleased songs, an extraordinary documentary film, nearly six hours of footage, including a classic 1978 Houston performance, more than two hours of audio. The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story Deluxe Edition Contains: 80 Page spiral-bound reproduction of Bruce’s original notebooks documenting the recording sessions for the album, containing alternate lyrics, song ideas, recording details and personal notes in addition to a new essay by Springsteen and never-before-seen photographs. CD 1 - Remastered version of the album "Darkness on the Edge of Town" CD 2 & 3 - The Promise DVD 1 - The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town * Never before seen archival footage shot between 1976-1978, capturing home rehearsals and recording sessions that allow us to see Springsteen’s creative process at work DVD 2 - Darkness on the Edge of Town: Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park & Thrill Hill Vault: 1976 – 1978 * An intimate and complete album performance of “Darkness on the Edge of Town” at Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, NJ shot in 2009 * Never before seen archival footage from the Thrill Hill Vault including complete song performances taken from private band rehearsals, studio sessions, and live concerts during the “Darkness” era DVD 3 - Houston ’78 Bootleg: House Cut * Previously unreleased complete concert performance from the historic Darkness on the Edge of Town Tour

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: November 16, 2010

Genre: Rock 'N' Roll

Style: Oldies

Number of Discs: 6

Label Name: Columbia

UPC: 886977652523

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding ! A glimpse of the power and glory of young Bruce Springsteen in concert. Amazing!
Date published: 2011-01-20

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Promise

Performers Bruce Springsteen

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: November 16, 2010

Genre: Rock 'N' Roll

Style: Oldies

Number of Discs: 6

Label Name: Columbia

UPC: 886977652523


Title Track Time
0.DISC 1: DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN: --
1.Badlands --
2.Adam Raised a Cain --
3.Something in the Night --
4.Candy's Room --
5.Racing in the Street --
6.Promised Land, The --
7.Factory --
8.Streets of Fire --
9.Prove It All Night --
10.Darkness on the Edge of Town --
0.DISC 2: THE PROMISE (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.Brokenhearted, The --
9.Rendezvous --
10.Candy's Boy --
0.DISC 3: THE PROMISE (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.Little Things, The (My Baby Does) --
9.Breakaway --
10.Promise, The --
11.City of Night --
0.DISC 4: THE PROMISE: THE MAKING OF DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN: --
1.Commitment to Life, A --
2.Two Clouds --
3.Sound Picture, The --
4.Process, The --
5.Notebook --
6.Pop Songs --
7.Varying Opinions --
8.Adult Music --
9.Making an Album --
10.Vision of Now --
11.Sense of Possibilities --
12.Credits --
0.DISC 5: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND: DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN, PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBU --
1.Badlands --
2.Adam Raised a Cain --
3.Something in the Night --
4.Candy's Room --
5.Racing in the Street --
6.Promised Land, The --
7.Factory --
8.Streets of Fire --
9.Prove It All Night --
10.Darkness on the Edge of Town --
11.Save My Love [Holmdel, NJ 79] --
12.Candy's Boy [Holmdel, NJ 79] --
13.Something in the Night [Red Bank, NJ 76] --
14.Don't Look Back [NYC, 78] --
15.Ain't Good Enough for You [NYC, 78] --
16.Promise [NYC, 78], The --
17.Candy's Room [NYC, 78] --
18.Badlands [Phoenix, 78] --
19.Promised Land [Phoenix, 78], The --
20.Prove It All Night [Phoenix, 78] --
21.Born to Run [Phoenix, 78] --
22.Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) [Phoenix, 78] --
0.DISC 6: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND: THRILL HILL VAULT HOUSTON '78 BOOTLEG: HOUSE CUT: --
1.Badlands --
2.Streets of Fire --
3.It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City --
4.Darkness on the Edge of Town --
5.Spirit in the Night --
6.Independence Day --
7.Promised Land, The --
8.Prove It All Night --
9.Racing in the Street --
10.Thunder Road --
11.Jungleland --
12.Ties That Bind, The --
13.Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town --
14.Fever --
15.Fire --
16.Candy's Room --
17.Because the Night --
18.Point Blank --
19.She's the One --
20.Backstreets --
21.Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) --
22.Born to Run --
23.Detroit Medley: Devil with the Blue Dress/Good Golly Miss Molly/C.C. Rider/Jenny Take a Ride --
24.Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out --
25.You Can't Sit Down --
26.Quarter to Three --

Editorial Notes

The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story is a three-CD/three-DVD deluxe collection that includes a completely remastered version of the Darkness album and two more discs entitled The Promise, containing 21 unreleased songs recorded during the period. The remastered version of the album by Bob Ludwig is sonically righteous; it resists the temptation of the era's technology to make everything sound flat. Its dynamics and warmth mirror those on the original vinyl edition. The two discs of unreleased material (available separately as well) offer an aural view as to what might have happened had Springsteen been able to record immediately after Born to Run. (He was barred from doing so for two years due to a lawsuit with his former manager.) While many lyric themes here reflect the brokenness and hard choices found on Darkness, others sound more triumphant. All of these songs contain a more maximal attitude in production. They also lack the knife-edge, searing, angry guitar work that saturates Darkness. Included are his versions of singles farmed out to other artists -- "Because the Night" (and while this version is terrific, it means something else in the end; Patti Smith's remains definitive) and the soulful, gritty "Fire" given to the Pointer Sisters. "Gotta Get That Feeling" summons Jack Nitzsche's production ears with its big mariachi brass. Many others openly recall Phil Spector's "sha-na-na-na" backing choruses. Clarence Clemons' saxophone is much more prevalent here than on Darkness. His meaty tone adds heft and groove to these songs. "Ain't Good Enough for You" is pure handclap, call-and-response, verse-and-chorus joy, approaching a doo wop celebration. The poignant love poetry in "The Brokenhearted" and "Spanish Eyes" could have been written by Doc Pomus, and reveals the influence of Jerry Lieber's "Spanish Harlem." "Candy's Boy" begins lyrically in the same place as "Candy's Room," but becomes a very different song. "Racing in the Street" contains some different words and David Lindley's violin makes the track a bit less personal, more anthemic; it's absent the shadow of doubt that makes the Darkness version so emotionally devastating. "The Promise" is the only cut that may have added something to Darkness that isn't already there. Its sense of bewilderment, betrayal, uncertainty, and regret is total. That said, the addition of strings draws it outside Darkness' more skeletal purview, underscoring that Darkness is perfect as it is. The first of the three DVDs features a full-length documentary directed by Thom Zimny on the making of the album, with fantastic, amazing archival studio and performance video footage by Barry Rebo. The narration by Springsteen and interviews with producer Jon Landau, bandmembers, Patti Smith, engineer Jimmy Iovine, and even Mike Appel provide an intimate look at an intense and often frustrating period in the career of Springsteen & the E Street Band. The viewer can feel the places where confusion reigned given the sheer amount of material -- over 70 songs were written and demoed; piles of notebooks from which song lyrics and ideas were cobbled are perched everywhere. The fact that a single album came from this mountain is amazing in itself; that Darkness on the Edge of Town emerged is a miracle. The second DVD here contains a complete 2009 performance of the album at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, NJ on the first half. While the performance is flawless and stirring, the lack of interaction with an audience feels a bit strange. That said, hearing Springsteen play the hell out of his guitar again, making it scream and snarl as it did during the tour for Darkness, is not only welcome, but akin to the sound of an old friend’s voice after a prolonged absence. Bob Clearmountain's mix is stellar. The band's instinctive playing is tight and intuitive. The rest of the disc features footage from the Thrill Hill Vault, including rehearsal footage, recording snippets, and some concert performances from New Jersey, New York, and Phoenix from the tour. The final DVD is a complete three-hour concert by Springsteen & the E Street Band from Houston in 1978. It’s called a “bootleg cut” on the cover for a reason; the video is fine, but the audio is basically board sound and a bit thin. That said, the performance is dynamic and riveting, and only audiophiles are gonna care -- it rocks top to bottom. This box set also includes an 80-page spiral-bound reproduction of Springsteen's notebooks documenting the album sessions, plus an original, insightful essay. It's the ultimate fetish item for hardcore fans and rock historians. ~ Thom Jurek
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