The Promise CD (2010)

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For fans, B+ for others a C+

by DaBear on 12/23/2010

If you loved Bruce in the 70s this is a must have, with great insight into the creation of Darkness of the Edge of Town. I could see why most of this music wasn't added to that album, But I'm thankful to be able to enjoy and listen to all of it. If someone wants to gain a better understanding about Bruce, get Darkness first then come to this music to see the creative process. Bruce thanks for sharing this with all of us.

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Label Columbia Records/sony
SKU 217184031
UPC 886977617720
UPC 14 00886977617720
Format CD
Release Date 11/16/2010
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Author Bruce Springsteen
Associated Artist/Work On, Pickin'
Associated Artist/Work Pickin' On
Associated Artist/Work Section
Associated Artist/Work Section (The)
Associated Artist/Work The Sessions Band
Technical Info
Engineer Jimmy Iovine; Toby Scott
Producer Jon Landau; Bruce Springsteen
CatalogID 76177
Lable Name Columbia (USA)
Released 11/16/2010
Original Release 2010
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 88m : 31s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00886977617720
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Bruce Springsteen (vocals, guitar); Kevin Buell, Steven Van Zandt (guitar); Clarence Clemons (saxophone, percussion); Roy Bittan (piano); Danny Federici (organ, glockenspiel); Harry McCarthy, Max Weinberg (drums).
Audio Mixer: Bob Clearmountain.
Recording information: Record Plant, NY; Thrill Hill Recording, Stone Hill Studio.
Photographer: Eric Meola.
The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story is a three-CD/three-DVD collection that includes a completely remastered version of the Darkness album and two more discs containing 21 unreleased songs recorded during the period that eventually produced the album. There is so much music here that Bruce Springsteen wondered whether or not much of this music should have been released between 1975's Born to Run and 1978's Darkness. The sheer amount of it is surprising in and of itself. That said, given how much of this is first-rate Springsteen and E Street Band material, it's staggering. The first of the three DVDs features a full-length documentary (which was shown on HBO) on the making of the album. The second disc contains a complete 2009 performance of the album at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, NJ, as well as previously unseen footage from the Thrill Hill Vault, including complete song performances from band rehearsals, studio sessions, and live concerts during the Darkness era. The third DVD is a complete concert performance by Springsteen and the E Street Band in Houston during 1978. The set also includes an 80-page spiral-bound reproduction of Springsteen's notebooks documenting the album sessions. ~ Thom Jurek
Professional Reviews
Paste (magazine) - "Springsteen reclaims his song that became Patti Smith's most commercially successful number 'Because the Night' with grace and brooding sensuality."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.87) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he sound of 20 years of classic American pop filtered through one extraordinary performer....It's a fascinating insight into Bruce's habit of honing and tweaking his material, trying out all manner of variations."
Uncut (magazine) (p.82) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[B]ig, bold, vibrantly coloured and laced with sweeping chorus hooks and towering middle eights. In a word, spectacular."
Disc 1
1 Racing In the Street ['78],Save My Love
2 Gotta Get That Feeling,Ain't Good Enough For You
3 Outside Looking In,Fire
4 Someday (We'll Be Together),Spanish Eyes
5 One Way Street,It's a Shame
6 Because the Night,Come On (Let's Go Tonight)
7 Wrong Side of the Street,Talk To Me
8 Brokenhearted, The
9 Rendezvous,Breakaway
10 Candy's Boy,Promise, The
11 City of Night
Disc 2
1 Racing In the Street ['78],Save My Love
2 Gotta Get That Feeling,Ain't Good Enough For You
3 Outside Looking In,Fire
4 Someday (We'll Be Together),Spanish Eyes
5 One Way Street,It's a Shame
6 Because the Night,Come On (Let's Go Tonight)
7 Wrong Side of the Street,Talk To Me
8 Brokenhearted, The
9 Rendezvous,Breakaway
10 Candy's Boy,Promise, The
11 City of Night
Product Attributes
Artist Springsteen,Bruce
Label Cbs/epic/wtg Records
Music Format Compact Disc
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