The Promise (2010)
|Artist: Bruce Springsteen|
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|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|
Producer: Jon Landau; Bruce Springsteen
Engineer: Jimmy Iovine; Toby Scott
Associated Artists and Works
|Live in Dublin [Digipak] ~ The Sessions Band|
|Live in Dublin ~ The Sessions Band|
|Release Date : 11/16/2010|
|Original Release Date : 2010|
|Catalog ID : 76177|
|Label : Columbia (USA)|
|Number of Discs : 2|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00886977617720|
- "Springsteen reclaims his song that became Patti Smith's most commercially successful number 'Because the Night' with grace and brooding sensuality."
- 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."
- 5 stars out of 5 -- "[B]ig, bold, vibrantly coloured and laced with sweeping chorus hooks and towering middle eights. In a word, spectacular."
For fans, B+ for others a C+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.