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"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 Broken Hearted," the utterly haunting "Breakaway," and the now finally released, fully orchestrated masterpiece and title song, "The Promise." All 21 songs have been mixed by Springsteen's long-time collaborator, Bob Clearmountain. According to long-time manager/producer Jon Landau, "There isn't a weak card in this deck. 'The Promise' is simply a great listening experience."

Lyrics to all of the songs, a new essay from Bruce Springsteen and never-before-seen photographs from the Darkness sessions are also included.

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
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 16, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B0040JHWKS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,626 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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166 of 180 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black on November 16, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Oh the agonies of being Bruce Springsteen. You have recorded what many consider to be one of the best ever rock albums in 1975's high adrenaline anthem laden "Born to Run", you have been proclaimed the "future of rock n roll" and expectations are running at a fever pitch that after a three year lay off compounded by legal disputes you are about to release "Born to Run - part 2". So what do you do? Answer - like all great artists you confound expectations and by doing so release the brooding and primal masterpiece 1978's "Darkness on the edge of town". On it Springsteen combined songs like "Adam raised a Cain" that contained so much raw fury it could have started a war with the sheer unadulterated beauty of other songs like the towering "Racing in the street". In addition with his well known prolificness he recorded enough material to literally swamp the 16 track equipment of New York's legendary Record Plant.

The Darkness sessions are now captured in all their glory on a huge box set release and hopefully Santa's elves have already packed it in a parcel marked "Cardiff". But in the meantime we have the music that got left behind from those sessions captured on this essentially "new" double album "The Promise" and frankly your humble reviewer has died and gone to heaven. This album represents a completely essential addition to the Springsteen canon and must be viewed as one of his great seventies albums albeit over thirty years late. "The Promise" very much prefigures "The River" and is packed full of so many styles from joyous jukebox rock n roll such as the Buddy Holly like thumping "Outside looking in" and the wonderful soulful Graham Parker sounding "Talk to me".
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62 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Paul D. Sandor on November 17, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Bruce delivers big time! Imagine... The Beatles found extra tracks for Revolver; another side of the moon was discovered by Pink Floyd; U2 planted another Joshua Tree. Sounds impossible, doesn't it? Well, the Boss had arguably the best three album run of the seventies (The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle, Born to Run and Darkness on the Edge of Town) and now he's just dropped a fourth masterpiece from that peak period thirty-something years later. These twenty one tracks are not b-sides,Darkness cast-offs or novelties. They are the most thrilling and eclectic bunch of songs you'll hear in 2010. It sounds like Bruce's London Calling.

Disc one begins with Racing in the Streets ('78). I'm getting chicken skin just thinking about this track. Bittan's piano marches us into an electric track that sounds as if it could have been recorded for Born to Run. The songs are so strong on this disc that the one track I was really excited about hearing, Because the Night, is not one of the better songs (and it's great!) Candy's Boy brings out a sensitive side to that wild girl that we could have never imagined on Darkness.

Now I was fully prepared to be let down by the second disc. I thought Bruce had obviously front loaded this package. Was I wrong. If anything the second disc is more upbeat and melodic,revealing Springsteen's fifties and sixties influences. By the time the refrain on the second track, Ain't Enough for You kicked in, I felt like clapping right along. Also, the second disc contains the best track on the album, The Promise. It's as good as anything Springsteen has recorded (man, is that saying something!)

Okay, I'll take a breath and let the hurricane of hyperbole die down to a steady rain.
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114 of 143 people found the following review helpful By Bornintime VINE VOICE on November 24, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I like this collection. I'm excited to have this collection. But I think, after listening to this repeatedly for a few days that this is not all that I hoped it would be. Despite the claims of the Springsteen camp this is not the long lost album between Born To Run and Darkness, not the missing link that will join these 2 masterpieces. Bruce and Stevie and John have been talking about how wonderful these 22 songs are but keep in mind a few things:

These songs were rejected when putting together Darkness.

These songs were rejected when putting together The River (even though the River had multiple songs from the Darkness era and had musical styles all across the spectrum).

These songs were rejected when putting together the Tracks collection (4 discs!)

These songs were rejected when putting together the bonus disc of studio outtakes for The Essential Bruce Springsteen.

It is a tribute to Bruce's talent that his 5th rate songs can still be of pretty solid quality. But to my ears about half of this collection is a little dull; mid tempo rockers with unmemorable lyrics and unremarkable (though somewhat catchy) melodies.

All that being said I can say that there are about 6 or 8 songs that are pretty solid and make this set worth the low price. My general lack of enthusiasm seems to speak to how great Bruce's instincts were when he put together Darkness. In listening to these songs as well as Tracks, etc. I don't think there is a single song on Darkness that I would swap out for another. The original released album is a complete, cohesive whole that works perfectly.

But there is another issue that has been discussed in some of these reviews. Bruce has recorded overdubs and actual vocals onto most of these tracks.
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"Racing In the Street" is more than a song - it expresses a philosophy of human existence
Nov 26, 2010 by wayneson |  See all 4 posts
why no single CD release of 'Darkness on the Edge' ?
Frankly, The re-release is the least reason for me to consider buying the boxed set. I got the Born To Run set, and although the sound on the re-mastered albym was fine, I would not have bought it for that alone.

Having said that, the 2 CD set of unreleased tracks (maybe this should be called... Read More
Nov 12, 2010 by Neil J. Katz |  See all 11 posts
Will Bruce Springsteen replace Clarence Clemons in the E Street Band for...
Bruce alludes to the fact that they might carry on. The obvious choice is Alto Reed, who may find himself available if Bob Seger calls it quits, as is rumored. Imagine him playing the intro to Turn The Page, then Springsteen blasting into Badlands!

Two other possibilities are Richie Cannata and... Read More
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