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The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story (3 CD/3 DVD) Box set, Deluxe Edition


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Bruce Springsteen's recording career spans more than forty years, beginning with 1973's Columbia Records release 'Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ.' He has released seventeen studio albums, garnered twenty Grammy Awards, won an Oscar, has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, was a 2009 recipient of Kennedy Center Honors and was named 2013 MusiCares Person of the ... Read more in Amazon's Bruce Springsteen Store

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  • Audio CD (November 16, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set, Deluxe Edition
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B0040JHXTI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,843 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Badlands - Bruce Springsteen
2. Adam Raised A Cain - Bruce Springsteen
3. Something In The Night - Bruce Springsteen
4. Candy s Room - Bruce Springsteen
5. Racing In The Street - Bruce Springsteen
6. The Promised Land - Bruce Springsteen
See all 10 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
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
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Disc: 3
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)
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Editorial Reviews

"Darkness was my 'samurai' record," Springsteen writes, "stripped to the frame and ready to rumble.” But the music that got left behind was substantial.

This extraordinary deluxe package comprises nearly six hours of film and more than two hours of audio across 3 CDs and 3 DVDs. It comes with an 80-page notebook containing facsimiles from Springsteen's original notebooks from the recording sessions, which include alternate lyrics, song ideas, recording details, and personal notes in addition to a new essay by Springsteen on the album and never-before-seen photographs.

The Deluxe Package also features The Promise: The Making of "Darkness" on the Edge of Town, a documentary directed by Grammy- and Emmy-winning filmmaker Thom Zimny. The ninety-minute film combines never-before-seen footage of Springsteen and the E Street Band shot between 1976 and 1978, including home rehearsals and studio sessions with new interviews with Springsteen, E Street Band members, manager Jon Landau, former-manager Mike Appel, and others closely involved in the making of the record.

In addition, the set features more than four hours of live concert film from the Thrill Hill Vault, including the bootleg house cut (the footage that appeared on-screen at the concert) from a 1978 Houston show, and a 2009 performance of Darkness on the Edge of Town in its entirety from Asbury Park. The special performance in Asbury Park was shot in HD without an audience and successfully recreates the stark atmosphere of the original album.

The Deluxe Package also includes Darkness on the Edge of Town, digitally remastered for the first time, as well as the 2 CD set The Promise: The Lost Sessions from Darkness On The Edge Of Town. The two discs contain 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."

This package gives fans an unprecedented look into Springsteen's creative process during a defining moment in his career.

DVD 1: The Promise: The Making of "Darkness on the Edge of Town"

DVD 2: Darkness on the Edge of Town (Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJ, 2009)
1. Badlands
2. Adam Raised A Cain
3. Something In The Night
4. Candy's Room
5. Racing In The Street
6. The Promised Land
7. Factory
8. Streets Of Fire
9. Prove It All Night
10. Darkness On The Edge Of Town

Thrill Hill Vault (1976-1978)
1. Save My Love (Holmdel, NJ 76)
2. Candy's Boy (Holmdel, NJ 76)
3. Something In The Night (Red Bank, NJ 76)
4. Don’t Look Back (NYC 78)
5. Ain't Good Enough For You (NYC 78)
6. The Promise (NYC 78)
7. Candy's Room Demo (NYC 78)
8. Badlands (Phoenix 78)
9. The Promised Land (Phoenix 78)
10. Prove It All Night (Phoenix 78)
11. Born To Run (Phoenix 78)
12. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) (Phoenix 78)

DVD 3: 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. The Promised Land
8. Prove It All Night
9. Racing In The Street
10. Thunder Road
11. Jungleland
12. The Ties That Bind
13. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
14. The 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
24. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
25. You Can't Sit Down
26. Quarter To Three

Customer Reviews

This set is worth that DVD alone.
Victorrockgod
And a re-mastered Darkness on the Edge of Town, which has always been 1-2 with Born to Run in my book as favorite Bruce album.
Gerardo Lorenzana
The live dvd from December 8th, 1978, in Houston is probably the most anticipated and exciting inclusion in this set.
Anthony Nasti

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228 of 231 people found the following review helpful By Bornintime VINE VOICE on November 18, 2010
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Often I see a comprehensive box set released and it looks so good but I wish I was just a little more interested in the subject album or artist. I didn't have that problem with this one. At 16 years old back in 1978 Darkness On The Edge Of Town was the first serious album I ever bought. Up to then I was buying Aerosmith, Kansas, Rush and the like, didn't own a thing (yet) by Bob, Bruce, Van, Neil etc. Back in those days we all listened to the radio because it was fresh and exciting. WPLJ in New York City was my station. They started playing 4 songs from Darkness constantly (as well as broadcasting the Cleveland '78 show which I taped on my radio shack 8-track stereo - still have the tapes). Carol Miller, an amazing DJ at WPLJ, seemed to have a major crush on Bruce. Soon I was hooked on an artist that would remain in my top 3 to this day.

Darkness is a landmark Bruce album, certainly worthy of the box set treatment. But who would have thought we would get anything like this? Let's break things down:

1. THE PACKAGING
Very different than anything you have seen before. It comes in a large slipcase that is made to look like a worn copy of the album. Inside the slipcase is an actual spiral notebook that is very thick, a reproduction of one of the worn notebooks that Bruce used when creating the album. The 6 discs are spread out inside the contents of the notebook in little envelopes built into the extra thick pages. The notebook will be fascinating to the Bruce fanatic. It has tracklists for different darkness running orders, handwritten lyrics often different than the released songs, pictures and other ephemera. An unusual item that will take a couple enjoyable hours to go through.

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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By mregisterga on November 17, 2010
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In this review, I'll cover just the remastered original Darkness On The Edge of Town album itself. Other reviewers have covered the extra content. Also, this isn't an "album review". I'll assume that if you are considering dropping $80+ on this set, you know this is a classic.

The overall sound quality is significantly improved by this remaster. Recall that the original CD issue of Darkness really was just a transfer of the original master to CD format. No "re" mastering was done at the time. As a result, the original CD lacked low end definition, suffered greatly from audible tape hiss, and was generally "muddy".

All of those issues have been resolved in this excellent remaster. You notice from the opening drum fill of "Badlands" that the low end now is much tighter and well-defined. Gary Tallent's bass lines can now be felt as much as heard, which is how good rock bass should be.

Tape hiss is now reduced significantly; you'll notice this especially on the intros to "Something in the Night" and "Racing In The Street". Tape hiss is still present on those tracks, so don't expect it to disappear completely, but it is much less distracting.

One improvement I didn't expect was the increased presence and clarity of the electric guitars. While Bruce's guitar parts were prominent in the original release, they now have greater presence and a little more "bite", meaning high frequency volume. But even more importantly, Steve Van Zandt's guitar work has gone from almost inaudible in the original release to very easy to hear in the remaster. This is most noticeable on "Adam Raised A Cain". If you have the
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60 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Patrick King on November 16, 2010
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I originally considered just buying the DVD, The Promise, after all, I already had the CD of Darkness At The Edge Of Town. How much was a remaster really going to change it? Then I realized how much new music from the original sessions was included and I had to spring for the whole package. Who would want to miss songs from that era? DAET has long been my favorite Springsteen record. I love it's wall-to-wall noir element, the quality of the writing, the continually ominous interaction of the bass and the bass drum. I'm a all-record fan, but driving to work I turn most often to this record.

There are a number of features about this reissue that improve on other important reissues which undoubtedly, Springsteen and his colleagues bought and noted. The packaging is spectacular. It's a lot like Bob Dylan's Scrapbook, in that it's a reproduction of Springsteen's notebook in which he wrote the songs that make up this record. Unlike the Dylan book, though, it contains 3 CDs and 3 DVDs all from that era, so if you're nostalgic for 1970s Bruce, this content is spine tingling. The remastering, unlike the Beatles box set from last year, and The Rolling Stones remaster of Exiles on Main Street earlier this year, sit quite comfortably on your iPod next to the original recordings. They don't replace your older recordings as the Beatles' and Stones' work did.

If you love Bruce Springsteen, I would tell you not to hesitate to spend the extra money for this box set. It's hours of infotainment. In most cases, you just have to have it.

If you're someone who looks at Springsteen as a major mover of the rock idiom and is simply interested in how someone like this works, this is s seminal document.
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why no single CD release of 'Darkness on the Edge' ?
If you are a die-hard Springsteen fanatic, then the set is a bargain. If you are fan of a lower tax bracket ( and supposedly Springsteen is a champion of the working man), then Springsteen/Jon Landau/Sony should think about them and reissue the regular albums at mid price. Otherwise, people will... Read More
Nov 12, 2010 by omnipop |  See all 14 posts
BARGAIN !!!
I see that Best Buy has this set for $79.99. If Amazon matches this, I'll gladly buy it fron Amazon.
Nov 12, 2010 by Daryl K. Silvia |  See all 6 posts
DVD vs Blu-Ray
Well I got the Blu-Ray, it's only 10 bucks more, disappointing in that these were not mastered in dolby truehd, why not take advantage of the blu-ray format to give us the best sound? The Houston dvd shows its age I doubt the blu-ray is much of an improvement, your call, the sound will be the... Read More
Nov 16, 2010 by Amazon Customer |  See all 4 posts
Second Half of City of Lights?
"The Way" was a very pleasant surprise in this set. I came across a few cassette tapes of the "Darkness" outtakes I found at a thrift store 2 years ago and there were more songs on these tapes that didn't make the box set. I even heard a raw cut of "Ramrod" on these... Read More
Nov 24, 2010 by Dav |  See all 3 posts
DVD vs Blu-Ray
Most docs and TV HD is shot at 1080i/60
The other option is 1080/24P but then all the archival footage would look odd since it was recorded at 60 fields. (Old NTSC) 1080/60P is not a spec that Blu Ray uses.
Nov 19, 2010 by Amazon Customer |  See all 7 posts
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