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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.
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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".Read more ›
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.Read more ›
I remember the seemingly endless barren stretch that followed "Born to Run" (was Springsteen not "Rock and Roll Future" after all? my friends and I wondered aloud), and it would be years before I found out Bruce had actually written and recorded several songs in the limbo between his 1975 epic and 1978's "Darkness On the Edge of Town." Now, three decades later, this material is finally, officially, seeing the light of day.
"The Promise" is best appreciated not as a fully realized whole like "Born to Run" or "Darkness," but as a transitional journey between the two, from the wide-eyed optimism of the former, when Bruce believed (and we did right along with him) that Rock and Roll was bigger than life, to the harder-edged latter, forged by the trials and stresses of an increasingly imposing real world. It makes for an engrossing, sometimes downright intoxicating mix, and serves as a welcome, long lost bridge between two masterpieces seemingly half a world apart. It's also, to me, an invigorating reminder of why I became a Bruce fan in the first place.
And it's a tribute to the Boss that he could produce such a vast storehouse of great songs--some of which ("Because the Night," "Fire," "Talk to Me," et al.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awesome set. A lot of great mucis got left in the vault back in 1978.Published 6 months ago by Len Synor
You have to be a big Springsteen Fan to own this - I would guess, so no need to convince anyone here of his greatness. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Daniel W. Bleier
This is a fantastic album and it's totally underrated. Love the early 60s vibe in some of the songs mixed with the quintessential rock brilliance of others. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Paul Shaia