Bruce Springsteen's The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story will be released on November 16.
For the first time, fans will have access to 21 never-before-heard complete songs from the "Darkness" recording sessions on 2 CD or 4 LP 180-gram vinyl sets that will be available as The Promise. "'Darkness' was my 'samurai' record," Springsteen writes, "stripped to the frame and ready to rumble. But the music that got left behind was substantial." The Promise will also include the new essay from Bruce Springsteen, lyrics to all new tracks and unseen photographs from the Darkness On The Edge of Town sessions.
Containing a wealth of previously unreleased material, The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story offers an unprecedented look into Springsteen's creative process during a defining moment in his career. In addition to the The Promise 2 CDs, the deluxe 3 CD/3 DVD and 3 CD/3 Blu-ray Disc versions include the Darkness on the Edge of Town album digitally remastered for the first time. Comprising over six hours of film and more than two hours of audio, The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story is packaged within an 80-page spiral-bound reproduction of Bruce's original notebooks documenting the recording sessions for the album, containing alternate lyrics, song ideas, recording details and personal notes.
TheAwl.com Bruce Springsteen, "The Promise"
By Dave Bry
Man, I'm psyched to see "The Promise," a documentary about the making of Bruce Springsteen's 1978 album Darkness on the Edge of Town, my favorite Springsteen album (which is a little bit like saying, "the favorite part of my heart.") Directed by longtime Springsteen cinematographer Thom Zimny, it's set to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival next month, along with interesting-sounding documentaries by Errol Morris, Alex Gibney, and Werner Herzog (whose Cave of Forgotten Dreams is about prehistoric cave paintings and is for some reason shot in 3D.) HBO will be airing "The Promise: The Making of 'Darkness on the Edge of Town'" for me in October—and for you, if you want to see it too.
Bruce Springsteen's exclusive interview with Mojo in the August 2010 issue is now available!
From Mojo: Darkness or brightness, E Street Bandleader or solo singer, worker or drifter? As Broooce enters his seventh decade, he shares a drink with Keith Cameron and confronts the manichean duality of life as a New Jersey storyteller and the man they call The Boss.
FREE CD! BOSS SOUNDS! They’re the songs Springsteen comes on to, night after night, all over the world. A selection of 15 Brucular faves including Bright Eyes, Bukka White, Jimmy Reed, Neko Case and Joe Strummer. Just time to get a beer and a programme! See below for track listing.
1. Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros - Coma Girl
2. Amos Milburn - Chicken Shack Boogie
3. Alan Vega - Dujang Prang
4. Calexico - Across the Wire
5. Bright Eyes - We are Nowhere and it is Now
6. Ron Sexsmith - Comrades Fill No Glass for Me
7. The Stanley Brothers - The Drunkards Hell
8. Mississippi Sheiks - The World is Going Wrong
9. Dave Van Ronk - Did You Hear John Hurt?
10. The Handsome Family - Fallen Peaches
11. Evan Dando - Hard Drive
12. Neko Case - This Little Light
13. Jimmy Reid - Take Out Some Insurance
14. Ramblin' Jack Elliot - Roll on Buddy
15. Bukka White - Fixin' to Die Blues
PasteMagazine.com Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: London Calling: Live In Hyde Park DVD Review
By Jeff Vrabel
29 June 2010
Still the Boss
Springsteen's most recent eyebrow-removing live documentary is evidence that the aging process may be purely theoretical. "IS THERE ANYBODY ALIVE OUT THERE?" he shouts all of 12 minutes into the show, throwing down the gauntlet to the behemoth Hard Rock Calling Festival audience with a crazy-eyed boxer's glare...
London Calling: Live In Hyde Park then explodes open with its ace in the hole: Springsteen and Steve Van Zandt tearing into the Clash like two scuzzy-looking punks thirsting to prove themselves, which is, of course, profoundly insane. By the time London Calling was shot in June 2009, Springsteen & The E Street Band...were firing on all cylinders, inventing more cylinders and then firing on those too, laying waste to festivals and towns huge and small with three-hour sweat-fests highlighted by nightly "Stump The Band" requests delivered via creative poster boards...
Read the entire feature and watch Bruce's recent interview about his experience playing at Hyde Park at PasteMagazine.com.