Bruce Springsteen to Release Comprehensive Darkness on the Edge of Town Reissue

Bruce Springsteen - "The Promise: The Making of 'Darkness on the Edge of Town'" Sneak Peek from Columbia Records on Vimeo.

That early version of “Sherry Darling” with Springsteen and Steve Van Zandt is pretty freakin’ cool, huh? Springsteen’s Born to Run 30th anniversary special edition from a few years back is one of my very favorite reissues. With the remastered original album, a full concert DVD, and a “making of” documentary over 1 CD and 2 DVDs, the package itself was a generous, fascinating look into the creation of what is arguably his most vital work.

Last week came word of the next release from the Boss’s vaults – The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story. I always figured that this era of Springsteen’s career was particularly fruitful. He was a prolific songwriter in his prime and, due to some legal issues, there was a 3 year gap between Born To Run and Darkness, a huge amount of time between records in those days. My hunch was right - as far as size goes, the enormous 3 CD, 3 DVD set doubles that of Born to Run and includes a plethora of previously unheard music. It includes the original album remastered for the first time, a 2 CD collection of outtakes and unused songs called The Promise (which will be available separately), a “making of” documentary, and 2 additional DVDs of live performances. The full tracklist is available at Springsteen’s website, as is a stream of the previously unreleased “Save My Love”. Very exciting.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The holy grail. Thanks Bruce you were listening. Fans hungry for additional Darkness-era material should check out The Light in Darkness, a book packed with never-before-published photographs and first-hand tales of Bruce’s legendary 1978 tour and the recording of Darkness on the Edge of Town. The limited-edition book brings together fans, music critics and professional photographers, providing a multi-perspective look at this classic Springsteen record.