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Bruce Springsteen revisits 'Darkness on the Edge of Town' in expansive reissue package

August 26, 2010 | 10:23 am

Springsteen 1978 Corvette

Bruce Springsteen’s 1978 album, “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” is the focal point of an expansive reissue package coming Nov. 16, spanning three CDs and three DVDs containing several hours of audio and video  recorded during and shortly after the making of the album.

“The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story” includes two hours of audio and six hours of film footage shot in the recording studio, a live performance in Houston during the Darkness tour and his 2009 performance of the album in its entirety in New Jersey. There’s also  a new 90-minute documentary by director Thom Zimny on the creation of the album Springsteen made in the wake of his breakthrough success with 1975's "Born to Run."

" 'Darkness' was my 'samurai' record, stripped to the frame and ready to rumble," the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer writes in materials that will accompany the set. "But the music that got left behind was substantial."

That includes 21 songs that will be released in official form for the first time. One of those, “Save My Love,” is streaming starting today on Springsteen's website.

The deluxe package also will include an 80-page notebook with facsimiles of Springsteen’s personal notes. A smaller edition will include just the audio component and will be released on two CDs or four LPs, and the deluxe version alternately will be available with three CDs and three Blu-ray discs.

-- Randy Lewis

Photo of Bruce Springsteen in 1978. Credit: Columbia Records

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