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

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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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This sounds like a great package. However, I'm sure the ticket price will be so high that those of us barely hanging onto our jobs in the current economy won't be able to purchase it.

Darkness on the Edge of Town was first released in 1984.

With the much-anticipated release of a commemorative box set for Darkness on the Edge of Town slated for this November, Bruce Springsteen's classic record is getting renewed attention in the music world.
For our own preview of what's to come, we contacted Dick Wingate, who was intimately involved in the launch and marketing of the album and tour. He offers an insider's view of what the Darkness era meant to Bruce and the band, while painting an often-humorous behind-the-scenes account of some of the tour's highlights. Enjoy, and be certain to check out the book The Light in Darkness, which one fan said, "… would also make a great companion piece to the commemorative Darkness box set…"

regina, I don't know where you are getting your information but it's incorrect.


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