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Bruce Springsteen performance of 'The Promise' songs streaming for the holidays

December 15, 2010 | 11:06 am

Bruce Springsteen fans who weren't among the 60-some people chosen to sit in on an intimate performance last week at the Carousel House in New Jersey can get a sampling of the songs the Boss and members of the E Street Band played as an adjunct to the release of “The Promise” album featuring outtakes and early versions of songs that ended up on his 1978 album “Darkness on the Edge of Town.”

A five-song, 30-minute video from the performance, for which the E Street Band revisisted that period in its career, is streaming through Jan. 1 at Vevo.com and on YouTube. They were joined at the Carousel House by keyboardist Charles Giordano, a full horn section and multi-instrumental whiz David Lindley, who played violin at the original recording sessions.

The set list includes an alternate version of “Racing in the Street,” “Gotta Get That Feeling,” “Ain’t Good Enough For You,” “The Promise” and, in keeping with the time of year in which they were playing, “Blue Christmas.”

The latter includes a special treat for Lindley-philes with shots of him and his gray-white mutton chops emerging from under a red and white Santa hat. And who’s that Bill Gates lookalike on the Boss’ left when he lets fans crowd around him as he sends holiday greetings from himself and the band at the end of the song?

-- Randy Lewis