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Bruce Springsteen - Darkness on the Edge of Town

Updated on December 28, 2015

Classic Rock and Roll

Born To Run - Clarence Clemons and Bruce Springsteen
Born To Run - Clarence Clemons and Bruce Springsteen

The Promise

A Gift of Bruce Springsteen

Springsteen also known as the boss is one of the greatest American rock icons of all times. Just in time for the 2010 holiday season shopping Springsteen sends his fans one of the best present a rock and rock lover could ever receive. From the Darkness on The Edge of Time album released in 1978, The Promise is born, and it comes neatly wrapped in a 3 CD/3 DVD Box set, Deluxe Edition. It is full story in a gift boxed set. A two boxed set of B sides from one of the greatest chapters of this rockers Darkness on the Edge of Town sessions.

Bruce Springsteen New CD The Promise,
Its full of awesomeness.
~ Jimmy Kimmel

Shop Online at Amazon: The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story

Bruce Springsteen the Film of Making

Darkness on the Edge of Time

The film that is included in this Springsteen gift box is a Thom Zimny film “The Promise: The Making of Darkness On The Edge Of Town.” This gift set has a ton of footage from the 1970s and in the 90-minute film you will see never-before-seen footage of Springsteen and the E Street Band shot between 1976 and 1978—including home rehearsals and studio sessions—with new interviews with Springsteen, E Street Band members, manager Jon Landau and former-manager Mike Appel .

3 CDs and 3 DVDs box set inlcudes re-release of the Darkness album tracks on one of the CDs and 2 CDS of unreleased music from the 1970's sessions.

Bruce Springsteen and Clarence Clemons
Bruce Springsteen and Clarence Clemons

Give the Gift of "Tracks"

In 1998’s the Bruce box set, Tracks, made it a great gift for Springsteen fans. Tracks is a sprawling four-CD collection of non-album cuts with the first three discs featuring virtually no filler songs.This box set is still a great gift for all the Springsteen fans on your Christmas gift. It makes the top ten list of best romantic gifts.

Springsteen stated in the liner notes of the Promise that he wasn’t quite sure why some of the songs were left off his albums in the first place, and many of them have since made regular appearances in his live set songs like “Seaside Bar Song” and “Thundercrack" have now made it into his set songs when on tour.

Sprinsteen's The Promise Live on Jimmy Kimmel- Save My Love

Bruce Springsteen

Rock and Roll Essential Recording

The pain of a protracted legal battle with his former manager and the release of being allowed to record again after a three-year layoff are equally apparent from the piercing hard rock and harsh lyrical content of Darkness on the Edge of Town. Betrayal and hard work that comes to naught are the primary subjects on his mind here, evidenced by songs such as "Adam Raised a Cain," "Factory," and "Streets of Fire." Elsewhere, there are signs of hope or at least the possibility of outrunning your problems ("Racing in the Street," "The Promised Land," "Prove It All Night"). But mostly, these are songs about exorcising some serious demons, and from the sound of things, Springsteen's loud, lonesome howl and blistering guitar work went a long way toward making him whole again. This is angry art, made by someone pushed to his absolute limit and more than ready to push back. --Daniel Durchholz Editorial.

Springsteen 2010 The Promise
Springsteen 2010 The Promise

The Promise

New Bruce Springsteen Music

I am a lover of Springsteen.and hearing some of these new releases of the Boss's work from back in the day brought me back to the same feeling of having new Bruce. Like a kid since the Promise was released on November 16, 2010, I have been listening over and over again to 3 of the new vintage works, One is Save My love. A Classic Springsteen feel . .this one brings me back to the same feeling I had the first time I heard "ThunderRoad".

"Save Your Love for Me" Vintage Bruce Springsteen Video

Save My Love Lyrics

Bruce Springsteen’s Unreleased Track

Now there's something coming through the air
That softly reminds me
Tonight I'll park out on the hill
And wait until they find me

You're slipping through the ether
A voice is coming through
So keep me in your heart tonight
And I'll save my love for you

So turn up your radio and darling dial me in close
We're riding on the airwaves
And we're traveling coast to coast
Over river and highway
Your voice comes clear and true
Though we're far apart tonight
I'll save my love for you

Hold me in your arms and our doubts won't break us
If we open up our hearts love won't forsake us
Just let the music take us
And carry us home

There's a prayer coming through the air
And it's shot straight through my heart
Tearing open the evening sky and tearing me apart
Now I'll ride that signal down the line
I'm home again with you
So turn up your radio
And I'll save my love for you
Turn up your radio and I'll save my love for you
Tearing open the evening sky and tearing me apart
Now I'll ride that signal down the line
I'm home again with you
So turn up your radio
And I'll save my love for you
Turn up your radio and I'll save my love for you

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'The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story'

Bruce Springsteen Tracks - Gift Boxed Set


Springsteen 1988 Boxed Set

Every album released by Bruce Springsteen between his 1973 debut, Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.,and 1987’s Tunnel Of Love is now considered classic rock and roll, so it’s no surprise that the B-sides from that period would be equally compelling as The Promise is today.

When thinking of a romantic gift this holiday season why not get the Bruce Springsteen fan on your list one of the gift boxed sets from the Boss.

Bruce Springsteen London Calling
Bruce Springsteen London Calling

London Calling - Bruce Springsteen

Captured in London at the Hard Rock Calling Festival on June 28, 2009 in HD, the 163-minute film documents 26 tracks of live Springsteen that begin in daylight and progress through a gorgeous sunset into night. Viewers are able to see Springsteen spontaneously directing the E Street Band and shaping the show as it evolves. The set list spans from 'Born To Run' era to 'Working On a Dream' and includes rare covers such as The Clash's "London Calling," Jimmy Cliff's "Trapped," The Young Rascals' "Good Lovin'," and Eddie Floyd's "Raise Your Hand." Springsteen also performs fan favorite "Hard Times (Come Again No More)," written by Stephen Foster in 1854. Brian Fallon from The Gaslight Anthem joins the band as a guest vocalist on Springsteen's own "No Surrender." GRAMMY and Emmy Award-winning producer and editor Thom Zimny and director Chris Hilson, both members of Springsteen's video team dating back over a decade, oversaw the film. Audio was mixed by Bob Clearmountain.

Disc 2

London Calling

1. The Rising
2. Born To Run
3. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
4. Hard Times (Come Again No More)
5. Jungleland
6. American Land
7. Glory Days
8. Dancing In The Dark
9. Credits (Raise Your Hand)Raise Your Hand (Instrumental)
10. The River (Glastonbury)
11. Wrecking Ball (Live at Giants Stadium)

Springsteen - Jungleland

London Calling

Live in Hyde Park
(2 DVD) (2010)
London Calling DISC 1

1. London Calling
2. Badlands
3. Night
4. She's The One
5. Outlaw Pete
6. Out In The Street
7. Working On A Dream
8. Seeds
9. Johnny 99
10. Youngstown
11. Good Lovin'
12. Bobby Jean
13. Trapped
14. No Surrender
15. Waitin' On A Sunny Day
16. The Promised Land
17. Racing In The Street
18. Radio Nowhere
19. Lonesome Day

Jungleland a Springsteen Masterpiece

If you have never seen Bruce live do yourself a favor and treat yourself next time he comes to your town, And if you are lucky you can see him play Jungleland live, if not here is a video of him live at the Capital in New Jersey.

I read this from someone like me who has seen the Boss live and yes I have witnessed exactly what this fan had to say,

"God, to be young and at a Springsteen concert in Jersey back in the '70s again. He brought you into the show with him - you just disappeared into the music with him and the crowd.

It was like being held in God's hand.

When I'm on my deathbed, and they ask me about the best moments on my life, right after my marriage and the birth of my son, i'll say, "And I've been to Jungleland with Bruce."

Born to Run the Facts Behind the Legend

Springsteen performed Born To Run for the first time on May 9, 1974 when he opened for Bonnie Raitt at Harvard Square. Rock critic Jon Landau was at the show and wrote in Boston's Real Paper: "I saw rock and roll's future - and its name is Bruce Springsteen." Landau eventually became Springsteen's manager.

Springsteen knew he had to write more mature songs as he got older if he was going to extend his career. He explained in a 2005 interview with National Public Radio: "'Born To Run' was the song of my youth. Now I have to write something else. I became attracted to Country music and older Blues and Folk because they bring the same intensity to adult issues and adult problems. And I thought, this is a lifetime job for me. I want to write songs I can sing at that great advanced age of 40 years old."

In a season 5 episode of The Sopranos series 5, the character Christopher Moltisanti quotes the song, saying he was late because "The highway's jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive." This could be an in-joke from the writers as Steven Van Zandt who plays Silvio is in The E Street Band

Born To Run came at the crossroads of Springsteen's career. His first 2 albums sold poorly, and Columbia Records might have dropped him if he did not produce a hit.

Born To Run

Bruce Springsteen 1975 Hit Album
Bruce Springsteen 1975 Hit Album

Bruce Springsteen Lyrics

Honestly I think I know just about every word to every song that the Boss has written. As a fan of his since the 80's I spent many a night in college with the album cover and if we were lucky enough Springsteen had the lyrics on the back Born to Run and Greetings .."The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle" had none. Today with the internet and Bruce Springsteen's amazing website, you can type any song to search for the lyrics.

Darkness on the Edge of Town
Darkness on the Edge of Town

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Born to Run

Bruce Springsteen Must Have Fan Collection

Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.
Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.

Songs tracks include "Spirit In the Night", 'Blinded By the Light', 'Growin Up', 'For You' and "Does this Bus Stop at 82nd St'.



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      6 years ago

      Bruce Springsteen's Darkness on the Edge of Town broke new ground for The Boss in 1978. A counterpoint to the operatic elegance of Born to Run, the album was an angry, raw record that burst forth after a three-year hiatus. Because of its darker tones, some might call Darkness a difficult album, but despite this, it's a cherished gem for many. Collecting stories and photos from hundreds of fans, The Light in Darkness celebrates this classic record, allowing readers to revisit the excitement of that moment when the needle found the grooves in that first cut and the thundering power of "Badlands" shook across the hi-fi for the very first time. Or the uninitiated, but soon-to-be-converted teenager, brought along by friends and finding salvation at one of the legendary three-plus hour concerts - shows that embodied all the manic fury of a revival meeting.

    • theframjak profile image


      6 years ago from East Coast

      Great hub. Bruce is my favorite musical artist of all time and I love Darkness.

    • wavegirl22 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from New York, NY

      Truer words were never said.....Bruce is the Boss always and forever and thats the Promise!

    • Sasha'sOnHubShell profile image


      7 years ago from Florida

      No one beats 'The Boss' Love Springsteen!

      Thank You!

    • wavegirl22 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from New York, NY

      Kim Lynn - glad you enjoyed, always love hearing from another Bruce lover! He sure has my heart

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      Kim Lynn 

      7 years ago

      Always loved Brue. Enjoyed the hub and the updates.



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      7 years ago

      The other Christmas gift every Springsteen fan wants - "Darkness," the book

    • wavegirl22 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from New York, NY

      Rookie - seems we have a lot in common, as my all time ever, bestest, ,most favourite Springsteen song is... For You! Blinded, Manfied Man kinda owns the right to that song (even though Bruce wrote it) Spirit in The Night, I think is one of his best, I just take that one for granted! Thanks for your comment:)

    • Smart Rookie profile image

      Smart Rookie 

      8 years ago

      I'm a very casual Springsteen fan, but I've got to say this is a very thorough and enjoyable review of "The Boss."

      For my favorite song, I picked 'For You' because of the excellent cover version by Manfred Mann's Earth Band. HOWEVER, I would have liked to have seen "Blinded By the Light" and "Spirits In the Night" as options.

      Great tribute to Bruce, Wavegirl!

    • wavegirl22 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from New York, NY

      So tell me is it true . . that 'nothing matters in this whole wide world . .When you're in love with a jersey girl?"


    • FCEtier profile image


      8 years ago from Cold Mountain

      I've always liked Springsteen's stuff and then I married a Jersey Girl and have grown to like it even more!


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