The Promise

The Promise

by Bruce Springsteen


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"Darkness On The Edge of Town was my 'samurai' record," writes Bruce Springsteen, "stripped to the frame and ready to rumble. But the music that got left behind was substantial."

With the release of The Promise, for the first time fans will have access to 21 previously unreleased songs from the Darkness recording sessions, songs that, as Springsteen writes, "perhaps could have/should have been released after Born To Run and before the collection of songs that Darkness on the Edge of Town became."

The album is available on CD, LP, and in deluxe 3-CD / 3-DVD and 3-CD / 3-Blu-ray editions. From the Label

Product Details

Release Date: 11/16/2010
Label: Sony
UPC: 0886977617720
catalogNumber: 776177
Rank: 10066

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bruce Springsteen   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Clarence Clemons   Percussion,Saxophone
Roy Bittan   Piano
Danny Federici   Organ,Glockenspiel
Garry Tallent   Bass
Steven Van Zandt   Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Max Weinberg   Drums
Kevin Buell   Guitar
Harry McCarthy   Drums

Technical Credits

Doug Cameron   Composer
Bruce Springsteen   Composer,Producer,Additional Production
Barbara Carr   Management
Jimmy Iovine   Engineer
Jon Landau   Producer,Management
Toby Scott   Engineer
Patti Smith   Composer
Steven Van Zandt   Horn Arrangements
David Bett   Art Direction
Michelle Holme   Art Direction
Alison Oscar   Management
Marilyn Laverty   Publicity
Sophia Pecora   Management
Rob Light   Booking
Nick Loss-Eaton   Publicity
Jan Stabile   Management
Barry Bell   Booking

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The Promise 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
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poughkeepsiejohn More than 1 year ago
When Bruce Springsteen emerged from his three-year battle with his former manager-producer, Mike Appel, he was determined to make a record that was just as good (perhaps even better) as "Born To Run". That record was "Darkness On The Edge Of Town", which Bruce often referred to as his "samurai album". However, he recorded enough material for a second album, a double-album to be exact, which incorporated all the elements of the great music that he was raised on (rockabilly, soul, R&B, even Phil Spector girl group songs). That album was called "The Promise". It was never released. Until now. Over the years, though, bits and pieces of "The Promise" found their way out. Such as "Candy's Boy", a plaintive, reflective song that was re-worked into the highly-charged "Candy's Room". "Come On, Let's Go Tonight" later became "Factory". "Spanish Eyes" featured lyrics that later became "I'm On Fire". Some of these songs became hits for other artists like The Pointer Sisters ("Fire"), Patti Smith ("Because The Night") and Southside Johnny ("Talk To Me"). But how many have heard Bruce's better and more rocking reworking of "Racing In The Streets"? Or how about "Someday (We'll Be Together) with its Wall Of Sound production and backup vocals? And the title track, which quotes freely from "Thunder Road", is a brilliant, stand-alone tune. The legal battle obviously did something to spur Bruce's creative growth---or pent-up hostility, depending on your point-of-view. In any case, "Darkness" and now this record prove that Bruce and his group, The E-Street Band, were (and still are) one of their greatest rock bands of all time. "Darkness" has been re-released in a mammoth 3 CD and 3 DVD set with a massive booklet, which is probably more than even the casual fan needs to know. Somehow, all that we need to know is this record and "Darkness". Though it came 33 years later, any Springsteen fan would gladly welcome a shimmering rock album like "The Promise" anytime.
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windysuisun More than 1 year ago
Hello friends- This was the record that got me into many years of being a fan- and the 1st of quite a few shows (but lots of you have got plenty over me) but this one counts: Winterland, San Francisco, Friday Dec. 15, 1978 with KSAN broadcasting and the tour bus parked on Steiner with the Xmas tree lite! I heard an hours worth of the live 1978 Phoenix set on the local radio, and although 2010 finds me thousands of dollars in debt, working 32hrs a week, I just can't afford the "bill" it would cost to get the "deluxe" package that contains those live songs that totally capture BS and the E streeters as "the greatest rock and roll band" title. Long may they run and here's to Danny, who always looked grumpy, but think of his contributions through all those years! As I've emailed friends who know this era and share my passion: It's OK to ask Santa to bring you this!
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