Bruce Springsteen keeps his 'Promise': Deluxe six-disc 'Darkness on the Edge of Town' reissue details

BRUCE_DARKNESSAttention all Bruce Springsteen diehards: Come Nov. 16, you’ll be “waiting for a moment that just don’t come” no longer. That’s when the deluxe reissue of Springsteen’s seminal 1978 album Darkness on the Edge of Town, a project that’s been years in the making, will finally arrive. And The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story, whose existence was confirmed via press release today, sounds even cooler than we’d dared imagine.

The package will include six discs — three CDs and three DVDs or BluRays. The first CD is a remastered version of the original Darkness album, which would be pretty sweet in and of itself. Then come two more discs of unreleased rarities from that album’s recording sessions. This includes an “extraordinary rock version of ‘Racing in the Street,'” as well as the E Street Band’s recordings of songs like “Because the Night” and “Fire,” which Springsteen penned for other artists, and plenty of other unheard gems.

On to the DVDs/BluRays! One is The Promise, the previously announced 90-minute documentary on the making of Darkness that will air on HBO this October. Another is an HD recording of a 2009 Asbury Park performance where the E Street Band played Darkness in its entirety with no audience. (I saw a similar Darkness show at Giants Stadium last fall. It was awesome.) That second disc also collects a grab-bag of 1976-1978 concert performances from Springsteen’s archives. Finally, the third DVD/BluRay is a full 26-song concert the band played in Houston on 1978’s legendary Darkness tour. There’s also an 80-page notebook with reproductions of Springsteen’s personal notes from the Darkness recording sessions, plus a newly written essay by the Boss himself.

If all that sounds like too much Darkness to handle, Columbia Records will release a scaled-back two-CD version on the same day, with just the two discs of studio outtakes. But c’mon, you know you want to hear the whole thing.

Click through to Springsteen’s official site for the full, mind-blowing track list. Then tell us if you’re as psyched as we are for Nov. 16 to roll around.

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  • HayleyMac

    cannot wait for this.

  • Robert

    I saw the tweet and instantly purchased it. Cannot wait to hear & see all of it.

  • jack

    My favorite Springsteen album…man, I can’t wait for this.

  • CountryClub

    The Boss

  • rocknmovies

    At last. Will buy the whole package. No half measures with Bruce.

  • Candy78

    YES,YES,YES!!

  • rottenjohnny1963

    springsteen sucks!why waste your money?

  • nkygal

    Loooove it — this sounds so great! I know what I am getting for my birthday this year!

  • seth

    Along with The River the greatest Bruce EStreet lp!! “Racing in the street”, “Prove it all night” T’aint nothin’ better!

  • slider

    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…”

  • Ken Vail Jr.

    This looks amazing. I wish it was coming out next week!

  • La-Tascha Schofield

    HELLO! WELL WEN I FIRST HEARD HIS NEW CUT, I FELL IN LOVE WITH IT. PLUS I WASNT SURE IF IT WAS AN OLD SONG OR NEW BECUZ IT SOUNDED LIKE R. KELLY BACK IN THE DAY. I JUS KEPT REQUESTING FOR THE DJ TO PLAY IT. AND WE BALTIMOREANS ARE LOVING IT. IM TELLING EVRYBODY ABOUT IT. I’VE FELL IN LOVE WITH MY BOYFRIEND ALL OVER AGAIN. THANKX R. KELLY. I LOVE U!!!!!

  • Nj Carol

    check out Backstreets.com for info. on an exhibit of Springsteen photos, including original album cover shots by Frank Stefanko, Opening Oct. 14th at Morrison Hotel Gallery in SoHO, NYC.

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