Friday, October 8, 2010

The Promise: The Making of Darkness On The Edge Of Town

I don’t own Darkness On The Edge Of Town.

But after seeing the documentary The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town, I want it.

I don’t have an explanation for not owning it, and radio never really gave it a fair shake except for “Badlands.”

And good luck finding a station that even plays that.

I think that any good documentary-particularly one that focuses on a piece of work like a record album-can measure success by gauging the extent in which you want to learn more about the subject.

After watching the documentary the other night on HBO, I wanted to hear that album immediately.

You get the songs in the documentary, including how they were made, the selection process, etc. They’re good enough to get you interested in the record, but it’s the story of the record that really drove my desire.

I wanted to hear what Springsteen did on this record, an album that came after some heated turmoil with Mike Appel and the long-deserved success of Born To Run. To hear the back story, and how Springsteen approached this record is riveting.

It also sounds like Springsteen was crazy-prolific during this period, and the box set captures some of those tracks that didn’t make the cut in two other additional discs. Since a lot of those cuts ended up on The River, I’d like to hear the other stuff that didn’t make that album either.

And I totally forgot that Springsteen penned “Fire.”


Anonymous said...

With the much-anticipated release of the 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. Fans are surely hungry for all the historic material they can get from the 1978 recording sessions and subsequent tour.

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 make a great companion piece to the commemorative Darkness box set…"

Cousin J said...

WTF? Are you getting spammed now? On a related note, I've always been a fan of the title track.