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- Posted on Aug 27th 2010 12:00PM by John D. Luerssen
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"'Darkness' was my 'samurai' record, stripped to the frame and ready to rumble," Springsteen said on the site. "But the music that got left behind was substantial." In advance of the record, Springsteen is streaming the previously unheard song, 'Save My Love' and an excerpt from the previously announced documentary on the record, which will debut on Sept. 14 at the Toronto film festival.
As for the arsenal of unreleased material, Springsteen admits it "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 Promise' is the biggest unearthing of previously unreleased material from Springsteen since 1998's four-disc box 'Tracks.'
Among the goodies fans can count on, 'The Promise' touts a rock version of the classic 'Darkness' ballad 'Racing in the Street,' original renditions of 'Because the Night' and 'Fire' -- which were chart hits for Patti Smith and the Pointer Sisters, respectively -- plus the pop-inflected 'Someday (We'll Be Together).' Springsteen's manager Jon Landau described the newly unearthed material, which was mixed by Springsteen's long-time collaborator Bob Clearmountain, as "a great listening experience" and added, "There isn't a weak card in this deck."
The aforementioned notebook will feature alternate lyrics, song ideas, recording specifics, personal observations, rare photographs and a new essay by Springsteen. In addition to the Thom Zimny-directed documentary, the Deluxe Package will count a classic 1978 Houston performance by the band, their 2009 performance of 'Darkness' at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, N.J., and a DVD dubbed 'Thrill Hill Vault (1976-1978)' with live performances of material from the era.