The Promise

The Promise

by Bruce Springsteen
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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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