Columbia Records Bruce Springsteen's "The Promise: The Making Of Darkness On The Edge Of Town" Documentary From Acclaimed Box Set As Single DVD/Blu-Ray With Bonus Material In Stores Now
Includes Additional Videos "Songs From The Promise" Concert Event Filmed In Asbury Park, NJ And Intimate Q&A Session "A Conversation With His Fans"
Columbia Records released Bruce Springsteen's "The Promise: The Making of Darkness On The Edge of Town" documentary on DVD and Blu-Ray. The award-winning film is accompanied by the bonus features "Songs From the Promise," a five-song concert event filmed in Asbury Park, NJ, and "A Conversation With His Fans," an intimate question-and-answer session.
"The Promise: The Making of Darkness On The Edge of Town" was directed by Grammy- and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Thom Zimny. The film premiered on HBO and received a rapturous critical response around the world, including as an official selection, Toronto International Film Festival, The BFI London Film Festival, and The International Rome Film Festival. The Los Angeles Times gave 'The Promise' five stars, while Variety called it "thrilling…a vivid portrait."
The ninety-minute documentary combines never-before-seen footage of Springsteen and the E Street Band shot between 1976 and 1978—including home rehearsals and studio sessions—with new interviews with Springsteen, E Street Band members, manager Jon Landau, former-manager Mike Appel, and others closely involved in the making of the record.
The film was also included in the 2010 box set 'The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story,' which Rolling Stone called "extraordinary [and] fascinating" and The Washington Post described as "a revelation."
"Songs From The Promise" was filmed before an audience of approximately sixty fans in December, 2010, in Asbury Park, NJ's historic carousel house. For this one-time concert event, Springsteen and members of the E Street Band lineup—Clarence Clemons, Stevie Van Zandt, Max Weinberg, Roy Bittan, and Gary Tallent—were joined by keyboardist Charles Giordano, a full horn section—Ed Manion, Barry Danielian, Curt Ramm, Clark Gayton and Stan Harrison—and special guest David Lindley, who played violin during the original recording sessions. Directed and edited by Zimny and mixed by Emmy-winner Bob Clearmountain, the concert features the only live E Street Band performances of four tracks from 'The Promise' plus "Blue Christmas."
"Songs From The Promise" Tracklist:
1. "Racing in the Street ('78)
2. "Gotta Get That Feeling"
3. "Ain't Good Enough For You"
4. "The Promise"
5, "Blue Christmas"
Hosted by music critic and Springsteen biographer Dave Marsh, "A Conversation With His Fans" is an intimate, 22-minute question-and-answer session featuring Springsteen at his most candid. Before a small audience in the studios of Sirius XM's E Street Radio channel, Springsteen discusses the writing and recording of 'Darkness on the Edge of Town' and the decision to release the extensive collection of songs that didn't make the record. "We worked hard on the music that we didn’t put out," Springsteen tells one fan. "The nice thing about it is it's still there, it hasn't gone anywhere…and I think we're at a point where it's nice to have the stuff sufficiently see the light of day." Questions are intercut with highlights from the 'The Promise' box set, including the Paramount Theater concert and rare archival footage from 1978.
The DVD and Blu-Ray are available for preorder at Amazon.com and Brucespringsteen.net.
Columbia Records Limited Edition Bruce Springsteen 10" Single For Record Store Day April 16
Columbia Records will release a limited edition Bruce Springsteen 10" single on April 16 for Record Store Day. Featuring the only official audio release of two live recordings from this winter's "Songs from 'The Carousel'" concert event recorded in Asbury Park, NJ, "Gotta Get That Feeling" and "Racing in the Street ('78)," the record will be available exclusively at participating independent record stores. For more info and a complete list, visit: http://recordstoreday.com/
Top photo and this one above Photography by: Danny Clinch
All other Photography by: Frank Stefanko