Darkness On The Edge Of Town
Performer: Bruce Springsteen
Engineer: Jimmy Iovine...
Producer: Jon Landau; Bruce Springsteen...
Distributor: Sony Music Distribution (
Notes: Personnel: Bruce Springsteen (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Steve Van Zandt (guitar); Clarence Clemons (saxophone); Roy Bittan (piano); Danny Federici (organ); Garry Tallent (bass); Max Weinberg (drums). Recorded at The Record Plant, New York, New York. Personnel: Bruce Springsteen (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Steven Van Zandt (vocals, guitar); Clarence Clemons (vocals, saxophone, percussion); Danny Federici (vocals, organ, keyboards); Steve VanZandt (guitar); Roy Bittan (piano, keyboards); Max Weinberg (drums). Audio Mixers: Chuck Plotkin; Jimmy Iovine. Recording information: Atlantic Studios, New York, NY (10/12/1977-03/19/1978); Record Plant Studios, New York, NY (10/12/1977-03/19/1978); The Record Plant, New York, NY (10/12/1977-03/19/1978). Photographer: Frank Stefanko. This was the album after the famous Jon Landau statement came to pass, and although there are still many references to cars and girls it is a blistering album. It has a similar energy that was later to be found on The River. He states in 'Something In The Night', 'soon as you've got something they send someone to try and take it away'. He repeated the themes again and again, and we loved it; maybe his fall from grace is because we ultimately can get by with just one song about cars and girls.
Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.131) - Ranked #151 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "Springsteen and the E Street Band played rockers such as 'Badlands' and 'Promised Land' with barely contained passion." Rolling Stone (3/20/03, p.68) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...The album isn't punk--Springsteen got a shave, not a mohawk--but it's colored by the raw sound happening at the time....stands as the E Street's best..." Q (Magazine) (p.120) - "Lean, wired and reeking of frustration....[The album] sounded like the work of a man on the edge." Mojo (Publisher) (p.112) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "Many of THE PROMISE's 21 tracks are R&B stompers and soul croons....This version promises enlightenment -- and delivers on a truly remarkable scale."
Bruce Springsteen came out of New Jersey in the early 1970s sounding like a cross between Bob Dylan and early Tom Waits, backed by the rambunctious E Street Band. After toughening up his sound, Springsteen created his 1975 masterpiece, BORN TO RUN, which garnered critical acclaim for its blend of Spectorian grandeur and street poetry. Nine years later, BORN IN THE U.S.A. made him a worldwide superstar with its beefed-up stadium-rock sound. Along the way, he's produced such low-key acoustic-based milestones as NEBRASKA and THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD, never losing the blue-collar ethos that is central to his vision. His 2002 album, THE RISING, is considered one of the finest artistic responses to the 9/11tragedy produced in the event's immediate aftermath.
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