Well, I certainly don't want to jinx anything, but it looks like we're getting ever closer that 'Darkness on the Edge of Town' box set. Some people (not me, of course) have been lobbying heavily over the past two years for it to be released to his eagerly awaiting fans. I on the other hand have been quietly and patiently minding my own business, keeping my thoughts on the matter to myself. Bruce can do whatever he wants, whenever he wants, providing he gives birth to that overdue baby immediately, or yesterday if he'd rather.
Speaking of yesterday, yesterday the Toronto International Film Festival announced that on September 14, 2010, the festival's program would feature the premiere of "The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town". Bruce Springsteen collaborated on this film with Grammy and Emmy award winning filmmaker Thom Zimny, using footage shot between 1976 and 1978, featuring home rehearsals and studio recording sessions.
The inclusion of the song title 'The Promise' in the title of this movie is perhaps a nod to the fact that Bruce had planned to include 'The Promise' on the Darkness album, but pulled it at the 11th hour on concerns that people would misinterpret the song as being about his legal battles with Mike Appel. 'Racing In the Street' took it's place.
Our first clip today is a great early live performance on October 30, 1976, on the third of a six night stand at The Palladium in New York City.
This is a studio recording from the fall of 1977. This version was almost included on 18 Tracks, and then Bruce decided to instead release a new recording made in his home studio, accompanying himself on piano.
Be patient, the box set is coming,..... I think. Happy Friday!