Bruce Springsteen's biggest, most iconic albums were 'Born to Run'. released in 1975, and 1984's 'Born in the USA'. Sandwiched between these two albums were three extraordinary albums in their own right, 'Darkness on the Edge of Town' (1978), 'The River' (1980) and 'Nebraska' (1982).
Those of us who follow Bruce closely have also long known that during this period, Bruce wrote and recorded many other songs that deserved to be released. We've discovered them on bootlegs and our patience has been rewarded with the release of the double CD 'The Promise' with 21 songs that didn't make it onto 'Darkness on the Edge of Town', and several songs from this period that were included on the 'Tracks' 4 CD box set.
In fishing around for clips to feature in this week's fix, I found a documentary called 'Bruce Springsteen: Under Review 1978 - 1982 Tales of the Working Man'. I haven't had a chance to watch the whole thing just yet but did enjoy watching what I've seen. For a long time fan, I don't think there will be much in this film to surprise you, but on the other hand there are some interesting insights and perspectives provided.
The documentary clocks in at an hour and twenty two minutes, so you may want to watch it at home over the long weekend. However, since you need your Bruce Fix now to get you through your working day, I've also posted a video of one of Bruce's best and most important songs from this period. Here is his first live performance of 'The River' in 1979, prior to it's release the following year. The documentary follows.