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The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town (2010)

Takes us into the studio with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band for the recording of their fourth album.

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Bruce Springsteen's "Darkness on the Edge of Town," released in 1978, was three years in the making, 10 songs chosen from 70 written and rehearsed during that period. Using archival footage from the studio and contemporary interviews with Springsteen, the E Street Band, and those who were in the control room, the film presents a portrait of an artist driving himself to capture working-class life with a rough and raw sound that felt more like a live performance than a studio recording. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Must-see for all music-lovers, Springsteen fans or not
5 February 2012 | by (Santa Monica, CA) – See all my reviews

If you haven't seen this documentary yet, watch it. I've never been a die-hard Springsteen fan but this is an incredible tale of artistry and it's hard to imagine anyone who is either a listener or involved in the creative process not appreciating what they did. It's a story of how magic comes from balancing visionary and obsession, friendship and oppression, cooperation and standing your ground.

Springsteen talking about the album in retrospect is lucid and insightful, but the amount of footage they have from the actual recording sessions is incredible.

Inspiring and a must-see for all music-lovers, Springsteen fans or not.


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