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

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


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Credited cast:
Mike Appel ...
Himself - Manager 1972-1977
Roy Bittan ...
Himself - E Street Band
Himself - E Street Band
Obie Dziedzic ...
Herself (archive footage)
The E Street Band ...
Danny Federici ...
Himself - E Street Band
Himself - Recording Engineer
Jon Landau ...
Himself - Manager-Producer
Nils Lofgren ...
Himself - E Street Band
Thom Panunzio ...
Himself - Recording Engineer
Chuck Plotkin ...
Himself - Mixer
Patti Scialfa ...
Herself - E Street Band
Toby Scott ...


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 <>

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Great Look at the Darkness Album
28 April 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

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

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Terrific 90-minute documentary taking a look at Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's attempt to make a follow-up record to their classic "Born to Run" album. The singer and band were riding a huge wave of success when their future was pretty much tossed into the air due to a dispute, which kept them out of the studio. Through interviews with Springsteen and the band, behind-the-scenes footage from rehearsal footage as well as concert footage from the "Born to Run" tour, this documentary really gives one a great idea of what was going on during this period and how the eventual album turned out so well. I really don't see how any Springsteen fan could be disappointed by this documentary because it gives you a great story told by all the original members and it also takes you inside the recording process with some terrific video footage. One of the highlights comes in regards to the drums not sounding correct and we see everyone just getting frustrated because they can't get the correct sound that they're looking for. Another great moment happens when Bruce pulls out "the book" and everyone laughs that the work would be over if he'd just put this book away. With the behind-the-scenes footage we also get to hear alternate takes of some famous tunes including 'Badlands' and 'The Promised Land' and I'm sure fans will enjoy this. With a great documentary already being made on the story of "Born to Run" it's great to see the follow-up album get the same type of treatment.

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