VIDEO: New Springsteen from upcoming Darkness Box- “Candy’s Room” (live)

Bruce circa 1978

While it garners far less attention (so far) than the double CD release of the Darkness on the Edge of Town outtakes, the DVD of the E Street Band performing the album in December 2009 at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park excites me.

They do it with no audience.

That allows allows the cameras to roam the stage in a way not available (or at least not unobtrusively) with a crowd watching.

On this first video – from the Rolling site and newly released – my instinct seems correct.  Power.  Starkness.  And Steve’s minimalistic approach is revealed: he rips it up on guitar.

New Springsteen “Darkness” Reissue Contains Intriguing Additions

Though grounded in a rock and roll, with a healthy R&B/60’s Soul tradition chromosome, Bruce Springsteen was signed as a folk guy (at least that’s what Columbia Records thought they were getting). As successfully as any artist in modern music, has been able go from folk to rock to soul to pop without losing his ability to write insightful lyrics and embrace rock music.

But the record that has proven to be the strongest, most timeless work is 1978’s Darkness on the Edge of Town album.   It gets a newly remastered treatment (The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story, a 6 CD/DVD set, due out November 14) with a package that includes two CD’s of unreleased, new/old songs from the original recording sessions; a live concert video from 1978; and a making-of documentary – one that debuts at the Toronto Film Festival September 14, and on HBO in August.

I have the orginal CD in my car.  It’s a favorite on my iPod.  I can still remember the day in 1984 , going to the used record store in Hillsdale, Michigan, and coming out with a used vinyl version.  I still have it.

It a record that has some of Bruce’s meanest guitar playing, down-but still-hopeful lyrics and a core set of songs (“Badlands”, “Prove It All Night”, The Promised Land”) that form the heart of most of the band’s live shows.

He had to wait two years following the release of Born to Run before he could even get into the studio to record the album, because of the lawsuit with his management, and a judge’s injunction against recording with his new manager Jon Landau while the court case dragged on.  Continue reading “New Springsteen “Darkness” Reissue Contains Intriguing Additions”