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The Promise by Bruce Springsteen
Released: Nov 2010
Label: Columbia
The Promise sits halfway between a lost album and an outtakes collection. The Boss recorded these tracks in the two years following the 1975 release of Born to Run that overlapped with the making of Darkness on the Edge of Town. And yet they feel somewhat removed from the dark, desperate tones of the latter. Apparently, those qualities had yet to fully infect his writing. In interviews, Springsteen has said that these songs -- which include versions of "Because the Night" and "Fire" -- could've been released as a separate album. This is why he took the time to polish them over 30 years later.
Justin Farrar
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