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Darkness On The Edge Of Town

Bruce Springsteen Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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Darkness On The Edge Of Town + Born To Run + Born In The U.S.A.
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1. Badlands
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5. Racing In The Street
6. The Promised Land
7. Factory
8. Streets Of Fire
9. Prove It All Night
10. Darkness At The Edge Of Town

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1978 album from the acclaimed American singer/songwriter. Includes 'Badlands', 'Something In The Night', 'Prove It All Night' and more.


The pain of a protracted legal battle with his former manager and the release of being allowed to record again after a three-year layoff are equally apparent from the piercing hard rock and harsh lyrical content of Darkness on the Edge of Town. Betrayal and hard work that comes to naught are the primary subjects on his mind here, evidenced by songs such as "Adam Raised a Cain," "Factory," and "Streets of Fire." Elsewhere, there are signs of hope or at least the possibility of outrunning your problems ("Racing in the Street," "The Promised Land," "Prove It All Night"). But mostly, these are songs about exorcising some serious demons, and from the sound of things, Springsteen's loud, lonesome howl and blistering guitar work went a long way toward making him whole again. This is angry art, made by someone pushed to his absolute limit and more than ready to push back. --Daniel Durchholz

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5.0 out of 5 stars Punky Springsteen do a masterpiece in 1978!! March 29 2004
Format:Audio CD
Bruce Springsteen has always have a strong personal integrity. He has always gone his own way in life. Against his father, and against the music buissness. When his father told him to be a lawyer and his mother wanted him to be a writer, he wanted to be a rock n' roll star. So he did. And got in trouble with his former manager, Mike Appel. Mike put him into a slavery contract, and after the fantastic album Born To Run, he wanted to break up from that contract. It took 2 years in court to break up from it, and Mr Springsteen was really angry. He wanted to go his own way in life, as he always have done. The result can you hear on this awsome album, probably the best album he has ever done. This is the punky Springsteen! Joe Strummer couldn't have done it better.
On this album, Springsteen hasn't a star producer, cause he didn't want to. He let Jon Landau, a former music critic from the Rolling Stone Magazine, produce together with him. The sound is simpler and more raw, but it fit with the anger and strength in the songs. The songs are totally awsome! Do I have to say Badlands? What a song! A timeless masterpiece! Always something to say to us, even today! Full of hope and optimism, but also anger and strentgh. Factory: A song which is short and seems to be not much of a song, but listen what Springsteen has to say in that song... It's awsome! Adam rise a cain... Listen to the anger in that song...
Racing in the street is wonderful as a ballad. Candy's room: Listen how nice Springsteen describe the prostituted woman that he met. He's a true human guy!
All songs are fantastic!
And if you really want to know how good Springsteen was that year, listen to the Winterland Night bootleg! Then you know how really awsome he really is...
You HAVE TO buy this album!! Or DIE!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars raw, gritty : classic springsteen. Dec 2 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
one of if not my favourite BS album.
from the opening lines
"lights out tonite, trouble in the heartland.....
i don't give a damn for the same old played-out scenes....
my fave line "for the ones who had a notion deep inside, that it ain't no sin to be glad you're alive, gonna find one face that ain't lookin' through me, gonna one place, i wanna spit in the face of these badlands......
to the final track, "nobody asks too many questions or stare too long at your face............."
raw & gritty, classic springsteen, everything in his heart from his upbringing spilling out here......
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bruce's "Revolver" Feb. 3 2004
By Volpe
Format:Audio CD
Forget "Born to Run". Forget "Born In the USA". Forget it all for a little while. "Darkness on the Edge of Town" stands alone as Bruce's truly defining album. It is his first foray into the dark side of life. It is the place where the characters in "BTR" ended up--a roadblock on Bruce's long highway. His optimism has waned and his perspective is bleak. Bruce is no longer lookiing through the eyes of a teenage rebel with a dream.
Despite the legal battles behind the scenes of this album that were quite the catalyst for his descent into darkness, it seems like it was the only logical way to go after embarking on the hopeful escapes in his first three albums. It was the natural progression of his maturity into the music. I would be so bold to say that without this record, Bruce Springsteen may have never reached the heights that this newfound lease on life provided him.
But...enough with my take on the importance of "Darkness...". The songs speak for themselves on this record. I think the best track is "The Promised Land" because it is like the workingman's anthem, so to speak. It is Bruce declaring that even though he is living a desolate, machine-like existence just to get by in the cruel world, he still holds on to the dreams of the promised land. Another favorite of mine on the album is the title track. His passion in this particular song you can feel in your veins...literally.
But...the showstopper track has to be "Racing in the Street." When I first heard this heartwrenching masterpiece, it gave me chills. I do believe that it is probably the most painfully beautiful song I have ever heard. The reality of it will floor you alone.
Overall, the anguish of Bruce on this record can be heard in every track. From the understated cynicism, to his angered and wounded cries and shrieks, this record is a MUST OWN.
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5.0 out of 5 stars **** Nov. 22 2003
Format:Audio CD
Bruce Springsteen's fourth album, "Born To Run", was three years in the making, and it didn't quite match the sales of its predecessor, "Born To Run".
The production on "Darkness" is also less elaborate than on the grandiose "Born To Run", and the songs are perhaps a little less epic as well, and certainly as tight and structured as anything Bruce Springsteen had made at the time.
This album found him sounding more and more like a traditional "heartland rocker", and it nevertheless features some of his best songs, including the tough rockers "Badlands" and "Adam Raised A Cain", the grand ballad "Something In The Night", the melodious pop-rock of "Prove It All Night", and the slow, bluesy rock of the title track.
The lyrics are often bleak, but the arrangements, filled with thumping drums, tinkling piano and swelling organ notes, are grand and full-bodied and even joyous, making "Darkness On The Edge Of Town" one of Bruce Springsteen's best and most consistent records, a must-have for any serious fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great
Got this after I bought the promise which was excellent. Doesn't disappoint. I hope to hear more old stuff from archives in the future.
Published 5 months ago by Chris Parsons
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Springsteen
I was just listening to The 30th Anniversary 3-Disc Set CD of Born To Run. It has that album remastered. Hey Columbia, how about a remastered Darkness On The Edge of Town? Read more
Published 14 months ago by Douglas MacRae
5.0 out of 5 stars Listening to this album brightens my "Edge of Town"
I have always been a bit of a Springsteen fan - only had one album (Greatest Hits) though. I saw him in concert in August 2012 and thought to myself "I need to listen to more... Read more
Published 20 months ago by rose
1.0 out of 5 stars I think I've got a case of Springsteen Fever!!!
Unfortunately, 'Springsteen Fever' is NOT a metaphorical sickness caused by loving this album so much that I felt ill. Read more
Published on Oct. 1 2007 by Jason Beck
5.0 out of 5 stars What can you say?
If this album isn't on your top twenty you have to be crazy! What incredible, immediate, poweful, and heartfelt songwriting. It simply doesn't get much better than this.
Published on Sept. 15 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the greatest album ever made
It is hard to put in words how great this album is. How does a legend like Bruce top such a great album as "Born to Run"? By making an album that is perfect. Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2004 by MAGA
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME GRANDEUR
Although Darkness On The Edge Of Town is a dark album, it is not uniformly gloomy since its despairing moments are often spectacularly swept away by powerful blasts of defiance... Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2004 by Pieter Uys
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just the greatest rock'n'roll album of all time
That would be a gross understatement.
This is the single greatest creation of all time.
Dylan may be better than Springsteen but he never made Darkness on The Edge of... Read more
Published on Jan. 1 2004 by Kathleen YO!
5.0 out of 5 stars If Dickens had a guitar...
He would have been hard-pressed to outshine Bruce Springsteen. I first bought this LP in 1978, as a 16 year-old, on the strength of having loved "Born To Run. Read more
Published on Nov. 9 2003 by Lloyd A. Conway
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