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Springsteen's "Darkness" Celebrates 45

The Anniversary Features a Playlist, New Photos, and the 2010 Documentary

Forty-five years ago, Bruce Springsteen returned with the highly-anticipated release - and one of my favorite Springsteen albums - of his classic fourth studio album Darkness On The Edge Of Town. To celebrate the anniversary, listeners can now dive even deeper into the sonic and visual worlds of “Darkness” with a new 20-song live playlist from the '78 tour — plus a collection of rare Frank Stefanko photos from the era and a newly-cut trailer for The Promise: The Making Of Darkness On The Edge Of Town by director Thom Zimny.

Bruce Springsteen album Darkness on the Edge of Town on vinyl record

Listen to 20 live standouts from The Darkness Tour '78 — all previously unavailable on major streaming platforms — including performances of every song from “Darkness On The Edge of Town” and a trove of bonus material from that period. You can hear it here.

Frank Stefanko's photo album of rarely-seen material from the “Darkness”era, including new looks at the iconic cover shoot and the full E Street Band circa 1978. Just take a look below.

In celebration of forty-five years of “Darkness on The Edge of Town” revisit “The Promise” documentary from 2010, which chronicles the making of the album with historic footage and interviews.


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