Springsteen wrote and recorded over 40 songs during the Darkness sessions."Don't Look Back", "Hearts of Stone", "Iceman" and "Give the Girl a Kiss" would eventually see their release on the Tracks box set while 21 other outtakes would be released on The Promise album.In September 2010, a documentary film chronicling the making of Darkness was first shown at the Toronto International Film Festival. 33 and follow-up "Badlands" just missed, peaking at No.Quoting Springsteen as saying "More than rich, more than famous, more than happy – I wanted to be great," reviewer Stephen Whitty of the Newark Star-Ledger commented: "For many fans, that long journey pulled onto the Turnpike here." In terms of the original LP's sequencing, Springsteen continued his "four corners" approach from Born to Run, as the songs beginning each side ("Badlands" and "The Promised Land") were martial rallying cries to overcome circumstances, while the songs ending each side ("Racing in the Street", "Darkness on the Edge of Town") were sad dirges of circumstances overcoming all hope. Though the album failed to generate any substantial hit singles ("Prove It All Night" made it into the Top 40 in the U. 42), Darkness was critically well-received and claimed the No. Springsteen says, "When I saw the picture I said, 'That's the guy in the songs.' I wanted the part of me that's still that guy to be on the cover.Some of the songs recorded during these sessions would end up on his next album The River.However, there remains at least 16 songs that are still locked in the vaults, many of which have never even been released through the many circulating bootlegs.
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Darkness on the Edge of Town is the fourth studio album by Bruce Springsteen, released on June 2, 1978.
The album marked the end of a three-year gap between albums brought on by contractual obligations and legal battling with former manager Mike Appel.
This was to keep the album's thematic feel intact, even at the expense of not having hits on it.
Some of the unused material became hits for other artists such as "Because the Night" for Patti Smith; "Fire" for Robert Gordon and The Pointer Sisters; "Rendezvous" for Greg Kihn; "This Little Girl" for Gary U. Bonds; and several tracks for Southside Johnny including 3 songs released on the Asbury Jukes album entitled Hearts of Stone.
Frank stripped away all your celebrity and left you with your essence.