Bruce Springsteen’s Darkness On The Edge Of Town Reissue To Include Rarities

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Well, everybody’s got a secret, sonny….

Here’s an update on the Darkness On The Edge Of Town reissue that’s slated to hit stores this fall. E Street guitarist Steve Van Zandt tells a UK radio station (don’t ask us which one): “We put 10 or so outtakes on the [1998] ‘Tracks’ box set and we [have since] found 10 more. I’m not sure how many we’ll put on there. We’ll go back and he might finish a lyric on one or two, or finish a harmony on one or two, but we’ll keep them intact pretty much.”

Finish a lyric or two? That sounds ambitious. Possible outtakes include “Because The Night,” “Fire,” “This Little Girl,” and songs from The River in their earliest forms.

In the meantime, fans can tide themselves over with the monumentally impressive London Calling DVD, which features nearly three hours of the Boss and the E Street Band in their fiery prime.

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  1. With the much-anticipated release of a commemorative box set for Darkness on the Edge of Town slated for this Christmas, Bruce Springsteen’s classic record is getting renewed attention in the music world. Details on the project are scarce; however, in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Steven Van Zandt mentioned that about 10 unreleased songs will be included in the box set. Fans are surely hungry for any and all material they can get from the 1978 recording sessions and subsequent tour. For our own preview of what’s to come, we contacted Dick Wingate, who was intimately involved in the launch and marketing of the album and tour. He offers an insider’s view of what the Darkness era meant to Bruce and the band, while painting an often-humorous behind-the-scenes account of some of the tour’s highlights… check out the book The Light in Darkness, which one fan said, “… would also make a great companion piece to the much anticipated commemorative Darkness box set…”

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