Have You Heard The News? Springsteen Darkness Box Set Announced

Its like Chrismas morning in late August for fans of Bruce Springsteen.

After more than a year of delays, rumors, speculation and more delays, details of a Darkness On The Edge Of Town box set have finally been announced today. Springsteen and his record company, Sony, will release in November an enormous 6 CD and DVD collection containing just about everything a Springsteen fan had hoped for.

The Darkness Box Set will include (are you ready for this?): A CD featuring a digitally remastered version of the original album, PLUS two other CDs packed with outtakes from the Darkness sessions. But that’s not all. The package will also include three DVDs; one a full length documentary on the making of the album which will feature never-before-seen footage:

Plus a second DVD of the band then and now featuring various songs performed live between 1976 and 1978 along side with the modern day band performing the album start to finish at an empty Paramount Theater last fall, and a third DVD featuring a full concert from Houston in 1978. Holy Guacamole!

And to add to this embarrassment of riches, we also get pages and pages of Bruce’s notebook that he kept during the making of the album, full of lyrical re-workings, possible album and song titles and other doodling. In short this is a feast of plenty that is sure to delight both the hardcore Springsteen fan and casual fans alike.

It’s a plethora of sound, video, photos and handwriting from the Darkness On The Edge of Tour recording sessions and subsequent tour, and I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that this news has me, a self-admitted Bruce fanatic, breathless. The set won’t be available until mid-November with a price tag of about $115.00 dollars , but I believe despite the cost this box set will be a huge seller.

For one things the bright marketing folks working for Springsteen are offering the elements of this set in various incarnations. For example, one can just buy the outtakes on vinyl or CD by themselves without the DVDs. And it’s perfectly timed for the Christmas gift buying season.

Springsteen’s official web site, http://www.BruceSpringsteen.net is already doing a fine job promoting the set with a brief video clip from the “making of documentary,” as well as an audio clip of one of the outtakes. The Darkness documentary is set to be premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September, with Springsteen himself scheduled to appear and take part in a question and answer with actor/huge Springsteen fan Edward Norton. Try getting a ticket to that session in Toronto. Here’s a sneak peak of the documentary.

Regardless of how you look at it, unless you hate the guy, this news today is major and long awaited. As many Springsteen fans have commented, this is “the holy grail” that so many have been hoping and praying for, literally for years. As somebody who considers “Darkness On The Edge Of Town” my “coming of age” album, I couldn’t be more excited.

So save your pennies and let the countdown to November 16 begin!

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7 responses to “Have You Heard The News? Springsteen Darkness Box Set Announced

  1. Tonya

    I have the date marked on EVERY calendar in the house. . . AND, I have made a note on my cell phone too. 🙂

  2. Liz

    Holy Guacamole is right!! I cant wait!! Another date to note is the documentary will be aired on HBO on Oct 7. That should help with the anticipation. Set the DVR…

  3. Maria

    Once again: a lovely blog. Although I might be somewhat biased 😉 But yeah, I think it IS the Holy Grail. It surely lifted my spirit! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  4. Lois

    Christmas nothing. It comes out two days before my 60th birthday! Happy birthday to me — not to mention my credit card company.

  5. What a way to celebrate your 60th.

    And remember 60 is the new 50. Or is the new 40.

    I forget.

    • Marile Cloete

      For Bruce 60 is certainly the new 40!
      I hope I have less problems to get this set in South Africa than with the Hyde Park DVD, which I eventually bought in Norway. (No, I could not fly there specially to buy it …)

  6. John, I will be saving every penny for this! Could a tour be far behind also? Keep on writing about your”glory days” 🙂

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