: The Promise

The Promise

Mike Daly

The Promise, Bruce SpringsteenBruce Springsteen; CD; Columbia;
2010; $19.99

While some songwriters struggle to fill a CD, prolific artists like Bob Dylan or Elvis Costello usually face the dilemma of what to leave out! Likewise, Bruce Springsteen. Back in 1978, after three years of litigation following his breakthrough album `Born To Run’, Springsteen had recorded about 40 songs but only 10 appeared on `Darkness On The Edge Of Town’. Of the rest, 20 re-mastered originals are included on this two-CD set (plus an alternate of `Racing In The Street’).

Among those `shelved’, `Because the Night’ was a hit for co-writer Patti Smith, the Pointer Sisters’ cover of `Fire’ had even greater success, and both compositions became Springsteen concert staples. While ‘The Promise’ occasionally echoes the mood of ‘Darkness’, it’s predominantly a celebration of rock greats such as Roy Orbison, Phil Spector’s production and the doo-wop era. Perhaps not quite a classic Springsteen album, but pretty damn good by anyone else’s standards.

MIKE DALY is a Melbourne journalist and music reviewer.

(2011) 36(4) AltLJ 292
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