Darkness On The Edge Of Town

DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN - V1 uncirculating
DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN - V2 4:26 DO-3 / DDO / UP / DDOC
DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN - V3a 4:23 ODM / HOD / UP / AM
DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN - V3b 4:23 DARKNESS / ESSENTIAL: 2003 / GH09

Note: "Events often beat the humanity out of people until they just lose it all. "Darkness On The Edge of Town" was about people holding on to that humanity. I started writing it right after Born To Run." – Bruce Springsteen, 1978. Down in the Prospective Album Sequence section, you can see "Darkness" listed on the first two 1976 "dream" sequences Springsteen prepared, supporting his recollection. V1 represents multiple takes reported at Bruce's home, Telegraph Hill, Holmdel, New Jersey, during 1976, even though the odds of recovering any material seem low at this time. Then again, few were aware that Barry Rebo had the film footage released from the Thrill Hill Vault on Blu-Ray/DVD No. 2 from "The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story" box set. No doubt Bruce and the E Street Band worked extensively on "Rendezvous", "Something In the Night", "The Promise", "Frankie", "Candy's Boy", and "Darkness". Music and some lyrics written by February 1976, was sub-titled "The Racer" for a time. Though it is listed on the "Star Wars" demo tape of June 1, 1977, pictured below, V2 was not cut until June 6. Sony logs show takes recorded on June 8, 9, 20 and 23, 1977 at Atlantic Studios. Work on the lyrics was needed. Then, after putting forth such a good effort (5 days), Bruce put "Darkness" aside for the rest of the year. It is not included on the "Badlands" album sequence from October, or the January 16, 1978 seq. On March 8, he suddenly called his forces together, and over three days, they re-recorded "Darkness" from scratch and completed what would become the title track of the album. The March takes were cut in a studio with bare concrete walls, after the room was gutted prior to renovation. V3a and V3b are different mixes of the same recording. V3a can be identified by the addition of the word "ready" to the line "I'll be there on time ready to pay the cost". V3b is mix take #28 from March 30, 1978, and was pressed to metal acetate on April 12.

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