Bruce Springsteen to reissue his best(?) album


If I had to pick a favorite Bruce Springsteen album, it just might be 1978’s Darkness on the Edge of Town. The follow-up to Born To Run, it has a lean, muscular sound that’s totally different from his previous album’s over-the-top arrangements. It also has a bunch of his best songs, including “Racing in the Street,” “The Promised Land,” and the title track. So it’s incredibly exciting to hear that a big reissue project is in the works. Darkness will finally get a badly needed sonic upgrade, its first remastering since it originally came out on CD. Even better is the potential for bonus materials. Bruce’s 1978 tour is legendary, considered by many to be his absolute peak as a live performer. Shows from that run have been widely bootlegged, but the prospect of a high-quality official release for some of that material is definitely drool-worthy. (A clip of "Darkness on the Edge of Town," from a 1978 show in Passaic, New Jersey, after the jump.)

Of course, Darkness is hardly Bruce’s only amazing album. If you absolutely had to choose just one, what would be your favorite?

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  • Ryan

    If not Darkness, then The River, then Born in the USA, then Nebraska, then Greetings, then Wild, then Tunnel of Love, etc. The newer ones don’t need remastering like the older ones do.

  • Levi

    As a huge Bruce fan, I’m thrilled to see someone list, in a widely public forum, no less, that they believe “Darkness on the Edge of Town” to be Bruce’s best album. I am in agreement. When I try to list my top 10 Springsteen songs, half of this album makes it in, starting with Badlands, Prove it All Night, and the title track. You’ve never heard rage in a song til you’re 45 seconds into ‘Darkness’ and Bruce wails “Well, if she wants to see me . . . You can tell her I’m easily found!’
    In my opinion, definitely his best album.

  • rockgolf

    For both quantity and quality: The River.

  • The Boss’s Wife

    That’s like asking me to choose which of my children I love more. I can’t do it. Each album is perfect depending on the mood the listener is in, or would like to be in. As for remastering with unreleased material? Please bring on “The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle” with lyrics!

  • Florinda Pendley Vasquez

    Who can choose just one? But if you’re forcing me to do just that, it would be the one we’re discussing here – despite my undying love for “Thunder Road,” it was the album “Darkness on the Edge of Town” that truly made me a Springsteen fan. If you let me pick just one more, it would be the very different – and in my opinion, underrated – “Tunnel of Love.”

  • Mattmer09

    For me, it’s gotta be The River. I love the sound of that album, with its warehouse echoes and jangly guitars, but most of all I love the long ride of the double album, from the Ties That Bind opener to the desoltate, yet strangely hopeful, ending, Wreck on the Highway. In between, you have some of his purest rock, like Out in the Street and Ram Rod, and his most shattering narratives, like Stolen Car and Independence Day. It really is hard to pick his best album, but this is the one I would choose. An overlooked masterpiece.

  • Dayve

    I’m with everyone else here. How can you be a fan of the Boss and just pick one? But my top five:
    1) Darkness on the Edge of Town
    2) Born to Run (the one that made me a life long fan)
    3) The River
    4) Nebraska
    5) Ghost of Tom Joad

  • ikon

    I’ve always been partial to Nebraska myself…just something about it’s spare darkness sucks me in everytime. Asbury Park is a close second. And for pure pop ecstacy, give me ‘Tunnel of Love’ anytime. But ‘Darkness’ also deserves accolades….

  • Dennis

    That would be great. I still get chills everytime I hear “Adam Raised a Cain.”

  • James L Howlett

    Easily my favorite Springsteen album, with The River coming in a close second. I’d rather spend my money on this remaster than his new album, which I’ve listened to and was very disappointed by.

  • John

    “Darkness” is my favorite Bruce song, and my favorite version is from the “Live 75-85″ album, which is my favorite collection of Bruce songs, album or otherwise. As studio albums go, this is the best, and I look forward to buying the new release!

  • Frank from

    Asking for one favorite Bruce CD is a crazy request. From 1975 to 1987, Bruce arguably recorded the greatest winning streak of consistently amazing albums in rock history. Here is my top 5, subject to change at any time:
    1) Tunnel Of Love
    2) Darkness On The Edge Of Town
    3) The River
    4) Born In The USA
    5) Born To Run

  • robin

    So hard to pick one. Depends on my mood. But Darkness has become a big fave in the last year.

  • Meg

    I picked up this album when I was 15. It was at that moment I knew what it meant to truly love music. I never felt more connected to any piece of work in my life. It changed my life, the way I heard music and kickstarted an insatiable appetite for records of that caliber. It physically pains me to know albums in their entirety, as a work of art (which they truly are), are relatively extinct.

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