If you are not a huge fan of Bruce Springsteen, I have two things to say to you.
Firstly, don’t read this review. Secondly, don’t buy either The Promise or the six disc box set of Darkness On The Edge Of Town. If you are a huge fan of Bruce Springsteen, then the only issue is which one to get. The Promise is a collection of unreleased tracks over two discs recorded at the time of Darkness, including several that went on to become hits for other artists.
The box set, meanwhile, includes a remastered version of Darkness On The Edge Of Town along with three DVDs featuring a ‘Making of’ film, a full bootleg live set and studio sessions and The Promise.
Hence, the choice really comes down to price and love of Bruce. The box set, at over £70, is probably for the real die-hard (and financially secure) fan. If you’re not a fan and still reading this, it would make a decent Christmas gift for a Springsteen fan.