Bruce Springsteen‘s fourth studio album, Darkness on the Edge of Town, was released 45 years ago today, on June 2, 1978. Co-produced by Springsteen and John Landau, with assistance from Steven Van Zandt, the album was a critical and commercial success, reaching number 3 on the Billboard 200 chart and spawning the hit singles “Badlands,” “The Promised Land,” and “Racing in the Street.” One of my all-time favorite Bruce tunes is “Adam Raised a Cain” off this album, so powerful & hard rocking!
Darkness on the Edge of Town is a darker, more introspective album than Springsteen’s previous work. The songs explore themes of alienation, despair, and the struggle to find meaning in life. The album’s sound is also more stripped-down and raw than Springsteen’s previous albums, with a greater emphasis on electric guitars and drums.
Darkness on the Edge of Town is considered one of Springsteen’s best albums, and it has been praised by critics for its powerful lyrics, haunting melodies, and intense performances. The album has also been influential on a number of other artists, including Bob Seger & Tom Petty.
The album was re-issued in 1982 & 1990. In 2010, Springsteen released a remastered deluxe, extended box set version of Darkness on the Edge of Town, which included a few bonus discs of previously unreleased material. The album was also reissued on vinyl in 2014.
Darkness on the Edge of Town track listing:
- Adam Raised a Cain
- Something in the Night
- Candy’s Room
- Racing in the Street
- The Promised Land
- Streets of Fire
- Prove It All Night
- Darkness on the Edge of Town
When Bruce & the E Street Band played their final shows at the Spectrum in 2009, I was at the Darkness on the Edge of Town show, where they played the album in its entirety! One of the best, if not THE best Bruce & E Street Band shows I have ever seen them do in the dozen or so times I have seen them live.
WMMR Welcomes Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band back to Philadelphia for TWO huge shows at Pierre’s Good Citizen’s Ballpark on August 16th & 18th – tickets on sale now!