If you know me at all, you know that the release of Bruce Springsteen’s The Promise is in the running for the most anticipated event of my year. For those not in the loop, The Promise is a 3CD/3DVD combo set that includes the “lost” recordings from the sessions that led to Springsteen’s Darkness on the Edge of Town. I have loved Springsteen since I was knee-high to a grasshopper, and while Born to Run will always be my favorite album, Darkness on the Edge of Town is the one where I figured it all out – the record where, at the grand old age of 11, Springsteen went beyond a pop culture phenomenon for me. It’s the first record that I remember listening to the songs and the stories on, the one where I truly fell in love with him as a songwriter. It’s a brilliant, magnificent piece of art and if you don’t own Darkness, or if you’re one of those people that always says, “I really should know Springsteen more than Born in the USA,” this is the album to get.
So…with that long, rambling intro… Amazon has “City of Night,” one of the outtake songs on The Promise up for free download today. Go grab it and love it.