Originally Posted by Beta Tester
I have been a Springsteen fan for only about 10 years, so I have some questions about the new "The Promise: Darkness on the Edge of Town".
1. Was "Darkness on the Edge of Town" a record from the late 70s? If yes, what is its significance such that it merits the release of a huge compilation today?
2. What is the Thrill Hill Vault?
3. The various concert footages from the THV, were they all originally shot on 35mm film?
4. What is the significance of the 2009 Ashbury Park concert? I understand it was filmed with no one in the audience?
5. What is the significance of the 1978 Houston house-cut? For example why was that one included and not another concert?
6. I now understand what a house-cut is (it is the footage shown on the big screens during the actual concert). Do they keep all these footages from every concert?
To elaborate on some of your questions:
1. "Darkness On The Edge Of Town" is arguably Springsteen's greatest album. Some fans regard "Born To Run," "The River" and even "Born in the USA" as greater albums, but the majority of fans as well as critics regard DOTEOT as his artistic (and live) peak. It was certainly recorded during the period when Springsteen was at his most prolific not just in terms of songs, but *great* songs, hence the 2 cds worth of songs left off the album, some of which became huge singles for other artists .
3. Most of the footage with the exception of the complete show on the last Blu-ray (or dvd) was filmed on 16mm. Some is even 8mm. I do not believe any footage was shot on 35mm, including the live 2009 performance of the album which I think was shot on 1080HD video.
4. During the last leg of Springsteen's 2009 tour, he performed his Born to Run, Darkness, River and Born in the USA albums, first as a charity theater performance and later, one complete album per show. As a ramp-up to this leg, he did run-throughs at the Paramount Theater without an audience. Springsteen obviously had an idea of filming the performances and including them in future releases which the Darkness album is turning out to be the first. Interestingly, Nils Lofgren who was not in the band in the 70's did not perform on the Darkness paramount Theater performance.
5. The Houston show based on clips seen so far and setlist, is probably the strongest complete show available from the tour. There are several other shows from the tour - bootlegged for years that are either incomplete or not as strong including some shot on film. Some clips from these other shows such as the Arizona show which several songs are included on the second Blu-ray (or dvd).
6. No. It entirely depends on the artist if they demand copy and any future release rights or night. Supposedly, "house footage" isn't supposed to be taped and saved by the venue if the artist says so, however most arenas that used video screens in the 70's and 80's didn't really abide that rule. Certain venues are notorious for shows reaching the bootleg market - The Capital Center Arena in Largo, MD is one such venue. Just about every major band that played there between the mid 70's through the late 80's including Springsteen have seen complete pro-shot shows taken from the house feed find there way into the bootleg market.