Last week, Springsteen & Co. performed at the Carousel House in Asbury Park, N.J., in front of approximately 60 fans, serving up live versions of songs released on the recently released two-CD set, The Promise, that were recorded during the Darkness At The Edge Of Town sessions. Beginning today, you can get a taste of the show with a stream consisting of four songs from the concert.
“Songs From The Promise” was directed and edited by Grammy / Emmy-winning filmmaker Thom Zimny and mixed by Emmy-winner Bob Clearmountain. The stream consists of five tunes – “Blue Christmas” plus four from The Promise – an earlier version of “Racing In The Street,” along with “Gotta Get That Feeling,” “Ain’t Good Enough For You” and the title track.
For this particular performance there was a shuffle in the E Street lineup, keeping it truer to the Darkness sessions with Clarence Clemons, Stevie Van Zandt, Max Weinberg, Roy Bittan and Gary Tallent. Not included are the musicians who came later, namely Nils Lofgren, Patti Scialfa and Soozie Tyrell, while keyboardist Charles Giordano continues as a worthy replacement for the late Danny Federici who succumbed to melanoma in 2008.
The show also includes a full horn section and special guest David Lindley who played violin on the original sessions.
One of the more unusual aspects of this concert is the absence of an actual stage, putting most of the band on the same level as the audience.
Who’s got the hookup? U.S. and Canada fans need to connect with Vevo, including Vevo Mobile for iPhone and iPod Touch, Vevo connected devices (Google TV, Boxee) and syndicated partners YouTube, AOL, BET and CBS Interactive Music Group including Last.fm and Univision.
Globally, it’s YouTube for Australia, Irish Times for Ireland, The Guardian in the United Kingdom, Rolling Stone and Yahoo! In Germany, Deezer in France, El Mundo and Marca in Spain, Politiken in Denmark, Nu in Holland, Teleboy and Le Matin in Switzerland, Repubblica in Italy and Walla in Israel.
But the streaming won’t last forever. You have until Jan. 1 to watch The Boss put E Street through its paces. For more information, click here for Bruce Springsteen.net.