The Darkness on the Edge of Town album was the long awaited follow up to Born To Run . It was released in the late spring of 1978 and came after a three year gap triggered by legal wrangles. To celebrate the launch of the album Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band undertook a major concert tour of North America which comprised 115 performances. The Darkness shows were longer than those in previous Springsteen tours, lasting around three hours and generally comprised 25 songs. These shows have long since been regarded by Springsteen fans as representing The Boss at his creative peak.
Each Springsteen concert has its own special highlights so choosing a single night to epitomise the 1978 Darkness tour is an impossible task. Fortunately, five complete shows were broadcast live on radio. These broadcasts were all mixed by Jimmy Iovine and are therefore of first class audio quality.
This three disc anthology was created to capture the magic of the Darkness tour by bringing together the very best performances from each of the five live broadcasts. The aim was to produce a composite three disc anthology to conjure up the spirit of one mythical, magical night from 1978 showcasing the Boss at his very best.
Included here are the carefully curated highlights from five shows beginning with the 7th July 1978 show at The Roxy, broadcast on KMET followed by the best of 9th August show at the Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, broadcast on WMMS, the 19th September show at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey, which was broadcast on WNEW-FM, the 30th September from the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, which was broadcast live on about 20 South-Eastern stations, and the 15th December show from the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco which was broadcast on KSAN-FM