I thought that would get your attention. While Darkness is a great album there are a few tunes that don't do it for me. I was on board from the beginning with Greetings but after Born to Run I slowly drifted away. The River never took hold for me and the whole Born in the USA thing struck me as a Pepsi commercial.
That being said if that's what you liked more power to you and I'm not here to dissuade any of you we all have personal taste. The Promise is right in my wheel house. When I first heard this album I thought WOW Bruce is back and then I realized what this disc is all about. (See I'm not an obsessive fan).
In putting a Bruce Springsteen Collection Together I would stick with the first releases Asbury Park, The Wild and The Innocent, Born to Run, The Promise, 18 Tracks and Live/1975–85.
In any event I took the opportunity to reacquaint myself with Bruce's huge catalog and threw together a Bruce Best of Volume II so to speak cherry picking off his massive collection after Born to Run. Here are the songs and sequence. It turned out real well thought I would share.
Adam Raised a Cain
Prove it All Night
Your Own Worst Enemy
Girls in Their Summer Clothes :)
Tunnel of Love
One Step Up
Old Dan Tucker
Long Walk Home
The Promised Land
My Beautiful Reward
That all fits onto one 80 minute disc largely taken from Darkness on The Edge-Magic also Lucky Town, The Rising, The River, Tunnel of Love and Seeger Sessions. Impossible to stay current on Bruce's career unless you are all in devoted and his releases after Born to Run have been spotty for me. But now that he has so many discs out you can pull gems off of everything and make yourself a really nice disc. Bruce is still kicking out some great music. It might not be wall to wall on one album but the man keeps working and this Mp3 disc, Promise and the albums above square me with Bruce Springsteen and are a proud addition to my collection. Now we need the weather to just get a little nicer and spring to get here!