It was eight years ago today (November 16th, 2010) that Bruce Springsteen released his third multi-disc archival collection, The Promise: The 'Darkness On The Edge Of Town' Story box set. The package featured the first remastered version of the Darkness album, along with two CD's of previously unreleased outtakes, an 80-page notebook, three DVD's -- featuring The Promise: The Making Of 'Darkness On The Edge Of Town' documentary; a private 2009 E Street Band performance of the Darkness album in its entirety; assorted footage of Springsteen in concert and rehearsal with the band from 1976, '77, and '78; and the full in-concert video feed of the December 8th, 1978 concert at Houston's The Summit.

Springsteen's manager and producer, Jon Landau, believes that The Promise represents the missing link between "The Boss'" 1975 Born To Run album and his 1978 release Darkness On The Edge Of Town. Landau told us that The Promise could very well have been Springsteen's fourth release in 1977 had he not been barred from recording due to legal hassles. He recalled how Springsteen pushed aside the songs which comprise The Promise because they felt too influenced by Phil Spector or other '60s rock genres: "But now, when you go back and listen to all that stuff, yes, it shows his influences -- but so what? It's all great. Y'know, I've been saying that this is the album that I think might have come between Born To Run and Darkness if he had he not been locked out of the studio for a couple of years." at Manhattan's Walter Kerr Theatre.

AUDIO: LATE NIGHT STEVEN VAN ZANDT WANTED TO CALL THE PROMSE A BUNCH OF LOST ARGUMENTS
AUDIO: LATE NIGHT BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN SAYS HE DIDN'T RELEASE THE SONGS ORIGINALLY BECAUSE THEY WERE INFLUENCED BY OLD STYLES
AUDIO: JON LANDAU ON SPRINGSTEEN'S INFLUENCES BEHIND 'THE PROMISE'