South Brunswick resident Jeff Beyer was first in line to buy Springsteen’s reissued Darkness on the Edge of Town record at the stroke of midnight today. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)
By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
Nineteen seventy-eight wasn’t merely a big year for Bruce Springsteen, who, at the time, had just released the follow-up to 1975’s “Born To Run,” the record that catapulted him from mediocre recording artist to “the future of rock ‘n’ roll.”
With the release of “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” Springsteen captured the hearts of a new fanbase that has stuck with him ever since the same people who chowed down free pizza and coffee at Jack’s Music Shoppe Monday night in anticipation of the dual releases of the Springsteen treasure trove, a remastered and expanded version of “Darkness” and documentary of that era, “The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town.”
Broad Street’s last surviving disc dealer commemorated the 30th anniversary release with a special screening of the doc, hosted a Bruce cover band, The E-Street Shuffle, and when the calendar turned to Tuesday, opened the register and started handing the coveted Boss artifacts over the counter.
“The album is almost like a homecoming,” said Harv Cohen, who drove from Philadelphia to get the reissue.”It’s pretty nostalgic.”