Rob Brunner
January 26, 2009 AT 12:00 PM EST

If I had to pick a favorite Bruce Springsteen album, it just might be 1978’s Darkness on the Edge of Town. The follow-up to Born To Run, it has a lean, muscular sound that’s totally different from his previous album’s over-the-top arrangements. It also has a bunch of his best songs, including “Racing in the Street,” “The Promised Land,” and the title track. So it’s incredibly exciting to hear that a big reissue project is in the works. Darkness will finally get a badly needed sonic upgrade, its first remastering since it originally came out on CD. Even better is the potential for bonus materials. Bruce’s 1978 tour is legendary, considered by many to be his absolute peak as a live performer. Shows from that run have been widely bootlegged, but the prospect of a high-quality official release for some of that material is definitely drool-worthy. (A clip of “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” from a 1978 show in Passaic, New Jersey, after the jump.)

Of course, Darkness is hardly Bruce’s only amazing album. If you absolutely had to choose just one, what would be your favorite?

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