Sought-After Bruce Springsteen Studio Rarity Officially Released in “Blinded by the Light” Film and Soundtrack
New Line Cinema’s Critically Acclaimed Sundance Hit “Blinded by the Light,” Directed by Gurinder Chadha, Now Showing Nationwide
Today, Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, released a special music video (combining song lyrics and clips from “Blinded by the Light”) for Bruce Springsteen’s “I’ll Stand By You.”
“I’ll Stand By You” has developed mythic status among Springsteen fans and collectors since the first rumors of its existence. According to Springsteen in a 2016 interview with BBC2, “I’ll Stand By You” is “a song that I wrote for my eldest son, it was a big ballad that was very uncharacteristic of something I’d sing myself. But it was something that I thought would have fit lovely.” Turns out, “Blinded by the Light” is the perfect movie fit for “I’ll Stand By You.”
Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, released Blinded By The Light: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (digital and CD configurations) on Friday, August 9.
Blinded By The Light: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is available now: https://BlindedByTheLight.lnk.to/Soundtrack
Blinded By The Light: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack brings together 12 essential Bruce Springsteen performances ranging from greatest hits and fan favorites (“Born To Run,” “Dancing In The Dark,” “Hungry Heart,” “Because The Night”) to previously unreleased tracks, including the long-sought-after studio recording of “I’ll Stand By You.” Also, for the first time on album, Blinded By The Light: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack presents two live rarities: the first concert performance of “The River” (from No Nukes ’79 – Madison Square Garden, NYC – September 21, 1979) and an unforgettable acoustic solo performance of “The Promised Land” (Concert for Valor – The National Mall, Washington DC, November 11, 2014).
Inspired by a true story (Sarfraz Manzoor’s Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock N’ Roll) and the words and music of Bruce Springsteen, New Line Cinema’s “Blinded by the Light” is the new coming-of-age film directed by Gurinder Chadha (“Bend It Like Beckham”). The film follows Javed (Viveik Kalra), a British teen of Pakistani descent, growing up in Luton, England in 1987. Javed’s turbulent life amidst the racial and economic turmoil of the times is transformed when he is introduced to the music of Bruce Springsteen.
A breakout smash at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, “Blinded by the Light” has been hailed by critics as “a delirious and romantic rock ‘n’ roll parable…[an] incandescent ode to the life force of pop music” (Variety) and “pure, ingenuous joy” (Entertainment Weekly). Collider called it, “One of the year’s best films” while the New York Post said, “Guaranteed to make you feel better than any other film this year.” Indiewire said “Glorious” while The Wrap observed it was “Damn near irresistible.”
2LP 12″ vinyl configurations of Blinded By The Light: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be available Friday, August 30 with Barnes & Noble offering an exclusive 2LP 12″ orange vinyl edition of the album.