Hear an acoustic rendition of The Promised Land.
Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings will release Blinded By The Light: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally and on CD on 9 August. A double LP version will be available from 30 August with HMV and independent record shops offering an exclusive double LP white vinyl edition of the album.
Blinded By The Light: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack brings together twelve essential Bruce Springsteen performances ranging from greatest hits and fan favourites (‘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 debut live performance of ‘The River’ (from No Nukes ’79 – Madison Square Garden, NYC – 21 Sept 1979) and an unforgettable acoustic solo performance of ‘The Promised Land’ (Concert for Valor – The National Mall, Washington DC, 11 Nov 2014).
In addition to the Springsteen performances, Blinded By The Light: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack includes period tracks and dialogue from the film and premieres ‘For You My Love,’ a new song written for the film by soundtrack composer A.R. Rahman (‘Slumdog Millionaire’). Rahman has won six National Film Awards, two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, 15 Filmfare Awards and 17 Filmfare Awards South.
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, eOne’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 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.
“As a lifelong Bruce fan, I am delighted how this soundtrack takes you through the experience of watching my movie with Springsteen music complemented by the other tracks, including very personal tracks—from my dad’s favourite song to a British Bhangra anthem,” said writer-director-producer Chadha. “Growing up, Sarfraz and I could never have imagined a universe where all these songs would be on one soundtrack reflecting our lives.”
Chadha directed Blinded by the Light from a screenplay by Manzoor, Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges. Chadha, Jane Barclay and Jamal Daniel produced the film, with Tory Metzger, Renee Witt, Peter Touche, Stephen Spence, Hannah Leader, Tracy Nurse, and Berges serving as executive producers. Blinded by the Light is an eOne presentation in association with Levantine Films and Ingenious Media and opens in UK cinemas on 9 August.
A breakout hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Blinded by the Light has been hailed by critics as “a big, bright and brilliant British summer hit” 5/5 (BBC) “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).
Blinded By The Light: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Track Listing:
‘Ode To Javed/Javed’s Poem’ – A.R. Rahman
‘It’s a Sin’ – Pet Shop Boys
‘The Sun Always Shines On T.V’. – a-ha
“The Boss Of Us All” (dialogue)
‘Dancing In The Dark’ – Bruce Springsteen
“You Should Be Listening To Our Music” (dialogue)
“I Never Knew Music Could Be Like This” (dialogue)
‘The River’ – Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (Live at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY – September 21, 1979) (previously unavailable on an album)
“Number One Paki Film” (dialogue)
‘Badlands’ – Bruce Springsteen
‘Cover Me’ – Bruce Springsteen
‘Thunder Road’ – Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (Live at The Roxy Theater, West Hollywood, CA – October 18, 1975)
‘Get Outta My Way Fascist Pigs’ – Amer Chadha-Patel
“Do It For Me” (dialogue)
‘Prove It All Night’ – Bruce Springsteen
‘Hungry Heart’ – Bruce Springsteen
“You, Me…and Bruce” (dialogue)
‘Because The Night’ – Bruce Springsteen
‘Maar Chadapa’ – Heera
‘The Promised Land’ – Bruce Springsteen (Live on The National Mall, Washington, D.C. – November 11, 2014)
‘Blinded By The Light’ – Bruce Springsteen
‘Born To Run’ – Bruce Springsteen
‘I’ll Stand By You’ – Bruce Springsteen (previously unreleased studio recording)
‘For You My Love’ – A.R. Rahman (new original song for film)