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Monday, November 26, 2012

GLA Records artist: Gary U.S. Bonds - Christmas Is On - New Release Review

I just received a copy of the new release, Christmas Is On, by Gary U.S. Bonds. Bonds wastes no time whatsoever getting the party started with a Chuck Berry like track called Christmas Is On. Second up is Santa Claus is Coming To Town done swing rock style with juicy sax work by Joey Stann. It's Christmas In Nu Awlins has the real flavor of Bourbon Street with strong sense of rhythm and tight little guitar riffs. We Wish You A Merry Christmas, an original track by Bonds, has a a strong R&B sound and again strong sax work by Stann. Christmas Is A Phone Call Away again has a strong New Orleans sound and solid sax work reminiscent of Boots Randolph. Classic White Christmas gets a 50's take with wife Laurie Anderson and daughter Laurie C. Anderson on lead vocals. Santa Bring My Baby Home To Me gets the full boat reggae treatment and keeping with the light party flavor. Why Don't You Spend Christmas With Me is a straight up rock and roll track with some hot guitar riffs from songwriter Mark Leimbach. 'Tis The Season To Be Loving You, written by bandmate and guitar player Paul Zunno, is a relatively clean rock track which has the musical sophistication of a non seasonal song but of course with seasonal lyrics. baby, Baby It's Christmas, another Zunno composition is another sophisticated track with a nice melody. This is overall a very cool Christmas package. If you're looking for a new cd to listen to for the season or just need to add some variety to your existing stash, I think you'll find this a great addition.

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The following track is not from the cd but a sample of Bonds on seasonal work. 

  

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