Recorded in my hometown of Long Island in '75, and finding its way to the b-side of The Boss' "My Hometown" single in '85, this perennial holiday war-horse [ http://bit.ly/2B8uYhN ] gets the Phil Spector by way of the E Street Band arrangement make-over, which actually makes the song tolerable!
Replete with spoken word shtick by Bruce and The Big Man, bassist extraordinaire Gary W. Tallent shows why he stands among rock's all-time finesse ensemble players - swinging in the pocket, with perfectly executed grace notes and harmonic extensions, and a round tone with enough edge to cut through the mix.
With Gary, Bruce crafted great records. Sans Tallent, Springsteen waxed average slabs. Ho! Ho! Ho!