Bruce Springsteen / Santa Claus is Coming to Town

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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 [ ] gets the Phil Spector by way of the E Street Band arrangement make-over, which actually makes the song tolerable!

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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!