Christmas Spirit

Christmas Spirit

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by Los Lonely Boys
     
 

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It has become patently obvious that San Angelo, Texas' Los Lonely Boys have arrived at their true mainstream place in the musical order when they can release a Christmas album on Sony. And what's not to like? Everything the brothers Garza play is infected with pure bluesy groove and roots rock verve. The ten songs here are Garza-izedSee more details below

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It has become patently obvious that San Angelo, Texas' Los Lonely Boys have arrived at their true mainstream place in the musical order when they can release a Christmas album on Sony. And what's not to like? Everything the brothers Garza play is infected with pure bluesy groove and roots rock verve. The ten songs here are Garza-ized takes on Christmas standards: "Jingle Bells," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Away in a Manger," "Feliz Navidad," "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "Carol of the Bells," and "Silent Night." The latter two are fine instrumentals. "Carol of the Bells,'" especially, is a deeply satisfying guitar and percussion workout that embraces not only hard rhumba drumming, but funk, Mexican folk music, and screaming blues-rock. Hopefully, their version of "Run Rudolph Run" will make Chuck Berry proud, with its rumbling upright piano and bassline, and Henry's guitar offering his best modern read of Berry's instrumental innovation on the I-IV-V progression. But the real highlights here are the two originals that open the set. "I've Longed for Christmas" is a bona fide new seasonal tune with its warmth, soulful wah-wah guitar, and laid-back drum kit shuffling around a slippery groove. The brothers sing unfettered joyful harmonies about giving, peace, love, and joy -- and the celebration of Christ's birth. "She'll Be My Everything for Christmas" is inspired by Fats Domino's New Orleans brand of rhythm & blues with loose strolls up and down the keyboard and his celebration of love between two people. The relaxed, back to basics approach works well. So if you're looking for something else to put in your holiday selection, Christmas Spirit is an excellent bet , not only to inspire cheer in yourself, but to delight your guests as well.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/14/2008
Label:
Epic
UPC:
0886973320426
catalogNumber:
733204

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Performance Credits

Los Lonely Boys   Primary Artist,Choir, Chorus
Manny Marroquin   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Guest Appearance
Michael Ramos   Piano,Hammond Organ,Guest Appearance,Hammond B3
Kevin Wommack   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Guest Appearance
Henry Garza   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Ray Ray   Vocals,Guest Appearance
JoJo Garza   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Rich del Castillo   Acoustic Guitar,Guest Appearance
Ringo Garza   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Rachael Ray   Choir, Chorus,Guest Appearance
Jared Dodd   Vocals,Guest Appearance
JoJo's Kids   Vocals,Children's Chorus,Guest Appearance
Pat Manske   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Guest Appearance
Russ Steele   Vocals,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

José Feliciano   Composer
Manny Marroquin   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Kevin Wommack   Management
Jim Franklin   Artwork
Josh Cheuse   Art Direction
Oscar Martinez   Cover Art
Carol Howell   Assistant Management
Henry Garza   Arranger,Composer
Los Lonely Boys   Producer,Audio Production
Ringo Garza   Arranger,Composer
Whitaker Elledge   Assistant Management
Curt Ganem   Drum Technician
Brian "Big Bass" Gardner   Mastering

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