Gary U.S. Bonds - Back In 20 (CD)
This was Gary's first studio album in 20 years. Back In 20 features special guest appearances from such friends as Bruce Springsteen, who helped re-launch Gary¹s career in the 1980s by writing and producing such hits for him as "This Little Girl Is Mine," "Out of Work" and "Daddy's Come Home," as well as Southside Johnny, Dickey Betts and Phoebe Snow. Back In 20 continues Gary's legacy as one of the premier "party singers" of all time, but also adds a definite element of the blues, which has been a main ingredient in his repertoire for many years. The album was recorded primarily in Gary's New York home studio and includes his regular touring band, The Roadhouse Rockers, on all tracks. Bruce Springsteen plays guitar and adds backing vocals on "Can't Teach an Old Dog New Tricks," which also showcases Southside Johnny on harmonica. Johnny also sings co-lead vocal and plays harp on the blues classic, "Fannie Mae" and adds his harp to the song "Take Me Back." Legendary former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts lends his talents to two tracks: "She Just Wants to Dance" and "Bitch/Dumb Ass," which also features a blistering duet by Bonds and Phoebe Snow. Other cover tunes on the new CD include Otis Redding's "I've Got Dreams to Remember," Keb Mo's "She Just Wants to Dance" and "Every Time I Roll the Dice," a song that's been previously recorded by Delbert McClinton.
On Back in 20, the quintessential bar-band rocker still sounds thoroughly comfortable with his role as roadhouse master-of-ceremonies. - Amazon