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Gary U.S. Bonds
"On The Line"

© Razor & Tie Records
Year of Release: 1982

track listing
  • Hold On
    (To What You Got)
  • Out Of Work
  • Club Soul City
  • Soul Deep
  • Love's On The Line
  • Turn The Music Down
  • Rendezvous
  • Angelyne
  • All I Need
  • Bring Her Back
  • Last Time

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    "On The Line"

    Gary U.S. Bonds was popular in the late 1950s-early 1960s, with one #1 hit "Quarter To Three" and other hits such as "School Is Out." In 1981, Bruce Springsteen brought back Bonds' career, helping him out with his 1981 release Dedication. His next album was released the following year, and also has Springsteen written tunes. Excluding 4 songs, Springsteen wrote/co-wrote all of the songs remaining on On The Line. The biggest hit from this release was the Springsteen-penned "Out Of Work." Also, "Bring Her Back" received some heavy radio airplay.

    "Hold On (To What You Got)" is easily heard as a Bruce Springsteen tune, as you could hear the E Street Band and Bonds' vocals in the traditional hard-style that Bruce is famous for. Even on the ballad "Club Soul City" you can easily hear the Springsteen influence.

    The soul classic "Soul Deep" is a great cover tune by Bonds, and again, the Springsteen influence is there. "Love's On The Line" also inspires Bruce, yet it may not be one of the most favorite songs from this release. However, "Turn The Music Down" has a more Wayne Cochran vocal style. "Rendezvous" is another good Bruce-insipred song, and "Angelyne" definitely has Bonds singing just like Bruce.

    "All I Need" distinguishes Bonds in his own form -- a very soulful ballad. The closing song "Last Time" is a pleasant tune; a nice way to end out the album.

    The Springsteen-penned rockers are the highlights on this album. It's very easy to hear Springsteen himself singing these songs, and Bonds vocals easily fits the Springsteen mode. It's great for the popular rockers of today, resurfacing a former artist's career. It introduces Bonds to many new generations, and to the fans who knew him in the 1960s. Bonds shines on this release, and for any Springsteen fan, this album will definitely be enjoyed.

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