Dedication/On the Line

Dedication/On the Line

by Gary "U.S." BondsGary "U.S." Bonds


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Gary "U.S." Bonds had been lurking on the fringes of the oldies circuit for the better part of twenty years when Bruce Springsteen gave the guy a well-earned break and co-produced 1981's Dedication, which doubtless represented a bit of payback after Springsteen had been playing Bonds' 1961 hit "Quarter to Three" on-stage for close to a decade. Anyone who thought of this an act of charity on Springsteen's part got a pleasant surprise after listening to the album; the years had turned Bonds into a mature and forceful soul shouter, and he was more than capable of making something of the material given to him. Springsteen's presence is audible on "Jolé Blon No. 2" and the title cut, but Bonds sounds equally impressive (if not more so) when he gets the stage all to himself on "This Little Girl," "Way Back When" and a cover of the Beatles' "It's Only Love," while Steven Van Zandt's "Daddy's Come Home" is a soul maven's masterstroke. Dedication leads off this two-fer reissue disc from American Beat Records, and while Bonds' 1982 follow-up On the Line didn't sell nearly as well, played back to back it becomes evident that On the Line is actually the stronger album. Unlike Dedication, On the Line had the same production team for all 11 tunes (Springsteen and Van Zandt), and Springsteen wrote the lion's share of the album, giving it a more consistent tone and voice. And Bonds is in even better form here than on Dedication; he sounds as if he's out to prove that the strength of his comeback album was no fluke, and on tunes like "Out of Work," "Love's on the Line" and "Club Soul City" (which features a vocal cameo from Chuck Jackson), he delivers some of the finest work of his career. Unfortunately, On the Line loses its final track, "Last Time," in order to fit these two LPs onto one disc, but otherwise this is an excellent collection of music from a man who deserves better than to be remembered as a novelty act or some superstar's pet project.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/10/2009
Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC: 5017261208521
catalogNumber: 852

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gary "U.S." Bonds   Primary Artist,Vocals
Chuck Jackson   Background Vocals
Ben E. King   Vocals
Bruce Springsteen   Guitar,Background Vocals,Track Performer,Soloist
Ellie Greenwich   Background Vocals
Clarence Clemons   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Background Vocals,Soloist
Carol Williams   Background Vocals
Roy Bittan   Drums,Keyboards
J.T. Bowen   Background Vocals
John Clemente   Bass
Rusty Cloud   Keyboards,Background Vocals,Soloist
Luis Conte   Guitar
Bill Derby   Guitar,Background Vocals,Soloist
Danny Federici   Accordion,Keyboards,Soloist
Rick Gazda   Trumpet
Ula Hedwig   Background Vocals
Brenda Hilliard   Background Vocals,Soloist
Bamba   Trombone
Joe Martin   Background Vocals
Mike Micara   Drums
Rob Parissi   Guitar
George Ruiz   Bass,Background Vocals
Joey Stann   Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Background Vocals,Soloist
Carole Sylvan   Background Vocals
Garry Tallent   Bass
Max Weinberg   Drums
Miami Steve   Background Vocals
Mikie Harris   Background Vocals
Carol Y. Williams   Background Vocals
Chuch Jackson   Vocals
Rusy Cloud   Keyboards
Bamba   Trombone
Ed Manion   Tenor Saxophone
Mike Spengler   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Moon Mullican   Composer
Gary "U.S." Bonds   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Jackson Browne   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Bruce Springsteen   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Larry Alexander   Engineer
Tony Bongiovi   Engineer
Bob Clearmountain   Engineer
Luis Conte   Composer
Neil Dorfsman   Engineer
Lanny Lambert   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Rob Parissi   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Chuck Plotkin   Sound Effects
Bill Scheniman   Engineer
Garry Tallent   Producer,Engineer
Steven Van Zandt   Composer
Miami Steve   Audio Production
Randy Mason   Engineer
John Tobler   Liner Notes
Mark Weiss   Sleeve Photo
Alen MacWeeney   Cover Photo
Bill Burks   Art Direction
Jimmy Wachtel   Original Design Concept,Original Photography
Amy Nagasawa   Original Design Concept
Wayne Carson Thompson   Composer
L. Anderson   Composer

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