I forgot to add this one, which at one point I was burnt out on, but after a several year respite I find I have a taste for again: Bruce Springsteen’s “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” recorded back in 1975 when Springsteen was still young and hungry and just coming into his own as a real rock star. I love the playful banter with the band and the audience, the ebulience of the performance, and the jazzed satisfaction in Springsteen’s voice that he finally had the attention of the world. That and Clarence’s jolly “ho ho ho’s.”
Bruce has just added the tune back into his live show:
- The group pulled out its yuletide favorite, whose arrangement is based on Phil Spector’s 1963 version of the song, to close its show Wednesday (December 4) in Pittsburgh. And if past practice is any indication, it will become a fixture in the rest of the group’s shows this month.
Oddly, the song has never been released on a Springsteen album.
- Springsteen and company next perform Sunday (December 8) in Charlotte, North Carolina, and are slated to wrap up this year’s dates on The Rising tour on December 17 in Indianapolis. [Launch]