1. Can't Teach An Old Dog New Tricks 2. Murder In The First Degree
3. Take Me Back 4. She Just Wants To Dance 5. Fannie Mae 6. Bitch/Dumb Ass
7. I've Got Dreams To Remember 8. Nothing But Blue 9. She Chose To Be My Lady
10. Too Much, Too Little, Too Late 11. Every Time I Roll The Dice 12. Don't Do It Here
Label: M.C. Records / Release Date: June 1, 2004
It's always a thing to behold when the worlds' greatest rock and roll band roll into The Garden. It's as if the venue and The Stones were made for each other. It could be a 14-degree December night outside, but when Mick and the lads are center stage it's as hot as a muggy night in Gainesville. And so there they were mid-concert and Jagger slurs, "Ai'd like to change me trousers, bit moist from all the runnin' about, not noice, is it? So Ai'd like to bring out a good friend of ours to do a number, Gary U.S. Bonds!"
Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts kick it off and, as Mick dances away stage left, Gary walks tall toward the mike passing Keith who smiles that smile, and strums his guitar simultaneously. With a funky Bayou beat boiling, Gary nods to the grinning Woody and sings, "She got a roof that don't leak&&." and wham, bam, they are off!! It's Gary and The Stones, a match made in the Memphis section of heaven.
"Every Time I Roll The Dice," a funky delta groove, drips over the 20,000 standing, dancing fans. Bonds, Bobby Keys and the horn section, the back up singers and The Stones kick this "nasty round the edges" blues rocker through the round roof. It's a twenty-first century version of "Honky Tonk Woman" meets "Let It Bleed" interpreted by a cat who was innovating before the Stones were a band all those years ago. Then before the purists in the crowd can remember just which Stones album this gem comes from it's over and the crowd roars their delight and approval. Moved by they're overwhelming response Bonds pounds his hand on his chest and nods toward the balcony. Then the smiling Richards and Wood surround and hug him. Wearing fresh trousers Jagger returns to center stage to say, "Gary US Bonds." The crowd roars again, Gary bows, waves his right arm in the air, runs over for a quick hand shake with Charlie Watts and is off stage as The Stones kick into "It' Only Rock And Roll."
In fact when you get to track 7, "I've Got Dreams To Remember" bring a lunch because before you move onto the next cut you're gonna wanna hear this one at least a half-dozen times. Otis Redding wrote it and this is the kind of record Atlantic and Stax/Volt used to make in the 60's. It's a genre you don't hear much anymore called soul music. Gary squeezes every drop of emotion from it. The man's soul and pain sweats from every pore of his body with a performance on the level of Mr. Redding's "These Arms Of Mine," and "I've Been Loving You Too Long." This is a cut that I'm sure has Joe Tex looking' down, smiling. It's a performance so pure that Solomon Burke has to be wondering why it isn't on his CD. This is Percy Sledge, Al Green, Sam and Dave all rolled into one. You know what? That's not true. In fact, this is Gary US Bonds! If the CD just contained this song 12 times in a row it would be brilliant.
This is a wonderful blues/soul/rock and roll CD. It's a rarity, a gem that anyone interested in rock and roll has to hear many times.