So sir Paul of the family Gilbert has gloriously returned to bring a touch of seasonal joy to 2021, in the form of an assault on the senses via his mucho sexy Ibanez, his as always quirky sense of humour and the most magnificent guitar playing made effortless by the great man himself.
Kicking off with Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! You’d think you’re going to be in for your traditional run of the mill seasonal affair, but think again. Somewhere in there was an homage to the tune In between blistering licks and arpeggios to melt the mind, whereas Frosty The Snowman is kind of more traditional? If Chorus pedals and Phaser’s are considered traditional?
Gilbert formed a band of Portland, Oregon’s finest jazz and blues musicians for these sessions. The players are Dan Balmer (guitar), Clay Giberson (keyboards), Timmer Blakely (bass), and Jimi Bott (drums). He reflects, “All brought supreme musical goodness to these arrangements and performances. They certainly steered me to make wiser musical choices than I would have made on my own. And as you will hear, my metal guitar instincts still breathe fire when they get the chance.” The album was recorded in Jimi Bott’s studio, who also engineered and mixed the recordings. The approach was to record two songs every day, for six days, delivering the collected body of work. Gilbert shares, “All songs were recorded live, although I think Jimi snuck some cowbell overdubs in. If anything should be added to a live track, I believe cowbell is the right choice.”
All the classic’s are here for you to warble along to in your head whilst Gilbert takes the somewhere completely different as only he can do, but they’re always recognisable and you’ll have that warm family fuelled love in your heart that only Christmas can bring but once a year. Whilst most of the tracks are classic’s Paul has tossed in a few originals to appease the those who are craving some fresh Gilbert magic, as Paul says himself you can’t but feel good when surrounded by the magic of Christmas, those classic tunes and a lifetime of memories they stir.
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse, just Paul Gilbert wailing on his half-stack at 1:30 in the morning pissing off all the neighbours!
You go Paul, you fucking go!
Merry Christmas one and all.
TWAS Will Be Released on CD and Digitally on 26 November