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Sound Bytes - Have A Rockin' Merry Christmasdotdotdot
artworkSound Bytes Christmas CD features 6 light rock instros among 12 very professional California Sound vocals (Beach Boys style). This is quite a nice CD, especially when you consider it's a home project employing drum machines. It would easily serve as a very pleasant backdrop for a holiday gathering.
Picks: Sleigh Ride, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Deck The Halls, Jingle Bells, Here Comes Santa Claus, Little Drummer Boy

Track by Track Review

Sleigh Ride dotdotdot
Easy Rock (Instrumental)

With rhythm borrowed from the Ventures, the Sound Bytes play a smooth and pleasant instro cover of this traditional Christmas song. There are some very nice guitar licks here. Simply nice holiday music.

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer dotdotdot
Easy Rock (Instrumental)

Echoed guitar and a swimming kind of basic rock sound. with very smooth guitar work. The fifties piano is a nice touch.

Deck The Halls dotdotdot
Easy Rock (Instrumental)

The rhythm track from "Be My Baby" backs up "Deck The Halls" for a fun and emotional, yet light hearted arrangement. The percussion is interesting, as are the bells.

Jingle Bells dotdotdot
Easy Country Rock (Instrumental)

"Jingle Bells" finds frolicking fun in a country setting, where Santa brings gingham instead of denim. Bouncy and delightful.

Here Comes Santa Claus dotdotdot
Easy Rock (Instrumental)

A smooth guitar, bells, a rock beat, and a lot of warmth reside in this very pleasant version of "Here Comes Santa Claus." The arrangement is simple and pleasing.

Little Drummer Boy dotdotdot
Easy Rock (Instrumental)

Rick vibrato guitar plays the melody in a sort of Duane Eddy in a solemn mood kind of way. Very pretty, a little sad, though quite enjoyable. Perhaps the nicest track here.