Bronx in Blue

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Dion DiMucci, the rock 'n' roll legend known to the world simply as Dion, earned a place in the pop music pantheon with early groundbreaking doo-wop hits such as "Teenager in Love" and "The Wanderer," as well as the later protest ballad, "Abraham, Martin, and John." But the music that arouses this great singer's deepest primal affection belongs to neither of the aforementioned categories -- he's is a dyed-in-the-wool blues man. Singing the music of Robert Johnson, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed, and other classic blues figures, Dion does the tradition up in his own way, giving us his version of "the Bronx blues," a gritty urban interpretation that speaks of his ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Dion DiMucci, the rock 'n' roll legend known to the world simply as Dion, earned a place in the pop music pantheon with early groundbreaking doo-wop hits such as "Teenager in Love" and "The Wanderer," as well as the later protest ballad, "Abraham, Martin, and John." But the music that arouses this great singer's deepest primal affection belongs to neither of the aforementioned categories -- he's is a dyed-in-the-wool blues man. Singing the music of Robert Johnson, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed, and other classic blues figures, Dion does the tradition up in his own way, giving us his version of "the Bronx blues," a gritty urban interpretation that speaks of his rough-and-tumble New York background. Sticking to a basically canonical selection of blues tunes including "Baby What You Want Me to Do," "Statesboro Blues," "Who Do You Love," and "Crossroads," plus the occasional country classic (Hank Williams's "Honky Tonk Blues"), Dion brings to each the soulful intensity of his seasoned vocals. Accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, assisted only by a smattering of percussion, he brings it all back home again, reveling in the expressive sounds that first drew him to music decades ago. Nearly a half century into his career, Dion has made his most personal and affecting album.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Since his doo wop beginnings in the 1950s, Dion has tried a number of different musical styles, including the rock & roll of his early-'60s solo work and his late-'60s folk-pop phase. He also played the blues, if less prominently see for example the belatedly released Bronx Blues album, and he again tries the style here in what he bills as a return to his roots, to music he listened to on long-distance radio stations in his youth. Accompanying himself on one or more guitar tracks, and joined by a percussionist, he runs through a selection of blues standards that leans heavily on Robert Johnson, but also includes songs by Chicago blues stalwarts like Howlin' Wolf and even that country bluesman Hank Williams. Dion is an excellent guitarist, and his voice is in good shape. His approach is not exactly traditional; he throws in his own words to several songs, going on about the benefits of green tea in Lightnin' Hopkins' "You Better Watch Yourself," for example, and includes two originals, "I Let My Baby Do That" and "If You Wanna Rock & Roll." At the same time, the spare instrumentation gives the performances an authentic feel, and Bob Schnieders has been hired to write extensive liner notes detailing the sources of the songs, as if the album were an academic exercise. Dion isn't going to make anybody forget Blind Willie McTell or Jimmy Reed on this album, but his renditions are effectively and sincerely performed.
Entertainment Weekly - David Browne
Jack White will be lucky to sound this good at 66. (A-)

Jack White will be lucky to sound this good at 66. (A-)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/21/2006
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • UPC: 793018296021
  • Catalog Number: 82960
  • Sales rank: 48,325

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dion Primary Artist
Dion DiMucci Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Dion DiMucci Lyricist, Producer
Bob Schnieders Liner Notes
Richard Gottehrer Executive Producer
Greg Scholl Executive Producer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Greg Gorman Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Unexpectedly Exceptional Blues Album

    Who knew that Dion still had it in him? 40 years after cutting such classic rock and roll songs as "Ruby Baby" and "Donna the Prima Donna", Dion puts out an stripped down album of old blues songs and it sounds great!!!! Whether you're a blues afficiando or new to the genre, I recommend this CD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    From the Bronx to Biloxi

    Dion states that for him, rock and roll is the blues. From the stoops of New York City to the wooden porch steps of the South. In the hallways searching for an echo, to a church inspired by a choir, the seperate links make up the chain that Dion sings about.Dion is the one voice heard on Bronx in Blue, but those that have passed on to the sacred hall of blues are present. Dion you have come full circle. Thanks for the opportunity of taking us along.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Blues CD.

    This was a "great" album! Hopefully, Dion will do more music of this type. What took so long? I'm a big fan now. I'll look forward to more CD's of this quality. Every song on the album was excellent. I'm so glad that I heard some of this CD on NPR and bought this album.

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    Posted July 22, 2010

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