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.
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Bronx in Blue based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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!
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.
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.