Pat Dinizio/Buddy Hollyby Pat DiNizio
After cutting two albums of Beatles tunes with his band the Smithereens and a solo album of pop standards in 2006, Pat DiNizio seems to have taken an extended holiday from songwriting, a notion reinforced by his latest project, in which he interprets 11 songs from the Buddy Holly songbook. Given the bright, youthful sound of Holly's classic recordings and the dark, dour tone of DiNizio's voice, this would seem to be an odd match of artist and songwriter on the surface, but DiNizio has opened up an unexpected side of the songs on Pat DiNizio/Buddy Holly that's strikingly effective. Most of these songs have been recorded with DiNizio's voice and guitar accompanied by a string quartet, and the concise, dramatic tone of the arrangements lends them a mature tone that dovetails remarkably well with Holly's lyrics and melodies. DiNizio's covers bring a greater gravity to "Well, All Right," "Learning the Game," and "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" than most previous versions, but the songs can clearly handle the weight, and DiNizio's deep, resonant voice makes the songs sound like the classic standards they truly are. Another noted Holly fan, Bobby Vee, adds harmonies to "Listen to Me," and DiNizio closes out this disc with a rousing doo wop take on "That'll Be the Day," but much of Pat DiNizio/Buddy Holly suggests how Holly might possibly have tackled these songs if he'd lived long enough to still perform them at age 55 or 60 -- they're as beautiful as ever, but with a few more decades of life lessons burnishing the lyrics.
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- Koch Records
Performance CreditsPat DiNizio Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Bobby Vee Vocals,Harmony
Kristin Pinell Guitar
Kurt Reil Guitar,Harmonica,Drums,Vocals,6-string bass
John DiPuccio Violin
Laszlo Papp Violin
Barbara Corcillo Cello
Frank Iovino Bass (Vocal),Vocals
Katrenna Johnson Viola
Dino Pionegro Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Spanky Pionegro Tenor (Vocal)
Encore Chamber String Quartet Strings
Tony Alexaner Vocals,Baritone (Vocal)
"Beatle Tommy" Frangione Guitar
Spanky Pionegro Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Technical CreditsBuddy Holly Composer
Bobby Vee Liner Notes
Charles Calello Arranger,String Arrangements,String Writing
Kurt Reil Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Paul Grosso Art Direction
Zach Ziskin Vocal Recording
Bill Griggs Liner Notes
Michael Halsband Portrait Photography
Alice Butts Art Direction
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I dare you! I dare you NOT to be moved by Pat's take on True Love Ways. This alone is worth the price of the album. If the rest of the album weren't new, stunning takes on the Buddy Holly catalog, Pat's vocal on True Love Ways alone accompanied by the string quartet would be worth hitting the "Buy Now" button. It is a real heart-breaker if you have ever experienced that emotion to any degree. If you have someone you love, grab them and have a nice slow dance with them. Pat's version of True Love Ways can evoke BOTH emotions, deep love and real heart-break. I don't know how he does it. The Man is a Master!
The rest of the album? Geez, anyone who can summon up the legendary Bobby Vee and Charlie Calello to help out with the vocals and strings must have a little black book that has to be the envy of musicians everywhere. You've heard these songs over and over, year after year. Not like the way they are done here. Oh no sir! Pat Dinizio understands these songs, lives them and breathes them. The life that he gives these songs is as if they are being heard for the first time. When you can take these songs and make them sound as if they are brand new, you know they are in the hands of a man who loves them as if they were his own family.
These songs are Pat's heart. They are his life. They are his soul. These are the songs that inspired him and challenged his own songwriting with The Smithereens. We all know the hits that resulted from that challenge.
Do yourself a favor and get Pat Dinizio/Buddy Holly. For Valentine's Day. For all year round. For yourself. For another.
For your soul.