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Dion – Blues With Friends (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Dion – Blues With Friends (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:00:44 minutes | 399 MB | Genre: Blues
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © KTBA Records

Bruce Springsteen perfectly summed up the Dion DiMucci case: the bond between Frank Sinatra and rock’n’roll. From the 50s and 60s with The Belmonts, real doo-wop Rolls, to his solo career, the Bronx singer has always been inseparable from New York, as recalled by his 2016 album, The Well-named New York Is my Home. So the Big Apple, but also the blues, a genre that he often approached in a very personal way. This blues is at the heart of Blues With Friends whose title is also well marked. And what friends ! The fair Boss and his wife Patti Scialfa but also Jeff Beck, Paul Simon, Billy Gibbons, Brian Setzer, Van Morrison, Joe Louis Walker, Joe Bonamassa, John Hammond, Sonny Landreth, Rory Block, Stevie Van Zandt… Difficult to line up a more impressive hunting board. Proof especially of the aura of Dion, still intact 80 years ago… “I wanted an album of strong and memorable songs and telling stories that were worth telling. Blues has been at the heart of my music since the early ‘ 60s. The Wanderer was a 12-measure blues and I was already picking up Willie Dixon and Jimmy Reed in my Columbia debut, much to the dismay of my bosses. “Despite the eclecticism of the guest cast, Dion remains himself throughout this cuvée 2020, published by keeping the Blues Alive Records, Bonamassa’s label, and it is rather his sidemen who bow to his vision. The years have slightly chiseled his magic voice that now sticks even better to the idiom blues, a genre to be handled with precision as Bob Dylan so well writes in the cover notes of the record. A blues never disconnected from everyday life, like Song For Sam Cooke( Here in America), a powerful duo with Paul Simon on segregation in the southern United States in the early 60s and that resonates powerfully as America ignites at the time of the release of this elegant Blues with Friends – Marc Zisman

Notes for Blues with friends by Bob Dylan: with a vaudevillian father and doo-wop street corners of the Bronx as teachers, Dion learned early on that the way to be heard and reach hearts was to sing in his own rhythmic voice. And when you have a voice as deep and wide as Dion’s, that voice can take you all over the world, and then all the way back to the blues. You have to be careful with the blues. They are strong with lust and you can overpay for them, but they cite the law. It is a pity that more people do not follow this law. Guy Mitchell sang that he no longer felt like singing the blues and we know what he meant. It’s an honor in the name of Honor. Dion can sing and he knows exactly how to make these songs, these blues songs. He has friends here, to help him, some luminaries. But in the end it’s Dion alone, and his masterful voice that will make you come back to share these blues songs with him. – Bob Dylan


1. Dion – Blues Comin’ On (feat. Joe Bonamassa)
2. Dion – Kickin’ Child (feat. Joe Menza)
3. Dion – Uptown Number 7 (feat. Brian Setzer)
4. Dion – Can’t Start Over Again (feat. Jeff Beck)
5. Dion – My Baby Loves To Boogie (feat. John Hammond)
6. Dion – I Got Nothin’ (feat. Van Morrison & Joe Louis Walker)
7. Dion – Stumbling Blues (feat. Jerry Vivino)
8. Dion – Bam Bang Boom (feat. Billy Gibbons)
9. Dion – I Got The Cure (feat. Sonny Landreth)
10. Dion – Song For Sam Cooke (Here In America) (feat. Paul Simon)
11. Dion – What If I Told You (feat. Samantha Fish)
12. Dion – Told You Once In August (feat. John Hammond)
13. Dion – Way Down (I Won’t Cry No More) (feat. Stevie Van Zandt)
14. Dion – Hymn To Him (feat. Bruce Springsteen & Patti Scialfa)


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