Dion - Son Of Skip James (bonus tracks version)

Published Thursday 27th March 2008
Dion - Son Of Skip James (bonus tracks version)
Dion - Son Of Skip James (bonus tracks version)

STYLE: Blues
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: Verve SPV42322
RELEASE DATE: 2007-11-12

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

These days record companies are so keen to pull in a sale that they will release albums in a variety of versions, special editions, etc. Paul Poulton has already waxed lyrical about the Bronx bluesman's fine versions of Chuck Berry's "Nadine", Muddy Waters' "Hoochie Coochie Man" et al but he's subsequently discovered that there is a new version of this great album with two bonus tracks. As Dion's versions of Muddy's "I Just Want To Make Love To You" and Elmore James' "Dust My Broom" are great too (with the former featuring a delicious acoustic groove), it's the bonus tracks version that you will need to search out. Record companies, eh?

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Reader Comments

Posted by wolfgang elste in germany @ 08:25 on Mar 28 2008

This is a cd that shows how good real blues music by legendary musicians like Robert Johnson and Skip James is. It can lift you up from deep pain and give you hope ....or as Dion writes in the liner notes: "..Get it all out so it doesn't get twisted up inside (a bit of salvation) It feels so good to sing about something that hurts so bad.." This cd is a masterpiece. Dion has also included two selfpenned bluessongs about his christian faith and his catholic church background. After his gospelrecords in the eighties he hasn't recorded so many songs about his believe but another interesting example is his version of Robin Mark's 'Come heal this land" on the cd' New masters' (2003). That the seventy years old Dion is recording so amazing albums like the last two Cds 'Son of Skip James' and 'Bronx in Blue' reminds me a little bit of the American Recordings by Johnny Cash.

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