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Dion's Brilliant Night at the Museum,
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This review is from: Tank Full Of Blues (Audio CD)
The last time that I remember thinking about Dion, I must have been wandering the halls of a long forgotten natural history museum watching Wolfman Jack, The Big Bopper and Dion take down a Teradactyl in a dusty diorama that not many had passed for a half century.
Considering that the peak of his career in the late 50s/early 60s predates 8-track by a decade, it is still difficult to shake off the dimly lit nostalgia and give him appropriate credit, not only as a pioneer but for making incredible music well into this century. As a sincere act of penance, Dion's recently released Tank Full of Blues has not left my CD player for a week.
By no means do I consider myself a blues aficionado (never could really connect with the whole Lightnin' Hopkins, Big Bill Broonzy, southern mythology of it all.) But, I can still respect and applaud meticulous and nuanced guitar work especially, when it's raptured by a voice that rings with the soulfulness of an artist that still has important things left to say.
Catalyzed by state-of-the-art production work, Tank Full of Blues is a flat-out great record that just grows with each listen, surrounding you with an unrelenting groove and sizzling atmospherics that are not derailed by a single bad track. Listening to the gospel of Dion, there is absolute truth in the fact that without bad relationships, "blue" would just be another color.
So, as I leave my baggage at the door the only reasonable conclusion I can come to is... no matter what era you call home, Dion's latest is going to be among your most inspired music purchases of 2012.
Sorry, not available on 8-track.