Tank Full Of Blues
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2012 album from the legendary Pop/Rock singer, songwriter and musical chameleon. A street poet and singer of extraordinary versatility, range and resonance, Dion defined Rock 'n' Roll for a generation. He is an artist who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. Now Dion has returned to his deepest roots and influences to release his first Blues album with mostly original songs. His critically acclaimed 2007 Blues album Bronx In Blue was nominated for a Grammy. It is this latest album, however, that Dion considers the crown of his career. Tank Full Of Blues showcases his inexhaustible creativity and sheer exuberance, qualities that have made his music and his legend endure. Dion's never stopped making music, because people have never stopped listening. The man rocks, and he rocks on... with a tank full of blues in his heart.
''If you want to hear a great singer, listen to Dion. His voice takes its color from all palettes. He's never lost it, his genius has never deserted him.'' --Bob Dylan
''All hail Dion, the real link between Frank Sinatra and rock 'n' roll. He could've been in either the Rat Pack or the E Street Band if either had been lucky enough to have him.'' --Bruce Springsteen
''So while Dion has learned from the past, he doesn't live in it. At 72, he has written new songs for the play [''The Wanderer--The Life And Music of Dion'', coming soon]. He's even coming out with a new album ''Tank Full Of Blues,'' next month. ''I never felt more relevant,'' he said. ''I feel more relevant now than I did in my '20s....'' --New York Times, 12/9/11
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After 50+ years of making some of the best and most heartfelt music any artist of R&R's early days has created, TFOB is the man's crowning achievement! Apparently, Dion himself feels so also, and for a guy who has quietly and successfully crafted nearly every American music genre comfortably into his catalog,who are we to argue with him !
"Tank full" plays like an unpolished, yet sparkling gem from opening note to the close of the very personal "Bronx Poem". You'll hear a shout out to Robert Plant, a stunning homage to Robert Johnson, and a testament to Dion's appreciation of God.
Sure, the last might not be for everyone, but like Dion the man, it's REAL.Along the way you'll hear some of the most naturally sung and well played blues and blues rock ever recorded (and penned or co- written) by a veteran performer.And you'll play it over and over again, because it's that kind of a record!
Dion is secure enough to both headline a "Malt Shop Memories" cruise for his older (perhaps more set in their musical taste) fans, while still following his own musical passion and destiny. He gives his all TO all. Should the Bronx Bombers ever decide to add a musician to Monument Park, I nominate Dion DiMucci to be the one!
Everybody has a past. I grew up in a rural area. My teen years were spent singing every song Dion released. When we slept out in "the hut" -- a plywood shack we built in some woods next to Lou Ferrara's house -- I used to be the musical entertainment when we were sitting around BS'ing about nothing and everything. "Teenager in Love," "Lonely Teenager," "Runaround Sue," "The Wanderer," "Little Diane," "Lovers Who Wander," "Love Came To Me," "Sandy" -- now, there's a song nobody remembers anymore. I loved it. -- "This Little Girl," "Donna The Prima Donna," "Drip Drop" -- even "The Road I'm On (Gloria)," which was superb songwriting. Those were fun years.
Dion was the sustaining musical influence of my childhood, and his presence over the airwaves and on the stereo made everything better. After I joined the Marines I lost touch with his music until one day, when we were both back from 'Nam, Lou turned me on to "Abraham, Martin, and John."
And I kept listening. Through the folk period, and liked it. Through the 70s rock period, and liked it. Through the Gospel period, and liked it. Through the 90s rock and compilation period, and liked it. And now, in the 2000s -- and working on 64 -- am appreciative beyond words that I am able to revisit the vibes of my childhood through the grace of God and the talent of this man.
See, when Dion switched from Laurie Records to Columbia in the early 60s, he started doing different stuff. Willie Dixon's "I'm Your Hoochie Cooche Man" and "Chicago Blues," as well as a cover of Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode." It was Dion's version that I used to sing at the hut.
Now -- looking back -- and to my way of thinking, Columbia missed the boat with Dion because they didn't market his new blues style with all the power the company had at its command, and that power was incredibly enormous. Had they chosen to, I mean really gotten behind it, I believe the music that we're listening to now would have been available right then and there, all those years ago. Listen to tracks from the compilations -- one of them's even called Bronx Blues -- like "Too Much Monkey Business" and "Don't Start Me Talkin'" and you'll see what I mean.
So anyway, forty or fifty years later, in the 2000s and 10s, Dion has been hitting his stride with the blues he clearly wanted to play back then, and it is so cool. It just gets better and better with each CD. I think my favorite cuts from this CD are probably "You Keep Me Cryin'" and "I'm Ready To Go," but that's a hard call on a fine line. Everything on it is excellent. This CD is Dion. Check out the samples. Tap your feet. Listen to a legend having a good time with his music. The present catches up with memory. So cool.
Street corner Doo Wop, Pop,Folk, Rock N' Roll,Gospel Christian music now comes together in his 73rd year in the form of acoustic blues.
He delivers homage to the greats....Robert Johnson
for example and plays a mean Martin acoustic guitar.Following in the footsteps of his last two albums, Dion showcases his solo talent and "honky tonk" styles of finger pickin' blues. A real treat!
This is a terrific album that deserves a wider audience....Paul Shaffer of the Dave Letterman show ought to ask Dion to come and perform and then speak with Dave......he's one funny guy to boot.