Dion (3) ‎– New Masters

Collectables ‎– COL-CD-2797
CD, Album


5 cover versions, 11 re-recordings & 2 new tracks.

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August 2, 2017
This is not a pressed cd but a CD-R, also artwork is home printed quality - at oldies.com the cd is priced accordingly at 2,95 usd.


February 13, 2016

Dion, Dion Dimucci, Dion & The Belmonts, The Wanderer, call him what you will, but there is nothing musically that he can’t do, hasn’t done, and still isn’t doing better than most people half his age. His achievements are endless, as are the list of those who have been directly influenced him ... and he sounds better today than he did fifty years ago.

Here on ‘New Masters’ Dion and his band went into the recording studio with the intention of creating completely new versions of his greatest songs, and in doing so they have outdone themselves beyond their wildest imagination. His decision was not to merely update these songs, but to totally transform them, and in doing this he’s added verses, changed the structure, the length, and added saxophone, as well as presenting the other instruments originally used in a stunning new manner.

Most of you won’t remember, as I do, growing up on WIBG AM radio in Philadelphia, which was the capital of the music scene back then. There was a strict time limit on songs ... one which stated that no song, no matter how good, could ever be over two and one half minutes in length. It would take The Beatles “Hey Jude” to break this long held AM rule. Without these limitations Dion has been able to record arrangements that are much longer, with additional verses and longer instrumentation. The first thing you will notice is how his use of the sax shines, with its much more impressive signature role. The center piece of this conception is his song “The Wander,” which has the following spoken verse added:

Now here's a story that must be told,
Italian Tony he just sold
His house, car, all he got
Went to the states, opened the gates
To crime,
That's what he was doing, Yeah
The gangs
That's what he was doing
The people in doubt they shouted out
The Wanderer, that's what its about
I say Hear Ye
I say Hear Ye
Turn up the music, roll on, YEAH!

The other most notable change are the song endings. During the 60’s it was a common technique to fade the endings, even on live recordings done in the studio. But here Dion has given each song a hard ending, eliminating the wondering and longing for what I perceived I’d been missing all these years. And as an added bonus, just so you’re not feeling that you’re getting rereleased material only, Dion has written and recorded two new songs, “Behind Susan’s Eyes,” a track about his wife and their forty year love affair, and “Come Heal This Land,” which is Dion’s response to September 11th.

There is no reason in the world for anyone to miss this recording, it’s like living in the past and the present at the same time ... the only decision you have to make is weather you need to throw out those old versions of these songs. I’ll keep mine, but these are the ones I’ll be playing from now on.

Oh man, it all just feels sooooooooooooo good …

Review by Jenell Kesler