The Road I'm On: A Retrospective

The Road I'm On: A Retrospective

by Dion


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Dion's mid-'60s Columbia period was a strange and rather mysterious one. After notching up some solid hits that were more or less in his early '60s rock style ("Ruby Baby," "Donna the Prima Donna"), he dove into blues, folk, and folk-rock with varying degrees of success. Although the results were usually pretty interesting, commercially he seemed to have disappeared (a situation not helped by either his heroin problems or the failure of some of the material to get released). This is a good, if imperfect, two-CD overview of the Columbia years, moving from the expected early hits to quite a few tasty surprises, including covers of Woody Guthrie, Chuck Berry, Willie Dixon, "Work Song" (penned by Nat Adderley and Oscar Brown), Tom Paxton, and Bob Dylan's "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue." There are also a number of pretty fair self-penned originals in a folk-rock, slightly Dylanish style, unsurprising considering that Dion was recording with one-time Dylan producer Tom Wilson in late '65. It doesn't make a 100% convincing argument that Dion would have matured into a top-rank blues-folk-rocker if not for his drug problems, but it has integrity, and the material is usually well-sung, whether pop or not. About half a dozen of the tracks were previously unreleased; there are also a couple of new recordings from 1996. This does not, by the way, make the 1991 Bronx Blues: The Columbia Recordings CD (much of it drawn from the same era) redundant. Almost half of the tracks from that disc don't appear, the most serious omission being the cover of Dylan's "Baby, I'm in the Mood for You," which was probably Dion's best mid-'60s recording of all.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/27/2010
Label: Collectables
UPC: 0090431161128
catalogNumber: 1611
Rank: 56069

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dion & the Timberlanes   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Sleepy John Estes   Composer
Lonnie Johnson   Composer
Big Joe Williams   Composer
Tom Paxton   Composer
Louis Prima   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Carole King   Composer
Nat Adderley   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Ernie Maresca   Composer
Oscar Brown   Composer
Jim Ball   Engineer
Dion DiMucci   Composer,Producer
Wes Farrell   Composer
Bob Feldman   Composer
Frank Funaro   Producer
Jerry Goldstein   Composer
Richard Gottehrer   Composer
Morris Levy   Composer
Carlo Mastrangelo   Composer
Robert Mersey   Producer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Tom Wilson   Producer
John Davenport   Composer
Eddie Cooley   Composer
David Hinckley   Liner Notes
Josh Cheuse   Original Design Concept
Susan Dimucci   Cover Photo
Top Ten   Composer,Producer
Anita Leonard   Composer
Stan Rhodes   Composer
B. Lucas   Composer
Herbert Cox   Composer
K. Rudman   Composer
G. Guthrie   Composer
L. Hopkins   Composer
B. Belle   Composer

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