I'm a little late coming to Dion, even though I've been aware of him since the late 50's when I heard his early teen hits. But then 1963 happened and everything changed. Forty-six years later and a Blues fan (among other styles of music) I picked up Son of Skip James, an album which knocked me for six with its terrific interpretations of a number of standard blues songs. Following that I dipped back into his past, finding some interesting stuff which I've also recently reviewed.
And then came this one. It's good all right. Dion is one the great contemporary singers who deserves a higher profile than he has (ignoring his long gone teen idol days) as he developed into a genuine artist. It's a spartan album, just (well-played) acoustic guitar by Dion himself and a little understand percussion to underpin his excellent vocals. It's just a little samey. Son of Skip James is a far better album because there's more variety of style and more depth added by piano and keyboards, it also sounds tougher. Fans of acoustic blues will really enjoy this but, unlike that later album I've already cited, it won't convert anyone who isn't.