Dion’s career entered new phase with ‘Live at The Bitter End’

Dion‘Live at The Bitter End’
Dion (Omnivore)
4 stars out of 5

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Dion DiMucci was a fixture on the popular music scene. First a lead singer of The Belmonts and later as a solo performer, Dion ruled the charts with songs like “A Teenager in Love,” “The Wanderer” and “Runaround Sue.” He reinvented himself to an extent with 1968 hit “Abraham, Martin and John” and soon found himself immersed in the Greenwich Village folk scene.

Dion CD“Hanging out in the Village, everyone seemed to be a singer/songwriter,” Dion recalls. “I was having fun. It helped keep me young, keeping me very interested and engaged in music.”

The former teen idol was a few weeks past his 32nd birthday in August 1971 when he took to the stage at The Bitter End for a live performance that has never been available on record. Until now.

“Live at The Bitter End” captures that magical night, with Dion performing his classic hits (“Abraham, Martin and John,” “The Wanderer,” “Ruby Baby”), new original material (“Your Own Back Yard,” “Sunniland,” “Sanctuary”) and a handful of covers by the likes of Bob Dylan (“Mama, You’ve Been on My Mind,” “One Too Many Mornings”), The Beatles (“Blackbird”), Leonard Cohen (“Sisters of Mercy”) and Sonny Boy Williamson (“Don’t Start Me Talking’). This one’s a winner, folks. (Jeffrey Sisk)

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