Son of Skip James

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Son of Skip James
Son of Skip James album cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 6, 2007
StudioSounds Great Production
Genre Blues [1]
Length43:35
Label Verve Forecast
ProducerDion [1]
Dion chronology
Bronx in Blue
(2006)
Son of Skip James
(2007)
Tank Full of Blues
(2011)

Son of Skip James is the thirtieth album by American singer/songwriter Dion. It was released on November 6, 2007 on the Verve Forecast Records label. [1] The album stayed on the Billboard Blues Albums chart for twelve weeks, peaking at No. 4 on November 24, 2007. [2]

The album serves as a follow-up to Dion's 2006 Grammy-nominated blues album, Bronx in Blue. [3] The majority of tracks on Son of Skip James are cover versions of well-known blues songs, some of them classics. [1] The album's title references blues legend Skip James, a friend of Dion's. Dion described the use of James's name for the album as "a kind of mission statement for the project". [4]

Critical reception

Son of Skip James
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic [1]
PopMatters [3]
Standard-Speaker [5]
The Philadelphia Inquirer [6]

The album was generally positively received by critics, who called out its authenticity, [1] simplicity, [7] and emotional depth. [3] The original tracks, particularly "The Thunderer", were considered to stand on equal or even superior footing to the cover tracks. [1] [3] Most critics agreed that Dion had effectively personalized the covers, [1] [8] although Tony Sclafani of PopMatters disagreed, calling the track selection "too familiar", and his recordings "too reverent" to bring the project fully to life. [3] Martin Halo of JamBase highlighted Dion's dedication to researching the origins of the cover songs as part of what made the album distinctive among other blues cover albums. [8]

Joel Selvin of SFgate.com called it "another landmark in a career littered with them". [9] Thom Jurek, writing for AllMusic, called it "one of the best records of the year". [1] Chris Jones of BBC Music called it "every inch the equal of its predecessor". [7] Nick Cristiano of The Philadelphia Inquirer found it "exceptionally warm and intuitive". [6] Despite his criticism of the track selection, Sclafani said the album "does not fall short when it comes to ass-kicking". [3] Halo felt that the album featured "master musicianship and stunning vocals", but called it "nothing we haven’t heard before." [8]

Track listing

Except where noted, credits are adapted from AllMusic. [1]

No.TitleOriginal artistLength
1." Nadine" Chuck Berry3:33
2."My Babe" Willie Dixon3:12
3."Hoodoo Man Blues" Junior Wells2:45
4."Drop Down Mama" Sleepy John Estes [5]4:12
5." Hoochie Coochie Man"Willie Dixon4:00
6."Baby I'm in the Mood" Bob Dylan3:30
7."I'm a Guitar King" Tommy McClennan3:19
8."The Thunderer"Dion4:34
9."Interlude – Spoken Word"Dion0:38
10."Son of Skip James"Dion3:29
11."Preachin' Blues" Robert Johnson [5]3:34
12."If I Had Possession (Over Judgement Day)"Robert Johnson [5]3:50
13."Devil Got My Woman" Skip James2:59

Personnel

Adapted from AllMusic. [1]

Musicians

  • Bob Guertin – audio engineer, organ, percussion
  • Dion DiMucci – audio production, guitar, harmonica, producer, vocals
  • Rick Krive – piano

Additional personnel

  • Bill Bush – photography
  • Susan DiMucci – photography
  • Michael Friedman – photography
  • Richard Gottehrer – executive producer
  • Hollis King – art direction
  • Emily Lazar – mastering
  • Kazumi Matsumoto – graphic design

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Son of Skip James - Dion | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  2. ^ "Dion Son Of Skip James Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Dion: Son of Skip James". PopMatters. 2007-12-18. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  4. ^ "'The Wanderer' Has Got the Blues". NPR.org. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  5. ^ a b c d Tarone, L.A. (13 Jan 2008). "Soul-baring 'Skip James' helps Dion add to legacy". Standard-Speaker. Hazleton, Pennsylvania. p. 33. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  6. ^ a b Cristiano, Nick (25 Nov 2007). "New recordings: Country/Roots". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  7. ^ a b Jones, Chris. "BBC - Music - Review of Dion - Son Of Skip James". Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  8. ^ a b c "Dion: Son of Skip James". JamBase. 2008-02-11. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  9. ^ "CD review: 'Son of Skip James'". SFGate. 2007-12-02. Retrieved 2018-11-19.