Gene Pitney is one of the most underrated figures in all of popular music, for while he had a loyal fan following for over forty years, he stopped having hits for the most part once the Sixties were over. But…
While his instrumental skills are a revelation on this record, equally astounding is how dramatically Dion reinvented himself from being one of the great pop singers to being perhaps the best white blues singer alive.
The songs are deep, philosophical and yet retain that mordant wit whereby Crowell earned his reputation, all backed by Emmylou’s eternally ethereal vocals and some of the sweetest instrumental playing you’ll ever hear.
More elegant than Pavarotti, infinitely more precise in his diction without being pedantic, Bjorling projected a restrained but intense passion that makes his finest performances memorable for a lifetime.