Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Inside Job / Only Jesus
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock, Christian
(2 albums on one CD) Ace presents the first release in a reissue program that will see all of Dion's gospel albums released in their entirety. This CD couples Inside Job (originally released on Dayspring in 1980) and Only ... more »
(2 albums on one CD) Ace presents the first release in a reissue program that will see all of Dion's gospel albums released in their entirety. This CD couples Inside Job (originally released on Dayspring in 1980) and Only Jesus (originally released on Dayspring in 1981).
Dion's Entry Into Gospel Music!
Barron Laycock | Temple, New Hampshire United States | 05/22/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For those of us who love both Dion DiMucci's voice and style and folk-rock, his unexpected movement into the field of gospel music rendered several memorable albums which not only are inspirational and entertaining, but are accomplished with verve, style, and terrific production values and superb arrangements. Dion showcases his unique vocal style here, with many of the songs literally flowing along as he works his way through them effortlessly. I first came across the second of the two efforts reproduced here in the early 1980s while living in London, and it certainly found its way onto a home-made cassette for playing in my neat 1982 red English Volvo as we wandered through the sylvan English countryside with Dion providing the musical accompaniment. My favorites here are "Hearts Made Of Stone", "Sweet Surrender, and "Only Jesus". Okay, I lied. My own favorite is really "The Best", which is a short title for a wondrous word poem that tells us "the best thing I can tell you is God loves you", which is certainly a message all of us can use to advantage these troubled days. No matter how many times I hear it, the complete coda of lyrics make me misty-eyed. In short, this is a terrific album, both as a work of gospel music or as a folk-rock entry that happens to have some serious Christian intent associated with it. Dion seldom disappoints, and he can slay you with a single word just by the way he sings it. His style is truly unique, and it is lovingly showcased here. Enjoy!"
He stopped "Wandering"
Steve DeBay | Southern California | 09/12/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This combination of Dion's first 2 offerings as a born again Christian, were a highlight for me in the late 70s, early 80s. The Wanderer had come home to Jesus. And God had performed the "Inside Job" on Dion's heart. The track "The Truth Will Set You Free", still stands as the albums best. From the street gangs to Rock n Roll idol, his father's words echoed in his ears. In "Sweet Surrender" he talks about the confusion in his life until he surrendered to his creator. "Thought I was bad and I had to get good, thought I was smart but I misunderstood,felt I was lazy and I had to get busy, swore I was high but I was just plain dizzy, Oh sweet surrender!" The "Only Jesus" album continued with the sweetness of new life. "Sailing Ahead Of The Wind" must be played loud in the car with the wind blowing through your hair. And the title cut sums it all up. That's what his life is all about now. The haunting refrain at the end still brings those chills. If you are tired of the same old lines, well you get down to earth lyrics from Dion. Great stuff!"
Absolutely Wonderful !!
C.W. Jr | Columbus, OH United States | 09/08/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This new CD release/reissiue is absolutely wonderful. I owned most of Dion's gospel albums in the 1980s .. and these two were my favorites. "Inside Job" was the first Dion gospel album, and he started writing songs for it when he returned home from jogging in December 1979. As he was jogging, he had a marvellous experience when the Truth of the Gospel flooded his soul. He immediately returned home and penned "Center of my Life"... a song rich with honesty and thankfulness.
The album "Only Jesus" is my personal favorite, and Dion's second gospel effort. The songs are written with a "no holds barred" approach to presenting the gospel message in song. A mix of various styles, there is something for everyone on this album. From the smooth rhythms of "Hearts made of Stone" .. to the hard-driving rock force of "Greater is He" .. the album flows with Truth. Dion is an enormous musical talent, and his gifts are evident throughout this recording. I highly recommend it to all."