More than just Dion's mythic unreleased album, Kickin' Child: The Lost Album 1965, places the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer squarely in the center of rock's key mid-'60s developments. The revelatory sessions, never released in their complete form until now, redefine a career already impressive enough to have earned Dion a place in the pantheon of rock 'n' roll's early giants.
From the first folk-rock strums and the way Dion slides up to the opening line of the album's title track, these 15 songs show Dion set in a remarkable, wholly unexpected artistic direction. His 10 ambitious originals retain the emotional urgency that propelled early hits like "The Wanderer" and "Runaround Sue"; they also find him embracing rock's evolution. The other five songs, which include three Dylan covers, reveal his forward-thinking taste in outside material. Taken as a whole, Kickin' Child: The Lost Album 1965 identifies Dion as someone who not only had influenced the rockers that arose in his wake but also could stand with them as a creative equal.
Kickin' Child: The Lost Album 1965 not only provides the missing link connecting Dion's early hits to his "comeback" 1968 protest smash "Abraham, Martin and John," it forms the crux of an amazing tale tying together some of rock 'n' roll's most iconic artists and storied moments. Most of the album was recorded with the legendary Tom Wilson, who was producing classic sides for Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel even as he and Dion were working together. The release comes complete with liner notes by Dion's friend, fellow Bronx native and Del Lords frontman Scott Kempner.