Dion and The Belmonts' 1967 reunion LP is more than just a curio. Musically, it is all over the place, with songs that range from straight rockers & doo wop to jazz-scatting and even some 60's psychedelia that sounds more than a bit like something off a Velvet Underground record. Miraculously, almost all of it works. "Together Again" is smart and incredibly musical.
The highlight though, is a Dion Dimucci original that closes the record and was relegated to a B-Side.
"My Girl The Month Of May" is a beauty, written for his then girlfriend and now wife of almost 60 years, Susan Butterfield. It glides. It modulates. It's full of mellifluous twists and turns. And it is buried on an incredibly underrated album.
It's also been covered wonderfully by The Alan Bown and The Bunch, featuring Richard & Linda Thompson and Sandy Denny.
"Together Again" is a record you need to hear. It covers so many bases so convincingly, there is bound to be enough for everyone.