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by Dick Siegel

Dick's classic album, featuring the Louis Jordan and Chicago blues inspired sounds accompanying Siegel's witty, romantic and richly woven lyrics - vintage Siegel.
Genre: Blues: Rockin' Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Downsize Blues
4:13 $0.99
2. Angelo's
2:48 $0.99
3. Razzle-Dazzle
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4. She's Available
4:23 $0.99
5. When the Sumac is on Fire
4:50 $0.99
6. The Cave In
3:54 $0.99
7. What Would Brando Do?
4:22 $0.99
8. Chicago (Cast Off Alone)
3:04 $0.99
9. Carry Me Away
4:00 $0.99
10. Cure for Your Blues
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Album Notes
Dick Siegel was born into a family with a deep appreciation for music and artistic expression (His father plays violen and sits on the board of Maine's renowned Kneisel Hall, and his sisters are both artists.) Dick began playing drums in high school, taught himself guitar while majoring in English at University of Michigan and soon became a star of the thriving Ann Arbor music scene. His legendary performances at Mr. Flood's Party with his band, the Ministers of Melody, are recalled by many current and former Ann Arborites as some of the happiest happy hours of in memory. Dick also became a regular at the Ark which has become one of America's premier folk clubs. Critical acclaim and awards have recognized Dick's talents. Having won too many Detroit Metro Times Music Awards he is today a member of its Hall of Fame. In 1992, he won the New Folk Award at the Kerrville Music Festival. WDET in Detroit named him on its list of the 300 most important and influential artists in the history of Detroit (a list that includes music legends John Lee Hooker, Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin.) //Siegel's songs are played on stages and radio stations like Austin's KUT, New York's WFUV and San Francisco's KPFA. They also appear as fresh alternatives to the commercial AAA world on stations like Windsor/Detroit's CIDR or Chicago's WXRT. He's been featured on national syndicated shows including Mountain Stage and NPR's All Things Considered.// Dick's two recorded albums, SNAP! and Angel's Aweigh demonstrate Dick's versatility in musical style and songcrafting. SNAP! featured both festive and bluesy Louis Jordan inspired songs. Songs from SNAP! like Angelo's and Carry Me Away, show his troubador knack for writing both sweet and sorrowful love songs. While What Would Brando Do? and When the Sumac is on Fire arepacked with humorous word play and sexy innuendos. Countless critics and fans consider the title track to Angel's Aweigh, with its bittersweet reflections on longing and life to be one of the best songs ever written. While Heeby Beeby Boo thrills everyone from jilted lovers to children with its sardonic wit and nonsense words of wisdom.// Dick's upcoming album, A LITTLE PAIN NEVER HURT, offers another set of songs written about everyday life but inebriated with the nectar of his intellect. Co-produced by Tim O'Brien, A LITTLE PAIN NEVER HURT features eleven songs written and perfomed by Dick and accompanied by Nashville musical heavyweights such as Tim O'Brien, Stuart Duncan, Daryl Scott, Mark Schatz and Jim Hurst.

Press Reviews
"As one of today's most innovative songwriters, Dick Siegel continues to explore life and love with humor and sensitivity. Allow yourself to enjoy and explore something new and very special" /// - Ann Delisi, Music Director CIDR (Windsor, ONT) ////

"For years Dick has been the poetic, hilarious soul of the local scene. The rest of the world is now discovering his eccentric hybrid of folk, country and jazz." /// - Dave Siglin, Director- The Ark///

"If you've never heard Siegel's "Snap!" album, run right out and buy it! It's a classic Louis Jordan inspired, Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks - styled fun festa and one of the best independent records ever made." /// - James Tartas, Victory Review, Seattle, WA ///

"Siegel transmutes lyrical vignettes exploring longing, loss memory, giddy joy and dread - the stuff of everyday life. . .into a reflective, utterly accessible personal mysticism." /// -Thom Jurek, Detroit Metro

"Siegel is a Renaissance man ... He's been a vibrant presence in the local music scene for some twenty-five years, playing quick-witted songs that would sound equally at home in a Chicago blues bar, a Nashville two-step joint, or a college-town coffeehouse. His style careens through folk, bluegrass, old-time country-western, Texas swing, and rockabilly - sometimes melding all these influences in the same song."///Jon Lofy, Ann Arbor Observer



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Great CD Great Service from CDBaby
I have loved this recording since my days in Ann Arbor in the early 80s when Dick played around town. It ages very well.
CDBaby - thanks for the great service. I especially liked the chorus singing on the porch when you delivered!

Pam Bifano

One for my brother Angelo, and one for me too!
Thanks! I love you too, CD Baby. But not more than this great CD, that put me right back at Mr. Flood's Party with Dick and his Ministers of Melody. Been trying to track Snap! down for years as a gift for my brother. But, being reminded of Dick's way with words and artful tunes has really been a gift to myself. Thanks Dick--hope you're still writing and performing!
PS: CDBaby, I think the mail carrier stole the golden box my order was shipped in!


what would you do?
If you listened to all these tracks? Love and own the CD. Don't let this go out of print again! BTW Bring back the live album. Long live the sound of the silvertones.


did I forget to rate the first time?

Tammie Wotton

After seeing Dick play at the Hollerfest this year, we tracked down his available recordings and love them all. Now, when can we expect more??? Hope he plays the Hollerfest again next year!

Art Stoner

SNAP it up!
Many years ago Dick played a small club in Kalamazoo, Michigan (Chaps). I tried to never miss a performance. Finding this album is one of those special treats life offers! style connections to Louis Jordan are fantastic- Check out "Deacon Jones" by Louis Jordan

Carl Burdick

An old favorite on vinyl, now I have the CD, baby!
A friend recently heard Snap! from his friend and mentioned it to me. I have had the LP for a number of years, and it is one of my favorites. Clever, literate, dark and snappy. I now own the CD, so I can listen to the album at the office and in my car. I even bought a CD for my son. More people should know about this songwriter.

Robert Bixby

Fantastic CD
What can I say that hasn't already been said. Dick Siegel is a genius, the album is a classic ranking up there with anything Joe Jackson has done, and reminiscent of his style when he was channeling the 40s masters. I would recommend this CD to anyone who loves great music. I had it on tape, recorded off a college radio station in the 70s, and listened to it for years with that nagging little feeling of guilt at the back of my mind thinking of Mr. Siegel and the royalties he would have gotten. Everyone I have shared this recording with has become an instant fan. Do yourself a favor--it's what Brando would do--and get this CD on your player and in your car (yeah, buy two copies--or three and share it with someone else who loves music). Dick is an absolute original and nothing matches his musical expression. BUY THIS CD. I command you.

Craig Roxby

Finally tracked this down
I heard What would would Brando do? 10 years ago while driving in southern Ontario and loved it. For some I reason remembered it today and found it here. Awesome!!!

Katrina Langham

Fantastic Album
I absolutely love this album, and have for many years. It is particularly poignant today, on the day of Marlon Brando's death. Buy this album now!
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