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  • Audio CD (23 Feb. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collectables
  • ASIN: B00386EZIG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,839 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

(2010/COLLECTABLES) 12 tracks (8 produced by Phil Spector)Medium 1
  1. Born To Be With You
  2. Make The Woman Love Me
  3. Your Own Back Yard
  4. The Whole World In His Hands
  5. Only You Know
  6. New York City Song
  7. In And Out Of The Shadows
  8. Good Lovin' Man
  9. Baby Let's Stick Together
  10. Doctor Rock N Roll
  11. Richer Than A Rich Man
  12. Young Virgin Eyes

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By T. Smith on 19 Jan. 2015
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I was hoping to be able to give this an extra half but that option isn't granted! Some good things happening here and a vocal performance that can't be faulted. If I hadn't read all the wonderful comments about the album I might not have felt something was missing. But it is, in my opinion. Make The Woman Love Me stands out but I wish there had been a bit more melodic daring to keep my interest and confirm my appreciation. The production is as one would expect for the tracks overseen by The Spector. I wouldn't like to put any potential converts off but it's not a cd I've returned to much since my first listen.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Dolphin on 5 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
Dion Di Mucci wrote '(I Was) Born To Cry' when he was sixteen
On the recording he sings seven bells out of the song
It's in a minor key
And sounds like two legions of pop
Kicking the door in
Then beating you up
I saw him play live a couple of times in 1990
I was right at the front
He wore sunglasses and a discretely peaked cap
And a black leather jacket
Which he took off theatrically at some point
The enormity of his talent made him seem a little inhuman
Like little Michael Jackson singing 'Who's Loving You?'
The precocity almost overwhelms and distances him from the audience
When it should make us stagger and swoon
I had to wait for a while to see if I trusted something this good
I remember him playing 'Make The Woman Love Me'
Which I then searched for on record for 10 years
It's on 'Born To Be With You'
Which Phil Spector lavishly and lovingly built for his idol Dion
It's the Taj Mahal of pop
With bells on
Voices are hard to describe
Dion's voice is like a miraculously cast bell
His singing is utterly fearless
And open
He sounds hurt and proud at the same time
Try singing along with 'Teenager In Love'
Feel how your throat contracts as Dion's seems to get looser, lighter, stronger
The ascents feel physical
The punched stay hit
His phrasing is made to work with lots of non-verbal 'ums' and 'ahs' and 'ers'
'Mwaahz' and 'Yeeejiz'
And trail offs and lead ins
And it is always right
And natural
And distinctively, lastingly Dion
When I think of great voices I think about Clarence Carter,
Gram Parsons, Jackie Moore, Kevin Rowland...
But I always think of Dion Di Mucci as the very best
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By eric on 3 Mar. 2015
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Long one of my favourite albums, this 2010 edition sounds a lot better than the 2001 ace edition, very happy.
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By ivor on 24 Sept. 2014
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Excellent
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Dion is not the Crystals... 12 Feb. 2013
By J. Hundley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
... and probably should never have been produced like them, but this is not nearly the train wreck it is oftern described to be.

Depsite my love of Dion's work - I consider him one of the two or three greatest rock 'n' roll singers since, well, you know, there has been rock 'n' roll - I have always tended to avoid / ignore most of his work in the 1970's, the post-Bronx Blues, pre-Yo, Franky stuff (where I feel his magnificent renaissance really began, continuing to this day). The religious bent didn't get me so much as the fact that what I knew of that period, the music itself was just rather bland and pedestrian. In fact, until fairly recently, I had never heard this album. Between it's reputation and having been out of print for a long time, I never hunted it up.

I'm glad it is available again and I am also glad to report that the album's faults are not really Dion's (though I don't really know how and why he ended up produced by Spector). And, the album has a number of charms, even if the production is not among them. Though, even at that, the title song opens things up nicely, being the one song on the original album (there are bonus tracks here) that actually does fit Phil's wall-of-sludge. Dion is not the Crystals, but I could imagine Darlene Love having a fine old time with this song.

The other track here that escapes is one of Dion's killer classics, Your Own Backyard, which Spector more or less leaves alone and Dion's performance here is terrific.

Unfortunately, any other good tunes here, and there are some, get buried at the base of The Wall. Layers and layers of instruments blend together and the vocals get mostly lost in the whirring. As do any particular sonic details. Bobby Sox and the Blue Jeans never sounded this muddled (close, but...). There is a certain sludgy grandure in places here, but the overall effect is way too overall.

The bonus tracks are a plus. Only one comes from the Spector sessions, and it is a survivor that really should have made the album over some of the original selections. The others are from a different source and the clarity of instruments and Dion's magnificent singing shines, even if the songs are not first-rate Dion.

I don't imagine this one will crack the regular Dion rotation, but I also won't be religating it to the back of the shelf. There is some good stuff here, you just have to dig a little. For those who appreciate Dion, it is worth it.
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