Though there have been several great Dion retrospectives released over the years, they've since gone out-of-print, leaving Dion's work fragmented on various oldies and doo-wop compilations as well as a Columbia set collecting his later 60's work. However, with this box set, we once again have a domestic collection that compiles his best work throughout his entire career. The first disc, covering his prime in the 60's, is simply perfect; it could easily be filleted from this box set and issued by itself as a great, even definitive single disc retrospective of Dion's best and most popular work. It collects the best tracks cut with the Belmonts and the classic, breakthrough solo singles ("The Wanderer," "Runaround Sue," etc.). Listening to this material, you'll understand why Rolling Stone would call Dion exhibit A in contesting the notion that nothing great happened in rock between 1960 and the day the Beatles set foot in America.
The next two discs show how well Dion's voice has held up over the years. He's still in strong form, but the quality of the material isn't as strong as his earlier songs. However, there's no denying Dion's unwavering talent in intepreting works from new contemporary writers, particulary Bruce Springsteen, which makes these last two discs still worth exploring, with a few great gems scattered here and there.
This is a definite must for Dion fans, and until they make a single disc compilation like the first disc on this set, this is also the best introduction to Dion.