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  • Audio CD (5 Dec. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00005228H
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,501 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. I Wonder Why (Session Talk)
2. I Wonder Why
3. Don't Pity Me
4. A Teenager In Love
5. Where Or When
6. Wonderful Girl
See all 29 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Abraham, Martin & John
2. Purple Haze
3. The Dolphins
4. Daddy Rollin'
5. Your Own Backyard
6. Sanctuary
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. (I Used To Be A) Brooklyn Dodger
2. Spanish Harlem Incident
3. The Truth Will Set You Free
4. And The Night Stood Still
5. Always In The Rain
6. King Of The New York Streets
See all 17 tracks on this disc

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By p.g.ward@btinternet.com on 31 Jan. 2001
Format: Audio CD
What a fabulous way to celebrate the work of one of the forgotton genius's of modern music, Dion DeMucci. A terrific boxed set, filled with all the hits as well as the most essential album tracks, this collection not only empraces doo-wop, but encompases the some of the deepest blues and most joyful pop ever recorded. More than essential.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DAG on 2 Jan. 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It always irks me when I type 'Dion' into 'search' on Amazon - or any other record buying site for that matter - that Celine Dion comes up first! But Dion DiMucci is the real Dion, believe me. His great album 'Born to be with you' from 1975 is well represented here, but the whole 3CD set is simply superb. If you like any of the 60s garage or doo-wop bands, or enjoy Southside Johnny or Bruce, you'll love this. Beautifully packaged, too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joanne R. on 8 Feb. 2015
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Excellent.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
All the Dion you'd need and more 3 Dec. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
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.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
The Soundtrack to a Great Rock'n'Roll Life!! 8 Mar. 2001
By Lee F. Bonaldi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'm not sure where to begin with this review. In many ways this CD overwhelms me. Fortunately it is divided into 3 "periods". You can follow Dion from his young swaggering Doo-Wop days, through his "Mid-Life" crisis, and finally to a mature rock'n'roll artist who is as powerful today as he was when he first started out. I don't think that it is an exaggeration to say that there is not one bad track in this collection. The energy that this man can generate at this stage in his career is unique among not only rock'n'roll artists, but musical artists in general. This is not a man who sits on his laurels. I hope Dion is with us for many, many more years to come.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
UNJUSTLY FORGOTTEN 23 Jan. 2004
By Crabby Apple Mick Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a wonderful box set. Most Dion collections focus the early short span of years in which he was a teenage idol. Unfortunately, as far as rock is concerned, Dion might was well have fallen off the face of the earth after 1963. This collection gives us a much fuller account of Dion's musical career.
The first disc is full of the early hits and favorites from the late 1950's and early 1960's. Some other collections go much further into the deep catalogue for this period; but all the hits and a few more are thrown in here. I was especially delighted to hear Dion's version of "Spoonful". Yes, it is the very same "Spoonful" Cream would turn into a concert favorite a few years later. It wasn't until I followed along with the liner notes that the song's connection with heroin abuse was made clear. It turns out that heroin addiction was a very real problem for Dion at that time. When I first had heard "Spoonful" in the late 1960's I thought it was about....Well, something else.
The second disc covered the great long years in the wilderness for Dion. These were years in which Dion was very much into the singer/songwriter niche. If most of us know anything at all from this period it is "Abraham, Martin and John". "Abraham, Martin and John" is one of those rare songs that transcends music genre by giving voice to the grief and hope the country felt at the death of Martin Luther King. The melody was simple but compelling while the lyrics were heartfelt without being preachy. It may not rank up there with "Yesterday" in total number of different recorded versions by other artists; but I swear nearly everybody and his brother had their own version of this song on records and in musical concerts for years after 1968. If Dion had done nothing else in his life he still would be remembered for this one song.
Dion put out several excellent folk albums during this time, which were unjustly ignored. In spite of this, Dion himself was very proud of this body of work as it truly reflected his musicianship and more mature subject matter. The second disc covered this period very well and may well inspire the listener to explore this period more deeply.
The third disc covers Dion's return to rock and roll in the 1990's. While there is much here that is great and a lot of fun, it is still likely this material will be new to most listeners. One can only conclude that Dion's "comeback" should have been more widely received than it was.
One complaint I have against this set is that it included only one example from Dion's sacred music catalogue. During the late 1970's and through the 1980's Dion released a series of Christian "gospel" records which were very popular within the contemporary Christian community. "Sweet Surrender" is probably one of the best from this part of Dion's life; but one song is not enough. I would of liked to have had "Center Of My Life" and "Sailing Ahead Of The Wind"-just to mention the first two that come to mind. Pop artists who record frankly spiritual music are frequently dropped down the memory hole by the rock world. They are just as frequently met with distrust and suspicion by the contemporary Christian crowd as historically many pop artists have entered the Christian music market only to emerge latter belittling the whole experience and the people who bought those records. This segment of the "market" is sensitive to any note of insincerely amongst "its" stars; but Dion himself was warmly received and well loved by the Christian community. To my knowledge, even after his rock and roll comeback, Dion is still an active and practicing Christian. It is a shame this important part of his life and career is so poorly represented here.
Still, even with this major reservation, this is a great package for those wanting a wider view of this man's contribution to rock and popular music. For the money I can scarcely think of another box set for which the money is better spent.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
All Hail King Dion! 9 Feb. 2002
By Ralph Quirino - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
For me "Dion" will forever be Dion Di Mucci and not that dreadfully underfed Quebecois chanteuse/song-bludgeoner. A woefully under-appreciated vocalist who could croon with the best of them or snarl like a street tough, Dion's music is pure New York. This boxed set, divided into three distinct time periods (The Wanderer, Abraham Martin & John and Brooklyn Dodger) covers the whole story admirably, superbly and enjoyably. So often, boxed sets end up sounding stale and musty: overloaded with non-hits, half-assed rarities or incomplete takes and commercial jingles. Here, you get pure Dion. From the beginning to now. In glorious, superbly re-mastered sound. With a lush booklet that's loaded with essays, photos, information galore. Absolute doo wop gold! Absolute singer-songwriter magic! Incredible rock and roll power. Why settle for a single disc when these three will do the man more than justice? As essential as anything set to tape by any of the other rock pioneers of the era. An important and fun set!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Made me a fan 3 Aug. 2005
By Greg Brady - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I liked Dion's 50s and early 60s stuff (otherwise I'd never have borrowed this set from our local library) but I didn't really expect much out of this overall. I figured there would be some great doo-wop cuts, some OK latter period "nu-wop" (from the Arista YO,FRANKIE LP) and a decent cut here and there from the folkie/singer-songwriter years. I'd never really heard anything post-"Abraham, Martin, and John" since the radio doesn't play those songs. I thought I'd love disc 1 (doo-wop), hate disc 2 (folkie stuff), and tolerate disc 3 (late 70s through the 80s comeback), but this set was a welcome surprise.

Besides the early megahits "A Teenager in Love", "Donna the Prima Donna", "Ruby Baby", "Runaround Sue" and "The Wanderer", I discovered the wistful "I Used to be a Brooklyn Dodger", a pair of gospel gems in "The Truth Will Set You Free" and "Sweet Surrender", the mellow "Sanctuary", Dylanesque "I Can't Help but Wonder Where I'm Bound" and junkie anthem "Your Own Backyard", not to mention "New York City Song" and "Running Close Behind You".

I expected the "comeback" material to be mediocre but I was pleasantly surprised by "And the Night Stood Still" and "King of the New York Streets" along with a nice updating of Frankie Ford's "Sea Cruise" and a cover of Springsteen's "Book of Dreams" in an arrangement that reminded me a bit of Billy Joel's "The Longest Time".

The set isn't perfect: It's missing rarities like the songs Dion recorded as "Dion and the Timberlanes". It would also be nice to have at least 1 of the songs he cut as a demo/Valentine's Day gift for his mother in 1956. ("Wonderful Girl" and "We Belong Together" which helped him get the deal with Laurie Records. We DO get a later version of "Wonderful Girl".) The gospel years also deserve a bit more focus..it's hard to imagine why Dove award winner "I Put Away my Idols" missed the cut.

In general, the songs that ARE here, though, are well-chosen: just a handful of clunkers, plenty of decent ditties, and some genuine greats that were nice discoveries.

BOTTOM LINE:
It's not perfect, but it's the best overview of Dion's career there is right now. Probably not for someone who only wants the "oldies hits" but if you've got enough intellectual curiousity to see what happened in his "folk" phase and after, this one collects MOST of the highlights.
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