I ordered this C.D. on the strenght of the "Lovers who wander" album.
I have the original 1962 vinyl album, but wanted a C.D. for convenience.
In the bottom right hand corner of the picture of this C.D.
it is stated "2 ORIGINAL LP'S ON ONE C.D.".
I took that to mean this contained the ORIGINAL 1962 L.P.
release of "Lovers who wander". THAT'S NOT WHAT'S HERE.
Several years ago "Ace" had made up these two albums by digging up alternate takes,
and stuff still "in the can" to create this line up, and released these tracks on vinyl.
This is very mis-leading for Ace to use the EXACT album cover of Lovers who wander,
and state "2 original l.p.'s on one c.d.", meaning THEIR original L.P.'s that are now on C.D.
They say in their liner notes about what a wonderful find this stuff is.
Well maybe IF that's what your looking for, and you know that's what your getting.
Even the "editorial review product discription" does not make it clear what your getting.
FIRST HALF -- All but one of the 12 songs that make up the original "LOVER'S WHO WANDER" album
ARE here, but presented in alternate takes.
"Little Diane", a song that's on the original 1962 album, and a top ten hit, is not here.
SECOND HALF -- of this double C.D. "WHY DIDN'T YOU DO THAT THE FIRST TIME"
is either "RARE" or alternate takes, 10 of the 16 are from 1985.
The story got more confusing with Ace's revamping of their C.D. in 1998.
When I ordered my copy the Amazon picture of it is as I stated.
But the cover of the copy I received looks a bit different then shown here.
The statement about "2 ORIGINAL L.P.'s ON ONE C.D." is different
from the copy I received which says "2 ALBUMS ON ONE C.D." and is dated 1991.
The point is to let you know:
1. This is not the exact original 1962 "Lovers who wander" album release.
For example, if you have an original version of the song "Lovers who wander"
and can compare that song with this version, you'll notice the vocal emphasis is different, etc.
2. This is all alternate or "RARE" tracks.
3. Some songs sound like your in a recording session in progress, with talking in the songs.
4. Missing is "Little Diane" form the original albums 12 songs.
5. The entire C.D. sounds different, Ace calls this crystal clarity,
I say it lacks the rich fullness of the original 1962 album sound.
6. On the part of "Why didn't you do that first", - one song was recorded in 1974, and 10 in 1985.
That equals 11 of the last 16 album tracks being recorded much later,
and Dion's voice certianly reflects that fact.
I AM a Dion fan, I have been since I was a teenager.
I'm looking for some of those wonderful Dion albums that I loved when I was in high school.
Sorry to say, this is not one of them.
One nice thing for me is, the seller also believed this to be the original
1962 "Lovers who wander" album, and was kind enough to let me return it.
So these comments may not show as a "Verfied Amazon purchase",
but it did serve me to realize to be more cautious when concidering what to buy.
Update Jan 30, 2012 -- Have found the exact "Lovers who wander" album on C.D.
It's one single C.D. with the original 12 songs.
It looks exactly like the original L.P., and sounds exactly like the original L.P.
Released in 1993 by 'The Right Stuff' a division of Capitol Records.
The copy I bought was new, still in the original wrapping with a sticker that said
"Official Reissue of the original L.P.".
And for only $8.00. Now THIS is what I was looking for!