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Runaround Sue [CD]

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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hallmark
  • ASIN: B006GP3TCE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,172 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen10. In The Still Of Light 2:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen12. Take Good Care Of 2:32£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Dion made his breaktrhough fronting The Belmonts, but once the name was safely established, Laurie Records wasted little time in projecting Dion as a solo artist. It helped that he scored big with his early solo outings, with Runaround Sue becoming a worldwide smash in 1961, followed quickly by The Wanderer. Record success was followed by film success, with Dion appearing in Twist Around The Clock before the year was out. This particular album would go on to hit #11 in the US, proof of Dion's arrival in the upper chart echelons.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Keep away from Runaround Sue 14 Aug 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
At little over £2 I guess I shouldn't complain but knowing that at least three of these tracks are available in crystal clear stereo and the rest in brilliant mono it's awful listening to this album that has been copied (very badly) from a worn vinyl LP. Even the tracks have a four or five second run-in before the music starts. Worst of all, although the complete album is in mono (no problems with that) the surface noise is in stereo! I only bought this because the version of Somebody Nobody Wants was the original version (not the stereo alternate that Ace Records included on their late 80's/early 90's reissue of this album as a two-for-one with Presenting Dion and the Belmonts).

If you're playing it in your car or as background music and aren't too worried about the tracks sounding like you've just taped them on a cassette off an LP on your Amstrad, then you could do far worse than invest the £2.27 but if you want to hear how vibrant the tracks really are, try any other Dion CD, it can't sound worse than this.

Overall, it would have been a no-brainer 5 stars for the album IF it had used the original master tapes, but sadly no stars for the amateurish way it has been presented, so I've pitched my final total somewhere inbetween. Listen people what I'm telling you, keep away from Runaround Sue!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music 16 Feb 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
For years I was looking for songs and stumbled on to some of hes songs and there and behold was my favourite Little star, It's the wonderful memories that are attacted to these songs, Growing old but remincising with the past that can never be restored living and feeling like a teenager again so the songs are fabulous and worth lounging around with a little bit of movement here and there as there is no other way of saying or telling you the feelings I have when I listen to them and no better way of diplaying this without music. Who wants to grow old, I don't but by this way I can listen over and over again and remember the good times with songs that have meanings. Yes I strongly recommend this c.d. its worth adding to your collections. Sit down and try rock and rolling with a bit of fun. Robyn
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Dion's best and a great early rock LP 11 Jun 2003
By Harley P. Payette - Published on
Format:Audio CD
While this isn't the place to start your Dion collection, (Get either the Repretoire Greatest Hits or the King of the New York Streets Box first.)if you're already a fan you should definitely dive in. This album is definitely one of the better LP from its era and some of Dion's best work.
In format, it's not a lot different than most other LPs of the time with a couple hits ("The Wanderer" and the title track), a handful of remakes and some token original tunes. However, this is a far more personal LP than you'll find from any other artist of the time. This LP truly represents the taste and personality of the Prince of the Bronx.
The covers here are not chosen randomly. "Dream Lover" is a tribute to one of Dion's most formative influences Bobby Darin. "Little Star", "In the Still of the Night" (the Five Satins song), "Kansas City" and "Life is But a Dream" were all the kind of stuff that Dion used to listen to on the street corner growing up. This is not to say that are all perfect.
Some of these like the Darin number and Bobby Vee's "Take Good Care of My Baby" are a little too close to the originals. And Dion doesn't quite have the pipes to convert "In the Still of the Night" as well as Fred Parris.
But "Kansas City really kicks with an astonishing guitar solo. It stands proudly along "Sue" and "The Wanderer". And "Life is But A Dream" is Dion musically naked pushing his voice to its limit, expressing not just his love for the song but an outlook on life.
The original songs are also of a high quality. Dion co-composed "Lonely World" which features a great arrangement with the Del Satins and could have been a hit on its own. The lilting "Runaway Girl" and "Somebody Nobody Wants" express the other side of Dion's personality, the wounded lover. It's almost affecting as his swagger. There are no tracks originals or remakes that are anything less than respectable.
What can you say about the hits? They are ageless and sound better here than on any other re-issue. Even more recent albums haven't captured what the engineers did here. You can hear the saxophone buried in the mix on "Sue" and the piano under the Del Satins' harmonies on "The Wanderer".
The new liner notes are brief but informative with input from Dion himself. The original notes are here as well. The main packaging drawback is that there are no additional photos to the ones on the front and back covers.
Overall, this is a splendid buy, especially if you want to prove to friends that great rock albums did not start with the Beatles.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A real classic 17 Dec 2000
By Gilly Bean - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Released originally in 1961, this album instantly became a classic and remained on the billboard charts for 51 weeks. I am quite sure that most people will know almost every song on this album, which, seeing as it is not a greatest hits album, is astonishing. He does an excellent cover of Bobby Darins 'Dream Lover' and a few other covers, but it's the song 'Runaround Sue' and the two blues 'Kansas City' and 'The Wanderer' that really make this album such a hit. A lot of people these days dismiss the old classics from the 50's and 60's as mere bubblegum, but I defy anyone to listen to this and not feel like dancing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Running Around And Wandering 25 Dec 2010
By Gregor von Kallahann - Published on
Format:Audio CD
The other night, I was listening to Cyndi Lauper's SHE'S SO UNUSUAL when It suddenly hit me that the "bully boy" male chorus on the retro-ish "I Kiss You," was a cop from early Dion hits like "The Wanderer." Well, let's call it a "quote," not a "cop." Whatever you call it though, it just goes to show how enduring Dion's sound really was. These days, it seems that Dion doesn't always get his due from rock historians and critics, and the current listening public is likely to think you mean Celine should you announce that you're a Dion fan.

Of course, Mr. DiMucci is fondly remembered by those in the know--and he's survived lo these many years. There were good reasons for his durability. He really could sing, was a solid performer on stage, and he was as rootsy as any body from the Bronx could hope to be. In fact, his eclecticism and his degree of comfort in multiple genres bespoke an a musically sophisticated sensibility that one is tempted to describe as urban. For early 60s rock, it was certainly "urbane."

Dion has been anthologized to death, so it's nice to have an actual early album available on CD. Two of Mr D's biggest--the title track and "The Wanderer"-- are included, which alone are worth the price of admission. But it's fascinating to hear them in the context of a 1961 album. As others have pointed out, the album is a typical assemblage of a few actual hits, covers of hits by other artists of the day, and a few originals that were never destined to be hits (whether they are truly just "filler" or not is subject to debate).

There's an interesting tension here between the teen pop typical of the doo-wop stuff he'd been doing with the Belmonts, and the rockier stuff that demonstrates the grit and the punch he was capable of. He does a very credible version of "Kansas City," for instance. No surprise, then, that Dion would go on to do straightforward R&B and blues releases later in his career. As a mature artist and grown up "hoochie coochie" man, he may have found that he couldn't quite reduplicate the commercial success of youth. But he was wise enough to know he couldn't stay a "teenager in love" forever--and that realization helped ensure that he'd become more than just a nostalgia act.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dion does other people music better 20 May 2002
By Michael Lynch - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Alot of the album is other people songs.But he didit in the Bronx soul way. The Dion way.Little star one of my favor doo-wop song.How he belting out.Lonely world bring a tear to eye if you really understand the meaning.And been though it. And dream Lover makes you want to dream.Brings the best out of Dion.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good oldie goldie music. 6 Mar 2014
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I choose 4 stars when this likely should have 5 stars as my sister ran off with the CD. Have to get it back.
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