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Spector and a guest singer,
This review is from: Born to Be With You/Street Heart (Audio CD)
I read great things about 'Born To Be With You' and, in truth, this is Phil Spector's triumph rather than Dion's, ironic given the large as life promotion of the singer on the cover. Dion shows what a good voice he has, but it's the updated 'wall of sound' that catches the attention. I would comment too that in all of this, the songs themselves seem to have been forgotten. The title track is an over-reverential take on an old song. Dave Edmunds also recorded this at around the same time. He was going through his Spector imitation phase, and while his brand was inferior, he made a better version because he didn't forget the power of the song as it was intended to be performed.
'Make The Woman Love Me' is a much better recording, but the remaining songs are generally propped up by the quality of the production. 'The Whole World In His Hands,' a one-line song with a few 'yeah he does' ad-libs, is a waste of Dion's talent. As for 'Streetheart,' it's a highly-polished, well-executed album, and pretty bland. This disc will not change your life.
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Initial post: 12 Sep 2009 10:29:56 BDT
I agree. I bought this cos I am a fan both of Dion and Spectors work and assumed that two Greats make a Greater. Sadly, not the case on this collabortion. Go buy Dions Live in New York City which is brilliant. His band on that are the current line up of The Blasters, minus Phil Alvin.
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