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  • Audio CD (6 Mar. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ace
  • ASIN: B000008F2Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,431 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I Wonder Why
  2. Teen Angel
  3. Where or When
  4. You Better Not Do That
  5. Just You
  6. I Got The Blues
  7. Don't Pity Me
  8. A Teenager In Love
  9. Wonderful Girl
  10. A Funny Feeling
  11. I've Cried Before
  12. That's My Desire
  13. No One Knows
  14. I Can't Go On (Rosalie)

Disc: 2

  1. Runaround SUe
  2. Somebody Nobody Wants
  3. Dream Lover
  4. Life Is But A Dream
  5. The Wanderer
  6. Runaway Girl
  7. I'm Gonna Make It Somehow
  8. The Majestic
  9. Could Somebody Take My Place Tonight
  10. Little Star
  11. Lonely World
  12. (I'll Remember) In The Still Of The Night
  13. Kansas City
  14. Take Good Care Of My Baby

Product Description

(2000/ACE) 28 tracks

Medium 1
Wonder Why
Teen Angel
Where Or When (p)
You Better Not Do That
Just You
I Got The Blues
Don't Pity Me
A Teenager In Love
Wonderful Girl
A Funny Feeling
I've Cried Before
That's My Desire
No One Knows
I Can't Go On (Rosalie)
Runaround Sue
Somebody Nobody Wants
Dream Lover
Life Is But A Dream
The Wanderer
Runaway Girl
I'm Gonna Make It Somehow
The Majestic
Could Somebody Take My Place Tonight
Little Star
Lonely World
(I'll Remember) In The Still Of The Night
Kansas City
Take Good Care Of My Baby

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Format: Audio CD
White Vocal Groups don't come much better or even 'cooler' than Dion & The Belmonts.

This beautiful-sounding 28-track single CD from England’s Ace Records offers fans two rare original albums - "Presenting Dion And The Belmonts" (1959) and "Runaround Sue" (1961) - as well as four bonus cuts relevant to the period (singles sides). It's been remastered to perfection by long-standing Audio Engineer DUNCAN COWELL and comes with a tasty 12-page inlay which repros the LP sleeves and provides some great photo memorabilia from Tia Douglass who ran the British fan club back in the day. There's a lot to get through - so once more unto the teenagers in love with our Italian Stallion Dion DiMucci who likes to wander (never mind that naughty Sue who prefers to runs around)...

UK released March 2000 – Ace Records CDCH 966 (Barcode 029667196628) breaks down as follows (71:33 minutes):

1. I Wonder Why
2. Teen Angel *
3. Where Or When
4. You Better Not Do That
5. Just You
6. I Got The Blues
7. Don't Pity Me
8. A Teenager In Love
9. Wonderful Girl
10. A Funny Feeling
11. I've Cried Before
12. That’s My Desire
13. No One Knows
14. I Can't Go On (Rosalie) *
Note: all 14 are in Mono. Because the extras have been mixed into the playing list – in order to sequence the debut album "Presenting Dion And The Belmonts" proper - use the following songs:
Tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 are Side 1
Tracks 8 to 13 are Side 2
Tracks 2 and 14 * - "Teen Angel" and "I Can't Go On (Rosalie)" are Bonuses
The LP "Presenting Dion And The Belmonts" was released October 1959 in the USA on Laurie LLP-1002 and in the UK on London HA-U 2194

15. Runaround Sue
16.
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While this twofer from Ace may not be the one for the completist; for the less devoted fan it's an excellent way of obtaining most of the hits of Dion, both with, and without, the Belmonts, with the additional benefit of the presence of the B sides of those singles, plus a few interesting tracks that only appeared on album.

All the singles released from Dion & the Belmonts on the Laurie label between October 1957 and June 1960 were of quite remarkable consistency. And that quality applied to the B sides as well - virtually any of them could have been A sides. Ace give us both sides of 5 of the 8 singles. Two of the flips weren't on the original "Presenting ..." LP, but Ace have included them. In addition, we get two other flips. Thus in total there are 12 out of the 16 tracks that appeared on singles for the group.

Those are the (rather dull) facts. What they don't prepare you for is the adrenalin rush that hits with the first few notes of "I wonder why", which was the boys' first Laurie single and just happens to be the first track in this set. It's one that should be in any list of doo-wop classics, and it's one of the best ones from a white group. The Belmonts were mixed well up in the mix making the vocal interplay a thing of joy. The team rang the changes totally for the follow-up, "No one knows", a plaintive ballad (and included here). Which was a clever move and successfully prevented the boys being seen as a one trick pony - after all most one-hit-wonders had a habit of following up with something near identical. To demonstrate even further their versatility, they coupled this one with a raucous cover of Fats Domino's "I can't go on" which made "I wonder why" sound almost tame.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x92eec498) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x923da7d4) out of 5 stars Here's the FIRST & FOURTH albums of -- Dion & the Belmonts -- and/or -- Dion solo. 3 Feb. 2011
By majormusiclover - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
From the beginning, in 1958, Dion & Belmonts were on two L.P.'s together,
and the in 1960 went their seperate ways.

The first four original L.P.'s are:
1. "Presenting Dion & the Belmonts", 1958.
2. "Wish upon a star" Dion & the Belmonts, 1960.
3. "Alone, with Dion", 1960.
4, "Runaround Sue" Dion, 1961.

This twofer C.D. contains the re-issue of the FIRST & FORTH of those albums.
(Ace has the SECOND & THIRD together on another twofer)
These FOUR albums contain every single release, plus the B-side of each,
up to the point of where "Lovers who wander", (the fifth album) starts in 1962.

THIS c.d. is the exact 12 tracks of each L.P. plus,
Plus 2 extra tracks per L.P which then provide all A and B sides.

"Presenting Dion & the Belmonts"
The two EXTRA tracks are --
1. "Teen Angel" the B-side of "I wonder why", their first charted song, in 1958.
2. "I can't go on (Rosalie)" the B-side of "No one knows", their second charted song, in 1958.

"Runaround Sue".
The two EXTRA tracks are --
1. "I'm gonna make it somehow"
2. "Could somebody take my place tonight"

"PRESENTING DION & the BELMONTS" is the first 14 tracks,
and includes the first 4 songs Dion & the Belmonts had chart,
then skips 2 releases, and includes their 7th song to chart.

"RUNAROUND SUE" is the last 14 tracks,
and includes the 3 songs that charted from that album,
there was only 1 B-side, and it's here.
But there have been 6 charted songs skipped between where "Presenting" left off,
and "Runaround Sue" picks up.
(because they're on the twofer by Ace that combines their SECOND & THIRD albums)

Even though only eight of the 28 tracks here are stereo,
this c.d. has excellent sound quality.
The music has been transfered from original analogue master tapes,
by Ace Records, U.K., licensed from Capitol Records, in 2000.

Included in a ten page booklet are pictures of the front and back of the original L.P. covers,
and shows the center paper of the vinyl record with the original track listing.
Plus several other pictures of the group, and Dion.

This is a great C.D. with early Dion & the Belmonts and/or Dion solo L.P.'s.
All original recordings, this is enjoyable back to back listening pleasure.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9239a120) out of 5 stars Dion with Belmonts and Del Satins 16 Aug. 2009
By H. D. Schenker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Ace Records did a great job cleaning up the sound on the material from Laurie Records. Both albums originally contained 12 tracks each. On Presenting Dion & the Belmonts, Ace added the b-sides of the great I Wonder Why (Teen Angel) and No One Knows (...Rosalie) making a good album much better. Any album that contains I Wonder Why, A Teenager in Love, Where or When and That's My Desire is a good album. On the Runaround Sue album from 1961 the added tracks are Could Somebody Take My Place Tonight and So Long Friend. On the number 1 single Runaround Sue and number 2 single The Wanderer from 1961 Dion used the Del Satins as as his backing vocal group for the first time. The Del Satins didn't like the two songs at the time. Dion used the Del Satins on almost his tracks on Laurie and Columbia including all his eight solo top ten hits from late 1961 through 1963. Sue was the first charting LP of his career and highest charting at #11. Dion and the Belmonts split in mid 1960. Dion had a big hit with Lonely Teenager in late 1960. From then until the Sue single in late 1961 Dion had several flops that didn't make the top 40. With Sue and Wanderer Dion found his sound. On the Sue album Kansas City features Dion's first electric guitar solo on record. Dion was the first artist to record Take Good Care of My Baby. Sue is a good album leading to an even better album Lovers Who Wander in 1962. If you like late 50s/early 60s rock & roll this CD should be in your collection.
HASH(0x9247ada8) out of 5 stars "...A Teenager In Love..." - Presenting/Runaround Sue by DION and THE BELMONTS and DION (2000 Ace Expanded CD Remasters) 9 Sept. 2015
By Mark Barry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
White Vocal Groups don't come much better or even 'cooler' than Dion & The Belmonts.

This beautiful-sounding 28-track single CD from England’s Ace Records offers fans two rare original albums - "Presenting Dion And The Belmonts" (1959) and "Runaround Sue" (1961) - as well as four bonus cuts relevant to the period (singles sides). It's been remastered to perfection by long-standing Audio Engineer DUNCAN COWELL and comes with a tasty 12-page inlay which repros the LP sleeves and provides some great photo memorabilia from Tia Douglass who ran the British fan club back in the day. There's a lot to get through - so once more unto the teenagers in love with our Italian Stallion Dion DiMucci who likes to wander (never mind that naughty Sue who prefers to runs around)...

UK released March 2000 – Ace Records CDCH 966 (Barcode 029667196628) breaks down as follows (71:33 minutes):

1. I Wonder Why
2. Teen Angel *
3. Where Or When
4. You Better Not Do That
5. Just You
6. I Got The Blues
7. Don't Pity Me
8. A Teenager In Love
9. Wonderful Girl
10. A Funny Feeling
11. I've Cried Before
12. That’s My Desire
13. No One Knows
14. I Can't Go On (Rosalie) *
Note: all 14 are in Mono. Because the extras have been mixed into the playing list – in order to sequence the debut album "Presenting Dion And The Belmonts" proper - use the following songs:
Tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 are Side 1
Tracks 8 to 13 are Side 2
Tracks 2 and 14 * - "Teen Angel" and "I Can't Go On (Rosalie)" are Bonuses
The LP "Presenting Dion And The Belmonts" was released October 1959 in the USA on Laurie LLP-1002 and in the UK on London HA-U 2194

15. Runaround Sue
16. Somebody Nobody Knows
17. Dream Lover
18. Life Is But A Dream
19. The Wanderer
20. Runaway Girl
21. I'm Gonna Make It Somehow *
22. The Majestic
23. Could Somebody Take My Place Tonight *
24. Little Star
25. Lonely World
26. (I'll Remember) In The Still Of The Night
27. Kansas City
28. Take Good Care Of My Baby
Notes: tracks 15, 16, 19, 21, 22 and 23 are in Stereo – all others in Mono. Because the extras have been mixed into the playing list – in order to sequence the album "Runaround Star" proper - use the following songs:
Tracks 15 to 20 are Side 1
Tracks 22 and 24 to 28 are Side 2
Tracks 21 and 23 * - "I'm Gonna Make It Somehow" and "Could Somebody Take My Place Tonight" are Bonuses
The LP "Runaround Sue" was released November 1961 in the USA on Laurie LLP 2009 and December 1961 in the UK on HMV CLP 1539.

SINGLES:
Using those extra tracks fans can sequence the following eight American and British 45s in their entirety.

1. I Wonder Why [1] b/w Teen Angel [2]
May 1958 USA 7" single on Laurie 3013
July 1958 UK 7" and 78” singles on London HL 8646
Notes: A-side on the album "Presenting Dion And The Belmonts"; the B-side was non-album at the time; both are in Mono

2. No One Knows [13] b/w I Can't Go On (Rosalie) [14]
August 1958 USA 7" single on Laurie 3015
October 1958 UK 7" and 78" singles on London HL 8718
Notes: A-side on the album "Presenting Dion And The Belmonts"; the B-side was non-album at the time; both are in Mono

3. Don't Pity Me [7] b/w Just You [5]
December 1958 USA 7" single on Laurie 3021
February 1959 UK 7" and 78" singles on London HL 8799
Notes: both tracks on the LP "Presenting Dion And The Belmonts"; both are in Mono

4. A Teenager In Love [8] b/w I've Cried Before [11]
April 1959 USA 7" single on Laurie 3027
June 1959 UK 7" single and 78" singles on London HLU 8874
Notes: both tracks on the LP "Presenting Dion And The Belmonts"; both are in Mono

5.In The Still Of The Night [26] b/w A Funny Feeling [10]
July 1960 USA 7" single on Laurie 3059
Notes: A-side on the "Runaround Sue" LP - B-side on the album "Presenting Dion And The Belmonts"; both are in Mono

6. Somebody Nobody Wants [16] b/w Could Somebody Take My Place Tonight [23]
July 1961 USA 7" single on Laurie 3101
Notes: A-side on the "Runaround Sue" LP – B-side a non-album track – both are in Stereo

7. Runaround Sue [15] b/w Runaway Girl [20]
September 1961 USA 7" single on Laurie 3110
October 1961 UK 7" single on Top Rank JAR 586
Notes: the A-side is in Stereo, the B in Mono; both tracks on the "Runaround Sue" LP

8. The Wanderer [19] b/w The Majestic [22]
November 1961 USA 7" single on Laurie 3115
February 1962 UK 7" single on HMV Pop 971
Notes: both tracks are in Stereo – both tracks on the "Runaround Sue" LP

Remastered from original tapes – the AUDIO on both of these sets is superb – especially the STEREO cuts of the huge hits "Runaround Sue", "The Majestic" and "The Wanderer". And while the teenybopper angst of "A Teenager In Love" is the usual suspect on every Vocal Group CD compilation imaginable – it's those albums cuts in between that make this release such a blast. The Rogers and Hart smoocher "Where Or When" and the slow-as-a-glacier ballad "Wonderful Girl" must have been pull-em-close clinchers on the dancefloors of 1958 America - while the rumbling "I Got The Blues" sounds like Buddy Holly at Coral Records. It's not all great by any stretch of the imagination – "You Better Not Do That" is dreadful saccharine pop but the soaring vocals of "That's My Desire" in great White Boys Vocal Group stuff.

The conjugal infidelity of that heartbreaker "Runaround Sue" still sounds racy and rude in the best ways (I wanna meet this woman) while his cover of Bobby Darin's "Dream Lover" has a superb Dion lead vocal. "The Wanderer" stills raises a smile with its young-man swagger and bullish lyrics - but "Could Somebody Take My Place Tonight" (the stand-alone B-side to "Somebody Nobody Wants") sounds like the wishy-washy material Presley was doing in the early sixties – complete with a whiter-than-white "bing bong" girly chorus. Better is the romanticism of Vocal Group ballads like "In The Still Of The Night" and "Life Is But A Dream" while in the hands of Dion the R&B groover "Kansas City" has a wicked strut similar to "Runaround Sue" and "The Wanderer". The hand-clapping "greatest dance you ever saw" arrives with the impossibly catchy "The Majestic" where Mr. DiMucci does his hum before launching into that chorus...so cool...

Ace have serviced the whole of Dion's 60s and 70s catalogue across the years including a Take 1 of "Runaround Sue" on the CD compilation "Runaround Sue: The Best Of The Rest" (Ace CDCH 915) that has to be heard to be believed (as Take 2 was the master - it's like eavesdropping on Rock 'n' Roll history). But this is where that legend started and that’s Italian Stallion enough for me...
7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9206e96c) out of 5 stars It doesn't get any better 3 April 2007
By Gabriel Renzo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There you are, you and the guys, sitting in Sal's pizzeria, mozzarella dripping down your chin. Then,in walks Judy Capano, hottest chick in the school; three of her cheerleader friends are with her.

You're thinking, 'the night just can't get any better'.

But,suddenly,someone drops a dime in the juke box and there it is! That unmistakable Belmont harmony with Dion lamenting the loss of still yet another girl!

You and the guys have to sing along. Judy and her friends smile.

They're impressed; you guys ain't bad.

You're not exactly Dion & The Belmonts, but you're okay.

Sound great? You bet it does!.

And that's what "Presenting Dion & The Belmonts/Runaround Sue" is all about: Great sounds and Great moments you'll want to remember all your life.
HASH(0x9225d7f8) out of 5 stars Satisfied 20 Jan. 2016
By A. D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Great music
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