70s: From Acoustic to the Wall of Sound

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Some Dion fans will disagree, but this 21-song overview of his 1969-76 material isn't the best way to get a handle on this period, in which he'd fully evolved from his early rock & roll star roots into a more mature singer/songwriter. His records during this time were both inconsistent in quality and widely varying in style, from the acoustic folk-rock of 1970s Sit Down Old Friend to the strange Phil Spector-produced and over-produced sessions of the mid-'70s. They work better heard on their own, rather than sampled piecemeal and not sequenced chronologically here, for that matter. It still does give listeners a reasonable look at what he was up to in these ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Some Dion fans will disagree, but this 21-song overview of his 1969-76 material isn't the best way to get a handle on this period, in which he'd fully evolved from his early rock & roll star roots into a more mature singer/songwriter. His records during this time were both inconsistent in quality and widely varying in style, from the acoustic folk-rock of 1970s Sit Down Old Friend to the strange Phil Spector-produced and over-produced sessions of the mid-'70s. They work better heard on their own, rather than sampled piecemeal and not sequenced chronologically here, for that matter. It still does give listeners a reasonable look at what he was up to in these years, when he was no longer a commercial force, but was very much reaching out toward different avenues of self-expression. A good share of it, however, is rather blah early- to mid -'70s laid-back singer/songwriter material. The fine voice is still totally intact, but the songs much of them self-penned are given to unarresting mildness, too-sweet production, and some are too-blatantly James Taylor-like tunes. Amidst such mediocrity, however, is another good share of worthy material, like his famous autobiographical drug addiction-inspired "Your Own Back Yard"; the solo acoustic "I Don't Believe My Race Is Run"; the tastefully orchestrated "It All Fits Together"; and the Spector-produced cover of Gerry Goffin and Carole King's "Only You Know." Generally, the earlier and less elaborately arranged tracks are significantly better. For those whose curiosity is piqued to explore deeper, six of the albums from this era have been reissued as a series of three two-fers on Ace, the same label that put out this anthology.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/8/2004
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667000024
  • Catalog Number: 1002

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dion Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Smokey Robinson Composer
Jacques Brel Composer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Don Robertson Composer
Phil Spector Composer, Producer
Stormie Omartian Composer
Peter Anders Composer
Steve Barri Producer
Jeff Barry Composer
Dion DiMucci Composer
Phil Gernhard Producer
Michael Omartian Composer, Producer
Russ Titelman Producer
William Robinson Composer
Norman Seeff Cover Photo
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Bill Tuohy Composer
Robert Rogers Composer
Tony Fasce Composer
Dick Holler Composer
Tim Tooher Liner Notes
Don Burnham Composer
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