Born to Be with You/Streetheart

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All Music Guide - Mary Grady
In 1975, Phil Spector assigned himself the task of producing Dion as a kick-off to his new contract with Warner Brothers. The sometimes stormy sessions yielded one of the most authentic representations of the Wall of Sound in the producer's entire oeuvre, Born to Be With You. Ironically, either out of personal insecurity or a dispute with Dion's management, Spector chose to never release it in the United States. Spector employed a huge army of musicians in his biggest production since George Harrison's All Things Must Pass, including many members of his old studio coterie, the Wrecking Crew. It resulted in a potent, if pungent, effort by Dion. Spector's massive productions ...
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All Music Guide - Mary Grady
In 1975, Phil Spector assigned himself the task of producing Dion as a kick-off to his new contract with Warner Brothers. The sometimes stormy sessions yielded one of the most authentic representations of the Wall of Sound in the producer's entire oeuvre, Born to Be With You. Ironically, either out of personal insecurity or a dispute with Dion's management, Spector chose to never release it in the United States. Spector employed a huge army of musicians in his biggest production since George Harrison's All Things Must Pass, including many members of his old studio coterie, the Wrecking Crew. It resulted in a potent, if pungent, effort by Dion. Spector's massive productions provide a fine backdrop to Dion's powerful voice. The album has a hypnotic quality, awash with echo and reverb. The best tracks are the repetitive but catchy title track, "Born to Be With You"; "In and Out of the Shadows"; and an infectious rocker, "Good Lovin' Man." An additional highlight is the inclusion of "Your Own Backyard," a single originally released in 1969. It's a countrified, Kris Kristofferson-style tale of Dion's heroin addiction. The song is poignant, personal, and probably one of the better songs ever written on the subject. Another '70s-era Dion LP contained on the CD, Streetheart, is a decidedly colder and more consciously commercial affair. Producers Steve Barri and Michael Omartian chose to employ a production style that is both highly mechanical and dated, using the full trick-bag of keyboard and guitar processing effects available in the mid-'70s. It sounds as though the producers were trying to pitch Dion as an adult contemporary artist, but merely wound up casting the singer in a sea of mediocrity. It doesn't help matters that the songwriting is not impressive, including compositions by Dion himself. The high point is Dion's duet with Phil Everly on "Queen of '59," in which the pair sound like a New York-meets-Kentucky Everly Brothers. It's one of the better songs on the album, along with the Foundations-like "You Showed Me What Love Is" and the upbeat "Lover Boy Supreme."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/10/2001
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667179324
  • Catalog Number: 793

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dion Primary Artist
Conte Candoli Horn
Victor Feldman Percussion
Terry Gibbs Percussion
Barney Kessel Guitar
Don Menza Horn
Joe Sample Piano
Jerry Cole Guitar
Mike Wofford Piano
Jesse Ed Davis Guitar
Phil Everly Background Vocals, Harmony
Barry Mann Piano
Jim Keltner Drums
Nino Tempo Horn, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Woodwind
Phil Spector Guitar
Stormie Omartian Background Vocals
Kerry Chater Background Vocals
Hal Blaine Drums
Steve Barri Percussion
Jeff Barry Percussion
Ben Benay Guitar, Harmonica
Dennis Budimir Guitar
David Cohen Guitar
Gary Coleman Percussion
Dion DiMucci Guitar, Vocals
Alan Estes Percussion
Gene Estes Percussion
Chuck Findley Trumpet
Steve Foreman Percussion
Jimmy Getsoff Strings
Tom Hensley Piano
Jim Horn Horn
David Kemper Drums
Dan Kessel Guitar
David Kessel Guitar
Bobby Keys Horn
Ron Koss Guitar
Steve Madaio Trumpet, Keyboards
Myrna Matthews Vocals, Background Vocals
Jay Migliori Horn
Art Munson Guitar
Michael Omartian Conductor, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Dean Parks Guitar
Donald Peake Guitar
Bill Perry Guitar
Ray Pohlman Bass
Emil Richards Percussion
Thom Rotella Guitar
Sid Sharp Concert Master
Lee Sklar Bass
Wally Snow Guitar
Klaus Voormann Bass
Luther Waters Background Vocals
Oren Waters Background Vocals
Ernie Watts Woodwind
Ann White Background Vocals
Carolyn Willis Background Vocals
Dick Hyde Trombone
Ray Neopolitan Bass
Fred Selden Horn
Wall of Sound Performing Ensemble
Leland Sklar Bass
Frank Kapp Drums
Steve Douglas Horn, Woodwind
Andy Thomas Piano
Technical Credits
West Producer
Nino Tempo Arranger
Phil Spector Director, Producer, Orchestra Director
Stormie Omartian Composer
Steve Barri Producer
Phil Gernhard Producer
Phil Kaye Engineer
Scott Kempner Liner Notes
Michael Omartian Arranger, Composer, Producer
Pete Romano Engineer
Stan Ross Engineer
Sean Rowley Liner Notes
Sid Sharp String Section
Tommy Vicari Engineer
Geoff Love Composer
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Tony Fasce Composer
Chris Popham CD Layout
Lockhart Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ¿what were they on?

    god & neuroses make for a heady mix--- once again- i dont have a clue about streetheart- see above- but this is born to be with you- released for everyone to own- with baby lets stick together tacked on--- of the 9 songs on the born to be with you 1/2 of the cd 7 are the phil spector productions- you might think phil was long past his prime by 75- the year born to be with you was made- 10+ years after be my baby- the best part of breakin up & here i sit by the ronettes- 9 years after river deep mountain high by tina turner--- the answer is NO- on these tracks- as well as on the singles he produced for cher at the time- a womans story & a love like yours dont come knockin every day- hed refined his wall- its as if each individual brick is meticulously hand crafted & placed precisely in position--- then dion comes along- or rather god- singing to himself- thru dion- over music which is a previously undiscovered planet- populated by intelligent- honest & sensitive kitchen sinks--- spiritualized- & others- have made pilgrimages to this planet over the last few years--- tracks 1- 2- 5 & 9 make me cry--- every single freakin time--- have done for years now--- ¿can we have those cher tracks released on cd now?- ¿please?

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