I Want to Be With You

I Want to Be With You

by Dee Dee Warwick
     
 

It wasn't for lack of talent that Dee Dee Warwick never approached the mainstream superstardom of her more famous older sister. As a sort of companion to She Didn't Know: The Atco Sessions, this generous 26-track collection compiles everything she recorded for the titular label from 1965-1969, with two tracks from a later 1973 session. The younger Warwick's…  See more details below

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It wasn't for lack of talent that Dee Dee Warwick never approached the mainstream superstardom of her more famous older sister. As a sort of companion to She Didn't Know: The Atco Sessions, this generous 26-track collection compiles everything she recorded for the titular label from 1965-1969, with two tracks from a later 1973 session. The younger Warwick's rawer approach was closer to Aretha's but, when she slides into the high notes, the similarities to sister Dionne are obvious. Although revered by soul authorities as a great talent, when listening to these tracks it's easy to hear why she never clicked with the general public. For all her obvious vocal talents, there aren't enough great songs that draw attention to her fabulous gospel-driven voice. Additionally, like Dusty Springfield, her best assets are often buried behind a fussy and overbearing production that does neither her, nor these tunes, any favors. Ranging from pop-soul to R&B, the various producers add strings, backing vocals, horns, and at times everything short of Phil Spector in an effort to bolster some of these weak songs, but the results generally don't justify the effort. Even the great Philadelphia team of Gamble & Huff can't create sparks on the few tracks they are involved with. That said, there are enough gems scattered throughout to justify this disc's existence, especially since it marks the first CD appearance of many of these heretofore rare songs. Warwick lays into the bluesy "That's Not Love" like Etta James, causing distortion as she hauls off and wails with soul-searing power. The obscure Goffin & King tune "Yours Until Tomorrow," best-known from Gene Pitney's version, is a should-have-been hit, as is the original version of "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me," later a smash when the Temptations and the Supremes took it to the charts. Ultimately, Warwick was a substantial talent who didn't find her niche, or land songwriters of the Bacharach/David stature to guide her. This worthy collection -- predominantly taken from the original masters but still sounding thin and sometimes shrill -- is an important historical item for die-hard '60s soul fans, but disappointing for the casual listener.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/05/2001
Label:
Hip-O Rec Mod Afw
UPC:
0731455871623
catalogNumber:
558716
Rank:
152008

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Tracks

  1. Do It With All Your Heart
  2. We're Doing Fine
  3. You Don't Know (What You Do to Me)
  4. Gotta Get a Hold of Myself
  5. Another Lonely Saturday (Baby I'm Yours)
  6. Worth Every Tear I Cry
  7. I Want to Be With You
  8. Lover's Chant
  9. I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
  10. Yours Until Tomorrow
  11. When I Love Slips Away
  12. Alfie
  13. Locked in Your Love
  14. Don't You Ever Give Up on Me
  15. Girls Need Love
  16. It's Not Fair
  17. I'll Be Better off Without You
  18. Foolish Fool
  19. Thank God
  20. That's Not Love
  21. Don't Pay Them No Mind
  22. Ring of Bright Water
  23. Next Time (You Fall in Love)
  24. I Haven't Got Anything Better to Do
  25. All That Love Went to Waste
  26. I Who Have Nothing

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dee Dee Warwick   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Peter Knight   Arranger
John Cacavas   Arranger
Jerry Ross   Producer
Capps   Arranger
Kenny Gamble   Producer
Rene Hall   Arranger
Leon Huff   Producer
Bill Levenson   Executive Producer
Phil Medley   Arranger
Horace Ott   Arranger
Joe Renzetti   Producer
Ed Townsend   Producer
Paul Vance   Producer
Teacho Wiltshire   Arranger
Jack McMahon   Producer
Bas Hartong   Executive Producer
Buddy Smith   Producer
Pat Lawrence   Executive Producer
Bobby Scott   Arranger
Unknown   Composer

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