The Complete Laurie Singles

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
This two-disc set, which collects all of the singles, both A and B sides, that Dion released as a solo artist during his two stays at Laurie Records, does a good job of showing Dion's own restless instincts as a singer and musician, instincts that have served him well during his five-decade career, and his supplementary willingness to listen to his record label's wishes at the same time, a balancing act that gave Dion three distinct commercial phases on the pop charts from the late '50s through the end of the 1960s. He began as the lead voice for the Bronx Italian street corner doo wop group the Belmonts, producing hits for Laurie Records like "I Wonder Why" (none of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
This two-disc set, which collects all of the singles, both A and B sides, that Dion released as a solo artist during his two stays at Laurie Records, does a good job of showing Dion's own restless instincts as a singer and musician, instincts that have served him well during his five-decade career, and his supplementary willingness to listen to his record label's wishes at the same time, a balancing act that gave Dion three distinct commercial phases on the pop charts from the late '50s through the end of the 1960s. He began as the lead voice for the Bronx Italian street corner doo wop group the Belmonts, producing hits for Laurie Records like "I Wonder Why" (none of Dion's Belmonts-era singles are included here) before going solo in 1960, the point where this collection picks up the story. His solo work for Laurie cast him as a teen idol, and he scored hits with the likes of "Lonely Teenager," "Runaround Sue," "The Wanderer," and "Little Diane" before leaving the label to sign with Columbia Records late in 1962. His hits with Columbia ("Ruby Baby" and "Donna the Prima Donna") continued in the teen idol vein, but by the time Dion returned to Laurie Records for a second go-round in 1968, his sound and style had changed into a kind of pop-oriented folk-rock, which gave him a Top Five hit that same year with "Abraham, Martin and John," and led to interesting near-misses with his covers of Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now," Fred Neil's "The Dolphins," and a barely recognizable version of Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze." Amazingly, the two distinct phases of his time with Laurie Records as a solo artist have never been released side by side like this before, so this set from Real Gone Music fills a huge hole. Everything is in mono, the way the singles were mixed and originally appeared. If there is even one small complaint about this collection, it would have to be that room couldn't be found for Dion's singles with the Belmonts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/2/2012
  • Label: Real Gone Music
  • UPC: 848064000921
  • Catalog Number: 400092
  • Sales rank: 47,845

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dion Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Fred Neil Composer
Joni Mitchell Composer
Robert Allen Composer
Mort Shuman Composer
Ernie Maresca Composer
Otis Blackwell Composer
Dion DiMucci Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Jimi Hendrix Composer
Ivy Jo Hunter Composer
Ronald Isley Composer
Rudolph Isley Composer
Phil Medley Composer
Doc Pomus Composer
Andrew Sandoval Tape Research
Arthur Schwartz Composer
Jerry Vance Composer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Joseph Meyer Composer
Welton Young Composer
Ed Osborne Producer, Liner Notes
Robert Schwartz Composer
Sylvia Dee Composer
Cathy Lynn Composer
Kenny Marlowe Composer
Tony Fasce Composer
Gordon Anderson Executive Producer
Dick Holler Composer
Kevin Bartley Mastering
Brenda Lee Jones Composer
George Goehring Composer
Steve Brandt Composer
Jimmy Isle Composer
John Falbo Composer
Eliot Greenberg Composer
E. Lewis Composer
O'Kelly Isley Jr. Composer
Silvio Faraci Composer
Salvatore Pippa Jr. Composer
Alfred Di Paolo Composer
Barbara Baer Composer
Clarence Quick Composer
Terry Philips Composer
Susan Butterfield Composer
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