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Born to Be with You

Born to Be with You

by DionDion


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Dion had gone four years without a hit when he was paired with producer Phil Spector in 1974, for an album that all concerned were convinced would relaunch both men's careers. Spector himself was especially bullish about the project, returning to his old stomping grounds at Gold Star Studios and recalling engineer Stan Ross to the mixing desk for the first time since they recorded the Paris Sisters together in 1962. He then assembled an enormous band of backing musicians -- no fewer than 40 players lined up to accompany Dion, including a dozen guitarists, seven percussionists, and five pianists. The result was not, however, the sonic extravaganza that most people were expecting. Rather, where the Wall of Sound had exploded with joy, Born to Be With You seemed almost to close in on itself, a darkly introspective album that took its lead, in many ways, from the 1970 Dion hit single that was dropped in among the Spector productions, "Your Own Backyard." Lit throughout by the reflections of a middle-aged man acknowledging his prime was behind him, Born to Be With You comprised six new recordings, including a positively funereal rendering of "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands," a dramatic retread of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil's "Make the Woman Love Me," and a dour Spector/Dion collaboration, "Good Lovin' Man." And the darkness didn't lift once. Dion's management was horrified, and tried hard to have the album revamped. Spector, however, maintained total control over the proceedings and, tired of the sniping, canceled plans for an American release -- Born to Be With You would ultimately appear in the U.K. only, in 1975. Dion, too, was unhappy -- "I don't think we ever really finished that," he complained in 2003. It shocked him mightily, then, to discover that names as far apart as Andrew Loog Oldham, Bobby Gillespie, Jason Pierce, and Pete Townshend have pronounced Born to Be With You one of the finest albums ever made. And they were correct.

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/23/2010
Label: Collectables
UPC: 0090431156629
catalogNumber: 1566
Rank: 46438


  1. Born To Be With You
  2. Make the Woman Love Me
  3. Your Own Back Yard
  4. (He's Got) the Whole World In His Hands
  5. Only You Know
  6. New York City Song
  7. In and Out of the Shadows
  8. Good Lovin' Man
  9. Baby Let's Stick Together
  10. Doctor Rock 'N' Roll
  11. Richer Than a Rich Man
  12. Young Virgin Eyes (I'm All Wrapped Up)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dion & the Timberlanes   Primary Artist
Terry Gibbs   Percussion
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Don Menza   Horn
Joe Sample   Piano
Jesse Ed Davis   Guitar
Barry Mann   Piano
Jim Keltner   Drums
Nino Tempo   Horn,Saxophone,Soloist
Phil Spector   Guitar
Hal Blaine   Drums
Jeff Barry   Percussion
Dennis Budimir   Guitar
David Cohen   Guitar
Gary Coleman   Percussion
Dion DiMucci   Guitar
Alan Estes   Percussion
Gene Estes   Percussion
Steve Foreman   Percussion
Tom Hensley   Piano
Jim Horn   Horn
Dan Kessel   Guitar
David Kessel   Guitar
Ron Koss   Guitar
Jay Migliori   Horn
Art Munson   Guitar
Bill Perry   Guitar
Ray Pohlman   Bass
Emil Richards   Percussion
Thom Rotella   Guitar
Wally Snow   Guitar
Klaus Voormann   Bass
Ray Neopolitan   Bass
Fred Selden   Horn
Wall of Sound   Performing Ensemble
Bobby Keyes   Horn
Frank Kapp   Drums
Steve Douglas   Horn
Andy Thomas   Piano
Don Peake   Guitar
Conte Condoli   Horn
Perry Cole   Guitar
Mike Wooford   Piano
Jimmy Getzoff Strings   Strings

Technical Credits

Gerry Goffin   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
Nino Tempo   Arranger
Don Robertson   Composer
Phil Spector   Composer,Director,Producer,Direction
Jeff Barry   Composer
Dion DiMucci   Composer
Phil Gernhard   Producer
Michael Omartian   Producer
Pete Romano   Engineer
Stan Ross   Engineer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Steve Berri   Producer
Tony Fasce   Composer
A. Bernstein   Composer
William J. Tuohy   Composer
Kenny Discorfano   Composer

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