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Born to Be with You/Streetheart

Born to Be with You/Streetheart

by DionDion


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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: 04/10/2001
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667179324
catalogNumber: 793
Rank: 67053


  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. The Way You Do the Things You Do
  11. Runaway Man
  12. Queen of '59
  13. If I Could Just Get Through Tonight
  14. More to You (Than Meets the Eye)
  15. You Showed Me What Love Is
  16. Hey My Love
  17. Oh the Night
  18. I'll Give You Alll I've Got
  19. Lover Boy Supreme
  20. Streetheart

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dion & the Timberlanes   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
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
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
Top Ten   Liner Notes
Tony Fasce   Composer
Chris Popham   CD Layout
Lockhart   Art Direction

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