Runaround Sue: The Best of the Rest

Runaround Sue: The Best of the Rest

by Dion

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Runaround Sue: The Best of the Rest

It doesn't need to be said that a compilation of little-known Dion tracks from the early 1960s, half of them outtakes and alternates that didn't see first release until the 1980s, is for fans only. If you are a fan, and accept that his lesser-known tracks from the period were (as they were for virtually every rock artist of the time) not nearly up to the standard of his hit singles, this is still a worthwhile collection. The alternate versions here are often so slightly different from the familiar ones as not to be worthy of much attention, though it's interesting to hear "Runaround Sue" taken at a much faster tempo, and (less so) to hear "Little Diane" without the strange kazoo featured on the ultimate hit rendition. As for the 1960-63 tracks here that were actually released during those years, aficionados might want to note that these are all in stereo. They're not such great songs, however, though he certainly gives his vocal all, even when the teen idol sculpted material doesn't merit it. You do get the chance to hear Dion tackle a number of covers that you wouldn't necessarily associate him with, from straight adult pop oldies like "Moon River" and the Gordon Jenkins-John Mercer composition "P.S. I Love You" to Roy Orbison's "Crying" and Jimmy Reed's "Baby What You Want Me to Do." Of the little-known numbers here, perhaps the most interesting is the bluesy Otis Blackwell song "North East End of the Corner." [This U.K. import is not available for sale in North America.]

Product Details

Release Date: 12/20/1993
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667191524
catalogNumber: 915
Rank: 57891

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dion & the Timberlanes   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Jimmy Reed   Composer
Marvin Gaye   Composer
Roy Orbison   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Ernie Maresca   Composer
Otis Blackwell   Composer
T-Boy Ross   Composer
Roger Armstrong   Tape Research
Dion DiMucci   Composer
Jim (H. M.) Faraci   Composer
Phil Medley   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Terry Phillips   Composer
Doc Pomus   Composer
Sal Rappa   Composer
Jerry Vance   Composer
Joseph Meyer   Composer
Leon Ware   Composer
Bert Russell   Composer
Bernice Petkere   Composer
Robert Mellin   Composer
Sylvia Dee   Composer
Joe Melson   Composer
Guy Wood   Composer
Cathy Lynn   Composer
Kenny Marlowe   Composer
Sandro di Paolo   Composer
Robert Allen   Composer
George Goehring   Composer
Jimmy Isle   Composer
Silvio Faraci   Composer
Salvatore Pippa   Composer
L. Sharpe   Composer
Alfred De Paolo   Composer

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