Born To Be With You - 1975
The story behind this album is mythical. After years without a hit between them, Phil Spector enlists Dion to create a comeback album that would relaunch the careers of both men. From the liner notes: Arriving at the "Tycoon of Teen's" Los Angeles mansion, Dion found himself in a room lit only by one light bulb. Phil was dipping in and out of the shadows and speaking at the pace of a man posessed by demons "only you know what you have been through, only you know where you have been to, there's better things you're gonna get into, and I'm gonna be there too." Booking his famed Gold Star recording studio and enlisting a crew of musicians that included ten guitarists, two bassists, two drummers, choirs, eight horns and a full string section, Spector created an ocean of sound and Dion's voice soared above it. The title track alone is worth the price of admission, but the highlight of this set is the Spector-penned "Only You Know"; morphing from a molasses dipped "Be My Baby" into a gut wrenching ballad with one of the greatest verse to chorus transitions of all time. By the end of the grueling sessions, Dion's response to the album was surprisingly negative, and after sitting on the LP for over a year, he and his label settled for releasing it in the UK only. To this day, despite having being hailed by Pete Townshend and Jason Pierce of Spiritualized (among many many others) as a work of genius, it has never been released in the US.