Wednesday

Dion

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.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice work on getting this one out! Thanks for the music!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this. I ran across the title song a few years back...really liked it but wasn't able to find the source recording. I'm truly grateful.

The Master said...

Thanks for posting the rare stuff. This is a wild LP.

R'Rich said...

Actaully, it's out as a twofer in the US with another lp...

JR HeatWarp said...

You're half right on that one r'rich. It's bundled as a two-fer with the Streetheart LP, but it's only available as a UK reissue through ACE Records. This makes the cost of the single CD a little more than a domestic release, but for a 2-for-1, it's still a great deal.
Here's the Amazon link for those who want to get their mits on this gem.

Kirk said...

thanks a bunch. i used to have this one and lost it. the title track is so so great.

Rom said...

No wonder J Pierce likes this one ;-)
Thanks !

Ron Nasty said...

Darn, I was waiting for the part of the story where Spector waves a gun around and threatens to kill him... oops, sorry, that was John Lennon.

Anonymous said...

Funny how the cover looks like one of Jaco Pastorius at the same time.

Caner Dreams said...

Love the, "He's Got the Whole World In His Hands" on this. Such great phased out craziness. Thanks for posting!

Alex said...

This is probably my favorite album I've discovered on Heat Warps so far...

By the way Jarvis Cocker's recent single 'Don't Let Him Waste Your Time' is based on a sample/recreation of a track on this album, 'Only You Know'

Alex said...

This is probably my favorite album I've discovered on Heat Warps so far...

By the way Jarvis Cocker's recent single 'Don't Let Him Waste Your Time' is based on a sample/recreation of a track on this album, 'Only You Know'

Sgt. Getraer said...

Okay...I'll bite, strictly on reputation alone. Can't wait to give it a listen. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

damn, massmirror failed again...

JR Heat Warp said...

Re-upped! Thanks for the request.

Anonymous said...

Shareonall is closed. What a pity not being able to grab Dio. Thanks, anyway

JR Heat Warp said...

Reupped! It's a miracle!

Anonymous said...

Having problems with the zshare download. SO dying to hear this!! Any possibility it could be re-upped?

JR Heat Warp said...

Hmmm... Not sure what's up with this link. Until I can re-up a 192K version, here's a 128K version I found via Google: sharebee.com/19e691ad

Anonymous said...

I got it to work, and it's amazing! I listened to this 3 times in a row and I think it cured my head cold. What a great album, and what a great production.
Any idea on where I could find the Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans album, 'Zip A De Do Dah', produced by Spector in the 60's. I've had a very hard time tracking that one down.