70s: From Acoustic to the Wall of Sound
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- Released: March 29, 2004
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Ace Records UK
Uncut - p.1043 stars out of 5 - "[V]ibrant..."
- 1.Doctor Rock 'N' Roll
- 2.Oh the Night
- 3.Baby Let's Stick Together
- 4.Your Own Back Yard
- 6.If We Only Have Love
- 7.It All Fits Together
- 8.Born to Be With You
- 9.Queen of 1959
- 10.Sunshine Lady
- 12.Running Close Behind You
- 13.New York City Song
- 14.If I Can Just Get Through Tonight
- 15.Peaceful Place
- 16.Soft Parade of Years
- 17.Harmony Sound
- 18.I Don't Believe My Race Is Run
- 19.Only You Know
- 20.Runaway Man
- 21.Way You Do the Things You Do
Includes liner notes by Tim Tooher.
Liner Note Author: Tim Tooher.
Photographer: Susan Dimucci.
Some Dion fans will disagree, but this 21-song overview of his 1969-76 material isn't the best way to get a handle on this period, in which he'd fully evolved from his early rock & roll star roots into a more mature singer/songwriter. His records during this time were both inconsistent in quality and widely varying in style, from the acoustic folk-rock of 1970s Sit Down Old Friend to the strange Phil Spector-produced (and over-produced) sessions of the mid-'70s. They work better heard on their own, rather than sampled piecemeal (and not sequenced chronologically here, for that matter). It still does give listeners a reasonable look at what he was up to in these years, when he was no longer a commercial force, but was very much reaching out toward different avenues of self-expression. A good share of it, however, is rather blah early- to mid -'70s laid-back singer/songwriter material. The fine voice is still totally intact, but the songs (much of them self-penned) are given to unarresting mildness, too-sweet production, and some are too-blatantly James Taylor-like tunes. Amidst such mediocrity, however, is another good share of worthy material, like his famous autobiographical drug addiction-inspired "Your Own Back Yard"; the solo acoustic "I Don't Believe My Race Is Run"; the tastefully orchestrated "It All Fits Together"; and the Spector-produced cover of Gerry Goffin and Carole King's "Only You Know." Generally, the earlier and less elaborately arranged tracks are significantly better. For those whose curiosity is piqued to explore deeper, six of the albums from this era have been reissued as a series of three two-fers on Ace, the same label that put out this anthology. ~ Richie Unterberger
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