Let's hear it for Dion!

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Let's hear it for Dion!

Postby Fonz » 20 Feb 2018, 14:46




I love this song. One of my earliest musical memories was hearing this coming from my dad's room. He kept ABBA etc for the girlies in the house, but when he was left to his own devices, this was the sort of thing he'd put on.
It rubbed off on me.

It came out after his Belmonts days-and there's another thing-that sounded like a gang my 6 year old self wanted to be in.

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Re: Let's hear it for Dion!

Postby ORORORO » 20 Feb 2018, 14:50

Love it. Handclaps (or rimshots, or whatever) and layered backing vocals usually do it for me.

He's an artist I keep meaning to check out a bit more - isn't there a 70s album that's supposed to be some sort of classic?
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Re: Let's hear it for Dion!

Postby Charlie O. » 20 Feb 2018, 15:00

Super-Jank wrote:isn't there a 70s album that's supposed to be some sort of classic?

You're probably thinking of the one he did with Spector. I'm not gonna make any claims for it, myself.

But I am a Dion fan. Blessed with an exquisite instrument, obviously, but he also really knew what to do with it - you'd be hard pressed to find anyone in rock music with a better (or more playful) sense of phrasing.

I recommend this 2CD comp drawn from his Columbia period:

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... and once again petition Universal to reissue his late '66 reunion with the Belmonts, Together Again.
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Re: Let's hear it for Dion!

Postby ORORORO » 20 Feb 2018, 15:14

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Super-Jank wrote:isn't there a 70s album that's supposed to be some sort of classic?

You're probably thinking of the one he did with Spector. I'm not gonna make any claims for it, myself.


That's the one, yeah. I just remember one pretty long song (maybe the first track) that was lovely.

I might go for the comp, thanks.
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Re: Let's hear it for Dion!

Postby Twang » 20 Feb 2018, 15:16

I've been really digging the comp Norton put out last year of his '65 recordings with Tom Wilson

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Postby Count Machuki » 20 Feb 2018, 15:24



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Re: Let's hear it for Dion!

Postby Dr Markus » 20 Feb 2018, 15:29

After the wonderful shaky thread I thought this was going to be about Celine, guess I got too greedy.
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Re: Let's hear it for Dion!

Postby Charlie O. » 20 Feb 2018, 15:30

Twang wrote:I've been really digging the comp Norton put out last year of his '65 recordings with Tom Wilson

I almost recommended that one (it is great) - but most of its songs are on The Road I'm On, along with a lot of other stuff - including some terrific early-'60s acoustic-folk-blues (also unreleased at the time), and a full-band version of "Spoonful" that I sometimes think is my favorite one of all. Not to mention "Drip Drop"!
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Re: Let's hear it for Dion!

Postby Twang » 20 Feb 2018, 15:56

Yeah, "Spoonful" is great. I wish they'd put something out now that focused on his '64/'65 bluesier stuff. The Road I'm On is a good overview, but I'd like more.

This is one of my favorites from his Columbia years:


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Re: Let's hear it for Dion!

Postby Matt Wilson » 20 Feb 2018, 16:26

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Since we're recommending two-disc comps, I'll put my two cents in. All of his solo singles of the '60s in their original mixes.

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Re: Let's hear it for Dion!

Postby Muskrat » 20 Feb 2018, 17:14


Things that a fella can't forget...

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Re: Let's hear it for Dion!

Postby Positive Passion » 20 Feb 2018, 19:05

Love him.

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Re: Let's hear it for Dion!

Postby Walk In My Shadow » 20 Feb 2018, 20:43

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Re: Let's hear it for Dion!

Postby Charlie O. » 20 Feb 2018, 20:52

The b-side of "Abraham, Martin & John":





... and from the aforementioned Belmonts reunion:


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Re: Let's hear it for Dion!

Postby gash on ignore » 20 Feb 2018, 21:51

That Waits cover is great.



That’s the one that caused a stir on reissue, yer Gillespies bigging it up. Dickie Ashcroft’s sticky fingers all over it.



I remember Melody Maker being very pro this on release, first time I’ve heard it - sounds like Richard Manuel.
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Postby Loki » 23 Feb 2018, 07:02

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Re: Let's hear it for Dion!

Postby Fonz » 23 Feb 2018, 10:04

Loki wrote:


That’s great, isn’t it?

I was well into Showaddywaddy as an eight year old, and that’s one they covered-pretty well really, but the original is mint.
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