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Dion & Belmonts - Greatest Hits Import, Original recording remastered

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20 of the teen idol's biggest chart hits for the Laurie & Columbia labels from 1958-68, both with & without his group the Belmonts. All tracks are digitally remastered & include 'The Wanderer', 'I Wonder Why', 'Runaround Sue', 'Donna the Primadonna', 'A Teenager in Love' & 'Abraham Martin And John'. 1999 release.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Wanderer-
  2. A Teenager In Love
  3. Runaround Sue
  4. Where Or When
  5. Lonely Teenager
  6. I Wonder Why
  7. Lovers Who Wander
  8. No One Knows
  9. Little Diane
  10. Love Came To Me
  11. When You Wish Upon A Star
  12. Rudy Baby
  13. Donna The Prima Donna
  14. Drip Drop
  15. Ths Little Girl
  16. Sandy
  17. In The Still Of The Night
  18. Be Careful Of Stones That You Throw
  19. The Majestic
  20. Abraham Martin And John

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 27, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Repertoire
  • ASIN: B000025AZ7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,218 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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139 of 142 people found the following review helpful By Zub VINE VOICE on June 24, 2001
Format: Audio CD
While there have been numerous Dion/Dion w/Belmonts CD's that have come and gone, this effort out of the German Repertoire label is a superb accomplishment. This single-disc greatest hits collection is the first true gathering of greatest hits for Dion's entire career. While there are some minor charted records not included here, these twenty tracks represent every invasion of the top-40 by Dion, solo and with the Belmonts. Indicative of the completeness of this set is the inclusion of "Be Careful Of Stones That You Throw", a tune nearly always ignored in other Dion collections.

Sound quality is excellent - on a par with the work that Ace Records did with the Dion Laurie catalog some time ago. All tracks except four, six and eight are in true stereo. Liner notes are sparse - comprising a brief, half-page synopsis of Dion's career - but is offered in both English and German.

A six-star rating in deserved to some degree simply because Repertoire has produced exactly what it calls this disc - Dion and the Belmonts' Greatest Hits - and has done it extremely well. If only one single-CD Dion disc is going into a collection, this unquestionably deserves top priority.
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74 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Barron Laycock HALL OF FAME on July 31, 2002
Format: Audio CD
One very talented artist from the late 1950s and 1960s that has slid from public notice is Dion Dimucci, more popularly known simply as Dion. Starting with a group of neighborhood pals as �Dion and the Belmonts�, he rose literally from the streets of New York to become one of the most successful pop recording artists of the era. Competing against other perpetual hit machines like Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Dion produced a steady stream of chart busters throughout the early and mid 1960s. All of that music, as well as his return to public acclaim with the fabulously successful �Abraham, Martin, and John� near the end of the decade after the assassinations of both Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy.
Most of his chartbusters are here, from his initial success with the Belmonts with �Teenager In Love� to �The Still Of The Night� to �Where Or When� to his fabulously popular �The Wanderer�, which touted the smarmy style of swaggering, wildly pompadoured teenage males playing the irresistible male stereotype as best they knew how, with skin tight Levis and form-fit white tees shirts, rolled-up sleeves and all. And the flood of similar songs also making the top ten are also here, including �Runaround Sue�, �Ruby Baby�, �Donna The Prima Donna�, �The Majestic�, �Drip Drop�, and on and on. Here we find such gems as �Sandy�, �This Little Girl�, �Be Careful Of Stones That You Throw�, and �Little Dian�. Listening to this collection is like stepping back in time to my own adolescence, when life was simpler and the radio was filled with a stream of non-stop hits from a plethora of artists, who, like Dion, seemed to be able to just keep pumping them out, one after another, with almost monotonous regularity. Enjoy!
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Paul Edwards on April 23, 2002
Format: Audio CD
If you're looking for a quintessential collection of Dion & The Belmonts music on a single disc, then look no further than this German import of Dion & The Belmonts Greatest Hits! Let me tell you, the pristine sound quality on this disc has to be heard to be believed, especially when considering that most of these songs were recorded at least 35 years ago! You'd swear they were recorded yesterday! The fine packaging and the fact that every one of Dion & The Belmonts Top 40 singles spanning three different record labels are included on this disc make it WELL worth the value price! My question is, why can't U.S. labels ever seem to put out high quality single disc collections like this??? I've gotten to the point where I'm turning exclusively to import titles to get all my oldies music compiled and remastered the way I want it!!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By cdlover2277 on July 1, 2000
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It's a pure delight to finally have all of Dion's major hits, solo and with The Belmonts, on one CD. This import album truly delivers the goods. There is currently (and never been before) a U.S. compilation that matches this one, seeing as how Dion's solo hits between 1961 and 1968 were on 3 different labels, thereby making licensing more difficult for a single disc compilation. It's the best collection available for those who want just the biggest hits from Dion & The Belmonts and Dion solo. I would also put it in the category of one of the all-time best "Greatest Hits" albums ever made.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By rash67 VINE VOICE on June 26, 2006
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Here is Dion & Dion and Belmonts in a wonderful series of hits. Great fun for those new to the music and great memories for those who remember.

After Elvis, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry and, Jerry Lee Lewis, Rock music fell into the doldrums of 58-63 and the Italian American doo-wop groups went into the gap. (There were really two '60's - the later wild '60's, after '65, that everyone knows, and the totally different early 60's). No money for instruments, they developed 4 part harmonies singing acapella on the streets corners on Phildelphia and New York. Many of them were not very talented, Fabian Forte, Frankie Avalon, etc. But head and shoulders above the rest of them was the alternately sensitive or swaggering baby-faced Dion DiMucci, the Swinging King of the Bronx. Originally Dion's soaring tenor with his greaser friends from Belmont Avenue.

Dion had (still has) a great voice. This collection has all his great hits and a few lesser ones. Many cautionary tales about Dion getting cheated on by a variety of sl_tty girlfriends (Runaround Sue, Little Diane), gold digggers like Donna the Prima Donna or Dion feeling sad about being alone. But there is also a lot of fun and swagger, with songs like "The Wanderer".

The sound reproduction here is astonding! Really three-dimensional soundstage, the Germans did a much better job remastering this than any of other CD's that contain this same music. It starts good with four chords songs like "the Wanderer" and gets better and better, reaching it's peak with "Ruby Baby", "Donna the Prima Donna" and the sideways sea-sick "Drip Drop". These pressings sound like they could have been recorded yesterday!

Compare Dion's "Ruby Baby" with Donald Fagen's (Steely Dan) classic cover on "Nightfly". Then compare this music to Dion's masterful Dion's new acoustic blues release "Bronx In Blue". Great, truly memorable music on all three albums. You need these albums in your collection.
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