Dion: The Complete Laurie Singles
Label: Real Gone Music
Released: October 2, 2012
Reviewed: October 7, 2012
Dion DiMucci’s original Laurie singles, the very tracks that established him as a superstar solo act during the ‘60’s, have never been collected in one place. Real Gone Music’s 36-track The Complete Laurie Singles collection features all the single sides – both “A” and “B” – that Dion recorded for Laurie in their original mono single mixes, including the early singles that sparked his solo success, the sides that Laurie released after Dion signed with Columbia in 1962 (Dion was the first rock ‘n’ roll artist to sign with that hallowed label), and, finally, the radically different and progressive singles from his triumphant return to the Laurie label, beginning with Abraham, Martin and John in 1968.
It would be hard to find the original mono single mixes of any of these songs except for the big hits and some of these songs (e.g., the later singles and the B-Sides) aren’t on CD at all. Re-mastered from the original tapes at Capitol Studios by Kevin Bartley with assistance from Andrew Sandoval, and featuring liner notes by compilation producer Ed Osborne that include vintage photos of Dion, shots of the original singles and exclusive quotes from Dion himself, this two-CD set is a must-have for any Dion fan or collector, and encapsulates the Laurie years of this legendary artist like no other release.
Highlights include such chart-topping hits as The Wanderer, Little Diane, Love Came To Me, Sandy, Lonely Teenager, Lovers Who Wander, and, of course, Abraham, Martin and John. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Dion DiMucci is still making relevant and credible music today as is evidenced by his most recent CD, Tank Full of Blues (read the Boomerocity review of that CD here).