Dion (3) ‎– Dion

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Laurie Records ‎– SLP 2047
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Vinyl, LP, Album, Rockaway Pressing
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A1 Abraham, Martin And John
Written-By – Dick Holler
3:18
A2 Purple Haze
Written-By – Jimi Hendrix
2:33
Tomorrow Is A Long Time / Everybody's Talkin' (3:38)
A3a Tomorrow Is A Long Time
Written-By – Bob Dylan
A3b Everybody's Talkin'
Written-By – Fred Neil
A4 You Better Watch Yourself (Sonny Boy)
Written-By – L. Hopkins*
3:04
A5 The Dolphins
Written-By – Fred Neil
5:03
B1 He Looks A Lot Like Me
Written-By – Dion DiMucci
2:50
B2 Sun Fun Song
Written-By – Dion DiMucci
3:49
B3 Both Sides Now
Written-By – Joni Mitchell
3:53
B4 Sisters Of Mercy
Written-By – Leonard Cohen
3:31
B5 Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever
Written-By – I. Hunter*, S. Wonder*
2:49

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RCA, Rockaway pressing.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): W4RS-1926
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): W4RS-1927
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout): W4RS-1926--1D A1C R
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout): W4RS-1927--1 A2C R
  • Rights Society (A1, A2, A3b, A4 to B5): BMI
  • Rights Society (A3a): ASCAP

Other Versions (5 of 14) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
36-2047 Dion (3) Abraham, Martin And John(4-Trk, Album) Laurie Records 36-2047 US Unknown Sell This Version
FL-33126 Dion (3) Dion(LP, Album, Mono) Festival Records FL-33126 Australia 1968 Sell This Version
IP 7777 Dion (3) Abraham, Martin & John(LP, Album, Club, CRC) Laurie Records IP 7777 US 1969 Sell This Version
SLP 2047 Dion (3) Dion(LP, Album) Laurie Records SLP 2047 US 1968 Sell This Version
7243-8-29667-2-2 Dion (3) Dion(CD, RM) The Right Stuff 7243-8-29667-2-2 US 1994 Sell This Version

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August 28, 2015
A truly magnificent album, one of the forgotten gems of the late sixties, from the former teenybopper who like many others appeared to have been swamped by the British invasion.

Along with Bobby Darin, Dion was the best of the New York rockers who emerged in 1958 when the Big Apple record industry bigwigs finally latched onto the new music. Initially as front man to the Belmonts and, after 1960, as a solo act he reached the US Top 10 on nine occasions before his career tanked in 1964. The chart singles included some real uptempo classics such as Runaround Sue and The Wanderer plus an atmospheric remake of the Drifters' Ruby Baby.

In mid-decade the career slump coincided with heroin addiction and it was four years before he reemerged with this masterpiece which mixed self penned originals with some the the great cover versions of the age. His takes on Joni Mitchell's Both Sides Now and Leonard Cohen's Sisters of Mercy are sublime. The original tracks are more valued for their vocal performance than their intrinsic worth, except for the original version of Abraham Martin and John which, when released as a single took him back into the Top 5. The song, written by pianist Dick Holler in the wake of the shootings of Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King, is just marvellous with brilliant arranging and production by Phil Gernhart and John Abbot and a virtuoso classical guitar solo by Dion himself. The song was later covered by myriads of stars including Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles,Smokey Robinson and Harry Belafonte but none of these covers matched the poignancy and soul of the original.

Despite the success of the single and the positive reviews from industry critics the album stalled at 128 in the US Charts and went virtually unnoticed in the UK. The original vinyl and the 1994 CD release are virtually unobtainable now from retailers but if you can trace one from the Web or ebay you certainly won't regret it.

An album to relax closer to heaven! ...

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