Born to Be with You (album)

Born to Be with You is the 14th solo studio album by Dion, released in October 1975. Six of the eight tracks were produced by Phil Spector,[2] who had expressed admiration of Dion's earlier work with his doo-wop outfit, Dion and the Belmonts. The recording sessions were lengthy and chaotic, and on completion in 1974 Spector himself shelved the release for 12 months, only to find the album was largely met with indifference by the music establishment at the time. In the 1990s, however, the album began to receive widespread critical acclaim, with artists such as Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream citing it as a key influence.[3]

Born to Be with You
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1975
Recorded1970; 1974
GenreOrchestral rock, ambient pop, baroque pop, country pop
LabelPhil Spector Records
Dion chronology
Suite for Late Summer
Born to Be with You
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]

The album was included in Robert Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.


The recording sessions were lengthy and chaotic, often hampered by Spector's drinking and unpredictable temperament.[4] Bruce Springsteen and Miami Steve visited the studio during the recording sessions.[5] On its completion in 1974, Dion effectively disowned the record, stating that the production made it sound like "funeral music".[4]

Track listingEdit

All tracks produced by Phil Spector, except where noted.

Side one
1."Born to Be with You"Don Robertson 6:51
2."Make the Woman Love Me"Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil 4:33
3."Your Own Back Yard"Dion DiMucci, Tony FascePhil Gernhard[2]3:50
4."(He's Got) The Whole World in His Hands"Traditional; arranged by Phil Spector and Dion DiMucci 3:21
Side two
1."Only You Know"Gerry Goffin, Phil Spector 4:45
2."New York City Song"Dion DiMucci, Bill TuohyTerry Cashman and Tommy West[2]3:45
3."In and Out of the Shadows"Gerry Goffin, Phil Spector 4:18
4."Good Lovin' Man"Phil Spector, Dion DiMucci, A.J. Bernstein 3:47

The 2001 Ace Records CD reissue, which pairs Born to Be with You with his 1976 album Streetheart,[6] contains an additional Phil Spector-produced bonus track, "Baby, Let's Stick Together" (3:12, written by Spector and Jeff Barry), which had originally seen release in the UK only as a non-album single in 1976.


Production credits


  1. ^ "Born to Be with You - Dion - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Phil Spector Records LP release cat number 2307-002, 1975
  3. ^ "Ace Records". Ace Records. Archived from the original on 2011-10-14. Retrieved 2011-11-27.
  4. ^ a b Mick Brown, Tearing Down the Wall of Sound: The Rise and Fall of Phil Spector, Bloomsbury, 2007, p306
  5. ^ Carlin, Marcello (April 2011). The Blue in the Air. O Books. p. 80. ISBN 9781846945960. Retrieved 27 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Born To Be With You/Streetheart". Ace Records. Retrieved 18 October 2018.

Further readingEdit

Phil Spector: Out of His Head. R Williams. 2003. Omnibus Press.

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