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Archive release from the rock/pop icon. Dion had an album ready for release at Columbia in 1965, but it never made it out of the gate until now! Recorded fifty-two years ago, it is as atom-smashing now as it was when Dion rolled tape with producer Tom Wilson at Columbia Studios in ’65. Why was this album pulled from release and shelved? For that story, you’ll have to consult Scott Kempner’s illuminating liner notes here. Dion would be back on the Laurie label again a few years later, but this Columbia recording captures the doo-wop icon in a mid-’60s folk-rock state of mind, doing Bob Dylan’s “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue,” “Farewell” and “Baby I’m in the Mood for You” plus Tom Paxton’s “I Can’t Help but Wonder Where I’m Bound” and the original songs “Kickin’ Child” (co-written with Buddy Lucas and released as a single in ’65), “Now” (featuring Al Kooper), “My Love,” “Wake Up Baby,” “Knowing I Won’t Go Back There” and more (several of these songs were released on prior outtakes collections and retrospectives, some with different orchestrations). This is the first time that all these tracks are being issued together as the originally intended Dion album. A lost chapter in the epic story of this legendary rock ‘n’ roller from the Bronx finally surfaces, some 52 years later.


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