King Of The New York 1200

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Review Text Although Dion's career wasn't over when King of the New York Streets appeared, this three-CD package is likely to be the most thorough overview of his output to be heard in one place. "Most thorough" is not synonymous with "best music of his career," however, and while this box contains much of major significance, it really does slide downhill after the early '70s. That point is reached around the middle of the second disc, so that leaves about half of this material as average, or duller than average, stuff. In its favor, the box set has all the familiar hits from the salad days, from the Belmonts' "I Wonder Why" through "Abraham, Martin and John," as well as a number of fine cuts that are largely known only to collectors. Those include his hard-rocking 1965 cover of the obscure Bob Dylan song "Baby, I'm in the Mood for You"; the folk-rock version of Tom Paxton's "I Can't Help but Wonder Where I'm Bound" from the same era; the little-heard 1966 ABC single "My Girl the Month of May" (with the Belmonts); the bluesy B-side "Daddy Rollin'"; and the anti-drug "Your Own Backyard." The post-early-'70s tracks do have their high points, like "(I Used to Be a) Brooklyn Dodger," but they're just not remotely on the same level as what precedes them. Anyone wanting to focus on Dion's best music can get more of it, in more concentrated doses and for about the same amount of money, by purchasing several other less extensive compilations that target a specific period of his work. ~ Richie Unterberger

Track Listing

CD: 1

  1. 1. I Wonder Why - 1:00
  2. 2. I Wonder Why - 2:22
  3. 3. Don't Pity Me - 3:39
  4. 4. Teenager in Love - 3:37
  5. 5. Where or When - 3:39
  6. 6. Wonderful Girl - 3:39
  7. 7. That's My Desire - 4:33
  8. 8. Lonely Teenager - 2:19
  9. 9. Runaround Sue - 3:41
  10. 10. Wanderer - 3:48
  11. 11. Majestic - 3:41
  12. 12. Life Is But a Dream - 3:38
  13. 13. Little Star - 3:34
  14. 14. Lovers Who Wander - 3:31
  15. 15. (I Was) Born to Cry - 2:26
  16. 16. Little Diane - 3:47
  17. 17. Love Came to Me - 3:45
  18. 18. Sandy - 2:20
  19. 19. Will Love Ever Come My Way - 3:30
  20. 20. Ruby Baby - 3:36
  21. 21. Gonna Make It Alone - 3:34
  22. 22. This Little Girl - 3:38
  23. 23. Can't We Be Sweethearts - 2:25
  24. 24. Donna the Prima Donna - 3:54
  25. 25. Drip Drop - 3:39
  26. 26. Spoonful - 3:31
  27. 27. Baby, I'm in the Mood for You - 3:39
  28. 28. I Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound - 3:53
  29. 29. My Girl, The Month of May - 2:15

CD: 2

  1. 30. Abraham, Martin & John - 3:23
  2. 31. Purple Haze - 3:35
  3. 32. Dolphins - 5:07
  4. 33. Daddy Rollin' in Your Arms - 3:40
  5. 34. Your Own Backyard - 4:53
  6. 35. Sanctuary - 3:52
  7. 36. Sunshine Lady - 2:27
  8. 37. Running Close Behind You - 3:09
  9. 38. Soft Parade of Years - 3:02
  10. 39. New York City Song - 4:48
  11. 40. Man in the Glass - 3:59
  12. 41. Born to Be with You - 7:50
  13. 42. If I Could Just Get Through Tonight - 3:28
  14. 43. Way You Do the Things You Do - 4:50
  15. 44. Guitar Queen - 5:37
  16. 45. Lookin' for the Heart of Saturday Night - 4:51
  17. 46. Midtown American Main Street Gang - 6:01
  18. 47. We Don't Talk Anymore - 4:17
  19. 48. Sweet Surrender - 4:27

CD: 3

  1. 49. I Used to Be a Brooklyn Dodger - 4:03
  2. 50. Spanish Harlem Incident - 5:02
  3. 51. Truth Will Set You Free - 6:02
  4. 52. And the Night Stood Still - 4:29
  5. 53. Always in the Rain - 4:18
  6. 54. King of the New York Streets - 5:51
  7. 55. Written on the Subway Wall/Little Star - 4:53
  8. 56. Mean Woman Blues - 4:03
  9. 57. Sea Cruise - 3:02
  10. 58. If I Should Fall Behind - 3:58
  11. 59. Higher Than Heaven - 4:07
  12. 60. Turn Me Loose - 5:41
  13. 61. You Move Me - 5:50
  14. 62. King of Hearts - 3:17
  15. 63. I Know You Want Me - 4:58
  16. 64. Shu Bop (The Lost Track) - 3:59
  17. 65. Book of Dreams - 4:12

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12/5/00 

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