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Sanctuary / Suite for Late Summer

Album: Sanctuary / Suite for Late Summer
# Song Title   Time
1)    Sunshine Lady
2)    Sanctuary
3)    Willigo
4)    Harmony Sound
5)    Gotta Get Up
6)    Medley: Please Be My Friend/Take a Little Time
7)    Wanderer, The
8)    Abraham, Martin and John
9)    Almond Joy
10)    Ruby Baby
11)    Brand New Morning
12)    Soft Parade of Years
13)    Running Close Behind You
14)    Traveller in the Rain
15)    Tennesse Madonna
16)    Seagull
17)    Wedding Song
18)    Jennifer Knew
19)    Didn't You Change
20)    It All Fits Together
21)    To Dream Tomorrow
22)    Richer Than Rich Man
23)    Running Close Behind You
24)    Young Virgin Eyes (I'm All Wrapped Up)
Product Details
Performer Notes
  • 2 LPs on 1 CD: SANCTUARY (1971)/SUITE FOR LATE SUMMER (1972).
  • Personnel includes: Dion (vocals, guitar); David Bromberg (guitar, dobro); Sneaky Pete Kleinow (pedal steel guitar).
  • Producers: Phil Gernhard, Russ Titleman.
  • Contains 3 bonus tracks.
  • Personnel: Dion DiMucci (vocals, guitar); Gene Parsons (vocals, tenor guitar); David Bromberg (guitar, dobro); John Clausi (guitar); Sal DiTroia (acoustic guitar); Nick DeCaro (accordion, organ); Sheldon Powell (saxophone); Ron Frangipane (piano); Al Rogers, David Robinson (drums); George Devens, Russ Titelman, Gary Coleman (percussion).
  • Audio Remixer: Lee Herschberg.
  • Recording information: Bitter End, NY; Criteria Recording Studio, Miami, FL; Electric Lady Recording Studios, New York, NY; Sunset Sound Studios; Warner Bros Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Photographer: Joel Brodsky.
  • Arranger: John Abbot .
  • Dion had firmly shed his former skin as a '50s and early-'60s rock teen idol for singer/songwriter clothes by the time he made these two albums in the early '70s. That was a welcome development, as demonstrated by the strength of his prior work in the late '60s and the early '70s. However, by this time he -- like many singer/songwriters -- was sliding into laid-back production and material that couldn't help but be inferior to his best efforts in the genre. He sounds like a somewhat bluesier James Taylor on the studio cuts of 1971's Sanctuary. It might not be accurate to accuse Dion of imitation here, as it's possible Taylor himself borrowed from Dion, but that doesn't mean the songs are outstanding. They're only OK, sometimes rising a bit above that, as on "Sunshine Lady," which like many of his songs of the period has the sense of a man prone to extreme self-reflection after going through the worst of his hard times. Some nice female harmony vocals boost "Harmony Sound" but, overall, the production (with lead guitar and dobro by Dave Bromberg) is too complacently tasteful. A slow folk-blues rearrangement of his old hit, "The Wanderer," can't measure up to the original, but at least provides a new take on an old warhorse. The inclusion of three acoustic songs done live at the Bitter End in New York, including versions of two other old hits ("Ruby Baby" and "Abraham, Martin and John"), contribute to the sense of a record running on lower than full inspiration. Released in 1972, Suite for Late Summer is likewise the work of a singer/songwriter with a very above-average voice but average songs, with Russ Titelman's production on the lush side. There's a sluggish introspection to most of the tracks, and the occasional injection of melodic melancholy, as on "Soft Parade of Years" or the classical string arrangement embroidering "It All Fits Together," does it quite a bit of good. "Jennifer Knew," though, has to count as one of the highlights of his post-'60s work, with memorably haunting passages and strings that just about manage to enhance the drama rather than deaden it. The CD is filled out by three unremarkable additional tracks from the mid-'70s. ~ Richie Unterberger
Professional Reviews
Mojo (Publisher) (1/02, p.104) - "...twofer set....finds Dion in muscular, bluesy form, instilling new life into old grooves..."
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