À l'Olympia

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À l'Olympia
Live album by Céline Dion
Released November 14, 1994 (1994-11-14)
(see release history)
Recorded September 28–29, 1994 at the Olympia in Paris, France
Genre Pop
Length 68:16
Label Sony Music, Columbia
Producer Claude Lemay
Céline Dion chronology
The Colour of My Love
(1993)
À l'Olympia
(1994)
D'eux
(1995)
Alternative cover
Korean edition
Singles from À l'Olympia
  1. "Calling You"
    Released: December 19, 1994

À l'Olympia (meaning At the Olympia) is a live album by Canadian singer Céline Dion, released on November 14, 1994. It's her 2nd live album, 16th French album and 19th in total.

Album information[edit]

J'attendais ce moment depuis longtemps, depuis 10 ans en fait... quand j'avais 16 ans j'étais venue chanter trois chansons en première partie sur cette scène; c'était mon rêve qui enfin est devenu réalité.

—Celine Dion, on performing at the Paris Olympia for the first time [1]

The album was recorded on September 28 and 29, 1994, during two sold-out concerts at the Paris Olympia. Among songs from singer's previous French album Dion chante Plamondon, Céline Dion performed also "Calling You," (Academy Award nominated song from Bagdad Café), "Quand on n'a que l'amour" (originally by Jacques Brel), and a medley of songs from the Starmania musical, including two songs unavailable on Dion previous releases: "Quand on arrive en ville" and "Naziland, ce soir on danse" (full English version of that song called "Tonight We Dance (Extravagance!)" was recorded by Dion and included on the Tycoon compilation in 1992).

Although À l'Olympia was unavailable in most important music markets (United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Australia), the B-sides of English singles released there in 1995 and 1996 included tracks from that album.

The video with this concert was never released.

"Quand on n'a que l'amour," "Elle" and "Medley Starmania" were included on Dion's 2005 French compilation On ne change pas.

Shows at the Olympia were a part of The Colour of My Love Tour.

Critical reception[edit]

Allmusic said that "the material sounds great live" and Dion's "voice as always a technical marvel."[2]

Chart success[edit]

The album has sold over 2 million copies worldwide,[3] including 1 million in Europe alone.[4] À l'Olympia has sold 200,000 copies in Canada[5] and was certified platinum.[6] It was also certified platinum in France.[7]

The album peaked at number 10 in France and number 31 in Canada, as Quebec sales did not factor into the Canadian Albums chart at that time. On the Belgian Wallonia chart, which is available only since April 1995, À l'Olympia reached number 19.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Des mots qui sonnent"  
Claude "Mégo" Lemay 4:15
2. "Where Does My Heart Beat Now"  
Lemay 8:16
3. "L'amour existe encore"  
Lemay 4:18
4. "Je danse dans ma tête"  
  • Plamondon
  • Romano Musumarra
Lemay 4:27
5. "Calling You"   Bob Telson Lemay 6:41
6. "Elle"   Lemay 3:12
7. "Quand on arrive en ville/Les uns contre les autres/Le monde est stone/Naziland, ce soir on danse" (Medley Starmania)
Lemay 6:33
8. "Le blues du businessman"  
  • Plamondon
  • Berger
Lemay 7:04
9. "Le fils de Superman"  
  • Plamondon
  • Germain Gauthier
Lemay 4:28
10. "Love Can Move Mountains"   Diane Warren Lemay 5:25
11. "Un garçon pas comme les autres (Ziggy)"  
  • Plamondon
  • Berger
Lemay 3:19
12. "The Power of Love"   Lemay 6:08
13. "Quand on n'a que l'amour"   Jacques Brel Lemay 4:07

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
France November 14, 1994 Sony Music, Columbia CD COL 4781612 + COL 478261 2 (édition 2007)
Canada November 15, 1994 80212

References[edit]