Dionne (album)

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Dionne
Studio album by Dionne Warwick
Released May, 1979
Recorded 1979
Genre Pop, Adult Contemporary
Label Arista
Producer Barry Manilow
Dionne Warwick chronology
Love at First Sight
(1977)
Dionne
(1979)
No Night So Long
(1980)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C+ [2]

Dionne, Dionne Warwick's Platinum-certified debut album for the Arista label, was released in 1979. It was recorded during the winter of 1978-1979 and was released late that spring. The LP was originally issued as number AB-4230 in the Arista Catalog. The disc stands as the biggest selling album of Dionne's 50-plus year recording career, with 1.5 million copies sold in the United States alone.

History[edit]

The album's lead single was the track, "I'll Never Love This Way Again" written by Richard Kerr and Will Jennings, and originally recorded by Cheryl Ladd.

The LP would then yield Warwick's next big hit, "Deja Vu". This song, written by Isaac Hayes and Adrienne Anderson, became one of Warwick's signature songs. Other notable songs on the LP were "After You", "In Your Eyes", "The Letter", and "Who, What, Where, When, Why".

The album was produced by Barry Manilow, who was paired with Warwick by Arista founder Clive Davis. Both of the above singles were Grammy winners the next year, and were certified gold records by the RIAA. The LP was Warwick's first album to be certified platinum.

The cover art for this LP features Warwick on a light background, in a fur stole. The album was a major critical and commercial success, her first successful album since the late 1960s.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Who, What, When, Where, Why"   Rupert Holmes 3:15
2. "After You"   Doug Frank, Doug James 4:02
3. "The Letter"   Wayne Carson Thompson 3:11
4. "I'll Never Love This Way Again"   Richard Kerr, Will Jennings 3:33
5. "Déjà Vu"   Isaac Hayes, Adrienne Anderson 4:06
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Feeling Old Feelings"   Danny Hice, Chip Hardy 4:03
7. "In Your Eyes"   Barry Manilow, Bruce Sussman, Jack Feldman 3:43
8. "My Everlasting Love"   Rick Sandler, Jeanne FitzSimmons, Con Cowan 4:23
9. "Out of My Hands"   Cissy Houston, Alvin Fields, Frank 3:17
10. "All the Time"   Manilow, Marty Panzer 4:06

Personnel[edit]

  • Dionne Warwick - vocals
  • Mitch Holder - guitar
  • Will Lee - bass
  • Bill Mays - keyboards
  • Barry Manilow - piano
  • Rick Schlosser - drums
  • Alan Estes - percussion
  • Sid Sharp - concermaster
  • Artie Butler, Gene Page, Greg Mathieson, Jimmie Haskell - orchestration

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wynn, Ron. "Dionne > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Dionne > Review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2011-09-24. 

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