Gold Vol. 1

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Gold Vol. 1
Compilation album by Celine Dion
Released 2 October 1995 (1995-10-02)
Recorded 1982–88
Genre Pop
Length 49:41
Label
Producer
Celine Dion chronology
  • Gold Vol. 1
  • (1995)

Gold Vol. 1 is a French-language compilation album by Canadian singer Celine Dion, released in France by Versailles on 2 October 1995. It features fourteen rare songs recorded between 1982 and 1988, including the Eurovision-winning "Ne partez pas sans moi." Later, the album was also released in other countries around the world. It was issued under many different titles, with many different covers, and by various music labels. Gold Vol. 1 was certified 2× Gold in France, where it peaked at number thirty on the chart. It also charted in Belgium Wallonia, Japan and the United Kingdom.

Background and content[edit]

After the success of D'eux, which became the best-selling French-language album of all time, various music labels around the world released compilations with Dion's early and rare recordings from the '80s. They were issued by various music labels, with different covers and under many various titles: Gold Vol. 1, For You, Les premières années, Ne partez pas sans moi, La Romance, Les premières chansons vol. 1, The Best of Early Years or Classique - A Love Collection. Gold Vol. 1 was released on 2 October 1995 in France, and other titles were issued later in Europe, Asia, Australia and South America.

Critical reception and commercial performance[edit]

Rob Theakston of AllMusic gave the album three out of five stars and said that the performances offer a glimpse into the developing style Dion would later make her own.[1] James Christopher Monger also of AllMusic gave the album two and a half out stars and wrote that the album features fourteen tracks in Dion's native French tongue from her pre-Titanic years, all of which were very popular in Canada and France.[2]

Gold Vol. 1 reached number thirty in France in October 1995 and was eventually certified 2× Gold in 2000, after selling 207,500 copies. The album also peaked at number thirty-two in Belgium Wallonia in November 1995 and sixty-four in Japan in March 1996. In the United Kingdom, it was released be two music labels: D Sharp Music (titled For You) and Epic Records (titled Les premières années). For You peaked at number 138 on the UK Albums Chart in February 1996. Les premières années entered the UK chart in October 1996 but peaked at number 135 in September 1998.

Track listings[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "D'amour ou d'amitié"  
  • Marnay
  • Rudi Pascal
4:00
2. "Visa pour les beaux jours"  
  • Marnay
  • Christian Loigerot
  • Thierry Geoffroy
  • Marnay
  • Pascal
3:25
3. "Ne partez pas sans moi"  
  • Urs Peter Keller
  • Şereftuğ
3:08
4. "Les oiseaux du bonheur"  
  • Marnay
  • Pascal
3:39
5. "Tellement j'ai d'amour pour toi"  
  • Marnay
  • Pascal
2:57
6. "La religieuse"   Didier Barbelivien Barbelivien 3:28
7. "C'est pour toi"  
  • Marnay
  • François Orenn
  • Marnay
  • Pascal
4:02
8. "Avec toi"  
  • Marnay
  • Loigerot
  • Geoffroy
  • Marnay
  • Pascal
3:28
9. "Mon rêve de toujours"  
  • Marnay
  • Jean-Pierre Goussaud
  • Marnay
  • Pascal
4:19
10. "Du soleil au cœur"  
  • Marnay
  • Jean Claude Massoulier
  • Popp
  • Marnay
  • Pascal
2:42
11. "À quatre pas d'ici"  
  • Marnay
  • Pascal
3:55
12. "Un amour pour moi"  
  • Marnay
  • Loigerot
  • Geoffroy
  • Marnay
  • Pascal
3:18
13. "Billy"  
  • Marnay
  • Patrick Lemaitre
Marnay 3:05
14. "Comment t'aimer"  
  • Marnay
  • Romano Musumarra
Musumarra 4:01

Charts[edit]

Chart (1995–98) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[3] 32
French Albums (SNEP)[4] 30
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[5] 64
UK Albums (OCC)[6] 135

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
France (SNEP)[7] 2× Gold 207,500[8]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Title Region Date Label Format Catalog
Gold Vol. 1 France 2 October 1995 Versailles CD VER 480287 2
For You United Kingdom 29 January 1996 D Sharp Music DHS LCD7021
Japan 28 February 1996 Cutting Edge CTCR 15008
Les premières années United Kingdom 7 October 1996 Epic 488104 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rob Theakston. "Review by Rob Theakston". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  2. ^ James Christopher Monger. "Review by James Christopher Monger". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Céline Dion - Les premières chansons - Gold" (in French). Ultratop & Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Le Détail des Albums de chaque Artiste" (in French). InfoDisc. Retrieved 21 August 2014. }
  5. ^ "セリーヌ・ディオンのアルバム売り上げランキング" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Chart Log UK 1994–2010". Dipl.-Bibl.(FH). Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Les Certifications depuis 1973" (in French). InfoDisc. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Les Albums Double Or" (in French). InfoDisc. Retrieved 21 August 2014.