Les premières années

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Les premières années
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Compilation album by Celine Dion
Released 10 January 1994 (1994-01-10)
Recorded 1982–88
Genre Pop
Length 63:55
Label Versailles
Producer
Celine Dion chronology
The Colour of My Love
(1993)The Colour of My Love1993
Les premières années
(1994)
À l'Olympia
(1994)À l'Olympia1994

Les premières années (meaning The Early Years) is a French-language compilation album by Canadian singer Celine Dion, released in France by Versailles on 10 January 1994. It features eighteen rare songs recorded between 1982 and 1988, including the Eurovision-winning "Ne partez pas sans moi". In France, Les premières années was certified Gold. The album was also released in Belgium, reaching number twelve on the chart in Wallonia.

Background and content[edit]

After the success of "Un garçon pas comme les autres (Ziggy)", which reached number two on the French Singles Chart in 1993, Versailles issued Les premières années on 10 January 1994, a compilation of Dion's early and rare recordings from the '80s. In addition to the singles, it also includes album tracks and singles B-sides ("En amour", "Comment t'aimer").

Critical reception and commercial performance[edit]

AllMusic gave the album two and a half out of five stars.[1] Thanks to the success of D'eux, Les premières années has eventually sold 180,000 copies in France and was certified Gold in November 1995. After being also released in Belgium, it entered the Wallonia Albums Chart in June 1995 and peaked at number twelve in November 1995.

Track listing[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. "En amour"
  • Marnay
  • Loigerot
  • Geoffroy
Marnay 3:20
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 3:27
7. "C'est pour toi"
  • Marnay
  • François Orenn
  • Marnay
  • Pascal
4:01
8. "Ne partez pas sans moi"
  • Urs Peter Keller
  • Şereftuğ
3:07
9. "Mon ami m'a quittée"
  • Marnay
  • Loigerot
  • Geoffroy
  • Marnay
  • Pascal
2:59
10. "Avec toi"
  • Marnay
  • Loigerot
  • Geoffroy
  • Marnay
  • Pascal
3:27
11. "Mon rêve de toujours"
  • Marnay
  • Jean-Pierre Goussaud
  • Marnay
  • Pascal
4:18
12. "Du soleil au cœur"
  • Marnay
  • Jean Claude Massoulier
  • Popp
  • Marnay
  • Pascal
2:42
13. "À quatre pas d'ici"
  • Marnay
  • Pascal
3:54
14. "Un amour pour moi"
  • Marnay
  • Loigerot
  • Geoffroy
  • Marnay
  • Pascal
3:18
15. "Billy"
  • Marnay
  • Patrick Lemaitre
Marnay 3:05
16. "Comment t'aimer"
  • Marnay
  • Romano Musumarra
Musumarra 4:00
17. "Je ne veux pas"
  • Marnay
  • Musumarra
Musumarra 4:06
18. "C'est pour vivre"
  • Marnay
  • Popp
  • Marnay
  • Pascal
4:10

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[5] Gold 180,000[6]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
France 10 January 1994 Versailles CD VER 474653 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Celine Dion: Les premières années (Sony 1994)". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Ultratop.be – Céline Dion – Les premières années" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Rapports annueles 1995" (in French). Ultratop. Archived from the original on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Rapports annueles 1995 - albums francophones" (in French). Ultratop. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "French album certifications – Celine Dion – Les premieres annees" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "France Album Sales: Celine Dion". ChartMasters. 25 May 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 

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