The Best of Celine Dion

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The Best of Celine Dion
Compilation album by Celine Dion
Released June 1988 (1988-06)
Recorded 1982–1988
Genre Pop
Length 44:55
Label
Producer
Celine Dion chronology
  • The Best of Celine Dion
  • (1988)
Alternative cover
Vivre
Singles from The Best of Celine Dion
  1. "Ne partez pas sans moi"
    Released: May 1988 (1988-05)

The Best of Celine Dion is the French-language compilation album by Canadian singer Celine Dion, released by Carrere Records / Mega Records in selected European countries in June 1988. It was preceded by the release of the Eurovision-winning song, "Ne partez pas sans moi." In Germany the album was re-titled to Vivre.

Background[edit]

On 30 April 1988, Dion won the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin, Ireland. She represented Switzerland with the song "Ne partez pas sans moi." After this success, the single was released in selected European countries in early May 1998 and Dion promoted it in mid-May in Switzerland, France, Denmark, Germany, Finland and Italy. The single entered the European charts reaching number eleven in Switzerland, number twelve in Belgium, number thirty-six in France and number forty-two in the Netherlands. Then Carrere Records / Mega Records issued a compilation of Dion's songs, including "Ne partez pas sans moi." The album titled The Best of Celine Dion was released in selected countries in Europe in June 1988. In Germany it was re-titled to Vivre and issued with a different cover but the same track listing.[1]

Content[edit]

The Best of Celine Dion starts with the 1988 Eurovision-winning song, "Ne partez pas sans moi." The other songs were previously released in France on Du soleil au cœur (1983) and Les oiseaux du bonheur (1984) or on the singles only: "C'est pour vivre" (1985), "Billy" (1986), "Je ne veux pas" (1987) and "La religieuse" (1988). Aside from "Ne partez pas sans moi," the album also contains another hit-song, "D'amour ou d'amitié" which reached top ten in France in 1983 and was certified Gold by the SNEP for selling over 700,000 copies. All older songs (1982–1986) were produced by Eddy Marnay and Rudi Pascal. The newer tracks (1987–1988) were produced by Romano Musumarra, Didier Barbelivien, Urs Peter Keller and Atilla Şereftuğ.[2]

Track listings[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Ne partez pas sans moi"  
  • Urs Peter Keller
  • Şereftuğ
3:07
2. "Billy"  
  • Marnay
  • Rudi Pascal
2:58
3. "Je ne veux pas"  
  • Marnay
  • Romano Musumarra
Musumarra 3:50
4. "D'amour ou d'amitié"  
  • Marnay
  • Jean Pierre Lang
  • Roland Vincent
  • Marnay
  • Pascal
3:59
5. "Mon ami m'a quittée"  
  • Marnay
  • Christian Loigerot
  • Thierry Geoffroy
  • Marnay
  • Pascal
3:00
6. "C'est pour vivre"  
  • Marnay
  • Pascal
3:58
7. "La religieuse"   Didier Barbelivien Barbelivien 3:55
8. "C'est pour toi"  
  • Marnay
  • François Orenn
  • Marnay
  • Pascal
4:02
9. "Les chemins de ma maison"  
  • Marnay
  • Alain Bernard
  • Lemaitre
  • Marnay
  • Pascal
4:17
10. "Trois heures vingt"  
  • Marnay
  • Lemaitre
  • Marnay
  • Pascal
3:38
11. "Les oiseaux du bonheur"  
  • Marnay
  • Popp
  • Marnay
  • Pascal
3:33
12. "Benjamin"  
  • Marnay
  • Pierre Papadiamandis
  • Marnay
  • Pascal
4:38

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
France, Spain June 1988 Carrere CD 96-545
Vinyl record 66-545
Cassette 76-545
Germany CD CAR 8 26833
Vinyl record CAR 6 26833
Cassette CAR 4 26833
Denmark, Switzerland Mega CD MRCD 3314
Vinyl record MRLP 3314
Cassette MRMC 3314

References[edit]

  1. ^ Glatzer, Jenna (2005). Céline Dion: For Keeps. Andrews McMeel Publishing. ISBN 0-7407-5559-5. 
  2. ^ Beaunoyer, Jean; Beaulne; (2004). Don Wilson, ed. Rene Angelil: The Making of Céline Dion: The Unauthorized Biography. Dundurn Group. ISBN 1-55002-489-2.