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) Translation Length
1. "Ne partez pas sans moi" (Incognito 1987) Nella Martinetti, Atilla Şereftuğ Don't leave without me 3:07
2. "Billy"   Eddy Marnay, Patrick Lemaitre Billy 2:58
3. "Je ne veux pas"   Eddy Marnay, Romano Musumarra I don't want 3:50
4. "D'amour ou d'amitié" (Tellement j'ai d'amour... 1982) Eddy Marnay, Jean Pierre Lang, Roland Vincent Love or friendship 3:59
5. "Mon ami m'a quittée" (Les chemins de ma maison 1983) Eddy Marnay, Christian Loigerot, Thierry Geoffroy My boyfriend left me 3:00
6. "C'est pour vivre" (C'est pour toi 1985) Eddy Marnay, André Popp It's to live 3:58
7. "La religieuse"   Didier Barbelivien The nun 3:55
8. "C'est pour toi" (C'est pour toi 1985) Eddy Marnay, François Orenn It's for you 4:02
9. "Les chemins de ma maison" (Les chemins de ma maison 1983) Eddy Marnay, Alain Bernard, Patrick Lemaitre The paths to my home 4:17
10. "Trois heures vingt" (Les oiseaux du Bonheur 1984) Eddy Marnay, Patrick Lemaitre Twenty past three 3:38
11. "Les oiseaux du Bonheur" (Les oiseaux du Bonheur 1984) Eddy Marnay, André Popp The birds of happiness 3:33
12. "Benjamin" (Les oiseaux du bonheur 1984) Eddy Marnay, Pierre Papadiamandis Benjamin 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.