Born to Be with You is an album by Dion, released in 1975. Six of the eight tracks were produced by Phil Spector, who had expressed admiration of Dion's earlier work with his doo-wop outfit, Dion and the Belmonts. The recording sessions were lengthy and chaotic, and on completion in 1974 Spector himself shelved the release for 12 months, only to find the album was largely met with indifference by the music establishment at the time. In the 1990s however, the album began to receive widespread critical acclaim, with artists such as Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream citing it as a key influence.
The album was included in Robert Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
The recording sessions were lengthy and chaotic, often hampered by Spector's drinking and unpredictable temperament. Bruce Springsteen and Miami Steve visited the studio during the recording sessions. On its completion in 1974, DiMucci effectively disowned the record, stating that the production made it sound like "funeral music".
All tracks produced by Phil Spector, except where noted.
2001 Ace Records CD Reissue, which also pairs "Born To Be With You" with his 1976 album Streetheart, contains an additional Phil Spector produced bonus track which had originally seen release in the UK only as a non album single in 1976
- Dion DiMucci - vocals, guitar
- Art Munson, Barney Kessel, Bill Perry, Dan Kessel, Dennis Budimir, Don Peake, Jerry Coe, Jesse Ed Davis, Ron Koss, Thom Rotella, Wally Snow - guitar
- Klaus Voormann, Ray Neopolitan, Ray Pohlman - bass
- Andy Thomas, Barry Mann, Joe Sample, Mike Wofford, Tom Hensley - piano
- Frank Capp, Hal Blaine, Jim Keltner - drums
- Alan Estes, Emil Richards, Gary Coleman, Gene Estes, Jeff Barry, Steve Forman, Terry Gibbs - percussion
- Nino Tempo - saxophone, horn arrangements
- Bobby Keys, Conte Candoli, Don Menza, Fred Selden, Jay Migliori, Jim Horn, Steve Douglas - horns
- Jimmy Getzoff Strings - strings