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Dion – Born to be with You (1975) & William Orbit – Strange Cargo III (1993)

March 4, 2021

[Album 872 & 873 / 1001]

I suppose I could attempt to discuss ‘Wall of Sound’ production techniques.

Or perhaps endeavor to find the tipping point of where ‘Electronica’ becomes ‘Ambient.’

Instead, when thinking about Dion’s Born to Be with You & William Orbit’s Strange Cargo III, either album will inevitably draw a smile.

As despite not having a great deal of musical common ground, both were relaxing albums to which I fell asleep.

And as I previously described extensively with Spiritualized’s Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space, that’s one of the highest compliments I can bestow upon an album.

Whether it was the soothing saxophone (reminiscent of the SNL goodbyes song) on Dion’s title track or Beth Orton‘s guest vocals on Orbit’s Water from a Vine Leaf, that was my cue.

To paraphrase a line from Clement Moore’s A Visit from St. Nicholas, I put on either album & settled my brain for a long winter’s nap.

As such, I’ll remember them fondly!


Verbalize the Positive

Do you find your plans for a post evolve over time?

I think I was initially envisioning something with various famous ‘Dion’ (Céline, Stéphane, Phaneuf…)s – but it wouldn’t have expressed my gratitude to Dion (and William Orbit) sufficiently!

From → 1970s, 1990s

  1. There are certain albums or music I will put on to help me fall asleep so I think that is a compliment. It is something that soothes you to a point of total relaxation which is a good thing.

    • Agreed – when I fall asleep when watching movies with my kids, I try to explain to them that it’s a good thing (that I’m so relaxed because everyone’s happy), not sure if they fully appreciate that reasoning yet!

  2. Is thst Dion as in Dion & The Belmonts? Because that brings to mind my Mom’s jukebox, The Wanderer, all that.

    My posts don’t evolve too much, likely because I, myself, haven’t!

  3. Posts change for me all of the time! Usually due to how I don’t know what I’m talking about.

    • When it comes so many of the 1001 albums, I’m very much a tourist, knowing very little about the albums about which I’m attempting to speak!

  4. jprobichaud permalink

    I may or may not have told this story already but in university residence, I always fell asleep to James’s collaborative album with Brian Eno “Wah wah”. One night, my friend Tim stayed over and complained that though you might fall asleep to the first couple of tracks, it definitely woke him later on when it gets louder. I guess I’m not as light a sleeper…

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