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"Unison" is a song written by Andy Goldmark and Bruce Roberts, and first recorded by R&B/dance artist Junior in 1983 for the Tom Cruise movie All the Right Moves. A minor hit, the song would attract a good deal of attention in 1990, when three female singers each covered the song and placed it on their respective albums of that year.

Laura Branigan recorded the song for her sixth, self-titled album. Expatriate American singer Lory Bianco recorded the song for her album Lonely is the Night. The song's greatest success, however, would come when it was chosen to be the title track of Céline Dion's English debut album.

Céline Dion version[edit]

"Unison"
Single by Céline Dion
from the album Unison
Released July 14, 1990 (1990-07-14)
Format CD single, cassette single, vinyl single
Recorded 1989-1990 Studio 55, John Barnes Studio, Steve Mitchell's, Skyline Midi Studio, Unique Recording
Genre Dance-pop
Length 4:13 (Album Version)
4:04 (Single Mix)
Label Columbia, Epic
Writer(s) Andy Goldmark, Bruce Roberts
Producer(s) Andy Goldmark, Kevin Unger
Céline Dion singles chronology
"(If There Was) Any Other Way"
(1990)
"Unison"
(1990)
"Where Does My Heart Beat Now"
(1990)
Music video
"Unison" on YouTube

"Unison" was released as the album's second single in Canada (July 14, 1990) and fourth in Japan (November 4, 1991). In the rest of the world, "Unison" was used as B-side to "The Last to Know" single.[1]

There were four club mixes created by Kevin Unger: single mix with rap, single mix without rap, mainstream extended mix, and club mix. Three of them feature rap by Frankie Fudge. They can be found on the Canadian editions of this single. The remixes took weeks of pre-production with the ultimate goal of making the original album version into a dance pop track for both contemporary radios and club dance floors. The new versions took 3 days to mix at Toronto's famed Metal Works Studios.

The music video was made in July 1990 for the single mix with rap and featured what many believed was an appearance by Frankie Fudge. However the person in the video was not Frankie Fudge. The video was directed by Robin Miller and it was included on the Unison VHS.

The song reached number 38 in Canada. In the clubs, "Unison" became a national hit, peaking at number 1 on Canada's National Club Chart for 7 weeks.

It was voted the song of the year 1990 in Quebec (ahead of Madonna's "Vogue") on the Énergie radio network's Le choix du Québec.

In 1991, "Unison" (mainstream mix) was nominated for the Juno Award for Dance Recording of the Year.[2]

Arguably, the success of the remix single was the springboard Sony Music Canada needed to garner the attention of its U.S. parent company, leading to Dion's release in the U.S. market.

Critical reception[edit]

Chicago Tribune's Jan De Knock wrote: "Dion's big voice invites comparisons to the power-pop stylings of Taylor Dayne and Laura Branigan (coincidentally, the disco-flavored title track "Unison" also appears on Branigan's latest LP.)"[3]

Formats and track listings[edit]

Canadian CD single

  1. "Unison" (mainstream extended mix) – 7:05
  2. "Unison" (club mix) – 7:25

Canadian CD maxi single

  1. "Unison" (single mix with rap) – 4:04
  2. "Unison" (single mix without rap) – 4:04
  3. "Unison" (mainstream extended mix) – 7:05

Japanese CD maxi single

  1. "Unison" (single mix with rap) – 4:04
  2. "Délivre-moi" – 4:19
  3. "Can't Live with You, Can't Live Without You" – 4:16
  4. "Unison" – 4:13

Official versions[edit]

  1. "Unison" (mainstream extended mix) – 7:05
  2. "Unison" (club mix) – 7:25
  3. "Unison" (single mix with rap) – 4:04
  4. "Unison" (single mix without rap) – 4:04
  5. "Unison" (album version) – 4:13

Charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
position
Canadian Record's Retail Singles Chart[4] 38
Canadian Record's Contemporary Hit Radio Chart[4] 27
Canadian Record's National Club Chart[4] 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles[5] 45
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary[6] 7
Canadian RPM Dance/Urban[7] 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Glatzer, Jenna (2005). Céline Dion: For Keeps. Andrews McMeel Publishing. ISBN 0-7407-5559-5. 
  2. ^ "Awards: Artist Summary". CARAS. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Celine Dion Unison (Epic)
  4. ^ a b c Lwin, Nanda (1999). Top 40 Hits: The Essential Chart Guide. Music Data Canada. ISBN 1-896594-13-1. 
  5. ^ Top Singles - Volume 52, No. 17, September 08 1990. Retrieved May 16, 2010.
  6. ^ Adult Contemporary - Volume 52, No. 21, October 06 1990. Retrieved May 16, 2010.
  7. ^ Dance/Urban - Volume 52, No. 18, September 15 1990. Retrieved May 16, 2010.

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