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Original version by Junior Giscombe

"Unison" is a song written by Andy Goldmark and Bruce Roberts, and first recorded by R&B/dance artist Junior Giscombe (as 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 Celine Dion's English debut album.

Celine Dion version[edit]

Single by Celine Dion
from the album Unison
Released 9 July 1990 (1990-07-09)
Genre Dance-pop
Length 4:12
Producer(s) Andy Goldmark
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Canadian singer Celine Dion covered "Unison" for her first English-language album of the same name (1990). The song was released by Columbia Records as the album's second single in Canada on 9 July 1990. The next year, it was issued as the fourth single in Japan. The song was written by Andy Goldmark and Bruce Roberts, and originally recorded by Junior Giscombe in 1983. Dion's version was produced by Goldmark.

After its release, "Unison" received positive reviews from music critics. It was nominated for the Juno Award for Dance Recording of the Year. The song peaked at number thirty-eight in Canada and became a success on the Canadian Dance Chart topping it for seven weeks. The accompanying music video for the song was directed by Robin Miller. Dion performed "Unison" during her three tours: Unison Tour, Celine Dion in Concert and The Colour of My Love Tour.

Background and release[edit]

In 1989, Dion recorded "Can't Live with You, Can't Live Without You," a duet with Billy Newton-Davis included on his album, Spellbound. The track was produced by Andy Goldmark. At the same time, Dion was recording her first English-language album, Unison. Goldmark produced the title track, which was released as the second single in Canada on 9 July 1990. It was also issued as the fourth single in Japan on 4 November 1991. In the rest of the world, "Unison" was used as B-side to "The Last to Know" single.[1]

For the single release, "Unison" was remixed by Kevin Unger. He created four remixes: Single Mix with Rap, Single Mix without Rap, Mainstream/Extended Mix and Club Mix. Three of them feature rap by Frankie Fudge. Ruth Pointer can be heard on the background vocals. 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 three days to mix at Toronto's famed Metal Works Studios.

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.)"[2]

Chart performance[edit]

In Canada, "Unison" debuted on the charts in July 1990 and peaked at number thirty-eight on The Record's Retail Singles Chart on 17 September 1990. It also topped the The Record's Club Chart for seven weeks and peaked at number seven on the RPM Adult Contemporary Chart.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Unison" was made for the Single Mix with Rap and released in July 1990. It was directed by Robin Miller. The person who appears in the video rapping, is not Frankie Fudge. The music video was later included on the Unison VHS.

Live performances[edit]

Dion performed "Unison" on few Canadian television shows in 1990. She also sang it during her Unison Tour, Celine Dion in Concert and The Colour of My Love Tour.

Awards and accolades[edit]

At the Juno Awards of 1991, "Unison" (Mainstream/Extended Mix) was nominated for the Juno Award for Dance Recording of the Year but lost to "Don't Wanna Fall in Love" (Knife Feel Good Mix) by Jane Child.[3] It was also voted the song of the year 1990 in Quebec (ahead of Madonna's "Vogue") on the NRJ radio network's Le choix du Québec. Arguably, the success of the remix was the springboard Sony Music Canada needed to garner the attention of its US parent company, leading to Dion's release in the US market.

Track listing and formats[edit]


Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Celine Dion – lead vocals
  • Andy Goldmark – songwriter, producer, arranger, drum programming, bass synth, keyboards
  • Bruce Roberts – songwriter
  • Paul Pesco – guitars
  • Charles Fearing – guitars
  • John Barnes – keyboards
  • "Ready" Freddy Washington – electric bass
  • Fonzi Thornton – background vocals
  • Biti "Beat Box" Strauchn – mouth percussion
  • Fran Manzella – additional programming
  • Dave Dachinger – additional programming, engineer
  • Mike Brooks – engineer
  • Jack Rouben – engineer
  • Bob Rosa – mix
  • Norene Rill – production coordination
  • Kevin Unger – additional producer (Remix only)
  • Frankie Fudge – rap (Remix only)
  • Ruth Pointer – background vocals (Remix only)


  1. ^ Glatzer, Jenna (2005). Céline Dion: For Keeps. Andrews McMeel Publishing. ISBN 0-7407-5559-5. 
  2. ^ Celine Dion Unison (Epic)
  3. ^ "Awards: Artist Summary". CARAS. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Nanda Lwin (1999). Top 40 Hits: The Essential Chart Guide. Music Data Canada. ISBN 1-896594-13-1. 
  5. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 7917." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 1334." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  7. ^ "RPM 10 Dance". RPM. 15 September 1990. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Top 100 Adult Contemporary Tracks of 1990". RPM. 22 December 1990. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "Top 50 Dance Tracks of 1990". 22 December 1990. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 

External links[edit]

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