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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 July 1990 (1990-07)
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
Celine Dion singles chronology
"(If There Was) Any Other Way"
"Where Does My Heart Beat Now"
Music video
"Unison" on YouTube

"Unison" was released as the album's second single in Canada (July 1990) and fourth in Japan (November 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.

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]

Chart performance[edit]

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

Formats and track listings[edit]

  • 7" single (Canada)
  1. "Unison" (The Single Mix with Rap) – 4:03
  2. "Unison" (The Single Mix without Rap) – 4:03
  • Cassette single (Canada)
  1. "Unison" (The Single Mix with Rap) – 4:03
  2. "Unison" (The Single Mix without Rap) – 4:03
  3. "Unison" (Mainstream/Extended Mix) – 7:15
  • 12" single (Canada)
  1. "Unison" (Mainstream/Extended Mix) – 7:15
  2. "Unison" (Club Mix) – 7:26
  • CD maxi single (Japan)
  1. "Unison" (Single Mix) – 4:05
  2. "Délivre-moi" – 4:20
  3. "Can't Live with You, Can't Live Without You" – 4:18
  4. "Unison" (Album Version) – 4:13



  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 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. 

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