Phil Spector's Wall of Sound Retrospective

Phil Spector's Wall of Sound Retrospective

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by Phil Spector
     
 
There's little in pop music of the '60s that's more satisfying than the singles Phil Spector created for his Philles Records label between 1961 and 1966, in which with the help of some of gifted session musicians, a handful of singers, and arranger Jack Nitzsche he conjured up a majestic sound that exploded out of transistor radios and

Overview

There's little in pop music of the '60s that's more satisfying than the singles Phil Spector created for his Philles Records label between 1961 and 1966, in which with the help of some of gifted session musicians, a handful of singers, and arranger Jack Nitzsche he conjured up a majestic sound that exploded out of transistor radios and cheap record players all across the teenage nation. Simple yet majestic in their widescreen grandeur and celebration of all that's sweet and painful about adolescent love, Spector's sound was often imitated, but rarely if ever did anyone get the proportions just right, and his best stuff is still amazing, heart-tugging music more than four decades after it was recorded. Unfortunately, there aren't many decent CD collections of Spector's oeuvre, so Phil Spector's Wall of Sound Retrospective (which was previously released in tandem with his fabled holiday record, A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector) is especially welcome, as it features 21 iconic songs from the Crystals, the Ronettes, Darlene Love, the Righteous Brothers, and Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans, climaxing with Ike & Tina Turner's epochal "River Deep, Mountain High," Spector's self-styled masterpiece and still one of the more remarkable 45s of the rock era. Most of the songs are presented in their original mono, as Spector intended (though "River Deep, Mountain High" roams ambitiously across the two channels), and the mastering is splendid; the liner notes don't offer much beyond session details, but knowing when and where each selection was created and who was playing what will certainly delight detail-obsessive pop fans. And the disc closes out with a rare item, a demo of Spector singing "Spanish Harlem" and revealing why he didn't step up to the vocal mike more often (his voice, while not bad, lacked the strength to stand up to his own Wall of Sound). While the true Spector loyalist will be happy with nothing short of the Back to Mono box set, this is as good a single-disc overview of Spector's classic era as you can get, and those who love the glory days of AM radio need this music in their collections.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/13/2008
Label:
Universal Tv Uk
UPC:
0602517155916
catalogNumber:
1715591
Rank:
38317

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Phil Spector   Primary Artist,Guitar
Steve Douglas & the Rebel Rousers   Baritone Saxophone
Cher   Background Vocals
Leon Russell   Piano
Frank Capp   Percussion
Plas Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Don Randi   Piano
Julius Wechter   Percussion,Vibes
Gloria Jones   Background Vocals
Clydie King   Background Vocals
Jack Nitzsche   Keyboards
Darlene Love   Background Vocals
Blossoms   Background Vocals
Billy Strange   Guitar
Nino Tempo   Bass Drums,Tenor Saxophone
Walter Anderson   Percussion
Jim Gordon   Drums
Edna Wright   Background Vocals
Hal Blaine   Drums
Harold Battiste   Piano
Louise Blackburn   Trombone
Sonny Bono   Percussion,Background Vocals
Roy Caton   Trumpet
DeLory   Piano
Bob Edmondson   Trombone
Gene Estes   Percussion
Hendrickson   Guitar
Jim Horn   Baritone Saxophone
Fanita James   Background Vocals
Drew Johnson   Drums
Carol Kaye   Guitar,Electric Bass,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Jean King   Background Vocals
Larry Knechtel   Piano
Lew McCreary   Trombone
Jay Migliori   Tenor Saxophone
Ollie Mitchell   Trumpet
Art Munson   Guitar
Gracia Nitzsche   Background Vocals
Earl Palmer   Drums
Donald Peake   Guitar
Bill Pitman   Guitar
Ray Pohlman   Electric Bass
Emil Richards   Percussion,Vibes
Barry Rillera   Guitar
Frank Rosolino   Trombone
Jesse Sailes   Drums
Bobby Sheen   Background Vocals
Kenny Shroyer   Bass Trombone
Tommy Tedesco   Guitar
Scotty Turner   Guitar
Jimmy Bond   Upright Bass
B.J. Baker   Background Vocals
Johnny Vidor Strings   Musician
Mike Patterson   Piano
Robert Gerstlauer   Baritone Saxophone
Woody Woodrich   Trumpet
John Ewing   Trombone
John Anderson   Trumpet
Oma Heard   Background Vocals
Billy Russell   Musician
Bill Baker [5]   Saxophone
Wallick Dean   Bass
Louis Leos   Bass
Michael Spencer   Piano
Phillip Teele   Trombone

Technical Credits

Gene Pitney   Composer
Tina Turner   Art Direction
Ellie Greenwich   Composer
Bill Medley   Art Direction
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Jack Nitzsche   Arranger
Gene Page   Arranger
Darlene Love   Art Direction
Bobby Hatfield   Art Direction
Phil Spector   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Barbara Alston   Art Direction
Jeff Barry   Composer
Estelle Bennett   Art Direction
Arnold Goland   Arranger
Ike Turner   Art Direction
Fanita James   Art Direction
Iris Keitel   Art Direction
Hank Levine   Arranger
Larry Levine   Engineer
Bill MacMeeken   Engineer
Alex North   Composer
Steve Rosenthal   Archives Coordinator
Bobby Sheen   Art Direction
Hy Zaret   Composer
Ralph Valentin   Engineer
Michael Kirk   Sample Clearance
Mary Thomas   Art Direction
Frances Collins   Art Direction
Dee Dee Kenniebrew   Art Direction
Nedra Talley   Art Direction
Maria Papazahariou   Session Research
Seth Adkins   Sample Clearance
Teri Landi   Reissue Producer,Tape Research,Session Research
Janessa Gursky   Assistant Art Director
Alisa Coleman   Art Direction
Delores "La La" Brooks   Art Direction
Jody H. Klen   Reissue Producer

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Phil Spector's Wall of Sound Retrospective 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've looked for this album for years and finally picked it up at a Barnes and Noble bookstore, thanks to an attentive employee who helped me order a copy. If you lied the 'girl groups' of the 60's, this is one of the best. Complete with Spector's "wall of sound", the cuts are sure to bring great joy into your life as you relive the memories of your high school times. My grandchildren love it! The Ronettes are at their best as well as the Crystals, the Righteous Bros and even Ike and Tina Turner. The liner notes identify back up artists like Sonny Bono, Cher and Bruce Springsteens band on some cuts. This is an album that gets played over and over.