Phil Spector's Wall of Sound Retrospective

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/13/2008
  • Label: Universal Tv Uk
  • UPC: 602517155916
  • Catalog Number: 1715591
  • Sales rank: 45,690

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Da Doo Ron Ron - The Crystals (2:19)
  2. 2 Be My Baby (2:40)
  3. 3 He's Sure the Boy I Love - The Crystals (2:43)
  4. 4 He's a Rebel - The Crystals (2:31)
  5. 5 Uptown - The Crystals (2:21)
  6. 6 There's No Other Like My Baby - The Crystals (2:30)
  7. 7 A Fine, Fine Boy (2:47)
  8. 8 Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah - Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans (2:50)
  9. 9 Why Do Lovers Break Each Other's Hearts? - Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans (2:48)
  10. 10 (The Best Part Of) Breakin' Up (3:04)
  11. 11 Not Too Young to Get Married - Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans (2:30)
  12. 12 (Today I Met) The Boy I'm Gonna Marry (2:46)
  13. 13 Wait Till My Bobby Gets Home (2:24)
  14. 14 Baby, I Love You (2:50)
  15. 15 Then He Kissed Me - The Crystals (2:39)
  16. 16 Do I Love You? (2:56)
  17. 17 Walking in the Rain (3:15)
  18. 18 Born to Be Together (2:59)
  19. 19 You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling - The Righteous Brothers (3:44)
  20. 20 Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers (3:38)
  21. 21 River Deep, Mountain High (3:37)
  22. 22 Spanish Harlem (2:10)
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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
The 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 Jr. Piano
Louise Blackburn Trombone
Sonny Bono Percussion, Background Vocals
Roy Caton Trumpet
Al DeLory Piano
Bob Edmondson Trombone
Gene Estes Percussion
Al 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
Bob Ludwig Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Spector's Legacy

    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.

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