Phil's Spectre: A Wall of Soundalikes

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
You could fill a box set with fairly accurate, decent-to-great Phil Spector imitations. There are "only" 24 of them all from 1963-1967 on the Phil's Spectre: A Wall of Soundalikes compilation, but it's certainly a good, and never less than interesting, selection of Son-of-Wall-of-Sound productions from the '60s. Only one of these the Righteous Brothers' majestic "You're My Soul and Inspiration" was a big hit, and though some of the others did pretty well Nino Tempo & April Stevens's "All Strung Out" and Sonny & Cher's "Just You", it's likely that most of these singles will be unfamiliar to all but the upper-tier '60s collector. Which is one of the set's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
You could fill a box set with fairly accurate, decent-to-great Phil Spector imitations. There are "only" 24 of them all from 1963-1967 on the Phil's Spectre: A Wall of Soundalikes compilation, but it's certainly a good, and never less than interesting, selection of Son-of-Wall-of-Sound productions from the '60s. Only one of these the Righteous Brothers' majestic "You're My Soul and Inspiration" was a big hit, and though some of the others did pretty well Nino Tempo & April Stevens's "All Strung Out" and Sonny & Cher's "Just You", it's likely that most of these singles will be unfamiliar to all but the upper-tier '60s collector. Which is one of the set's strengths: you'll be surprised how much Spectorish pop was made in the mid-'60s, and also be surprised how good some of it was, though some of it's only ordinary. The best of the batch include Jackie DeShannon's original 1963 version of "When You Walk in the Room," covered for a British Invasion hit by the Searchers; the Beach Boys' cover of "Why Do Fools Fall in Love," initially buried on a 1964 B-side; and the Walker Brothers' lush "Love Her," which was a fair-sized hit in Britain. Obscure, not-so-great sides by the Supremes "Run, Run, Run" and Gene Pitney "Tremblin'" also make the cut. But some of the finest treasures here are the songs that hardly anyone's ever heard of, like Alder Ray's "A Little Love Will Go a Long Way" a dead ringer for a 1963 single by the Crystals or Darlene Love; the Four Pennies' "When the Boy's Happy The Girl's Happy Too" actually the Chiffons under a different name; Dorothy Berry's David Gates-produced "You're So Fine"; Carol Connors's sexy "My Baby Looks, but He Don't Touch" sung by the former lead vocalist of Spector's first hit, the Teddy Bears' "To Know Him Is to Love Him"; P.J. Proby's dramatic reading of Gerry Goffin and Carole King's "I Can't Make It Alone"; and the Dolls' "And That Reminds Me" a great tune produced by rockabilly great Dale Hawkins. And there could be no more dead-on Righteous Brothers imitation than Kane & Abel's "He Will Break Your Heart." There are plenty of other fine Spector soundalikes that don't show up here, and for further research on the minigenre, it's worth digging up such little-known goodies as Cher's "Dream Baby," Ellie Greenwich's "You Don't Know," the Girlfriends' "My One and Only Jimmy Boy," Shelley Fabares's "He Don't Love Me," and Roberta Day's "Someday." But Phil's Spectre: A Wall of Soundalikes is a good start.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/4/2003
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667197823
  • Catalog Number: 978
  • Sales rank: 119,709

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 When You Walk in the Room - Jackie DeShannon (3:02)
  2. 2 Run, Run, Run - The Supremes (2:15)
  3. 3 Just You - Sonny & Cher (3:30)
  4. 4 Why Do Fools Fall in Love - The Beach Boys (1:58)
  5. 5 Too Hurt to Cry, Too Much in Love to Say Goodbye - Darnells (2:16)
  6. 6 On the Spanish Side - Landy McNeil (2:41)
  7. 7 Hang On - Wall of Sound (2:24)
  8. 8 Tremblin' - Gene Pitney (2:07)
  9. 9 A Little Love (Will Go a Long Way) - Alder Ray (2:32)
  10. 10 All Strung Out - Nino Tempo & April Stevens (3:00)
  11. 11 When the Boy's Happy (The Girl's Happy Too) - The Four Pennies (2:14)
  12. 12 (You're My) Soul and Inspiration - The Righteous Brothers (3:22)
  13. 13 You're So Fine - Dorothy Berry (2:23)
  14. 14 Missin' My Baby - Clydie King (3:07)
  15. 15 It Breaks My Heart - Ray Raymond (3:22)
  16. 16 Yes Sir, That's My Baby - Hale & The Hushabyes (2:20)
  17. 17 Love Her - The Walker Brothers (3:21)
  18. 18 And That Reminds Me - Dolls (2:28)
  19. 19 Boys Town (Where My Broken Hearted Buddies Go) - Nino Tempo (2:38)
  20. 20 My Baby Looks, But He Don't Touch - Carol Connors (2:41)
  21. 21 He Will Break Your Heart - Kane & Abel (2:29)
  22. 22 I Just Couldn't Say - Lorraine & the Delights (2:39)
  23. 23 I Can't Make It Alone - P.J. Proby (4:31)
  24. 24 Please Phil Spector - Mike Lendell & The Attack (1:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Van McCoy Conductor
Jack Nitzsche Conductor
Richard Podolor Conductor
Bill Baker Conductor
Technical Credits
James Peterson Composer
Carole King Composer
Frankie Lymon Composer
Brian Wilson Producer
Brooks Arthur Engineer
Ellie Greenwich Composer
April Stevens Composer
Bill Medley Producer
Jerry Riopelle Composer, Producer
David Gates Producer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Dale Hawkins Producer
Barry Mann Composer
Van McCoy Arranger, Composer, Producer
Jack Nitzsche Arranger, Producer
Johnny Cymbal Producer
Nino Tempo Arranger, Composer, Producer
Jeff Barry Composer
Sonny Bono Arranger, Composer
Jan Davis Producer
Nick DeCaro Arranger
Jackie DeShannon Composer
Lamont Dozier Composer, Producer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Lance Finnie Composer
Dick Glasser Producer
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer, Producer
Gus Kahn Composer
George Kerr Producer
Morris Levy Composer
Marshall Lieb Producer
Donald Peake Arranger
Richard Podolor Arranger
Ray Pohlman Arranger
Abner Spector Composer, Producer
Al Stillman Composer
George Tobin Producer
Cynthia Weil Composer
Robert West Composer
Gary Zekley Composer
Bert de Coteaux Arranger
Gary Beisbier Arranger
Reese Clifford Composer, Producer
Jimmy Holvay Arranger, Composer
William Schofield Composer
Kris Resnick Composer
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Mick Patrick Liner Notes
Joe Levine Composer
Camillo Bargoni Composer
Carol Connors Composer
Bill Baker Arranger
Michael Rashkow Composer, Producer
Roger Christian Composer
Arthur Resnick Composer
Jane McNealy Composer
Freeman King Composer
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