Wall of Sound: The Very Best of Phil Spector, 1961-1966

Wall of Sound: The Very Best of Phil Spector, 1961-1966

     
 

Phil Spector was really more of a back-tier session musician, songwriter, and occasional producer when he started his own Philles Records imprint in 1961. He had some success, having written, played guitar, and sung backup vocals on 1958's "To Know Him Is to Love Him" (which hit the top of the pop charts that year) as part of the TeddySee more details below

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Phil Spector was really more of a back-tier session musician, songwriter, and occasional producer when he started his own Philles Records imprint in 1961. He had some success, having written, played guitar, and sung backup vocals on 1958's "To Know Him Is to Love Him" (which hit the top of the pop charts that year) as part of the Teddy Bears and he worked for a time as part of the production team for Leiber & Stoller, co-writing "Spanish Harlem" for Ben E. King and playing guitar on the Drifters' "On Broadway," and he produced minor sides for LaVern Baker and Ruth Brown, among others, but there was really little to distinguish him from any number of other hopefuls clustered around the pop music scene as the 1960s dawned. But Spector was driven, single-minded, and stubborn, and he had a sound in his head. Now with his own label, he set out to record a series of singles he termed "little symphonies for the kids" that are among the most distinctive and influential recordings in the history of pop music. Combining massed pianos, guitars, string arrangements by Jack Nitzsche, tons of layered percussion, and huge washes of echo, working with the West Coast's best session players (including Hal Blaine, Tommy Tedesco, Larry Knechtel, Leon Russell, and Harold Battiste -- the so-called Wrecking Crew), and leaning heavily on his engineer Larry Levine to catch all of this in the small confines of Gold Star Studios in Los Angeles, Spector developed his "Wall of Sound" production approach, controlling every aspect of the recordings until, even though he wasn't singing or even playing any instrument, they became -- in essence -- Phil Spector records. This is not to diminish the singers he used -- Ronnie Bennett, Darlene Love, Tina Turner, and the Righteous Brothers, among others -- but a Spector recording in the 1960s was just that, a Spector recording. This 19-track set collects the best of his Philles releases, including the classics "He's a Rebel," "Da Doo Ron Ron," and "There's No Other Like My Baby" by the Crystals, "Be My Baby," "Baby, I Love You," "Walking in the Rain," and "(The Best Part Of) Breakin' Up" by the Ronettes, the Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling," and Ike & Tina Turner's "River Deep, Mountain High." Spector amassed a singular catalog at Philles between 1961 and 1966 and his legacy will always be linked to it -- for those five years, there was no one on earth making better-sounding pop records. The proof of that is collected here.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/22/2011
Label:
Sony Legacy
UPC:
0886976129422
catalogNumber:
761294
Rank:
30649

Tracks

  1. He's a Rebel  -  Crystals
  2. Da Doo Ron Ron  -  Crystals
  3. Be My Baby  -  Ronettes
  4. Then He Kissed Me  -  Crystals
  5. (Today I Met) the Boy I'm Gonna Marry  - Darlene Love
  6. Baby, I Love You  -  Ronettes
  7. He's Sure the Boy I Love  -  Crystals
  8. Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah  -  Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans
  9. Wait Til' My Bobby Gets Home  - Darlene Love
  10. Walking In the Rain  -  Ronettes
  11. Uptown  -  Crystals
  12. Why Do Lovers Break Each Others Hearts?  -  Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans
  13. Do I Love You?  -  Ronettes
  14. A Fine, Fine Boy  - Darlene Love
  15. There's No Other Like My Baby  -  Crystals
  16. You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling  -  Righteous Brothers
  17. (The Best Part of) Breakin' Up  -  Ronettes
  18. Not Too Young To Get Married  -  Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans
  19. River Deep, Mountain High  -  Ike & Tina Turner

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Medley   Group Member
Darlene Love   Vocals,Group Member
Bobby Hatfield   Group Member
Patricia Wright   Group Member
Barbara Alston   Group Member
Estelle Bennett   Group Member
Veronica Bennett   Group Member
la Brooks   Group Member
Fanita James   Group Member
Bobby Sheen   Group Member
Mary Thomas   Group Member
Frances Collins   Group Member
Dee Dee Kenniebrew   Group Member
Nedra Talley   Group Member

Technical Credits

Gene Pitney   Composer
Ellie Greenwich   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
Jack Nitzsche   Arranger
Gene Page   Arranger
Phil Spector   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Peter Andreoli   Composer
Jeff Barry   Composer
Jim Bessman   Liner Notes
Arnold Goland   Arranger
Hank Levine   Arranger
Larry Levine   Engineer
Bill MacMeeken   Engineer
Vini Poncia   Composer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Allie Wrubel   Composer
Vic Anesini   Mastering
Ray Gilbert   Composer
Leroy Bates   Composer
Tony Powers   Composer
Jeff Schulz   Art Direction
Bob Hoch   Marketing

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