Record producers rarely achieve fame. Quincy Jones and George Martin are a couple of producers who became known through their association with artists: Michael Jackson in Jones’ case, the Beatles in Martin’s case. But Phil Spector achieved fame by producing hits by a number of artists: the Ronettes, Crystals, Righteous Brothers, Darlene Love, and even the Beatles. One of Spector’s musical innovations was “The Wall of Sound.” Spector created a dense, layered, reverberant sound that sounded great on AM radio and jukeboxes popular in the Sixties. Spector achieved this sound by having a number of electric and acoustic guitarists perform the same parts in unison, adding musical arrangements for large groups of musicians up to the size of orchestras, then recording the sound using an echo chamber. The result was a unique sound that’s instantly recognizable. This just released collection presents much of the range of Phil Spector’s early work. Highly recommended!
1. He’s A Rebel
2. Da Doo Ron Ron
3. Be My Baby
4. Then He Kissed Me
5. (Today I Met) The Boy I’m Gonna Marry
6. Baby, I Love You
7. He’s Sure The Boy I Love
9. Wait Til’ My Bobby Gets Home
10. Walking In The Rain
12. Why Do Lovers Break Each Others Hearts?
13. Do I Love You?
14. A Fine, Fine Boy
15. There’s No Other Like My Baby
16. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling
17. (The Best Part Of) Breakin’ Up
18. Not Too Young To Get Married
19. River Deep, Mountain High