The Essential Phil Spector

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Phil Spector, with The Teddy Bears, Ray Peterson, Ben E. King, The Alley Cats, The Crystals, The Ronettes & others
The Essential Phil Spector

[ Sony Music / 2 CD ]

Release Date: Friday 7 September 2012

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A 2 CD collection that lives up to it's title; a desert-island gathering of Spector's work during his peak hit-making years.

Producer Phil Spector's famed and innovative Wall of Sound recording techniques consisting of massed instruments, close-quarter ensemble recording, symphonic structure and, above all, good songs (most of which Spector wrote or co-wrote) sung by vital artists influenced, in one way or another, every pop producer who followed him.

This two-disc set collects Spector's most essential and enduring productions, including classics like The Crystals' "Da Doo Ron Ron", The Ronettes' marvelous "Be My Baby", the emotionally epic "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" by the Righteous Brothers and the majestic "River Deep, Mountain High" by Ike & Tina Turner, among others, making this indeed the essential Phil Spector.

It's a big ask to reduce Spector's large catalogue of work to just a double CD, but the compilers of this collection have done an excellent job.


Disc 1:
1. To Know Him Is To Love Him
2. Corrine, Corrina
3. Spanish Harlem
4. Pretty Little Angel Eyes
5. Every Breath I Take
6. I Love How You Love Me
7. There's No Other Like My Baby [The Crystals]
8. Uptown [The Crystals]
9. He's A Rebel [The Crystals]
10. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah
11. Puddin' N' Tain
12. He's Sure The Boy I Love
13. Why Do Lovers Break Each Others Hearts?
14. (Today I Met) The Boy I'm Gonna Marry
15. Da Doo Ron Ron
16. Not Too Young To Get Married [Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans]
17. Wait Til' My Bobby Gets Home [Darlene Love]

Disc 2:
1. Be My Baby [The Ronettes]
2. Then He Kissed Me [The Crystals]
3. A Fine, Fine Boy
4. Baby, I Love You [The Ronettes]
5. (The Best Part Of) Breakin' Up [The Ronettes]
6. Hold Me Tight
7. Stumble And Fall
8. When I Saw You [The Ronettes]
9. Do I Love You? [The Ronettes]
10. Walking In The Rain
11. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
12. Unchained Melody [The Righteous Brothers]
13. Ebb Tide
14. This Could Be The Night
15. Paradise [The Ronettes]
16. I Wish I Never Saw The Sunshine [The Ronettes]
17. Black Pearl [Sonny Charles and the Checkmates Ltd]