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The Essential Phil Spector

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It’s a testament to his record-producing genius (and business savvy) that collections are assembled under Phil Spector’s name instead of the groups and singers he worked with. But Spector was such a major force in the music world and such a focused visionary that there’s no better way to enjoy the music of the artists he produced. This collection starts with his first notable work, on The Teddy Bears’ “To Know Him Is To Love Him,” and cruises through such highlights as Ben E. King’s “Spanish Harlem” and Gene Pitney’s “Every Breath I Take” before focusing on the acts most associated with his name: The Crystals, Darlene Love, The Ronettes, and eventually The Righteous Brothers, whose “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” “Ebb Tide,” and “Unchained Melody” are among the most ear-popping hits of any era. Spector’s trademark Wall of Sound, where the pianos, guitars, bass, and drums were corralled into one seamless and impenetrable gestalt, remains one of pop music’s most singular achievements.

Customer Reviews

Pure genius

Absolutely the best collection of Spectors work. Forget about his recent shooting/arrest, and indulge in the true genius of the greatest music producer of all time.

Much better than other offerings...

Vastly superior to the Phil Spector Collection that iTunes offers. That release is significantly less dynamic than this and as such a great amount of the richness and depth was lost. Lead vocals are often extremely sibilant and the clarity of the backing band was lost. Don't get confused by the Wall of Sound moniker, it's still clear and deep when properly mastered.

Not to mention this is cheaper and has a more diverse offering of the artists Spector worked with, while dropping lesser "hits"..

Great set!

This is a must-have for anyone who loves 60s music - around 8 or 9 of them are on Rolling Stone's list of the Top 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The Ronettes, The Crystals, The Righteous Brothers, and Darlene Love each help to bring out the best in Spector's "wall of sound."

Best cut: "River Deep - Mountain High" is an outstanding rock and roll masterpiece sung by an Ike-free Tina Turner, who outshines the gnarly backing band with an even gnarlier vocal. It still sounds "new" to this day - play it LOUD! Honorable mentions for best include the immortal "Be My Baby," the infectious "Da Doo Ron Ron," and the soaring "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'."

The Essential Phil Spector
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  • $14.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music
  • Released: Oct 24, 2011

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