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Phil's Spectre III: A Third Wall Of Soundalikes

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  • Audio CD (2 July 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ace Records
  • ASIN: B000QEKHU8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 238,218 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Who Am I - Jerry Ganey
2. That's the Way - The Kit Kats
3. Look of Love - Lesley Gore
4. Sweet, Sweet Love - Bobby Sheen
5. I Love Him - Castanets
6. My Girl - Johnny Caswell
7. 'Cause I Love Him - Alder Ray
8. Gee, I'm Sorry Baby - The Sapphires
9. My One And Only, Jimmy Boy - The Girlfriends
10. Is There Anything I Can Do - Ashes
11. Big Man - Barbara Jackson
12. Yes Sir, That's My Baby - The Satisfactions
13. Usher Boy - Merry Clayton
14. My Tears Will Go Away - The Righteous Brothers
15. Let the Good Times Roll - Judy Henske
16. He Really Loves Me - Debbie Rollins
17. Goodbye Baby - Maureen Gray
18. Young Boy Blues - Daniel Stone
19. He's Mine (I Love HIm, I Love Him, I Love Him) - Alice Wonder Land
20. Down By The Ocean - George And Sonny Sands
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* The third and final volume of Phil Spector soundalikes is the equal of the previous two in every way.

* A beguiling blend of fan favourites that we couldn't find room for on earlier volumes and tracks that we have spent years trying to license for this series, Phil's Spectre III features many selections that have never been legally reissued, appearing here from master tapes rather than from rare and worn 45s.

* The CD also features several first time stereos, alternate and extended mixes and tracks that have hitherto stayed unissued since their recording dates, over 40 years ago.

* The package features rare label shots and pix, and an authorative sleeve note from series co-compiler Mick Patrick.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly strained third volume 3 Oct 2007
By Lozarithm VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
So Ace's Wall Of Soundalikes series has made it to a third volume of Spectoralikes. Some of the more elusive titles that could not be tracked down or licensed for the previous sets have finally been nailed, and further examples from a seemingly bottomless well have been drawn, five of which were previously unreleased, at least in the exact form in which they appear. All are fulsomely annotated in the accompanying fat booklet. Familiar names from the extended Phil Spector family are again in evidence: Bill Medley, Jack Nitzsche, Ellie Greenwich, Bobby Sheen, Darlene Love, Sonny Bono; as well as a slew of new names some of whom had jumped onto the bandwagon in the hope of making a few bucks from their approximation of the Spector sound. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Third Wall, not so strongly constructed. 7 July 2007
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I was really looking forward to this release, especially as it's the last in the series. But I was slightly dissappointed when I listened to it. If you are a fan of Spector's earlier Crytals and early-Ronettes-era productions you will probably love this collection. But, for anyone who prefers Spector's more sophisticated post-"Walking in the Rain" productions - there's less to excite the listener in this collection.

Jerry Ganey's two tracks are outstanding, as are those by Bonnie, George & Sonny Sands and Dan Folger. But the quality of some of the tracks doesn't match those on the other two volumes in the series - in my opinion. Even for those who don't favour early-Spector-style productions, there was no denying the quality of the songs on the previous collections, not so with this third volume.

Any number of the songs on this collection could have been dropped in favour of better Spector sound-a-likes, such as Gene McDaniels' "Hang On", Malcolm Hayes' "It's Not Easy", "Ruby&The Romantics' "Does He Really Care For Me" or any of the other four Clydie King Liberty-Records issued tracks (Bobby Sheen's "Sweet Sweet Love" is no match for any of Clydie's tracks, no matter what the liner notes tell you).

Too many disc-dubs and poor song selection mar what is a beautifully presented and well researched CD. If you have the other volumes already you may find much to your liking here, but it doesn't compare to the other volumes in my opinion.

In the end, it's a matter of personal taste.
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5.0 out of 5 stars He copied they copied 6 April 2008
By Richard
Format:Audio CD
Interesting the way pop music develops.Phil Spector began by copying the Aquatones and the Fleetwoods before the Chantels informed his first production on the Philles label.
The rest is history-the more Spector landed hit singles which by then were using a mass of overdubs the more other labels moved in to copy.
In the U K this kind of thing was being done more shambolically by Joe Meek a man who would take an artist as an excuse to promote himself thus making eventually the producer a bigger name than the artist
Here in 3 volumes are some of those copies
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly strained third volume 3 Oct 2007
By Lozarithm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
So Ace's Wall Of Soundalikes series has made it to a third volume of Spectoralikes. Some of the more elusive titles that could not be tracked down or licensed for the previous sets have finally been nailed, and further examples from a seemingly bottomless well have been drawn, five of which were previously unreleased, at least in the exact form in which they appear. All are fulsomely annotated in the accompanying fat booklet. Familiar names from the extended Phil Spector family are again in evidence: Bill Medley, Jack Nitzsche, Ellie Greenwich, Bobby Sheen, Darlene Love, Sonny Bono; as well as a slew of new names some of whom had jumped onto the bandwagon in the hope of making a few bucks from their approximation of the Spector sound.

Among the most fascinating are Lesley Gore's Look Of Love, a single considerably more Spectorized than the original album version; Alder Ray sounding uncannily like Darlene Love on 'Cause I Love Him, with Darlene herself leading the chorus; the Girlfriends' My One And Only, Jimmy Boy, a rip-roaring explosion of a song, my favourite on the album and one I didn't previously know, the Girlfriends being members of the Blossoms and Bob B Soxx and the Blue Jeans; a rare acetate of the Satisfactions featuring Gracia Nitzsche on the oldie Yes Sir, That's My Baby, with Brian Wilson among the backing singers; a new mix of Judy Henske's 1966 cover of Shirley and Lee's Let The Good Times Roll; Bonnie (of Bonnie and the Treasures) with Close Your Eyes, her follow-up to Home Of The Brave, a classic yet to be anthologized in this series or on any other readily-available release; Martha and the Vandellas' fabulous if well known In My Lonely Room; Sonny and Cher's It's The Little Things, though virtually anything by the duo would have served; and Daniel A Stone's previously unreleased rendition of the Doc Pomus/Phil Spector song Young Boy Blues.

Elsewhere, however, there are occasional signs that the barrel may shortly begin to make sounds of scraping, and I would recommend turning to this only after having exhausted the first two Walls Of Soundalikes. Even though much of it is first rate, there is more competent blue-eyed soul and less inspired girl group sound than would be my preference. The notes mention that the compilers have in the main purposely eschewed versions of actual compositions by Phil Spector, and it seems that anything on his own labels, albeit not produced by the man, have also been avoided. It may be sensible to relax both of these rules if there is to be a Phil's Spectre IV.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More gold bricks in the wall of soundalikes 9 Nov 2009
By hyperbolium - Published on Amazon.com
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Phil Spector's revolutionary production techniques and monumental chart success in the early `60s spawned a lot of imitations, some of which hit, but many more of which passed by virtually unnoticed. Ace Records continues their collection of Wall of Sound tributes and knock-offs with a third volume that's more varied in quality than the first two. To be sure, there are some tremendous gems here, well worth the price of this disc, but there are also wanna-be productions that have all the earmarks, but not the magic dust that could have made them hits. It's one thing to have a baion beat, soaring string arrangement, massed instruments, deep echo, and castanets, but it's quite another to have the Brill Building's songs, Gold Star's rooms, and Ronnie Spector's pipes. Not to mention Jack Nitzche's arrangements, Larry Levine's engineering and Phil Spector's ears; winningly, several of these tracks have the first two of those three.

That said, there are many high points to this collection. "Who Am I" opens with a lonely bass riff and Jerry Ganey's soulful vocal, rises momentarily to an echoed backing chorus and threatens a full wall of sound, only to fall back to Ganey and the bass. It's not until 1'22 of teasing has passed that writer-producer (and Righeous Brother) Bill Medley unleashes the full force of the song's arrangement. Sonny Bono's rendition of Spector's sound traces back to his years working directly for the master. 1967's "It's the Little Things," recorded for the soundtrack of Good Times, has the requisite musical elements but truly excels in Bono's charmingly self-deprecating lyrics. Cher gives it everything as she sings of loving a man who's not smart or handsome but is her everything. Remembering her speech at Bono's memorial it's hard not to get a bit teary when this one plays.

The disc's biggest surprise is the 1910 Fruitgum Company's last chart single, "When We Get Married." Written by Ritchie Cordell (of "Indian Giver," "Mony Mony" and "I Think We're Alone Now" fame) under his real name (Richard Rosenblatt), the production of bubblegum legends Jerry Kaszenetz and Jeffry Katz pulls out all the stops, and lead singer Mark Gutkowski leans into every line, so exhausting himself with his outpouring of emotion that he has to stop and take a very audible and dramatic breath at 3'25. Imagine a teenage Ronnie Spector given the chance to sing about her upcoming nuptuals, supported by the harmonies of the Cowsills and backed by a wide stereo version of Phil Spector's wall of sound. Truly extraordinary.

There are many other treats here, even if they don't reach the stratospheric heights of the collection's key cuts. Lesley Gore's "Look of Love" (written by Brill Building legends Greenwich & Barry) began life as an album track, but in 1964 producer Quincy Jones thickened the production with handclaps, sleigh bells and echo. The folk-rock of the Kit Kats "That's the Way" is given a deep stereo backing and features a falsetto chorus vocal reminiscent of the Newbeats. There's more folk-rock in the Ashes' "Is There Anything I Can Do," which benefits from the Gold Star sound, courtesy in large part to the engineering of Larry Levine. Yet another Spector alum, arranger Jack Nitzsche, gives Judy Henske the wall of sound treatment for a cover of Shirley and Lee's "Let the Good Times Roll" that rings down the curtain with its forceful climax.

Several producers took Spector's work too literally for their own good. The Castanets' "I Love Him" is a by-the-numbers imitation of the Crystals that's adequate but isn't the Crystals. Girl group collectors will enjoy this previously unreleased single-tracked vocal version. The Satisfactions' "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" slows the 1925 tune to a soulful crawl but doesn't find the groove Spector perfected on "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah." Better is Alder Ray's "'Cause I Love Him," which could pass for a Darlene Love track. Ace has done another fine job of lining up the disciples of Phil Spector and augmenting the music with a 16-page booklet stuffed with photos, sleeve and label reproductions, and detailed liner notes. Everything here is in AM-ready mono except tracks 2, 4, 10, and 23 which are true stereo. [2009 hyperbolium dot com]
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phil's Spectre III 24 Sep 2007
By Jan Tonnesen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Despite Phil's legal problems, his legacy continues to shine forth in this trilogy of "Sound-A-Likes". A THIRD WALL OF SOUNDALIKES is the best of 'em.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More great Spectoresque music. 17 Sep 2007
By Mark Sherman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Phil's Spectre III - A Third Wall of Soundalikes

Another great set of songs in the Spector vein. It's a thrill to (finally) have Merry Claton's "Usher Boy" available, as well as a rocking version of Alder Ray's "Cause I Love Him".

This set will be a great addition to any Spector fans collection.
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless for geezers 14 May 2009
By Richard Schmitz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Awesome collection! Was not familiar with many of the songs but gradually fell in love with ALL OF THEM. Even tho the songs do not bring back specific memories like other AM hits from the same time period, the songs do take me to a sweet time of innocence, dreamy crushes, penny loafer dancing, etc. Highly recommended for hopeless romantics over 40 and those with an open mind, wanting familiarity with early 60s pre-psychedellic.
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