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Phil Spector Definitive Collection [Box set]

Phil Spector Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 Dec 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: U.M.T.V.
  • ASIN: B000K2Q8DQ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,772 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Da Doo Ron Ron – The Crystals
2. Be My Baby – The Ronettes
3. He’s Sure The Boy I Love – The Crystals
4. He’s A Rebel – The Crystals
5. Uptown – The Crystals
6. There’s No Other Like My Baby – The Crystals
7. A Fine, Fine Boy – Darlene Love
8. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah – Bob B. Soxx And The Blue Jeans
9. Why Do Lovers Break Each Other’s Hearts? – Bob B. Soxx And The Blue Jeans
10. (The Best Part Of) Breakin’ Up – The Ronettes
See all 22 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. White Christmas - Darlene Love
2. Frosty The Snowman - The Ronettes
3. The Bells of St. Mary - Bob B. Soxx And The Blue Jeans
4. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - The Crystals
5. Sleigh Ride - The Ronettes
6. Marshmallow world - Darlene Love
7. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - The Ronettes
8. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer - The Crystals
9. Winter Wonderland - Darlene Love
10. Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers - The Crystals
See all 13 tracks on this disc

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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back To Mono! 12 Dec 2006
Format:Audio CD
I bought this as a Christmas present for my dad, my way of apologising for stealing his vinyl copy of Echoes Of The 60s many years ago. This is a superb collection of Phil's finest moments. It's unusual to see a one disc Spector retrospective on compact disc so if you're not ready to jump on the Back To Mono 4 disc boxset I strongly advise you buy this. The sound is absolutely pristine as you might expect - Phil would never let it be released otherwise. Good packaging which I was impressed to see includes details of who played what on these miraculous mini-symphonies. It's a cliche but they really don't make 'em like this anymore. Genius.

The Christmas album is included as a seperate cd which has been widely available for a few years. It's magic! Let your cynicism be blown away by the goddess Darlene Love.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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This release gives you, at a bargain price, most of the Spector masterpieces that the average person would want. In the days of vinyl, I had the Christmas album and a "best of the rest" with a very similar listing to the second CD of this set. In the absence of such a collection on CD, a few years ago I bought the "Back to Mono" box set, which is more of a "definitive" collection, and priced accordingly. If this double set had been available then, I would have bought it instead.

Buy while it's still on the catalogue. Bargain Spector compilations like this don't appear very often. You can, of course, buy the Christmas album on its own at any time, for not much less (and sometimes a bit more) than the price of this set.
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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Double CD of glorious pop and festive joy 16 Dec 2006
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Phil Spector the oh so slightly unhinged producer is credited with pioneering the wall of sound approach to making music, which is where this collection gets its name from. That basically means that Spector threw as much as possible into the mix. Thundering percussion, strings with more layers than an armadillo on a firing range, harmonies so glutinous they would put a class of five year old off sweets for weeks, and Spector was never a believer of less is more. Indeed it's fair to say he was a believer of more is more then some more should be chucked on top in case the original more wasn't enough.

However this is no easy thing to do and make it sound as wondrous a much of the material on here does. It could be a dicophonous disaster but Spector knew what he was doing and what's more he had the songs and the artists to pull it off. This is pop music so gaudily effervescent, so giddily emphatic that it makes even the lushest of contemporary music -Girls Aloud at their capricious best say- sound like Bonnie Prince Billy. Next to Spectors corpulent beauties virtually everything else is reduced to a size zero non-entity.

T o hear The Ronettes peerlessly perform "Baby I Love You" or "Be My Baby" is to hear pop at its zenith -so melodious and sonically impelling that you could be stood in the middle of a minefield, foot hovering over potential oblivion, and still become caught up in the song. The same goes for The Crystals "Then He Kissed Me" while "River Deep, Mountain High" is one of the most staggering moments of halcyon pop ...well ever. Tina Turner may have gone on to be a lumbering embarrassment but here she is incendiary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars TYCOON OF TEEN 1 Aug 2011
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This is a great package at a great price.Good old wig wearing,gun toting megalomaniac Phil Spector sure made some excellent tunes at his height,Tom Wolfe reffered to Phil as the "tycoon of teen".This cd contains many classics from Be My Baby,River Deep Mountain High,Unchained Melody.You also get the legendary Phil Spector christmas album.Credit should be applied all round,especially the lyric writers.Obviously Phils the star though.I believe a film is being made with Al Pacino as Spector,should be cool as they do not make stars like Phil anymore,borderline crazy genius flanked by bodyguards,taking no prisoners whether its Lennon or Cohen.Obviously the situation has ended with Phil behind bars,though lefty Hollywood is slowly starting a Spector is innocent campaign.Spector is a one man parable on stardom and madness.For the time being though listen to this great cd and remind yourself of the guys majestic talent.
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CAN'T recommend this 2 ALBUM CD highly enough, its absolutely terrific

Phil Spectors WALL OF SOUND production + fantastic vocals from the likes of Darlene Love , The Ronettes & The Crystals make this CD a must have for any fans of SPECTORS music , he even produced The Righteous Bros smash hit UNCHAINED MELODY and it is by far the best cover of this song ever made . SPECTORS brilliant production and the fantastic artists that sung for him made his style of music my all time fav 60s sound , and in my oppinion its absolutely timeless & untouchable

The first disc / PHIL SPECTORS WALL OF SOUND RETROSPECTIVE has 22 tracks and is choc full of classic hit singles , my fav is HE'S A REBEL ,its listed as being sung by The Crystals but I am sure I read somewhere that it is actually the sensational voice of DARLENE LOVE that is belting out this tune , also love every single that The Ronettes ever recorded - BE MY BABY is simply a classic , and it was used to great effect in the opening scenes of the movie Dirty Dancing.

Disc 2 is probably the most well known and best Christnmas album of all time, SPECTORS production has improved all the well known christmas songs by miles- making every tune a christmas classic , and once again DARLENE LOVES vocals are just incredible - especially on the fabulous CHRISTMAS ( BABY PLEASE COME HOME ).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Spector: and not a dead waitress in sight!!!
Before being known for his complete inability to handle firearms and bizarre court appearances, Harvey Phillip Spector was the one of the greatest record producers of his time. Read more
Published 24 months ago by RayRocks91
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
The best selection, including the Xmas album, absolutely brilliant wall of sound, shades of what Brian Wilson sought and occasionally found. One of the essentials.
Published on 7 Dec 2011 by stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Great old Wall of Sound
Wallow in those fab days of the Wall of Sound from the rather odd Mr Spector. This is a great quality CD set, although unless it's Christmas you won't be listening to the CD 'A... Read more
Published on 22 Aug 2011 by M. P. Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars best in business
phil spector was one of or if not,the best producer of the 60s. hits like da doo ron ron,baby i love you,river deep mountain high and loads more. every one a winner. Read more
Published on 19 July 2011 by a.bunn
4.0 out of 5 stars wall of sound
Have always loved Phil Spectre, this collection was good but not as good as expected,
There were a few tracks that were not as popular as most of his work, but on the... Read more
Published on 27 Feb 2011 by beanie
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect present
A trip down memory lane for this value for money album with some unexpectedly fresh tracks a bonus.
Published on 24 Aug 2010 by Mrs. E. Christie
5.0 out of 5 stars All the hits
Great compilation. All the original recordings - not the dodgy re-mastered/remixed ones. It is what it says - the definitive collection.
Published on 1 Aug 2010 by sarahp
4.0 out of 5 stars A much better deal than i-tunes!
A realy good quality collection, I could probably live happily without ever hearing Bob B Soxx and the Blue Jeans sing Zip A De Doo Dah again but there are some really excelent... Read more
Published on 24 Mar 2010 by Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
This is phil spector at his best - all the old songs given the phil spector magic.
A must for anyone who enjoys this type of music
Published on 24 Feb 2010 by Carole Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply magic!
I have not written a review on any previous product but I feel compelled to write a review on this. It is just brilliant!. A golden age of music. Read more
Published on 11 Feb 2010 by R. J. Bayliss
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