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Phil Spector Presents The Philles Album Collection [Box set]

Phil Spector Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (31 Oct 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 7
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B005BSCQPI
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,152 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adding To The Sum Of Human Happiness 18 Nov 2011
By Lozarithm VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The world became an infinitesimally better place with the release, finally, of these six albums produced between 1962 and 1964 by Phil Spector, and accompanied in this beautifully presented box set by a seventh new compilation.

Due to past neglect of the Philles label catalogue all six albums are appearing on CD for the first time, all remastered in their original mono. They are presented as mini facsimiles of the original album releases in thick cardboard sleeves (with paper liners) that are slightly larger than the standard 5" CD size to better enjoy the original artwork. A 36-page booklet includes an informative essay by Mick Patrick as well as full track list details. At present these albums are only available in the box set, and although modestly priced, I would hope that they become available separately eventually.

The six albums comprise the first five to be released on the Philles and the seventh. The omitted sixth album is the legendary Christmas album, which has long been available on CD before and is easily obtainable elsewhere.

Phil Spector was primarily a producer of singles and did not extend the same production values or care to his early albums. Bob B Soxx and the Blue Jeans' album largely runs out of steam after the singles that comprise the first two tracks and limps home with an instrumental on which none of the group even appear. Bob B Soxx (aka Bobby Sheen) is replaced by Darlene Love as lead singer on over half the tracks. She was Spector's secret weapon and also led two of the Crystals' biggest singles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back to Mono - back to the beginning 31 Oct 2011
By James B. Spink HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Whatever you may think of Phil Spector nowadays he was certainly an important figure on the music scene when these Philles albums were originally released in the early sixties. Philles was a label set up by PHIL Spector and LESter Sill in 1961 with Phil taking full control the following year - when he was just 21. For many years the material was reissued through the ABKCO label but control passed to EMI/Sony in 2009 and it is this combination who have produced this collection.

The package itself is first class with six original albums, and a bonus seventh disc of rare B-sides, presented in mini facsimile card sleeves within the presentation box. Also included is a thirty six page booklet with plenty of track details, photos and informative essay. The music has been mastered by Vic Anesini in New York, who has worked on many of Sony's projects in the past.

The quality of the packaging at the price makes this release well worth a full five stars - but that doesn't mean that goes for all the music as well! Although there are many classics included here, and a few of pops finest moments, there is also plenty of filler. These albums were originally released in the days when singles were king and albums something of a rarity, and this is very evident in the way these albums were put together. These reissues stick to the original album content with no bonus tracks or additional material - all the rarities are on disc seven which definitely falls into the "Interesting" category rather than "Essential".

If you are just looking for Phil Spector's classic work you may be better off with the new 2 disc Essential collection released in October 2011. However, if you are looking for an in-depth collector's item then this Philles album collection is just that and currently at a really good price. A really nicely produced collection with many tracks on CD for the first time - but don't expect every track to be a classic!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Keeping the name alive 1 Nov 2011
By Richard
Format:Audio CD
As Phil is in the first year or so of his 19 year sentence the biggest question is how many more ways are there to issue the catalogue?
Here's one way -to release what were the actual LPs up to but not including the Christmas Gift For You.Because of this a number of recordings are repeated especially by the Crystals.And because of Spector's somewhat odd ideas re LPs many were not actually made as such.
The Crystals Sing The Hits-which was further titled Vol.1 even though there was no Vol 2 was an idea for an LP which seems to have been screwed up somewhere as 3 songs are credited to the Ronettes!
Only 3 of these LPs gained U K release and you had to wait for the Box Set Age to discover just what Spector had decided to hide from the public
According to one of the Spector biogs he wasn't interested in making albums yet a couple came out by the Righteous Brothers in the mid 60s which were made as albums-the 2nd one Just Once In My Life became the first time this song was heard in the U K as Spector decided not to issue the single as the follow up to Lovin' Feelin' because in his opinion "its not what the U K wants"!
The real plus factor here is the extra CD of instrumentals which Spector was putting on the B sides of most of the singles from 1963 in what could be seen as utter contempt for the record buyer.They should have ideally been used for an LP seperately as these are classy instrumentals which would have existed without him in the studio anyway.
So 3 stars for the simple reason that its not the music at fault here its the oddball way it was issued
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I still marvel at the wall of sound talk when for me it is the wall of song. In this box there are so many classics that you could even pass the greatest hits CD.
Published 12 months ago by JOSE GUTIERREZ
4.0 out of 5 stars For the serious Spector fan
These are the original Philles albums released as CDs. They are cleverly packaged to look like the original cardboard LP sleeves with the original art-work. Read more
Published on 5 Dec 2011 by D. Jay
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality control issues with covers
The music on this set is fantastic and the sound quality is the best I have heard (including on vinyl), however, prospective purchasers should be aware of a quality control issue... Read more
Published on 17 Nov 2011 by R. Heath
3.0 out of 5 stars Back to mono (again, again and again)
I'll keep this short and sweet, what we have here a body of truly excellent work from a man whose production talents are up with the best of them. Read more
Published on 2 Nov 2011 by S. Nash
5.0 out of 5 stars Seven Albums £24 -lots of classic tracks superbly mastered-Are you...
I never enjoyed the Back to Mono Box set as it didn't have the magic of the first time I heard these classic tracks. Read more
Published on 1 Nov 2011 by T. Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah!!!!!
Phil Spector was never interested in producing albums - the sole exception during the Wall of Sound period being the Xmas alum [not included here], and this fabulous box set... Read more
Published on 1 Nov 2011 by n3_biker
5.0 out of 5 stars Yesterdays Hits Today
At long last sony / legacy finaly releases the Phil spector Album collection, containing spectors first 6 albums in reproduction mini card sleeves including inner sleeve, and bonus... Read more
Published on 31 Oct 2011 by john reynolds
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