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The Ronettes: Ultimate Collection, Greatest Hits (UK Import)
The Ronettes: Ultimate Collection, Greatest Hits (UK Import)
Offered by thebookcommunity
Price: £31.92

4.0 out of 5 stars DESPITE SOME QUALITY PROBLEMS WORTH IT FOR THE RARE STEREO VERSIONS OF THEIR BIGGEST HITS., 3 Dec 2014
I Have an mp3 download of this and remastered it to sound better, as it's far too bright and edgy, contains very rare stereo tracks from the 1964 vinyl "Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes" which has been re released on vinyl IN BORING MONO. Also has some tracks from "The Ronettes featuring Veronica" which is currently available in stereo on CD.
This CD is a needle drop, ie taken from old vinyls and cleaned up electronically, they could have done a better job, as I said it's too bright and this enhances the distortion which makes it worse. I wonder if there are 2 or more versions of it, as my downloaded tracking order was slightly different.

Another point worth mentioning about sound quality is I have a CD officially remastered by Spector (presumably before his prison sentence for murder), who only does mono versions AND IT SOUNDS TERRIBLE, very nasty and distorted, much worse than this needle drop CD which is decent wide stereo, so take some comments written by others with a pinch or ton of salt!!!

Oh I forgot to mention the music, isn't track 3 the best song ever from a girl group, a must have.

S = STEREO M = MONO

1 Recipe for Love S
2 I Want a Boy S
3 Be My Baby S
4 (Best Part Of) Breaking Up S
5 Baby I Love You S
6 You Baby S
7 Do I Love You S
8 Good Girls S
9 Silhouettes S
10 You Bet I Would S
13 I'm Gonna Quit S
12 I Wonder S
13 Chapel of Love S
14 Is This What I Get for Loving You? M
15 Here I Sit M
16 Soldier Baby of Mine M
17 Veronica - Why Don't They Let Us Fall in Love M
18 How Does It Feel M but decent stereo exits
19 Walking in the Rain S
20 A Woman in Love M
21 I Can Hear Music M
22 Oh I Love You M
23 Lovers M
24 Veronica - So Young M
25 Keep On Dancing M
26 Paradise M
27 I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus M
28 Sleigh Ride M
29 Frosty the Snowman M


Ronettes - Ronettes (2014 Remaster) [Japan CD] WPCR-27874
Ronettes - Ronettes (2014 Remaster) [Japan CD] WPCR-27874
Offered by Sakura Shop-We are shop in Japan. You can buy goods trustfully.
Price: £9.33

4.0 out of 5 stars EARLY RONETTES IN SUPER STEREO aka The Darling Sisters., 2 Dec 2014
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My review is for the Japan issue remaster, just in case Amazon decide to group reviews together of similar CD's, though In this case it will make little difference.
I have compared the remastering on this and the EMI Gold ASIN: B0002K6YPS, if anything this Japan issue is slightly brighter in sound and this is not necessarily an advantage.
This difference in sound could be down to different media players being used, ie Amazon's online versus CD and windows on my PC. I used sound magic phones for the comparison, all tracks are in very decent wide stereo, very good for early 60's.
As for the music, well this is the Ronettes pre Spector, sound pretty much the same decent group and certainly have a decent sound spread, as in "wall of sound" because they are all in superb wide stereo, most ironic as Spector's current releases are all in distorted mono, so have no "wall" and are unpleasant to hear compared to the stereo versions. Even the much talked about re-released "Presenting The Fabulous Ronettes [Vinyl]" is all mono, BUT THE ORIGINAL COULD BE HAD IN WONDERFUL STEREO, fortunately I have a digital transfer of it to CD

A bit of useful info off Wiki, The girls had sung together since they were teenagers, when they were known as "The Darling Sisters." Signed first by Colpix Records in 1961, they moved to Spector's Philles Records in March 1963, and changed their name to "The Ronettes."

As for the music, if you like The Ronettes, buy it, Ronnie had a fantastic voice, with a huge range and power, the songs are catchy and well performed IMHO. Finally, why did I go for the japan issue, it was cheaper, that's all, recommended.


The Complete UK Singles (And More) 1961-1966
The Complete UK Singles (And More) 1961-1966
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £16.29

5.0 out of 5 stars ALL THE UK SINGLES IN ONE PACKAGE, 30 Nov 2014
ALL THE UK SINGLES IN ONE PACKAGE, which is brilliant for Del fans, but probably a bit too much for the casual listener. Some of the tracks are in superb stereo but most are the usual muddy sounding distorted mono, which ironically some people actually prefer over the superb stereo takes. I read somewhere that many of the original master tapes are missing after 50 plus years so that explains some of the problem. May I also say have a look at these CD's too:
The Ep Collection, plenty of stereo tracks, See For Miles Records label
Runaway/1661 seconds of, All Stereo tracks, Taragon label
25 All Time Greatest Hits on Sarabande label, plenty of stereo tracks.
Also see if you can find a used copy of the Backline CD from 1991,"Del Shannon Greatest Hits,BLCD 9.01031L ",this is from original master tapes according to the liner notes.

I have written reviews for all of these CD's if you fancy a read.

S = STEREO M = MONO

1. Runaway M STEREO EXISTS
2. The Snake (Instrumental) M
3. Jody S
4. Hats Off To Larry S
5. Don't Gild The Lily, Lily M
6. So Long, Baby M STEREO EXISTS
7. The Answer To Everything M
8. Hey Little Girl M STEREO EXISTS
9. You Never Talked About Me M
10. Cry Myself To Sleep M
11. I'm Gonna Move On M
12. The Swiss Maid M NO STEREO EXISTS
13. Ginny In The Mirror M
14. Little Town Flirt S
15. The Wamboo M
16. Two Kinds Of Teardrops S
17. Kelly S
18. Two Silhouettes M
19. My Wild One M
20. (Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame S
21. From Me To You M

Disc: 2

1. Sue's Gotta Be Mine (A.K.A. Sue's Gonna Be Mine) M
2. Now She's Gone (A.K.A. Since She's Gone) M
3. That's The Way Love Is M
4. Time Of The Day M
5. Mary Jane M
6. Stains On This Letter M
7. Handy Man M
8. Give Her Lots Of Lovin' M
9. Do You Wanna Dance S
10. This Is All I Have To Give M
11. Keep Searchin' (We'll Follow The Sun) S
12. Broken Promises S
13. Stranger In Town S
14. Over You S
15. Break Up M
16. Why Don't You Tell Him S
17. Move It On Over M
18. She Still Remembers Tony M
19. I Can't Believe My Ears M
20. I Wish It Wasn't Me Tonight M


25 All-Time Greatest Hits
25 All-Time Greatest Hits
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £13.02

5.0 out of 5 stars DECENT COMPILATION AND SOME TRACKS ARE RARER STEREO TAKES, 29 Nov 2014
Decent and generous number of tracks, well transferred to CD, several are the rarer stereo takes and sound superb, the mono tracks sound similar to usual, muddy and distorted to my ears. It has to be said, many of the master tapes are missing after 50 years, so stereo master tapes are not available for many tracks, hence all the mono, which ironically some people prefer !!!

If you like Del Shannon, this is an excellent choice, but also see if you can find a used copy of the Backline CD from 1991,"Del Shannon Greatest Hits,BLCD 9.01031L ",this is from original master tapes according to the liner notes.

Also see Ep Collection which has plenty of decent stereo tracks and see Runaway/1661 Seconds of, which is all stereo.
Finally see DEL SHANNON The Complete UK Singles (and more) 1961-1966 2-CD Ace, some stereo, but mainly mono. I have written reviews on all these CD's.

M = mono S = stereo

1. Runaway M EVEN THOUGH STEREO EXISTS
2. Jody S
3. Hats Off To Larry S
4. So Long Baby M EVEN THOUGH STEREO EXISTS
5. Hey! Little Girl S
6. Cry Myself To Sleep M
7. The Swiss Maid M NO STEREO MASTER FOUND
8. Little Town Flirt S
9. Two Kinds Of Teardrops S
10. Kelly S
11. From Me To You M
12. Two Silhouettes M
13. Sue's Gotta Be Mine M
14. Mary Jane M
15. Handy Man M
16. Keep Searchin' (Follow The Sun) S
17. Stranger In Town S
18. Break Up M
19. I Go To Pieces S
20. Sea Of Love S
21. Life Without You S
22. Out Of Time S
23. Walk Away S
24. Who Left Who S
25. I Go To Pieces S


Runaway/1661 Seconds of
Runaway/1661 Seconds of
Offered by soulsearchingplus
Price: £17.25

5.0 out of 5 stars RARE STEREO VERSIONS OF DEL SHANNON, 29 Nov 2014
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This review is from: Runaway/1661 Seconds of (Audio CD)
I do not own this CD, as I have an old Backline stereo compilation that has all of his hits, many in stereo. However as has been stated the stereo master tapes were lost some time ago and it is worth commenting on how this CD was made.

It is a "needle drop", ie a mint vinyl record is played on top class equipment and then digitally cleaned up, re-balanced, restored as necessary and this is what you have here. The clue is the AAD, ie, analogue master, analogue processing, digital transfer, from the vinyl you get the A, A parts, the rest is done digitally, ie D by Taragon. Or putting it another way, "Stereo-copies of the LP's Runaway With Del Shannon and 1661 Seconds With Del Shannon were used to make a mastertape for a CD on the USA Taragon label."

If you like Del Shannon, this is an excellent choice, as Taragon have done a top job, but also see if you can find a used copy of the Backline CD from 1991, "Del Shannon Greatest Hits, BLCD 9.01031L ", this is from original master tapes according to the liner notes.
More info, also see "Del Shannon: 25 All-Time Greatest Hits" Varese Sarabande label, it has plenty of high quality stereo.

Also see Ep Collection, this has mainly stereo tracks too.
Finally see DEL SHANNON The Complete UK Singles (and more) 1961-1966 2-CD Ace, some stereo, but most are mono and probably exist only in mono. I have done reviews for these CD's too.


Ep Collection
Ep Collection
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £32.57

5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT SELECTION OF TRACKS, HIS HITS AND MORE AND MANY IN TRUE STEREO, 29 Nov 2014
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This review is from: Ep Collection (Audio CD)
EXCELLENT SELECTION OF TRACKS, HIS HITS AND MORE AND MANY IN TRUE STEREO, yes stereo Del Shannon with generally excellent sound quality. Mono tracks are as usual, muddy and not as good. S = stereo, M for mono.

1. Runaway S
2. Hats Off To Larry S
3. His Latest Flame S
4. Lies S
5. So Long Baby S BUT DISTORTED ELECTRONICALLY PROCESSED IMHO, a decent stereo version exists
6. Don't Gild The Lily M
7. Jody S
8. Hey Little Girl S
9. Cry Myself To Sleep M
10. Dream Baby S
11. Swiss Maid, The M NEVER FOUND IT IN STEREO pity that
12. I'm Gonna Move On M
13. Ginny In The Mirror M
14. Little Town Flirt S
15. Kelly S
16. From Me To You M
17. Two Kinds Of Teardrops S
18. Hey Baby S
19. Runaround Sue S
20. Do You Wanna Dance M
21. Mary Jane M
22. Handy Man M
23. Break Up M
24. Why Don't You Tell Him? S
25. Keep Searchin' M a decent stereo version exists
26. She Stil Remembers Tony M
27. Move It On Over M
28. Stranger In Town S

If you like Del Shannon, this is an excellent choice, but also see if you can find a used copy of the Backline CD from 1991, "Del Shannon Greatest Hits, BLCD 9.01031L ", this is from original master tapes according to the liner notes.
More info, also see "Del Shannon: 25 All-Time Greatest Hits" Varese Sarabande label, it has plenty of high quality stereo.
Also see "Runaway/1661 seconds of", as Taragon have done a top job of remastering it.
Finally see DEL SHANNON The Complete UK Singles (and more) 1961-1966 2-CD Ace, some stereo, but most are mono and probably exist only in mono. I have done reviews for these CD's too.


Chronicle Vol.1: 20 Greatest Hits
Chronicle Vol.1: 20 Greatest Hits
Offered by the_record_factory
Price: £4.95

5.0 out of 5 stars TRACK LISTING INFO, 10 Nov 2014
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First class selection of hits, if you want more try vol 2 as well. Recordings are mainly stereo, but as usual "Proud Mary", "Bad Moon Rising" and "Lodi" are mono, but stereo versions of the first 2 exist free if you search on Google.
Note: Track 16. "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" (Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong) CD version features the full 11:06 version, not the common 3 minute version you often get !

Track listing, followed by album title and track length.

All songs written and composed by J. C. Fogerty, except where noted.

1. "Susie Q" (Dale Hawkins, Stan Lewis, Eleanor Broadwater) Creedence Clearwater Revival (1968) 4:36
2. "I Put a Spell on You" (Screamin' Jay Hawkins) Creedence Clearwater Revival (1968) 4:30
3. "Proud Mary" Bayou Country (1969) 3:07
4. "Bad Moon Rising" Green River (1969) 2:18
5. "Lodi" Green River (1969) 3:09
6. "Green River" Green River (1969) 2:32
7. "Commotion" Green River (1969) 2:41
8. "Down on the Corner" Willy and the Poor Boys (1969) 2:43
9. "Fortunate Son" Willy and the Poor Boys (1969) 2:18
10. "Travelin' Band" Cosmo's Factory (1970) 2:07
11. "Who'll Stop the Rain" Cosmo's Factory (1970) 2:27
12. "Up Around the Bend" Cosmo's Factory (1970) 2:41
13. "Run Through the Jungle" Cosmo's Factory (1970) 3:05
14. "Lookin' Out My Back Door" Cosmo's Factory (1970) 2:31
15. "Long As I Can See the Light" Cosmo's Factory (1970) 3:32
16. "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" (Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong (vinyl and cassette releases; CD version features the full 11:06 version)) Cosmo's Factory (1970) 3:52
17. "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" Pendulum (1970) 2:38
18. "Hey Tonight" Pendulum (1970) 2:41
19. "Sweet Hitch-Hiker" Mardi Gras (1972) 2:55
20. "Someday Never Comes" Mardi Gras (1972) 3:59

Total length:
67:33


Wall Of Sound: The Very Best Of Phil Spector 1961-1966
Wall Of Sound: The Very Best Of Phil Spector 1961-1966
Price: £3.59

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NO WALL OF SOUND HERE, 15 Oct 2014
NO WALL OF SOUND HERE, as all tracks are in very muddy distorted mono except for River Deep Mountain High. If you listen to the sound samples on a decent pair of phones, you will soon hear what I mean, you cannot have a wall of sound in mono as everything is projected to a central point, but with River Deep Mountain High the various different musicians come from all over the sound stage from far left to far right and everywhere in between, a true fabulous wall of sound.
As Spector is in prison for murder, I don't expect any new stereo mixes anytime soon. Music is great, 5 stars IMHO, sound quality awful, so 1 star, hence average 3 stars. Some of the tracks are available elsewhere in stereo, try googling, you may strike lucky.


Myrmidons Of Melodrama
Myrmidons Of Melodrama
Price: £12.00

5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST COMPILATION CURRENTLY AVAILABLE, INCLUDES SUPERIOR STEREO TAKES., 30 Sep 2014
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This review is from: Myrmidons Of Melodrama (Audio CD)
The best compilation of this group with many tracks in decent stereo, which IMHO is far superior to the muddy distorted mono versions. Have to admit it, I got it for "Sophisticated Boom Boom" as on the ads on TV, I never knew this track previously, so I used "sound hound" to ID it. If you want just one CD of this group, look no further !!!


Frank / Back to Black (Deluxe Edition)
Frank / Back to Black (Deluxe Edition)
Offered by dancecrazie
Price: £49.99

5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT BUT BUY THE ALBUMS INDIVIDUALLY AND SAVE A LOT OF MONEY, 30 Sep 2014
BRILLIANT BUT BUY THE ALBUMS INDIVIDUALLY AND SAVE A LOT OF MONEY, yes all you need are the double CD issues of "Frank" and "Back to Black", [Both are Deluxe Editions]. I got them off Amazon for very little money, one was new, the other even cheaper as new, couple this with "Lioness: Hidden Treasures" and you will have a decent collection of Amy for not a lot. Others to check are BBC issues and DVD's, be warned the DVD may show Amy the worse for wear on drugs/drink and also show the tattoos increasing, personally I find this most upsetting, the early death of any young person is tragic, but when they are so talented is even worse, eg. Brian Jones, Alan Wilson, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison who were only 27.


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