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4.0 out of 5 stars The only sequel?, 27 Dec 2005
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This review is from: Phil's Spectre II: Another Wall Of Soundalikes (Audio CD)
The concept is fairly clear from the title of this, a sequel to the earlier Wall Of Soundalikes compilation put together by those benign record obsessives at Ace. Phil Spector was the creator of the trademark Wall Of Sound, and had a huge influence on his peers. Some tried to emulate his sound and success, often hiring the same studio (Gold Star in Hollywood) and engineer (Larry Levine or Stan Ross) that he used, and employing musicians who included members of his Wrecking Crew mafia; others adapted some of his techniques and many innovations to their own hallmark sounds. On this second collection several of the tracks also show how many singers tried to sound like Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield, the Righteous Brothers, and did a pretty good job of it. Nite Owl, the Righteous Brothers track chosen here, predates their spell on the Philles label and shows that they were no strangers to Gold Star or to the Spector Wall Of Sound themselves. Particular highlights include I'm Nobody's Baby Now by Reperata and the Delrons (the single of which Reperata is most proud) and Ruby and the Romantics' Your Baby Doesn't Love You Anymore, in its reverberating UK single edit mix.
Some of Spector's sidemen are involved in these productions and songs, including Nino Tempo, Jeff Barry, Jerry Riopelle, Pete Andreoli, Vincent Poncia, Jack Nitzsche and Leon Russell. Surprisingly, though, there are no examples of the songwrting teams of Greenwich/Barry, Mann/Weil or Goffin and King. The collection includes some of the artists found on Phil's Spectre: the Righteous Brothers, Nino Tempo and April Stevens, the Beach Boys, Clydie King and Kane and Abel (an earlier version of the same song found on its predecessor), as well as a further couple of instances of Motown borrowing from the Spector box of tricks, this time involving Mary Wells and the Four Tops. Neither the Beach Boys or Mary Wells tracks were released at the time, though not for reasons concerning quality control. However, overall, it seems reasonable to suppose from this that their may never be a Phil's Spectre III, though Ace are welcome to prove me wrong. I wonder if they might transfer some of their energies to licensing and releasing some of the many Phil Spector productions, including whole albums, never made available on CD?
There are some tantalising moments. The producer of the Bonnets' track says they were named after their lead singer, Bonnie, without revealing whether this could be Bonnie O'Hara, who sang the Spector-linked Home Of The Brave by Bonnie and the Treasures. We know Jack Nitzsche's wife Gracia sang in the Satisfactions (so named because he played piano on the Stones' song) but not whether hers is the lead vocal. There seem to be no line-up details available for several of the groups included, which is unfortunate as some pieces of several puzzles might have been found in the process.
As one of the tracks is produced by Abner Spector it is worth pointing out that he and Lona Spector from Tuff Records etcetera, and who produced the Jaynetts' Sally Go Round The Roses, have no connection with Phil Spector. Their appearance on composer credits without a first name has fooled some collectors and critics.
All the tracks are monaural apart from those by the Righteous Brothers, the Beach Boys, Nino Tempo and April Stevens, the Four Tops and Joe South. Unlike a previous reviewer I can detect no stereophony in the Clydie King track, though, as with all the tracks, the sound is crystal clear; also, worryingly, some of the tracks seem to be a few seconds shorter than on previous, other label re-issues.
Recommended if you loved the first Phil's Spectre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anyone could do it, 21 April 2008
This review is from: Phil's Spectre II: Another Wall Of Soundalikes (Audio CD)
Phil Spector and the Wall of Sound.
He actually copyrighted this name but he never thought it up-that was Andrew Oldham.
In fact Phil never thought much at all only whose music he could rip off and if not that who could he get shut off next?
Sonny Bono and Nino Tempo started making hit records and Phil saw them as a threat.
Still the first person he got rid off became one of the most famous women in America with more Academy Awards than he could ever hope for.
Yes Carol Connors who lay in a hospital bed after a car accident as Spector commented that it was a pity she never died!
Spector owes his success to her.Full stop.
Right now this man who pissed off every single person he employed is awaiting a retrial.
He admits he's insane same as his sister who ended up in an institution.
But he's not going to admit that every idea he ever had began as somebody else's.
No problem to me-I love copycats
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