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4.0 out of 5 stars Not the "Ultimate Collection", 13 Nov. 2011
This review is from: The Ronettes: Ultimate Collection, Greatest Hits (UK Import) (Audio CD)
There are not many CD releases to find with Phil Spector's The Ronettes. This collection contains 28 tracks, of which 23 are Spector productions, the other five come from the group's 1962 pre-Spector album.

According to the very cheap looking cover, the songs are digitally remastered, and most tracks sounds clearer than on the 1992 abkco release "The Best of Ronettes". Some tracks do sound somewhat metallic, and in some cases, there is outright distortion - for instance on "Lovers". You can have your doubts whether the people behind the remastering have had had access to the original master tapes. You would expect that the sound presentation could have been better and the general impression of the CD is that of a bootleg, with its very cheap one-sheet cover; badly printed with lots of factual errors on the songwriting credits.

Most tracks sound however do sound acceptable, and the songs are indeed in many cases brilliant.

The band's second album, "Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes" is represented in its entirety, and it actually could appear a little like a greatest hits album with tracks like "Be My Baby," "Walking in the Rain," "You Baby" and "Baby I Love You" - all great songs that really deserve a better presentation.

Inexplicably, the group had difficulty in maintaining the popularity achieved by the two big hits "Be My Baby" and "Baby I Love You" in 1963. Despite several excellent single releases during 1964-66, the group's singles never again reached the top 20. "The Best Part of Breaking Up," "Walking in the Rain," "Is This What I Get For Loving You Baby," "Here I Sit," "Keep On Dancing" and "I Can Hear Music" all sound sound like sure hit-songs.

This release contains the majority of what the group recorded with Spector, and it is definitely worth a listen. After a recording break of 2-3 years in 1969 the group released their last single, "You Came, You Saw, You Conquer". The song is missing on this release, but in turn, the fine B-side "Oh, I Love You" is included - in reality a much better track.

The music is written is by well-known songwriters / songwriting pairs such as Barry-Greenwich; Mann-Weil, Goffin-King; Crewe-Knight and Harry Nisson. Spector has in most cases also been given songwriting credits.

An excellent release, as long as nothing better is to be found, but the real "Ultimate Ronettes Collection" has not yet been released.
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