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This review is from: Phil Spector Presents The Philles Album Collection (Audio CD)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!