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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 [Spector diehards only!] illustrates the point.
The first Crystals album, Twist Uptown, contains their two hits at the time, There's No Other and Uptown, and nine other songs, with What a Nice Way to Turn Seventeen, and particularly, No One Ever Tells You, standing out.
The second, He's A Rebel, has nine of the first album's tracks on it [and in the same order!] adding the hits - the title song and He's Sure the Boy I Love [Darlene Love taking lead vocals on both], and the infamous He Hit Me. It drops Please Hurt Me, ironically enough, and Gee Whiz Look at His Eyes.
The third, The Crystals Sing Their Greatest Hits, Volume 1 [!] includes the four hits mentioned above, adds Da Doo Ron Ron, duplicates On Broadway, or should I say triplicates, adds one new song, Look In My Eyes, and reinstates Gee Whiz Look at His Eyes. Then there are four dance-based tracks by the Ronettes!
Then we get Today's Hits, which gives us three Crystals' hits: Then He Kissed Me, Da Doo Ron Ron and Oh Yeah Maybe Baby [which wasn't a hit - for the third time], the Ronettes' Be My Baby, four by Darlene Love, three from the Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans, and the Alley Cats' Puddin'N'Tain.
The Bob B. Soxx album has nine tracks that are not duplicated elsewhere, and the Ronettes' album [the best thing here] has nothing duplicated except Be My Baby, and gives us the wonderful How Does It Feel? for the first time on CD.
The seventh album here is a bunch of throw-away jam sessions that Spector used to put on the B-side of his hits so as not to detract attention from the A sides. Listen once.
So all in all, seventy vocal tracks here, only twenty two of which appear once only. So it's great to have those, and as a Spector fan, I'm thrilled to bits with the whole package!! The less devoted will be happy with the Essential double CD, which includes most of the big hits from his Wall of Sound heyday, but spans a much wider period of time, starting in 1958 with To Know Him Is To Love Him [the Teddy Bears] and ending with Sonny Charles and the Checkmates Ltd's gorgeous Black Pearl.
So, all in all, fab stuff for those of us who were there - great packaging, photos and notes and a very reasonable price to boot.
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Initial post: 3 Nov 2011 08:09:34 GMT
Chris H says:
There is no full listing on Amazon but it sounds as if there are such missing items as The Crystals' version of "I Wonder" and The Ronettes' b-side "Blues for Baby"?
And the items that were unreleased at the time, and even unreleased now. It would also be interesting to have work-in-progress examples, as with The Beach Boys' sets.
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Last edited by the author on 3 Nov 2011 10:04:05 GMT
There's a full listing here:
No Blues For Baby [that's never turned up anywhere!] or I Wonder by the Crystals I'm afraid, though the Ronettes' version is here.
These albums are not pretending to be a greatest hits collection, or in fact, to represent Spector's best work. It's very much a set for the dyed-in-the-wool Spector addicts!
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