If Phil Spector was a copycat so was Pablo Picasso - the 'genius' comes from using, reinterpreting and then creating something new and very different (Phil Spector was a genius not a copycat). Now that's of my chest, go and buy this wonderful mix of early productions. From start to finish the quality of the music on this cd never drops below very good. Like most 'Ace' cd's the booklet is great and packed with info and label scans. Music wise the well known tracks sound great - 'Spanish Harlem', 'Under the moon of love', 'Pretty little angel eyes' and 'Every breath I Take'. Some of my favourites would be 'I'm so happy'- the Ducanes and 'That's alright baby' - Kel Osborne and 'I love you Betty' - Terry Day both the latter showing early signs of the 'wall of sound'. I would recommend this cd to anyone who likes fine music.
on 14 August 2011
Anyone interested in Phil Spectors production work, gets a good deal of Spectors musical upbringing in the profession right here. His ways aren't fully clear, Spector's still searching for his own mark, which you see carefully strolling by in various titles, like Talk to me by Jean DuShon, and in others, like Gene Pitneys extraordinary Every breath I take, which on the other hand is Spector in full bloom, but before The Crystals and The Ronettes (Pitneys tone is a forgotten masterpiece!).
Maybe not for everyman, but absolutely for anyone bent enough to understand he/she is a nerd who won't split until we're down in the basement...