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Phil Spector’s ‘A Christmas Gift For You’ Created A New Tradition


When Phil Spector was at his commercial peak as a record producer, he had his “wall of sound” style down to such a science that he could turn it over to his engineers and arrangers to do a lot of the actual work. But when Spector got it into his head to make a Christmas album, he didn’t do it by half. He enlisted all of the stars of the Philles label—The Ronettes, The Crystals, Darlene Love, etc.—and spent many months and many thousands of dollars making sure that every song on A Christmas Gift For You From Philles Records was perfect.

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