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Bruce Springsteen: Phil Spector’s ‘Wall Of Sound’ Created Symphonies

During his recent keynote speech at South By Southwest, Bruce Springsteen discussed his numerous influences, including Phil Spector, whom he said created “symphonies.” For Spector’s famed “Wall of Sound” production style, Springsteen scatted, “Boom, boom boom” into the microphone with his hands cupped around it. “Phil’s greater lesson was that sound, sound, sound is its own language.”

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Great Albums: Phil Spector’s ‘A Christmas Gift For You’


While there are innumerable albums of Christmas classics, there are very few classic Christmas albums. The most obvious is Phil Spector’s “A Christmas Gift For You,” which – since its release in 1963 – has become the default answer to the question of what is the greatest ever Christmas album in the same way Citizen Kane has become the default answer to the question of what is the greatest ever film. …As Brian Wilson would point out, Phil Spector’s Christmas Album doesn’t deserve to be compared to the likes of “Now That’s What I Call Xmas”: it deserves to be compared to the likes of “Rubber Soul” and “Revolver.”

Read more at The Spectator.

Flashback: Recording ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’ With John and Yoko


Just in time for the holidays, The Guardian has republished an article about the making of “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The article describes Phil Spector at work on the single at various points. Here is an excerpt:

“Suddenly there’s a little flurry at the entrance. Phil Spector’s arrived, in big shades, wearing a red and white button saying ‘Back To Mono’, which breaks everyone up. But he’s serious, you know.

Immediately, the session is working. Within seconds of getting behind the huge band, Spector is thinking in terms not just of sound, but of arrangement, drama, production. It takes him about 10 seconds to get a sound which transforms the guitars from a happy rabble into a brilliant cutting wash of colour, and they aren’t even miked properly yet.”