The Oklahoman has recommended Phil Spector’s “The Philles Album Collection” box set! Here is an excerpt:
Da do run run to your favorite music store for “Phil Spector Presents the Philles Album Collection,” a 7-CD box set celebrating the 50th anniversary of the innovative producer’s Philles Records label, est. 1961. …Here are the records that introduced to the world the trademark “wall of sound” Spector created in the studio, a sound involving echo-chamber effects and dense, layered instrumental accompaniment, often employing full string sections and multiple acoustic and electric guitars and tambourines, and a crew of session men dubbed “The Wrecking Crew,” which included at various times such future stars as Leon Russell on piano and Glen Campbell and Oklahoma’s own Barney Kessel on guitars.
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– 7 CD’s featuring 87 tracks!
– 6 classic Phil Spector produced albums
– Reissued in their entirety for the very first time
– Newly remastered in their original mono versions
– Recorded 1962-1964 when Spector perfected his ‘wall of sound’ recording technique
– Features eight Top 20 pop hits and includes tracks written by Gene Pitney, Carole King, Ray Charles, Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich
– Includes a booklet focusing on a comprehensive history of the music within the set
– Bonus disc of rare B sides mostly unavailable since originally issued some 50 years ago
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“Phil Spector’s classic girl-group singles, with their Wall of Sound arrangements, naïve voices and three-minute storytelling, have been thoroughly anthologized. But were there worthwhile tracks tucked onto the albums on his label, called Philles? This well-annotated set presents the evidence with the first six complete Philles albums: three Crystals albums (two include nine of the same tracks), albums by Bobb B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans and the Ronettes, an anthology album and “Phil’s Flipsides,” a compilation of B-side instrumentals by Mr. Spector’s Wall of Sound Orchestra.”
Ever since a 17-year-old Spector produced his own composition, “To Know Him Is To Love Him,” for the Teddy Bears in 1958, record production has never been the same. This 34-song collection is arranged chronologically (1958-1969) and revisits Spector’s peak as a hit maker. If this is not enough Spector for you, then get the 87-track Phil Spector Presents the Philles Albums Collection, a 7-CD box that includes all six 1962-64 albums from the Philles label, which until now had never been released in its entirety on CD.
Read more at the San Antonio Current.