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

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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.”

Read more at Guardian.co.uk.

Da Do Run Run To Your Favorite Music Store For ‘The Philles Album Collection’

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.

Read more at Look At OKC.

Phil Spector Presents The Philles Album Collection

‘The Philles Album Collection’ One-Day Sale At PopMarket

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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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The Philles Album Collection – The New York Times Review

Here is an excerpt from The New York Times review of Phil Spector’s The Philles Album Collection:

“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.”