TIME Magazine critics have selected “Be My Baby,” produced by Phil Spector, as one of the 100 most extraordinary pop recordings in music history. The magazine writes:
“The Wall of Sound was a fuzzy, congested, massive sonic assault designed for 45-r.p.m. record players and AM car radios. Summoning an army of musicians — backup singers, guitarists, a few horn men, percussionists with their castanets, maracas and tambourines, plus three or four pianists banging away simultaneously and maybe a string section — to his cramped, beloved Gold Star studio in L.A., the producer would keep noodling and cajoling until he heard the magic that was already in his head. By the time he was done, the number exploded with a sound so dense and intense that a record needle could literally jump out of the grooves. Spector’s target audience of adolescents got the same vinyl jolt. Even today, it’s impossible to listen to “Da Doo Ron Ron,” “He’s a Rebel,” “Then He Kissed Me,” “Not Too Young to Get Married” — or “Be My Baby” — without feeling elated, intoxicated and 15.”
In the early 1960s, Phil Spector was the king of teenage music, releasing his “little symphonies for the kids” and seeing them go to the top of the charts.
Many of those “little symphonies” are now rock ‘n’ roll classics — “He’s A Rebel,” “Be My Baby,” “Why Do Lovers Break Each Others Hearts?” and “(Today I Met) The Boy I’m Gonna Marry,” to name just a few.
While rightfully thought of as singles, those songs also were packed into albums, discs that are being reissued for the first time on CD in “Phil Spector Presents The Philles Album Collection,” a seven-disc set coming Monday that presents the first six original albums from Spector’s label issued from 1962 to 1964.
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The Philles Album Collection doesn’t compete with Back to Mono; it complements the earlier set. And it’s the first time in my lifetime that I’ve seen Spector’s hits—decked-out and frenzied as Christmas trees—presented along with their sibling album cuts. Six of the seven discs you’ll find here reproduce LPs released on my dad’s own label. The seventh contains rare instrumental tracks. Hearing them come together is like watching the Wall of Sound’s carpenters at work.
Read more at The New York Observer’s Very Short List.
The November 2011 edition of MOJO has given “Phil Spector Presents The Philles Album Collection” three stars! The magazine writes, “The good stuff remains wholly extraordinary. The recordongs made at Gold Star in association with arranger Jack Nitzsche, engineer Larry Levine and the infamous Wrecking Crew (a mix of jazz, film soundtrack and New Orleans musicians skilled enough to cut stuff live in one take) … sound as brilliantly and bombastically out-there now as they no doubt did back then.”