Phil's Spectre II: Another Wall of Soundalikes

Phil's Spectre II: Another Wall of Soundalikes


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No producer in the history of rock & roll has ever conjured up a more distinctive sound and style than Phil Spector, and more than a few other folks tried to crack the secret to his Wall of Sound during his glory days. Some of them came surprisingly close, as evidenced by this, Ace's second collection of Spector knockoffs from the 1960s. Phil's Spectre II isn't as strong or consistent a set as the first album, but still boasts more than its share of gems; several of the cuts are the work of folks who often worked with Spector and learned his tricks firsthand (Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers was behind the board for their tune "Nite Owl," and frequent Spector arranger Jack Nitzsche was the man behind "Bring It All Down" by the Satisfactions), while others were legendary studio cats figuring out how Phil did it (Shadow Morton cut "The Dum Dum Ditty" on the Goodies, while Al Kooper wrote and produced the deliciously silly Dylan "tribute" "Bobby's Come a Long Long Way"). Probably the most remarkable story in the liner notes comes from James Holvay, who explains how he and his partner, Gary Beisbier, hobbled together the session for Kane & Abel's "Break Down and Cry" in three hours using a handful of high-school students as backing musicians and came up with a record that sounded so much like Spector's Righteous Brothers work that the Brothers themselves tried to recall when they recorded it after first hearing it! And while a few of the songs here don't sound all that much like Spector's work, everything displays the obvious influence of his grand vision, and this is as much a tribute to the great days of pop record-making in the 1960s, when savvy producers ran the show as often as the artists, as it is to the man who was the king of the hill. Great listening and plenty of fun, but where is "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" by the Walker Brothers, still the greatest Phil Spector record Phil didn't bother to make?

Product Details

Release Date: 07/19/2005
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667010528
catalogNumber: 1059
Rank: 56746

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lee Lovett   Conductor
Alan Lorber   Conductor
Van McCoy   Conductor

Technical Credits

Dobie Gray   Composer
Kooper   Composer,Producer
Smokey Robinson   Producer
Leon Russell   Arranger
Joe South   Composer,Producer
Brian Wilson   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Lee Lovett   Arranger
Bill Medley   Producer
Mike Post   Composer
Jerry Riopelle   Composer,Producer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
David Gates   Arranger,Producer
Alan Lorber   Arranger
Van McCoy   Arranger,Composer
Jack Nitzsche   Arranger,Producer
Larry Weiss   Composer
Bob Lind   Composer
Nino Tempo   Composer,Producer
Jimmy Wisner   Arranger
John Abbott   Arranger
Lou Adler   Producer
Peter Andreoli   Composer
Steve Barri   Composer
Jeff Barry   Composer
Tommy Boyce   Composer
Tom Catalano   Producer
Nick DeCaro   Arranger
Lamont Dozier   Composer,Producer
Jimmy Georgantones   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Bobby Hart   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer,Producer
Irwin Levine   Composer,Producer
George "Shadow" Morton   Producer
Joe Reisman   Producer
Phil Sloan   Composer
Abner Spector   Producer
Gary Beisbier   Arranger
Jimmy Holvay   Arranger,Composer
Peter Antell   Composer,Producer
Mick Patrick   Liner Notes
Steve Venet   Composer
Jerry Fuller   Producer
Traditional   Composer
Allen   Producer
Marty Copper   Producer
Tony Allen   Composer
Jerry Ross   Composer,Producer

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