May 1, 2009

Celebrate, Groove 1 Mono Wall

Hello, Into The Groove had a wide ranging scope within the rhotation format, it pretends to be fridaynight music, and you know there's bars and bars, today we start at the singles again bar, with a compilation aptly called Back To Mono, admittedly the music here is 40 years old so, well after a few glasses too many everything becomes stereo again and thoose grooves in the face disappear into the wall of sound. Next stop, a tea house or coffeeshop as they are known in the Netherlands, chill funk by nine true rastafarians, Cymande..There's always somewhere an eighties/disco party going on, and what would it be without some spirit lifting Earth Wind & Fire..finally as a bonus , the music that inspired the Ill of the Beastie Boys , Ll Cool J, had no stumach to vinylrip the album, but then i had an EP for 18 months in my preps directory, so finally it gets a posting after all.

Last word, i hope you liked the Celebration week (those that found it that is, i noticed just a third of my visitors coming in at the front page, the others will hopefully be surprised later), anyway i enjoyed compiling it. That said i'm amazed that i kept this tempo up for more then a year on end..but no more, there's other things to do, watch and listen. I will continue at Transgloballs.

Best of luck to you all

Rho

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VA - Phil Spector , Back To Mono 3 ( flac 267mb)

Spector was born on December 26, 1939 to a lower middle class Jewish family in the Bronx in New York City. His grandfather emigrated from Russia. Spector changed his last name from 'Spektor' to 'Spector'. As the originator of the "Wall of Sound" production technique, Spector was a pioneer of the 1960s girl group sound and clocked in over twenty-five Top 40 hits between 1960 and 1965, Primarily with the Crystals and the Ronettes.

Spector's trademark during that era was the so-called Wall of Sound, a production technique yielding a dense, layered effect that reproduced well on AM radio and jukeboxes. To attain this signature sound, Spector gathered large groups of musicians (playing some instruments not generally used for ensemble playing, such as electric and acoustic guitars) playing orchestrated parts — often doubling and tripling many instruments playing in unison — for a fuller sound. Spector himself called his technique "a Wagnerian approach to rock & roll: little symphonies for the kids". Often called a mad genius because of his eccentric and temperamental behavior, Spector's idiosyncrasies were almost always validated by the artistic and commercial results of his sessions, which combined dozens of instruments and innovative production techniques into end products which only he could combine into works of art. His influence was immense, not only in the dozens of imitation Wall of Sound productions (some very accurate and worthy, it must be added) that flooded the market between 1962 and 1965, but as an inspiration to Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, Rolling Stones producer Andrew Loog Oldham, and others.

By the mid sixties Spector's teen operas were becoming out of fashion, although he enjoyed a lot of success with blue-eyed soul duo the Righteous Brothers specially with You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'", ( listed by BMI as the song with the most U.S. air play in the 20th century). After the failure of Ike & Tina Turner's 1966 single "River Deep, Mountain High" -- which he always considered among his greatest achievements, (although it was a big hit in Britain) -- he retired to his L.A. mansion, marrying Ronnie Bennett, lead singer of the Ronettes. In later years he worked with such artists as John Lennon, George Harrison and the Ramones with similar success, including production work on the Academy Award winning Let It Be and Grammy Award winning Concert for Bangladesh soundtracks. In 1989, Spector was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a non-performer.

The 2003 shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson in his Alhambra, California home led to his being charged with murder in the second degree. His first trial ended in a mistrial; his second trial resulted in a conviction of second degree murder on April 13, 2009. In addition he was found guilty of using a firearm in the commission of a crime.Spector was immediately taken into custody and will be formally sentenced on May 29, 2009.

At the time Back to Mono was released in 1991, Phil Spector's reputation as one of pop's great visionaries was intact, but there was no way to hear his genius. It wasn't just that there were no collections spotlighting his productions, there weren't collections of artists he produced. It wasn't until Back to Mono that there was a thorough overview of Spector's greatest work, and while it's not without flaws, it still stands as one of the great box sets. Later it was released as 4 seperate albums.



01 - Righteous Brothers - You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
02 - Ronettes - Born To Be Together
03 - Righteous Brothers - Just Once In My Life
04 - Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody
05 - Ronettes - Is This What I Get For Loving You?
06 - Darlene Love - Long Way To Be Happy
07 - Righteous Brothers - (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
08 - Righteous Brothers - Ebb Tide
09 - Modern Folk Quartet - This Could Be The Night
10 - Ronettes - Paradise
11 - Ike & Tina Turner - River Deep, Mountain High
12 - Ike & Tina Turner - I'll Never Need More Than This
13 - Ike & Tina Turner - A Love Like Yours (Don't Come Knockin' Everyday)
14 - Ike & Tina Turner - Save The Last Dance For Me
15 - Ronettes - I Wish I Never Saw The Sunshine
16 - Ronettes - You Came, You Saw, You Conquered
17 - Sonny Charles And Checkmates Ltd - Black Pearl
18 - Checkmates Ltd - Love Is All I Have To Give

10 comments:

Andrew52 said...

Great post. Many thanks. A visionary in his own way and his subsequent fall a great shame.

Anonymous said...

Finally Spector got nailed. So much for the legend!

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