It’s time to revisit a classic album from one of my favourite Christmas posts.
Few people in recorded music history can have met such an ignonimous end as Phil Spector. He is currently serving 19 to life for the murder of Lana Clarkson, will be 88 before being considered eligible for parole, and yet the fairy-tale beginnings of the lower middle class Jewish boy who had to deal with his father’s suicide at the age of 9 and then went on to score a massive hit with the Teddy Bears’ To Know Him Is To Love Him while still only 18, should have been the stuff of legend.
He turned to production very shortly after that early smash hit, and pioneered the Wall Of Sound technique, which he described as “a Wagnerian approach to rock’n’roll.” Basically, he doubled and trebled every single part until the result would sound brilliant even on a Philips tranny from Woolworths. His summa cum laude of this is usually…
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