While producer Phil Spector sits in jail, convicted in 2009 for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson, his vast catalogue will get a new moment in the sun. This weekend, as part of their 50th anniversary celebration, Philles Records released four new compilations of Spector’s best moments behind the boards.
The four titles celebrate Spector’s trademark “Wall of Sound” style, a densely layered and orchestral approach that greatly influenced the direction of pop and rock in the 1960s. He applied it to everyone from Ike and Tina Turner (River Deep, Mountain High) to the Beatles (Let It Be) and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.
Three of the four albums herald on his longstanding relationships with some of the biggest female artists of the era, including the Ronettes (featuring his ex-wife, Ronnie Spector). The final disc is a career retrospective. Available online and in stores, they are (per Philles):
Be My Baby: The Very Best of the Ronettes - including "Be My Baby," "Baby, I Love You,' "(The Best Part Of) Breakin' Up," "Do I Love You?," "Walking In The Rain," and "I Can Hear Music"
Da Doo Ron Ron: The Very Best of the Crystals - including "There's No Other (Like My Baby)," "He Hit Me (It Felt Like A Kiss)," "He's A Rebel," "He's Sure the Boy I Love," "Da Doo Ron Ron," and "Then He Kissed Me"
The Sound of Love: The Very Best of Darlene Love - including "(Today I Met) The Boy I'm Gonna Marry," "Wait Til' My Bobby Gets Home," and "A Fine, Fine Boy," plus examples of her work as lead singer with the Blossoms
Wall of Sound: The Very Best of Phil Spector 1961-1966 – including hit singles from the Crystals, the Ronettes, Darlene Love, Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans, plus special bonus tracks from the Righteous Brothers ("You've Lost That Loving Feeling") and Ike & Tina Turner ("River Deep, Mountain High")