Once a year, on December 31st, it's music lovers' amnesty here on the council estate. I get to crank the music to the max! And what better choice of evening listening pleasure than Phil Spector in glorious mono! I've pretty much got it all, what's out there on CD anyway. The tradition has always been to return to the starting point, the splendid 1991 abkco 4 CD box set, "Back to Mono"! It's only a few tracks in on disc one and it's Spector in full bloom, fully developed Wall of Sound, monumental!
How the fuck I went through the 1970s and the 1980s without even having heard of Uncle Phil, is hard to believe today. It was only with the announcement of the imminent release of the box set that I found out about him. I knew about "River Deep, Mountain High" and I'd heard "Be My Baby" in the film "Mean Streets", but somehow, the name of the genius behind it all had eluded me.
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Dec. 26th was his birthday, so you're just catching up!
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Mike Boom wrote:It is brilliant of course, probably the best of the complete Thick as a Brick boots.