Christmas Shopping wrote:question: If you do not want a Wall of sound production job on your album but instead you wish it to sound sparsh and stark, why do you pick Phil Spector to produce? I don't mean to say he made a bad job of it, he didn't. It just seems like a strange choice is all.
It is tempting to think of people as one-dimensional: Phil Spector always does the Wall of Sound, Brian Wilson is always insecure, Gene Simmons is always a womanizer, John Lennon is always sarcastic ... but people are deeper than that. Who knows what transpired? Maybe "Instant Karma!" just whetted John and Phil's appetite to work together, they decided they wanted to, but Lennon said he wanted to do a quick, spare, and honest record and Phil said yes. Maybe Phil wanted a change himself. Maybe Phil didn't do much producing at all, but just got the credit.
To assume Spector always wanted to do more and more Wall of Sound productions is natural, but it probably doesn't account for him being a human, with varying needs.
But it's an interesting question: what did Phil actually do to produce this album?