Phil's Spectre: A Wall of Soundalikes

Phil's Spectre: A Wall of Soundalikes


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You could fill a box set with fairly accurate, decent-to-great Phil Spector imitations. There are "only" 24 of them (all from 1963-1967) on the Phil's Spectre: A Wall of Soundalikes compilation, but it's certainly a good, and never less than interesting, selection of Son-of-Wall-of-Sound productions from the '60s. Only one of these (the Righteous Brothers' majestic "(You're My) Soul and Inspiration") was a big hit, and though some of the others did pretty well (Nino Tempo & April Stevens's "All Strung Out" and Sonny & Cher's "Just You"), it's likely that most of these singles will be unfamiliar to all but the upper-tier '60s collector. Which is one of the set's strengths: you'll be surprised how much Spectorish pop was made in the mid-'60s, and also be surprised how good some of it was, though some of it's only ordinary. The best of the batch include Jackie DeShannon's original 1963 version of "When You Walk in the Room," covered for a British Invasion hit by the Searchers; the Beach Boys' cover of "Why Do Fools Fall in Love," initially buried on a 1964 B-side; and the Walker Brothers' lush "Love Her," which was a fair-sized hit in Britain. Obscure, not-so-great sides by the Supremes ("Run, Run, Run") and Gene Pitney ("Tremblin'") also make the cut. But some of the finest treasures here are the songs that hardly anyone's ever heard of, like Alder Ray's "A Little Love (Will Go a Long Way)" (a dead ringer for a 1963 single by the Crystals or Darlene Love); the Four Pennies' "When the Boy's Happy (The Girl's Happy Too)" (actually the Chiffons under a different name); Dorothy Berry's David Gates-produced "You're So Fine"; Carol Connors's sexy "My Baby Looks, but He Don't Touch" (sung by the former lead vocalist of Spector's first hit, the Teddy Bears' "To Know Him Is to Love Him"); P.J. Proby's dramatic reading of Gerry Goffin and Carole King's "I Can't Make It Alone"; and the Dolls' "And That Reminds Me" (a great tune produced by rockabilly great Dale Hawkins). And there could be no more dead-on Righteous Brothers imitation than Kane & Abel's "He Will Break Your Heart." There are plenty of other fine Spector soundalikes that don't show up here, and for further research on the minigenre, it's worth digging up such little-known goodies as Cher's "Dream Baby," Ellie Greenwich's "You Don't Know," the Girlfriends' "My One and Only Jimmy Boy," Shelley Fabares's "He Don't Love Me," and Roberta Day's "Someday." But Phil's Spectre: A Wall of Soundalikes is a good start.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/04/2003
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667197823
catalogNumber: 978
Rank: 62722


  1. When You Walk in the Room
  2. Run, Run, Run
  3. Just You
  4. Why Do Fools Fall in Love
  5. Too Hurt to Cry, Too Much in Love to Say Goodbye
  6. On the Spanish Side
  7. Hang On
  8. Tremblin'
  9. A Little Love (Will Go a Long Way)
  10. All Strung Out
  11. When the Boy's Happy (The Girl's Happy Too)
  12. (You're My) Soul and Inspiration
  13. You're So Fine
  14. Missin' My Baby
  15. It Breaks My Heart
  16. Yes Sir, That's My Baby
  17. Love Her
  18. And That Reminds Me
  19. Boys Town (Where My Broken Hearted Buddies Go)
  20. My Baby Looks, But He Don't Touch
  21. He Will Break Your Heart
  22. I Just Couldn't Say
  23. I Can't Make It Alone
  24. Please Phil Spector

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Van McCoy   Conductor
Jack Nitzsche   Conductor
Richard Podolor   Conductor
Bill Baker   Conductor

Technical Credits

James Peterson   Composer
Carole King   Composer
Frankie Lymon   Composer
Brian Wilson   Producer
Brooks Arthur   Engineer
Ellie Greenwich   Composer
April Stevens   Composer
Bill Medley   Producer
Jerry Riopelle   Composer,Producer
David Gates   Producer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Dale Hawkins   Producer
Barry Mann   Composer
Van McCoy   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Jack Nitzsche   Arranger,Producer
Johnny Cymbal   Producer
Nino Tempo   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Jeff Barry   Composer
Sonny Bono   Arranger,Composer
Jan Davis   Producer
Nick DeCaro   Arranger
Jackie DeShannon   Composer
Lamont Dozier   Composer,Producer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Lance Finnie   Composer
Dick Glasser   Producer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer,Producer
Gus Kahn   Composer
George Kerr   Producer
Morris Levy   Composer
Marshall Lieb   Producer
Donald Peake   Arranger
Richard Podolor   Arranger
Ray Pohlman   Arranger
Abner Spector   Composer,Producer
Stillman   Composer
George Tobin   Producer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Robert West   Composer
Gary Zekley   Composer
Bert de Coteaux   Arranger
Gary Beisbier   Arranger
Reese Clifford   Composer,Producer
Jimmy Holvay   Arranger,Composer
William Schofield   Composer
Kris Resnick   Composer
Mick Patrick   Liner Notes
Joe Levine   Composer
Camillo Bargoni   Composer
Carol Connors   Composer
Bill Baker   Arranger
Michael Rashkow   Composer,Producer
Roger Christian   Composer
Arthur Resnick   Composer
Jane McNealy   Composer
Freeman King   Composer

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