Producer Phil Spector's famed and innovative Wall of Sound recording techniques, which consisted of massed instruments, close-quarter ensemble recording, symphonic structure, and, above all, good songs (most of which Spector wrote or co-wrote) sung by vital artists, influenced, in one way or another, every pop producer who followed him. This two-disc set collects Spector's most essential and enduring productions, including classics like the Crystals
' "Da Doo Ron Ron," the Ronettes
' marvelous "Be My Baby," the emotionally epic "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" by the Righteous Brothers
, and the majestic "River Deep, Mountain High" by Ike & Tina Turner
, among others, making this indeed the essential Phil Spector. The cornerstones are all here.