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Phil's Spectre: A Wall of Soundalikes
1. When You Walk in the Room - Jackie DeShannon
2. Run, Run, Run - The Supremes
3. Just You - Sonny & Cher
4. Why Do Fools Fall in Love - The Beach Boys
5. Too Hurt to Cry, Too Much in Love to Say Goodbye - Darnells
6. On the Spanish Side - Landy McNeil/The Corsairs/Landy McNeal
7. Hang On - Wall of Sound
8. Tremblin' - Gene Pitney
9. Little Love, A (Will Go a Long Way) - Alder Ray
10. All Strung Out - Nino Tempo/April Stevens/Nino Tempo & April Stevens
11. When the Boy's Happy (The Girl's Happy Too) - The Four Pennies
12. (You're My) Soul and Inspiration - The Righteous Brothers
13. You're So Fine - Dorothy Berry
14. Missin' My Baby - Clydie King
15. It Breaks My Heart - Ray Raymond
16. Yes Sir, That's My Baby - Hale & The Hushabyes
17. Love Her - The Walker Brothers
18. And That Reminds Me - Dolls
19. Boys Town (Where My Broken Hearted Buddies Go) - Nino Tempo
20. My Baby Looks, But He Don't Touch - Carol Connors
21. He Will Break Your Heart - Kane & Abel
22. I Just Couldn't Say - Lorraine & the Delights
23. I Can't Make It Alone - P.J. Proby
24. Please Phil Spector - Mike Lendell & The Attack
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 978
Dale Hawkins; David Gates; Dick Glasser; Michael Rashkow; George Kerr; George Tobin; Abner Spector; Jack Nitzsche; Reese Clifford; Jan Davis; Jerry Riopelle; Johnny Cymbal; Lamont Dozier; Marshal Lieb; Nino Tempo; Van McCoy; Bill Medley; Brian Holland; Brian Wilson
Performers include: Kane & Abel, The Dolls, The Supremes, The Darnells.
Liner Note Author: Mick Patrick.
Arrangers: Donald Peake; Bill Baker; Jimmy Holvay; Gary Beisbier; Jack Nitzsche; Nick DeCaro; Nino Tempo; Ray Pohlman; Richard Podolor; Sonny Bono; Van McCoy; Bert de Coteaux.
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. ~ Richie Unterberger
Uncut (1/04, p.120) - 4 stars out of 5 - "This highly imaginative compilation showcases the production work of less acclaimed Spector associates like Sonny Bono, Jack Nitzsche and Bill Medley, ranging from the familiar to the forgotten."
Mojo (Publisher) (12/03, p.129) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[J]ust enjoy the sheer class of Jackie DeShannon's 'When You Walk In The Room' or 'I Just Couldn't Say' by Lorraine & The Delights - the best record The Ronettes ever made."
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