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Suggested listening:




The Ronettes: ...Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes, Philles, 1964

Ike and Tina Turner: River Deep, Mountain High, Philles, 1966

The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds, Capitol, 1966

Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass: South of the Border, A&M, 1964; Whipped Cream & Other Delights, A&M, 1965; Going Places, A&M, 1965; Christmas Album, A&M, 1968;

Phil Spector: A Christmas Gift For You, Philles, 1963 (various reissues since then)


Eddie Cochran: “Twenty Flight Rock,” 1957; “Summertime Blues,” 1958

The Crystals: “He’s A Rebel,” 1962; “Da Doo Ron Ron,” 1963; “Then He Kissed Me,” 1963

Bob B. Soxx And The Blue Jeans: “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah,” 1962

Darlene Love: “Chapel of Love,” 1963

The Ronettes: “Be My Baby,” 1963; “Walking In The Rain,” 1964

The Righteous Brothers: “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” 1964; “Unchained Melody,” 1965

Suggested pull quotes:

“Being an engineer is at least eighty-five percent creative and fifteen percent technical.”


“The Wall of Sound only played a small part in Phil Spector’s ability to create hits. It was always about the song; without the song, you’ve got nothing.”


“A big part of the Wall of Sound was the actual air pressure in the room—it was a very small room with a lot of musicians playing all at once, quite loudly, too, so there were all these sound waves bouncing off the walls.”


“Our concept of echo was distance—not an enhancement of a voice or an instrument, but just distance from that voice or instrument. To our way of thinking, when you put echo on something, you made it go farther away.”


“Nuance comes when your fingers don’t tell your ears what a good job you did—they’re divorced from it—so all you’re hearing is the music, unadorned.”


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