Oct 19, 2010

Mixtape Monday: On a Tuesday...

Well I may be a day late with this week's Mixtape Monday, but it is well worth it! This week's mixtape is a tribute to Phil Spector, the man behind the Wall of Sound production style. I wont bore you with the details of what that is in case you already know and if you don't, this Wikipedia entry does a fine job of explaining how this technique is done. Then you can listen to the following mixtape tracks and hear how it sounds in action! 

The 8 songs come from the Phil Spector box set, Back to Mono and I went through and found the songs that I thought to be the most innovative, or the best examples of how his production style sounded. There are tons more, and I love that artists and producers are still recreating this sound today, as you saw two blog posts below with the video for The Morning Bender's song, Excuses.

1. The Crystals - He's Sure The Boy I Love
2. Veronica - Why Don't They Let Us Fall In Love
3. The Ronettes - Baby I Love You
4. Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans - Not Too Young To Get Married
5. Ike & Tina Turner - River Deep, Mountain High
6. Modern Folk Quartet - This Could Be The Night
7. The Ronettes - When I Saw You
8. The Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody

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Oct 18, 2010

The Morning Benders - Excuses

 Fantastic! I adore The Morning Benders and anyone who knows me knows how much I love Phil Spector. He's the guy who shoegazers of today worship...his distinct Wall of Sound production style can be heard in tons of classics; The Ronettes' hit, 'Be My Baby' for example. 

I sure got a kick out of watching The Morning Benders version of a Wall of Sound for their last album and I remember how rad it was seeing them live where the singer tried to recreate that sound in the basement of The Drake Hotel. We were divided into three sections with three unique harmonies and the whole sold out audience made for a beautiful choir once our voices were merged together. 

I can't listen to it and not sing along...it's my current in the shower hit single.