Spector was a real weirdo. He produced some of the most iconic pop songs of the 1960s - including several absolutely classic Righteous Brothers songs. His production style - especially the so-called "Wall of Sound," which largely relied on the musical abilities of the so-called "Wrecking Crew" in LA, created a dense, powerful sound that was hugely influential on artists including Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys and Bruce Springsteen (listen to the "Born to Run" album, particularly its title track, if you don't believe me.
Later on, he produced - more accurately, re-produced - the last studio album The Beatles released ("Let it Be" - McCartney hated it so much he went back and re-mixed and sequenced the album later) and co-produced George Harrison's "All Things Must Pass" album, along with work for John Lennon.
He was also reportedly rude and paranoid. He treated women terribly. And he died while imprisoned for second-degree murder.
Edited by - eagleisland on 01/17/2021 12:09:30
Never cared much for the Wall of Sound,, although it worked, imho, on Long And Winding Road.
RIP, Mr. Spector.
Proving that talent and creativity can go hand-in-hand with being a really rotten person. The sentence is longer, but this is the perfect coda for the life of Phil Spector:
Bill's video just made me aware of how much I miss live music by top-notch players.
That may be the first time I've seen Tim O'Brien miss a note. He's human after all.
I shouldn't say this, but I will: the lady singers of the world can breathe just a little easier tonight.
Just learned that Spector was imprisoned in Stockton, about 15 miles from where I live. Apparently he died of Covid-19 complications. I wonder if anyone will claim the body.
Edited by - Bill Rogers on 01/19/2021 14:16:39
Daddy always told me “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all” but I don’t think he ever knew the particulars of Phill Spector who I my opinion was a creepy little ...........
That said , he did have an instrumental (no pun) role in the development of early sixties pop music.
To be honest, most of that wall of sound just makes my head ache ! everything multi tracked and swamped in reverb, Spector has always been a screwball though.
One should never speak ill of the dead, so I won't say anything.
Interestingly, in law, you can’t libel the dead. So if you’re comfortable whacking away at Spector, have at it.
Edited by - Bill Rogers on 01/19/2021 14:15:52
My mom used to tell us, "The world would be a much better place if we had as much respect for the living as we do for the dead."
After one skimming, I generally like this: https://medium.com/@katyfriedmanmil/just-because-someone-is-dead-doesnt-mean-you-have-to-like-them-c6a346a067d1
As Mark Twain said, "I've never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure." Phil Spector was a pretty vile person
..... some of the time.... for some people....
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'Blank Canvas' 33 min
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