Separating Phil Spector the Producer from Phil Spector the Murderer
No, it's not possible, nor should it be. But while we're talking about Phil Spector, it's important to at least acknowledge the frantic, manic mind that imagined a Wall of Sound and then executed it. Spector murdered someone, and is going to jail. Before that happened, he recorded many exuberant pop moments.
One of the most thrilling pop songs of the 1960s: Ike and Tina Turner's "River Deep, Mountain High," produced by Phil Spector.
The Righteous Bros. melancholy "You've Lost That Loving Feeling," on which Spector captured minor key sadness of lost love.
Phil Spector reportedly held the Ramones at bay during "Rock & Roll High School," and made Johnny Ramone re-do the opening guitar riff hundreds of times.
Gene Pitney's "Every Breath I Take." Those crazy strings in the background cascade and swirl menacingly.
Phil Spector: He'll never be any good. But at least he'll never be any good now behind bars.
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