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Be My Baby: The Very Best of The Ronettes

RonettesAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (February 22, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B004GHBQEM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,882 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Why Don't They Let Us Fall In Love
2. Be My Baby
3. Baby, I Love You
4. (The Best Part Of) Breakin' Up
5. So Young
6. Do I Love You?
7. Walking In The Rain
8. I Wonder
9. When I Saw You
10. You Baby
11. Born To Be Together
12. Is This What I Get For Loving You?
13. Paradise
14. Here I Sit
15. I Wish I Never Saw The Sunshine
16. Everything Under The Sun
17. I Can Hear Music
18. You Came, You Saw, You Conquered

Editorial Reviews

With their sweet, polished harmonies, cat-eye makeup and beehive hairdos, The Ronettes added a tough, New York street flavor to the girl group model of the early 60s. Spector originally employed them as backup singers for other Philles artists, but when their first single Be My Baby became an international sensation in late 63, they quickly became Philles leading group.

Fifty years ago, legendary producer Phil Spectorestablished his own record label Philles, and a new sound began to ring out of radio speakers across America. The sound Spector created lush, resonant, and dramatic, blending the sentimental swoon of string sections with the excitement of rock and roll was so different, so instantly recognizable, it earned its own name: The Wall of Sound. Through the 1960s, with songs like Be My Baby, Then He Kissed Me, Walking in the Rain, and Da Doo Ron Ron, he ruled the pop charts and made artists like Darlene Love, The Crystals and The Ronettes household names. For twenty years, no new collections of these artists, Philles s most successful, have been released, and only a limited amount of the tracks have been available digitally. The newly remastered greatest hits collections contain the best and most iconic recordings by these artists, and their familiarity will be sure to strike a chord with fans both young and old.

For twenty years, no new collections of these artists, Philles s mostsuccessful, have been released, and only a limited amount of the tracks have been available digitally. The newly remastered greatest hits collections contain the best and most iconic recordings by these artists, and their familiarity will be sure to strike a chord with fans both young and old.

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spector Spectacularly Remastered. March 3, 2011
By Rick
Format:Audio CD
Vic Anesisni has done a brilliant job with this set of remasters. Finally somebody has restored The Wall Of Sound digitally to all it's glory. These masters are superb: they're big and dense, and can be cranked up to the rafters with no sonic loss. The louder they are, the better they sound.

As for one reviewer's claim that the shrieking "Retrospective" remasters by Bob Ludwig are superior..well, that's a joke. He's shaved and NR'd them to death, and then added ear-bleeding highs in excess.

From the very first crunch of the saxes and thwack of the drum, listeners know they're in for a treat with Sony's new Ronettes disc. All discs in the series come mighty close to the essence of all those beloved Philles 45s which captured not only a generation's imagination, but taught an industry how good records were made. All these tracks were recorded in analog, and it's amazing how the analog warmth is retained. The Ronettes have never sounded better.

In an era of loud, too-bright and essentially unlistenable CDs, it's to Legacy's - and Vic Anesini's - credit that they've actually understood the music, and knocked themselves out to present it the way it was meant to be heard.

Legacy/Sony has already treated us to the magnificent Dylan mono remasters, and they've done it again with the Spector / Philles catalog. They're listening to what customers want, rather than the loud minority who still believe digital remasters should not sound warm, or remotely like the original recordings.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Stop *Playing* This CD! May 25, 2011
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Although I only bought BE MY BABY: THE VERY BEST OF THE RONETTES CD as an afterthought while buying the re-issues of The Sound of Love: The Very Best of Darlene Love and Da Doo Ron Ron: The Very Best of The Crystals for Darlene Love, I have to say that this CD has really grown on me.

I was only familiar with the song "Be My Baby," so I'm by no means a Ronettes expert or die hard fan, but their unique sound consisting of lead singer Veronica (Ronnie) Bennett (soon-to-be Spector), her sister Estelle and their cousin Nedra Talley singing backup, has won me over. That Ronette sound is so different than say the Supremes that you can't help but take notice.

Some of the lyrics are very teenage-oriented with phrases like "too young to go steady" and "too young, can't marry no one" -- of course the Ronettes were just teenagers themselves when they recorded these songs -- but that doesn't interfere with listening pleasure. There's an edge to Ronnie Spector's voice that belies the youthful sound and innocent lyrics, so you don't get bubble-gum pop overload.

The songs collected here were recorded from 1963-1969 and I can't find a weak one in the bunch. Even though they were recorded at different times and have different themes like longing for love, being in love, and then breaking up, and appeared on different albums, the entire CD has consistency so none of the tracks seem out of place.

A CD booklet is included and contains color and black & white pictures, liner notes by Lenny Kaye written in 2007, and information on each track (chart position, record date, album title, etc.).
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh mono transfer and remaster of Ronettes' best February 23, 2011
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With the Philles catalog now in the licensing hands of Sony Legacy and EMI, the fiftieth anniversary of the label's 1961 founding is being celebrated with a new round of reissues. First out of the gate are remastered best-of collections for the Ronettes, Crystals, Darlene Love and Phil Spector. This 18-track Ronettes set includes all eight of the group's Philles singles (all of which charted, but amazingly flew under the Top 10 except "Be My Baby"), Veronica's "Why Don't They Let Us Fall in Love" and "So Young," the album tracks "I Wonder" and "You Baby," the B-side "When I Saw You," the 1969 A&M single "You Came, You Saw, You Conquered," and a few tracks that went unreleased at the time of their recording. The latter includes a terrific pair ("Paradise" and "Here I Sit") co-written by a young Harry Nilsson, and previously released on The Phil Spector Masters. This collection duplicates the track line-up of ABKCO's out-of-print Best of the Ronettes with one exception: the 1964 B-side "How Does it Feel" is replaced here by the group's last charting single, 1966's "I Can Hear Music." The track ordering is mostly chronological to the songs' recording dates, and Lenny Kaye offers touchingly personal liner notes alongside detailed recording data. This isn't the vault discovery that fans are waiting for, and many will complain about the all-mono line-up, but with ABKCO's set itself a collector's item, this is a welcome overview of the group's biggest hits. Now, where are the rarities and stereo mixes? [©2011 hyperbolium dot com]
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I Don't Agree July 29, 2011
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I do not agree about the re-mastering of this disc it's no better than the ABKO box set Titled Back To Mono.
If anyone has the Dirty Dancing Soundtrack compare Be My Baby track there, that was the best remastering
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
This is a good album but some unreleased songs should of stayed unreleased. You Baby and So Young are horrid. The rest of the album is spectacular.
Published 1 month ago by John Gonzales
5.0 out of 5 stars Be My Baby: The Very Best of The Ronettes
1. I chose this rating because they are a good group. 2. I like there singing styles. 3. I'd recommend this product to anyone who likes the music styles of Motown in that era
Published 3 months ago by Hermes Gerena
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ronettes
Still playing the CD in the carat home on the back porch.. feel good music oh and I sing too !~
Published 3 months ago by Deborah Rakowitz
4.0 out of 5 stars Like it
I could listen to this compact disc all day and not get tired of it, I like the ronettes a lot'
Published 3 months ago by David Weeks
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music
This CD by the Ronettes includes their big hits, but I bought it for all the songs they recorded that didn't make it to the charts. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Robert hostler
5.0 out of 5 stars The very best indeed!..
With all the Ronettes songs you love to hear & never tire of; The 'Wall of Sound' never sounded better!
Published 5 months ago by B.M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good cd
We like the music of that era and heard the Ronettes on the radio. Checked to see if was available and when it was, I purchased it.
Published 5 months ago by Jerry Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back memories
Love the sound of the Ronettes voice and the music they made together brings back so many memories. A must for the 60's!
Published 6 months ago by Silvia A. Belmares
4.0 out of 5 stars Motown
The 60's...what can you say. Be My Baby was on everyone's lips at that time and I still love that song.
Published 6 months ago by Linda Avila
3.0 out of 5 stars Untruthful Quantity
The music is fine, but there are only 12 tracks, and the jewel case lists 18 tracks. Rip-off! I am waiting for satisfaction from the vendor.
Published 6 months ago by Paul Bianco
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Are the new Phil Spector collections still in mono??
@John R. Overall:
The title of that release on the Eric Records label containing the stereo version of "To Know Him Is to Love Him" is titled "Hard to Find Jukebox Classics 1958: More Pop Gold".
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