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Brill Building Sound [Box set]

Various Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 26, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Bns/K-Tel Internatio
  • ASIN: B000008DRG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,280 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Transcendent December 25, 2008
Format:Audio CD
You are buying an extremely complete retrospective of the so-called Brill Building Sound that addresses the output of a number of writing collectives. These writers/producers all worked at one time or another within yards of each other in Manhattan. In a coincidence that would be laughable in a novel or movie, many of them grew up in the same area of Brooklyn.

The songs they wrote in this synergistic/antagonistic environment were invariably hits for a stable of artists associated with them. But, so fundamentally good were the lyrics, arrangements and ambiance that the songs were a key component of The British Invasion bands' repertoires and are often still covered. 'Live at the BBC' has several of these songs - including 'Don't Ever Change,' orginally done by The Crickets and Little Eva's 'Keep Your Hands Off My Baby' - being played live by The Beatles. And, speaking of Little Eva - fabulously mentioned as Goffin and King's babysitter who was given another song to sing ('The Locomotion') subsequently covered by Grand Funk Railroad.

I would also argue that the process used in creating these three minute expositions on being a teenager in the early 1960s also served as the model for other production families. Berry Gordy - whether by serendipity or deliberate calculation - followed the same model of a coterie of superb writers, musicians and producers that generated material for an equally talented set of performers. This pattern also appears almost due south of Detroit with the marvelous pieces created by the Stax/Volt label. An last but certainly not least, were the efforts of someone who functioned in the background at the Brill Building but nevertheless took excellent notes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-Have Collection For Sixties Music Lovers! October 9, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This collection is a well-put together selection (based upon a special TV series) of great '60s tunes, with valuable liner notes and photos. If you haven't seen the documentary, "The Hitmakers," the liner notes will tell you the story, supplemented by these classic songs. If you have seen the documentary, then just sit back and enjoy the tunes all over again...
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original Price - Buy It Now - USED? Your Call November 27, 2006
Format:Audio CD
At the original IN PRINT price, it's an amazing box set of an amazing time - to think of how cool it would've been to be there in a building to watch your scribblings become tunes and then become hit records right before your eyes - and to be there with fellow writers (not to mention the singers) - those days are definitely over.

If you're just starting out and you love the late 50's & early 1960's shimmering pop wall of sound (along with Phil Spector), this is an amazing 4-CD set with over 80 of the greatest pop rock tracks of all time - again staggering that these all came out of that time, era and literally - one building - definitely get this CD.

If you already have an extensive CD collection of that time, you might want to review the tracks to make sure you're not duplicating them. This set does NOT contain any demos or alt takes.

Or if you find the USED print a bit steep, here are some things to keep in mind. If you're a real big fan, you're probably better off piecing together the greatest hits packages of: Neil Sedaka, Connie Francis, The Drifters, Chiffons, Shirelles, The Righteous Brothers, Shangrai-La's etc ... since their tracks in this box are just sprinkled throughout and not complete (except for maybe Neil Sedaka's early stuff) or you'll pretty much sweep through and collect virtually all the tracks with a handful of hits of the 50's and 60's compilations. You'd be hard pressed not to swing a compilation CD of that era and get Little Eva or Ben E. King, etc ... as for the sound quality, the more recent greatest hits releases match or beat the sound quality of this box set. The only exception are the Sedaka tracks they sound better here than my NEIL SEDAKA'S ALL TIME GREATEST HITS CD but mine might be an older compilation anyway.
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Jim Z
Format:Audio CD
It is so infuriating when you see a package like this ! Tons of classic tracks , many available on other collections , many not. You peruse the track listing and find 74 tracks on FOUR discs. You remember the songs--most barely cracking the 3 minute mark. FOUR discs? Yeah , you guessed it , it could have all fit on THREE (with plenty of room to spare). AAARRRGGGHHH!!!!You buy it anyway , because the music is that good. You're overjoyed with the songs when you hear them in pristine digital sound , but you never get over being ripped off by a record label.So five stars for performance minus 2 stars for packaging equals three stars !
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