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Da Doo Ron Ron: The Very Best of The Crystals

The Crystals Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 22, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B004GHBQRE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,925 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. There's No Other Like My Baby
2. Oh Yeah, Maybe Baby
3. Uptown
4. What A Nice Way To Turn 17
5. He Hit Me (It Felt Like A Kiss)
6. No One Ever Tells You
7. He's A Rebel
8. I Love You Eddie
9. Another Country - Another World
10. Please Hurt Me
11. He's Sure The Boy I Love
12. Da Doo Ron Ron
13. Heartbreaker
14. Then He Kissed Me
15. I Wonder
16. Little Boy
17. All Grown Up
18. Woman In Love (With You)

Editorial Reviews

One of the defining girl groups of the early 60s, The Crystals whose members came from different sections of Brooklyn were the link between the simpler doo-wop harmonies of the 50s and the sophisticated look and sound of pop divas like the Supremes. They are the group that are credited with first putting the Philles label on the pop map.
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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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Crystals Remastering March 16, 2011
By Rick
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
After all the shoddy bootlegs, re-recordings and a substandard Abkco collection, the market has been lacking a disc which restores Phil Spector's original Crystals tracks to their full Wall Of Sound glory.

Vic Anesini has done another flawless job on these Philles masters for Sony / Legacy. These tracks have never sounded so good, in both impact and detail. This is state-of-the-art remastering, and a tribute to an important girl group as well as an overview of how an important producer evolved in a relatively short time.

The earlier hits (recorded at Mira Sound in New York) find Spector setting the girls' quintessential sweetness in a seductive uptown sound defined by booming drums and classical flamenco musical accents. The Crystals halcyon days came with Spector's move to Los Angeles' Gold Star Studios: they rode the Wall Of Sound on powerhouse epics like "Then he Kissed Me" and "Da Doo Ron Ron" - heard here as never before. What's especially of note is how good the not-so-succesful later records sound with this new remastering. Quite clearly, Spector was ahead of the technology but kept creating anyhow.

"Da Doo Ron Ron: The Best Of The Crystals" deserves nothing less than a five-star rating: it's undoubtedly one of the best girl group discs ever, in both content and dynamic sound quality.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh mono transfer and remaster of the Crystals' best February 24, 2011
Format:Audio CD
The Crystals formed in 1961 with Barbara Alston as their lead singer. Quickly signed by Phil Spector for his brand new Philles label, they were the subject of the label's very first single, first hit and first Top 20, "(There's No Other) Like My Baby." They struck gold again the following year with the Mann & Weil's brilliant "Uptown" and reached #1 with Gene Pitney's "He's a Rebel." Oddly, the latter single, the group's only chart topper, was recorded by a completely different set of Crystals - Darlene Love and the Blossoms - than the one who'd first broken on the charts. The story has the original Crystals touring the East Coast at the moment the demanding Spector was ready to record in Los Angeles, and Love's group was on hand.

The Love/Blossoms Crystals hit one more time, in 1963 with "He's Sure the Boy I Love," before the original group regained their name with "Da Doo Ron Ron," "Then He Kissed Me," and "I Wonder." Well, sort of. "Da Doo Ron Ron" had been recorded by Darlene Love and the Blossoms, but Spector replaced her lead vocal with one by Lala Brooks, to whom Alston had ceded the lead vocal role in the Crystals' stage show. The latter two singles also feature Brooks with Love and the Blossoms providing the backing vocals. The East Coast group split with Spector and Philles shortly thereafter, and amid additional personnel changes recorded a few more non-charting singles that failed to capture the thrills and grandeur of their hits.

This disc collects the group's ten charting singles (which also include "Little Boy" and "All Grown Up"), B-sides, album tracks, the short-lived A-side "There's No Other Like My Baby" (which was flipped to make "(There's No Other) Like My Baby" a hit), and the quickly withdrawn "He Hit Me (It Felt Like a Kiss).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars all the hits March 31, 2011
Format:Audio CD
They are all here folks but do yourself a favor and purchase
the Wall of Sound anthology and get the hits from the Ronettes as well all on one disc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Crystals March 19, 2013
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I just love Barbara Alton and Darlene Love. The music they sing brings back memories of long ago that will always be near and dear to my heart! They were just one of the many great girl groups back in the 60's!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect sonics, production, remastering April 2, 2011
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I purchased all 4 Very Best of CD's released in 2011 by Legacy (Phil Spector, The Crystals, Darlene Love, and The Ronettes). My aim is to get the finest sounding examples of these recordings possible, and these sets deliver the finest MONO sonics possible from the almost-50 year old recordings. Almost 50 years-WOW! Where does the time go, from AM radio to digital files played on CD's, IPODS and cellphones? Thanks Phil, for giving us kids the "little symphonies"! BTW, the packaging and liner notes are excellent also.
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5.0 out of 5 stars OLDIES BUT GOODIES July 8, 2014
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LOVED THE CD....
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5.0 out of 5 stars oldies June 11, 2014
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Obviously you have to have a place in your soul for the 60's. There is an ppreciation of the memories these songs bring back.
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5.0 out of 5 stars really the best of the Crystals. March 29, 2014
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Anyone who grew up in this period of great music will remember the Crystals and their amazing harmonizing . The recordings are very good and I would recommend this series to any fan. There were no fillers like you sometimes find on old 331/3 only choice selections.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome!
Published 8 days ago by Dolores
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
GREAT
Published 29 days ago by Brad Peck
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Everything like expected
Published 3 months ago by Rocnic
5.0 out of 5 stars great hit
my husband also new these singers so I like to make him happy with listening to them together as if we were still young
Published 7 months ago by Sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music from the 60s
If you like the girl groups from the 50s and 60s, then you'll love this CD. It has alot of great songs on it, and I think it's great.
Published 8 months ago by Carol D. Pippin
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift keeps giving
I bought this for a friend and he loves it. He said it was the best investment he ever made in a CD.
Published 12 months ago by goodmi0920
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome girl group
when i saw i could do an instant download of this album, it was a no-brainer to get..All the hits are here and so dig this group..money well spent
Published 14 months ago by john b bilski
3.0 out of 5 stars Boring
All the songs sound the same. The backup singers tra la la a lot. I should not have purchased this cd.
Published 14 months ago by Francis R. Bowman
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the One!
I chose this CD because I wanted a Crystals CD with their best songs, and I made the perfect pick. This is a pleasure.
Published 15 months ago by Jeff
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but no stereo.
Sadly, Phil Spector, who was a Top-Notch producer and musical director, did not believe in stereo.
The recording quality on this CD (like most of Phil's productions) is very... Read more
Published 17 months ago by R. Berryman
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