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Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes

Ronettes Vinyl
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Vinyl (August 14, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
  • ASIN: B0088XQDMA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,146 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Walking In The Rain
2. Do I Love You?
3. So Young
4. (The Best Part Of) Breakin Up
5. I Wonder
6. What d I Say
7. Be My Baby
8. You Baby
9. Baby, I Love You
10. How Does It Feel?
11. When I Saw You
12. Chapel Of Love

Editorial Reviews

Originally released in time for 1964's Christmas season, the Ronettes' one and only Philles LP is considered by many to be the crown jewel of the label's catalogue, representing the ultimate expression of Phil Spector's girl-group ideal.

Fronted by the impossibly charismatic Veronica Bennett, aka Ronnie Spector, the Ronettes combined girlish innocence and playful sexiness in a manner that struck a responsive chord with listeners in the '60s, and continues to do so five decades later. With Phil's surging Wall of Sound arrangements meeting their match in the kittenish vocals of Ronnie and her sister Estelle Bennett and cousin Nedra Talley, it's not hard to understand why the Ronettes effortlessly held their own with the British Invasion acts that otherwise dominated the pop scene in 1964.

Although the Ronettes are principally known as a singles act, Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes featuring Veronica is a remarkably consistent and cohesive set that collects all of the trio's early hits, including such enduring pop masterpieces as "Be My Baby," "Baby (I Love You)," "Walking In The Rain," "Do I Love You?," "(The Best Part Of) Breaking Up," "You Baby" and the Ronettes' original version of "Chapel of Love" (which predates the Dixie Cups' hit version). It's hard to imagine a more consistent collection of perfect pop bliss, or a more excellent expression of girl group greatness.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The superlatives for this otherwise seemingly mainstream typical 12-track lp from the '60's have yet to be created. So, why only a four-star rating? That comes later... but as far as the content here is concerned, you would be hard-pressed... nay, near impossibly hard-pressed, to find an album with the perfection of the genre found here.

After perfecting his craft and his trademark "wall-of-sound" with artists such as the Crystals, Phil Spector, in concert with his songwriting cohorts including the duos of Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, and Vini Poncia and Peter Andreoli (a/k/a Anders), raised the bar ever higher with his work with the Ronettes. After the monumental success of "Be My Baby", the Ronettes scored with four more charting singles, including the mesmerizing "Walking in the Rain", a song that should have put the Ronettes back into the top-ten. As rich as this album is with the singles that charted, it contains some tracks that, in this reviewers opinion, could have been singles in their own right, and almost certainly even more commercially successful than some that were actually issued. Barry and Greenwich's "I Wonder" has all the energy and dynamism that could have launched it well into the top-forty, no doubt. And Ronnie's sultry reading of Mann and Weil's "You Baby" had all the makings of a big seller on its own. And as far as the rest of the tracks included here, there is no filler. This single album contains more solid performances and production than the entire lp catalogs of the vast majority of pop artists that have come and gone.

So why then, only four stars? This reissue is in... mono... again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hands down! September 11, 2012
By David
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
This is simply the best album of all the girl groups. When you hear the name The Ronettes, most music lovers can think of four great songs by these girls. What they don't know is they all come from their first release. The remaining tracks are not just fillers, but great tracks as well. Every vinyl lover or music lover at most should have this in their collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An ‘Alternative Top 40’ selection* January 16, 2014
*This record is #4 in a select chronological list of 500 albums that never made the top 40 album charts (released 1964-present), yet considered among the best and/or most important albums ever released. “An Alternative Top 40” is a work in progress, to be published in 2017.
What??? This record topped out at # 96? What sort of alternate universe/ twisted history of the world have I been living in? I simply cannot believe that this wasn’t a huge hit album. Nor can I believe that it became so rare that finding an actual copy could have set you back a mortgage payment, until a recent re-release. This is Phil Spector at the top of his game. He ruled (or at least thought he ruled) the music industry around this time, but still in all, even the singles’ chart positions weren’t particularly impressive. Only one song made the top 10 (“Be My Baby”), and none of the others even scratched the top 20. How is that possible? Right here in the ‘grooves’ of these songs is the apex of the girl group sound, with some of the lushest and most influential music ever made.
The girl group sound didn’t begin with the Ronettes, but this is where the genre reached its artistic apex. Teen romance never got any sexier than this. It should have been one of Billboard’s most successful chart toppers, but not in this world.
A+ Tom Ryan
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