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The Philles Album Collection Box Set,
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Received today, needless to say I'm a "wall of sound" fan from way back in the 60's. And I have been waiting on this particular release for quite some time.
First, the packaging is excellent - gotta say that Sony Legacy did an excellent job of packaging these discs in their original LP cover art as mini-LP jackets, very similar to how the Japanese imports often package their limited edition CD's.
Second - the sound is great, especially compared to the 90's Back to Mono box set; sound is much cleaner and "up-front".
Third - the collection of songs on all CD's are MONO - which I, for one, am very happy with. Having listened to some of these on their original vinyl releases in both Stereo & MONO, I definitely prefer the MONO versions - making the Wall of Sound even more stirring and grand!
So that's a big plus for me. And I'm glad Sony chose to keep the MONO recordings for this release.
I won't bother with a descriptor of each CD as that is well done by previous reviewers. But this collection is definitely a must - for both "wall of sound" die-hards as well as those just listening for the first time. And I truly appreciate that each LP is reproduced musically as they were originally release on vinyl.
Totally happy with this purchase.
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Initial post: Jan 2, 2012 2:56:19 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 2, 2012 2:58:28 PM PST
I will never understand how anyone can say the original mono "wall of sound" sound is superior to the stereo "wall of sound". One listen (if you are priviledged enough to own it) to the original Philles lp "Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes" (not the lame narrow-channel bootleg out of Europe) and you are blown away by the real "wall of sound" that goes from a two-dimensional flat plane of sound to a three-dimensional roomful of sound. Spector may have been a "genius" with his productions but it was idiotic not to fully take advantage of the stereo soundstage. Just imagine the listening experience of all the other "wall of sound" recordings had Spector had the foresight to mix them in stereo like was done for the Ronettes and the elusive stereo of his Christmas album. If someone could only find - if they even exist - the original multi-tracks to the Philles catalog and reissue it in glorious stereo (done by competent engineers, of course), it would be the musical reissue event of this and the previous century!
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2013 10:39:49 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 31, 2013 10:47:04 AM PDT
I too would love to hear the real "wall of sound" of the Philles catalog, reissued from available multi-tracks, in STEREO. The mono presentations have been done over and over ad nauseum. There's certainly enough of it to make every mono purist happy.
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