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Be My Baby: The Very Best of The Ronettes

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 22, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: February 22, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • ASIN: B004GHBQEM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,603 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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.Read more ›
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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.
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In the reviews here there is disagreement on the sound quality. I am still working it out.
The ones with less of the Wall of Sound seem clear enough.
The first ones, like Be My Baby, unfortunately are pretty muddy.
I will try it on several of my many devices. It may be that there is more clarity on higher quality players and a certain amount of equalizing is required.
At least some of these songs are not of the sound quality of many other remastered girl group cds from this era.
It says this came out 2011. Not sure if any were originally recorded in stereo or if these are mono or stereo.
I have some of the same songs I dowloaded ten years ago and they don't sound great either.
There seem to be two dueling compilations, remastered by different engineers.
Some seem to like one better than the other and some say none of them are that great..
The greater complexity of the production probably makes it more difficult to get better fidelity, I am not sure.
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