English Heart [CD/DVD Combo][Deluxe Edition]
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With hits like Be My Baby and Baby I Love You, Ronnie Spector ruled the pop charts worldwide as lead singer of the Ronettes. Now the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee is set to release ENGLISH HEART, Ronnie s personal love letter to 1960s Britain where she toured with The Ronettes in 1964-1966, supported by the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, and the Yardbirds (with Eric Clapton).
The first single will be the Rolling Stones rarity I d Much Rather Be With The Boys written by Keith Richards and Andrew Loog Oldham in 1963 but with Keith's suggestion to Ronnie to change the song s title to I d Much Rather Be With The Girls for an entirely new spin featuring The Ronettes.
The eleven tracks of ENGLISH HEART comprise a collection of Ronnie s hand picked favorites including songs recorded by the Kinks (Tired of Waiting), the Animals (Don t Let Me Be Misunderstood), the Beatles (I ll Follow the Sun), and Gerry & the Pacemakers (Don t Let the Sun Catch You Crying).
Top Customer Reviews
This CD is a dream come true. A production that wraps around Ronnie's voice with a minimalist approach that makes her the center of attention and not overshadowed by heavy handed production and weak material. The choice of songs here from the Kinks, Animals, Gerry and the Pacemakers etc. was a brilliant move. The new arrangements are not just nostalgic remakes but entirely new takes on some of the best songs of the sixties. The productions are fat and state of the art and this producer who finally took Ronnie away from the reverb drenched "Phil Spector" sound and presented that great voice in a beautiful clean, clear setting. Her voice pops right out like she's in the room.
This is a strong 5+. Highlights? Many. The Rolling Stones "I'd Much Rather Be With The Girls (boys)", the Kinks "Tired of Waiting". The near misses: the Fortunes "You've got Your Troubles" which suffers from a 70's porn wah wah guitar sound. There is no lame tracks on this CD. The Zombies "Tell Her No" is real treat as are all the songs. Get it now.