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According to the very cheap looking cover, the songs are digitally remastered, and most tracks sounds clearer than on the 1992 abkco release "The Best of Ronettes". Some tracks do sound somewhat metallic, and in some cases, there is outright distortion - for instance on "Lovers". You can have your doubts whether the people behind the remastering have had had access to the original master tapes. You would expect that the sound presentation could have been better and the general impression of the CD is that of a bootleg, with its very cheap one-sheet cover; badly printed with lots of factual errors on the songwriting credits.
Most tracks sound however do sound acceptable, and the songs are indeed in many cases brilliant.
The band's second album, "Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes" is represented in its entirety, and it actually could appear a little like a greatest hits album with tracks like "Be My Baby," "Walking in the Rain," "You Baby" and "Baby I Love You" - all great songs that really deserve a better presentation.
Inexplicably, the group had difficulty in maintaining the popularity achieved by the two big hits "Be My Baby" and "Baby I Love You" in 1963. Despite several excellent single releases during 1964-66, the group's singles never again reached the top 20. "The Best Part of Breaking Up," "Walking in the Rain," "Is This What I Get For Loving You Baby," "Here I Sit," "Keep On Dancing" and "I Can Hear Music" all sound sound like sure hit-songs.Read more ›
a/b comparison with the same cuts on the new Phil Spector Retrospective
(excellent) not only reveal these versions to have been remastered into oblivion but that a layer of echo has been added, all apparently to make a more "modern" sound. Yech!!! See for yourself. I wish I could recommend this since a few of the tracks I really like here are not available elsewhere that I know of, but this is not the one!
This CD is nicely executed, but at this point on my small office stereo sounds like re-engineered mono, but comes across with stunning echo (I love it!) and nice reproduction of Ronnie's voice. The Estelle and Nedra sound somewhat distant, as do the smaller percussion instruments, - a negative in my view. I'm not yet sure about the bass. This is really petty on my part as I don't know what the engineers had to work with - but I'd like just a bit more of the mid-range. All in all, I'd rate this CD as just short of excellent. I may revise the rating upward (it won't go down, no way) after I play it in my car's larger system, or on the big (and old) 100w Sansui system in the living room. If you like the Ronettes, buy this CD. It's worth every penny.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This CD is awful quality its not a digital copy or is it digital remastered to make it sound crisper. The album sounds like it was recorded in a cave. Read morePublished 10 months ago by don destroyer
This Ronettes CD should be in every collection if you were born before 1970. Ronnie Spector's voice transcends the era. The harmonies are glorious. Just sit back and enjoy.Published 10 months ago by Catager
Great CD, really enjoying these songs. Gave it only 4 stars since one track was damaged and I didn't want to bother returning it. Will try and download that one song.Published 15 months ago by Carol Morrison
They have the sweetest voices around for making good music.Published 16 months ago by Brent W. Sanders
Everywhere I would hear the Ronettes,I'd hear them in mono.BLAND BLAND BLAND!!!!!! But with this C.D. Read morePublished on August 1, 2014 by John E. Levison
One of their major hits is missing on this collection from 1965.This was one of their last hits ( at least in NY & Philly) and it has been omitted. Read morePublished on June 8, 2014 by R&B,BLUES,SOUL, GROUP HARMONY FOREVER
Great music style from this girl group from the 60's. In my opinion there has never been any other girl group thats ever replaced them.Published on March 27, 2014 by C. Lee