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The Definitive Crystals Remastering,
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This review is from: Da Doo Ron Ron: The Very Best of The Crystals (Audio CD)
After all the shoddy bootlegs, re-recordings and a substandard Abkco collection, the market has been lacking a disc which restores Phil Spector's original Crystals tracks to their full Wall Of Sound glory.
Vic Anesini has done another flawless job on these Philles masters for Sony / Legacy. These tracks have never sounded so good, in both impact and detail. This is state-of-the-art remastering, and a tribute to an important girl group as well as an overview of how an important producer evolved in a relatively short time.
The earlier hits (recorded at Mira Sound in New York) find Spector setting the girls' quintessential sweetness in a seductive uptown sound defined by booming drums and classical flamenco musical accents. The Crystals halcyon days came with Spector's move to Los Angeles' Gold Star Studios: they rode the Wall Of Sound on powerhouse epics like "Then he Kissed Me" and "Da Doo Ron Ron" - heard here as never before. What's especially of note is how good the not-so-succesful later records sound with this new remastering. Quite clearly, Spector was ahead of the technology but kept creating anyhow.
"Da Doo Ron Ron: The Best Of The Crystals" deserves nothing less than a five-star rating: it's undoubtedly one of the best girl group discs ever, in both content and dynamic sound quality.
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Initial post: Aug 11, 2013, 9:51:23 AM PDT
Albion Beirut says:
Thank you for the info that this is the original version. I have inadvertently purchased re-recordings of several old favorites and it is very annoying. Amazon (deliberately?) gives you no help in sorting out the different releases. They don't even note the label name. There's nothing to stop an enthusiastic commenter from putting a comment under release X that was inspired by listening to release Y. I wonder if there is a guide that would help steer oldies fans to the best editions?
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