Thursday, January 13, 2011

The "Wall of Sound"



The Ronettes were in their prime before my time. However, I was always a huge fan of "Oldies" including Motown, Doo-Wop and everything in between...from The Temptations to the Mellow Kings and from Smokey Robinson to Gene Chandler or The Del-Vikings. I think I got hooked when I saw "American Grafitti" when I was 10.
On Tuesday when we were Goose hunting we discussed throwing a "Wall of Steel" into the air when the Snow Geese flew over. This immediately brought to mind of Phil Spector and the "Wall of Sound" production technique he made famous.The Ronettes song featured here is a great example of what Spector's "Wall of Sound" production sounded like.

6 comments:

K said...

Wall of sound I was thinking something morelike this...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlTzzsjF6s8&feature=related

Main Line Sportsman said...

Phil Spector's wall of sound was aproduction technique and sound engineering...not simply a giant pile of speakers.

Jennifer said...

thanks for the video! Love the pics. Nedra Tally Ross from the Ronettes is a friend of mine. she and Scott lived at the Jersey Shore back in the 80s and we got to know them. They were before my time...but the songs are timeless!
Jennifer aka gigi

Main Line Sportsman said...

Gigi- Would love to have met any one of the gorgeous Ronettes....I consider you lucky! Thanksfor commenting.

K.S.A. said...

MLS: This is excellent. Are you familiar with the Scottish group Camera Obscura? They owe a great deal of their sound to Phil Spector.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztIWgEO0vRc

Or do you remember this young lady? An OUTSTANDING COVER...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ff3X7zGyzfE

And here's a young Phil Spector playing with his band The Teddy Bears...circa 1958...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCnUsInBQws

Main Line Sportsman said...

KSA...gonna cut'n' paste them as soon as I get in the office with my good computer.