The 50th anniversary of the Philles Records label (1961-2011) has arrived. The long-range campaign promise announced in 2009 by Legacy Recordings and EMI Music Publishing, to dig deep into the rich catalog of Phil Spector's 'Wall Of Sound' on Philles, moves ahead with four newly-compiled albums.
Wall of Sound: The Very Best of Phil Spector 1961-1966 features songs that rang with Spectors signature studio approach that ruled the pop charts with singles from his own Philles label that were as ubiquitous as Motown's and rivaled the popularity of the Beatles. The Sound of Love: The Very Best of Darlene Love focuses on Spector use of Love's powerful, distinctive voice as lead singer on a number of tunes by such groups as Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans and the Crystals, as well as recording such songs as the hit "Today I Met The Boy I'm Gonna Marry." Da Doo Ron Ron: The Very Best of The Crystals features one of the defining girl groups of the early '60s. The Crystals were the link between the simpler doo-wop harmonies of the '50s and the sophisticated look and sound of pop divas like the Supremes. Be My Baby: The Very Best of The Ronettes presents the sweet and polished harmonies from the cat-eye makeup and beehive hairdos of The Ronettes, who added a tough, New York street flavor to the girl group model of the early '60s.
The quartet of titles will be available at all physical and digital retail outlets starting February 22nd.