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The Allmovie Blog » The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector: The AMG Review

All of these stories end up being weighed against Spector’s often remarkable body of work. In the early to mid-’60s, Spector produced a string of singles that are still the stuff of legend — “Be My Baby” and “Baby I Love You” by the Ronettes, “Da Doo Ron Ron” by the Crystals, “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” by the Righteous Brothers, “River Deep, Mountain High” by Ike & Tina Turner, among many, many others — and these were Spector’s work in a way few producers are truly the guiding artist behind their recordings. Spector wrote the songs, oversaw the arrangements, selected the musicians, cast the lead singers, ran the long, often complicated recording sessions, and released the records through his own label, assuming creative control in a way few producers have before or since. When Spector later began working in a more traditional production style, serving as a facilitator for artists who wrote and performed their own music, his success was more varied; he helped turn a mass of tapes the Beatles couldn’t bear to finish into the album Let It Be and helped John Lennon and George Harrison make some of their first (and best) solo albums, but his later projects (especially albums with Leonard Cohen and the Ramones) found him wildly out of his element, and he’d been doing little in music before Clarkson’s death once again made him a household name.

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