Third Wall Of Soundalikes

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Review Text Such is the wealth of Phil Spector soundalike productions from the 1960s, and such is Ace Records' industriousness in licensing a wide variety of them for the Phil's Spectre series, that there's no decline in either the quality or range of material selected for this third volume. The 26 tracks include actual hit singles (Lesley Gore's "Look of Love," Martha & the Vandellas' "In My Lonely Room") and a whole bunch of flops in the girl group, pop-soul, and pseudo-Righteous Brothers styles (as well as including an actual Righteous Brothers cut in "My Tears Will Go Away"). There's even a bit of folk-rock (the Ashes' "Is There Anything I Can Do," which sounds like a Spectorian cross between the Mamas & the Papas and the Byrds) and bubblegum (the 1910 Fruitgum Company's "When We Get Married"). One point the compilation does drive home is not just how extensive Spector's influence was throughout the industry, but also how much a good song, as well as a grand production, was necessary to make a Phil Spector production (or imitation thereof) good. Some of these tracks have some of the master's tricks down pat, but are simply missing a memorable tune to go along with it. Still, there are some very good cuts here, starting with the aforementioned Gore and Martha & the Vandellas hits. Also of note, though, is the pummeling Crystals-like, David Gates-produced-and-penned mid-charting single "My One and Only, Jimmy Boy" by the Girlfriends, one of the very best Phil Spector imitations (and very best girl group singles) of all. Other highlights are the Kit Kats' "That's the Way," which grafts Spectorian production onto a bit of Four Seasons-like vocals; Alder Ray's "'Cause I Love Him," which is not just a Phil Spector soundalike, but also a Darlene Love soundalike; and Bonnie's expansive "Close Your Eyes." Mick Patrick's liner notes provide an abundance of detail and vintage illustrations for those mostly rare and unknown releases. ~ Richie Unterberger

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Who Am I - 3:43
  2. 2. That's the Way - 2:13
  3. 3. Look of Love - 2:00
  4. 4. Sweet, Sweet Love - 3:02
  5. 5. I Love Him - 3:37
  6. 6. My Girl - 3:51
  7. 7. 'Cause I Love Him - 2:51
  8. 8. Gee, I'm Sorry Baby - 3:04
  9. 9. My One and Only, Jimmy Boy - 2:15
  10. 10. Is There Anything I Can Do - 2:28
  11. 11. Big Man - 2:11
  12. 12. Yes Sir, That's My Baby - 2:15
  13. 13. Usher Boy - 2:13
  14. 14. My Tears Will Go Away - 2:25
  15. 15. Let the Good Times Roll - 3:49
  16. 16. He Really Loves Me - 2:15
  17. 17. Goodbye Baby - 3:36
  18. 18. Young Boy Blues - 3:31
  19. 19. He's Mine (I Love Him, I Love Him, I Love Him) - 2:59
  20. 20. Down by the Ocean - 3:57
  21. 21. In My Lonely Room - 3:30
  22. 22. Close Your Eyes - 3:48
  23. 23. When We Get Married - 4:01
  24. 24. Way of the Crowd - 3:04
  25. 25. It's Just the Little Things - 3:04
  26. 26. Just a Fool - 3:02

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Release Date
7/17/07 

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