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Recorded: 1958-1969

Charted: November 12, 1991


Rating: 4.600 (average of 5 ratings)


Genre: pop


Quotable: “Spector’s Wall of Sound made even the most pedestrian teen pop seem mythic.” Blender Magazine


Album Tracks, Disc 1:
1. To Know Him Is to Love Him (THE TEDDY BEARS) 2. Corrine, Corrina (RAY PETERSON) 3. Spanish Harlem (BEN E. KING) 4. Pretty Little Angel Eyes (CURTIS LEE) 5. Every Breath I Take (GENE PITNEY) 6. I Love How You Love Me (THE PARIS SISTERS) 7. Under the Moon of Love (CURTIS LEE) 8. There’s No Other Like My Baby (THE CRYSTALS) 9. Uptown (THE CRYSTALS) 10. He Hit Me (It Felt Like a Kiss) (THE CRYSTALS) 11. He’s a Rebel (THE CRYSTALS) 12. Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah (BOB B. SOXX & THE BLUE JEANS) 13. Puddin’ N’ Tain (THE ALLEY CATS) 15. Why Do Lovers Break Each Other’s Hearts (BOB B. SOXX & THE BLUE JEANS) 16. Today I Met the Boy I’m Gonna Marry (DARLEN LOVE) 17. Da Doo Ron Ron (THE CRYSTALS) 18. Heartbreaker (THE CRYSTALS) 19. Why Don’t They Let Us Fall in Love (VERONICA) 20. Chapel of Love (DARLENE LOVE) 21. Not Too Young to Get Married (BOB B. SOXX & THE BLUE JEANS) 22. Wait Til My Bobby Gets Home (DARLENE LOVE) 23. All Grown Up (THE CRYSTALS)

Album Tracks, Disc 2:
1. Be My Baby (THE RONETTES) 2. Then He Kissed Me (THE CRYSTALS) 3. A Fine, Fine Boy (DARLENE LOVE) 4. Baby, I Love You (THE RONETTES) 5. I Wonder (THE RONETTES) 6. Girls Can Tell (THE CRYSTALS) 7. Little Boy (THE CRYSTALS) 8. Hold Me Tight (THE TREASURES) 9. The Best Part of Breakin’ Up (THE RONETTES) 10. Soldier Boy of Mine (THE RONETTES) 11. Strange Love (DARLENE LOVE) 12. Stumble and Fall (DARLENE LOVE) 13. When I Saw You (THE RONETTES) 14. So Young (VERONICA) 15. Do I Love You? (THE RONETTES) 16. Keep on Dancing (THE RONETTES) 17. You, Baby (THE RONETTES) 18. Woman in Love with You (THE RONETTES) 19. Walking in the Rain (THE RONETTES)

Album Tracks, Disc 3:
1. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ (THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS) 2. Born to Be Together (THE RONETTES) 3. Just Once in My Life (THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS) 4. Unchained Melody (THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS) 5. Is This What I Get for Loving You? (THE RONETTES) 6. Long Way to Be Happy (DARLENE LOVE) 7. I Love You for Sentimental Reasons (THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS) 8. Ebb Tide (THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS) 9. This Could Be the Night (THE MODERN FOLK QUARTET) 10. Paradise (THE RONETTES) 11. River Deep – Mountain High (IKE & TINA TURNER) 12. I’ll Never Need More Than This (IKE & TINA TURNER) 13. A Love Like Yours Don’t Come Knockin’ Everyday (IKE & TINA TURNER) 14. Save the Last Dance for Me (IKE & TINA TURNER) 15. I Wish I Never Saw the Sunshine (THE RONETTES) 16. You Came, You Saw, You Conquered (THE RONETTES) 17. Black Pearl (SONNY CHARLES & THE CHECKMATES) 18. Love Is All I Have to Give (THE CHECKMATES)

Album Tracks, Disc 4:
1. White Christmas (DARLENE LOVE) 2. Frosty the Snowman (THE RONETTES) 3. The Bells of St. Mary (BOB B. SOXX & THE BLUE JEANS) 4. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (THE CRYSTALS) 5. Sleigh Ride (THE RONETTES) 6. Marshmallow World (DARLENE LOVE) 7. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (THE RONETTES) 8. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (THE CRYSTALS) 9. Winter Wonderland (DARLENE LOVE) 10. Parade of the Wooden Soldiers (?) 11. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) (DARLENE LOVE) 12. Here Comes Santa Claus (BOB B. SOXX & THE BLUE JEANS) 13. Silent Night (PHIL SPECTOR & ARTISTS)


Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 0.5
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 0.5


Peak:

peak on U.S. Billboard album chart --
peak on U.K. album chart --


Singles/Hit Songs:

  • TEDDY BEARS – To Know Him Is to Love Him (9/22/58) #1 US, #2 UK, #10 RB
  • RAY PETERSON – Corinna, Corinna (11/21/60) #9 US, #41 UK
  • BEN E. KING – Spanish Harlem (12/31/60) #10 US, #15 RB
  • CURTIS LEE – Pretty Little Angel Eyes (7/3/61) #7 US, #47 UK
  • GENE PITNEY – Every Breath I Take (8/7/61) #42 US
  • THE PARIS SISTERS – I Love How You Love Me (9/4/61) #5 US
  • CURTIS LEE – Under the Moon of Love (10/16/61) #46 US
  • THE CRYSTALS – There’s No Other Like My Baby (11/20/61) #20 US, #5 RB
  • THE CRYSTALS – Uptown (3/31/62) #13 US, #18 RB
  • THE BLOSSOMS (aka THE CRYSTALS) – He’s a Rebel (9/8/62) #1 US, #19 UK, #2 RB
  • BOB B. SOXX & THE BLUE JEANS – Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah (11/17/62) #8 US, #7 RB
  • THE ALLEY CATS – Puddin’ N’ Tain (1/12/63) #43 US, #21 RB
  • BOB B. SOXX & THE BLUE JEANS – Why Do Lovers Break Each Other’s Hearts (2/16/63) #38 US
  • DARLENE LOVE – Today I Met the Boy I’m Gonna Marry (4/6/63) #39 US
  • THE CRYSTALS – Da Doo Ron Ron (4/27/63) #3 US, #5 UK, #5 RB
  • BOB B. SOXX & THE BLUE JEANS – Not Too Young to Get Married (6/8/63) #63 US
  • DARLENE LOVE – Wait Til My Bobby Gets Home (7/20/63) #26 US
  • THE CRYSTALS – Then He Kissed Me (8/17/63) #6 US, #2 UK, #8 RB
  • THE RONETTES – Be My Baby (8/31/63) #2 US, #4 UK, #4 RB
  • DARLENE LOVE – A Fine, Fine Boy (10/19/63) #53 US
  • THE RONETTES – Baby, I Love You (12/21/63) #24 US, #11 UK, #24 RB
  • THE CRYSTALS – Little Boy (2/1/64) #92 US, #92 RB
  • THE RONETTES – The Best Part of Breakin’ Up (4/4/64) #39 US, #43 UK, #39 RB
  • THE RONETTES – Do I Love You? (6/20/64) #34 US, #35 UK, #34 RB
  • THE CRYSTALS – All Grown Up (8/1/64) #98 US, #98 RB
  • THE RONETTES – Walking in the Rain (10/24/64) #23 US, #28 RB
  • THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS – You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ (12/12/64) #1 US, #1 UK, #3 RB
  • THE RONETTES – Born to Be Together (2/6/65) #52 US
  • THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS – Just Once in My Life (4/10/65) #9 US, #26 RB
  • THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS – Unchained Melody (7/17/65) #3a US, #1 UK, #1 AC, #6 RB, sales: 1.0 m
  • THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS – Ebb Tide (12/4/65) #5 US, #3 UK, #13 RB
  • IKE & TINA TURNER – River Deep, Mountain High (5/28/66) #88 US, #3 UK
  • IKE & TINA TURNER – A Love Like Yours (10/27/66) #16 UK
  • THE CHECKMATES – Love Is All I Have to Give (4/5/69) #65 US
  • SONNY CHARLES & THE CHECKMATES – Black Pearl (5/10/69) #13 US, #8 RB


Awards:

Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. One of Blender’s 100 Greatest American Albums One of Time Magazine’s All-TIME 100 Albums.


Back to Mono (1958-1969)
Various Artists/ Produced by Phil Spector
Review:
“Two hits and ten pieces of junk, was how [producer Phil] Spector described the typical album, so the groups he produced released singles – honed to perfection and exclusively in mono.” TL “Monomaniacally massive, magical and mysterious,” BL “Spector thought that stereo sound gave listeners more control than producers; he really liked control.” TL

“This junk free four disc set released in 1991 includes Ben E. King’s Spanish Harlem, The Ronettes’ Be My Baby (Brian Wilson pulled off the road and wept with joy the first time he heard it) and the Righteous Brothers’ You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling, all pinnacles of Spector’s Wall of Sound production techniques” TL in which “a huge Wagnerian slab of instruments…made even the most pedestrian teen pop seem mythic.” BL

“At the time Back to Mono was released in 1991, Phil Spector’s reputation as one of pop's great visionaries was intact, but there was no way to hear his genius. It wasn't just that there were no collections spotlighting his productions, there weren't collections of artists he produced. It wasn't until Back to Mono that there was a thorough overview of Spector's greatest work, and while it’s not without flaws, it still stands as one of the great box sets. Some may complain that there are no selections from his superstar '70s productions for John Lennon, George Harrison, Leonard Cohen, and the Ramones, but that's for the best, since their presence would have been incongruous, taking attention away from the music that forms the heart of Spector's legacy.” STE

“All of that music is here, not just on the first three discs, all devoted to singles, but also on the fourth disc, his seminal 1963 holiday album, A Christmas Gift for You,” STE “the only holiday album one ever need own.” TL Not only is it “the greatest rock Christmas album, but a crystallization of his skills.” STE

“It could be argued that the song selection overlooks some obscure fan favorites, such as ‘Do the Screw,’ but that’s simply nitpicking, because what’s here are all the great Spector records, which were hardly just great productions, they were great songs as well. As the set plays, it’s hard not to be stunned by the depth of the material and clarity of Spector’s vision…whether you’ve heard these songs hundreds of times or not at all – especially because they gain power when grouped together. Many producers have been credited as the true creative force behind many rock records, but usually that’s hyperbole. In Spector's case, it wasn’t, as this set gloriously proves.” STE


Review Source(s):
  • BL Blender Magazine’s “100 Greatest American Albums” (10/08)
  • STE Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide
  • TL Josh Tyrangiel and Alan Light, Time Magazine’s “All-TIME 100 Albums” (11/13/06)


Last updated February 19, 2010.