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Phil Spector - Part E - "A&M Records"

Disenchanted with the music business, Phil Spector withdrew from record production for two years after the 1967 darkening of the lights at Philles Records. By 1969, however, he had grown bored with retirement, as well as with the state of pop music he was hearing on the radio. Phil was growing antsy!

Rather than reactivate his Philles label and operate as an independent again, Phil arranged a partnership deal with Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss' A&M Records which guaranteed big-time distribution AND his own A&M/Phil Spector Productions label and logo which pictured a caricature of a little man in a black cape and a top-hat representing Phil, himself. Especially instrumental in Phil's new partnership was recording engineer Larry Levine who had engineered nearly all of Phil's Philles sessions at Gold Star for 5 years running, and who was now working at A&M after having been hired to design A&M's new recording studios in the newly-renovated Charlie Chaplain Theatre on North La Brea Avenue near Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood.

Just as Jack Nitzsche had been Phil's right-hand man at the Gold Star sessions by writing out the musicians' sheet-music arrangements during Philles' heyday, Phil hired Perry Botkin, Jr., as his new music arranger for his A&M recordings. Perry Botkin was famous for his sweeping string passages which were his trademark, as were Phil's. In addition, Phil had also formed a new songwriting partnership with Toni Wine and Irwin Levine. Toni had composed the hit "Groovy Kind Of Love", and Irwin had written Gary Lewis & The Playboys' "This Diamond Ring". Together, they would provide hit material for Phil in 1969, and a string of hits for Tony Orlando & Dawn in the early '70s.

Everything sounded promising at A&M, as Phil was given 'carte blanche' to record anyone he liked. He had chosen a relatively unknown act who specialized in the music he understood best and loved most -- the black voice. The Checkmates, Ltd. were a mixed-race soul group featuring two strong black lead singers -- Bobby Stevens and Sonny Charles -- who alternated on lead vocals and who showed great promise. And Phil also honored wife Ronnie's pleading to get back into the studio by releasing a new Spector-Wine-Levine record billed as The Ronettes. He even released, for the first time ever, Ike & Tina Turner's aborted "River Deep" Philles LP with a slightly altered and improved track list.

Despite all this, including grand announcements of the A&M/Spector merger in all the important trade papers, Phil's return to the music scene was not exactly met with open arms as everyone had hoped. The Checkmates, Ltd.'s first single stalled at #69 on the charts, and the new release by The Ronettes sunk with barely a trace despite Spector/Wine/Levine's exciting melodious/lyrical composition, Perry's beautiful arrangement, Phil's top-notch production, and Ronnie's perfect performance. The Ike & Tina album also sold poorly. The Checkmates' next 45, however -- "Black Pearl" -- was a success, hitting #13 on the Billlboard Pop Chart and #8 on the R&B chart. With only one more single and an LP release by The Checkmates, Ltd., that was the extent of Phil Spector's 1969 stint at A&M Records.
Today 06:15 PM

Classic Soul JAMS!

Today is my birthday and with each one I am blessed with I like to look back some. In this case I am looking back at some of the BEST Classic Soul Jams in my opinion. Are you with me? Here's a few that make the cut:

Eddie Floyd - Knock On Wood - 1966

Today 05:48 PM
Today 03:36 PM

Phil Spector - Part D - "Philles' Subsidiary Labels"

In 1964, when Philles Records was feeling the backlash from the industry's resentment toward Phil Spector for playing by his own rules, and suffering from its still-top-notch releases floundering on the charts, Phil created a diversion for himself by setting up 4 new record labels under the Philles umbrella. Those labels were:

ANNETTE RECORDS (named after Phil's first wife, Annette Mearer);

PHIL SPECTOR RECORDS;

SHIRLEY RECORDS (named after Phil's sister); and

PHI-DAN RECORDS (named after, and co-owned with, Danny Davis -- Phil's A&R/Promotions man. Phil had very little to do with the music on this label.)

The cream-of-the-crop material was reserved for Philles, as always, but Phil was hoping to get a few hits on the new labels as a diversion from the stress he was experiencing at Philles. When all of the releases bombed on the new labels, Phil just wrote them off by admitting that he didn't really care about the music on those labels anyway. As can be heard, the production qualities on the new labels were a far cry from the masterpieces that we music lovers had come to expect from Phil's Philles productions, yet some fans have embraced these subsidiary labels and have paid big bucks for the exhorbitant prices that these ever-rare titles command.


1964
ANNETTE RECORDS

ANNETTE 1000 (Released 3/1964)
BONNIE JO MASON (Cher)
"Ringo, I Love You"
(P. Spector - P. Case - V. Poncia - P. Andreoli)
Producer: Phil Spector
https://youtu.be/ckjuH74v9jU
b/w
"Beatle Blues" (Instrumental)
(Annette Lee Spector)
Producer: Phil Spector
https://youtu.be/w8shrcRZVKk

ANNETTE 1001 (Released 1964)
GENE TOONE & THE BLAZERS
"You're My Baby"
(P. Spector - V. Poncia - P. Andreoli)
Producer: Phil Spector
Arranger: Arnold Goland
https://youtu.be/t63cEcTP0T0
b/w
"Jose"
(Mearer)
Producer: Phil Spector
NO AUDIO CLIP AVAILABLE

ANNETTE 1002 (1964)
HARVEY & DOC WITH THE DWELLERS (Phil Spector & Doc Pomus)
"Oh Baby"
(Harvey)
https://youtu.be/ewcGA6BpIvA
b/w
"Uncle Kev" (Instrumental)
(Mearer)
https://youtu.be/IIUE80xlJys


1964
PHIL SPECTOR RECORDS

Phil Spector 1 (1964)
VERONICA
"So Young"
(Tyrus)
Producer: Phil Spector
https://youtu.be/WzwcnLFxK4c
b/w
"Larry L." (Instrumental)
(Spector)
https://youtu.be/3cOdcLZdXEI

Phil Spector 2 (Released 1964)
VERONICA
"Why Don't They Let Us Fall In Love"
(Spector - Greenwhich - Barry)
Producer: Phil Spector
https://youtu.be/ymssSLJtsuQ
b/w
"Chubby Danny D." (Inst.)
(Spector)
Producer: Phil Spector
https://youtu.be/leFrTtPhqzc


1964
SHIRLEY RECORDS

Shirley 500 (Released 1964)
THE TREASURES Featuring Pete Anders
"Hold Me Tight"
(Lennon - McCartney)
https://youtu.be/OimmfPcTVxY
b/w
"Pete Meets Vinnie" (Instrumental)
(Mearer)
Producer: Phil Spector
NO AUDIO CLIP AVAILABLE


1965
PHI-DAN RECORDS

PHI-DAN 5000 (Released 1965)
FLORENCE DeVORE
"Kiss Me Now (Don't Kiss Me Later)"
(Cooper - Susser)
Producers: Cooper - Susser - Silberstein
https://youtu.be/PF5rCpD8r40
b/w
"We're Not Old Enough"
(Cooper - Susser - Pinter)
Producers: Cooper - Susser - Silberstein
https://youtu.be/AxdSmgWp-Nc


PHI-DAN 5001 (Released 1965)
BETTY WILLIS
"Act Naturally"
(Buck Owens)
Producer: Leon Russell
https://youtu.be/F5NShyAiE1I
b/w
"Soul"
(Higgins)
Producer: Leon Russell
NO AUDIO CLIP

PHI-DAN 5002 (No Information Available)

PHI-DAN 5003 (No Information Available)

PHI-DAN 5004 (No Information Available)

PHI-DAN 5005 (Released 1965)
BONNIE & THE TREASURES
"Home Of The Brave"
(B. Mann - C. Weill)
Producer: Jerry Riopell
https://youtu.be/7nKK0bOnAZI
b/w
"Our Song"
(Jerry Riopell)
Producer: Jerry Riopell
https://youtu.be/X088uslfEOI

PHI-DAN 5006 (Released 1965)
AL DELORY
"Yesterday"
(J. Lennon - P. McCartney)
Producer: Atlas Artists Productions
https://youtu.be/CkuXmIFAupk
b/w
"Traffic Jam"
(McRae-Shaw)
Producer: Atlas Artists Productions
NO AUDIO CLIP AVAILABLE

PHI-DAN 5007 (Released 1965)
GEORGE McCANNON III
"You Can't Grow Peaches On A Cherry Tree"
(E. Levitt - A. Gargoni)
Producers: P. Anders - V. Poncia
https://youtu.be/-zvG_nFfqgk
b/w
"Seven Million People"
(H. Greenfield - K. Miller)
Producers: P. Anders - V. Poncia
https://youtu.be/awtC27Kugts

PHI-DAN 5008 (Released 1965)
THE LOVELITES
"(When) I Get Scared"
(V. Poncia - P. Andreoli - D. Pomuz)
Producers: P. Anders - V. Poncia
https://youtu.be/x_9-1Dn9cds
b/w
"Malady" (Instrumental)
(Gelfand)
Producers: P. Anders - V. Poncia
https://youtu.be/B3ZMlwkNwVQ

PHI-DAN 5009 (Released 1965)
IKETTES
"What'cha Gonna Do (When I Leave You)"
(Ike Turner)
Producer: Ike Turner
https://youtu.be/P4fIsz3Z22U
b/w
"Down Down"
(Ike Turner)
Producer: Ike Turner
https://youtu.be/QoJhLl5nyvE

PHI-DAN 5010 (Released 1965)
SUGAR PLUMS
"Lovers Wonderland"
(G. Garfield - P. Botkin, Jr. - J. Cole)
Producer: Botkin - Garield
https://youtu.be/2-Wqwb30TA0
b/w
"Sugar Plum Blues"
(Uncredited)
Producers: Botkin - Garfield
NO AUDIO CLIP AVAILABLE

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