The year 1963 was a banner year for Phil Spector and Philles Records. With iconic productions like The Crystals' "Da Doo Ron Ron", "Then He Kissed Me, and The Ronettes' "Be My Baby", the 'Wall Of Sound' was growing stronger, more powerful, and more popular with each Philles release. But then, by early 1964, something happened. On the one hand, members of the music community had been calling Phil Spector a musical "genius". This was true, as the man proved every time he set foot in Gold Star studio creating one Philles masterpiece after another. Around the same time, however, the new crop of radio disc jockeys were not about to play Philles releases without adequate compensation. Phil refused to reward them with Payola. Add to that the fact that the British Invasion took America by storm, thus knocking all but the Motown girl groups off the charts. As a result, the Philles girl-group records by Ronnie, Darlene and LaLa were not getting the airplay they so rightly deserved and, consequently, suffered in sales. Throughout this tug-of-war of emotions between being honored as a musical Genius and being treated like an outcast whose records AM radio no longer wanted to play, Phil recorded a substantial wealth of recordings on his Philles girl groups which ended up sitting in the Philles vaults for a good 13 years. The reason? Phil was afraid to release them for fear they would be rejected by the American public and music industry for whom he had worked so hard. Members of the Wrecking Crew encouraged Phil by telling him, "We've been making some great records here, Phil. You've gotta start releasing them." But Phil was too afraid of failure and rejection. As a result, all of his newly-recorded potential Philles hits sat on the shelf until Phil released some of them on his excellent "Rare Masters 1" and "Rare Masters 2" LPs via his newly-created Phil Spector International Records label in 1976. Most of them are included here.

All tracks produced by Phil Spector unless otherwise noted.