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Be Their Baby: Legacy Preps Releases for Crystals, Ronettes and Darlene Love (UPDATED 1/17)

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When Sony announced in September 2009 that rights had been acquired from EMI Music Publishing to reissue Phil Spector’s Philles catalogue after years of neglect from the ABKCO label, great anticipation was in the air. A major campaign was planned by Sony’s Legacy division with projects in development including “Artist’s Playlists, Best-of collections, and first-ever releases of Philles studio rarities – as well as facsimile reproductions of original singles and albums,” but since that heady announcement, no product has materialized other than a remastered, straight reissue of 1963’s classic A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector.

After a year-plus of silence, Legacy’s program finally appears to be kicking off on February 22, hot on the heels of both Darlene Love’s induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a lawsuit filed by Love and members of The Ronettes against Spector for payment of royalties. (The plaintiffs won a similar lawsuit in 2006.) On that day, Legacy will release four new compilations honoring the best-known artists of the label: The Sound of Love: The Very Best of Darlene Love, Da Doo Ron Ron: The Very Best of the CrystalsBe My Baby: The Very Best of the Ronettes and Wall of Sound: The Very Best of Phil Spector. The Darlene Love release is particularly welcome, as so many release dates for this title had been bandied throughout 2010. (Enthusiasts had to be content with Ace’s superlative 2008 So Much Love: A Darlene Love Anthology 1958-1998, rounding up the best of her non-Spector sides.) Are you ready to go “back to mono,” friends? Hit the jump! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

January 17, 2011 at 08:13

Rock Hall Gets It Right

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its inductees earlier this evening, and the results are actually quite exciting.

The artists inducted are Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond, Dr. John, Darlene Love and Tom Waits. Leon Russell is getting the Award for Musical Excellence (formerly known as the Sidemen category) while the Ahmet Ertegun Award will go to Jac Holzman (founder of Elektra Records) and Art Rupe (founder of Specialty Records, the label that gave us Little Richard and “Tutti Frutti”).

Much of the press will go to Diamond finally receiving the credit he deserves as a rock artist, but this class – all consisting of solid performers from the 1960s and 1970s – is a bright one for fans of classic rock and roll. Let’s hope these accolades get the major labels to honor those artists with some nice reissues or box sets. (Here is a good place to start!)

The induction ceremony will air live on Fuse from New York City’s Waldorf-Astoria on March 14.

Written by Mike Duquette

December 14, 2010 at 21:35