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Phil Spector. Love him or Loathe Him?
27 March 2020
St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
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I'll give props to Spector for salvaging Let It Be - it was definitely better than Glyn Johns' 2 Get Back attempts - despite somewhat going against the project's intentions of going back to basics with virtually no overdubs. While he gave us the best version of "Let It Be ," the strings on "I Me Mine " were utterly unnecessary (though I appreciate him extending the song's length), and he really schmaltzed up "The Long And Winding Road " (picking perhaps arguably Paul's most maudlin vocal performance of the song didn't help). "Across The Universe " also would've been the definitive version of the song had it not included the orchestral and choral overdubs, and played at the original pitch. But when it comes to producing material as it's being recorded, he wasn't a good fit for the band members' sound. His echo fixation slightly mars ATMP as well as some of John's early solo works. One can only wonder how they would've sounded if George Martin or someone in that vein had produced those works instead.

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sigh butterfly
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There was a show on XM that was about songs that end with a hard stop as opposed to a fade-out. They mentioned most Beatlemania songs had a hard stop because that works best in a live performance. They also said that a lot of the fade-out songs are being re-released with the entire fade-out included. One such song is the Phil Spector co-written and produced You've Lost That Loving Feeling sung by The Righteous Brothers, which now includes an extra 45 seconds. The host mentioned that over a 22 year period this was the most broadcast song in the world. Taking all it's plays into consideration, it was constantly playing at least 5 times every second for all 22 years!! 

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I give Blue Jay Way a solid 8

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