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Adrian

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  • Tearing Down the Wall of Sound: The Rise and Fall of Phil Spector

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mick Brown
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    Phil Spector, born in the Bronx in 1940, grew up an outsider despised by his peers. But he formed a band, and had a number-one hit with "To Know Him Is to Love Him". He quickly became the top producer of early rock and roll and the originator of such girl groups as the Ronettes. Hit followed hit, and for all of them he used a new recording style called the "wall of sound". But the reign of the boy-man who owned pop music was doomed, and Spector spiraled into paranoid isolation and peculiar behavior.

    Adrian says: "excellent"
    "excellent"
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    Clearly bonkers, but his life sadly echoes one of his favourite films, Citizen Kane.
    The only thing that could have improved this reading would be to have the songs playing in the background as they are being described, so get yourself a copy of Back to Mono as you listen to this.

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