Mick Brown – Tearing Down the Wall of Sound

Phil Spector, born in the Bronx in 1940, grew up an outsider despised by his peers. Yet after his family moved to California, he learned everything he could about music, 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. He was a millionaire by age 21 and owned his own record label by 22. Hit followed hit, and for all of them he used a new recording style and technique called the “wall of sound”.

But the reign of the boy-man who owned pop music seemed doomed by the “British Invasion”, and Spector spiraled into paranoid isolation and peculiar behavior. Though he seemed to improve for a time, and even returned to the recording studio to work, his renascence didn’t last, and in 2003, the actress Lana Clarkson was found at his home, dead from a gunshot wound.

Author: Mick Brown
Narrator: Ray Porter
Duration: 17 hours 35 minutes
Released: 7 Jan 2006
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Language: English

User Review:

throat remembered

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.