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ウォール・オブ・サウンドなクリスマス・アルバム:フィル・スペクターの「クリスマス・ギフト・フォーユー」 A Christmas Album with Wall of Sound: “Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector”


 In this album, you may be able to see the roots of some Christmas songs which could be categorized as pop music. This Christmas album, which was produced by Phil Spector, shows a peak of “Wall of Sound”, a recording method invented by him.

The Ronettes - Sleigh Ride (Audio)

Darlene Love - Christmas (Baby please come home)


 The Christmas songs contained in the album and the artists who joined it are as follows.

  1. White Christmas / Darlene Love [2:52]
  2. Frosty the Snowman / The Ronettes [2:16]
  3. The Bells of St. Mary's / Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans [2:54]
  4. Santa Clause Is Coming to Town / The Crystals [3:24]
  5. Sleigh Ride/ The Ronettes [3:00]
  6. Marshmallow World / Darlene Love [2:23]
  7. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus / The Ronettes [2:37]
  8. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer / The Crystals [2:30]
  9. Winter Wonderland / Darlene Love [2:25]
  10. Parade of the Wooden Soldiers / The Crystals [2:55]
  11. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) / Darlene Love [2:45]
  12. Here Comes Santa Claus / Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans [2:03]
  13. Silent Night / Phil Spector and Artists [2:08]


 Although it is quite difficult to decide which song is the best, my favorites are the 5th track, “Sleigh Ride” by The Ronettes, and the 11th track, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” by Darlene Love. Among the standard Christmas songs this 11th track is solely written for this album.

The Ronettes - Be My Baby (Official Audio)


 In 1963, “Be My Baby” by Ronettes hit the charts. I’ve loved oldies since I was a boy, and I remember I felt something special when I found this song had a unique sound, I didn’t know the words “Wall of Sound” at that time though.



 Phil Spector wrote liner note for this album. He showed a question at the beginning, “Can twelve great Christmas songs be treated with the same excitement as is the original pop material of today”, then he convincingly wrote that he achieved it in this album. Even though this album contains thirteen tracks, the reason he wrote “twelve” there is because he just speaks in the 13th track “Silent Night” with no one singing. He says during the song, “It is so difficult at this time to say words that would express my feelings about the album to which you have just listen”, “The album has been in the planning for many, many months”, and so on.      


 There is another liner note, which was written by Jim Bessman from Billboard, and I was interested in what it says that Phil Spector already met The Beatles in 1964.


 Phil Spector is still in prison for murder but will be eligible for parole in 2025.