The Ronettes – The Ultimate Collection (1997).zip ~REPACK~
The Ronettes – The Ultimate Collection (1997).zip
in 1996, ronettes fans of all ages got an unprecedented look into the private lives of the two ronettes. the documentary, the other side of daybreak compiled new interviews, home movies and stories from the ronettes and their friends, family and record label. this non-commercial release was a welcome addition to the ronettes ultimate collection efforts. but if youve been following these releases for the last five years youll be familiar with the interviews, home movies and interviews that are featured in this release.
part of the reason i havent reviewed the ronettes ultimate collection volumes is that i wanted to avoid commenting on the songs without first listening to the entire disc. a few tracks have been tagged on this disc as the other side of daybreak remixes, but its the songs that appear on the ronettes ultimate collection discs that offer the most excitement. these songs include some of the most famous ronettes hits, such as she cries your name, light my fire, i will survive, love hurts, etc.
with a little less than 30 minutes of music available on this disc, you get a closer look at ella fitzgeralds work. she cant be missed on the first disc, as ive not heard any of the selection from this period. the second disc is probably one of the best discs of the set, offering a wide variety of material from the different ronettes eras.
the ronettes ultimate collection albums are varied, ranging from intimate moments with ella fitzgerald to the wilds of las vegas. it seems appropriate that these discs are the ones that take the most from the originals. they are definitely the pop-punkier of the three discs.
released after the original group broke up in 1961, this remake of the ronettes’ first three 45s is a nice boost to their early singles. without spector, the ronettes were able to reinvent themselves, and in the process, they became one of the greatest girl groups of all time.
the ronettes had a string of hits with phil spector, most notably the title track from their 1964 debut, presenting the fabulous ronettes. their third single, the 1965 smash be my baby, topped the hot 100 and was ranked no. 36 on rolling stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. the 1967 follow-up, be my girl, peaked at no. 46.
the female group behind the ronettes, who started out in the same studio as spector, the brill building, is long considered the most influential group in all of pop, a reference point that transcends any particular style. and the ronettes themselves were among the most successful of all groups, having been inducted into the rock & roll hall of fame in 1987, as well as joining the elite ranks of fellow pioneers the beatles, the rolling stones and elvis presley on the cover of time magazine.
according to phil spector, ronettes manager jack daugherty was the one who picked the first name. the ronettes then became known as the ronnettes. their first single, “be my baby,” became a no. 2 hit in june 1963 and, two months later, “walking in the rain” became a no. 1 pop hit. soon thereafter, the ronnettes were signed to the singer’s label, philles records, which released their first single, “he’s so fine,” which went to no. 16 on the pop chart in december 1963. their debut album, presenting the fabulous ronettes, was released in march 1964, and the following year, they had their first major hit with “baby, i love you.” the ronnettes made their first live appearance at the 1964 newport jazz festival and, later that year, recorded two singles, “walking in the rain” and “be my baby.”