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Leon Russell: Live At The Long Beach Arena (Shelter STCO-8917)

Arthur Levy, Zoo World, 16 August 1973

PHIL SPECTOR released the first Ronettes LP on Philles ('63) following the success of 'Be My Baby' and 'Baby I Love You' and the Crystals' 'He's A Rebel' and a righteous string (three) of Shirelles hits that had tongues panting and eyes ogling over all that pulchritude, which Spector had just as righteously been able to translate onto the waxen image in the Ronettes' case as anything that had come before. But the Ronettes' LP (Philles PHLP-4006) was distinguished from its predecessors because at the bottom of a copious set of liner notes from head engineer Larry Levine, detailing Spector's deep-seated motivations for putting Veronica, Bebe, and Su Su inside the studio ("I kind of promised their mother,") there sat a detailed list of musicians credits.

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