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Plans for the reissue project will include digital and physical (including CDs and vinyl 12" and 7" with replica artwork) releases of titles drawn from the original albums and singles (and b-sides) from the Philles Records catalog.
SONY AND EMI MUSIC PUBLISHING READY PHIL SPECTOR REISSUES
Legacy Recordings’ Major Philles Records Reissue Campaign of A Christmas Gift for You Launches Nov. 10
Phil Spector may be rotting away in a California jail on murder charges, but at least his catalog is in good hands.

Sony Music and EMI Music Publishing will release titles from the Wall of Sound pioneer’s Philles Records catalog through Legacy Recordings in the U.S., with an international roll-out to follow.

These include recordings from the Ronettes, the Crystals, Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans and Lenny Bruce, among others.

The first release will be the seminal yuletide pop classic A Christmas Gift for You, one of only 12 full-length albums to be released during the history of the Philles label. Originally released as A Christmas Gift for You from Philles Records in 1963, the album, repackaged and retitled (as "Phil Spector's Christmas Album") for the Beatles' Apple Records, went to #6 on the charts in 1972.  Out of print since 2007, A Christmas Gift for You includes the Ronettes’ "Sleigh Ride" and "Frosty the Snow Man" and Darlene Love's standard "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," written by the late Ellie Greenwich, husband Jeff Barry and Spector.

A Christmas Gift for You will be available online and in stores on Nov. 10.


Plans for the reissue project will include digital and physical (including CDs and vinyl 12" and 7" with replica artwork) releases of titles drawn from the original albums and singles (and b-sides) from the Philles Records catalog.

New compilations, including Artists’ Playlists, Best-of collections, and first-ever releases of Philles studio rarities—as well as facsimile reproductions of original singles and albums are under development under the new agreement.

All releases in the Legacy/Spector Reisssue Project will be newly remastered for the series.

Philles Records, launched in 1961 by Spector with legendary music business executive Lester Sill, takes its name from the first names of its founders.  By the time the label shuttered in 1967, 18 Philles Records had charted on America's Top 40, a string of landmark recordings including "Uptown" (#13), "He's A Rebel," (#1), "Da Doo Ron Ron" (#3), and "Then He Kissed Me" (#6) by the Crystals and "Be My Baby" (#2) and "Baby I Love You" (#24) by the Ronettes.

"There may be no pop music more iconic than 'Be My Baby' or 'Da Do Ron Ron'," said Legacy SVP/GM Adam Block.  "The Philles 'Wall of Sound' is embedded in our musical DNA, the craft of these recordings, the quality of the songwriting and the power of the productions have established a standard that continues to inspire artists and musicians.  The style, attitude and voices of great artists like Ronnie Spector and Darlene Love remain a presence in pop culture. We are delighted to be bringing these records to a whole new generation."

"Songs like 'And Then He Kissed Me,' 'He's A Rebel' and 'Baby, I Love You' are a vital part of American life, and we wanted to partner with a team that was as passionate about this music as we are," said EMI Music Publishing SVP Music Strategy Keith D'Arcy.  "Rob Santos and the team at Legacy have a deep knowledge of Philles Records history and artists, and a clear understanding of the ever-changing physical and digital landscape.  I know that their expertise with packaging, liner notes and especially audio re-mastering will thrill current fans and bring new listeners to these classic songs."

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