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Christmas music #4 — Phil Spector
One of the all-time great Christmas albums is A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector. It fits into that rare sub-genre of Christmas music by a convicted murderer.

Featuring his regular artists, the album showcases Spector’s famous “wall of sound” production technique. Designed to reproduce effectively on AM wireless (in mono), it was an innovative attempt to make the most of the limited quality of the equipment that was typically used to play pop music in the early 1960s. To modern ears it can sound dense and heavily compressed, but the arrangements and production set standards that have been much copied since.

And it is quite Christmassy.


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