New Darlene Love

by Norm Gregory on February 25, 2015

in 1985, Music

Wow . . . a newly discovered Phil Spector / Darlene Love track.

From Anthony Reichardt on YouTube:

Out of Los Angeles, this gargantuan ‘Wall Of Sound’ production recorded at Hollywood’s Gold Star Studios in June 1965 was shamefully kept in the can languishing away and not seeing release until nine years later. It would eventually be included as a cut on an LP of rare and unreleased Philles tracks in the ‘Phil Spector Wall Of Sound’ series of albums issued in the United Kingdom in 1976. It’s really is mind boggling to hear the mega talented Darlene Love wailing for all she’s worth over the echo saturated backing track flawlessly performed by an army of musicians filled to the rafters and to have the whole thing be shelved. It really is no surprise however, to the fans of Phil Spector’s work. Known for an intense sense of perfectionism, quite a few magnificent productions were not released when originally recorded. ‘A Long Way To Be Happy’ is one of Darlene Love’s finest recordings at Philles and one has to wonder what her fortune might have been had this powerhouse track been issued as a single back in 1965.

‘A Long Way To Be Happy’ was also recorded and issued on Liberty in August 1966 by Carolyn Daye. It was produced by Calvin Carter and arranged by Gene Page but it pales in comparison to the Phil Spector produced version.

1 Gary Burleigh February 26, 2015 at 4:16 pm

yeah yeah yeah…..classic wall….love backups

2 Gary Burleigh February 26, 2015 at 7:49 pm

I just listened to the track again. God I wish I still had my 64 Mustang.

3 Dan Packard March 2, 2015 at 5:01 pm

I think it would sound good in my ’64 Ford Cortina too.

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