No wall of sound on this one
RONNIE SPECTOR ‘ENGLISH HEART’ 429 RECORDS: FTN16121
Ten years since her last release Ronnie Spector delivers her most complete album for three decades with ‘English Heart’, a personal collection of songs recalling the artists she either met while touring the UK back in 1964 with The Ronettes, or within the flood of bands that followed The Beatles to America that year.
The production is stripped back – no trace of the ‘Wall Of Sound’– almost to a nightclub
atmosphere allowing the strength, beauty and emotion of Ronnie’s voice to dominate as she breathes new life into ‘Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying’, ‘Tell Her No’, ‘You’ve Got Your Troubles’ and Dave Clark Five’s beautiful flipside ‘Because’.
The Rolling Stones and The Beatles are acknowledged with Keith Richard and Andrew Loog Oldham’s ‘I’d Much Rather Be With The Boys’ a fun track taking us back to the spirit of ’64, and Lennon & McCartney’s ‘I’ll Follow The Sun’, ‘Girl Don’t Come’ took a few plays to get into, while the American songs ‘Oh Me Oh My (I’m A Fool For You Baby) and ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’ seem a bit out of place.
Described by Ronnie as her ‘love letter’ to the sixties, most songs feel as if they are sung
directly to you, such an intimate mood, you cannot fail to be moved by the emotion emoting from each word.
A truly beautiful collection that should do well, as Ronnie will not only be touring the UK in June, but appearing at Glastonbury as well, to promote it. The 11 track album will also be available with a bonus DVD, exclusively at Amazon.
Jim Stewart 2016