Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica

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Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica
Studio album by The Ronettes
Released November 1964 (1964-11)
Recorded 1963–1964
Studio Gold Star Studios, Hollywood
Genre Girl group, baroque pop, rock and roll
Label Philles (4006)
Producer Phil Spector
Phil Spector production chronology
A Christmas Gift for You
(1963)
Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes featuring Veronica
(1964)
You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
(1964)
Singles from Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica
  1. "Be My Baby"
    Released: 1963
  2. "Do I Love You?"
    Released: 1964
  3. "Walking in the Rain" / "How Does It Feel?"
    Released: 1964
  4. "Baby, I Love You"
    Released: 1964
  5. "(The Best Part of) Breakin' Up"
    Released: 1964

Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica is the debut album of American girl group the Ronettes, released in 1964. Comprising numerous singles produced by Phil Spector since the previous year, it peaked at #96 on the Top Pop Albums chart. Issued singles included "Be My Baby" (US #2), "Walking in the Rain" (US #23), "Baby, I Love You" (US #24), "Do I Love You?" (US #34), and "(The Best Part of) Breakin' Up" (US #39). The track "So Young" had been released as a single credited to Veronica, although the other Ronettes, Estelle Bennett and Nedra Talley, appear on the record.

The songs "Be My Baby" and "(Walking) in the Rain" are ranked #22 and #269, respectively, on Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".[1] The album ranked #427 also on their list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time".[2] Recording engineer Larry Levine was nominated for a Grammy Award for the rainstorm special effect in "Walking in the Rain".[3]

Releases[edit]

Original vinyl copies of the album are rare and change hands for hundreds of dollars. There has been, however, a re-issue on vinyl in 1975 on the Phil Spector International label (Super 2307 003 - in stereo). Featuring no bonus-tracks and extensive liner notes by New Musical Express author Roy Carr, it was Vol. 1 of the six volume "Phil Spector Wall of Sound" re-issue series. It was finally re-issued on CD in 2011 as part of the 7-disc Phil Spector Presents the Philles Album Collection, and was re-pressed on vinyl by Sundazed in 2012.

Nine of the tracks appear on the Spector box set, Back to Mono (1958–1969), the omissions being "How Does It Feel?", "Chapel of Love", and the Ray Charles cover, "What'd I Say?". The album is still unavailable as a standalone CD.[4] It is available on iTunes. [5]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Walking in the Rain"   Cynthia Weil, Barry Mann, Phil Spector 3:16
2. "Do I Love You?"   Vini Poncia, Pete Andreoli, Spector 2:50
3. "So Young"   William Tyus 2:36
4. "(The Best Part of) Breakin' Up"   Poncia, Andreoli, Spector 3:02
5. "I Wonder"   Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, Spector 2:51
6. "What'd I Say"   Ray Charles 4:40
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Be My Baby"   Barry, Greenwich, Spector 2:40
8. "You, Baby"   Weil, Mann, Spector 2:56
9. "Baby, I Love You"   Barry, Greenwich, Spector 2:50
10. "How Does It Feel?"   Poncia, Andreoli, Spector 2:40
11. "When I Saw You"   Spector 2:43
12. "Chapel of Love"   Barry, Greenwich, Spector 2:54

Personnel[edit]

The Ronettes
Guest musicians
  • The Blossoms (Darlene Love, Fanita James, and Gracia Nitzsche) - backing vocals (on "Walking in the Rain", "(The Best Part of) Breakin' Up", "Be My Baby", "You, Baby", "Baby, I Love You", "How Does It Feel", and "Chapel of Love")
  • Bobby Sheen - backing vocals (on "(The Best Part of) Breakin' Up", "Be My Baby" and "Chapel of Love")
  • Cher - backing vocals (on "(The Best Part of) Breakin' Up", "Be My Baby", "Baby, I Love You", "You, Baby", and "Walking in The Rain")
  • Sonny Bono - percussion, backing vocals (on "(The Best Part of) Breakin' Up" and "Be My Baby")
  • Ellie Greenwich - backing vocals (on "Be My Baby")
  • Nino Tempo - backing vocals (on "Be My Baby")
Additional session musicians and production staff

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