Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica

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Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica
Studio album by The Ronettes
Released November 1964
Recorded 1963–1964
Gold Star Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Genre Baroque pop, rock and roll, girl group
Label Philles Records (4006)
Producer Phil Spector
Phil Spector 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"
    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 an album by the girl group The Ronettes, produced by Phil Spector, Philles 4006 (mono), and 4006S (stereo), released in 1964. It peaked at #96 on the Top Pop Albums chart.

The debut album by the group, it includes the hit singles "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, a.k.a. Ronnie Bennett, 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 magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[1] The album ranked #427 on the Rolling Stone list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[2] "(Walking) In the Rain" received a Grammy in 1965 for Best Sound Effects for its special effects of a rainstorm.[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 Length
1. "Walking in the Rain" (Cynthia Weil, Barry Mann, Phil Spector) 3:16
2. "Do I Love You?" (Vini Poncia, Pete Andreoli, Phil Spector) 2:50
3. "So Young" (William Tyus) 2:36
4. "(The Best Part of) Breakin' Up" (Vini Poncia, Pete Andreoli, Phil Spector) 3:02
5. "I Wonder" (Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry, Phil Spector) 2:51
6. "What'd I Say" (Ray Charles) 4:40
Side two
No. Title Length
7. "Be My Baby" (Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, Phil Spector) 2:40
8. "You, Baby" (Cynthia Weil, Barry Mann, Phil Spector) 2:56
9. "Baby, I Love You" (Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry, Phil Spector) 2:50
10. "How Does It Feel?" (Vini Poncia, Pete Andreoli, Phil Spector) 2:40
11. "When I Saw You" (Phil Spector) 2:43
12. "Chapel of Love" (Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry, Phil Spector) 2:54

Personnel[edit]

The Ronettes
Additional session musicians and production staff

References[edit]