Phil Spector’s Philles Records catalog will now be issued by Sony Music Entertainment’s Legacy Recordings label, which was home or such artists as Ronettes, the Crystals, Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans, and Lenny Bruce.
The first title to be re-issued under the licensing deal with EMI Music Publishing will be Spector’s classic Christmas album, “A Christmas Gift For You,” which will hit store shelves Oct. 27.
Plans for the Legacy/Spector reissue project will include digital and physical (including CDs and vinyl 12″ and 7″ with replica artwork) release of titles drawn from the original albums and singles (and b-sides) in the Philles catalog. There will be new compilations and facsimile reproductions of original singles and albums are under development under the new agreement.
All releases in the Legacy/Spector reisssue project will be newly remastered for the series, and come out first in the U.S., with an international roll-out to follow.
“There may be no pop music more iconic than ‘Be My Baby’ or ‘Da Do Ron Ron’,” Legacy senior VP and GM Adam Block, said in a statement. “The Philles ‘Wall of Sound’ is embedded in our musical DNA, the craft of these recordings, the quality of the songwriting and the power of the productions have established a standard that continues to inspire artists and musicians.”