A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector is my favorite Christmas album. Featuring the Wall of Sound treatment on all of the songs, it is Phil Spector’s greatest LP statement. Spector’s signature sound is well suited to the child-like and festive qualities of Christmas time, although the Wall of Sound hadn’t become spiritual yet at this point. The vocals of the girl groups are very innocent and a little erotic: good for Christmas time, but maybe a little too innocent for record buyers at the time of its release, the same day of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. The album was a commercial flop, foreshadowing Spector’s decline from his position as the most successful record man in America. But it’s worth a good listen—especially this time of year!
A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector
Label: Philles Records