A few posts ago, I wrote a bit about the first Phil Spector Appreciation Society (PSAS) and their batch of newsletters sent out to fans at the end of the 60s.
While reading through the newsletters and their info about Spector’s then current liaison with Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss’ A&M Records, I noticed a few indications that both Spector and the label had their eyes set on issuing a second album by the Ronettes.
The group’s first album, Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes featuring Veronica, came out on Philles in 1964,… so you could hardly blame all involved for itching for a long overdue follow-up. And no wonder – sitting in the can were some awesome recordings that cobbled with a few new tracks could have made for a killer album, although a little outdated in sound by 1969 standards.
It’s fun speculating which tracks could have made up this dream album. Here’s my suggestion for a running order.
The Ronettes – ‘They Came, they Saw, they Conquered’, A&M Records, 1969
- You Came, You Saw, You Conquered
- I Can Hear Music
- Born to be Together
- Someday (Baby)
- Everything under the Sun
- I’ll Never Need More than This
- Here I Sit
- Keep On Dancing
- Is this What I Get for Loving You, Baby?
- Woman in Love
- I Wish I Never Saw the Sunshine
Pretty nifty collection of tracks, isn’t it?
And the only ones debatable are ‘Someday (Baby)’, which does exist in a half-completed state with a Ronnie lead vocal, and ‘I’ll Never Need More than This’ which Ronnie herself has claimed she had a go at. Besides these, who knows which other tracks may have been completed at the time?
Had Spector wanted an album out, he could easily have put something together using the stellar tracks from a few years back he already had on tape. Would it sell? Probably not considering the times in 1969 – but boy, oh boy, would it have made for one hell of a great, cohesive album!