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Bruce Springsteen – Girls in their Summer Clothes (2008)

Aaaaah, with the arrival of spring and some much-needed sunshine, I was reminded of a song that would make for a perfect addition to this blog’s ever growing list of modern Spector soundalikes.

When talk centers on Spector soundalikes, you’re bound to eventually discuss the Boss and his longtime infatuation with the Wall of Sound.

There are plenty of songs showcasing Springsteen’s love for Spector’s approach throughout his 70s and 80s catalogue, notably the scrapped mid 70s sessions that eventually came out as ‘The Promise’ in 2010. (a must-buy release for any reader of this blog!)

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In more recent times, Springsteen’s forays into full-on Wall of Sound territory have been more limited but occasionally he’ll throw together some chords and great lyrics that are just begging for bombast.

A prime example would be the somewhat overlooked single ‘Girls in their Summer Clothes’ from 2008s ‘Magic’ album.

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This perfect pop song with thumping backing by the E. Street Band wasn’t even issued as a physical single but could only be obtained as a digital download. It was only a minor chart success stalling at # 95 at the Billboard Hot 100 which is a shame since it’s one of Springsteen’s most straight-forward pop songs and definitely deserves to be heard by more than those within Springsteen’s loyal following.

Enjoy this gem then; top notch singing by the Boss, great lyrical theme with a bit of wistfulness thrown in for good measure and , above all, the tried-and-true Wall of Sound formula that elevates a good song to pure pop perfection. Eureka! – Another brilliant modern Spector soundalike.

 

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Darlene Love album out now

It’s not often we’re treated to new music by those who helped pioneer the Wall of Sound. But today is the day – the day where Darlene Love finally releases her much anticipated new album, ‘Introducing Darlene Love.’ As if this legendary singer needs any introduction! Whatever, what’s worth noticing is that the new album is produced by none other than Little Stevie (Stevie Van Zandt of the Bruce Springsteen E Street Band.)

Now, I’m sure everyone checking in here are fully aware of Little Stevie’s Wall of Sound credentials. He has helped the Boss record some of the most convincing Spector soundalikes of the 70s. And who can forget his stellar work with Ronnie Spector on ‘Say Goodbye to Hollywood’ or Darlene herself on ‘All Alone on Christmas’? I’ll bet all of us are in for a treat when we immerse ourselves in ‘Introducing Darlene Love.’

Expect a review on here at some point in the not-too-distant future. But for now, why not whet your appetite for the new album with this great faux-Spector song written for Darlene by Bruce Springsteen? It’s called ‘Night Closing In’,…. and it’s a keeper!