Ahmet Ertegun Award
Hall of Fame Essay
The wall-to keep in, to keep out; to set a further edge, a border; a component of rooms, of houses; upon which to hang overhead microphones, tympanis, orchestral bells, reverberations, decorations and declarations, limitation without limitations - of Sound. A Back-to-Monolith.
Phil Spector created that Wall, making a music of both grandeur and intimacy. Like a poperatic conductor, he gathered the dedbelic forces of the universe in service of its most simplistic emotion: the moment when love reveals.
I wish that all of the people that I sing for could have seen him in action, working there and getting that sound
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