RONNIE SPECTOR - NEW YORK, CHRISTMAS 1989 [R.I.P. 1943 - 2022]

December 25, 2020 – 5:37 am

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RONNIE SPECTOR [R.I.P. 1943 - 2022]

Ronnie Spector, the lead singer of the Ronettes, the 1960s vocal trio that gave a passionate, bad-girl edge to pop’s girl-group sound with hits like “Be My Baby” and “Baby, I Love You,” died on January 12, 2022. She was 78. She died after “a brief battle with cancer,” according to a statement from her family, which gave no further details. With high-piled hair, tight outfits and seductive looks, the three young women of the Ronettes - Ronnie, born Veronica Bennett; her sister, Estelle; and their cousin Nedra Talley - transformed the virginal model that had defined female pop groups since the 1940s.

We weren’t afraid to be hot. That was our gimmick,” Ms Spector wrote in her 1990 memoir, “Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts, and Madness, or, My Life as a Fabulous Ronette.”

“When we saw the Shirelles walk onstage with their wide party dresses,” she wrote, “we went in the opposite direction and squeezed our bodies into the tightest skirts we could find. Then we’d get out onstage and hike them up to show our legs even more.”

The Ronettes disbanded in 1967, and Ms Spector married producer Phil Spector the next year. In her memoir, she wrote that he had essentially held her prisoner during their relationship, surrounding her with guard dogs and taking away her shoes, among other erratic and psychologically abusive behavior. They divorced in 1974. [Phil Spector passed away in prison in January 2021.]

“Every song is a little piece of my life,” she said in 2007. “I’m just a girl from the ghetto who wanted to sing.” - nytimes.com

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RONNIE SPECTOR WITH THE PUSSYWILLOWS
New York 1989 [Two Of Us Master Series Volume 21, 1CD]

Live at the Village Gate, New York City, NY; December 23, 1989 (Late Show). Fairly to very good audience recording.

Thanks to mjk5510 & Two Of Us for sharing the show at Dime.

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Between 1983 and 1999 there was likely not a taper or taping duo more active than the “Two Of Us”. For the better part of a decade and a half they taped over 250 artists with an array being taped multiple times. If you collect Springsteen then you are already familiar with some of their work, “fmcleanboots” has posted a half dozen or so of their “Tunnel Of Love” tour shows but has decided to pass the baton.

What you don’t know is their passion was not just for Springsteen but for music and that passion runs deep. It is astonishing how many artists they taped. They followed tours taping club shows, theater shows, arena shows, big artists, mid-level artists and local artists. If they were following a tour and the tour had an off night they’d see who else was playing that night to tape.

Always focused on enjoyment of the show as the priority, tickets were for the most part acquired outside of the venue as they worked to obtain the best possible seats, continually trading up until the correct seats were acquired. The results of this were the captures are uniformly excellent but on occasion the start of the show was sacrificed as a trade-off for the seats. The heavy lifting was done by the Sony WM-D6C and an external Shure Mic before moving to DAT for the last couple of years.

None of their masters have ever been circulated and have been safely stored for the past three to four decades in a climate controlled environment. Tapes transferred so far are in pristine condition. Though we may do some mini releases of a series of shows in order for one portion of a tour for the most part shows will not be released in order, there are just too many of them.

This will be a very exciting series and we hope along the way we upgrade existing circulating audio and offer up shows that do not have any circulating audio. We hope you enjoy the ride, this is definitely not a dark ride.

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Ronnie Spector - The Village Gate; December 23, 1989 (Late Show)

We continue spreading a little Christmas cheer with second of two nights featuring Ronnie Spector at The Village Gate. It appears only the late show was captured on the 23rd, quality again is very good to excellent.

“I Can Hear Music” is dropped at least at the late show on the 23rd. This is one of those “only in New York City” shows as The Ronettes come alive with NYC group The Pussywillows providing backing harmonies making this a very special series of shows.

Thanks to “Two Of Us” and their dedication to capturing all these great shows as well as trusting me to be the caretaker of their work. Also, a big thank you to my friend “fmcleanboots” for putting me in touch and laying the groundwork that has resulted in this release.

mjk5510 & Two Of Us

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Lineage:
Shure Mic > Sony WM-D6C
2020 Transfer: Master Tape > Nakamichi DR-01 (azimuth adjusted) > Sound Devices USBPre2 > Audacity > iZotope RX / ozone 5 (mastered) > Peak Pro 6 (post production) > xACT 2.39 > FLAC

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (320 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Kindly email us if you encounter persistent problems downloading the files. Also email us if you have any rarities you’d like to share with our readers.

Track 01. I Wonder Why 3:46
Track 02. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus 2:48
Track 03. Baby, I Love You 2:36
Track 04. Do I Love You 3:13
Track 05. Something’s Gonna Happen 2:56
Track 06. Walking In The Rain 4:04
Track 07. Frosty The Snowman 2:46
Track 08. You, Baby 3:13
Track 09. Communication 3:19
Track 10. (The Best Part Of) Breakin’ Up 3:44
Track 11. Seigh Ride 2:33
Track 12. Be My Baby 2:49
Track 13. Take Me Home Tonight 2:11
40 mins

Bonus: If being present on A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector guarantees longevity every holiday season, Ronnie Spector is also behind what can be considered two modern-day Christmas classics - It’s The Time Of The Year and Best Christmas Ever.

Ronnie Spector and The Ronettes - December 22, 2018, City Winery, NYC
Thanks to paprick for sharing the tracks at Dime.
Track 14. It’s the Time of the Year 3:01
Track 15. Best Christmas Ever 3:48

Click here to order Ronnie Spector releases.

  1. 34 Responses to “RONNIE SPECTOR - NEW YORK, CHRISTMAS 1989 [R.I.P. 1943 - 2022]”

  2. I suck reindeer dik.

    By Corey M on Dec 25, 2020

  3. Rumor has it Ronnie prefers Big Uns

    By U L E on Dec 25, 2020

  4. Great voice and stage persona . Her marriage to Phil Spector was wild and crazy . He was violent, beat her among other perverted things . He would also lock her in the house from the outside. Phil was a musical genius, but a totally fucked up human being. Of course he’s in prison for murder. John Lennon said he once fired a gun in his presence. What a nut job .

    By George on Dec 25, 2020

  5. Even at Christmas you’re still a perverted pervert Corey M. Squishy pants indeed!

    By HHH on Dec 25, 2020

  6. Hey Phoootie or whatever your name is, so when’s BigO taking a Christmas break then ???

    By Donald J Trump on Dec 25, 2020

  7. if you get Bigo in mailer form , the last one a few days ago mentioned the break coming soon for a few weeks . nothing new , they do it every single year .

    By Madame Phoot on Dec 25, 2020

  8. Wishing our Christian readers a Merry Christmas and all our readers
    a Happy New Year.
    The next emailer will arrive on January 15, 2021.

    By Madame Phoot on Dec 26, 2020

  9. More name stealers. I don’t make frivolous comments. Corey whatever his name is is probably one of Hebrew Marks usernames.

    By HHH on Dec 26, 2020

  10. DD , derrick. Dan Jew Snyder owner of the Washington Redskins , that’s right PC assholes . I said Washington Redskins , is accused of Sxul harassment. They are trying to force him to sell the team . I guess selling out and getting rid of the team nickname and logo isn’t enough for the PC hypocrites.

    By HHH on Dec 26, 2020

  11. Is Snyder guilty of Sxual harassment? Well he is Jew filth , so probably so . Snyder takes his place alongside Harvey Weinstein, Jeffery Epstein, Woody Allen , Bernie Madoff, Alan Dershowitz, George Soros and many other Jew scum . Mostly rapists , child molesters, white collar criminals and Wall Street ponzi schemers.

    By HHH on Dec 26, 2020

  12. HHH, those are frivolous comments you just made.

    By Derrick as Police Woman on Dec 26, 2020

  13. Merry Christmas to Bigo and all the “Old Guard” that remain. To the racists a Happy Hanukah and to the toilet mouth of many names, go fuck yourself. Seasons Greetings.

    By Derrick as Police Woman on Dec 26, 2020

  14. Triple h , that redskins name change shit was the last straw for me . That pc bullshit pushed me over the edge . Now they is tryin to make the Atlanta Braves change their name too . Same wit Cleveland Indians, Chicago Blackhawks and more .Also as you fuckin know .Sports these days is mainly coons and hi yellers wit tattoos and dreadlocks acting like motherfuckin monkeys . Don’t really want to give em anymore of my time watching the tube

    By Derrick on Dec 26, 2020

  15. Amazing flat-picker Tony Rice died Christmas morning age 69.
    https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-country/tony-rice-bluegrass-guitar-dead-obit-1107829/

    By sking on Dec 28, 2020

  16. I’m a penis lover . Loves to suck em

    By U L E on Dec 30, 2020

  17. I know you
    Don’t know what I’m going through
    Standing here Im looking at you
    Well let me tell you that I have to shit so bad
    It makes me feel so sad that I have to shit so bad
    It makes me hurt so bad that I have to shit so bad

    By HHH on Dec 30, 2020

  18. I wanna suck off the grinch for new years

    By Corey M on Dec 30, 2020

  19. Good for you , Dirk

    By U L E on Dec 30, 2020

  20. This black gal loved em on the large side I heard .

    By ELU on Jan 13, 2022

  21. Big hoagies and trouser trout

    By ELU on Jan 13, 2022

  22. Hoagies and trouser trout . Are you talking about me ?

    By Harry Reems on Jan 13, 2022

  23. RIP Ronnie, heaven just got another angel.

    By Mark on Jan 13, 2022

  24. Rest in peace, Rosa Lee Hawkins. There’s a new “Chapel of Love” in heaven.

    By Mark on Jan 13, 2022

  25. True story this, completely freaked me out. I was in my bed last night when I felt a ghostly presence and who should materialise in my room - Ronnie S herself. She offered me three wishes. The first was a blow Job. I was then disappointed I had to use the two remaining wishes to hear her sing Be My Baby while I gave it to her from behind. It’s a pity we can’t post photos on here, they would blow your mind.

    By Heartlands psychic on Jan 14, 2022

  26. i wants to know how it feels to have a hoagie stuffed in my mouth

    By Jocko P on Jan 14, 2022

  27. You called, @Jocko P?

    By Swappers on Jan 14, 2022

  28. One less ape

    By HHH on Jan 14, 2022

  29. I can’t believe Ronnie ever took it up her rear. I’m sure she kept her back passage chaste, or at least I would like to think so.

    By Dot Tado on Jan 14, 2022

  30. Have been wondering who the duet lead vocal on Take Me Home Tonight is. Sure sounds like Springsteen. (also, Communication is a Marshall Crenshaw song). Ronnie worked with such amazing people - Joey Ramone, Keith Richards, Jimi Hendrix, Belinda Carlisle & Grace Slick, et al. … even the Misfits.

    By Dano on Jan 14, 2022

  31. Hey Dano, it’s John Cougar. Have you been living under a rock?

    By T J on Jan 14, 2022

  32. The one good thing about these comments is that it lets you know just how many imbeciles and crazy nut jobs there are in the world . I’m losing faith in humans . Starting to believe animals are the higher life form .

    By Thomas on Jan 14, 2022

  33. I must agree with you there Thomas!

    By Rupert on Jan 14, 2022

  34. ‘I Can Hear Music’ seems to be missing. Is this song available too?

    By Mr Chris Whithouse on Jan 15, 2022

  35. Further to my earlier post It looks as though Ronnie played this venue twice on December 22 - performing ‘I Can Her Music’ in both sets - and again the next (second) night when she dropped the song, so as’I Can Hear Music’ is not included here it looks as though the back inlay must have the wrong date and should not include that song either.

    By Chris Whithouse on Jan 16, 2022

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