featuring music from The Ronettes, The Beach Boys, Springsteen, The Beatles, ABBA, Steely Dan, Pharrell and more ….
January 14-17, 2015
River Park Church
3818 – 14A Street SW
Calgary, Alberta Canada
Calgary’s Revv52 vocal ensemble will interpret the big, bold sound pioneered in the 1960s by Phil Spector. Revv52 will cover the Wall of Sound history with powerful interpretations of unforgettable favourites by Ronnie Spector (Be My Baby), the Beach Boys, the Beatles, the Righteous Brothers, Abba, Bruce Springsteen, Fun, Pharrell Williams and more.
The Wall of Sound, characterized by many deep layers of instruments and vocals, changed pop music forever. It created the “girl group” craze of the 60s, producing 25 number one singles from 1960-65 and went on to influence many creative artists over the decades. Revv52’s January concerts will serve up the best of the early Wall of Sound music, along with the hits of many artists influenced by the sound right through to the present day.
A new sound developed in the 60’s – it challenged the Beatles. It was inspired by a sound voiced in “Be My Baby”, and sung by Darlene Love in “River Deep Mountain High”. The sound appeared again in ’64 in a song that over the course of the 20th century had more radio and television play in the US than any other song. The song: “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’”.
The sound inspired Brian Wilson to build a “wall of sound” concept into the Pet Sounds Album. Paul McCartney explained, “It was Pet Sounds that blew me out of the water. I bought my kids each a copy of it for their education in life – I figure no one is educated musically ‘til they’ve heard that album.” The sound concept influenced the Beatles in their final album on songs like “Across the Universe”.
Before ABBA hit the world stage, they performed a song at the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest – it was built on the “wall of sound” concept. It became their first hit single and started their path to world fame. The song was “Waterloo.”
And it happened again in ’75. This time with the critically acclaimed album “Born to Run” and Bruce Springsteen. The sound is layered and big – bold and colourful.
The sound changed the way music is heard and performed.
Join Revv52 with Artistic Director Brian Farrell and the Revv52 band of Kit Johnson, Steve Pineo, Trevor Waters, Nicolai Drost and special guests as we go Inside the Wall of Sound.
Partial setlist (in addition to the artists above):
God Only Knows / The Beach Boys
You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ / The Righteous Brothers
Fame/Modern Love / David Bowie
Do It Again/Peg/Reelin’ in the Years / Steely Dan
Wishing You Were Here / Chicago
Some Nights / fun
Royals / Lorde
… and many more!
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