The recording, like most of Spector's early hits, was done at the now defunct Gold Star Studios in Hollywood with background vocals by Cher (yes, that Cher) and The Blossoms, and the backing track played by the famous Wrecking Crew.
1) The beautiful Gold Star reverb, thanks to their cavernous chamber. It's big and lush and deep, but non-intrusive despite being piled on here.
2) The background vocals sound like they're doubled, which is possible if the song was done on a 3 or 4 track tape machine. Anyone know for sure?
3) The distortion on the track. There's a definite grit to it that's not totally unpleasant.
4) The claps at the beginning and ending. On the end they get out of time, not that anyone ever noticed in the mix.
5) Go all the way to the end to hear what the real song ending sounded like.
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