Phil Spector produces new album -- for wife

Mon May 24, 2010 9:01pm EDT
 
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pioneering music producer and convicted killer Phil Spector has produced his first major recording project in 30 years -- a debut album for his wife Rachelle, her publicist said on Monday.

Spector, 70, who is serving a minimum 19 years in prison for the 2003 shooting death of a Hollywood actress, produced and arranged all 10 tracks for "Out of My Chelle" during his two murder trials.

"She's fantastic on this album," Spector said of his wife in a statement released on Monday.

Spector created the distinctive "Wall of Sound" technique in the 1960s and in his heyday worked with star ranging from The Ronettes to The Beatles.

The album for Rachelle Spector features upbeat, mainstream adult pop with a multilayered feel but which is a "distinct departure" from the "Wall of Sound".

Spector married Rachelle Short, now 29, in 2006, three years after being arrested for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson. Short is his 4th wife.

The couple worked on the album for more than two years between Spector's first trial, which ended in a mistrial in 2007, and his second, which ended with his conviction in April 2009.

The album will be released digitally on June 8.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

 
<p>Music producer Phil Spector and wife Rachelle arrive at the criminal courts building in Los Angeles in this April 13, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>