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Spectropop - Digest Number 1019



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There are 20 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: The Breakaways CD
           From: Ken Mortimer 
      2. Re: Crystals "Uptown" in stereo
           From: James Botticelli 
      3. Re: Starsailor
           From: Alfie Noakes 
      4. Re: Records for sale
           From: Scott Blackerby 
      5. Re: Oh, Canada!
           From: Will Stos 
      6. Re: Jerry Keller / The Duprees
           From: Artie Wayne 
      7. Re: Oh! Canada
           From: Denis Gagnon 
      8. Re: Oh, Canada!
           From: Andrew Charles 
      9. "Got My Mind Set On You"
           From: Andrew Charles 
     10. Bobby Darin
           From: Artie Wayne 
     11. Re: Timothy
           From: Bill George 
     12. Re: The Breakaways CD
           From: Mark Frumento 
     13. The Willows
           From: Stan Tinker 
     14. More Chiffons
           From: David A. Young 
     15. Albert Brooks' break-in parody
           From: James Cassidy 
     16. Re: The Willows
           From: Ian Chapman 
     17. Re: "Got My Mind Set On You"
           From: Art Longmire 
     18. Re: The Willows
           From: Simon White 
     19. Re: The Duprees
           From: Mikey 
     20. Re: "Got My Mind Set On You";  Willows
           From: Ian Chapman 


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Message: 1 Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2003 22:37:51 +0100 From: Ken Mortimer Subject: Re: The Breakaways CD Supreme Dream: > To any and all girl group fans out there, I just found out that > a CD has been released of the Breakaways.... I believe they were > an off shoot of the Vernons Girls. Amazon.com carried their CD > which will be released mid-September in the US. If anyone out > there knows their history, would love hearing about it. The Breakaways were a derivative of the Vernons Girls (just like the Ladybirds were). I'm pretty sure there's a New Zealand based website devoted to the Breakaways. In the meantime, I can tell you that the wonderful (and much missed) Vicki Brown (wife of Joe and mother of Sam and Pete) was a member of the Breakaways. More information on Vicki can be found at http://www.vickibrown.co.uk This site contains more information on the Breakaways period. Ken -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2003 17:57:05 -0400 From: James Botticelli Subject: Re: Crystals "Uptown" in stereo Cmoeh wrote: > A few years ago I heard what sure sounded like a true > stereo version of the Crystals' "Uptown". I've been looking > for the original source of this recording with no success. > Does anyone out there have a clue? Your ears are your friends. I too have that version along with a few other Spector Stereo Spectaculars. "Uptown" is the best of the batch, but the others ain't closin' time ladies themselves. JB/still sportin' the 'back to mono' button from Spectropop NYC 6.20 -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2003 22:46:02 -0000 From: Alfie Noakes Subject: Re: Starsailor Mark Wirtz: > Even though the "Silence Is Easy" tune and Starsailor's vocal > performance has gotten under my skin, I cannot listen to the > darn thing anymore.. It turns my stomach and makes me want to > weep... So I'm not the only one to be bitterly disappointed by what has to be Spector's swansong, regardless of current events. Unfortunately I'm not even impressed by the tune, or the vocal histrionics that Starsailor's singer specialises in. I know some of the background to how the sessions came about, and I suspect that it was more to do with their A&R man, Jeff Barratt's desire to release A Phil Spector Production, than any genuine will on the part of the band to submit to the wall of sound. Whether they had it remixed and tamed in his absence (likely, seeing as they fired him midway through the sessions), is really neither here nor there. Spector's been out of the business for twenty-four years - longer than he was in it - and his latter-day output was patchy at best. The dream of a Phil Spector comeback was a compelling one, but probably would have been better left a dream... ...still, the Brian Wilson comeback. Now that's got to be worth holding out for. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2003 18:49:41 EDT From: Scott Blackerby Subject: Re: Records for sale Ken Bell wrote: > If you are looking to trade records that are Out Of Print, > there is a group by that name. Do you have the link for this one? Scott -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2003 02:12:11 -0000 From: Will Stos Subject: Re: Oh, Canada! Keith wrote: > Anybody else have any good Canadian soft rock recommendations? Hmmmm, not so much soft rock and soft pop. Check out Les Miladys, the Quebec-based ye-ye group. They sing in French, but their melodies and harmonies transcend language. Plus they do some great covers like Sandie Shaw's "Message Understood" and Lulu's "To Sir With Love" en francais. Will : ) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2003 05:49:59 -0700 (PDT) From: Artie Wayne Subject: Re: Jerry Keller / The Duprees Mikey asked: > Are you saying that The Duprees didn't sing on "You Belong > To Me" or that you simply put some additional backrounds on > the record. Please clear this up, if you can. Mikey..........How ya'doin? When Bob Reno, who worked in publishing at Coed records, asked us to sing on "You Belong To Me", I believe the label was having trouble with the group. We rehearsed with the lead singer a few times........then went in and recorded. As far as I know, the rest of the Duprees weren't on the track. regards, Artie Wayne -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2003 09:04:14 -0400 From: Denis Gagnon Subject: Re: Oh! Canada Keith wrote: > Anybody else have any good Canadian soft rock recommendations? What about Blue Rodeo ? Denis -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2003 09:35:30 -0400 (EDT) From: Andrew Charles Subject: Re: Oh, Canada! Keith: I'm not quite sure this is what you're looking for, but there was a Canadian group called Motherlode that had one big hit in the US, "When I Die." Their Buddah album was a fixture on my brother's turntable when I was young. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2003 09:40:16 -0400 (EDT) From: Andrew Charles Subject: "Got My Mind Set On You" Wasn't "Got My Mind Set On You" recorded sometime during the S'pop era, long before George Harrison did it? If there's a previous S'pop discussion of this, please direct me there (I couldn't find one). -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2003 07:18:55 -0700 (PDT) From: Artie Wayne Subject: Bobby Darin Country Paul..........How ya' doin'? I'm glad you brought up Bobby Darin and his involvment in folk music. Although he discovered me and was a mentor I never knew how committed to the genre he was until Capitol records reluctantly released "Earthy" in 1963. The album came out unnoticed between a wave of top ten singles. It had some incredible material on it that reflected the spirit of the times, which Bobby performed brilliantly!! I was so impressed with the album I learned 3 or 4 songs on my guitar and performed them with some of my originals, as well as songs from my friend Paul Simon, who backed me up on guitar. One night, after my first set at the Bitter End in Greenwich Village.....a stranger came backstage and asked if he could sit in and play guitar on the next set. Paul looked at me........ I looked at the stranger like he was crazy........until he said he was Bobby Darin's guitarist. I knew I was "busted"..........so I just smiled and let Roger McGuinn sit in with us. regards, Artie Wayne -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2003 11:02:06 EDT From: Bill George Subject: Re: Timothy Please forgive my untimeliness as I catch up on past digests... but all this discussion of "Timothy" has me anxious to hear it. Can it be played to musica or is it currently available on CD? Are there any other songs about cannibalism that anyone knows of? What a strange thread that would be... Bill - who just ate breakfast np: Little Miss Cornshucks -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2003 15:11:07 -0000 From: Mark Frumento Subject: Re: The Breakaways CD The Breakaways CD is a great CD and everyone should buy it. "That's How It Goes" (mono & stereo!) are worth the price of the CD alone. Only other comment: The Breakaways should have recorded more on their own. They sure backed up some second rate singers. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2003 16:30:08 -0000 From: Stan Tinker Subject: The Willows The Toronto-based girl group of the mid-sixties, the Willows (formerly the Girlfriends), had a pretty big national hit in 1966 on MGM with "My Kinda Guy". I thought it was one of the best recordings by a sixties Canadian artist. I'm wondering if anyone knows the names of the individual members (especially the lead) and whether or not they made any other 45s. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2003 17:38:37 -0000 From: David A. Young Subject: More Chiffons My "Bronze Chiffons" adventure continues: I found a sealed copy of their "Greatest Recordings" CD recently discussed here as the victim, apparently throughout all pressings, of a degradation phenomenon known as bronzing. I was thrilled when it played perfectly from start to finish fresh out of the shrink wrap, and as soon as I'd heard it once to satisfy myself that all was well, I burned a CD-R copy. Well, I'll be danged if the copy didn't turn out sounding like *it* was bronzed, even though the original continues to play without incident. Any idea what the heck is going on here, and how I can successfully make myself a backup disc? Meanwhile, I've just uploaded The Chiffons' alleged 1971 Buddah single "So Much in Love" to musica for your dining and dancing pleasure. I say "alleged" because I've never heard confirmation that this was actually pressed, and have always wondered whether copies really exist or not. It's taken here from the way out of print 1993 Kama Sutra/Buddah retrospective CD "Mynd Excursions" on (UK) Sequel 237. David -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2003 15:57:56 -0400 From: James Cassidy Subject: Albert Brooks' break-in parody Roger Smith, who I assume is not married to Ann-Margret, wrote: > Just in case you missed it, Albert Brooks does a funny parody > of break-in songs in "Party from Outer Space" on his "A Star is > Bought" album. For those of you who haven't heard it, the premise of the album is that, in a desperate effort to get radio airplay, Albert includes a track for every radio format (talk, classical ["Bolero" with lyrics], blues [Albert jams with Albert King, alternating blues lines with bad jokes], etc.). The idea of the break-in parody is that, to avoid paying royalties for sampling real hits, Albert supplies his own. The result is a break-in record where the "hits" are things like Linda Ronstadt singing "Don't bother me now, I'm having lunch." Jim Cassidy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2003 21:07:02 -0000 From: Ian Chapman Subject: Re: The Willows Stan Tinker wrote: > The Toronto-based girl group of the mid-sixties, the Willows > (formerly the Girlfriends), had a pretty big national hit in > 1966 on MGM with "My Kinda Guy". I thought it was one of the > best recordings by a sixties Canadian artist. I'm wondering if > anyone knows the names of the individual members (especially > the lead) and whether or not they made any other 45s. The Willows were Canadian? I had no idea. Can't help with the group line-up, but I also have "Outside The City"/"Snow Song", which was the follow-up to "My Kinda Guy". I agree, they had a tight sound. "Outside The City" got played on the UK northern soul scene a few years ago. And as a foot- note, "My Kinda Guy" was also recorded by another girl-group The Reasons on U.A. (presumably, they were American). Ian -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 17 Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2003 21:08:02 -0000 From: Art Longmire Subject: Re: "Got My Mind Set On You" Andrew Charles wrote: > Wasn't "Got My Mind Set On You" recorded sometime during the > S'pop era, long before George Harrison did it? If there's a > previous S'pop discussion of this, please direct me there > (I couldn't find one). Hey Andrew, I think this song was first recorded by a black singer named James Ray. I don't have a lot of details and haven't heard Ray's original version yet, but I absolutely love his big hit "If You Gotta Make A Fool of Somebody", which dates from the early 60s. Art Longmire -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 18 Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2003 22:10:51 +0100 From: Simon White Subject: Re: The Willows Ian Chapman wrote: - > The Willows were Canadian? I had no idea. Can't help with the > group line-up, but I also have "Outside The City"/"Snow Song", > which was the follow-up to "My Kinda Guy".... "Outside The City" > got played on the UK northern soul scene a few years ago..... Too weird! I was searching online for a copy of "Outside The City" today! But correct me if I'm wrong - there was a male Willows - weren't they on MGM as well? -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 19 Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2003 17:13:00 -0400 From: Mikey Subject: Re: The Duprees Artie Wayne... I'm fine, thank you, Art. Hope you are as well. That is a great story about The Duprees on "You Belong To Me". What's funny is that it does sound like the group. Great job by you guys. PS...Just got a CD Called "Teenage Dreams" Vol 7 that has TWO of your 45s on it!! Great stuff!! All the best, Mikey -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 20 Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2003 21:14:34 -0000 From: Ian Chapman Subject: Re: "Got My Mind Set On You"; Willows Art: > I think this song was first recorded by a black singer named > James Ray. I don't have a lot of details and haven't heard Ray's > original version yet, but I absolutely love his big hit "If You > Gotta Make A Fool of Somebody", which dates from the early 60s. James cut "I've Got My Mind Set On You" in '62 on Dynamic Sound 503 (it says here...) Simon: > But correct me if I'm wrong - there was a male Willows - weren't > they on MGM as well? Yes, there was the male doo-wop group the Willows who had the big hit with "Church Bells May Ring"......and I think there may have been other groups with that name too. But the Canadian girls are the only ones listed on MGM. Ian -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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