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Spectropop - Digest Number 1052



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There are 25 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Instrumental hits
           From: jerophonic 
      2. Raelettes / Playboy / Tiny Tim / Ricki Page
           From: Phil Milstein 
      3. Re: Playboy Records
           From: Jeffery Kennedy 
      4. Re: 60s instrumentals
           From: Steve Grant 
      5. Al Jardine
           From: Country Paul 
      6. Private Stock label
           From: Mark T 
      7. Re: Jim Fairs and the Cryan Shames
           From: John Berg 
      8. Re: Playboy Records
           From: Paul Balser 
      9. Judy Sings Newman
           From: Alan Gordon 
     10. Re: Playboy Records
           From: John Berg 
     11. Re: Playboy Records
           From: Andrew Jones 
     12. Jim Fairs/Cryan Shames "LIVE" on Musica!
           From: Clark Besch 
     13. Thank you; VJ & Chess; Ozark & Wheeling Jubilees; instrumentals
           From: Country Paul 
     14. Re: Suzi Jane Hokum
           From: Kim Cooper 
     15. Help Identify 60s Song In Commercial
           From: Tom 
     16. Things
           From: Doc 
     17. "Youm usta been a beautiful baby"
           From: Tom Taber 
     18. Re: Martin Scorsese's Blues
           From: Richard Williams 
     19. "Essay" on the occasion of the release of "Phil Spectre"
           From: Bill Reed 
     20. Re: Playboy Records
           From: John Berg 
     21. "I Hurt On The Other Side"
           From: Don Charles 
     22. Re: Thank you; VJ & Chess; Ozark & Wheeling Jubilees; instrumentals
           From: Mac Joseph 
     23. Re: Martin Scorcese's "Blues"
           From: TD Bell 
     24. Re: 60s instrumentals
           From: TD Bell 
     25. Re: Martin Scorsese's Blues
           From: Richard Havers 


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Message: 1 Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2003 00:19:07 -0000 From: jerophonic Subject: Re: Instrumental hits Phil Milstein wrote: > In an effort to create a personal reference guide to the > great '60s instrumental hits, I've decided to whip up a > compilation CD of them. Here is where y'all come in: I could > use some help compiling a list of such titles. How about a "soul" list? Soul Twist King Curtis Soul Serenade Willie Mitchell Soulful Strut Young-Holt Unlimited Soul Finger Bar-Kays Soul Makossa Manu Dibango Soul Limbo Booker T & MGs Soulful in its own way, I have to throw in "Telstar" by the Tornadoes, produced by the late British producer Joe Meek, who surprisingly popped up on the British segment of the Scorsese blues series as producer of an early blues/jazz instrumental which all the Brits remembered fondly. (But I can't remember the title). -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Tue, 07 Oct 2003 20:23:47 -0400 From: Phil Milstein Subject: Raelettes / Playboy / Tiny Tim / Ricki Page John Clemente wrote: > Ray Charles formed the group by asking two girls who happened to > be in the Cookies to be in his backing group, which HE named. The joke on that name is that it was chosen because the ones who got in it were the ones who "let Ray". Re the Playboy label, they were the first of several companies to handle distribution for Matthew Kaufman's Beserkley Records. The deal lasted only a couple of years, perhaps because Playboy itself didn't have an especially strong distribution network in effect. previously: > I've just learned that regular Rhino will soon be reissuing Rhino > Handmade's fantastic Tiny Tim's live at Royal Albert Hall CD... Simon White wrote: > Is this the "Concert In Fairyland" L.P.? No, in fact the two are like night and day. "Concert In Fairyland" was made from some T.T. demo tapes had recorded several years previously. Upon the success of "Tip-Toe Thru The Tulips," the scumballs into whose hands the tapes had fallen overdubbed some applause tracks, sped the tapes up (perhaps in a lame attempt to match the falsetto of "Tip-Toe"), and released them under an especially wretched cover. Tiny made a few bad records in his career (cf "Tip-Toe To The Gas Pumps," "The Hicky (On Your Neck)", "I Saw Mr. Presley Tip-Toeing Thru The Tulips," "Howard Cosell (We Think Youíre Swell)", but this was the only one I heard him specifically disavow, saying he wished he'd the resources to buy up and then destroy all existing copies. The Royal Albert Hall set, on the other hand, captures a wonderful and unique entertainer at the height of his powers. For someone who was such a great fan of the "classics," it must have been a singular thrill for Tiny to perform, for once, in a Vegas-styled spectacular, replete with the 44-piece National Concert Orchestra, chorus girls, the works. And a "royal" night it was, with several Beatles, Stones and Windsors in attendance. Tiny rose to the occasion, taking command of the stage as if this very show had been the reason he'd been born and delivering the performance of his life. The show was held in October 30, 1968 -- almost exactly 35 years ago. If Rhino's graphics for the forthcoming edition are the same as on the original Handmade version, the booklet will include a miniaturized facsimile of the original concert program. If I recall correctly, some crooner named Ricki Page was discussed here not that long ago. I'm not actually familiar with her work, but did notice her name popping up a couple of times in the Eddie Cochran bio, "Don't Forget Me", I'm currently reading (excellent book, by the way). If anyone's interested in hearing details of these references, write me off-list. --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Tue, 07 Oct 2003 23:11:39 -0000 From: Jeffery Kennedy Subject: Re: Playboy Records Nick Archer wrote: > A great single was on Playboy, "Winners & Losers" by Hamilton, Joe > Frank, & Reynolds. Have any of the Playboy cuts ever come out on CD? RPM included Timi Yuro's Playboy single on its "The Voice That Got Away" Yuro compilation. The pre-ABBA ABBA singles (there were two, I think) were licensed to Playboy and have been reissued on CD. I believe the credit on these singles was "Bjorn and Benny with Svenska Flicka." Jeffery Kennedy San Francisco -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Tue, 07 Oct 2003 20:53:55 -0400 From: Steve Grant Subject: Re: 60s instrumentals > Are you ready, boots? Start listing ... Green Onions -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Tue, 07 Oct 2003 22:01:15 -0400 From: Country Paul Subject: Al Jardine >From the NBC-TV Los Angeles website POSTED: 11:51 a.m. EDT October 7, 2003 UPDATED: 11:53 a.m. EDT October 7, 2003 Al Jardine of The Beach Boys took his case all the way to the Supreme Court -- and the court told him to go away. The justices refused to hear an appeal from Jardine, who was fighting a court order that barred him from using the term "Beach Boys" in his touring band. Jardine began touring in 1998 as "Beach Boys Family and Friends". He says he formed the band after Mike Love refused to tour with him. Jardine owns a quarter of the corporation formed to hold the Beach Boys trademark, but he did not have the company's permission to use the band name. Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. Thinking you'd like to know, Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Tue, 07 Oct 2003 23:11:55 -0000 From: Mark T Subject: Private Stock label The rumor is that all of the master tapes were thrown out around 1982 when Larry Utal died. Don't know if its true, but, other than Frankie Valli stuff (he controls his masters), all releases seem to be from records. Can anyone confirm or deny this story? -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Tue, 07 Oct 2003 22:19:32 EDT From: John Berg Subject: Re: Jim Fairs and the Cryan Shames For more on Jim Fairs, check out: http://www.geocities.com/jamesfairs2001/pg2.html and http://home.comcast.net/~mcduff01/ John Berg -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Tue, 07 Oct 2003 21:20:45 -0400 (Eastern Daylight Time) From: Paul Balser Subject: Re: Playboy Records Mikey wrote: > THATS a cool idea for a new CD...The Best of Playboy Records...... On the country side you have Bobby Bourchers -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Tue, 07 Oct 2003 19:27:04 -0700 From: Alan Gordon Subject: Judy Sings Newman Someone: "Does anybody out there knows who recorded the first version of Randy Newman's "I Think It's Going To Rain Today"?" Paul: "I believe it may have been Judy Collins." I believe Paul is right. Nice version, except that Judy changed the lyrics so that it wasn't "Ironic" commentary anymore. Randy: Tin can at my feet. Think I'll kick it down the street. That's the way to treat a friend. Judy: Tin can at my feet. Think I'll kick it down the street. That's NO way to treat a friend. Kinda changes it from it's "Sarcastic" dark commentary, to a saccharin pop tune... and that's not quite what Randy has ever been about. peace, ~albabe -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Tue, 07 Oct 2003 22:30:21 EDT From: John Berg Subject: Re: Playboy Records Philip Walker, a great bluesman out of Texas but based in the LA area for many years, had a super LP released on Heffner's Playboy label. This was reissued on CD not long ago, I think by the Hightone label (whose releases include several Robert Cray albums and many other great "roots" music bands). Not sure how Philip got hooked up with the Playboy label, but it was a good 'un. John Berg -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Tue, 07 Oct 2003 23:14:18 -0400 (EDT) From: Andrew Jones Subject: Re: Playboy Records I hope if anyone does assemble a Playboy Records comp, they'll at least consider "Please Tell Him I That Said Hello" by Debbie Campbell - it got a lot of airplay in my local area, but did nothing nationally. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2003 06:09:51 -0000 From: Clark Besch Subject: Jim Fairs/Cryan Shames "LIVE" on Musica! Martin Jensen wrote: > He (Jim Fairs) should have recorded a solo album - he > definitely had the ideas and the voice for pulling it off. > But who knows, perhaps a great long lost treasure is lying > around, just waiting to be unearthed? :-) Martin, I am hoping so too! Three songs the Cryan Shames performed live in 68 included a Fairs original, "Sun Through My Window", "A Chance At Loving You" (co-written by Fairs and Conroy) and "Justice" which was a song lifted from Saturday's Children. I do not know of any of these tracks being recorded, but who knows? Art Longmire wrote: > the Shames have been favorites since I picked up on "The Warm" > in 1984. Also have their second and third albums on record and > CD - they were an amazingly eclectic group even for the late 60s. > It must have been something to hear them perform "The Warm" live > with all the harmonies, then go into a crushing number like > "Greenburg, Glickstein, etc." I've also got to mention my other > favorite song of theirs - "The Sailing Ship" - really a psychedelic > classic. Art, I too was stunned by the beauty of "The Warm" when i first flipped over the 45 of the rock masterpiece, "Greenburg" when released in 68. Two great songs in contrasting styles! You say you have "The Warm" on the second Cd? This is indeed the Cd it is on, but it should have been a bonus for the 3rd Lp in many ways, being recorded nearly a year after the 2nd lp, but due to spreading the bonus cuts out, Sundazed had to place things in wrong time periods to get them all in. I'm not complaining! The Cd of "Scratch" has the mono 45 version of "The Warm". If you want to be really amazed, you need to get the "Sugar & Spice: A Collection" Cd released in 1991 on Sony. It is often on ebay. There, you will find Bob Irwin's great stereo mixes of non-Lp sides not found on the Sundazed individual LP reissues to CD. "The Warm" not only includes a countoff by Fairs at the start, but also stereo backing vocals and the cold ending at full volume. Love this immensely! As far as them running from "The Warm" to "Greenburg", it would indeed have been something. Actually, in mid-68, they did a very abbreviated version of "The Warm" (running about a minute and a half) and at the end suddenly going into their concert staple, a long pounding rendidtion of "Tobacco Road"! For the "Showcase '68" performance, they went into "First Train to California". That version was also the abbreviated 1:30 version also. For a real treat, check Musica for that magnificent 1968 moment of harmony! You won't believe how great the Shames sounded live that day! AND THEY DIDN"T WIN THE COMPETITION! Lastly, when Bob Irwin and I discussed the track list for the first Shames Cd in 1991 for Sony, we differed on only 2 songs to comprise the 18 song limit. He wanted "July" and I wanted "Sailing Ship". He won that battle, but with the individual Lps coming out on CD, we both won the war. By the way, when I first talked with Hooke and Tom Doody in 1997, they both told me they had wanted "Sailing Ship" as an A side in place of "Young Birds Fly" (another classic in a longer fade stereo version on the 1991 Cd), but it ended up as "B" to "Up on the Roof". Oh well. Did I ever tell you I love the Cryan' Shames, well, let me tell you.........Take Care, Clark Besch -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2003 01:44:28 -0400 From: Country Paul Subject: Thank you; VJ & Chess; Ozark & Wheeling Jubilees; instrumentals I must start by saying special thank you's to Mick Patrick and Richard Williams, for including parts of my Carol Connors in their respective works - "Phil's Spectre" and "Out of His Head" [revised] - and thanks also to Martin Roberts for citing the latter. I had no idea Carol's and my discussion would garner so much attention, but I'm kinda tickled. Sometimes I feel as though I'm in the company in this group of walking encyclopediae whose heights of knowledge dwarf mine, so it's especially gratifying when you folks enjoy the areas of interest that I do, too. Again, thank you. Art Longmire: > Speaking of Vee Jay, I think that was the label that Rosco Gordon > recorded on.... ...And one of my favorite blues artists, Jimmy Reed. His laid-back sound and whiskey-soaked vocals really captured me ears. "Baby What You Want Me To Do" is a magic classic; that's his wife doing the second vocal, feeding him the lyrics when he was too drunk to remember them. (In a similar groove:, but less sauced: Slim Harpo on Excello out of Nashville. It wasn't all country down there....) VeeJay was a fascinating label - a full spectrum of artists, all styles and colors, yet black-owned. Lots of great stuff - Jerry Butler, Dee Clark, The Four Seasons (at their best, IMO), four other guys from Liverpool, Noreen Corcoran ("Love Kitten"), Joe Simon, the Dells, The Spaniels, and a superb reissue label, Oldies 45, whose reissues are collectible unto themselves. More Art: > As far as Marshall Chess - he is a bit of a hot dog, but I did enjoy > his anecdotes about the old Chess days....I have a ton of great soul > 45's on the label. Also I like their Cadet Concept series that > featured a lot of great psychedelic stuff - groups like Rotary > Connection. Speaking of which, has anybody heard Minnie Riperton's > first album from 1969? I hear that it's supposed to be outstanding. While I honestly don't remember much of the late Ms. Riperton's solo work (save for the hit, "Lovin' You," she was possessed with a phenomenal voice ranging over multiple octaves. Rotary Connection was also a sadly under-rated group of great creativity. Their Christmas album has one of the greatest "Silent Night" versions ever. I need to go dig their LP's out of the collection and re-listen. Don Charles, I remember the Ozark Jubilee on TV; I can recall Red Foley doing "Cincinatti Dancing Pig" on it. I also was recently informed by a resident there that another long-lived related institution is still going strong, the Wheeling Jamboree on WWVA, Wheening, West Virginia. In addition to some pretty deep country stuff, a fair amount of rockabilly went out on those airwaves, too. We could pick it up in Neew York if the conditions were right in the evening; not so here in New Jersey, though. Phil Milstein: > The late 1950s to early '70s saw a vast array of instrumental songs > clank around the U.S. charts. Off the top of my head I can think of Dave > B. Cortez's "Happy Organ" and "Rinky Dink," The T-Bones' "No Matter What > Shape," Cliff Nobles' "The Horse," Vince Guaraldi's "Cast Your Fate To > The Wind" and The Brass Ring's "The Disadvantages Of You." I'm sure > there are dozens more. Indeed there were, Phil. Some of the following are sort of obvious, some not: - Duane Eddy: Movin' and Groovin', Ramrod, (both before his breakout "signature" hit...) Rebel Rouser, 40 Miles of Bad Road, Because They're Young, etc. (I always think of his guitar sound as his "singing voice") - Link Wray: Rumble, Rawhide (a/k/a "ba-da-da-da-da-twang" - the precursor tracks of heavy metal) - Floyd Cramer: Last Date, On The Rebound (same "singing voice" comment for Cramer's always-identifiable piano style, even though Don Robertson invented it) - Hugo & Luigi (Roulette) and The Pets (Arwin): Cha-Hua-Hua (and I think a lesser version by Eddie Platt on Gone) - Dick Dale & The Deltones: Miserlou (probably as close to a national hit as he dad) - The three crown jewels of surf instrumentals - Penetrations: Pyramid; Chantays: Pipeline; Surfaris: Wipeout - Al Casey: Jivin' Around (Surfin' Hootenanny has vocals, so it doesn't count) - Phil Upchurch: You Can't Sit Down (vocals added later by the Dovells) - Fugitives: Freeway (Arvee, 1960) - Herb Alpert: The Lonely Bull and (too) many others - beware the middle-road overlaps - Andre Previn (w/ David Rose's Orch.): Like Young (superb jazzy track, one of my all-time faves - bachelor pad music extraordinaire) - Hank Levine: Image, Part 1 (the KFWB, Los Angeles signature jingle expanded into a cool jazz-pop side - on ABC) - Johnny Fortune - The Dragster (Park Avenue, 1963 - 03 -piece band with driving guitar and squealing tires; great stuff) - Lonnie Mack: Memphis - Major jazz crossovers - Ramsey Lewis: The In Crowd; Ray Bryant: Little Suzie; Dave Brubeck: Take Five; Herbie Mann: Comin' Home Baby - Blues Project: Flute Thing - Armando Sciascia: Tiger Twist (on KC, owned by Nat King Cole; this was an Italian big-band twist instrumental with dubbed-in fake applause. Dan Ingram on WABC, New York, used to pronounce his name "SKEE-a-SKEE-a") - Billy Mure: A String of Trumpets (Splash Records' greatest hit) - The UK imports - Chris Barber: Petite Fleur; Reg Owen: Manhattan Spiritual; Acker Bilk: Stranger On The Shore - Bent Fabric: Alley Cat (now the ubiquitous wedding staple) - The Mark IV: Night Theme (Wye Records from Warwick, RI! (Where?!? Exactly the point....) A hit on Wye, and later reissued on something bigger - possibly Roulette) - Saturday Knights: Sea Mist (Nocturne, 1961? 62?, a personal favorite; beautiful sax-led instrumental ballad by the band that often backed Freddy Cannon on Swan; the perfect closing theme for the Senior Prom, and a good place to pause this list for now) Clark Besch: what a history of the Cryan Shames! Thank you. Finally, my error, Mac: it was indeed Kenny Nolan; Kenny O'Dell was someone else. Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2003 00:12:27 -0700 From: Kim Cooper Subject: Re: Suzi Jane Hokum Kurt, I suspect you must've seen my piece on psychedelic Wizard of Oz concept albums, as I know of no other long discussion of Mort Garson's "Wozard of Iz"... but I didn't ID Suzi Jane as Nancy Sinatra there. Anyhoo, here's a link to the article, in case anyone is curious. http://www.insound.com/zinestand/Scram/feature.cfm?aid=3422 best, Kim -- Scram PO Box 461626 Hollywood, CA 90046-1626 http://www.scrammagazine.com Scram #18 out now with Emitt Rhodes, the Ramones, Marty Thau, Smoosh and more. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2003 06:42:53 -0000 From: Tom Subject: Help Identify 60s Song In Commercial Hey all, There's a new Infiniti commercial that features what sounds like a late 60s Spector-esque pop song (I think its called "As They Fall"). I'm familiar enough with Spector's catalog to know its not him but I cannot for the life of me identify the artist. The lead singer has a distinctive baritone voice sounding a bit like a young Sinatra. However, judging by the prominence of the background vocals I'm thinking it has got to be a band rather than an individual. I've been able to decipher the following lyrics underneath the heavy strings and narrator's voice. 1st Verse: "Let The Wind, Sweep (Or Sleep) Away To Summer's End" 2nd Verse: "....The Autumn Leaves Will...." Chorus: "As They Fall" If anybody knows this song or the artist, please let me know. It's too intriguing to ignore. Thanks, Tom -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2003 10:09:06 -0400 From: Doc Subject: Things John Clemente: > At the risk of sounding like a girl-group snob, I must ask, > "was my writing totally in vain?" Are you kidding? Your book is FABULOUS! Question: Who were the girls behind Bobby Darin on "Things?" Thanks Doc -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 17 Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2003 08:30:17 -0700 (PDT) From: Tom Taber Subject: "Youm usta been a beautiful baby" I see that a DJ copy of "Youm"/"In Detroit" is now on Ebay. Tom Taber -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 18 Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2003 15:05:29 +0100 From: Richard Williams Subject: Re: Martin Scorsese's Blues Re British blues and Richard Havers' query about the provenance of a couple of film clips, Mike Figgis (the director) has this to say: "The footage of Sister Rosetta and Muddy is American in origin. The Muddy was part of a blues special rather like the SOUND OF JAZZ series. I'm not sure where the Sister stuff was from but I can find out." Richard Williams PS: Many thanks to Martin Roberts for his more than generous assessment of the new edition of Out Of His Head. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 19 Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2003 18:31:06 -0000 From: Bill Reed Subject: "Essay" on the occasion of the release of "Phil Spectre" I have a Japanese friend who, through my (admittedly) limited knowledge on the subject, has become quite a devotee of Phil Spector's music over the past few years. In return, he has opened my ears to Japanese pop and especially has turned me on to current Japanese arranger, Tomoji Sogawa. On occasion, Sogawa partakes of the Spectorian sound pallette ("Cue the castanets!") and no doubt considers PS a major inspiration. BTW (or as the Japanese say "Tokorode"), one COULD conceivably compile a whole CD's worth of Japanese Spector "covers" that came out in that country simultaneously with the U.S. originals. But maybe not such a good idea. In the Sixties, the Japanese were very good at capturing what they called "eleki" and "group sounds", i.e. Ventures, Merseybeat, etc, but for the most part these Japanese PS knockoffs, minus Spector's magic touch, are pallid and uninteresting. At best, a learning experience; the same way that "Plan Nine From Outer Space" teaches one how not to make a movie, the Japanese covers demonstrate how NOT to copy Phil Spector. Most don't even employ an echo chamber!!!!! Eventually, producer Eiichi Ohtaki came to craft some neo-Spectorian gems of his own, but these were not covers. But I digress, as is my circumlocutive wont: The friend to whom I referred in the first paragraph has a next door neighbor. For a number of years, the two have met in the hallway and exchanged pleasantries on an almost daily basis. And that's that. Then came the day a year or so ago when I went to interview Nino Tempo for Spectropop and suddenly realized that his address was not only the same large building here in Los Angeles where my pal lives, but the same floor, and in the adjacent flat! Sometimes prior to that when I visited my friend, I could hear the faint sound of a sax wafting through the rather well-padded walls. One time I inquired what the neighbor next door did for a living. "Oh, I think he's a musician," he said. But it never dawned on me to ask his name. Talk about one degree of separation! In this case, it was a wall. . .of sound. After I conducted the interview, I knocked on my buddy's door. "Oh, it's you!," he said, not expecting me. I explained that, "The man who lives next door to you is a famous musician and I just interviewed him." "You mean. . . NINO?," he asked incredulously. I then explained that, in fact, Nino was a force behind many of the Spector records I had introduced him to over the past few years. It goes without saying that he was most impressed. I was reminded of the incident when I arrived back at MY flat yesterday to discover that my copy of the new ACE Phil Spector tribute had arrived in the mail. This, as you perhaps know by now, is the compilation of 24 PS soundalikes gathered together on one CD and overseen and annotated by this list's Mick Patrick. As chance would have it, my Japanese pal was with me, and we hastened to take a listen. As we did so, on almost every track my friend could trace back the varous homages, to the original source (s): "Ahhhh, that is 'Be My Baby' plus '(Today I Met) the Boy I'm Gonna Marry' divided by two." etc. I guess this sensei has done his job well. After listening to the CD, I found myself more amazed than ever at how much variety can be achieved drawing upon this (finally) somewhat limited musical SPECTrum. With "Phil's Spectre: A Wall of Soundalikes", Mick Patrick, via his extensive liner notes and knowing selections, builds a strong case for this "Sound" being considered a sui generis school of music unto itself." As such, the compilation is not just another collection of Brill Building one-offs, but, instead, a rather serious --- and VERY painless --- work of musicology. Now, how about a volume two? Bill Reed http://www.cllrdr.com -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 20 Date: Tue, 07 Oct 2003 22:24:28 EDT From: John Berg Subject: Re: Playboy Records Is this Playboy label the same one that was part of Heffner's "empire"? Somehow I doubt it, given the artist, the era of the music and the value amongst collectors. John Berg -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 21 Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2003 18:38:47 -0000 From: Don Charles Subject: "I Hurt On The Other Side" Re: "I Hurt On The Other Side" . . . is not a Jeff Barry/Ellie Greenwich song! I was shocked to recently find this out. I don't have the Blue Cat single, so I can't say what's on that label, but a cover version by Jerry Cook on Capitol Records credits the song to JJ Jackson and Sidney Barnes. The BMI database says the same thing, only Ronnie Mosley is in the credits also. It is NOT listed among Jeff Barry's songwriting credits. Stuff -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 22 Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2003 12:02:42 -0700 (PDT) From: Mac Joseph Subject: Re: Thank you; VJ & Chess; Ozark & Wheeling Jubilees; instrumentals Country Paul: > Finally, my error, Mac: it was indeed Kenny Nolan; > Kenny O'Dell was someone else. Appreciate that Paul, like I said, I couldn't think of his last name either to save my soul (lol). Mac Joseph -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 23 Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2003 15:02:36 -0400 From: TD Bell Subject: Re: Martin Scorcese's "Blues" Art Longmire: > I've been checking out the PBS series hosted by Martin > Scorcese on the Blues..... Unlike Art, who saw Van Morrison on the PBS television program and reflected on Morrison's "Domino" as the first record he bought, I saw Van Morrison and thought of the first record that I wore out - "Gloria" and the flip-side "Baby Please Don't Go" by Them. For a back-up, I also bought the "Here Comes the Night" album (with "Mystic Eyes" and "If You And I Could Be As Two"). More than thirty-five years after buying the 45 and album, while watching a VH-1 series about Led Zep - it was either "Legends" or "Behind The Music" - I noted that the filmmaker used the opening riff from Them's "Baby Please Don't Go" as Jimmy Page's calling card. I don't know how true the story is, but "Baby Please Don't Go" was supposed to be the A-side of Them's first 45 release in the USA. Jimmy Page, the session man, was brought in to play lead guitar for the side the Parrot record company wanted to promote. However, "Baby Please Don't Go" flopped in the American test market ("you can't make no money playin' blues!"), the record was flipped and "Gloria", the B-side was a surprise hit! During the Spring of 1967, I saw a concert featuring The Syndicate of Sound ("Little Girl"), The Casinos ("Then You Can Tell Me Good-bye), and The Left Banke ("Walk Away Renee"). The Casinos covered the Four Seasons act, The Left Banke did several songs from The Beatles' "Revolver" album, but the hit of the night was The Syndicate of Sound opening the show with "Baby Please Don't Go", sounding exactly like Them's record, note-for-note in a dark theater while a strobe light flashed. (My first "light-show"). If you listen to Ketty Lester's "Love Letters", you get an idea of what an artist Tom Jones is - his reading is almost as good. If you listen to "Drown In My Own Tears" by Ray Charles, and then listen to "Drown In My Own Tears" by Troyce Key and Eddie Cochran - during the program, they mention Eddie's signature riff to "Milk Cow Blues", Eddie bending strings and layin' "What'd I Say" on them - you get a better idea of what a tremendous influence Eddie Cochran was and a better idea of how Lulu is out of her element when she tackles "Drown In My Own Tears". One of my favorite sound-bytes from the PBS television program was Jeff Beck explaining what he wanted to do for the rest of his life, explaining himself by peeling off the guitar lick straight from Johnny Otis' "Willie and the Hand Jive" and declaring "THAT'S IT!". -- TD -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 24 Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2003 15:10:16 -0400 From: TD Bell Subject: Re: 60s instrumentals Phil M: > Are you ready, boots? Start listing ... The Frantics - "Straight Flush" The Debonaires - "The Holly Lynn" The Chantays - "Move It" Jimmy Smith - "Walk On The Wild Side" Ray Charles - "Bootie Butt" -- TD -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 25 Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2003 20:11:37 +0100 From: Richard Havers Subject: Re: Martin Scorsese's Blues Richard Williams wrote: > Re British blues and Richard Havers' query about the provenance > of a couple of film clips, Mike Figgis (the director) has this > to say: "The footage of Sister Rosetta and Muddy is American in > origin. The Muddy was part of a blues special rather like the > SOUND OF JAZZ series. I'm not sure where the Sister stuff was > from but I can find out." Many thanks Richard. My interest is because I was unaware of any footage of Muddy, Otis Spann and Little Walter.....It'll be a treat. Richard -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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