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Spectropop - Digest Number 1141



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There are 18 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Mercury Hits on CD Vol. 2
           From: Nick Archer 
      2. Terry Black / ARC label
           From: Mark 
      3. Re: Rusty York
           From: Bill George 
      4. Re: Tunesmith - Jimmy Webb CD
           From: astro4004 
      5. "Silent Knight"
           From: Andrew Jones 
      6. Dusty's Christmas Records
           From: Mike Edwards 
      7. Bionic Gold
           From: Steve Harvey 
      8. Mercury Hits on CD Vol. 2
           From: Robert Beason 
      9. Re: Tommy Vann
           From: Phil Milstein 
     10. Big Town Boy -- Shirley Matthews
           From: Herb 
     11. Sonny Curtis
           From: Steve Harvey 
     12. Re: Was Tommy James a "Big Time Operator"?
           From: Eddy 
     13. Re: Canadian Re-issues
           From: Mark 
     14. Re: Was Tommy James a "Big Time Operator"?
           From: Eddy 
     15. Ray Davies' reflection
           From: Paul Bryant 
     16. New @ S'pop
           From: S'pop Team 
     17. Re: Dusty & Lesley Christmas songs?
           From: Ron Sauer 
     18. Re: Tommy Vann
           From: Fred 


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Message: 1 Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2003 00:50:29 -0000 From: Nick Archer Subject: Mercury Hits on CD Vol. 2 Mark asked: > Hello again! I have both Volume 1 and Volume 3 of the "45s on CD" > series that Mercury put out some time ago. Can anyone tell me what > is on Volume 2 (which I assume covers 1960 to 1966) and if it is > still available? Again, thanks in advance! Here's the list for Vol. 2. I don't know how available this series is now, I bought these a long time ago. 1. Baby (You Got What It Takes) - Brook Benton & Dinah Washington 2. Good Timin' - Jimmy Jones 3. I Saw Linda Yesterday - Dickey Lee 4. My Boyfriend's Back - The Angels 5. Little Honda - The Hondells 6. Game Of Love - Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders 7. Wooly Bully - Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs 8. Ride Away - Roy Orbison 9. Keep on Dancing - Gentrys 10. Lightnin' Strikes - Lou Christie 11. A Groovy Kind Of Love - Mindbenders 12. The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore) - Walker Brothers 13. Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love) - Swingin' Medallions 14. Don't Bring Me Down - Animals 15. Wild Thing - Troggs 16. Sunny - Bobby Heb Check out Nashville's classic radio station SM95 on the web at: www.live365.com/stations/nikarcher Nick Archer -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2003 02:31:23 -0000 From: Mark Subject: Terry Black / ARC label Tony Bayliss: > The Terry Black material was owned by Arc Sound, out of Toronto. > When they went bankrupt, the Arc catalogue was purchased, I believe, > by Amhurst Records of Buffalo NY. Now this was many years ago, but > they may still own it as Black wasn't an artist for which there was > a wide demand, even though he was pretty good. The Ugly Ducklings > recordings and the Yorkville label were also part of the deal. All ARC label recordings are now owned by Unidisc in Montreal. good luck!! - for an independent label, they charge a lot for licensing. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2003 22:36:22 EST From: Bill George Subject: Re: Rusty York > Justin McDevitt asked about a great tune, and Ken Silverwood > identified it as Sugaree by Rusty York... Would this be the same Rusty York that backed Jackie (De) Shannon in the Cajuns on the tune "Just Another Lie"? The flip side was an instrumental called Cajun Blues. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2003 04:01:10 -0000 From: astro4004 Subject: Re: Tunesmith - Jimmy Webb CD That cd looks great, I will definitely investigate. One track I wish they had included: Cass Elliot, "Saturday Suit." -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2003 23:02:55 -0500 (EST) From: Andrew Jones Subject: "Silent Knight" I have an album called "Beserkley's Back!", an anthology of tracks by the company's top artists (Greg Kihn, Jonathan Richman, Earthquake, etc.) According to the label, the last track on Side One is "Silent Knight," with all the arranging / producing credits previously mentioned; yet there's no silent track ending that side - after the last "real" song, there's just the runoff groove and the inner groove. Sonically, of course, it makes little difference, but just the same.... -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2003 04:29:13 -0000 From: Mike Edwards Subject: Dusty's Christmas Records J.D. Doyle asks: > Can anyone please tell me if Dusty Springfield and Lesley > Gore recorded any Christmas songs, and if so, where I might > find them. I'm putting together a radio show, my annual Queer > Christmas Special... Dusty made some Christmas records while she was a member of the Springfields. The group's second UK hit was "Bambino"/"Star Of Hope", which reached # 16 around Christmas of 1961. The following December saw them back on the charts with "Island Of Dreams" but they also released a Christmas EP in conjunction with Women's' Own magazine; it was not available in stores. The tracks were: "The 12 Days Of Christmas", "Mary's Boy Child", "Away In A Manger" and "Merry Christmas". It was a big time for the Springfields as earlier in the year they reached # 20 in the US with "Silver Threads And Golden Needles" an almost impossible feat for a UK band in those days. I believe Dusty meets the criteria you are looking for in compiling your Christmas song collection but I'm not sure about the two fellas that sang along with her. "Bambino" was included on a Springfields' CD released in the US by Taragon, although I believe is now out of print. It's worth looking for, though. Mike -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2003 21:27:27 -0800 (PST) From: Steve Harvey Subject: Bionic Gold Ian Chapman: > Bit late with this thread, but does anyone remember the "Bionic > Gold" album from '77? This was a Spector tribute comp on the > Big Sound label. I was disappointed when I first got it, since > none of the tracks even attempt to go for the Spector sound - all > are done in various contemporary rock styles. However, there's > a tongue in cheek element to the whole thing and it's kinda fun. > But to get to the main point, the album opens with Robert Orsi > (of the Scratch Band) doing "He Hit Me", and also includes Philip > Rambow tackling "All Grown Up" (yep, he has his high heels on and > he's a-ready to go......) Closing the album is an out-and-out > 70s punk version of "To Know Him Is To Love Him" by Mick Farren. I was just listening to my CD of "Bionic Gold" from '77? Got tired of waiting for it to come out on Cd so I burned my own copy. Always loved Philip Rambow tackling "All Grown Up". What made it work was that he sang it in a rather masculine voice which made lines like "got my highheels on" and "no more ponytail (listening Mr. Lindsay?), I wear my hair up high" even funnier than intended. The version of "Two of Us" is right up there with the Beatles. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2003 21:28:40 -0800 (PST) From: Robert Beason Subject: Mercury Hits on CD Vol. 2 Mark: > I have both Volume 1 and Volume 3 of the "45s on CD" series that > Mercury put out some time ago. Can anyone tell me >what is on > Volume 2 (which I assume covers 1960 to 1966) and if >it is still > available? Track listing for "45's on CD, Volume II ('60-'66): 1. Brook Benton & Dinah Washington, "Baby You Got What It Takes" 2. Jimmy Jones, "Good Timin'" 3. Dickey Lee, "I Saw Linda Yesterday" 4. The Angels, "My Boyfriend's Back" 5. The Hondells, "Little Honda" 6. Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders, "Game Of Love" 7. Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs, "Woolly Bully" 8. Roy Orbison, "Ride Away" 9. The Gentrys, "Keep On Dancing" 10. Lou Christie, "Lightning Strikes" 11. The Mindbenders, "A Groovy Kind Of Love" 12. The Walker Brothers, "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" 13. Swingin' Medallions, "Double Shot Of My Baby's Love" 14. The Animals, "Don't Bring Me Down" 15. The Troggs, "Wild Thing" 16. Bobby Hebb, "Sunny" Seems to be out of print, but a couple of people have listed copies for sale with Amazon. Bob Beason -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2003 23:03:42 -0500 From: Phil Milstein Subject: Re: Tommy Vann Fred wrote: > A number of posts have appeared on this subject. My number one > contender has been "Too Young" by Tommy Vann and the Echoes from > 1966. I've played a RealMedia file of it to musica. Nice track. The very next e-mail I received after listening to this track was a spam signed "Tommie Vann" ("Cyber-doctors are waiting for you"). Didn't someone once say there are no coincidences? Anyhoo, I wouldn't mind hearing Pretty Flamingo, Fred. --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2003 06:17:46 -0000 From: Herb Subject: Big Town Boy -- Shirley Matthews Hi, Everyweek, I post the top ten's on a local message board (Billboard, CHUM & CKEY from 40 years ago. On CHUM's listing of Dec. 2, 1963, Shirley Matthews makes her debut with Big Town Boy issued on the Canadian Tamarac label here and Atlantic in the States. About a decade ago, a record company (???) came out with a series of CDs called "Made In Canada". I wasn't into CDs then but now that I am I've been seeking Vol. 1 which has the early Canadian acts (Shirley Matthews, Jackie Shane, Pat Hervey, and others). Does anyone know where to obtain this CD? As a side note, another group made their appearance of the CHUM chart on Dec. 2, 1963 -- THE BEATLES. Although they were a rave in England and other countries as far back as spring of 1963. Other groups became popular as a result (Gerry & the Pacemakers, The Searchers, etc.). Back then, I shrugged my shoulders thinking "who are they?" Who would have thought the occurances to come? Not me. I have to admit that I wasn't drawn into the British Invasion nor did I like them -- Dusty Springfield - The Dave Clark 5 -- I did like. Unbenownst to me back then, I was more into Pop Rhythm & Blues -- the Tamla Motown roster plus The Crystals, The Ronettes, The Orlons, etc. I also want to say that I am enjoying this group -- a lot of interesting tidbits of information. Herb, Toronto, Canada -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2003 22:23:56 -0800 (PST) From: Steve Harvey Subject: Sonny Curtis Sonny wrote "Walk Right Back" which Don and Phil did. He also wrote "I Fought the Law" while in studyhall as a 16 year old. The Buddyless Crickets did it, but most of us remember Mr. Fuller's version even more so. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2003 08:21:53 +0100 From: Eddy Subject: Re: Was Tommy James a "Big Time Operator"? Mark: > I was listening to an import Charlie Rich CD containing all the > material he did (both issued and unissued) for the Hi label, and > I was stunned to discover that he did a version of "Big Time > Operator" in the late '60s that went unissued until 1994. Prior to > this, I was only familiar with the version I remembered as a kid > by the underrated Canadian singer Keith Hampshire (circa '72-'73). > I asked on another list and found out that Zoot Money's Big Roll > Band recorded the song before Rich (it's featured on a recent CD of > Money material on Repertoire) and that Tommy James may have done a > version as well. Can anyone confirm whether Tommy did this song or > not? Once again, thanks in advance for any help! :) Tommy James did it in 1967 as the opening track of his It's only Love album. Eddy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2003 08:14:08 -0000 From: Mark Subject: Re: Canadian Re-issues Me; > How about The Big Town Boys? Staccatos? Original Caste, 3s a > Crowd, Octavian, Craig Ruhnke, Susan Jacks solo... Superoldies: > Products are generally released as there is demand. Record execs > don't read these boards and I personally believe (as much as I LOVE > Susan Jacks, etc.) that sales on these acts would be very limited. > After licensing, packaging, etc., you're really lucky if you break > even. That's all I'm hoping with the JB & The Playboys package > too...who hates losing money? Its true that no one wants to lose money but its a worldwide market these days and all alot of these things need are good promotion. Are the groups that Revola is putting out like the Deep Six, Third Rail, October Country, etc. any more commercial or well-known? At least these groups were popular in Canada or Japan. Where was Thomas and Richard Frost popular? With the right push and good word of mouth these things could sell decently. I was in a store in Sydney where they sold a bunch of Montanas CDs just by playing them in the store. The market is there, people just need to be exposed to the music. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2003 12:58:01 +0100 From: Eddy Subject: Re: Was Tommy James a "Big Time Operator"? > Tommy James did it in 1967 as the opening track of his It's only Love > album. Oops, sorry, *not* the opening track, but on that album nonetheless (track 5). Eddy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2003 05:16:32 -0800 (PST) From: Paul Bryant Subject: Ray Davies' reflection > In "Lola" by the Kinks, it's Lola who is a man. The clues are there, > like "in a dark brown voice," "she walked like a woman and talked > like a man" and "when she picked me up she almost broke my spine." > The most interesting thing about the lyrics is that it turns out > that not only does the singer realize Lola is actually a man, he > doesn't care! Is there something about Ray Davies I didn't realise? In "Mirror of Love", an obscure 1972-ish Kinks single, he sings "you're the best man I ever had". pb -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2003 13:42:15 -0000 From: S'pop Team Subject: New @ S'pop Dear Members, Several feature articles have been published on the S'pop website in recent weeks. Catch them while they're still new: "Jackie... Plus" (Rhino Handmade CD) by Peter Lerner: http://www.spectropop.com/recommends/index2003.htm#JackieDeShannon "Hatchback: The Tony Hatch Story" by Mick Patrick: http://www.spectropop.com/TonyHatch/index.htm "Charlotte, Nita & I" by Becky Hobbs, as told to Phil Milstein: http://www.spectropop.com/HOTB/HOTBpart5.htm "The Beverley Jones Story" by Mick Patrick: http://www.spectropop.com/BeverleyJones/index.htm "Al Hazan & Jack Nitzsche" by Al Hazan and Martin Roberts: http://www.spectropop.com/JackNitzsche/ahjnrotw.htm "Phil's Spectre: A Wall Of Soundalikes" (Ace CD) by David A. Young: http://www.spectropop.com/recommends/index2003.htm#PhilsSpectre Coming soon: Sam & Ed Chalpin Ron Dante Nora Guthrie Please Phil Spector: His Subjects Pay Homage Peter Antell, John Linde & the Percells The Daughters Of Eve and more... Watch this space. The S'pop Team -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 17 Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2003 15:32:44 -0000 From: Ron Sauer Subject: Re: Dusty & Lesley Christmas songs? JD Doyle wrote: > Can anyone please tell me if Dusty Springfield and Lesley Gore > recorded any Christmas songs, and if so, where I might find them. > I'm putting together a radio show, my annual Queer Christmas Special > ...actually, two one-hour shows...and it would be nice to include > them. There is a CD called "Christmas in London" on the Laserlight label that contains a duet with Dusty and Rod McKuen of "Baby, It's Cold Outside". The liner notes say it is from a TV special called "Christmas in New England". Ron -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 18 Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2003 15:43:12 -0000 From: Fred Subject: Re: Tommy Vann Phil Milstein wrote: > Nice track. The very next e-mail I received after listening to this > track was a spam signed "Tommie Vann" ("Cyber-doctors are waiting > for you"). Didn't someone once say there are no coincidences? Anyhoo, > I wouldn't mind hearing Pretty Flamingo, Fred. You can check out Musica now, Phil, for "Pretty Flamingo" by Tommy Vann and the Echoes, also from 1966. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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