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Spectropop - Digest Number 1403



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There are 10 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Donna Weiss
           From: Austin Roberts 
      2. Rhino Handmade titles
           From: Ray 
      3. Re:   Steady Records
           From: Jeff Lemlich 
      4. Re: Jackie DeShannon on Am Dreams
           From: Rat Pfink 
      5. Gigliola Cinquetti  and Dio, Come Ti Amo
           From: Patrick Rands 
      6. Revisionism
           From: Al Kooper 
      7. 40 year old mystery
           From: Peter Grad 
      8. PF Walmart Sloan!
           From: J. Stewart 
      9. Re: The Teen Queens
           From: Tony Leong 
     10. Rhino Handmade CD's; G H IV; Harry Hellings; quick takes
           From: Country Paul 


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Message: 1 Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2004 16:40:51 EST From: Austin Roberts Subject: Donna Weiss Eddy: > There's a Donna Washburn credited on Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs album. > Would that be (Donna Weiss)? And her middle initial wouldn't be > "W", would it? Eddy, That's probably her. I can't remember if her middle initial was W or not. I do remember what a great voice she had! Best, Austin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2004 02:00:32 -0000 From: Ray Subject: Rhino Handmade titles Previously: > Hi, just a quick note to recommend the 2 new Rhino Handmade titles > "Hallucinations" and "Come To The Sunshine". Does anyone know if > these 2 Nuggets compilations are the start of many to come from > the WEA vaults, possibly including a girl group one.. Come To The Sunshine: Soft Pop Nuggets From The WEA Vaults There's an old adage that during the '60s anything seemed possible. Certainly, the unlikely group of middle-aged producers, studio vocalists, and reformed folkies featured on this collection proved this to be true. They sang of sunshine, cotton candy, and, of course, love in a totally irony-free context. One must remember, it was a time when The Mamas & The Papas were actually considered a rock band, and The Association claimed they played "bluer blues than The Rolling Stones." Sure, there were dark days ahead: People got heavy, rock became adult, and the music contained herein was deemed suitable only for those "other adults." Nevertheless, a critical reappraisal of these sophisticated sounds has provided a beautiful afterlife for sunshine pop. It is now widely coveted, collected, and consumed. Heck, nowadays, soft disciples can openly exclaim that "Kites Are Fun" without fear of a hippie hitting them over the head with a bong, and there is no shortage of hipsters who can correctly spell the name of Curt Boettcher. So, join us in the park, at the beach, or wherever your soft dreams usually transpire. We've got a whole lot of rainbows to find! -- Andrew Sandoval, from his liner notes to this Rhino Handmade release Come To The Sunshine gathers 24 soft pop treasures released between 1967 and 1969 -- none of them available on Rhino's Nuggets boxed sets. Groovy packaging includes a 22-page booklet with color photos and detailed tracknotes, as well as a full-color, tri-fold digipak featuring a rotating kaleidoscope wheel. Come To The Sunshine: Soft Pop Nuggets From The WEA Vaults is available as an individually numbered limited edition of 7,500 copies. Hallucinations: Psychedelic Pop Nuggets From The WEA Vaults Welcome to a brand-new series of Nuggets, which draws on the combined vaults of Warner Bros., Reprise, Atlantic, Atco, Roulette, Jubilee, Loma, Elektra, Cotillion, and Rhino. This particular collection is a cache of major-label psychedelic-pop gems. Obviously, these aren't your average French-bootleg/mumbling-about-Jesus/fuzz-drenched/private-press psych tracks. However, just because these artists were going for mainstream acceptance doesn't mean they weren't also trying to achieve "heavyocity" in their own, artistic, way. Just remember, it's a nugget if you dug it. So, let's go! -- Andrew Sandoval, from his liner notes to this Rhino Handmade release Hallucinations gathers 24 psych pop treasures released between 1966 and 1969-- none of them available on Rhino's Nuggets boxed sets. Groovy packaging includes a 22-page booklet with color photos and detailed track notes, as well as a full-color, tri-fold digipak featuring a rotating kaleidoscope wheel. Hallucinations: Psychedelic Pop Nuggets From The WEA Vaults is available as an individually numbered limited edition of 7,500 copies. http://www.rhinohandmade.com/Browse/browseNew.mgi2 ray -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2004 02:09:28 -0000 From: Jeff Lemlich Subject: Re: Steady Records Hugo M. wrote: > There was a NYC label called Steady Records that seemed to specialize > in licensing Jamaican hits to market them in the USA. Only artist I > can think of at the moment on that label is Eddie Lovette, and I don't > think he's a good example of what you're looking for. Eddie had the island sound, but he was actually from Miami... and was the former leader of Eddie & The Tropics (on Josie Records). Luther Dixon was a mover & shaker with this label. Jeff Lemlich http://www.limestonerecords.com -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2004 20:36:07 -0500 From: Rat Pfink Subject: Re: Jackie DeShannon on Am Dreams Clark wrote: > Hi, just wanted to cover a couple of topics. First, am wondering if > Bill George and others saw someone impersonating Jackie DeShannon > singing "When You Walk in the Room" on "American Dreams" this week? > I'm sure it was probably some TV or pop star of today, but I wouldn't > know. I believe it was Liz Phair. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2004 02:58:20 -0000 From: Patrick Rands Subject: Gigliola Cinquetti and Dio, Come Ti Amo Julio Nino wrote (many days ago now...): > It seems that Verdelle or her producers had a little fixation > with Italian songs. "Dio, Come Ti Amo" was composed by the > incomparable Domenico Modugno. The song was performed in San Remo > 1966 by Domenico and Gigliola Cinquetti, and it was the winner of > that Song Contest. Personally I prefer Domenico's version to > Gigliola's (I must confess that I sometimes find Gigliola's singing > a little bit insipid). Hi Julio, You must not have seen the movie of the same name Dio, Come Ti Amo, starring Gigliola Cinquetti, since you don't appreciate her singing so much. If you haven't seen this wonderful mid-60s film, I implore you to run out and see it now because it's simply a delight - and I've only been able to watch a muddy VHS copy in Italian (with no subtitles). The film has Gigliola singing 6 of her songs all worked into the film perfectly, as well as her music played when she isn't singing on screen. It's pure, Italian goodness. I'm waiting for the day when this movie becomes available with English subtitles - it's been released on DVD in Brazil, but alas with no English, only Portuguese and French. I'm excited to hear that Verdelle Smith has done a version in English, as I love her version of Tar and Cement and I look forward to hearing it, is it available on cd? Also, I'd love to hear it done by Domenico, of course, but did he ever release his own version on record or CD? I've been tempted to pick up a film with Mina singing, but since I'm low on funds these days (and I have another little one on the way!), I held off util another day. :Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2004 22:44:27 EST From: Al Kooper Subject: Revisionism Dan, I apologize for the revisionism label. But I get murdered in the press by poor research and I am constantly amazed by the way the press can actually change the history facts that I was in the room for. Vis a vis the top ten see www.alkooper.com There is now a top 100. Al "born Alan" Kooper -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2004 04:03:43 -0000 From: Peter Grad Subject: 40 year old mystery When I was 13 years old back in 1964, I used to tape hours of music off WMCA, WABC, and WINS in New York City. I was a big Beatles fan, but I taped other music as well. One song I taped was by a girl group. I loved the song, even though I captured just a minute or two of it. I had never heard the song before -- and have never heard it since. I just recently found my old tape, and have converted it to digital. I cannot tell you how terrific it would be if anyone could tell me who this group is after all these years!! I will upload it shortly, but in the meantime, if anyone knows a song that has the line "Treat me right, hold me tight, and never make me blue, I don't know what I'd do, if I (lost?) you, so keep on loving me." The group sounds like the Shirelles, Dusty Springfield, and even a little like the McGuire Sisters, but I have checked all of their repertoires (and bought every Dusty Springfield album I could find over the years) and could turn up nothing that sounded like this song. Can anyone help? Coincidentally, I taped the song approx. April 1964, which makes it 40 years old next month... Peter Grad -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2004 04:10:16 -0000 From: J. Stewart Subject: PF Walmart Sloan! > Considering Flip supposedly hated Johnny Rivers' version of Sloan's > original "Danger Man" when it was changed to "Secret Agent Man" and > became a big hit for Rivers... Nothing against these songs, but for those of us brought up with the "Danger Man" series in the UK, the theme will always be the instrumental "Highwire" composed by the late Edwin Astley. Apparently the US network wanted a song for the credits - and the "Secret Agent Man" title - to make the unBond-like series sound more like Bond. Astley's filmography can be found here http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005951/ . There is sadly little of his work available on CD and those few tracks that do occasionally appear on compilations are often cover versions, often very different to the originals. J Stewart. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2004 04:13:02 -0000 From: Tony Leong Subject: Re: The Teen Queens Phil Hall wrote: > Does anyone know what happened to Rosie & Betty Collins, > who were The Teen Queens? I know they never had a hit > after "Eddie My Love" and that they later had problems > with drugs, but does anyone know where they are today? I've read that both members have died--I think Betty in 1968, and Rosie a bit later. The cause was drugs I believe. Tragic!!!! Tony Leong -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2004 23:28:07 -0500 From: Country Paul Subject: Rhino Handmade CD's; G H IV; Harry Hellings; quick takes 1400 digests and we haven't gotten all theinformation out there yet.... Colin Smith: > ...[J]ust a quick note to recommend the 2 new Rhino Handmade > titles "Hallucinations" and "Come To The Sunshine". Does anyone > know if these 2 Nuggets compilations are the start of many to > come from the WEA vaults, possibly including a girl group one? Let me throw in a big pitch for the last track on "Come To The Sunshine" - The Gates of Eden's "No One Was There." Darned if I know who they are, but it was wr./cond./pr. by Claus Ogerman. I don't think there was an LP; I have it on a mono 45. I wonder if the CD has it instereo; anyone know? (And although it was on MGM, not WB, I would have loved to have seen Van Dyke Parks' version of the title song.) "Hallucinations" looks pretty good, too; a special nod to Adrian Pride's "Her Name Is Melody." Written by one of the Everly Brothers, the vocalist is actually Bernie Schwartz, about whom I raved recently. Re: the 45 from Fuzz Acid & Flowers: "Melody is an astounding hypnotic raga/sitar beauty, the flip is a Ray Davies song." Couldn't have said it better. Al Kooper re: ""A Rose and a Baby Ruth": > I grew up with the George Hamilton IV version. Really loved > the sincerity of it when I was about 13. Yep - I still do; his ABC-Paramount stuff is absolutely honest, sweet and irony-free. So many great songs of that time: "Only One Love," "Why Don't They Understand," and more. I just got a CD dub of an ultra-earnest collection of old-time campus standby's ("Tell Me Why The Stars Do Shine" and that ilk) from 1958 - his sincerity almost pulls it off. By the way, G H IV did an "update" of "Rose" on one of his earliest RCA albums - slower, Nashville sound backing, and still beautiful. Sadly, I heard some samples of a recent album of his, and I fear he's lost his voice.... Me, earlier: > Odd discovery in the far corners of the collection: Harry Hellings, > "The Crystal Ship," on Highland.... Clark again: > Paul, how bout a Musica post? It may take a bit, but I'll ask my tech-savvy friend to post it. (Or maybe John Beland can beat me to it - or anyone else with a copy). And John - any info to share, please? Quick takes.... Kristian Hoffman: > [Abba] made loads of records, some rumoured to be quite good - > but I wouldn't hold my breath! Some actually were - including some of the hits before you got so sick of 'em! On of the best, IMO: Frida's solo, "I Know There's Something Going On" - the Phil Collins hit formula before it became stale itself. Clark Besch: > I've been working on a New York radio piece for Musica featuring > all the great 60's NYC Dj's and their musical openings if anyone > is interested. Color me interested. Got Peter Tripp's "Curly Headed Kid in the Third Row" and Jack Lacey's "Listen To Lacey" custom theme song? Clark again: > That reminds me, I wonder what Bobby thinks now of the scopitone > "Night Has a thousand Eyes" film? Quite explicit for the times!! Not familiar with it. Explicit - how so? David Young, nice to see you posting again. I like the Wellingtons' "Go Ahead And Cry," maybe even better than the Righteous Brothers - a bit less overwrought. Country Paul (feeling properly wrought for the moment) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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