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Spectropop - Digest Number 1618

               SPECTROPOP - Spectacular! Retro! Pop!

There are 10 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Cowsills' We Can Fly
           From: Steven Prazak 
      2. Smile
           From: David Ponak 
      3. Re: research inquiry; All Night Workers
           From: Don H. 
      4. Re: Dickey's Rocky
           From: Bob Rashkow 
      5. Re: Smile and Smiley Smile
           From: Steven Prazak 
      6. Re: Benny Gordon
           From: Davie Gordon 
      7. Re: Dickey's Rocky
           From: mantanhattan 
      8. Amy Mala Bell labels
           From: Davie Gordon 
      9. Re: Duh! Sunshine Company distortion "meant to be there"!!!
           From: Art Longmire 
     10. Jack Nitzsche at Spectropop update
           From: Martin Roberts 

Message: 1 Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2004 11:37:34 -0400 From: Steven Prazak Subject: Cowsills' We Can Fly Just picked a two-fer of the first two Cowsills elpees on CD and was amazed at the quality of the tunes and production of the second album, We Can Fly. What a progression from their first one! The liners, though, are pretty chintzy with the details. I'm assuming relatively few Cowsills actually play on the thing, but I just don't know. Can any S'popper fill me in on the musicians at work here? Steven Prazak Atlanta, GA -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2004 09:48:54 -0700 From: David Ponak Subject: Smile Okay, I've been lurking until now, but I can't stop myself from putting in my two cents on the Smile debate going on here. First off, yes, an "official" Smile sessions box set from Capitol would be a great thing, but let's face the facts: nearly all of that material has been released by subsequent reissues, box sets, and bootlegs. Most of us already have it (in great quality). The point of this reconstruction of Smile is to hear an approximation of the finished work, and they've done it masterfully. They've done the right thing by recreating Smile from scratch in the studio. Another "Pet Sounds Live" type release would have been a let down, and going back and trying to "finish" the original sessions with new performances would have been wrong, if not downright disastrous. Let's face it, we'll never "really" hear the real, completed Smile, but this new record is as close as we'll get, and it's a masterpiece in its own right. I've heard the finished record, and I have a feeling that even the biggest nay Sayers on this list will be changing their tune once they listen.... -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2004 18:37:39 -0000 From: Don H. Subject: Re: research inquiry; All Night Workers I have posted "Honey And Wine" by the All Night Workers to musica. Didn't know there were two groups with that name. DonNJ -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2004 15:33:36 EDT From: Bob Rashkow Subject: Re: Dickey's Rocky I've gotta tell you, I first heard Dickie Lee's "I Saw Linda Yesterday" in the 70's on a short-lived but very good oldies station here in Chicago, WFYR. This station DID play lots of the Top 30 stuff because this was sometime before the Age of Radio Buyouts. In fact they even had DJs but I dare say for the most part, most of them weren't required to have love for, or knowledge of, the music they were spinning (apologies to anyone on the group who may have DJ'd there at that time!!!); they just had to have pretty dynamic on-air voices. One of them, Curt Johnson, was a year ahead of me at high school in Skokie. Anyway now I've finally gotten to my point: I found out just how talented Lee is when I heard this record for the first time. I realized at that time that he didn't just sing sickies; that he could rock and roll too. This was long before I discovered that Dickie had his roots in rockabilly! Thanks. Bobster -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2004 11:29:56 -0400 From: Steven Prazak Subject: Re: Smile and Smiley Smile Mark Wirtz: > Has anybody involved in all these lively "Smile" debates considered > the fact that ALL classical music recordings/performances are "re- > performances" and newly generated recordings?... What a refreshing perspective! That concept actually elevates the Smile tunes to classic, or perhaps even "classical" status. And deservedly so from where I sit! Rob: > ...but does anyone else find Smiley Smile an interesting listen, > albeit somewhat frustrating? As a follow-up to the mighty Pet Sounds, "frustrating" barely scratches the surface. As an island unto itself, though, Smiley Smile is a fascinating and rewarding collection deserving of many repeat visits. Funny, though, as the unreleased Smile was deemed too weird by some of those in power and influence at the time, yet the released Smiley easily out-weirds it. Actually, the only lasting frustration I get out of Smiley Smile these days is its absurd brevity! Does it even crack 25 minutes? Steven Prazak Atlanta, GA -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2004 18:59:57 -0000 From: Davie Gordon Subject: Re: Benny Gordon Simon White wrote: > I'm appealing to Spectropoppers out there in the vain hope that one > of you will have some information on a gentleman called Benny > (sometimes Bennie and sometimes with "The Soul Brothers") Gordon ... > smaller labels including ... Estill which seems likely to have been > his own label... Does anyone have any info on him or the Estill label? I'm inclined to agree that Estill was his own label - if I remember rightly the Estill single was picked up by Jamie/Guyden for national release. The album, on Hot Biscuit (the only album on the label ?), is an elusive one, I've never seen a copy or even a scan of the cover. Since it was issued with no single I'd imagine its promotion was negligible. I have a partial discography of the man - I'll post it in the next day or so. I seem to remember him gaining the unfortunate accolade of "The Worst Soul Singer Ever" in Black Music, a much missed IPC priduced magazine from the seventies. Davie Gordon (no relation) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2004 20:04:18 -0000 From: mantanhattan Subject: Re: Dickey's Rocky Dickey Lee is a former Memphian and a graduate of Memphis State University where he also played football - a very good player, by the way. I have always mistakenly thought that Dickey Lee wrote "Patches". Boy was I surprised to learn that this was a Barry Mann-Larry Kobler penned hit. I was also surprised to learn that as far back as 1957 Dickey Lee was producing records alongside Cowboy Jack Clement at Sun: The Dickey Lee Page says he moved to Beaumont, Texas in 1962 and began writing country songs which is when he scored with George Jones' cover of his "She Thinks I Still Care" - a masterpiece of melody and lyrics. Songs approaching this calibre in any genre of music -but particularly in the field of Country- are few and far between. Heck -ol' Merle Haggard himself couldn't have written one better. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2004 19:08:22 -0000 From: Davie Gordon Subject: Amy Mala Bell labels Thought I'd draw your attention to the Yahoogroup I run devoted to the Amy-Mala-Bell group of labels which covers those labels and the multitude of labels they distributed. The URL is I'd particularly draw your attention to the files section where you'll find spreadsheets containining details of AMB group releases in matrix number order - useful for dating those mysterious one-off singles. It's still very much a work in progress but I'm quite pleased with progress so far. Davie -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2004 21:04:56 -0000 From: Art Longmire Subject: Re: Duh! Sunshine Company distortion "meant to be there"!!! Orion wrote: > Speaking of Rev-Ola, I purchased a CD from then by the group The > Sunshine Company. It sounds like it was made from LPs for sure, > as track 11 has the sound of the needle picking up and about 6 > or 7 seconds of distortion ... Dee: > ... "Track 11" is the song "I, To We, And Back Again." The "sound of > the needle picking up" and subsequent distortion is *meant* to be > there - it's on the original LP, and also on the Collectors' Choice > Sunshine Company CD (they did their own comp, with a slightly > different track listing). It's meant to mimic the "drop" of a > record onto a turntable and the beginning of a song . . . it's PART > OF THE RECORD . . . conceptual musical art from the 60's! ... Thanks for clearing that up, I have the Collector's Choice CD and always thought that the sound of the turntable was a mistake that had been left in! Art Longmire -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2004 08:00:54 +0100 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Jack Nitzsche at Spectropop update Currently a small queue of folk are pushing and jostling to visit The Jack I Knew page. First in line is Leslie Knauer, known particularly to our Australian, European and South African cousins for a pair of magnificent hits in the late 70s with the group Promises: I was made aware of Leslie via Sylvie Simmons' interview with Jack during which she quizzes him on producing the group Promises. I hunted around and found that the lead singer Leslie was happy to talk about the recording sessions and working with Jack: Before the previously un-broadcast sections of Karel Beer's radio interview are played on the site, the original is being repeated. Don't miss it: The links on the Previous Record of the Week page have been upgraded to include label scans. Catch up with what you've missed: Finally this week's ROTW is a musical treat in the form of the Ronettes' "Girls Can Tell". Not on CD, it's only release was on a UK album in the mid-seventies. It's great...and I'm not the only one that thinks so: Martin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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