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Spectropop - Digest Number 1622

               SPECTROPOP - Spectacular! Retro! Pop!

There are 5 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Eric Carmen - Marathon Man - awesome book
           From: Elliot Kendall 
      2. Re: All Night Workers
           From: Phil X Milstein 
      3. Re: Goffin and King's Honey and Wine
           From: Billy G. Spradlin 
      4. Landlord Corrections
           From: Al Cooper 
      5. Re: "98.6" and Keith
           From: Lyn Nuttall 

Message: 1 Date: Sat, 28 Aug 2004 01:56:25 EDT From: Elliot Kendall Subject: Eric Carmen - Marathon Man - awesome book I'll admit it, I'm a lurker. I scour the text of Spectropop to find topics of my liking or to discover a new release by some obscure, undiscovered 60s soft pop legend, rarely contributing commentary of my own -- but here's my shameless plug: ERIC CARMEN - Marathon Man is the new biography by Bernie Hogya and Ken Sharp, and no, I haven't nearly finished it, it's a whopping 432 pages! I'm still flipping through this thing, digging the various vintage Raspberries and Carmen photos and skipping around sampling the incredible stories from Eric, members of the Raspberries, Cyrus Erie, The Quick, his solo bands, rock & roll insiders, producers, roadies and industry cats. There's also a great section where Eric comments on every song he's ever written plus a comprehensive video and audio appendix. I'll save you the press release pitch, but suffice it to say that this thing is STELLAR and is highly recommended for any fan of melodies or vintage power pop. Both hardback (limited to 250 copies personally signed by Eric) and soft cover versions are available. (yep - I plunked down for the hardback.) It's only available online at Insanely great. -Elliot Kendall -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Sat, 28 Aug 2004 00:47:37 -0400 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: Re: All Night Workers S.J. Dibai wrote: > Finally, are these All Night Workers the same group that did the > early John Cale-Lou Reed (and Terry Phillips!) song "Why Don't You > Smile Now," covered in the UK by The Downliner's Sect? I know it by > The Sect, who did it as a rather ugly punker, but always wondered > what the original sounded like. Wonder no more, S.J. Now playing at musica is the All Night Workers' original version of the Cale-Reed-Vance-Philips grinder "Why Don't You Smile," aka "Why Don't You Smile Now?" It was released as Round Sound 1, a label believed to be one of the many subsidiaries of the Pickwick/ Design combine, from 1965, the tail end of the company's brief flirtation with doing legit (i.e., non-exploitation) sessions. Besides The Downliners Sect, the song was also recorded in a soul rendition by Donnie Burkes (Decca, 1967; anyone know anything about Burkes?), and in a Downlineresque version by San Diego's Crawdaddys (Voxx, 1979; flipped with a killer version of The VU's "There She Goes Again"; Mike Stax of Ugly Things fame was a later member of the group). All these versions are excellent. The DL Sect version is available in Rhino's Nuggets II box -- not coincidentally, as that collection was curated in part by Mr. Stax. Yeah, --Phil M. P.S. Mike McKay wrote: > As Bob Lind once said, I'm "running desperately behind" and trying to > catch up. I'd always seen that quote attributed to Country Paul. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Fri, 27 Aug 2004 22:06:00 -0000 From: Billy G. Spradlin Subject: Re: Goffin and King's Honey and Wine S.J. Dibai wrote: > Secondly, I'm assuming this is the same "Honey And Wine" that The > Hollies recorded for a rare EP track. If so, I haven't heard their > version--anyone know it? I first heard it on See For Miles aptly-named "Not The Hits Again!" collection of LP tracks and rarities. I think the CD is still in print. And it just turned up on the mammoth "The Long Road Home" box set. It's one of my favorite Hollies covers. While the group didn't have much "soul" in their voices they made it up with thier enthusiasm and harmonies. It's a shame it got buried on a EP and never released in the USA. Billy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Fri, 27 Aug 2004 17:30:53 EDT From: Al Cooper Subject: Landlord Corrections Patrick Rands: > I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on why the wonderful > soundtrack for the 1970 movie The Landlord by Al Kooper has not been > issued on CD? I really loved the film and Al and The Staple Singers > really do up the soundtrack perfectly. A couple of the tracks it > looks like were released on the Easy Does It album ... quote from AMG: > "The set kicks off with the youthfully optimistic rocker "Brand New > Day." This is the first of two tracks Kooper used in his score for Hal > Ashby's directorial cinematic debut, The Landlord, a highly affable > counterculture classic starring Beau Bridges. The haunting "The > Landlord Love Theme" is also included" Brand New Day on Easy Does It was re-recorded for that album. That version does not appear in The Landlord. The Love Theme from The Landlord was sampled by JayZ two albums back and helped get my master bath renovated. > ...the Love Theme also appears on Rare & Well Done: The Greatest and > Rarest...) but even that album apparently is only available on CD in > Japan (is that true?). Rare & Well Done was released in the US in 2001 and to my knowledge is still in print. The soundtrack from The Landlord is my only album not on CD somewhere in the world. What is taking the Japanese so long???? -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Sat, 28 Aug 2004 10:41:56 -0000 From: Lyn Nuttall Subject: Re: "98.6" and Keith C. Ponti: > I was just reminiscing about what a unique song "98.6" I loved that song, pure blissful pop, played my copy almost to destruction at the time (both sides because I loved the B-side, Artie Wayne's "Teenybopper Song", almost as much) and I agree with everything you say about it. I kinda liked Keith's subsequent "Daylight Saving Time" too; it was in a similar vein, but not as well known. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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