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Spectropop - Digest Number 1784

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There are 4 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: France Gall
           From: Frank 
      2. The Hidden Cameras
           From: Mark Wirtz 
      3. Danceland posters; Girls from Bahia; Alan Boyd/Peter Lacey
           From: Country Paul 
      4. Re: Who Killed Teddy Bear / the b-side / Ahmet Ertegun at Atlantic
           From: Claire Francis 

Message: 1 Date: Mon, 03 Jan 2005 12:02:22 +0100 From: Frank Subject: Re: France Gall Julio Nio: > Hola Frank, theres a great CD with a collection of France Galls > songs in German issued between 1968 and 1972 in Decca. It was > released in 1998. France looks beautiful in the picture on the cover > of the CD, like a sleepless child with sexy raccoon bags under her > eyes. Hola Julio, thanks for the tip, I'll try and see if I can locate it somewhere. John H: > I've loved France Gall's 60s stuff for a few years now, but there > seems to have been a period between those and her Michel Berger > stuff that I can't locate anywhere. Among the singles from this time > was "Zoi Zoi," and I've heard such great things about it that I > can't wait to hear it. Is it on any currently-in-print compilations? I have not checked this particular track (but I will) but all of her recordings have now been compiled. There are two major compilations: all of her Yy period on a box set released by Universal, and all of her later work with Michel Berger at Warner's on a huge deluxe compilation just released before Xmas. Phil M: > What sort of thing does she do with her life these days? She's busy looking after Michel Berger extremely active song catalogue. And she spends her life between Paris and a beautiful house she owns in Africa. She will most likely begin working on a never released Michel Berger musical which should be staged in 2006. Dave Monroe: > In the meatime, it strikes me that, while her contemporaries were > busy rerecording English, German, Spanish and Italian lyrics over > their backing tracks (and Sylvie Vartan had at least one nice 60s > single available only in Japanese), FG only seems to have recorded > in French or German, and, again, I can recall only one crossover > point, and evern there over a new arrangement/recording. Can > anyone confim that for me? Thanks Dave. I'll ask her about her foreign tracks when she gets back from holidays. Frank -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Mon, 03 Jan 2005 14:11:16 -0000 From: Mark Wirtz Subject: The Hidden Cameras Since good old uncle Phil is our patron saint, this must be the right place to ask -- has anybody here heard the new HIDDEN CAMERA "Rough Trade" album yet? Supposed to be more Spector-like than Spector. I'm curious. I-Tunes doesn't have it posted yet. Best, Mark W. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2005 09:16:28 -0500 From: Country Paul Subject: Danceland posters; Girls from Bahia; Alan Boyd/Peter Lacey Laura Pinto, Subject: Don Kirshner: Return of the Hit Man: > Here's the link to a recent writeup on Don Kirshner from > the Washington Post: Fascinating. The big question: would you buy shares at 8 cents each in his new company? The idea appeals to me.... Phil X Milstein on Danceland Ballroom posters: > A friend of mine recently forwarded to me a link to a website > featuring some amazing, hand-painted, one of a kind* posters for mid- > '60s pop concerts, all of them for the Danceland Ballroom in Cedar > Rapids, Iowa.... Headliners depicted include....Ersel Hickey opening > for Del Shannon, fer cryinoutloud! And you'll gag -- or at least sigh > -- at the kinds of admission prices they were charging for these shows: > Wow! I really got lost in those posters! Maybe Iowa was a cooler place than we thought. The Shannon/Hickey bill rocks, and so many others - for $1.50 per gig?!? Of course, my allowance at the time was about that per week.... Kurt Luchs Re: The Girls From Bahia (Americanized Bossa Nova): > Did you know that Sem Sinatra has the whole "!Revolucion con Brasilia! > The Exciting New Sounds of The Girls From Bahia" LP on his site in mp3 > format at: Sem Sinatra's Solar System Of Sound: > Sorta bland accompaniment, but those vocals! "Berimbau" is a particular treat. (As most of you already know, Dion & The Belmonts did a very fine version of ABC as well, perfectly suited to his scat stylings.) Susan, re: Alan Boyd: > I'll post it again for those who missed it first time around - > is his webpage, but you can order > by emailing .Alan's music is very Beach > Boys-esque, but it goes beyond that.... I do like this album, but it is as it proclaims a lot of snippets, convention promos, and directly derivative Beach Boys and Brian tributes. But it IS a lot of fun and well worth hearing. I also ordered up the new Peter Lacey CD at There is much Brian-derived here, but Lacey is also working more in his own voice, one that sounds a lot like Paul McCartney in certain ranges. The first track is the best to my ears, but it's a worthwhile listen. I now have three of his four albums, and there are standouts on each. Both these guys are certainly "favorite sons" among the "children of Brian." More soon - gotta go to work! Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2005 09:42:12 EST From: Claire Francis Subject: Re: Who Killed Teddy Bear / the b-side / Ahmet Ertegun at Atlantic Thanks Davie, Thanks for your help. I really appreciate the time you took to answer the question about who is the artist on "Who Killed Teddy Bear" filmtrack. Say hello to Al Kasha for me, it was great recording his song, even if my version wasn't in the film. I was really lucky to have my song on the B side of that production. Hearing "Some Someday" again for the first time in ages was great, and I found a place for this song in the film score to my own screenplay, based on my book "A Song For Every Journey" copyright 1981-2004. I was always a believer in fate....I guess Some Someday was meant to be heard again. I don't think that song was ever posted to Musica, but if it gets there, I hope you enjoy it. It's a sweet story about a girl who gets her heart broken, and her Mother telling her daughter "Some someday you'll see him again my child"....which is exactly what happened in my case. My website tells it all!! Here is the information on the Polydor record of "Who Killed Teddy Bear": The date on the record says 1966. The record number says BM56048A on the WKTB side-Schroedere Music. The b side number says BM56048B - "Some Someday"-Tudor Music. The date of 1/21/1966 is handwritten in red on the WKTB. Martin sent this photo to me of my label. It might be that he wrote the date down when the record was actually released. As far as Atlantic switching to Polydor in 1966, March...that coinsides with the trip that I took to New York on behalf of Polydor to visit Atlantic and meet with Ahmet Ertegun. I had an appointment with him and played him a stack of records that were on Polydor. The goal of that meeting was to get Atlantic to switch to Polydor in the U.K. It worked!! Thanks for all the time and energy. Let me know what you find out. Love & Light, Claire Francis -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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