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Spectropop - Digest Number 1860

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There are 17 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Canadian music regulations/Cameo-Parkway
           From: Will Stos 
      2. Re: Ray Stevens
           From: Stephanie 
      3. Re: Ray Stevens
           From: Lyn Nuttall 
      4. The Mirwood Soul Story
           From: S'pop Projects 
      5. Re: And More Again
           From: Phil X Milstein 
      6. Canadian Oldies on Radio
           From: Paul Urbahns 
      7. Ray Stevens and John D. Loudermilk
           From: Skip Woolwine 
      8. Re: And More Again
           From: Norman D 
      9. Re: Chris Curtis
           From: John Kenneth Stewart 
     10. Re: "Stay With Me"
           From: Susan Lang 
     11. RIP Martin Denny
           From: Eddy Smit 
     12. Re: Ray Stevens
           From: Ingemar Gustafsson 
     13. Re: The Austin Roberts
           From: Martin Nathan 
     14. Henry Stone, Founder of TK Records, Offering Previously Unreleased Masters on CD
           From: Henry Stone 
     15. Angelettes request
           From: Mark Frumento 
     16. Re: Ray Stevens
           From: John Henderson 
     17. Re: Ray Stevens
           From: Rodney Rawlings 

Message: 1 Date: Mon, 07 Mar 2005 00:13:03 -0000 From: Will Stos Subject: Re: Canadian music regulations/Cameo-Parkway John Henderson wrote: > It should be noted that the mandate is now 35% and will soon > become 40% if the CRTC has it's way ... and it usually does. The funny thing about the content regulations is that while they were essential for getting some Canadian artists on the map, now most radio stations only play the well-known artists that have made it internationally (a few exceptions like the Tragically Hip, Our Lady Peace, SoulDecsion, etc). I wonder if they're worth it anymore. For all of you Spectropoppers around the world, I'd be interested to know if your countries have content rules to support domestic artists, when they came into effect, and how much it helped the local industry. I read something a while ago about an Australian or New Zealand Music video program that adopted a domestic-artist content rule. Initially it meant the show had a lot of bad covers or poorly produced videos, but then they started to improve as the artists became popular. I also wonder whether bands that benefit from these rules adopted the popular international sounds of the time or catered to local variants. I know about 10 years ago there was a First Nations (native) singer name Susan Aglooklark who had a big pop hit here that might have missed radio if the content rules weren't in place. As for the Cameo-Parkway release, I can only say it's about time! I wonder if ABCKO has any plans to release best-of comps by some of its artists? I also wonder what finally pushed them to do a release? I wonder if all the file-sharing and foreign grey-market releases convinced them they were missing out? Will : ) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Mon, 07 Mar 2005 22:44:52 -0000 From: Stephanie Subject: Re: Ray Stevens I totally agree, Unwind is my favorite record by Ray Stevens and I wish it had charted much higher it deserved to it was one of his finest moments. What he did with Misty was awesome. I like the novelty stuff but he is so much better in a serious mode. Stephanie -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Tue, 08 Mar 2005 07:26:26 -0000 From: Lyn Nuttall Subject: Re: Ray Stevens Austin mentioned 'Misty'. For me, this clinches it when summing up the brilliance of Ray Stevens: the musicality, the wit, and the pleasantly surprising territory he takes the song into! Joyful stuff, still makes me smile every time I play it. Lyn -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Tue, 8 Mar 2005 08:32:27 -0000 From: S'pop Projects Subject: The Mirwood Soul Story New @ S'pop Recommends: The Mirwood Soul Story reviewed by Simon White An excerpt: M & Ms? Little round things, sweet and sometimes a bit nutty. And they come in different colours too. Motown and Mirwood. Little round records, some sweet and some nutty. Very nutty sometimes . . . Next time you have to explain Northern Soul to someone, how about you play them the Four Tops' "It's The Same Old Song" and then play them the Olympics' Mirwood recording "The Same Old Thing"? The similarities between them are remarkable, but the differences are what make Northern Soul what it is. And while Motown is the cornerstone of the Northern sound, arguably there's no Northern Soul without Mirwood. My real introduction to Northern Soul was Mirwood, and it remains my favourite label to this day. And here for the first time the logo really gets the reissue it deserves. Full review: Read, enjoy, discuss. The S'pop Team -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Mon, 07 Mar 2005 17:17:07 -0800 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: Re: And More Again Country Paul wrote: > Incidentally, I love the way the lyric opens with "And ..." -- > something about that strikes me as incredibly poetic. Another track > with the same lyrical device is the late '60s masterpiece by The > Wildweeds, "And When She Smiles" (Vanguard). There's also a track on > Rust (late '60s) by The Crescent Six called (I think) "And Then," > which is a jumbled psychedelic mess with rare moments that show what > it might have been. And leave us not forget that one of our leading standards, "My Way," also begins mid-sentence. And now the end is here, --Phil M. -- Cover Art Gallery: lotsa new posts: -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Mon, 07 Mar 2005 22:01:37 +0000 From: Paul Urbahns Subject: Canadian Oldies on Radio John wrote: > It should be noted that the mandate is now 35% and will soon become > 40% if the CRTC has it's way ... and it usually does. I am kinda glad it is that way, as I was driving through Canada for two days last fall on vacation and was glad to hear some Canadian oldies on the radio. Stuff that I would not have heard in the states. I am not talking about Ann Murry stuiff there were good artists that I had never heard of before. Unfortunately, I looked at the record shops and did not see anything out of the usual. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Mon, 7 Mar 2005 12:22:09 -0600 From: Skip Woolwine Subject: Ray Stevens and John D. Loudermilk Mike Rashkow said: > Also, at the risk of being laughed out of the group, I had reason > to go back and listen to Ray Stevens. I have always had a high > opinion of his work, but after a long time without hearing his stuff, > I was moved to see if there are others out there who also think he > was underrated and under-appreciated. Ray Stevens' (Ray Ragsdale) "Everything is Beautiful" won a Grammy, too. A girl I dated in high school (and later, my wife's roommate) was in Nashville's Oak Hill School 2nd-grade class who sang on the intro. It's a small world after all. Another brush with greatness: John D. Loudermilk's son, John D. III, and I were best friends in 6th grade. He, his 2 brothers Rick and Mike, and their recently-divorced mom moved into a house just a couple of doors down, and rode the same school bus as I did. I remember the first day of school, the teacher went around the room and asked each student "What does your Daddy do?" Johnny replied, "nuthin'". I had no idea who his dad was, until "Indian Reservation" by Paul Revere & the Raiders came on the radio one afternoon, and he told me "that's my daddy's song." Where are they today? I know Mike is an incredibly hot lead guitar-player and has toured with major A-list country acts out of Nashville. Rick, I'm not sure. Johnny was a friend of Dobie Gray's and used to own a recording studio in Nashville, but moved to North Carolina to produce custom recordings, and I've lost touch. And where is John D. Loudermilk, the tunesmith-deity, living these days? We could not figure out how to contact him when Gene Hughes of the Casinos passed away, and since JDL had written Gene's signature "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye", we wanted him to attend the tribute show... Skip Woolwine -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Tue, 8 Mar 2005 06:36:26 -0800 (PST) From: Norman D Subject: Re: And More Again Country Paul wrote: > Incidentally, I love the way the lyric opens with "And ..." -- > something about that strikes me as incredibly poetic. "And when I see the sign that Points one way ..." Norman D. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Tue, 8 Mar 2005 01:10:12 -0000 From: John Kenneth Stewart Subject: Re: Chris Curtis previously: "The 12-string especially make it sound somewhat Byrds like ..." To be pedantic, it's the other way around -- The Searchers were sounding "Byrds-like" for years before The Byrds existed. JS -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Mon, 7 Mar 2005 19:48:08 EST From: Susan Lang Subject: Re: "Stay With Me" John Fox wrote: > "Say, what's your name again?" is one of the all-time great lines in a > rock song, especially since he mentions her name earlier in the song. I took a whole lotta shit for liking that song back in the day ... and I took it gladly, because it's just SUCH a great song. My only regret is that even though I'm a singer, I am all about men. So I could not, and cannot, justify singing it myself, and I've yet to find a band or bandmates who are willing to take it on... ;-) Susan -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Tue, 8 Mar 2005 11:47:52 +0100 From: Eddy Smit Subject: RIP Martin Denny HONOLULU, Hawaii (AP) -- Martin Denny, who recorded 38 albums that defined a genre of tropical mood music, dubbed "Exotica," which reflected tiki lounge culture, died Wednesday, his daughter said. He was 93. Denny created a sound that he described as a fusion of Asian, South Pacific, American jazz, Latin American and classical. His relaxing compositions were frequently punctuated by wildlife nature sounds. Denny's original "Exotica" album was recorded in 1956. Several albums by Denny played off the Exotica theme, such as "Exotic Sounds from the Silver Screen," "Exotic Sounds Visit Broadway," "Exotic Percussion" and "Exotica Classica." His other albums include "Forbidden Island," "Primitiva," "Hypnotique," "Afro-Desia," "The Enchanted Sea," "Romantica" and "Hawaii Goes A-Go-Go!" Born in 1911 in New York City, Denny studied piano as a child, and as a young man toured South America with a six-piece band, picking up the Latin elements that would later influence his Exotica sound. During the 1950s and '60s, Denny was a fixture in Waikiki. His music was rediscovered by a new generation of fans in the 1990s, when most of his early catalog was reissued on CD. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Tue, 8 Mar 2005 13:54:40 +0100 From: Ingemar Gustafsson Subject: Re: Ray Stevens A friend of mine played me a song by Ray Stevens called "Surfin U.S.S.R". It was a good Beach Boys style song. Does anyone know if it's easy available? Ingemar -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Mon, 7 Mar 2005 13:06:32 -0800 (PST) From: Martin Nathan Subject: Re: The Austin Roberts Austin Roberts wrote: > Ray Stevens was and still is one of a kind. From "Ahab The Arab" > to "Everything is Beautiful" and many more, he's one of the most > original artist/writers I know. Are you "the" Austin Roberts? If so, I want you to know I've always enjoyed your songs. I've have the minor hit "Mary And Me", but my favorite song by you is "One Word"-- that song didn't do very well, I only heard it once on the radio, but I found the 45 and I won't part with it. The song has a great groove to it. MN -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Tue, 8 Mar 2005 13:45:57 EST From: Henry Stone Subject: Henry Stone, Founder of TK Records, Offering Previously Unreleased Masters on CD Hello, My name is Henry Stone, founder of many record labels including Marlin, Dade, Alston, Chart, and the world-famous T. K. Records where KC and the Sunshine band got their start. I have recently opened up a new webstore and am re-releasing some of my earliest material from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, including the Weird World of Blowfly. There are many great artists from that era that I recorded, including Steve Alaimo, Sam & Dave, Benny Latimore, J. P. Robinson, Earl Hooker, Little Sam Davis and many, many others. If you are interested in some great Funk, R&B, and Rock & Roll from the early days, please check out Many of these have never been released in album form, and almost all of them have been out of circulation for decades, so this is an excellent opportunity to pick up some great music that is otherwise nearly unavailable or very expensive. I will be releasing more of the classics as I get them remastered. Plus, I am releasing some new, modern material, but with that same special Henry Stone sound! Once again, the website is: I hope that you will come by and enjoy some gems from days gone by. Sincerely, Henry Stone Henry Stone Music, Inc. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Tue, 08 Mar 2005 11:47:36 -0000 From: Mark Frumento Subject: Angelettes request Does anyone have a copy of the Angelettes' "Goodbye Jon" (B-side of "I Surrender," on Mooncrest) they'd be willing to share (via MP3)? My copy of the single is a promo. I'm asking for a friend who is after that song. Please contact me offlist. Thanks. Mark F. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Mon, 07 Mar 2005 22:50:54 -0000 From: John Henderson Subject: Re: Ray Stevens Ray's version of Sunday Morning Coming Down, which I believe he produced, is truly a masterpiece -- so close to overproduction but just right! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 17 Date: Tue, 08 Mar 2005 18:00:49 -0000 From: Rodney Rawlings Subject: Re: Ray Stevens Lyn: > Austin mentioned 'Misty'. For me, this clinches it when summing up > the brilliance of Ray Stevens: the musicality, the wit, and the > pleasantly surprising territory he takes the song into! Joyful stuff, > still makes me smile every time I play it. A couple of years ago, I wrote this to someone about Ray's MISTY: That Ray Stevens MISTY is the strangest version of the song I have ever heard. I have to wonder whether it too was a joke, especially when he says "a thousand violins begin to play" and we get a rollicking country fiddle! Just in passing--I love it. Somehow the sentimental romanticism of this tune still shines through! Rodney Rawlings Later, I wrote to the man himself: Ray, I just listened once again to MISTY. Of course, there is a great, subtle humor in the treatment you have given this romantic song. But, what this wonderful record has made me see is something few people seem to realize: Ray Stevens is not about comedy--he is, above all, about MUSIC. Rodney Rawlings -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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