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Spectropop - Digest Number 1905

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There are 21 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Claire Francis
           From: Eddy 
      2. Re: "You're So Good To Me" Covers
           From: S.J. Dibai 
      3. Oldies Topping The UK Charts
           From: S.J. Dibai 
      4. Re: The Hollies' "Stop! Stop! Stop!" album
           From: S.J. Dibai 
      5. Re: Digest Number 1904
           From: Frank Murphy 
      6. Eddie Detroit
           From: John Briggs 
      7. Jack Nitzsche
           From: S'pop Projects 
      8. Re: East/West Pipeline
           From: Matthew David 
      9. Re: Oldies Topping The UK Charts
           From: Clark Besch 
     10. Re: Claire Francis & UK Bonds
           From: Anthony Parsons 
     11. "Evergreen" by John Perry
           From: ACJ 
     12. Re: The Hollies' "Stop! Stop! Stop!" album
           From: Bill Mulvy 
     13. Re: Oldies Topping The UK Charts
           From: Norm D Plume 
     14. Re: Oldies Topping The UK Charts
           From: Dave Monroe 
     15. Re: East/West Pipeline
           From: Mikey 
     16. Re: Honey Ltd & Jack Nitzsche
           From: Frank Jastfelder 
     17. Court Rejects Hallyday Request for Tapes
           From: Phil X Milstein 
     18. New Donna Marie CD - Morning Prayer
           From: Laura Pinto 
     19. Johnnie Johnson, RIP
           From: James Cassidy 
     20. Solomon King / Levi Jackson / Allen Levy
           From: Mick Patrick 
     21. "Hearing Is Believing"; Beatniks and Concierges
           From: Julio Niño 

Message: 1 Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2005 14:08:02 +0200 From: Eddy Subject: Claire Francis At this time of both mental and physical recovery for Claire, it is my great pleasure to announce the discovery of another original Claire Francis Production : UK Bonds - The world is watchin' us c/w I said goodbye to the blues - Polydor BM 56061 Except for the fact that the group originates from Birmingham, I have no further info on them. In the meantime, you can check out the songs at Labels can be viewed at Eddy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2005 20:14:40 -0000 From: S.J. Dibai Subject: Re: "You're So Good To Me" Covers Paul Richards: > I've got a rather nice version of 'You're So Good To Me' by the > fantastic UK harmony group 'Design' that was released as a single > in '76. I'll post it to musica if you like. That would be great, if that's eligible for musica, and when some space opens up there. Thanks, S.J. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2005 20:20:52 -0000 From: S.J. Dibai Subject: Oldies Topping The UK Charts Mick Patrick: > Not that I particularly like the record, but I think it's worth > noting that the Number One record in the UK at the moment is Tony > Christie's 34-year-old version of "Is This The Way To Amarillo?" This notice has piqued my curiosity. Why is that these days, so many oldies are topping the UK charts? I have been reading about Elvis singles being reissued in limited quantities over there and going to #1 like crazy. Now this. Can anyone offer some insight? S.J. Dibai -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2005 20:36:19 -0000 From: S.J. Dibai Subject: Re: The Hollies' "Stop! Stop! Stop!" album Brent Cash: > I think this LP is borderline perfection. Every cut is strong, > unique and varied. Any of them could've been an A side on a single. > There is some brilliant listening on the Butterfly (UK)/Dear Eloise > (US) albums as well as the UK "In The Hollies Style" and the > patchwork Imperial LP's, but as a whole, this album is the one that > completely delivers the goods (from an A-1 "singles" band) on a > full length platter. To me, this album marked the moment that they fully came into their own as songwriters and became focused on making albums that were intended as artistic statements in and of themselves. "Stop! Stop! Stop!" ("For Certain Because") is a thoroughly strong album which includes one of my all-time favorite Hollies tunes, "Tell Me To My Face." It should have been a single; its commerciality was proven when Keith's bizzaro cover became a hit. "Pay You Back With Interest" was, however, a wise choice for a single that was apparently not supposed to be a single in the first place. I must say, though, that I like the US version of "Evolution" even better than "Stop! Stop! Stop." It showed the group getting even more experimental without going overboard (as I feel they did on the "Butterfly" album) and I think the US version improved on the UK version by cutting out the fat and adding "Carrie Anne." S.J. Dibai -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2005 23:45:16 +0100 From: Frank Murphy Subject: Re: Digest Number 1904 Laura Pinto: > Have you ever heard ("Is This The Way To Amarillo?") song by Neil > (Sedaka) himself? I admit I'm biased; I like Neil's version much > better than Tony's. Yeah but can you do The Slosh to it? FrankM -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2005 22:50:20 -0000 From: John Briggs Subject: Eddie Detroit Kurt Benbenek wrote: > Many moons ago, while browsing through albums at a used record > store, I met a guy who called himself "Eddie Detroit" - he claimed > to have played drums for the Mamas and Papas at the Monterey Pop > Festival - I'd always meant to check out his claim, and now seems > to be the perfect time. "Eddie Detroit" was his nickname and he > also told me he was involved in a few garage bands in Michigan. He > seemed completely legit. Does anyone know about this guy or was he > just pulling my leg? Eddie Detroit? I think it might be Eddie Hoh. Could be he played Monterey with the Mamas and the Papas. I think Eddie was from Detroit. Played on a LOT of LA sessions back then. Notably Monkees/ Nesmith. An early drummer with the Flying Burrito Brothers too. I've heard he left the employ of the Burrito Brothers as he "partied" too hard.... Who better to pass judgment that Gram Parsons.... who ought to know something about partying to excess... -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2005 00:57:06 +0100 From: S'pop Projects Subject: Jack Nitzsche New @ S'pop Recommends "The Jack Nitzsche Story: Hearing Is Believing, 1962-1979" by David A. Young An excerpt: For me, the centerpiece of the album is Lou Christie's even-more- theatrical-than-usual "Wild Life's in Season". Recorded a few months after "River Deep - Mountain High", it sports several parallels with that classic (which wasn't available for this compilation). Christie sings his furry ass off like never before or since, lending gale force to an already strong song, which, like "River Deep", comprises several themes. The frenetic and relentless sonic effect of two such over-the-top talents as Christie and Nitzsche combining forces is almost more than one can bear. One has to marvel that all that drama ever got squeezed onto one little seven-inch piece of plastic. For the full review, click here: Enjoy, The S'pop Team -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2005 23:44:58 -0000 From: Matthew David Subject: Re: East/West Pipeline Max Weiner writes: > For anybody out there that might remember this, from the soundtrack > of the movie "Angels Die Hard", there was a song in there called > "Kern County LIne", by the East/West Pipeline. I have not seen that > soundtrack in years, can anyone tell me if the E/W/P ever made an > album or is that song available anywhere else besides the > soundtrack? The soundtrack doesn't appear to be available anywhere. The ANGELS DIE HARD soundtrack on UNI contains the only commercially released East-West Pipeline recordings. They also did the soundtrack for another biker flick (BURY ME AN ANGEL) but no album was released. The band was originally from Denver, then moved to California in 1969. Changed their name from Magic Myce/Majic when they moved out west, later changing it again in the early 70's to Bedlam. Their guitarist Bill Cone was previously in The Moonrakers, who have been discussed here recently. Later on, he acted in the horror movie classic PHANTASM. Matthew David -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2005 04:37:06 -0000 From: Clark Besch Subject: Re: Oldies Topping The UK Charts S.J. Dibai wrote: > Why is that these days, so many oldies are topping the UK charts? I > have been reading about Elvis singles being reissued in limited > quantities over there and going to #1 like crazy. Now this. Can > anyone offer some insight? It happens some here in the US, but is pretty common for some time the the UK. If the US music scene on radio wasn't so BAD, it might happen here too?? Yeah, Elvis went to #1 on some anniversary early this year in UK, but songs re-charted even in the 60's. "Yesterday" was never released as a 45 in the UK in 65, but went to #1 in the mid 70's!! Clark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2005 23:39:27 -0500 From: Anthony Parsons Subject: Re: Claire Francis & UK Bonds Eddy: > ... it is my great pleasure to announce the discovery of another > original Claire Francis Production: UK Bonds - The world is > watchin' us c/w I said goodbye to the blues - Polydor BM 56061 > Except for the fact that the group originates from Birmingham, I > have no further info on them. Is this the same "World Is Watchin' Us" that Patty Duke recorded on her 2nd LP? If so, I'd be highly interested in hearing it. Actually, I'd probably be interested in hearing it even if it isn't. Love and light to Claire for a speedy recovery! Sincerely, Antone -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2005 01:28:14 -0400 From: ACJ Subject: "Evergreen" by John Perry Does anyone out there know who wrote and published the song "Evergreen" recorded by John Perry? If so, please send me this info off-list. Thanks. ACJ "Optimism works. It is more useful than pessimism." - E.Y. Harburg -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2005 19:41:35 -0500 From: Bill Mulvy Subject: Re: The Hollies' "Stop! Stop! Stop!" album "Tell Me To My Face" is a great song that never appears on any Hollies greatest hits CDs even though it was on a major greatest hits LP in the sixties. What's up with that? FYI "The Hollies 30th Anniversary Greatest Hits" album features remixed versions of the songs which improves their impact. "Bus Stop" is stunning with the vocals on both channels while retaining the stereo separation on the instruments. "I Can't Let Go" is great as well. The b-sides are also in stereo for the first time on this collection. This is similar to what was done on the new "Yellow Submarine" soundtrack album where the song "Hey Bulldog" was dramatically improved. Purists won't like it, but I for one, never listen to the "original versions" of those songs anymore. Bill Mulvy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2005 00:49:56 -0700 (PDT) From: Norm D Plume Subject: Re: Oldies Topping The UK Charts S.J. Dibai wrote: > ... Why is that these days, so many oldies are topping the UK > charts? I have been reading about Elvis singles being reissued in > limited quantities over there and going to #1 like crazy. Now this. > Can anyone offer some insight? I'm sure there'll be more technical replies than mine from those UK Poppers who have current music biz links, which I'd be interested to read, too. It doesn't take too many sales for a record to make the charts, and even to make the hallowed No. 1 slot. Tony Christie might be a bit different. This is a new version, featuring a very popular (and extremely funny) ccomedian, Peter Kay, and is also a charity raiser for Comic Relief. It got extensive TV play and was a centre- piece of the tv telethon. Some 15 years ago, for example, a similar record was Cliff Richard's re-recording of "Living Doll" with artists of a very popular TV cmedy of the time; also for the same cause. Elvis I'm less clear about. I know it started off as a 50th- anniversary of Elvis' first hit, and it's followed from there. It looks like the old cash cow's milk is really flowing..... new formats, short-release collectibles, etc. The King Lives!! (well, he's kept alive....) A lot of old records are used as tv adverts, as we well know. These get re-released (often the originals) and make it to the top. Sometime in the 1980's, we had the top three slots of "Stand By Me" (Ben E. King, ad tie-in); When A Man Loves A Woman" (Percy Sledge, ad tie-in); Aretha Franklin (new recording, duo with George Michael). Whichever way you look at it, stuff like that is just 60's heaven, or crass commercialism dreamed up by ad industry post-modernists. A lot of increasingly oscure music tracks are used as advert music. I recently spotted Prof. Longhair's "Big Chief" and once heard a Charlie Mingus groover. Buggered if I can remember what they were advertising, though. Norm D. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2005 08:32:34 -0700 (PDT) From: Dave Monroe Subject: Re: Oldies Topping The UK Charts S.J. Dibai wrote: > Why is that these days, so many oldies are topping the UK charts? I > have been reading about Elvis singles being reissued in limited > quantities over there and going to #1 like crazy. Now this. Can > anyone offer some insight? I recall that The Clash had their first and only number one a decade or so after the fact when "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" was featured in a UK Levi's commericial. In the past year or so--and I don't know if it topped the charts or not, I'm hardly a chart watcher (indeed, I'm a big fan of NO hit wonders), but I do belive it charted, and well--I was spinning "The Who Who Song" by Jackie Wilson when a British friend asked what it was, as it had been in a KFC ad there. I have a feeling there's alot of that going on there. I do also recall Booker T and The MG's' "Green Onions" reentering the charts ca. 1980 as a result of the then-current mod revival. I imagine also that television/movie soundtrack placement might well be a factor. But there does indeed seem to be a pronounced usceptibility there to "the return of the repressed" (with apologies to Sigmund Freud). -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2005 07:57:33 -0400 From: Mikey Subject: Re: East/West Pipeline Let me add to Max's reply. The Ventures actually did a version of "Kern County Line" on a 45. Mikey -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2005 14:59:02 +0200 From: Frank Jastfelder Subject: Re: Honey Ltd & Jack Nitzsche Mick Patrick: > Wouldn't it be cool to see the (Honey Ltd)'s hideously rare LHI > album out on CD? Does anyone out there actually own a copy of the > LP? If so, shout up, 'cos we'd all like to know more about it. In > the meantime, I've posted one of their tracks to musica. Details > are: Honey Ltd with intro by Lee Hazlewood "Louie, Louie" (LHI > 1216, 1968); Written by Richard Berry; Arranged and Conducted by > Jack Nitzsche; Produced by Lee Hazlewood, In Association with Donnie > Owens. Enjoy: Lee is sooo cool. Thank you for this lascivious version. This sure would be a contender for the second volume of "Hearing Is Believing". BTW Mick I bought the CD a few days ago and noticed your involvement. Just by browsing through the booklet my appetite was already wetted. Hope I find the time during the next days to read and listen. Frank Jastfelder P.S.: The picture of his phonebook is worth the price alone. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 17 Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2005 17:32:58 -0800 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: Court Rejects Hallyday Request for Tapes Spotted an interesting item about Johnny Hallyday on the AP newswire today. (I'd post it as a link, but the site I got it from requires registration, and anyway their URLs change after a few days.) The last paragraph seems especially galling (if you'll pardon the unintentional pun), and I'd be curious to hear the details, if anyone knows them. --Phil M. ----- Court Rejects Hallyday Request for Tapes by The Associated Press April 12, 2005 Paris -- An appeals court rejected an effort by French rock star Johnny Hallyday to recover the master tapes of his recordings from Universal Music Group. The ruling by the Paris court Tuesday marked a victory for the record label, which had argued in court that a restitution to Hallyday would set a "dangerous" precedent in the music industry. France has closely followed the legal battle by Hallyday, 61, who broke off his contract with the label in January 2004. He is an icon in France, recognized for his piercing blue eyes and guttural singing voice. Neither Hallyday nor his lawyers appeared in court for Tuesday's decision, and it wasn't immediately clear whether the singer planned to appeal. The ruling overturned an August decision by a Paris labor tribunal ordering Universal to hand back all master tapes that Hallyday recorded during his four-decade career. Hallyday, born Jean-Philippe Smet, still has to produce one final album for Universal by the end of the year, when the contract with the label will end, according to Tuesday's ruling. He will also be required to help market the album. Universal, a unit of French media and telecommunications company Vivendi Universal SA, can also continue to sell Hallyday's albums made since 1961, the court said. Under the ruling, Hallyday will be able to record and market new versions of his songs -- including past hits -- with another label after the contract is up. However, a new label would be required to pay a fee to Universal, which owns the rights to Hallyday's songs. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 18 Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2005 18:04:57 -0000 From: Laura Pinto Subject: New Donna Marie CD - Morning Prayer Hi folks, The lovely and talented Donna Marie, formerly of the Archies (and a Spectropop member), has just released a new CD of Christian music. This collection, "Morning Prayer," is available through the Morning Prayer Music website. To read the inspirations behind the songs, listen to audio samples, and purchase the CD, just visit . For more info on Donna Marie's career during the 60's and early 70's, up to and including her tenure with The Archies, you can check out her official fan site at . Thanks, Laura -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 19 Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2005 15:50:34 -0400 From: James Cassidy Subject: Johnnie Johnson, RIP I'm sad to report that one of the true giants of early rock 'n' roll, pianist Johnnie Johnson, has died at age 80. His role in creating Chuck Berry's hits may be disputed, but there is no doubt about his ability to rock the 88's. While his greatest work falls outside the realm of Spectropop, he was certainly hugely influential to many of the artists of that era, although he never received as much recognition as he deserved. The CNN obit: Jim Cassidy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 20 Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2005 21:42:43 +0100 From: Mick Patrick Subject: Solomon King / Levi Jackson / Allen Levy Larry wrote: > I've been trying to find out what the original label was for close > to a year. Ken Silverwood; > First released in 1970 on Columbia DB 8676 as "Say A Prayer" / > "Beautiful Day" by Solomon King, then in 1971 as "Beautiful Day" / > "Don't You Be A Sinner" on Columbia DB 8807 by Levi Jackson. I > would think that Levi Jackson, rather than King Solomon, is his > real name. I've also read that he spent time living in Prestwich Nr > Manchester UK. While searching the net for a Jack Keller obituary, I discovered that Solomon King (aka Levi Jackson aka Allen Levy), the subject of a recent S'pop discussion thread, died in January. Find an obit here:,,1446047,00.html R.I.P. Mick Patrick PS Can anyone recommend a good on-line Jack Keller obit? If so, please contact me off list. Thanks. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 21 Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2005 21:51:08 -0000 From: Julio Niño Subject: "Hearing Is Believing"; Beatniks and Concierges Hola Everybody. I've been listening these last days to the monumental "Hearing Is Believing: The Jack Nitzsche Story". It's impressive. It's obvious that the CD has been conceived and constructed as a historic journey through Jack's work, the way many box sets are made. The selection of the tracks and the liner notes are extraordinarily well structured and the compilers (Mick Patrick and Tony Rounce) have developed a great labor of synthesis, and have managed to reflect in a single CD the main aspects of Jack's career. The sound is excellent, and the photos and notes are superlative. I would have loved that the record had included more tracks from my favorite period (the early to mid sixties) but of course that would have required much more space. I will wait for the next volumes. Among the tracks I wasn't familiar with, my favorites are Frankie Laine's "Don't Make My Baby Blue" and Bobby Darin's "Not For Me", I think that in tunes the synergy between music, backing voices and the singers works especially well. Judy Henske's version of "Road To Nowhere" has left me totally horrified and perplexed. But when I read in the booklet Judy's humorous comments about her work with Jack, I immediately reconciled with the "Queen of Beatniks". This word (beatnik) always makes me smile. First because it reminds me of a great fun scene in "Hairspray" and mainly because it always brings to my mind a mid sixties song by Spanish actress Conchita Velasco, titled precisely "Beatnik" and composed by the ubiquitous Guijarro and Algueró. In that song Conchita, which sound like a provincial snob, just arrived from the country to the big city, sings that she can't love her suitor, because he's not beatnik enough. If I can find the record among my highly entropized belongings maybe I will play it in musica for your amusement (lately I often can't find any records that I'm conviced I have, maybe I'm paranoid but I'm beginning to suspect that my concierge steals them, not because she like them but to make me suffer). Chao. Julio Niño. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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