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Spectropop - Digest Number 1945

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There are 10 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. This Week's Finds
           From: James Botticelli 
      2. Smokey Robinson question
           From: Max Weiner 
      3. Re: obscure Bacharach-David search
           From: Phil X Milstein 
      4. Re: Vogues on Reprise
           From: Paul Urbahns 
      5. Re: The Essex
           From: Bob Rashkow 
      6. Re: C&W & R&B
           From: Clark Besch 
      7. Re: The House On Top Of The World.
           From: Steve 
      8. Re: "The Way Of Love"
           From: Andrea Ogarrio 
      9. Re: "Crystal Clear" -- NOT
           From: Dan Nowicki 
     10. Re: "Martha"; Coed
           From: Country Paul 

Message: 1 Date: Sat, 21 May 2005 21:36:41 -0400 From: James Botticelli Subject: This Week's Finds Your Rekkid Detective was diggin' through some more boxes this week. Sporting his drug store 1.75s he scoped the grooves and labels to another batch of 45s. Herewith ... the findings! Mala: Ronny & The Daytonas -- Somebody To Love Me / Goodbye Baby I always had a soft spot for the poor man's Beach Boys. And always wanted another ballad by them along the lines of "Sandy." Well, this is the rekkid I've wanted. Kama Sutra: The Innocence -- The Day Turns Me On / It's Not Gonna Take Too Long Gotta thank Richard Havers for turning me onto this gem a couple of years back. Rumored to also be The Tradewinds, I really like all of this group's output ... and this one is soft pop extraordinaire! Capitol: Brian Wilson -- Caroline No / Summer Means New Love "Summer Means New Love" is a fantastic instrumental and the reason I bought this record, although Caroline No is one of the best ever. And it's artist-credited only to "Brian Wilson." Go figure. Dolton: The Five Whispers -- Midnight Sun / Moon In The Afternoon Great Instro -- Ventures meet Santo & Johnny type of sound. "Midnight ..." is a ballad and has that great sliding guitar sound, with nice echoes and reverb. Capitol: Wayne Newton -- Comin On Too Strong This is the Wayne record that Gary Usher wrote and Terry Melcher (RIP) arranged. Sounds for all the world like a Beach Boys record but with Wayne singing. Which is a good thing at this address. MGM: Lou Christie -- If My Car Could Only Talk / Song Of Lita Produced and arranged by Jack Nitzsche. While the guy at the counter was cashing me out I asked him if his cash register could talk, what IT would say! Musicor: Teardrops -- Tears Come Tumbling / You Won't Be There Can you go wrong with a Musicor 45? Not in my lifetime! Anyway this is great girl-group pop from a group I hadn't heard of. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Sun, 22 May 2005 13:12:35 -0700 (PDT) From: Max Weiner Subject: Smokey Robinson question I have a question for any of the Motown experts out there. Sometime in the late sixties Smokey Robinson & The Miracles did a song called (I think) "I Don't Blame You At All." The only lyrics I can remember are "I don't blame you at all, 'cause you played it cool". I can't remember if it came out prior to "Tears Of A Clown" or after, but it was in roughly the same period. I was still in Chicago at the time, and remember hearing the song on WLS, and on the jukeboxes at the hot dog stands across from Lane Tech. (Mr. Holvay, I know you know THAT area! Clark Besch, you would probably know this one as well.) If anyone could tell me what album it is on, I would appreciate it. Thanks much in advance! Mac -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Sun, 22 May 2005 12:13:16 -0400 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: Re: obscure Bacharach-David search Rob Pingel wrote: > Would like some confirmation that the record "Living Without Love" > by Art Smalley is Bacharach-David composition. It was released on > Epic records in the early '60s. > Am also trying to find out if the song "Move Over and Make Room > for Me" (Bacharach-David) was ever recorded. I discovered this > title in a songbook of Bacharach-David material published by > Aaron Schroeder enterprises. Perhaps an artist on Musicor gave > it a shot. I don't find either title in Serene Dominic's "Burt Bacharach: Song By Song." It's possible one or both is in there and I simply overlooked it, but I did scan it pretty thoroughly. Unfortunately the book does not have an index. --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Sun, 22 May 2005 20:54:08 -0400 From: Paul Urbahns Subject: Re: Vogues on Reprise Bill Mulvy wrote: > It's too bad those overdub versions were never released > on CD. "Magic Town" sounds very powerful with the > embellishments. I much prefer it to the "unadorned" > version. I know there is a lot of difference of opinion on the Reprise remixes, but I agree that the additional instrumentaion was just the type of thing a small label like Co & Ce could not afford. Actually the Vogues Greatest Hits album on Reprise had one original song on it, "See That Girl," which does not appear on any of their other Reprise albums. That was one good thing about Reprise, if you purchased the greatest hits it was not 100% duplication of the other Reprise releases like most labels. A bit of trivia: did you know The Vogues recorded two different songs set to the melody of Greensleeves while at Reprise? It's true. Warner Brothers in Japan did include the three Reprise versions of the Co & Ce hits on a legal CD, which I have and it sounds great! Paul Urbahns -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Mon, 23 May 2005 00:21:31 EDT From: Bob Rashkow Subject: Re: The Essex "Easier Said Than Done" truly is a classic. I love every record Anita Humes and the guys ever did, but I think what I like best on their biggest seller is all the possibilities for harmony within such a narrow range of notes on the cha-cha-like "...said than done..." part. And, yes, that oh-so-catchy beat that made it such a delight to dance to, that "boom-boom twank-twank boom-boom twank-twank", used again on "Walkin' Miracle" to almost as good an advantage! Bobster -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Sun, 22 May 2005 15:40:23 -0000 From: Clark Besch Subject: Re: C&W & R&B Austin Roberts wrote: > ... To me the bottom line is, a good song is a good > song. Country used to be more C&W, but with the Urban > Cowboy phase of the '80s and > '90s and today, sometimes > it's hard to pinpoint if a CD is more pop or country; > it's usually decided by how it's merchandised. Austin, you are SO RIGHT on this. I first think of a couple of Glen Campbell '80s examples. I think his "I'm Gonna Love You" could be a hit today, except it seems country music has to be young stars only (just like pop). In the '60s you had the old vets (Grandpa Jones, etc.) selling just like the young Roger Millers. However, the equally great '80s 45, "It's A Sin When You Love Somebody," probably wouldn't be a hit today. How 'bout Dickie Lee? He was never considered a country star, yet his "Patches" from the early '60s, and his great "Red Green Yellow And Blue" from the late '60s could have been big country hits. He FINALLY had a big crossover with the great "9,999,999 Tears" in the '70s when it was odd to have such a hit -- amid disco! Paul Davis a country star? Yet, "I Go Crazy" could be similar to the recent hit "Tell Me Something Bad About Tulsa," don't you think? Or "Do Right" or "Sweet Life" by Paul? Yet, "Ride 'Em Cowboy" would never fly today with this country crowd. Of course his two great '76 hits, "Superstar" and "Thinking Of You" have no sound of country, so where would that leave him? Anyway, I have said to Alan Gordon that the recent Chris Cagle hit "What A Beautiful Day," is like a current-day "Happy Together". Just a great feel-good singalong. Music sure has changed and in some ways it hasn't. Clark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Mon, 23 May 2005 01:35:25 -0000 From: Steve Subject: Re: The House On Top Of The World. Ignacio wrote: > I love that song. Pino's original is marvelous but perhaps > I like even more Mina's version, also recorded in 1966 on > the Italian label Curci. It's terrifyingly beautiful. The Italian > lyrics written by Vito Pallavicini are magnificent and very > moving. How are the English lyrics? The lyrics aren't too bad -- Norman Newell was usually pretty good at reinterpreting some of those Italian songs. Lyrically it's about finding a place far away from pain and sorrow ("A World Of Our Own"?). A home -- to live A home -- to love in A window with a rainbow We'll see the tears of rain go As I share ever more with you It made me wish someone with more oomph than the Ray Charles Singers had recorded it. And yes, I agree -- Mina's version is the ultimate. I can't understand the lyrics but it's that voice that gets me every time! I also noted the "Another Wall Of Soundalikes" at the Ace website. What are we hoping will be on it? Cheers, Steve -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Sun, 22 May 2005 19:44:58 -0700 (PDT) From: Andrea Ogarrio Subject: Re: "The Way Of Love" Gary Myers wrote: > I've always wondered why neither Kirby's or Cher's didn't > make a simple lyric change to avoid the gay implication. > The whole song sounds like a woman giving advice to > another woman ("when you meet a boy," etc.), but ends with > "what will you do when he sets you free, the way that *YOU* > said goodbye to me." No lyric change needed. It seems to me that the song is sung from the point of view of a mother to a daughter who has left the nest. Andrea Ogarrio The Rapiers - champions of utterly cool, early '60s UK rock 'n' roll -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Mon, 23 May 2005 01:12:33 EDT From: Dan Nowicki Subject: Re: "Crystal Clear" -- NOT Peter Lerner wrote: > Pres drew attention to the interesting "new" Jackie DeShannon > CD and didn't say that the compilers chickened out on Track 21 > at the last minute, substituting "Put A Little Love In Your Heart" > for "Crystal Clear", but forgetting to amend the sleeve listing. What a disappointment. I have been waiting a long time for Jackie's cover of Mike Condello's "Crystal Clear" to make it to CD. Come to think of it, I've been waiting even longer for Condello's original version (a local hit here in Phoenix, his home town) on Scepter to get digitalized. Dan Nowicki Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Mon, 23 May 2005 01:22:06 -0400 From: Country Paul Subject: Re: "Martha"; Coed Joop wrote: > I think the "Martha" you mean was composed in 1844 by the > German composer Friedrich von Flotow (1812-1883). Larry > Clinton had a no. 2 US hit with his cover-version of "Martha" > in 1938. The Crew-Cuts renamed it "Mostly Martha" and had > a hit in 1955. Thanks, Joop; I should have known Flotow, being a music major in college. (Of course, if I'd paid as much attention to my classes as I did to the current music scene, I would have had an entirely different life!) > And then you had a question about the artist who did "Magic > Lover". Well that artist is MICHAEL WESLEY, who recorded his > version in 1959 as the B-side of "Will You Love Me" (Columbia > 4-41478) I hadn't realized it was a flip side; it had always been my favorite. Thanks for the update. Glad you're aboard; your knowledge is a great asset to this group! Mike Edwards wrote: > Adam Wade is responsible for one of the very best Popcorn > tunes, Bacharach-David's "Rain From Skies" (Epic, 1963). It > ranks up there with Sam Fletcher's "I'd Think It Over Twice" > (Tollie, 1964) and Nancy Wilson's superb take on Van McCoy's > "Where Does That Leave Me" (Capitol, 1965). I always knew Wade primarily for "Tell Her For Me," a sort of Johnny Mathis clone that was a fair-sized hit on Coed. I didn't know of his extensive "popcorn" career afterward. Also, you mention Sam Fletcher; I have his "Tall Hope" on RCA (late '50s) which was very good if somewhat middle-road, but I know nothing else about him, although in checking him out on-line I see the song you mention was used in an AXA commercial in 2003, apparently in the UK. Also, Mike, thanks for the Coed CD info. I'll check Amazon for it. Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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