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Spectropop - Digest Number 1958

               SPECTROPOP - Spectacular! Retro! Pop!

There are 15 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Running a small (tiny?) CD label
           From: Tom Taber 
      2. Young, Gifted and Pink
           From: Steve Harvey 
      3. Re: Philīs Spectre II: Another Wall Of Soundalikes
           From: Julio Niņo 
      4. Re: A Whiter Shade Of Pale
           From: Bob Rashkow 
      5. Re: October is International Bubblegum Month
           From: Austin Roberts 
      6. "Rock 'n' Roll Heaven"
           From: Alan O'Day 
      7. Paul Anka Alert
           From: James Cassidy 
      8. Re: Main Line Records
           From: Clark Besch 
      9. Re: Phil's Spectre II: Another Wall Of Soundalikes
           From: Gary Myers 
     10. Jack Nitzsche Story: Hearing is Believing review
           From: Patrick Rands 
     11. Re: "Rock 'n' Roll Heaven" TYPO
           From: Alan O'Day 
     12. Cameo Parkway box set - Stonefree and Sassy
           From: Vlaovic B 
     13. Re: The Songs Of Lori Burton
           From: Jeff Lemlich 
     14. Re: "Rock 'n' Roll Heaven"
           From: Orion 
     15. Re: "Phil's Spectre II: Another Wall Of Soundalikes"
           From: Clark Besch 

Message: 1 Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2005 10:53:46 -0700 (PDT) From: Tom Taber Subject: Running a small (tiny?) CD label A while back someone asked Spectropoppers for advice on starting a small label - I offered assistance, but never heard back. However, I thought I'd explain one term a new label will need to know the meaning of. "60 days net," in most businesses, refers to the practice of sending your product to a retailer, and the retailer paying you the amount owed to you for your product in 60 days. In the tiny CD label business, "60 days net" means that, at around day 75, you start wondering where the heck your money is. Sometimes an inquiry at that point will get the money sent to you. Or, you may hear back, "Gee, I've only sold 6 of the 10 you sent me, can I have some more time?" (You know, the CD manufacturing plant didn't tell YOU to send them their money when it became economically convenient for you to do so!) Or, you will be ignored altogether. Unpleasant experiences seem to outnumber smooth, pleasant transactions by a factor of 4 to 1! Tom Taber, Almeron Records, with 383 copies of "Skeletons 'LIVE' at the Amador 1979" sold. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2005 14:44:17 -0700 (PDT) From: Steve Harvey Subject: Young, Gifted and Pink As part of our music lesson (since the school district no longer deems music teachers necessary) I have to also teach music. I handed out the lyrics to "Young, Gifted and Black" to my 31 4th graders. I then played them Nina Simone's and Bob and Marcia's versions. They were asked to compare the two and tell which one they liked the best. As an aside I mentioned that Elton John had also cut a version. Got some puzzled looks over that one, but I told them I'd bring his version in so they could hear it. Steve -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Tue, 07 Jun 2005 20:42:22 -0000 From: Julio Niņo Subject: Re: Philīs Spectre II: Another Wall Of Soundalikes Hola everybody, I want to thank Mick for advancing us the track list of the upcoming "Philīs Spectre 2" CD. It sounds fabulous. I canīt wait to listen to The Fantastic Vantasticsī "Gee What A Boy" in good sound, maybe then Iīll managed to discriminate between Vanīs and Kendraīs voice. In the notes of a compilation of songs by The Dreamlovers I was listening to a few days ago, it indicated that the grandiose ballad "You Gave Me Somebody To love " was inspired by April Young. Itīs a majestic song. The version by The Dreamlovers is in my opinion much superior to the better known by Manfred Mann. Incidentally, the B- side of "You Gave Me Somebody To love" was the apparently more modest, but absolutely sublime "DoinīThings Together with You", composed by Van McCoy. One of my favorites songs right now, and with the backing voices sounding suspiciously Vantastics. Iīm going to feed my cats. They are jumping on my Mac, and biting my hand angrily. Chao. Julio Niņo. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Tue, 7 Jun 2005 00:49:59 EDT From: Bob Rashkow Subject: Re: A Whiter Shade Of Pale So Keith Reid DIDN'T write the lyrics??!! Being a Procol Harum fanatic, I'd better check the credits on all the LPs again. I was given to understand that all the lyrics to every Procol Harum song except the few covers they recorded are the work of ultra-talented Keith Reid. Now if Fisher is claiming credit for the MUSIC...... Bobster -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Tue, 7 Jun 2005 23:22:21 EDT From: Austin Roberts Subject: Re: October is International Bubblegum Month Kim said: > October is International Bubblegum Month Interested? Visit > Bubblegum will never die (or pop). Austin Roberts -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Wed, 08 Jun 2005 06:49:27 -0000 From: Alan O'Day Subject: "Rock 'n' Roll Heaven" Peter, et al - - I co-wrote Rock'n'Roll Heaven with singer/songwriter Johnny Stevenson, who has long since disappeared. Artie Wayne teamed us together after hearing Johnny's original song idea, including the title. But as I recall, Johnny's verses were not about departed icons, which was obviously the direction to take the lyric. So in '73 Stevenson & I worked together on the tune & I added verse tributes to rock heroes. The publishing was split three ways: Zapata Music (Ed Silvers), E. H. Morris (Sidney Goldstein), and Ceasar's Music Library (Mark Gordon). Yes, the song was first released by Climax (featuring Sonny Geraci) on Rocky Road Records (I'm looking at the 45). At that point the second verse was: PEGGY SUE AND DONNA, OUR SWEETHEARTS FROM THE PAST THEY CRYSTALIZED OUR LIVES ON THE RADIO THE ONES WHO LOVED THEM FIRST OF ALL, HAVE LEFT BEFORE THEIR TIME BUT WE'LL ALL BE BACK TOGETHER, WHEN WE MEET FOR ONE BIG SHOW Climax's record was well-produced, but didn't do well on the charts. We were all disappointed, & I remember thinking our song was "dead", so to speak. But a few months later, Craig Aristei at Warner Bros. (Publishing) told me that producers Dennis & Brian Potter were planning to cut it with the brothers Righteous! Brian & Dennis then met with Johnny & me directly, and told me they wished to re-write the second verse. They didn't want any of the writer's share (gentlemen that they were), but only wanted the Righteous Bros. version to mention more RECENT dead people. So the second verse became: REMEMBER BAD BAD LEROY BROWN, JIMMY TOUCHED US WITH THAT SONG AND TIME WON'T CHANGE THE FRIEND WE CAME TO KNOW AND BOBBY GAVE US MACK THE KNIFE, LOOK OUT HE'S BACK IN TOWN THEY'LL ALL BE THERE TOGETHER, WHEN WE MEET IN ONE BIG SHOW The single was a killer, and as you said, made Billboard #3. Fast forwardt to American Bandstand 1981. I believe they did use my "Elvis" verse written for that anniversary show: ELVIS SANG, AND SHOOK THE WORLD, AND YOUNG GIRLS SCREAMED HIS NAME WE CROWNED HIM KING, AND LOVED HIM MOST OF ALL NOW THEY SAY THE KING IS GONE, BUT OUR LOVE REMAINS THE SAME 'CAUSE HE'S OUT THERE SINGIN' SOMEWHERE, WHERE THE CURTAIN NEVER FALLS However, as I remember it, the 1991 Curb Records version was a re-write by Bill Medley. I was never asked to contribute. And finally, a friend who attended Bobby Hatfield's funeral said they played the record at the end. I knew the nature of the song is that it may always be re-written, but I never imagined it being used in such a sadly ironic way. Chordially, Alan -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Wed, 8 Jun 2005 14:22:37 -0400 From: James Cassidy Subject: Paul Anka Alert Before you tune in Anka on Letterman, be aware that he'll be promoting his new CD called (gulp!) "Rock Swings." If that sounds like a Bill Murray SNL skit from 30 years ago, check out the NY Times article below (free registration required) and see for yourself. Be sure to dig the audio samples while you're at it. The link is: Jim Cassidy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Wed, 08 Jun 2005 15:08:13 -0000 From: Clark Besch Subject: Re: Main Line Records I wrote: > Main Line was a Cleveland label, as far as I know Phil Hall: > I could be wrong (and it wouldn't be the first time), but I thought > that Main Line Records was based in Philly. I have several 45s by > Lee Andrews & The Hearts of Philadelphia on Main Line. Phil, I'm sorry, you are correct. I was thinking of Clevetown, not Mainline, when I misspoke. I get them confused because Jerry G Bishop's cool song "She's Gone" on Clevetown and Les Classels' "Tomorrow May be too Late" on Mainline were out about the same time. Both great records IMO. Jerry G was at WIXY at the time and soon went over to WCFL Chicago like Ron Britain (of Tulu Babies/ Baskerville Hounds postings earlier) did. Les Classels were Canadian and had these big white pompadour hair styles, as I remember it. I think they sang usually in French, but you could not tell any problems with English on this record, if it was their second language. Correct me if I am wrong AGAIN! :) Clark PS. Many thanks for the Dantes info, all! I knew that would get MopTop Mike back on here!! BTW, the Baskerville Hounds also had a later hit with "Hold me". -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2005 23:18:25 -0700 From: Gary Myers Subject: Re: Phil's Spectre II: Another Wall Of Soundalikes Mick Patrick: > It'll be out at the end of June. It's as good as Vol. 1, I reckon. > The booklet is certainly better. Here's the track list: > "Phil's Spectre II: Another Wall Of Soundalikes" Ace CDCHD 1059 > PHIL SPECTOR did not produce any of the tracks on this CD -- yet > they all sound as if he did, or might have ... > KANE & ABEL: BREAK DOWN AND CRY > Arranged by James Holvay and Gary Beisbier > A Holvay-Beisbier-DeFrancesco Production Kane & Abel were Al and Artie Herrera of Milwaukee's Little Artie & the Pharaohs (covered in my WI book). I see this record as being basically the beginning of the Mob, but of course, Jim Holvay can tell you more about that. gem -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Wed, 08 Jun 2005 20:26:17 -0000 From: Patrick Rands Subject: Jack Nitzsche Story: Hearing is Believing review Check out my review for the Jack Nitzsche Story: Hearing is Believing compilation. A Jack Nitzsche collection has been a long time coming, it's just a shame that it happened 5 years after he passed away in 2000. Considering how extensive his body of work was, it's a wonder a compilation like this was even possible to put together. And it's a fine job, with a hope that more compilations will follow. Click to read the entire review: :Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Wed, 08 Jun 2005 20:51:08 -0000 From: Alan O'Day Subject: Re: "Rock 'n' Roll Heaven" TYPO I wrote: > (snip) Dennis & Brian Potter were planning to cut it... Whoops ...Should be Dennis Lambert & Brian Potter... AO -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Wed, 08 Jun 2005 17:06:53 -0400 From: Vlaovic B Subject: Cameo Parkway box set - Stonefree and Sassy What a miracle it is that the C/P box set has arrived. I've been waiting at least a couple of decades for this thing. OK minor gripes aside (liner notes aren't great, box format looks a little cheap) but what a collection! It really shows that C/P was more than a hit factory of dance tunes - novelty, girl group, garage rock, MOR, novelty, early R&R - Just Terrific, and I guess I've developed a bit of fondness for Bobby Rydell, who'd I'd only remembered (if at all) as a teen idol. His take on Volare is pretty damned good. Now that they've opened the vaults, am I wrong in assuming that there'll be individual collections for some of the artistes? Also like my copy of RPMs latest Britgirl collection 'Stonefree and Sassy', but where are the Claire Francis tracks that were supposed to be there? They're still listed on Amazon as being there but not on the CD, nor is a Julie Driscoll track. Nice to have the amazing 'Come Back and Shake Me' by Eurovision and Monty Python favourite Clodagh Rogers. Those backing vocals sound like Abba, five years before they ever did anything like that. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Wed, 08 Jun 2005 23:21:51 -0000 From: Jeff Lemlich Subject: Re: The Songs Of Lori Burton Mick Patrick: > Of course, there may well be no recorded versions of the Lori > Burton compositions on the following list, but if such things > do exist, I'm gagging to know about them. Do these song titles > ring a bell with anyone? ... "Why Can't I Love Him" ... I have a version of "Why Can't I Love Him" by The Chosen Few, on Co- Op 510. Because the vocalists are male, the title was changed to "Why Can't I Love Her" (with some pressings showing it as "Why Can't I Love You"). Burton & Sawyer get writer's credits; Hill & Range BMI get publishing credits. It's a decent white soul and garage hybrid which reminds me a little of "Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore", which makes sense considering the writers. I believe the group was from New Haven. Jeff Lemlich -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Wed, 08 Jun 2005 18:23:54 -0500 From: Orion Subject: Re: "Rock 'n' Roll Heaven" That has been and remains one of my favorite songs. I would love to hear the Climax version, although The Righteous Brothers version hits me right in the heart. Thanks for writing it, I know it has touched many, for sure it touches me. Orion -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Wed, 08 Jun 2005 06:35:12 -0000 From: Clark Besch Subject: Re: "Phil's Spectre II: Another Wall Of Soundalikes" The forthcoming "Phil's Spector II: Another Wall Of Soundalikes" CD sounds like another winner! Pretty cool that you used two versions of a song that was changed and picked for your first volume. Volume one had Kane & Abel's Red Bird 45 "He Will Break Your Heart" which was a re-write of Volume 2's "Break Down & Cry" on Destination (which was also titled "A Man Ain't Supposed to Cry" on Destination!). Gotta make SPopper James Holvay beam with pride, as he co-wrote the song. Mixing the Knickerbockers with the above track makes me think there should be a "Righteous Sounds" Cd too??? Clark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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