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Spectropop - Digest Number 1984

               SPECTROPOP - Spectacular! Retro! Pop!

There are 10 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re:  "Superstar"
           From: Steve Harvey 
      2. Re: "Superstar"
           From: Richard Havers 
      3. Re: BoxTops at my local Tastefest?
           From: Allan Rinde 
      4. Re: "Morning Girl"
           From: Richard Gagnon 
      5. Re: "Superstar"
           From: Rick H 
      6. Luther Vandross RIP
           From: Richard Williams 
      7. help required
           From: Roberto 
      8. John Kongos; "Susan" in full
           From: Country Paul 
      9. Re: "Superstar"
           From: Eddy 
     10. Jack Nitzsche at Spectropop update
           From: Martin Roberts 

Message: 1 Date: Sun, 3 Jul 2005 11:08:05 -0700 (PDT) From: Steve Harvey Subject: Re: "Superstar" I had a letter published in 1976 in Melody Maker suggesting the Carpenters try some different material like American Spring and Tom Waits (his more melodic stuff from the early days). When I met them on their last tour Karen conferred they had seen my letter, but never followed up. Shame considering I always thought they were worthy of more than just their MOR status. Steve Harvey -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Sun, 3 Jul 2005 17:59:14 +0100 From: Richard Havers Subject: Re: "Superstar" Dave Heasman wrote: > I'm sure you know ("Superstar") was originally sung by Bonnie > Bramlett, and the lyrics were changed for Karen C from "sleep with > you again" to "be with you again". I didn't so thanks for that. Was it on a Bonnie B. solo album or Delaney and Bonnie? Richard -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Sun, 03 Jul 2005 18:26:41 -0000 From: Allan Rinde Subject: Re: BoxTops at my local Tastefest? Rob wrote: > BoxTops at my local Tastefest?...on July apparently > they've re-formed and are touring...I'm wondering if I should get > excited...any reviews of any recent shows? Two years ago, Toni Wine and I had the pleasure of crusing with the Box Tops, and at that time, they had all the original members and were still great. You can learn more at , which is maintained by original member Bill Cunningham. FYI - Alex also tours as a solo act and with Big Star. Allan -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Sun, 03 Jul 2005 18:11:22 -0400 From: Richard Gagnon Subject: Re: "Morning Girl" John Fox wrote: > Has anyone ever heard the "long" version of Morning Girl by the Neon > Philharmonic? I downloaded it from Napster a few years ago and just > listened to it a few days ago (surprised by not knowing that there > was more than the single version, which I always felt was too short > a song--now I know why). The long version includes much more > instrumental stuff plus an entire extra verse, bridge and verse, > with even stranger (or should I say more creative?) lyrics than the > first verses. Someone was probably right to cut it! These "stranger" lyrics were a mystery to me for years. The first version of "Morning Girl" I heard was Shaun Cassidy's splendid version, but I couldn't figure out why, when I heard the Neon Philharmonic's original, the lyrics had been almost entirely re- written. The answer came when I got my hands on a copy of "The Moth Confesses". The reason was that Cassidy didn't cover *Morning Girl", he covered "Morning Girl, later", the sorta-reprise, or part 2 of the song. I thought that was pretty cool. I don't think Shaun Cassidy's version is available on cd. Shall I post it to Musica? Richard -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Mon, 04 Jul 2005 01:52:26 -0000 From: Rick H Subject: Re: "Superstar" The pre-Carpenters history of "Superstar" aka "The Groupie Song": 1/70 "Superstar (Groupie)" / Delaney & Bonnie & Friends / Atco 45 9/70 "Superstar" / Rita Coolidge on "Mad Dogs & Englishmen" LP 10/70 "Superstar" / Cher / Atco 45 ("I knew my career had gone down the toilet when Karen Carpenter had a hit with that song...") The song was based on an idea by Rita Coolidge, is allegedly about Eric Clapton and The Carpenters' version was inspired by Bette Midler's about-to-be-released album rendition. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2005 04:53:20 +0100 From: Richard Williams Subject: Luther Vandross RIP The first time Luther Vandross headlined in London -- at the Dominion Theatre, I think, around 1983 -- he brought an A Team band including Nat Adderley Jr on keys and Yogi Horton on drums. It was a wonderful concert, including the arrangement of "A House is Not a Home" (from Luther's first solo album) which I consider to be the most imaginative non-Bacharach arrangement of a Bacharach/David song I've ever heard. Yogi Horton was colossal: I don't think I've ever heard a more powerful drummer in the R&B idiom. Richard Williams -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Mon, 04 Jul 2005 04:18:32 -0000 From: Roberto Subject: help required Hi, I'm new to Spectropop and I need somebody's help to identify 2 songs that I have. They are Italian covers of 2 American songs, and I'd like to know who did the originals and if you know where I can find a copy of the originals (also on re-issues). I only know that one is a Van McCoy song, while the other was composed by a R.W. Matthews. Since I don't seem able to upload the files to Musica, my friend Phil Milstein kindly offered to host the 2 tracks on his website: Thanks in advance for your help Roberto -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Mon, 04 Jul 2005 00:20:15 -0400 From: Country Paul Subject: John Kongos; "Susan" in full Jack Russell re "Lavender Popcorn" and John Kongos: > I had as big a shock as anyone when Sanctuary released the "Lavender > Popcorn" compilation album by John Kongos in 2003. I co-wrote Linda > Loves Linda with John Kongos and was a member of both Floribunda > Rose and Scrugg. Fascinating story, Jack; thank you for posting it. I have two Kongos LPs, the one that came out in the US on Janus, and the one with as-close-to-a-hit-as-he-had-here "He's Gonna Step On You Again," which led me and several of my friends to believe he would become the "next Elton John." I had also underestimated the Janus album at the time of its US release, as it was designed to cash in on "Step"'s success, but being less richly produced it paled in comparison; it sounds better to my ears now. Apparently, Kongos' mental state that you cited could be a significant reason he never really broke through - but what a talent. The good tracks are really outstanding, and I appreciate your insight into your history with him. S.J. Dibai: > Is it true that WLS only played an edit of "Susan" that didn't have > the weird musique concrete in the middle? Gary Myers: > I don't think I ever heard that section on *any* station at the time > the record was hit. It was indeed played intact on both Providence, RI AM top 40 stations when new. (As I remember, I'd have to agree that the Columbia promo edit without the "psychedelic" bridge was at best abrupt.) Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2005 07:32:51 +0200 From: Eddy Subject: Re: "Superstar" Richard Havers: > Was it on a Bonnie B. solo album or Delaney and Bonnie? It was the B-side to "Comin' home", still under its original title of "Groupie" (Atco, 1969). I don't think there was an "original" LP release as the first 12inch evidence I can find is on the Together compilation. Eddy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Sun, 3 Jul 2005 23:03:35 +0100 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Jack Nitzsche at Spectropop update Sorry to be late again, but it's worth the wait! The new ROTW by Bruce Cloud, "A Little Spark Of Fire", on ERA, is a real grower, (baby): I'm very proud to have Sylvie Simmons' apparently hitherto unpublished interview, and now I have the photos to go with it. Photographer Chris Walter has kindly supplied the shots originally taken to accompany the piece: Make sure you visit Chris's own site for many more great photos from Little Richard and Frankie Lymon at the dawn of rock 'n' roll to the music 'gods' of today :-) On The Radio is updated with the latest KHJ jingle. This time it's part one of the 'drum demos': And the "Hearing Is Believing" reviews just keep on coming. Check out the reviews from Rolling Stone, Rock & Rap and HARP: In Print - Q magazine has a Neil Young issue currently on sale. This includes many mentions of Jack's work with the Canadian including a featurette page of text and photo. Martin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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