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Spectropop - Digest Number 2003



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               SPECTROPOP - Spectacular! Retro! Pop!
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There are 6 messages in this issue.


Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Tony Christie's "Avenues & Alleyways"
           From: Roy Clough 
      2. "How Golden Those Oldies? The Bids on EBay Will Tell"
           From: Phil X Milstein 
      3. Re: Bacharach & David's "Lost Horizon"
           From: Bob Rashkow 
      4. Marty Pekar, founder of Ambient Sound
           From: Ed Salamon 
      5. Re: Phil's Spectre II - A Wish For Vol. 3
           From: Tony 
      6. Re: Tony Christie's "Avenues & Alleyways"
           From: John Stewart 


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Message: 1 Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2005 15:44:00 -0000 From: Roy Clough Subject: Re: Tony Christie's "Avenues & Alleyways" Paul Richards wrote: > Here's a link to the video for this great track, which is released > in the UK next week. Starts off great with James Bond-esque > graphics, but goes a bit downhill when the chorus comes in. Great > tune though; brilliant to hear it regularly on Radio 2. Another > number 1 for Tony? http://tinyurl.com/94ko3 If Peter Kay is not on it, then it will be a miss, but good song well sung -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 2 Date: Sun, 03 Jul 2005 22:54:08 -0400 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: "How Golden Those Oldies? The Bids on EBay Will Tell" ...from the N.Y. Sunday Times, an article on Marty Pekar, founder of Ambient Sound Records: How Golden Those Oldies? The Bids on EBay Will Tell by Peter Applebome - New York Times, July 3, 2005 Greenwich, NY Maybe there are 35,000 singles by the Beatles and Bing Crosby, Phyllis Diller and Daddy Dewdrop, the Four Tops, the Four Freshmen, the Four Preps and the Four Lads, Brenda Lee and Kendra Lee and thousands of others great and small in boxes and shelves in Marty Pekar's basement. Maybe there are 20,000. Maybe there are 40,000. No one knows. Marty Pekar, a former advertising copywriter, among thousands of 45's in his basement in Greenwich, N.Y. "Don't call it a collection," he said. "It's an accumulation." But as he pokes around aimlessly through 50 or so brown cardboard boxes of country singles, Mr. Pekar stops and pulls out one, "Mr. Painter, Paint My Dad" by someone named Jean Peloquin. "Here's someone who got signed to Decca, big label, thought her career was made, did at least two records and no one ever heard from her again," he says. "For every Tammy Wynette, there's a thousand Jean Peloquins. For someone looking for 'Mr. Painter, Paint My Dad,' there's only one place to go. And it's right here." O.K., maybe it's not the only place. Maybe you could poke through, say, the Ernest Tubb Record Shop in Nashville and turn up something by Ms. Peloquin or "It's Too Soon After Too Late Last Night" by Willi Beery or the heartwarming "I Hate Hate" by Razzy and the Neighborhood Kids. And so on. And so on. Still, for those with a taste for cultural vertigo and obsolete technologies, there were few more alluring places last week than Mr. Pekar's insanely cluttered basement, where his astounding singles collection - we'll get back to that in a minute - was the most viewed item on eBay. When the auction ended Saturday night, it had been viewed by 70,570 visitors. All you needed, besides the winning bid, of course, was a desire to take home many, many thousands of old singles, a place to store them and a willingness to abide by Mr. Pekar's catch: hauling them away yourself and taking every last one of them. Now, back to Mr. Pekar, a 60-year-old former advertising copywriter, who mostly worked for Columbia Records, and a somewhat obsessive fan of music (particularly doo-wop and 50's music), comics and old tabloid magazines. "It's not a collection; don't call it a collection - it's an accumulation," said Mr. Pekar, who lives in a cedar house on 42 acres near Saratoga at the end of a long, rutted dirt road - the better to escape all things urban. "I have a collection of LP's, ones I've collected one by one, everything by Ricky Nelson, everything by Fats Domino; I consider that a collection. This is a lot of junk, a lot of half junk, quite a lot that's interesting, but it's not a collection; it wasn't put together piece by piece. I don't even know most of what's in it." You could say Mr. Pekar's path to eBay greatness began back in Brooklyn, when he bought his first record, a 78 of "The Flying Saucer" by Buchanan and Goodman a half-century ago. Soon he was hooked. Most of his collection, the real stuff, is in his living room and basement, lovingly preserved LP's, "The Unforgettable Jesse Belvin," "There's a Moon Out Tonight" by the Capris, albums by Ernie K-Doe, Tommy Sands, Fabian, Elvis, all encased in clear plastic sleeves. That's augmented by piles of CD's and box sets, many never opened, that sit in forlorn piles. "I buy everything meaning to listen to it," he said. "But I just never get around to it." HE does have a small singles collection, about 100 of his own that he's including in the sale. But the beast in the basement, officially Lot 4741601339 on eBay, is almost all boxes and boxes that he purchased over the years to resell and barely looked at. Not that he's totally in the dark. "Here's something you'll never see," he said, opening a box full of Beatles singles. In addition to conventional pressings of "I Feel Fine," and "She Loves You" and "Hey, Jude," there's a plastic bag full of obscure Eastern European pressings, Beatles songs with labels for Poles, Russians and East Germans. Elsewhere are old extended play 45's by Doris Day, The Andrews Sisters, the Lennon Sisters, Jimmy Dean, or the RCA Victor Encyclopedia of Recorded Jazz, that to the uninitiated look like collectors' items. Workmen came to deliver new towering speakers he'll pay for from his proceeds (the winning bid was $9,223.45). He put on a few favorites: "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" by the Jive Five, a bracingly anarchic "Bila" by the Versa-Tones, "Tain't it the Truth," by Ernie K-Doe. We try "I Hate Hate" (think Archie Bell and the Drells with a message) and "Martian Hop" by the Ran-Dells, from his singles collection. You think maybe he'll have second thoughts. But, no, he figures he has what he wants on CD's and LP's. He'll be glad to clear the basement out for the comics he's now selling, and even he can live without hearing "The Teens in Jeans from New Orleans" by Lillian Briggs or "Hula Star" and "Ballad of Honest Abe" by Johnny Bailes. "I'll wave goodbye when the truck pulls out and hope it doesn't come back," he said. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 3 Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2005 18:36:44 EDT From: Bob Rashkow Subject: Re: Bacharach & David's "Lost Horizon" John Frederick Brown: > To Bacharach and David: I have always been an admirer of "Lost > Horizon"...... Although IMO that musical film was a disaster waiting to happen, there were several good things that came out of it, most notably the last Top 30 for The Fifth Dimension, "Living Together, Growing Together"--their arrangement on the Bell 45 sounded much warmer and sweeter than the arrangement written for the movie soundtrack. To give Burt and Hal their due credit for brilliance, it isn't the only song I liked. But Ross Hunter must have taken a wrong turn somewhere because it all just seemed to fall flat compared to the Hilton novel and the '37 flick. Bobster -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 4 Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2005 21:18:01 -0000 From: Ed Salamon Subject: Marty Pekar, founder of Ambient Sound Previously: > ...from the N.Y. Sunday Times, an article on Marty Pekar, founder of > Ambient Sound Records: When we started the United Stations Radio Networks, Marty brought The Capris, The Harptones and Randy and the Rainbows from his Ambient Sound label to play our kickoff party at One Times Square. When he left CBS, I hired Marty to write some of our trade ads. He was/is a brilliant copywriter. When he lived in Queens and I in NJ, we would trade records. He had a great LP collection even then (25 years ago). He ran auctions in Goldmine as "Steal-A-Records" with 99 cent minimum bids. Ed Salamon -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 5 Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2005 23:07:29 -0000 From: Tony Subject: Re: Phil's Spectre II - A Wish For Vol. 3 How about the obscure, one shot 1965 disc by L.A. home-girl, VICKY GOMEZ on ABC PARAMOUNT entitled, 'Boy's Are A Dime A Dozen'? The tune was recorded at GOLD STAR under the direction of the late, great GENE PAGE. Huge brass section, clacking castanets, shaking maraccas, tambourine, handclaps and the magic of Gold Star's echo chamber make this a contender in my opinion. (I've got a video copy of Miss Gomez singing it on the L.A. based teen dance show, SHIVAREE with her teased-up, combed-out and heavily laquered coiffure. Very cool!) Other suggestions for Vol. 3 are: HE MAKES ME FEEL SO PRETTY - Shirley Matthews WHO AM I - Jerry Ganey HE'S HURTIN' ME - Beverly Williams LITTLE BOY - Karen Verros I WANNA MAKE YOU HAPPY - Margaret Mandolph I'D BE SO GOOD FOR YOU - Joanie Sommers IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO - Ashes THAT'S THE WAY IT IS (When a Girl's In Love) - Sweet Three GOODBYE BABY - Maureen Gray LONELY GIRL - Gwenn Stacey I MISS MY SURFER BOY TOO - Westwoods -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 6 Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2005 01:34:26 +0100 From: John Stewart Subject: Re: Tony Christie's "Avenues & Alleyways" Frank: > Wasn't it a regular theme tune for a British series in the eighties? In the interests of being pedantic, The Protectors was made in 1972-3. John -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- SPECTROPOP - Spectacular! Retro! Pop! End

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