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Spectropop - Digest Number 2091

               SPECTROPOP - Spectacular! Retro! Pop!

There are 7 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Wisconsin 50's/60's research
           From: Gary Myers 
      2. New File at Musica - Hurting Each Other
           From: Paul Urbahns 
      3. Reparata and the Delrons
           From: Martin Roberts 
      4. Magnificent Montague
           From: Frank M 
      5. Joe Meek "Portrait Of A Genius" box set
           From: Martin Roberts 
      6. Re: Sue Lynn
           From: Dave Heasman 
      7. Jack Nitzsche at Spectropop update
           From: Martin Roberts 

Message: 1 Date: Sun, 9 Oct 2005 10:38:48 -0700 From: Gary Myers Subject: Wisconsin 50's/60's research Hello all, I'm in the final stages of my 2nd book covering Wisc. pop/rock (incl. soul, jazz, r&b, c&w, etc.) of the 50's & 60's. If anyone is so inclined, please visit this page and LMK if you recognize any of the names that I'm still seeking: Thanks! Gary Myers / MusicGem -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 2 Date: Sun, 9 Oct 2005 15:48:20 -0400 From: Paul Urbahns Subject: New File at Musica - Hurting Each Other This does not need to become the Hurting Each Other subject group, but with the recent discussuions and posting of the Jimmy Clanton and Ruth Lewis versions of the song, I felt I needed to pile on. Having always been a fan of Ruby and The Romantics since they first hit the charts. I was amazed at the quality, not only technically but musically of their KAPP albums. Kapp was always technically minded label and I cannot recall a single Kapp issue that was not technically first rate. But many of the rock groups of the period used Phil Spector's definition of an album as two hits and ten pieces of junk. The effort put in the Ruby and The Romantics album cuts is evident, they are most certainly not junk. That said, when I read in the booklet to the Carpenters' Singles album, when it was firest issued, where Ruby and The Romantics had recorded one of my favorite Carpenters songs, and this recording served as the inspiration for Richard as well. Wow! I started looking immediately and found a copy in short order. The Jimmy Clanton version sounds to me to be somewhat like a Gene Pitney / Righteous Brothers mix. I could imagine the Righteous Brothers singing to the Ruth Lewis music track. It was the tempo. The Ruby and The Romantics version still has a Phil Spector production type quality but opens with a light latin beat and considerably different tempo than the previous two versions posted, which may have been what caught Richard's ear. For whatever reason, The Ruby and The Romantics version deserves not to to be forgotten and so it is now playing at Musica. Enjoy! Paul Urbahns -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 3 Date: Sun, 9 Oct 2005 21:02:47 +0100 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Reparata and the Delrons After decades of neglect Reparata and the Delrons seem to have CDs available all over the place. Some seem a mite shady, others feature recordings from various periods but the best is the Mick Patrick anointed ACE Records release. Wonderful sleeve notes including Mick’s interview with the 'real' Reparata. I loved the review/feature on S'pop Recommends by Ray Otto: It may be of interest to know that the session for "The Boy I Love" features 'ashtray' played and backing vocals by Frank Amodeo. Frank is AKA Darin D'Anna (two superb 45s on World Artists produced by the Jerome Brothers) and AKA Gino ("It's Only A Paper Moon" and a slew of other excellent releases for Golden Crest/ Shelly). Groups he was in/lead include The Reflections, he replaced Tony Micale as lead singer for their ABC and later High And Mighty recordings, The Royal Aires and The Del-Quins. He wrote using his own name for many of the records he sang on and for folks such as Sammy Turner. The guy deserves a feature. One day I might get round to prompting him for more stories and finish it. But he stopped replying to my emails, who can blame him? :-) Martin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 4 Date: Sun, 9 Oct 2005 21:04:57 +0100 From: Frank M Subject: Magnificent Montague Magnificent Montague can be heard saying "Burn Baby Burn" on an incendiary (excuse the pun) version of In the Midnight Hour recorded live at the 5/4 Ballroom in Watts. Three days later according to the sleeve note of Wilson Picket's double Cd A Man and a Half the riots broke out and Montague was looking for a new catch pahrase. Booker T and The MG's were backing Picket and a bunch of Stax acts that weekend and I believe that's when Montague inveigled several of the musicians to participate in the session that was released as Hole in The wall by The Packers. I should go back and Read Rob Bowman's books and notes for the correct details but any mistakes in the above are mine. Excerpts by the rest of the acts can be found on Funky Broadway; The Stax revue at the 5/4 ballroom. FrankM -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 5 Date: Sun, 9 Oct 2005 21:02:45 +0100 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Joe Meek "Portrait Of A Genius" box set For serious record collectors rather than the more casual buyer I've yet to see a more mouth-watering compilation. Taking it as read that anyone buying the box set already has the hits, (no home should be without the double CD set, also on Sanctuary/ Castle, "Joe Meek - The Alchemist Of Pop"), these tracks feature the great, the good, the bad and the down right ugly. As the compiler Roger Dopson notes, Joe Meek 'warts'n'all'. Chronicling Joe's musical output as an engineer in '55 to his final sessions as a producer in '67 this set really is a 'Portrait Of A Genius' at work. I want to hear the stuff not considered good enough to be released, the tracks that enlist a, 'what the f*** was that meant to be?' are just as important in showing the development and understanding the work of an artist as the 'wow, how could that have stayed in the can?' recordings. "Telstar", "Johnny Remember Me", "Just Like Eddie", "Have I The Right" and many others didn't just 'happen'. This set, the astute, thought provoking foreword by Jon Savage, the excellent sleeve notes by Bob Stanley and recollections by those who knew him show us the talent and madness that created them. Besides the biggest hits that had to be included, of the 117 tracks 30 tracks have never been released, many get there CD debut and the rest can safely be described as obscure. For the avid 'meekaphils' who may know some of the tracks from swapped C90s the sound has been superbly cleaned and restored by Peter J. Reynolds. The box set is beautifully packaged, made up a four CD's, a super 46 page, full colour half fullscap-sized booklet and cost £25s. Joe was not the only producer, arranger to be troubled by his demons. Nobody with any kind of interest in what lay behind many ‘pop’ hits and the mental and physical torment, often caused, should be without a copy. Martin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 6 Date: Sun, 9 Oct 2005 21:28:58 +0100 From: Dave Heasman Subject: Re: Sue Lynn Will Stos: > I've also just received the latest Dreambabes CD (Stonefree > and Sassy or is it vice versa) in the mail and LOVE it! A > particular standout is the weird and wonderful "Reach For > The Moon" by Sue Lynn. Is this Sue Lynn English by any chance? There was a top-ish model by that name in the late 60s. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 7 Date: Sun, 9 Oct 2005 21:12:59 +0100 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Jack Nitzsche at Spectropop update Sorry to have been a bit quiet of late [not that anyone has complained :-)], however there is a new ROTW: Phil Spector expert and all-round good guy, David A. Young, has written the first in a series of features on the B-sides to Hale & The Hushabyes/The Date With Soul "Yes Sir, That's My Baby". His first piece concerns the Hale's Apogee recording "900 Quetzals". Many mysteries surround these recordings. David will attempt to clear-up most of 'em. Martin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- SPECTROPOP features: End

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