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Spectropop - Digest Number 2102

               SPECTROPOP - Spectacular! Retro! Pop!

There are 7 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Teddy Vann & the Sandpebbles
           From: Mick Patrick 
      2. Re: France Gall, Sandie Shaw live footage
           From: Eddy 
      3. Dumb Angel Gazette
           From: Brian Chidester 
      4. Come back, Reparata, all is forgiven
           From: Phil X Milstein 
      5. Re: "Playin' Hard To Get" / Rhino Girl Group box set.
           From: Julio Niņo 
      6. Re: The Wall of Sound
           From: Phil X Milstein 
      7. Marcy Jo
           From: S'pop Projects 

________________________________________________________________________ Message: 1 Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2005 00:53:16 +0100 From: Mick Patrick Subject: Teddy Vann & the Sandpebbles Hey Davie, has anyone mentioned the Sandpebbles' CD "We Got Love Power", released on Westside WESM 609 in 2000? The disc contains every record the Sandpebbles ever made, plus 10 previously unissued tracks and 6 radio promo spots for "Love Power". The unissued track are: ("I've Got To) Do It To It" "The Love Man" "The Love People" "I've Got To Do What I Believe" "Up And Down" "Soul Mountain" "Home Sweet Home" "Come On People" "Co-ordination" "We Can Change It" "(I've Got To) Do It To It" was written by Ralph Bailey, Vernon Harrell and Johnny Robinson. The Sandpebbles, Tony Fox and Vernon Harrell all recorded versions of this song. All three used the same backing track. The CD lists the writers of all of the other previously unissued tracks as "unidentified", but I wouldn't mind betting Teddy Vann wrote some or all of them. He certainly produced every track on the CD. Interesting group, the Sandpebbles. And lead singer Lonzine Wright! Wow, what an amazing voice! After their first few records they fell out over royalties with Teddy Vann and Calla Records. The group got themselves a new record deal at Cotillion with producer Swamp Dogg (Jerry Williams), but their old management owned their name, so they became C. & the Shells instead. The Calla label then got themselves a whole new group of Sandpebbles. The CD contains tracks recorded by both group line-ups. Find more info and soundbites here and here Hey la, Mick Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2005 11:26:52 +0200 From: Eddy Subject: Re: France Gall, Sandie Shaw live footage Peter Andreasen: > At this moment you can watch live footage from France > Gall, Sandie Shaw, Kathy Kirby, Vicky Leandros etc. at: > And while we're talking TV here, S'poppers in the UK and nearby might wanna check out Later with Jools Holland tomorrow (21st) where Burt Bacharach is scheduled to appear! Sex and British Pop on Sunday (23rd), also on BBC2, looks like fun as well! Eddy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2005 17:32:47 -0400 From: Brian Chidester Subject: Dumb Angel Gazette Hi All Spectropop Members, I apologize for this solicitation on the forum, but I thought I might make a formal announcement that I now have a new edition of the journal/almanac known as "The Dumb Angel Gazette." The new volume is #4, titled "All Summer Long," the first edition of DAG in 15 years, co-written and co-edited by myself and Domenic Priore, with several contributing authors, as well, including Harvey Kubernik, Otto von Stroheim, Mark A. Moore, the artist known as Shag and others. DAG #4 has actually been out for a little over three months now, and I hope no one feels slighted for the late announcement here... Domenic and I have been trudging around California with boxes in the trunks of our cars, trying to get into as many shops as possible... we're now completely covered, in terms of independent book stores/record shops/boutiques throughout the state, as well as several indie's in Seattle, New York and Philadelphia. Plus, we're also in every Tower Records store in the US, and a bunch of cool catalogues, like Norton and Get Hip. Things are moving, but we haven't really hit the internet too hard. So here's a bit of an announcement... hope not to sound too sales-pitchy. Anyway, DAG #4 is 150 pages, full-color... there a surf-band family tree by Peter Frame that is four pages, fold-out; photography by Dennis Hopper, rare artwork by Rick Griffin and other cool beatnik surf artists. There's a Steve Douglas interview, a 1964-66 Phil Spector article, 50+ pages on Brian Wilson and tons of other surf instrumental and exotica contents. I hope you all will check it out: It took us four years to complete... hopefully the next one can be done much sooner. We're workin' on it... Thanks for listening. Yours, Brian Chidester -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2005 18:04:00 -0400 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: Come back, Reparata, all is forgiven S'pop Projects wrote: > Without a doubt, "I'm Nobody's Baby Now" by Reparata & the > Delrons is one of *the* most revered recordings here on > planet Spectropop. Incredible, but true - S'pop's Ray Otto > was there at the session. Find out more in his review of > the group's new "Best Of" CD: > I've been meaning to say how much I enjoyed reading Ray's account, especially his in-studio memories, and this gives me a perfect opportunity. His comments on Mary's realization that the spoken passage in "Nobody's Baby Now" could (aesthetically speaking) make or break the song was especially exciting to read, particularly in light of the fact that, as the evidence shows, she did indeed totally NAIL IT! If only we had such reports from the trenches of so many others of our favorite recording sessions. Thanks so much for your thoughts on R & the Ds, Ray -- it made my annual Spectropop dues worth paying all by itself. I haven't heard Mick's R & Ds addition to musica yet, nor ordered my copy of the Ace CD, but you know I'll be gettin' on both of them real soon-like. Dig, --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2005 19:37:29 -0000 From: Julio Niņo Subject: Re: "Playin' Hard To Get" / Rhino Girl Group box set. Hola everybody. Mark Frumento commented on the Rhinoīs Girl Groups box: > ...One track that makes the whole set worth the $50 is Yvonne > Carroll's 'Mr. Loveman... Mick Patrick answered: > ..."Mr. Loveman" by Yvonne Carroll it's been readily available > on CD for years. Find it on "Playin' Hard To Get: West Coast > Girls"... Everytime someone mentions that extraordinary compilation my brain begins segregating endorphins in a typical Pavlovian response. Itīs one of my favorite Girl Groups compilations. Not only does it contain the splendid "Mr. Loveman" but many other irresistible songs like the wonderful *Paris-Sisterish* "Love Bells" by The Galens (which I prefer to "Chinese Lanterns", that is also included); the ode to daydreaming, Donna Lorenīs "Dream World"; the suggestively menacing "You Better Watch Out Boy" by the Accents, "Goodbye Jimmy" by Panda Berry, or perhaps my favorite in that collection, "Crying of My Pillow" by Dorothy Berry, composed by the talented David Gates (Iīm wondering now if some of his superlative productions with Margaret Mandolph has been reissued on CD). Mark Frumento again: > ...Having had a chance to listen to the Rhino Girl Group box > a few times I want to gush about it a little bit more. As was > already pointed out, the packaging is fantastic and clever as > all get out. But what impresses me most about the set is the > track selection and running order. It's a real testament to > the art of CD compilation... I was doubting about buying or not the Rhino box set (not only because I think Iīm going to hate the hat box format; Iīm a total fan of orthogonality) but mainly because I already had most of the tracks on CD. I counted the songs I donīt have and they were around a dozen or a little more. Finally I couldnīt resist the temptation (I usually canīt, or perhaps I usually donīt want to do it) and I bought it. I justify myself by thinking that surely the notes and photos will be worth it, and that spending my time and money accumulating records keep me away from my other, much more dangerous vices. Mark alludes to the importance of the order in which the songs are featured in a CD compilation. I also find that factor very important. The sequence of the songs can transform completely the listening experience. Itīs a good example of what in theory of systems is called an emergent quality (a quality that results from the interactions between the components of a system). I really donīt know if compilers usually choose the order the songs are featured (apart from the cases in which they are presented in chronological order of course) but some of them seem to have a special talent for doing it. Chao. Julio Niņo. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2005 18:24:34 -0400 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: Re: The Wall of Sound Tim asked: > I know this might seem strange to you but i'm new to Phil Spector > and wondered if anyone would explain the "Wall of Sound" style/ > technique to me please. Ooh, ooh! Call on me, call on me! I know this one! The "wall of sound" was a term -- whether it was coined by him or not, I know not -- used to describe the production techniques of Phil Spector, who, beginning around 1962 or '63, used massive instrumentation -- multiple pianos, basses and guitars, all playing simultaneously, along with tons of percussion and backing vocals and, as his special secret sauce, the palpable, practically BREATHING echo available to him at Studio A of Gold Star Studios in Hollywood. These ingredients were all rendered in glorious mono, the better to create a thick dust-bunny of music through which virtually no individual instrument was distinguishable from the mass. Although at first listen this radical approach to crafting teenage pop sounds like a mistake, Spector was in fact the ultimate studio perfectionist, and the "Wall of Sound" a highly deliberate concept designed to turn innocent ditties into what Spector, who was heavily influenced by Wagner, famously called "little symphonies for the kids." So, teach, do I get a "Gold Star"? --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2005 01:22:20 +0100 From: S'pop Projects Subject: Marcy Jo Country Paul: > ... thanks for posting Marcy Jo's "Since Gary Went Into The > Navy" to musica. I didn't know it was about Gary Troxel, but > have always loved the song... Talking of Marcy Jo... The story of this Philly pop princess, plus a discography, has just been uploaded to the main S'pop website. Either visit the homepage and click on Marcy's picture: Or access the article directly here: Enjoy, The S'pop Team -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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