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Spectropop - Digest Number 2118



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There are 10 messages in this issue.


Topics in this digest:

      1. Mary Hopkin
           From: Richard Havers 
      2. Re: Linda Carr
           From: Simon White 
      3. Re: Linda Carr
           From: Hans Huss 
      4. Re: The Concords - "Should I Cry"
           From: Martin Roberts 
      5. Re: New York Girl Group Gig!
           From: Martin Roberts 
      6. Ronny & Daytonas, later songs
           From: Martin Jensen 
      7. Maxine Brown sings Lesley Gore
           From: Mick Patrick 
      8. Re: New York Girl Group Gig!
           From: Mick Patrick 
      9. Re: Mary Hopkin
           From: Dave Heasman 
     10. The S'pop Team Requests
           From: S'pop Team 


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________________________________________________________________________ Message: 1 Date: Sat, 5 Nov 2005 14:47:05 +0000 From: Richard Havers Subject: Mary Hopkin I have always loved Mary's singing and was pleased to have been alerted to a release (via the web only) of Mary's famous Royal Festival Hall concert in 1972. It is absolutely stunning. Anyone who is a fan of Mary's singing, or that Judy Collins style of folk should check it out. http://www.morganhopkin.co.uk/ This is what it says about the album... In May, 1972, Mary played what was to be her last concert for years. Saying goodbye to the music business which had catapulted her into worldwide fame barely three years before, she sings some of her best songs including Earth Song and Ocean Song, Those Were the Days and some of the folk classics that inspired her early career. Accompanied by Danny Thompson (Pentangle) and Brian Willoughby (later of The Strawbs), as well as her then husband Tony Visconti and the Pop Arts String Quartet, this is an intimate concert which captures Mary at her best. Tracks Once I had a Sweetheart Ocean Song Streets of London Sparrow Aderyn Pur If I Fell Silver Dagger Donna Donna Those Were the Days Earth Song Morning Has Broken Both Sides Now International Just to be clear, I have no involvement in this, and I'm not on commission! Richard -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Sat, 05 Nov 2005 18:39:36 +0000 From: Simon White Subject: Re: Linda Carr I'm sure someone will know far more than me but here we go with what I know. Mark on Linda Carr: > "In My Life"/"I Feel Love Coming On" (Ranwood 806) > The A-side is an excellent fast dancer, written by none other than > the Maestro himself, Barry White. Wonder if the flip is the same as > the Felice Taylor tune that White produced for the Mustang label? "In My Life" is an earlier version of a song later recorded by Gloria Scott and released on the Casablanca label as "As Long As We're Together" produced by Barry White. "I Feel Love Comin' On" is indeed the same tune as Ms Taylor's. Linda Carr of course had a big hit in the 70's on the Chelsea label with "Highwire" Simon White -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Sat, 5 Nov 2005 06:11:49 -0800 (PST) From: Hans Huss Subject: Re: Linda Carr Mark wrote: > There are also two singles on Ranwood, both of interest to the > Northern soul crowd: "In My Life"/"I Feel Love Coming On" > (Ranwood 806)The A-side is an excellent fast dancer, written by > none other than the Maestro himself, Barry White. Wonder if the > flip is the same as the Felice Taylor tune that White produced > for the Mustang label? "Ah! You Are My World to Me"/"I Can't > Really Tell You Goodbye" (Ranwood 828) [...] The liner notes to > the UK CD "Northern Soul Fever Volume 1", which contains "In My > Life", mentions that Ms. Carr had a UK chart single on the > Highwire label. Can anyone elaborate on that? There was one more on Ranwood; "If You Must Leave My Life" b/w "Didn't Want To Have To Do It" (Ranwood 815). Not sure if '"Do It" is the John Sebastian tune, but the A-side, by Jimmy Webb, is beautiful. And, yes, "I Feel Love Coming On" is the Barry White tune. Linda Carr & the Love Squad released "Highwire" / "Mama's Little Corner of the World" on the Chelsea label in 1975, written and produced by Kenny Nolan, arranged by Gene Page - strictly L.A. business! Not sure that it charted though... Quite a few copies available on eBay right now. According to the Singles Database, Linda Carr had one each on Ray Star and SAR (before the DCP and Bell releases). Has anyone heard those? Hasse Huss -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Sat, 5 Nov 2005 18:46:03 -0000 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Re: The Concords - "Should I Cry" Pleased to read the general agreement on the quality of The Concords "Should I Cry", one of only three cover songs I've included in Nitzsche's discography. Great group, great songwriters but I think the producers Feldman-Goldstein-Gottehrer & arranger Ron Winters deserve a lot of the credit for the sound. Mike Edwards mentioned the Concords work with The Skyliners as he suggested there are lots more recordings. Group leader Mike Lewis, usually with fellow Concords collaborator Stuart Wiener, wrote and/ or produced for Roddie Joy, Racket Squad, Vicki Baines, the Tiffanys and many others. Talented guys. Ed Engel's Crystal Ball label did release, with Mike Lewis' blessing, a Best Of The Concords LP in '91 now updated on CD, well worth buying if you can find a copy. Martin PS Can't wait to read Kingsley's interview with Jackie in Record Collector! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Sat, 5 Nov 2005 18:52:42 -0000 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Re: New York Girl Group Gig! As if it wasn't bad enough missing the Rhino Box Set release party, Country Paul rubs salt in the wound by entertainingly describing just what I've missed. Sounds like a once in a lifetime event. Wish I could have been there thanks for the review Paul, I think! Martin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Sat, 05 Nov 2005 19:25:29 -0000 From: Martin Jensen Subject: Ronny & Daytonas, later songs Hi fellow Spectropoppers Ever since discovering the Ronny & Daytonas compilation 'Best of the Mala Recordings' issued by Sundazed I have been obsessed by the soft and well-produced songs that make up the second part of the discs. Those incredibly tender, almost meditative ballads just kill me every time I hear them. It's like having liquid honey dripping into one's ears. I'd just wish Sundazed had issued the Sandy album on cd instead of only vinyl, since there apparently are a couple of ballads on there not found on the Mala compilation. Surfing the net for some more info on the group I've come across an interview with Bucky Wilkin (Ronny), who provides some interesting information on the group's recordings after leaving Mala: "() Wilkin approached Chet Atkins at RCA. Atkins agreed to sign him, but since Wilkin was a pop artist, Ronny & the Daytonas' singles moved through RCA's New York office. Which is to say they barely moved at all. The final indignity occurred when RCA squashed a Wilkin original called "Delta Day No Time to Cry," which he describes as having been a "vaguely anti-war song" that merely "referenced the agony of the soldier." "They were the supplier to the war effort--RCA Electronics owned RCA Records at the time. So for anybody to even talk about the war was a no-no." Says Wilkin, RCA refused to promote the record, so he called it quits, leaving over an album's worth of unissued RCA material in the can. His subsequent LPs were recorded under his own name for Liberty and United Artists, respectively." The full interview can be read at http://weeklywire.com/ww/08-18-97/nash_music-mono.html My question is whether or not anyone here has ever heard "Delta Day No Time to Cry" or perhaps even those unreleased RCA songs mentioned? The quality of the ballads Ronny & Daytonas recorded for Mala in the mid-sixties continually amazes me. Some might find it sacrilegious, but I even prefer them to the similarly romantic songs Brian masterminded at the same time. :-) I'd love to hear more about the group and their later songs if anyone here has any inside knowledge? With kind regards Martin, Denmark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Sat, 5 Nov 2005 20:21:59 -0000 From: Mick Patrick Subject: Maxine Brown sings Lesley Gore Patrick Rands mentioned Lesley Gore's: > 1975 reunion album with Quincy Jones, "Love Me By Name"... Talking of that song, Lesley Gore and comeback albums... Like Lesley Gore, Maxine Brown has a new CD out too - "From The Heart", released last year on her own label, Mee Max Music Inc. My favourite track on it just so happens to be her version of Lesley's "Love Me By Name", performed as a minimalist jazz symphony for double bass and violin. The song suits Maxine to a T. I recommend it, and the entire CD. As you've read previously, Maxine topped the bill at the gig Rhino threw last Wednesday to mark the release of "One Kiss...", their Girl Group box set. How cool it would have been to see Lesley at the event too. Find more info on "From The Heart" at these links: http://tinyurl.com/8yllm http://tinyurl.com/7h764 http://www.maxinebrown.com Isn't it about time Universal issued Lesley Gore's Mowest and A & M albums on CD? Hey la, Mick Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Sat, 05 Nov 2005 20:30:55 -0000 From: Mick Patrick Subject: Re: New York Girl Group Gig! Country Paul wrote: > I went - and what a treat on more than one front. The music was > exceptional; the whole evening was high points. Maxine Brown > "owned" the stage; she wrapped it up with a soulful "All In My > Mind" that turned into a long "testifying" section with many of > the assembled singers offstage chanting the song's hook while > Maxine stole the hearts - and souls - of the entire crowd... > Also present in non-singing appearances were Mary Aiese > (Reparata) and Nanette Licari of The Delrons, who sang back-up; > Mary Weiss of The Shangri-Las; and the great Arlene Smith of > The Chantels... Great to see you there, Paul. I notice Sheila has a few photos up over at Cha Cha Charming: http://www.chachacharming.com/diary/index.php Any more available elsewhere, I wonder? Hey la, Mick Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Sat, 5 Nov 2005 20:54:54 -0000 From: Dave Heasman Subject: Re: Mary Hopkin Richard Havers: > In May, 1972, Mary (Hopkin) played what was to be her last > concert for years. She made a sort of comeback in 1977 as part of a "supergroup". They called themselves.......Oasis. Dave, not supporting Man City, on firework night. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Sun, 6 Nov 2005 16:13:37 -0000 From: S'pop Team Subject: The S'pop Team Requests Dear All, To ensure the continued high quality of messages reaching the board, may we request that members try a quick Google search (http://www.google.com) before posing a simple query. There are many experts among our members, who are always ready to reply in-depth, but the obvious questions can usually be answered by a preliminary search elsewhere. And please, when responding to a previous message, ALWAYS quote a few lines from that message. Otherwise the moderators, and other members, have little or no idea of what is being discussed. Thank you, The S'pop Team -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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