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Spectropop - Digest Number 2173

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There are 13 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. The Ventures - I feel fine
           From: Richard Snow 
      2. Re: (early) Three Degrees
           From: S. J. Dibai 
      3. Re: Dick Kallman Drops In As "Hank" LP
           From: Alan V  Karr 
      4. Re: Apache
           From: Alan V Karr 
      5. Re: Record Buying
           From: Larry Bromley 
      6. Re: Auld Lang Syne - Any fab femme versions?
           From: Jana B 
      7. The Nonesuch Guide to Electronic Music
           From: Jens Koch 
      8. Looking For "Leader Of The Pack" LP
           From: Artie Butler 
      9. 3,000 Miles
           From: Clark Besch 
     10. Phil's Christmas Album
           From: Paul Urbahns 
     11. Re: The Ventures - "I feel fine"
           From: Steve Harvey 
     12. Re: Looking For "Leader Of The Pack" LP
           From: Phil X Milstein 
     13. Re: Herb Bernstein - '60s discography
           From: Diane 

________________________________________________________________________ Message: 1 Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2005 02:10:02 +0000 From: Richard Snow Subject: The Ventures - I feel fine All the talk of "Apache" has made me want to metion this. I recently heard The Ventures version of "Apache" and also on the same Cd an instrumental version of "I feel fine", The Beatles tune. What shocked me was that The Ventures made no effort to reproduce the feedback sound on the intro. What they have done instead is blatantly edited the Beatles original 45 onto the front of their track. I wonder if EMI are aware of this naughty bit of "Sampling" ! :-) Richard -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2005 21:24:23 -0000 From: S. J. Dibai Subject: Re: (early) Three Degrees Simon White wrote: > We don't get enough Three Degrees on Spectropop - the > group's pre Philly Int stuff is well worth investigating. Oh, absolutely. Their Swan recordings included some of the best early examples of the Philly sound. The Richard Barrett productions of the mid-60s are a fascinating lost chapter in the development of Philly soul, and Three Degrees sides like "Gotta Draw The Line," "Drivin' Me Mad," and "Tales Are True" epitomize the emergence of a Philadelphia sound from the combination of Detroit, Chicago, and New York soul and pop influences. Even "Gee Baby (I'm Sorry)," as terrible a song as it is, has a sublimely haunting production and excellent soulful vocals. Funny how they only had two Hot 100 hits (and no R&B hits!) on Swan--"Gee Baby" (#80, 1965) and a stripped-down revival of "Look In My Eyes" (#97, 1966) --but neither of these really represented them as more than a doo-wop girl group. Not that there's anything wrong with a doo-wop girl group, but in the mid-60s you'd think the soul stuff would've gotten more attention. Also very good from this period is Sheila Ferguson, right before she joined the Degrees, with one amazing record in particular, "Heartbroken Memories." Also released on Swan in 1965 and produced by Barrett, who wrote it with Leon Huff. I think this is one of the earliest records that, despite having some clear outside influences, is no less than a true Philly soul recording. I spotlight Barrett's Swan productions, including some of the sides I just mentioned, somewhat heavily in an article I've written on the development of Philly soul in the '60s. But I've only recently started trying to get the damn thing published.... Roll on, S.J. Dibai -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2005 23:42:21 -0000 From: Alan V Karr Subject: Re: Dick Kallman Drops In As "Hank" LP John H wrote: > Does anyone out there have anymore info on this album, or > on Dick Kallman? (Aside from what one has already learned > via endless Googling, of course.) Sure - Dick Kallman (who also played "Little Louie Groovy" on BATMAN), had a fine MOR voice (reminds me of say, Robert Goulet). C. 1962 was spotted by EMI A&R man Norman Newell (BTW "at-large" and not particularly tied to any one EMI division) in a NY musical, he was whisked to London for the opportunity to record an LP for their HMV label. I cant recall the title right now! Kallman's British album involved several MDs including John Barry-along with several 45s ("Speak Softly"; "Say It Isn't So") it failed to trouble the UK charts. Kept acting & recording with discs on American Decca, RCA, Liberty & Dot, believe some HMV tracks were issued by US/Canadian cousins Capitol on LP after HANK appeared, appeared in a number of stage & TV shows and films + Las Vegas, sadly was murdered in a robbery in NY 1980 after becoming a dealer of paintings/antiques. A few samples of John Barry arranged tracks from the LP on the cool "Hits & Misses" comp can be found here: also looky here Apparently robbery was the sole motive. Regards, Alan V. Karr -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2005 21:51:03 -0000 From: Alan V Karr Subject: Re: Apache Steve Harvey wrote: > Atlantic Records had the rights to the Shadows version and > blew it... Jorgen Ingman(n)'s Apache was released in the USA by Atco, Atlantic's subsidiary "pop" label, licensed from Metronome Records of Denmark. (apparently unaffiliated with Metronome Germany (now Universal) and Metronome Sweden (now WEA) So they had dibs on both. Jorgen Ingmann, who went on to win the Eurovision Song Contest in 1963 as accompanist to his wife Grethe on "Dansevise" was a discovery of Metronome Records founder Bent Fabric(us) (Bjerre). Recall if you will Mr. Fabric taking home the Grammy(R) for Best Rock and Roll disc in 1962 with..."Alley Cat"! Regards, Alan V. Karr -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2005 19:19:50 -0800 (PST) From: Larry Bromley Subject: Re: Record Buying Paul Urbahns wrote: > I will be in Nashville in a couple weeks on a record buying > trip. Does anyone on the list know of any stores that sell > good vinyl at cheap prices, besides Phono Luxe and the > local thrift stores. To Mr. Urbahns and other vinylphiles: I can't help about Nashville, but if anyone were to go further south, they might head down I-95 to West Melbourne, Florida, some 30 miles east of Mousie World. A little shop called "Play It Again Records" awaits, with a wide variety of styles and years. Trades are also welcome. It was a favorite browsing spot for me, when I lived there, and still is when I go visit the town. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2005 21:33:55 -0000 From: Jana B Subject: Re: Auld Lang Syne - Any fab femme versions? Chris King: > I'm running the Da Doo Ron Ron NYE shindig tomorrow night & > am desperately trying to locate a vaguely uptempo, ideally > soulful, reading of the old staple Auld Lang Syne. The version by gospel artist Carlene Davis might fulfill your requirments, Chris. It's upbeat and soulful, as requested, and her voice is lovely. It is on a compilation called "Yard Style Christmas," on VP Records, and was released in 1999, although she's been recording for many years. Hope your party's great, and congrats on the little one! Happy, happy, Jana B. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2005 15:48:52 +0100 From: Jens Koch Subject: The Nonesuch Guide to Electronic Music I've just read that the The Nonesuch Guide to Electronic Music, the 1966 double by Paul Beaver & Bernie Krause which is finally seeing a CD reissue in 2006, charted on Billboard which is news to me, but then I live faraway. But surely it didn't chart on the pop charts? Which other charts were possible in those days? Jens -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2005 10:42:35 EST From: Artie Butler Subject: Looking For "Leader Of The Pack" LP Does anyone at spectropop know where I can locate a good original copy of the Shangri-La's "Leader of The Pack" Red Bird LP, not a reissue or a CD. Thanks, Artie Butler -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2005 15:29:48 -0000 From: Clark Besch Subject: 3,000 Miles Artie Wayne wrote: > This Christmas was one of the best I ever had. I'm currently > living in a small town in the California desert. It didn't > look much like Christmas here...but it sure felt like it. Artie (and all), glad to hear you had a Happy Christmas. Because of the hoopla I go thru every year at this time, I have been out of the SPop loop for a month. I hope I still get my Happy New Year greeting in here before Jan 1 happens. Be good to see Dick Clark again tonight. > I remember running into my old pal, Shel Silverstein ["A boy > named Sue", "Sylvia's Mother"], outside of the Troubador, 30 > years ago... Shel has no doubt been celebrating his new greatest hits Cd on Sony. Unfortunately, it was one of the 52 discs that Sony has been getting sued for because it puts an unknown program into your computer when it is played in your harddrive. Neil Diamond's landmark new cd also got the same treatment. To add to this holiday woe is the fact that Sony has not even withdrawn all the intentionally "infected" cds as they have claimed and these 2 writers have thus suffered lost sales because of the news. Not only that, Sony has yet to get a patch to remove the program! So Shel and Neil will have to deal with people like Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout not taking the garbage out and heaven forbid if "Stacy Brown got two"!!! > I've asked Mick to put up another track at musica a rare > Warner Brothers Music Christmas Cut-in record. > Regards, Artie Wayne Artie, thanks for sharing the Christmas songs. This will make you feel even better about this Christmas! The latest Goldmine magazine has its' top 191 (?) "ultimate jukebox 45s" as voted by readers listed in the Jan 6, 2006 issue likely still on newstands. I'd swear Chicagoans must have voted more than others. I was pleased to see my Cryan' Shames roll in with "I Wanna Meet You"/"We Could be Happy"! BUT, Artie, check this out. One of the 45s voted to be in the ultimate jukebox 45 selections was Brian Hyland's "3000 Miles"/ "Sometimes They do, Sometimes they Don't"!!!! Congrats Brian and Artie--your great 45 is not forgotten by many!!! Happy New Year, Clark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2005 13:23:22 -0500 From: Paul Urbahns Subject: Phil's Christmas Album John Fox wrote about Phil's Christmas Album: > I must have listened to "A Christmas Gift For You" in its > entirety at least 10 times in the past few weeks. Paul adds: Actually I listen to the Christmas album year round. If you ignore the holiday lyrics it is a dynamite rock and roll album. Next year I suggest you buy an extra copy and give it to a friend who likes oldies a few weeks before Christmas. You would be surprised to find how many people hear the songs on radio every year and have no idea they all come from one album. Happy New Year! Paul Urbahns Radcliff, KY -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2005 08:59:19 -0800 (PST) From: Steve Harvey Subject: Re: The Ventures - "I feel fine" Richard Snow wrote: > I recently heard The Ventures version of "I feel fine", The > Beatles tune. What shocked me was that The Ventures edited > the Beatles original 45 onto the front of their track. I remember one of their greatest hits CDs had "Sleepwalk" of theirs that started with the into to Fleetwood Mac's "Albatross", but they played it instead of using the record. What CD has their "I Feel Fine". I have a live in Japan CD with it, but no intro like that. Steve Harvey -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2005 12:54:57 -0500 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: Re: Looking For "Leader Of The Pack" LP Artie Butler wrote: > Does anyone at spectropop know where I can locate a good > original copy of the Shangri-La's "Leader of The Pack" > Red Bird LP, not a reissue or a CD. At the risk of sounding like a schill (which I am not, at least not in this case), is almost always your best first stop for rare record buying. GEMM is a clearinghouse for record dealers around the world, whose listings of available stock form GEMM's database. The user enters what they're looking for in a single search engine, and the program will return a list of any hits (if you'll pardon the unintentional pun) it finds, including quality grading for that specific item, price, user feedback grade for that dealer, and direct link to that item. Contact info for the dealer is also available, in case he or she has questions they need answered before making a decision. Once an item is selected for purchase, the transaction is between buyer and dealer, with GEMM getting a small markup over the item's price. Unlike eBay (which has its own strengths), GEMM is not an auction site, and listings are what in the old days used to be called "set sales," i.e. at fixed prices. Also, while scamsters exist nearly everywhere, by limiting my purchases to its four- or five-star graded dealers, the many purchases I've made through GEMM have been with virtually no exceptions happy and successful ones, and my record collection -- if not my wallet -- have been much richer for having found it. Now, if only any of those dealers offered an "arrangers discount," your search for a copy of the Shangri-Las album would be easier still! Dig, --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2005 17:49:43 -0000 From: Diane Subject: Re: Herb Bernstein - '60s discography Happy New Year, everyone! I was away last week, and am playing "catch-up" today on my emails. Just read through the list Davie Gordon posted of '60's recordings that Herb Bernstein had a hand in. I believe the artist who recorded the double-side listed below was actually Laura Nyro (though Janis Ian was also with Verve Folkways at the time). I have this 45 - a gem! 09/66 JANIS IAN (Verve Folkways 5024) Wedding Bell Blues Stoney End Prod: Milt Okun; arr: Herb Bernstein Ta ta, Diane, aka HurdyGurl -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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