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Spectropop - Digest Number 463

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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)

There are 17 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Liners of the Moment
           From: james botticelli 
      2. soul sisters
           From: David Bell 
      3. Gap commercial
           From: Mark Frumento 
      4. The Rising Sons....a discography (sorta)
           From: Scott Swanson 
      5. Rising Sons "neofact"
           From: Guy Lawrence 
      6. Verdelle Smith
           From: Ken Silverwood 
      7. Playing catch up
           From: Ken Silverwood 
      8. Bette Bright/Tracey/Mari
           From: Joe Foster 
      9. Rolling Stone list; Bernadette newsflash; Donnie Iris
           From: Paul Payton 
     10. Barbara Alston's Bio/Spector unissued
           From: Will Stos 
     11. Coke (and Pepsi) Commercials
           From: Alan Gordon 
     12. The 45 Club-So Cal Soul
           From: Leonardo Flores 
     13. Verdelle Smith
           From: Norman 
     14. Reparata/Murmaids
           From: "Peter Lerner" 
     15. Flamma Sherman
           From: "Peter Lerner" 
     16. Mari Wilson/Tracey Ullman
           From: Mark Frumento 
     17. Millennium
           From: Jeffrey Glenn 


Message: 1
   Date: Thu, 09 May 2002 15:17:48 -0400
   From: james botticelli 
Subject: Liners of the Moment

The hip liners from the New CD by the Mello Cads...liners by Andy Zak

"The man in the suit has a story to tell.  He's a drifter, leaving the
straight life behind as he prowls the wine bars of Soho and the bathhouses
of Shibuya, singing of martinis and memories from his fire escape in the
sky.  Shaken but not slurred, he croons his moonjunespoontunes for lonely
baccarat players and late-night lovers.  He rocks and he pops and in the
morning he'll be moving on.  He's found The New Life Out There, and from
Rosecrans Boulevard to Respectable Street the Now People know his name.  He
takes tomorrow and dips it in dreams.  Catsuited concubines lick sweet green
icing from his fingers.  His little Red Book comes in colors and it says,
"touch me again...there...oh yessss."  Is he gonna be there at the love-in?
Just try to stop him.  Who is he, this man....this Ponak...this most mello 
of all possible Cads?  A minstrel filled with visions.  Strong, but he likes
roses.  A lover and a fighter.  Velvet gloves and spit.  Don't let his glad
expression give you the wrong impression: odds are he won't live to see
tomorrow.  No one, I think, is in his tree.  He's lived it and loved it and
now the world will see it in stereo...his way.  He will sing you his tale and
then wander till spring.  This dream is for you, so pay the price."

Who among us.......?

Jimmy Botticelli
Taking The E-Z...Way Out!

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Message: 2 Date: Thu, 09 May 2002 20:25:48 +0100 From: David Bell Subject: soul sisters Mick, I'd love to know the titles of the songs by the Soul Sisters with the following catalogue #s - Sue 10005, 140 and Veep 1291. I wish I'd seen them perform in London in 1966 but I'm just a country boy from the sticks who was still at school then. Malcolm B tells a wonderful story of seeing them on children's TV on that tour. I can't imagine them shimmying on Crackerjack to "I Can't Stand It." What must those little 12 year olds thought of them? A ribald story of Stevie Wonder and the Soul Sisters? Tell me more, tell me more! David B. aka the Professor. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Thu, 09 May 2002 16:03:13 -0400 From: Mark Frumento Subject: Gap commercial >Can anyone tell me the title/artist for the song in the >new Gap denim commercial? There is also a Gap commercial that uses "I See Rain" by the great, underappreciated band Marmalade. I think I also heard one that used part of a 60s Status Quo song. Kind of different commercials. I think sort of clever. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Thu, 09 May 2002 13:08:39 -0700 From: Scott Swanson Subject: The Rising Sons....a discography (sorta) With all this talk about various groups called The Rising Sons, I thought I'd do a little research and see how many 45s were released under that name. And here's what I came up with: 1. AMY 931 Talk To Me Baby/Try To Be A Man (1965) 2. STATESIDE SS 426 You're My Girl/Try To Be A Man (UK, 1965) 3. COLUMBIA C4-2669 Land Of 1,000 Dances/Don't Look Away (Canada, 1965) 4. COLUMBIA C4-2709 Annie/She's Just Like Me (Canada, 1966) 5. COLUMBIA 4-43534 Candy Man/The Devil's Got My Woman (1966) 6. MAX 6719 Have Some Patience Girl/Hold On I'm Coming (1967) 7. SWAN 4275 In Love/Guys Go For Girls (1967) 1 & 2 were produced by Shel Talmy, so the group is probably from the U.K. (I think they might be The Ivy League in disguise) 3 & 4 are by a Canadian outfit, also known as The Five Rising Sons 5 is the Ry Cooder group 6 is an Illinois band 7 is by Tony Galla and the Rising Sons I'm sure there are more but that's all I could come up with in 5 minutes. :) Regards, Scott -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Sat, 04 May 2002 10:30:30 +0100 From: Guy Lawrence Subject: Rising Sons "neofact" Country Paul wrote: > I just discovered in Sundazed's vinyl catalog a Rising Sons LP by > the Columbia group! Never previously released, this is the album that was > left "in the can" till now. > From the album's webpage: "...their debut album, produced by Terry > Melcher of Byrds fame, languished unissued in the Columbia vaults." > ...And Jesse Lee Kincaid wrote "Baby You Come Rollin' Cross My Mind," > by the way (not on the album, but he has a solo recording of it on a > Capitol 45). Goffin/King fans will need the Rising Sons album, of course, for their absolutely stunning version of "Take A Giant Step". Taj completely does away with the original melody and creates a beautiful one of his own! Jesse Lee Kincaid wrote the Raiders classic "Louise" from the "Spirit Of '67" album - producer Terry Melcher being the link between the two bands. Regards, Guy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Thu, 09 May 2002 22:30:25 +0100 From: Ken Silverwood Subject: Verdelle Smith Jeff Lemlich wrote: > My favorite by Verdelle Smith is "Life Goes On". Phil Chapman replied: > I suppose my favourite will remain "Tar And Cement" as that's what > I first heard from her, but I love all her recordings (that I know > of). Never quite understood why she didn't enjoy some success, it > was certainly deserved. Bit of a late scholar on this one, but didn't this gal Verdelle do a tune called "In My Room", which those Walker Bros. also recorded? -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Thu, 09 May 2002 22:49:16 +0100 From: Ken Silverwood Subject: Playing catch up Beatle Broads: Does Dora Bryan qualify? "All I Want For Xmas Is A Beatle"?? James Darren: "Uh uh uh uh, this is your conscience speaking...." Yes it was he with "Goodbye Cruel World" and others that were mentioned. I used to have an album, "Honey Hit Parade" with Kent Walton(!!!), where Darren does a smooth lyrical version of "Because They're Young", the Duane Eddy tune. Remember James in The Time Tunnel? Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon: Ohhh! "If You Were A Rock 'n' Roll Record", "The Dedication Song" & "Action". I read somewhere that Del Shannon was down to do this theme to the TV show "Where The Action Is", but Cannon ended up with the gig. Del's version appeared on "Total Commitment" or "This Is My Bag" LPs instead. Paul Anka Revisited: I have come across a little Paul Anka number which sits well with the previous musica file. This is "My Baby's Coming Back", and it's a cross between "When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again!" & Mel Torme's "Coming Home Baby". Don't let that put you off from investigating. Mel, I mean. It's a shuffler with a nice organ & Paul coming over all moody. I'll place with musica ASAP Best regards Ken on the West Coast -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Thu, 09 May 2002 23:28:19 +0100 From: Joe Foster Subject: Bette Bright/Tracey/Mari Marc Miller wrote: > There's another version of "Captain of Your Ship," this one by > Bette Bright (ex-Deaf School) and the Illuminations. It came out > 1979, and its kind of "punked-up" with lots of loud guitars, etc. > Quite wonderful, actually. Yes it was. I recall she also did a version of "My Boyfriend's Back" either before or after.....also pretty good. Actually, they weren't really *that* punk - more like Blondie maybe? The same kind of thinking/production behind Tracey Ullman's records (which were also pretty good), or even the lovely and unfairly almost forgotten Mari Wilson.....all very much of its whacky post-punk time. Joe -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Thu, 09 May 2002 19:54:41 -0400 From: Paul Payton Subject: Rolling Stone list; Bernadette newsflash; Donnie Iris Once Neb Rodgers pointed us to " - 50 Uncoolest Records That We Love!", I confess I slogged through the list. A coupla random comments on albums from their list: Choicest artist descriptions I found - Accept: "AC/DC on schnitzle." Fifth Dimension: "Mamas and Papas, only whiter." Never cool, always great: Louvin Brothers, "Satan Is Real." It doesn't get more country - or much better - than this, from which the Byrds appropriated "The Christian Life." "Why Are They Uncool to Rolling Stone" Department: The Honeys, "Collection"; and the awkward-but-ultra-cool-because-of-it Proclaimers' "Sunshine on Leith." Also interesting is which albums that were cool as hell then are now considered less so, such as the Bee Gees' "First" (bad call by RS IMO) and Supertramp's "Breakfast In America," whose best tracks suffered from terminal overexposure. Missing from the RS list: REO Speedwagon's "High Infidelity." Daring in its overproduction, hooky to the hilt, it became essentially an overplayed "greatest hits" album. Long retired by just about everyone, I bet it would sound pretty good again.... Newsflash: Bernadette Peters will be a doing a Rodgers and Hammerstein program at Radio City Music Hall in NYC in June. (If you get "lucky" enough to be placed on hold when calling the theater, you may get my voice on the message running down the Radio City schedule!) At the modern end of our timeframe, has Donnie Iris been considered by this list? Granted, "The Rapper" by his group The Jaggerz was late 60s, but I've always though several songs on his first album, "Back On The Street," were exceptional, like the title track, the hit "Ah Leah," and "Turn It On." A 3-minute Springsteen for the midwest with deep pop roots. Anyone know if he's still around? Still active? Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Thu, 09 May 2002 20:45:28 -0400 From: Will Stos Subject: Barbara Alston's Bio/Spector unissued I'm horribly out of the loop on this one. Last I heard she was writing her autobiography and shopping around for a publisher. Any word on how it's coming? I know she popped in on Spectropop a while ago. Another Spector-related question: What happens to all those unreleased Spector recordings when he eventually passes away? Rather morbid, I know, but an interesting question. Does Allen Klein inherit them all? Would there be an estate auction? The only reason I ask is to learn if we'll ever hear Ronnie's version of "Home of the Brave" if she in fact ever recorded it. Bonnie's (Charlotte O'Hara's) version is one of my all-time favourite recordings, and Ronnie's voice seems like it would work well. Will ________________________________________________________________ Online anytime with -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Thu, 09 May 2002 21:13:07 -0700 From: Alan Gordon Subject: Coke (and Pepsi) Commercials I'm sorry if this is redundant. I've been very remiss in my Spectropop reading the last few months and haven't quite caught up yet (but does one ever really catch up?) So hopefully this hasn't been beaten to death. There is an "import" (I'm sure it's a boot) that I picked up from Amoeba Music in SF a few years back that is really wonderful. Even though there are a few Pepsi commercials on it, it's called "Things Go Better With Coke: Sixties Coca-Cola Commercials 1965-69". It has 60 jingles, 24 from Europe and the rest from the U.S. The cover is a black and white with yellow drawing very reminiscent of the crazy '60s art by Basil Wolverton. The sound quality is quite good. It's absolutely, definitely, positively worth searching out. My fave cuts are the two by Lesley Gore. Too bad that fantastic vocal group Hayley Mills and Hayley Mills never did one... sigh. best stuff, al babe -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Fri, 10 May 2002 04:57:45 -0000 From: Leonardo Flores Subject: The 45 Club-So Cal Soul Just want to remind all of you 60s Soul lovers that The 45 Club will have its opening night at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood on Saturday May 25th. DJ Austin Martini, DJ Uplandmod, DJ Mojo Justin and Special Guest DJ Brian Waters (of Flash Express fame) will spin an UNINTERRUPTED set of rare 60s Soul, Motown, Girl Group and Northern Soul records. On a personal aside, my set is usually made up of rare Bob Crewe, Kama Sutra, Motown and BT Puppy related Soul records and I'm always looking for a good coversation on 60s 45s. For more information please refer to The 45 Club's web site: Hope to see you there Cheers, Leonardo Flores -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Fri, 10 May 2002 16:55:58 +0930 From: Norman Subject: Verdelle Smith Re: Ken Silverwood, > Bit of a late scholar on this one, > but didn't this gal Verdelle do a > tune called "In My Room", which > those Walker Bros. also recorded? Yes, the very same song (re: my previous posting on the Verdelle Smith EP) Norman -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Fri, 10 May 2002 11:10:16 +0100 From: "Peter Lerner" Subject: Reparata/Murmaids Paul writes: > I've always thought Reparata & the Delrons' > "Captain of Your Ship" was one of the best > transitions in style made by a girl group > into the "progressive/pop" era. How about "Paper Sun" by the Murmaids on my favourite label, Liberty? Mind-blowingly lovely. Peter -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Fri, 10 May 2002 11:12:25 +0100 From: "Peter Lerner" Subject: Flamma Sherman Kingsley recalls Flamma Sherman: > I also think I may have seen a promo gig > by Flamma Sherman - were they a four piece > set of gals of African extraction - quite petite... > if so, I did see them, and we got given copies of > the single...which must also be lurking > within the IS... I'm fairly certain that I remember that their PR said that they were the daughters of the London-based Ambassador from Liberia - or was it Libya? Peter -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Fri, 10 May 2002 06:49:51 -0400 From: Mark Frumento Subject: Mari Wilson/Tracey Ullman Joe Foster wrote: > The same kind of > thinking/production behind Tracey Ullman's > records (which were also pretty good), or even > the lovely and unfairly almost forgotten > Mari Wilson.....all very much of its whacky > post-punk time. First of all I like the Tracey Ullman stuff too. I thought her version of "Move Over Darling" was darn good. However, I had forgotten all about Mari Wilson. Used to have her album and remember it being really good. Especially her version of "Are You There (With Another Girl)"... very strong cover of that. I remember some of the originals being good too. Did she ever show up on CD? Now that you mention her Joe, I've got to get that stuff again.... Loved the retro-60s look of the cover too, way ahead of it's time in a way. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 17 Date: Fri, 10 May 2002 05:55:11 -0700 From: Jeffrey Glenn Subject: Millennium Jason wrote re. the Millennium "Magic Time-Ballroom Sessions" 3-CD Set: > If you mean "All I Have Is a Memory", they left it > off because Curt didn't produce it (or at least > wasn't credited as such). You're right, though, it > is a great song. Probably one of the first examples > of "symphonic pop rock", released around the time > of "Walk Away Renee". A really first class > arrangement. Yes, it is - though it's an oddly structured tune - and the flip side - "The Best Thing" is excellent too - a breezy uptempo pop tune with a catchy chorus in which some heavily compressed horns come out of nowhere, giving it a unique sound. These two songs were released on Our Phonograph Records ? 50,005 - apparently the only release on Our Productions own imprint (distributed by Amy/Bell/Mala Records, and the question mark is part of the record company name on the label). The Rev-Ola CD states that this was recorded after Boettcher left Our Productions, and indeed the label credit gives Steve Clark the production credit. It does sound though that Boettcher might be singing on the B-side. I can play either side to musica if anyone wants to hear them. Jeff -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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