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Spectropop - Digest Number 622

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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)

There are 9 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Instrumentals
           From: Richard Tearle 
      2. Re: Come Together
           From: Jimmy Botticelli 
      3. Re: Bobby Sheen
           From: Peter Lerner 
      4. Re: Love Is Blue / Come Together
           From: Dubois 
      5. Re: Instrumental hits
           From: Michael Coxe 
      6. Billboard charts
           From: Louise Posnick 
      7. Re: Stranger on the Shore
           From: Ian Chippett 
      8. re: Mason Williams: Classical Gas promo film
           From: Harvey Williams 
      9. Garage rock classics
           From: Dan Hughes 


Message: 1
   Date: Sun, 06 Oct 2002 16:40:58 -0000
   From: Richard Tearle 
Subject: Re: Instrumentals

As a sort of thank you to Spectropop members, I have created a second 
Greatest Instrumentals in my sensational60s group. I have 
incorporated most of your suggestions and a few more besides. If you 
want to vote (and view the previous poll) you will obviously need to 
join but creating this poll wasn't a ploy to attract new members. The 
URL is in the Links section if you would like to visit. My thanks 
once again for the interest/discussion...



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Message: 2 Date: Sun, 06 Oct 2002 17:18:26 +0000 From: Jimmy Botticelli Subject: Re: Come Together Interestingly enough the Come Together soundtrack has ZERO relationship to the Beatles sound, in fact I was curious as to why it ended up on Apple. But then again, wasn't Apple originally set up as a "business"? This is one of the groovier soundtracks I own. There's a bit of dialog and some really swingin/groovy instro on it that sets up this overall "groovy" tone which I cherish to this day. If you have it or find it, see if you don't agree..... -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Sun, 06 Oct 2002 18:19:07 +0100 From: Peter Lerner Subject: Re: Bobby Sheen Carlos Sheen: > ...who he recorded for back in the late 50s early 60s. So please, > if you can help it would be great. Thanks. F.Wright: > I have two Bobby Sheen solo 45's: Liberty 55459 - How Many Nights > (How Many Days)/How Can We Ever Be Together - both sides prod. by > Phil Spector, arr & cond by Arnie Goland. and a later stereo 45 > released in 1975 Chelsea CH3034 - Love Stealing/Come On And Love Me. > One side is a soulful ballad, flip is 70's disco. Producer: Ed > Sherman. Unfortunately, both of these 45's are in fair to poor > condition. Hope this helps. Adding to the messages above, don't neglect the excellent Capitol 45 (5827) produced by Steve Douglas of I shook the world / Cloud 9. The A-side is of course the Jackie DeShannon / Sharon Sheeley song that Bobby had sung for Phil Spector as Bob B.Soxx, while the B-side has nothing to do with the Temptations but is an early composition by the UK's very own Les Reed and Barry Mason. Best of luck Carlos. Your dad had one of the great pop voices. Peter -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Mon, 07 Oct 2002 19:48:32 +0200 From: Dubois Subject: Re: Love Is Blue / Come Together Jimmy: > when I went to replay the record each time, I got a small shock. My > cousin told me at the time that the tune was an adaptation of an > ancient melody... Roman, he said. Thoughts? Hmm, I think it's an original by André Popp (still alive and kicking with a nice comp on Tricatel) but the influences, conscious or not, a composer gets are always a mystery. Eddy, > Other than the fact that the soundtrack to Come Together was > released on Apple, it has absolutely nothing to do with The Beatles. It's true - apart that the movie was produced by Ringo. But musically you are right. JEd- -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Sun, 06 Oct 2002 11:27:49 -0700 From: Michael Coxe Subject: Re: Instrumental hits Richard, if there is list of all the songs submitted please post to Spectropop files. Maybe we can build upon it to create a collection of the greats (yes, I know - anything more than just the "greatest" would fill volumes). Michael r&r & pop instrumental fan -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Sun, 06 Oct 2002 18:58:12 -0000 From: Louise Posnick Subject: Billboard charts The Phil Spector Lovelites are looking for Billbaord Top 50 for l965, or any local music charts which might feature our Phi-Dan 45 "(When) I Get Scared". Wilmington, DE was one of the top charts in that year.,...any info would be great. Thanks, Louise Posnick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Sun, 06 Oct 2002 15:51:08 EDT From: Ian Chippett Subject: Re: Stranger on the Shore Previously: > Just to add another great instrumental to the list; how about > Stranger on The Shore by Mr. Acker Bilk? Elton Dean, former sax player with the Soft Machine, told me that it was this song which started him on a musical career. An underrated melody despite the huge commercial success: did Acker write anything else? The talent was obviously there. Ian Chippett -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Sun, 06 Oct 2002 23:45:39 +0100 From: Harvey Williams Subject: re: Mason Williams: Classical Gas promo film Phil Milstein wrote: > I would like to see the film that (Mason) Williams made to promote > it ("Classical Gas"), which played (in lieu of a personal appearance) > on the Ed Sullivan Show. It was the first rapid-cut film I'd seen, > perhaps even the first ever made. The symbolic images he used were all > familiar ones, but they went by so rapidly that my mind was unable to > process them all before the next appeared. I remember being utterly > drained after watching it. The film was so spectacular that I felt sure > it would be the talk of the town (a Sullivan pun, for other aging New > Yorkers out there) for quite a while to come, yet I never heard about > it again after that night. To which Richard Tearle replied: > My resident expert on Mason Williams (she runs a Smothers Brothers > Fan Site) is baffled by your memories...can you add any details about > the film, like what images were portrayed or anything else? Yes, the film does exist. It consists, as Phil describes, of rapid cut images -two frames at most- of "great art" through the ages (Classical Greek & Roman through medieval & the renaissance right up to mid 20th Century) mixed in with shots of Mason (presumably, tho' his face is conspicuously out-of-shot throughout) playing a plexiglass classical guitar. The end caption reads: "You have just had all of the Great Art of the World indelibly etched on your brain. You are now cultured." It was transmitted in the UK too, as an insert in the Mason Williams edition of Stanley Dorfman's peerless 'In Concert' BBC series of the early 70s (other editions featured Neil Young, Carole King, Jimmy Webb, Laura Nyro, James Taylor, Randy Newman, Crosby & Nash, Judee Sill, Paul Williams, you name 'em). No indication whether Mason was responsible for the making of the film, but he was quite the renaissance man himself it seems, Bus Book, Sunflower, Smothers Brothers et al. But why was his career so -apparently- short? He crammed all that work (music, tv & conceptual art pieces) into a couple of years on the 60s-70s cusp, yet what has he done since? Not a rhetorical question, by the way, I'd genuinely be keen to find out. All the best, Harvey Williams -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Sun, 06 Oct 2002 17:49:16 -0500 From: Dan Hughes Subject: Garage rock classics Ron sez (of Lonnie Mack): > ...he did a great non instrumental version of "Where There's a > Will", a gospel song originally done by the Five Blind Boys... Interesting! A Minneapolis group (Gregory Dee and the Avantis, or the Underbeats--can't remember for sure) did that song too (Wherever There's a Will, There's a Way). Wonder if it was done by a lot of local garage groups around the country? Speaking of which, what are some of the songs that were in the repertoire of every neighborhood rock group? Howsabout Gloria as Number One? And Turn On Your Lovelight and Satisfaction and Louie Louie.... what are some others? ---Dan -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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