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Spectropop - Digest Number 663

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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)

There are 16 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. New At Petula Clark
           From: Spectropop 
      2. Re: The Wellingtons / Compared To What
           From: Mick Patrick 
      3. Re: Rascals
           From: Dan Hughes 
      4. Cherry Red New Releases
           From: Neb Rodgers 
      5. Jack Nitzsche At updates
           From: Martin Roberts 
      6. Why quibble?
           From: Steve Harvey 
      7. Silly Girl
           From: Steve Harvey 
      8. Re: Marianne on Herman
           From: Bob Hanes 
      9. Re: Northern Soul / Rascals
           From: Michael Coxe 
     10. Re: Why quibble?
           From: James Botticelli 
     11. Re: Marianne on Herman
           From: James Botticelli 
     12. Re: Girl-Group Bootleg CDs
           From: Donald 
     13. Re: Mrs. Miller on CD
           From: Stewart Mason 
     14. Re: Marianne & Nitzsche
           From: Phil Milstein 
     15. Re: Nitzsche / Donegan, etc.
           From: Country Paul 
     16. Barbara McNair
           From: Rik 


Message: 1
   Date: Fri, 08 Nov 2002 00:05:44 -0000
   From: Spectropop 
Subject: New At Petula Clark

Dear Members,

A few months ago, some of the Spectropop Team witnessed the 
legendary Petula Clark live at the Palladium in London. She 
was absolutely sensational. The event was one of the musical 
highlights of our year. These days, it's recognized that Pet's 
French-language recordings were frequently even more thrilling 
than her more famous British and American hits. There are many 
CDs of her Gallic material on the market - so where to begin? 
Bill Reed reckons he knows the answer to that - Sequel's "En 
Vogue" double CD. Click below to read his review:

And when you have the time, follow the link below to view one 
of the best websites we've ever seen:


The Spectropop Team

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Message: 2 Date: Fri, 08 Nov 2002 00:06:11 -0000 From: Mick Patrick Subject: Re: The Wellingtons / Compared To What Great info from Peter Richmond regarding the Wellingtons. You might like to add the following to their discography, Pete: Annette & the Wellingtons "Merlin Jones" Vista 431, 1964. The other side is "Scrambled Egghead", an Annette & Tommy Kirk duet. Regarding "Compared To What": I'll take some convincing there's a better version than Roberta Flack's; track #1 on her debut LP "First Take" in 1969. It pre-dates the Les McCann/Eddie Harris rendition. That woman is a genius. Niagara: > I think that Jack N. and Hal Blaine should get together some > time and compare the depth of their respective egos! The fact that Jack Nitzsche is dead might make this unlikely. MICK PATRICK -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Thu, 07 Nov 2002 17:50:58 -0600 From: Dan Hughes Subject: Re: Rascals Mike, didn't the Rascals' first album also have a really nice version of "Like A Rolling Stone"? ---Dan -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Thu, 07 Nov 2002 16:19:39 -0800 (PST) From: Neb Rodgers Subject: Cherry Red New Releases There are some interesting new releases from Cherry Red and Rev-Ola Records this month, for more complete info just follow the link to their website: Thanks be to Joe Foster for continuing to find more groovy pop stuff to reissue! -Neb -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Fri, 08 Nov 2002 01:14:20 -0000 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Jack Nitzsche At updates I'm pleased (and a trifle smug) to list another musical treat: Record Of The Week: Ramona King – "Ballyhoo" – Eden 6 (1963). Anybody experiencing difficulties downloading, please feel free to contact me off-list and we'll sort something. This week's radio jingle continues the 'superhero' theme (as pointed out to me by Phil M), and is arranged in the style of one Mr. P. H. Spector. Phil C has cleaned and processed the recording, and he's noticed (for the keen-eared among you) quotes from the Ronettes' "How Does It Feel" deep in the mix (in the same key). A true wall-of-sound goodie, not to be missed. I'd very much welcome folks' viewpoints on Jack's music and movie scores. My own over-excited ramblings are wearing thin; it sure would be nice to get some other over-excited or cool, calm and measured words on Mr. Nitzsche. How about "The Lonely Surfer" LP, "Village Of The Giants", "One Flew…" etc? Once the text goes online and you maybe cover your head in embarrassment and think "Jeepers, did I really write that!?", don't worry, unlike S'pop postings, it can be easily changed. Martin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Thu, 07 Nov 2002 16:58:58 -0800 (PST) From: Steve Harvey Subject: Why quibble? Top 40, Top Ten, but Top Fifty?!? Might as well be Top Thousand. Compared to "Good Lovin'"'s placement it was a flop. Felix's vocals ruled for most of their singles after that. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Thu, 07 Nov 2002 16:49:26 -0800 (PST) From: Steve Harvey Subject: Silly Girl Ken Silverwood: > but later the pop > confection of the sadly ignored " Silly Girl " > captivated me , should > have been a biggie! I agree about "Silly Girl" being a neglected track. Got into back in the 80s for the first time. When I met Felix I mentioned it to him and he just replied, "Oh, you like those old songs". Kinda strange when you consider much of his current set is even "older" songs. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Thu, 07 Nov 2002 17:06:24 -0800 (PST) From: Bob Hanes Subject: Re: Marianne on Herman Gerry Marsden a "pretty boy"? I don't think so! The Right Reverend Bob, dumb angel chapel, The Church of the Harmonic Overdub -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Thu, 07 Nov 2002 10:16:46 -0800 From: Michael Coxe Subject: Re: Northern Soul / Rascals Ken Silverwood mentioned: >I always loved the 1-2-3 of IAGEOMHAM, "Come On Up" & "You Better Run" >nice & tough, but later the pop confection of the sadly ignored "Silly >Girl" captivated me , should have been a biggie! The LP which contains "Silly Girl" - Once Upon A Dream - is one of the great 60s American pop masterpieces, sorely overlooked (ala Child Is Father To The Man by BS&T) & inexplicably only available as a German import. 5th Rascal Dave Brigati is all over this record, singing lead on the title cut. Arif Mardin's arrangements, Tom Dowd's knob- twiddling and the presence of King Curtis, Hubert Laws, Chuck Rainey and other session heavyweights didn't hurt either. The Rascals were also a superb performing unit, at least in 1968 at Durham North Carolina's Duke Indoor Stadium, where this southern teen experienced the East Coast's own teenage symphony to god. - michael -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Thu, 07 Nov 2002 21:01:25 -0500 From: James Botticelli Subject: Re: Why quibble? Steve Harvey wrote: > Felix's vocals ruled for most of their singles > after that. sure...YOU"RE 1000% RIGHT...but from a strictly Spectropop POV, Eddie delivered the goods, chart placement and ruling classes be damned! Ever hear Dusty do "How Can I Be Sure"? She murderlizes the song. Never heard her do a Felix tune though. Too rough for a smoothette such as herself. Just dispensing Eddie B his justice ova heah! Jimmy Botticelli/dyed in the wool East Coast blue (brown) eyed soul bro' -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Thu, 07 Nov 2002 21:02:39 -0500 From: James Botticelli Subject: Re: Marianne on Herman Bob Hanes : > Gerry Marsden a "pretty boy"? I don't think so! Bob, you know what he meant! So you always fancied Freddie, huh? ;-) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Fri, 08 Nov 2002 03:16:29 -0000 From: Donald Subject: Re: Girl-Group Bootleg CDs Track listings for the Girls Girls Girls series as well as a few other Marginal releases can be found at: Most of the CDs have a vast variety of styles of music but all are early to mid 60s female singers or girl groups. My advice is: have a look at the track listings and pick a CD that has something you want. Prepare to be surprised by some other great songs that you never knew existed. There's some brilliant stuff here, such as Azie Mortimer's 'Lips' which coincidently is being played on the Netherlands radio show that Mike mentioned. Donald -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Thu, 07 Nov 2002 22:26:48 -0500 From: Stewart Mason Subject: Re: Mrs. Miller on CD David Bell asks: > there a Mrs. Miller cd available. I again have very fond > memories of Downtown and A Lover's Concerto. Capitol released a Mrs. Miller retrospective in 1999 as part of their WILD COOL AND SWINGIN' series. It's still in print and readily available. Personally, when I found out that she was in on the joke and was purposely singing terribly (according to people who were around at the time in a recent article in Cool and Strange Music), some of the charm went out of the music, but perhaps that's just me. S -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Thu, 07 Nov 2002 23:54:23 +0000 From: Phil Milstein Subject: Re: Marianne & Nitzsche Martin Roberts wrote: > Surely what Jack Nitzsche said and Marianne Faithfull agreed > with makes perfect sense? For every great musical talent in > the world, there are approximately 100 groups/producers/writers/ > vocalists whose 'talent' lies not in innovating a new vision > but in being 'inspired' by the creativity of the few. I second Martin's entire comment, and would add that Nitzsche's and Faithfull's perspectives, as industry participants involved in the "competition" of the business (including for access to material, personnel, studio time, etc., as much as the purely financial competition), is likely to be a little less indulgent of the "lesser" lights than we fans, who need only sit back, listen and enjoy. --Phil Milstein -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Fri, 08 Nov 2002 01:54:26 -0500 From: Country Paul Subject: Re: Nitzsche / Donegan, etc. Another visit to the I Stand Corrected Department: Ken Silverwood notes "Dobie Gray...mouthed "the original's still the greatest" in "The In Crowd".... And didn't P F Sloan compose "A Must To Avoid" along with Steve Barri...." Ooops on Dobie Gray - that's twice I've dipped into the well of forgetfulness this week. (Geez, maybe I am really getting old....). I plead ignorance on the authorship of "Muscular Boy" - um, "Must to Avoid," having never particularly liked the record (sorry) and thus been unaware of its authorship. Now, "Sins of The Family" - there's a true gem, sadly under-known and under-rated by "the masses." Martin Roberts, I did receive Jack Nitzsche's "Three Piece Suite," and have been listening. "St. Giles Cripplegate" remains as opaque as ever to me, sounding much like movie soundtrack music; it makes sense that he scored 40 of them. "For Mori" is, however, very beautiful. I wish I could write a glowing review of the solo vocal album, however, which I've only gotten about 2/3 through, since I want to listen to it for the first time under the best circumstances. Thus far, while I hear the beautiful Van Dyke Parksian influences - not to mention some magnificent Spector-related production - I find most of the songs to be more like phrases or snippets that either never go anywhere or get stuck on the same thing for two long. There are great moments, of course - the lyric "Hey, Mo, where you goin' with that rock in your pocket?" equals my favorite Van Morrison lyric, "In the land of a thousand dances, I danced with you." Pure Dada brilliance. I haven't gotten to the demos yet, but I approach "the third piece" with an open mind. I really wanted to love this album, but I fear that the liner notes' frequent references to Nitzsche's heavy drinking can be heard in too much of what I've listened to so far. If I were Mo Ostin, I'd probably have chosen not to release it either. Sad, because with all its flaws, I'm still a big fan. When Nitzsche was on, he was unparalleled. Martin again: "I hope after reading Ian Chapman's review of 'The Paris Sisters Sing Everything Under The Sun' you have a copy. A great album and review, such a shame it cannot be bought so easily!" I don't have yet; where can a Yank order one without breaking the bank? (Or, I guess, even while breaking the bank?) Jim Cassidy wrote: "Follow this link for an article from The New Yorker: As you'll read, the Wiggins were - and are - real people." ...and one strange tale with some sad endings. Highly recommended article. JB writes: "has anyone heard Siesta's Pastel Vespa? Supposedly taking hard-core stompers and ravers and setting them to easy listening and soft pop arrangements." Haven't heard of them, but I have one track (thanks to a WFMU premium) by Petty Booka - a breathtakingly beautiful version of the Ramones' "I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend" (in this case; "Boyfriend" in the original). I wonder if the rest of their work is in the same vein. Anyone with answers, please? Bill George notes: "On her latest album, Ms. Faithfull covers Herman and the gang's 'I'm Into Something Good.' So I guess she didn't feel they were TOTALLY full of crap..." Maybe she took it from the far-superior Earl-Jean version; I haven't heard hers. RIP Lonnie Donegan. "Chewing Gum" was a mammoth US hit; "Rock Island Line" was less so. Donegan never had the impact on us that he did in the UK, as skiffle was marginal here. Mick Patrick, thank you for the write-up and the Spector-related Donegan track listing. You also mention "the first song Spector's group the Teddy Bears ever recorded, 'Don't You Worry My Little Pet.'" What an anomaly for them! It rocks out, although the vocal is recorded in murk-fi, several steps below lo-fi. So, Mick, questions: (1) What is Spector (or Lieb) singing? (2) I have faint memories of this song when new, but possibly by someone else. Is the Teddy Bears' version a cover? and of whom? Bob Rashkow, the "really cool tune called 'Compared to What?'" is by Gil Scott-Heron. Finally (for now), I may be seeing Eddie Brigati at a Christmas party in December. (His significant other and I do voice work for the same producer.) While he doesn't like being pumped with questions about the old times, he sometimes is willing to talk. If there's any info folks here would like to know, I may be able to slide in an inquiry. So many cool messages, so little time.... Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Sat, 08 Nov 2002 08:42:44 -0000 From: Rik Subject: Barbara McNair I am looking for Barbara McNair's Marginal CD. Does anyone have one to sell to me? Rik Chatbusters The only monthly Motown magazine in the world! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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