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Spectropop - Digest Number 671

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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)

There are 4 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Artie Wayne
           From: Artie Wayne 
      2. Re: Welcome Artie Wayne
           From: Artie Wayne 
      3. Re: A Christmas Gift...
           From: Phil Chapman 
      4. Re : Really Bad Music
           From: Tony 


Message: 1
   Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2002 19:05:24 -0800 (PST)
   From: Artie Wayne 
Subject: Re: Artie Wayne

Mick....Thanks for the welcome.....please call me Artie. 
Yes..I'm that Artie Wayne. I co-wrote " You Should've Told Me" 
by the Angels with Ellie Greenwich and Danny Jordan [of the 
Detergents]. Ellie did a piano voice demo on it....I wish I 
had a copy of it !!


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Message: 2 Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2002 18:50:09 -0800 (PST) From: Artie Wayne Subject: Re: Welcome Artie Wayne Ian: > A question, Artie can you tell us who did the U.S. > original of "Queen For Tonight"? Thanks for your warm welcome. I've been watching the site and have enjoyed the discussions, observations and speculations... and I feel at home. As far as "Queen For Tonight".....There never was a US record on it. Ben Raleigh and I were asked by Arnold Shaw at E.B.Marks music to write something for this "hot" British artist Helen Shapiro. He played a couple of her hits...and we came back the next day with the song. Since it never was a hit in the US, and I never heard it on the radio, I never knew how big it was in the UK....until John Lennon sang the chorus back to me when I met him in '64. regards, Artie Wayne -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2002 03:16:13 -0000 From: Phil Chapman Subject: Re: A Christmas Gift... Guy Lawrence: > .....This album has been lovingly recorded as > a tribute to Phil Spector, featuring faithful versions of the > original thirteen tracks and three new recordings done in a > similar style. The end result is an album that is as close to > the original as you could hope to find. It is 'A Christmas Gift > To You'....." Well, the 'Delta Wall Of Sound' isn't a BAD record, just not quite good enough to claim to be " close to the original as you could hope to find." This album has been around for a while - if you were in a noisy bar and full of the festive spirit (which is how I first heard it) you might say to yourself "Hey, they're playing the Christmas Album". However, given a more sober listen, it's a wet imitation, the kind you might hear in an elevator or supermarket. All the tracks are played/programmed on synthesisers and samplers, which cheapens it somewhat. The intro to "The Bells Of St Mary" sounds like a spare piece of scaffolding, followed by a typist on speed. Hal Blaine's outro signature is nowhere to be found, nor have they been as faithful to the parts or harmonic structure as I would have liked. But for me the main turn-off is the vocals themselves, which are drenched in reverb. Either this was their idea of the Spector vocal sound, or more likely to mask the fact that (I suspect) it's the same girl singing all the cuts, even the Bobby Sheen leads. I might hazard a guess that this is the very versatile Marsha Raven, who sang on an earlier incarnation of the same idea by 'The Jingle Belles'. (Ian, do you have any info about this?) Nonetheless, it makes for interesting listening, well, at least once. And it's fun to hear the 'Christmas Gift.....' style applied to the three extra titles: "Let It Snow", "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" and "Jingle Bell Rock". I hate to be so hard on this album, but I feel it is a disingenuous attempt to exploit the demand for the unavailable original, and could have been much better. On an up note, checkout a track done closer to the "Christmas Gift.." style, "Silver Bells" by Rachel Sweet (played to musica). Phil -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2002 02:14:17 -0000 From: Tony Subject: Re : Really Bad Music A record so bad I cannot understand why it was written, let alone recorded .. "Doggie Heaven" by Johnny Frye. A Capitol release .. # 4889. A Countryish song, the first line is .. "My doggie's gone away, but he spoke to me today, from doggie heaven" ... a youngster is the singer .. I don't know if he ever recorded anything else. I have the record simply because it is so bad, but not, alas, so bad that it is good. It is kept so that I can play it to people and ask "can you believe that this would ever be released?". Tony -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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