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Spectropop - Digest Number 750



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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)
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There are 25 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Penny Valentine
           From: Team Spectropop 
      2. Re: Bob Gaudio/Nick Massi
           From: Phil Chapman 
      3. Re: River of Salt
           From: Steve Harvey 
      4. Re: Ketty Lester's CD
           From: Mike Edwards 
      5. Re: Disbanded but not forgotten
           From: Eddy Smit 
      6. Grads' 45 on E-Bay
           From: Mike Edwards 
      7. Wildweeds CD; Ambient Sound; more Seasons; Pet Projects; more
           From: Country Paul 
      8. Nick DeCaro
           From: Kingsley Abbott 
      9. Re: Nick DeCaro on 45 / Irma Thomas
           From: Bill Reed 
     10. Re: Midnight Mary
           From: Dan Hughes 
     11. Re: Disbanded but not forgotten
           From: Dan Hughes 
     12. Re: "River of Salt" / Penny Valentine
           From: Richard Williams 
     13. Jeff Barry Production Stats
           From: Stuffed Animal 
     14. Re: Disbanded but not forgotten
           From: Stephane Rebeschini 
     15. Re: Bob Crewe & the 4 Seasons
           From: Ken Charmer 
     16. Re: Ketty Lester
           From: Amber 
     17. Richard Gottehrer
           From: Richard Williams 
     18. Re: Vigrass & Osborne
           From: Andrew Jones 
     19. Re: Jeff Barry Production Stats
           From: Monophonius 
     20. Re: Duos
           From: James Botticelli 
     21. Re: Bob Crewe & the 4 Seasons
           From: Mike Miller 
     22. Various items
           From: Country Paul 
     23. I'm a little, lost lamb
           From: Steve Harvey 
     24. Re: Bob Crewe & the 4 Seasons
           From: Billy G. Spradlin 
     25. Re: Aztec Two Step, Cashman & West
           From: Justin McDevitt 


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Message: 1
   Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 15:13:43 -0000
   From: Team Spectropop 
Subject: Penny Valentine

Penny Valentine (1943 - 2003) 

'The first woman to write about pop music as though it 
really mattered' 

When the Beatles travelled to London to promote their early 
records, one of their ports of call was the office of Disc 
And Music Echo on Fleet Street. In the words of Andrew Loog 
Oldham, then acting as their press officer, they went to 
"ogle and fawn over" Penny Valentine, who had become Britain's 
most influential reviewer of new pop singles. Valentine was 
worth fawning over, then and for the remainder of her life, 
which ended last week at the age of 59 after a long struggle 
with cancer...

To read the rest of Penny's Guardian obituary, written by her
friend Richard Williams, follow the URL below:
http://www.spectropop.com/remembers/PVobit.htm

The Spectropop Team



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Message: 2 Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 00:38:48 -0000 From: Phil Chapman Subject: Re: Bob Gaudio/Nick Massi Adam Guida: > Anybody who's thinking of pitching in on the > Crewe/Seasons thread oughta check out the Charles Calello > interview at the Genuine Imitation Life website first. > http://www.genuine-imitation-life-gazette.com/ > Charlie gives his opinion on the influences of everybody > involved, and he sure holds Bob Gaudio in very high regard. > Also interesting to hear that Nick Massi had more of an > influence on the group than you might think. Interesting interview, which sheds some light one of my favourite Seasons-sounding cuts, "Baby Toys" by Charlie Calello's group, The Victorians, produced by Nick Massi. This is "Mr Tambourine Man" meets "Big Man In Town", the original version of the song that Linzer/Randell later transformed for the Toys (adding the somewhat politically-incorrect line "never knew an indian could be so smart"!) Now playing at musica. Phil -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2003 16:45:52 -0800 (PST) From: Steve Harvey Subject: Re: River of Salt Thanks Ian, no wonder I never found the original. Never heard of Miss Ketty. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 04:00:14 -0000 From: Mike Edwards Subject: Re: Ketty Lester's CD Ian Chapman asks: > Has there been an OFFICIAL CD Ketty Lester collection? NO. The only Ketty Lester CD I know of is the Marginal BOOTLEG, entitled "Love Letters". Tracks include: River Of Salt Love Letters Please Don't Cry Anymore Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid Once Upon A Time Moscow Nights (a vocal version of Midnight In Moscow) It doesn't include: You Can't Lie To A Liar I'll Be Looking Back Secret Love Pretty Lies, Pretty Make Believe (a Van McCoy song on RCA in 1965) Incidentally, "You Can't Lie To a Liar" was written by Paul Hampton, a gentleman who has been getting some favorable mentions on this site recently. Mike Edwards -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 06:55:03 +0100 From: Eddy Smit Subject: Re: Disbanded but not forgotten Nick Archer: > As a DJ in the 70s, it was hard to keep up with the duos. Speaking of duos, does anybody remember title of the (minor) hit by Teegarden & Van Winkel ? Eddy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 04:10:35 -0000 From: Mike Edwards Subject: Grads' 45 on E-Bay Don Hertel writes: >I bid on the Grads 45 on eBay, but I got sniped. I won this 45 and would be pleased to play an mp3 to musica. Please post a reminder in a couple of weeks to allow time for the record to arrive. Mike Edwards -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 05:40:18 -0500 From: Country Paul Subject: Wildweeds CD; Ambient Sound; more Seasons; Pet Projects; more Just received the Wildweeds CD (finally a legit reissue with lots of new tracks on Confidential Records). Great clean copies. "No Good To Cry" is in stereo for the first time; another highlight is an very credible cover of the Soul Sisters' '63 hit on Sue, "I Can't Stand It". It was a conspiricacy of bad luck that these guys never became hitmakers. Find the CD; great booklet, too. John Clemente wrote: > [George David] Weiss ... was a veteran songwriter who continued > writing into the R&R era to keep up with the times. He also wrote "Can't Help Falling In Love" for Elvis. Thanks, Jeffrey Glenn, for mentioning Jerry Cole's version of "Midnight Mary." I'd forgotten his name - I actually heard his version first and remember liking it better. David Feldman wrote: > I love [The Jive Five's] 1982 album, "Here We Are," on Ambient Sound > (distributed by CBS), part of a series in which doo-wop groups tackled > new and old material. I assume none of the albums in this series (the > other particularly strong ones were the Harptones and the Capris) ever > made it to CD. I have several of the series, and agree with your comments. I'm not sure about the migration to CD, but "Morse Code of Love", from the Capris' album, was the last new doo-wop record to chart, a huge hit in New York in '82 and a significant one in many other markets. (It was also successfully covered by Manhattan Transfer.) Movies: "Standing In The Shadows of Motown," as of last week, was still playing at the Screening Room in downtown Manhattan. And Deena, thanks for the "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" review - it "opens wide" next week, and I'll be there. My two cents on Four Seasons faves: I always liked their VeeJay period best, with my personal faves being "Candy Girl" and "Connie -O". Both the intro and the fade of the former are still chill- inducing. And Mike Miller: "Billy Dixon" indeed. I think I got confused because I remember a Matthew Reid 45 also on Topix (I think) - was that also the Seasons? I don't remember the songs.... "Colourcoat", thanks for the heads-up on "Pet Projects." After almost 40 years (40 years????) I'm going to have a copy of the Survivors' "After The Game"! I've been searching for and raving about this beautiful instrumental which has been a buried B-side for far too long. Can't wait for the CD! (Dispatches like this are just one more reason to love Spectropop!) Rosemarie, the Eddie Rambeau site is a treat. Nice links, too (got to Teddy & the Pandas from it; Spectropop is also linked). Re: Neil Sedaka, anyone know where "Fly Don't Fly On Me" fits into his chronology? I remember it getting some airplay in New York, and think it might have been pre-"Diary". Help, please? Been out of touch awhile - more soon. Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 13:23:37 -0000 From: Kingsley Abbott Subject: Nick DeCaro Don't forget that Nick DeCaro cut a pretty nice cover of 'Caroline No' from the Pet sounds album (A&M 1000) Kingsley -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 15:37:12 -0000 From: Bill Reed Subject: Re: Nick DeCaro on 45 / Irma Thomas Mick P: > I'll start the "Nick DeCaro on 45" ball rolling, if I may. I have > at my side a rather delicious CD, "Time Is On My Side - The Best Of > Irma Thomas"... Here's what I have on Nick and Irma in my discography: ND may have made contributions to unreleased Irma Thomas album Imperial LP 9325 [1966]. ND is known to have been associated with her following Imperial singles "He's My Guy" arr prod/" (I Want a) True, True Love" prod (Imp.66080), "Times Have Changed" arr prod /"Moments to Remember" prod (Imperial 66069), "Think Again", "Maybe", "Long After Tonight Is All Over" arr, prod (the last three rec. 1963 but not rel. until 1992 (Minit CDP - 97988) and (participation unverified) track of "While the City Sleeps" note: In 1974 ND rec. a very different version of this Randy Neman song for "Italian Graffiti." ND was also prod (and most likely arr) for the following released Irma Thomas CD tracks: "Think Again", "Long After Tonight is Over", "Maybe". Bill Reed http://www.pinkywinters.com -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 10:13:35 -0600 From: Dan Hughes Subject: Re: Midnight Mary Country Paul sez, > ...Jerry Cole's version of "Midnight Mary"...I actually heard his > version first and remember liking it better. Me too! Where'd you grow up, Paul? The rock station in Indianapolis played the Jerry Cole version for a week or two, then switched to the Joey Powers version--what a bummer. ---Dan -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 10:17:13 -0600 From: Dan Hughes Subject: Re: Disbanded but not forgotten Eddy asks: > Speaking of duos, does anybody remember title of the (minor) > hit by Teegarden & Van Winkel ? It wasn't all that minor, Eddy. God, Love and Rock and Roll went to #22 in 1970. (To me, a minor hit is one that made the Hot 100 but not the Top 40. Anybody else like that definition?) ---Dan -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 19:30:40 +0000 From: Richard Williams Subject: Re: "River of Salt" / Penny Valentine 1. Ian is right: Bryan Ferry took "River of Salt" from the Ketty Lester recording. 2. Penny Valentine's funeral took place today at Golders Green crematorium in north London. Dusty's "Goin' Back", Aretha's "I Say a Little Prayer" and the Four Tops' "Reach Out I'll Be There" were played, which means that Goffin and King, Bacharach and David, and Holland-Dozier-Holland were also represented. Among those in attendance were Vicki Wickham and Nona Hendryx. Richard Williams -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 19:43:43 +0000 From: Stuffed Animal Subject: Jeff Barry Production Stats Recently, someone on this list tallied up the production successes of Bob Crewe and Phil Spector, among others. Let's toss Jeff Barry into the mix, why don't we? Between 1963 and 1983, he racked up the following stats as a producer or co-producer, based on my research: 83 charting Pop singles . . . 33 Top Forty Pop hits . . . 4 Number One pop singles ("Chapel Of Love," "Leader Of The Pack," "Sugar, Sugar" and "I'm A Believer") . . . 12 Top Ten Pop singles . . . 26 charting Pop albums, including a Number One album (More Of The Monkees). . . . . . and it bears noting that on some releases, he did not receive label credit as producer (i. e. Dixie Cups, Shangri-Las). Overall, Jeff Barry has scored a grand total of 110 charting Pop albums and singles at my last count. In 1970, Billboard Magazine named him the second most successful producer in the country (Norman Whitfield was in first place). All of the aforementioned were rock 'n roll productions, including such classic titles as "Be My Baby," "Baby, I Love You," "Leader Of The Pack," "Remember (Walkin' In The Sand)," "Chapel Of Love," "Montego Bay," "Cherry, Cherry" and "Sugar, Sugar." Yet, he can't get nominated to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil wrote the most popular rock 'n' roll tune of all-time, "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," and they can't get nominated either! Is something wrong with this picture? Damn right there is! Stuff -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 20:50:53 +0100 From: Stephane Rebeschini Subject: Re: Disbanded but not forgotten > Speaking of duos, does anybody remember title of the (minor) > hit by Teegarden & Van Winkel ? Teegarden and Van Winkle : "God, Love And Rock And Roll", 1970 More about them there : http://www.borderlinebooks.com/us6070s/fuzz.html Thay are also responsible of the LP "Experimental Groundwork", supposed to have been recorded under hypnosis !! The sleeve mentions that "You are advised to read the booklet included before playing the record". The said booklet is a must read, the writer (Gemini III !) explaining that, in case the record player malfunctions, you will merely fall asleep and wake up soon... Stephane -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Sat, 18 Jan 2003 21:00:24 +0000 From: Ken Charmer Subject: Re: Bob Crewe & the 4 Seasons Our good friend Stuart Miller has a devilish side to his nature and his 'wind-up' statement that the Four Seasons would have been as big without Bob Crewe is entirely unsupportable as others have argued. Every great group needs a leader outside the group with the vision, leadership, imagination, money and influence. Bob was clearly amongst the best in terms of his management style autocratic in some respects yet consultative in others. Charles Calello recognises (in his interview on the G_I_L_G website) that he and Bob Gaudio were 'couch potatoes' and Frankie Valli's drive and Bob Crewes imagination/experimentation was the key to the unique material they produced. It was therefore a team effort albeit a stormy relationship at times. Yes, Valli's drive and desire for success would have given him some hits with other producers. However the Unique 'Sound of Frankie Valli' as it was labelled on disc was a blend that added to his exceptional voice. Bob Gaudio clearly resented much of the control Crewe exercised. The string of developing and successful sounds from the group was stepped up when they reached Philips. 'Dawn' changed everything. And that success continued until Bob Crewe lost his way. Accepting the advice of his astrologer to break up his companies was clearly an aberration that coincided with his break-up with the Four Seasons as they (really Bob Gaudio) sought to change their sound. Success was to desert the uncontrolled Bob Gaudio until 1974. Enter Bob Crewe again to deliver the songs and influence. Bob Gaudio's success working independently with Judy Parkers writing was his only success during this period. Crewe's influence on all of the best of the Seasons demonstrates that whilst their individual talent may have generated some hits, it was during Crewe's influential (and sane!!) periods that they did the work that will be recognised by future generations. I only realised this fully since I started researching Bob's back catalogue and with so many artists who he helped produce outstanding music which is unheard by many 60's /70's collectors and DJ,s. But thanks Stuart for stirring us up. Ken -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 21:30:19 -0000 From: Amber Subject: Re: Ketty Lester Hey World, On the rare occasion my complexion lets me down, and I am forced to cancel a date, my dear Mom always cheers me up by reminding me that, no matter how bad things might seem, there's always someone out there who's worse off than yourself. I was at a low ebb today. What's a girl to do when hairspray is on the banned list? Just when I thought life couldn't possibly get any worse, I discover that some poor lamb has never heard of Ketty Lester. Good old Mom, right again. Maybe the Utterly Marvellous Simon White will put the poor guy out of his misery and play Ketty's "Nice 'N' Easy" on his show this Sunday? A.v.T. xxx -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 17 Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 22:00:44 +0000 From: Richard Williams Subject: Richard Gottehrer Richard Gottehrer will be interviewed by Charlie Gillett on BBC London 94.9FM tomorrow night (Saturday) from 2000-2200 hrs GMT. Apparently the programme is streamed for seven days and can be found on http://www.bbc.co.uk/london Richard Williams -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 18 Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 17:05:42 -0500 (EST) From: Andrew Jones Subject: Re: Vigrass & Osborne Javed Jafri: I came across Vigrass & Osborne's album QUEUES in the early 1980's, when I was working at my college's radio station. Sadly, the only track I can remember from the disc is the original version of "Forever Autumn", which later became a hit for Justin Hayward. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 19 Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 22:23:57 -0000 From: Monophonius Subject: Re: Jeff Barry Production Stats Absolutely right on!!! The real architects of the foundations of rock n' roll need to have some recognition in the Rock Hall. And that means Bob Crewe, Barry & Greenwich, Mann & Weil (Goffin & King are there already!), Jack Nitzsche, all the great session players in LA, NYC, Philly, Nashville, Detroit, Memphis who played and created the best of rock! There are others, too that were integral to the development of the rock that we all know and love. I could go on and on about this! Pete Seeger, Mahalia Jackson, Bill Monroe, Nat King Cole are in the Rock Hall--and they hated rock music! What is the compelling reason for placing them in the Hall? It boggles the mind! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 20 Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 17:44:27 -0500 From: James Botticelli Subject: Re: Duos Two on the aisle for: Paul & Paula, Santo & Johnny, Flo & Eddie, Johnnie & Joe, The Kalin Twins, Mel & Tim, Everly Brothers, Addrissi Brothers, Phil & Lil, Simon & Garfunkel, McFadden & Whitehead, Hall & Oates, Marvin & Tammi, Felix & Jarvis, Womack & Womack, Pacific Gas & Electric, Marvin & Johnny, Mickey & Sylvia, Tom & Jerry, Steve & Eydie, Ashford & Simpson, Donnie & Marie, Boyce & Hart, Sonny & Cher, Jan & Dean, Jan & Arnie, Ferrante & Teicher, AC/DC, Cheech & Chong, Homer & Jethro, Dick & Dee Dee, Chad & Jeremy, Ike & Tina, Sam & Dave, Bob & Earl, Captain & Tenille, Skip & Flip, Lee & Paul, Delaney & Bonnie, Buchannan & Ancell, Bruce & Terry, Grey & Hanks, Nino Tempo & April Stevens, Loggins & Messina, Yarborough & Peoples, Righteous Brothers, LeBlanc & Carr, Sam & Bill, Lyme & Cybelle, Peaches & Herb, Seals & Crofts, Billie & Lillie, Pratt & McClain, Fire & Rain, Shirley & Squirrely, Mouth & MacNeal, James & Bobby Purify, Shirley & Lee, Peter & Gordon, Jon & Vangelis, Delbert & Glen, Gallagher & Lyle, England Dan & John Ford Coley, Rene & Angela, George & Gene, Etta & Harvey, Friend & Lover, Zager & Evans, Stark & McBrien, Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood, Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin, Hugo & Luigi, Edd Byrnes & Connie Stevens, Jerry Butler & Betty Everett, Bell & James, Rene & Rene, Dale & Grace, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr., Alive & Kickin', Milli Vanilli, and certainly Crockett & Tubbs~ Love, JB -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 21 Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 19:47:21 EST From: Mike Miller Subject: Re: Bob Crewe & the 4 Seasons Ken, that was an excellent read on the careers of these people. I could not have said it better. Bob Crewe certainly must have had something, because when things worked, they worked awfully well !!! Of course, there were many bombs in the early 60s too, so it seems that it took a special "friction" to create some of these masterpieces. So well said, Ken, thanks for those comments !! Mike Miller -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 22 Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 18:56:35 -0500 From: Country Paul Subject: Various items Regarding http://www.recordmaster.com - has anyone figured out the logic of their listing system? It isn't alphabetical, nor numerical, nor chronological. Just what IS their system?!? Patrick, thanks for the lead to http://www.artiebutler.com - if you go in with the volume up you get a minute of "Sally Go Round...." as a welcome. And the "Sally" story is a gem! Guy Lawrence cites Vic Dana - "Lovey Kravezit"/"Hello Roomate" (Verna Blackwell) Dolton Records NO.317. Interesting - "Hello Roomate" was also the flip of Vic Dana's hit, "Little Altar Boy". I remain amazed that a song as lame as "Lovey Kravezit" has had so many lives. Mike Edwards cites last week's New York Times articlew: > "[S]ales of compact discs have fallen as much as 10% this year > as CD-Burning and Internet file-sharing proliferate". Really? > And there's poor old me thinking that the decline was due to > the quality of the music! Certainly from the major labels. I've been seeing a fair number of artists lately who are selling their CDs from the stage of their venues. Guaranteed, these don't get counted by SoundScan, yet I know the CD pressing plants are busy with lots of these 1000-to-2000 copy runs. I'd amend Mike's comment to read "decline [in] the quality of music pushed by the majors". Who needs another Britney Spears? Wasn't the first one enough? Martin Roberts, thanks for Them's "I Am Waiting" at the Jack Nitzsche page. Same "Them" as Van Morrison's group? Unlike those who think the Four Seasons could do no wrong, I disagree - but they did so much right, and I'm learning a lot from this remarkable thread. Thanks to whoever mentioned "No Surfin' Today" - a forgotten treat. And the collection of and connections with the various artists who fronted them is fascinating. I've got some digging through my collection to do! (And Billy Spradlin, "Connie-O" got a bunch of airplay in Providence, RI when it was new. Then there are the tracks Mick P. mentioned....) Finally, I just ordered "Pet Projects" from Collector's Choice. They've also got a clearance section, and I picked up Charlie Rich's Sun (actually Sam Philips International) sessions CD for less than $6. There are some good titles on the clearance list. Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 23 Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 17:25:16 -0800 (PST) From: Steve Harvey Subject: I'm a little, lost lamb Hey, at least I'm trying to find out about the original tunes. Always prided myself on seeking out the original versions of tunes, but "River of Salt" always eluded my quest, until now. Ketty Lester!?!? Where would I find out about her if it wasn't for Spectropoppadoc? The local oldies station distorts the past so much you'd think that the only soul tunes released were all on Motown (and there were only 10 them according to the ones they play again and again and again). When I heard the Kit Kats sing "Oh My Angel" I was able to track down the original by Bertha Tilman so I'm not totally lost in the woods. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 24 Date: Sat, 18 Jan 2003 02:18:45 -0000 From: Billy G. Spradlin Subject: Re: Bob Crewe & the 4 Seasons I agree with Ken here, I doubt The Seasons, Diane Renay or any of the artists Bob Crewe worked with would have been successful if it wasn't for his production work. The biggest problem is many of the independent record companies he made his best records for (like AMY) were just too small to make a national impact. Crewe was making "hot mixes" years before the term, his 45s are mastered super hot with maxxed-out compression and lots of bass and high end boost to blast out of AM car radios. I have read that Berry Gordy and Crewe were freinds and shared many ideas. The stomping opening of "Where Did Our Love Go?" is right outta the Seasons handbook and so's the ledgendary over-EQ and compression of many Motown 45s. To "pull apart" the Seasons and say that one member was more important than the others is like disecting a championship sports team. Each memember played a important role in the success and if one part "lost his way" (like Crewe did) the group went the same way. BTW I've played to musica one of my favorite Crewe productions from 62-3, Matthew Reid's "Lollypops Went Out of Style". It's a silly song but Crewe tosses in all his best production gimmicks for a really great sounding record. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 25 Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 22:38:31 -0700 From: Justin McDevitt Subject: Re: Aztec Two Step, Cashman & West Javed Jafri wrote: > I remember Batdorf and Rodney. There seemed to be a virtual explosion > of folksy duos in the wake of the success of Seals and Corfts/ Brewer > and Shipley. Does anyone recall Vigrass and Osborne or Tufano and > Giamarese (ex Buckinghams) or Aztec Two Step or Cashman and West. Hi Javed and group, I wore out my copy of Aztec Two step's first Lp from 1972. The Highway Song is a beautiful track. I shamelessly employed its reflective melody to woo co-eds while pursuing higher education. Track three, (side 1) is an ode to Dean Moriarty, Sal Paradise's alter ego in Jack Kerouac's On the Road. The character of Moriarty is supposed to be based on Neil Cassidy, a compadre and soulmate to Kerouac with regard to "everything beat" The song Cassidy on Bob Weir's 1972 solo Lp is a favorite of mine. Cashman and West, good Philly boys and friends to Jim Croci. I have their Lp with City Suite, (not sure about this song title), It takes up all of side 1. I love their later composition, "we're Talkin Baseball" song in which they devote an individual song, (same melody), which incorporates the names of well-known players from teams in both the American and National leagues. Does anyone in the group have a copy of the Lp which contains these Odes to the Boys of Summer? And then there's Fairport Convension, Pentangle, Steeley Span, Renaissance. Such an english sound, transforming old folk balads and old-sounding songs penned by individual band members. Who is the lead singer for Renaissance? I don't want to go down to the basement and root around trying to locate the Lp and then wake my wife up, so she can read the band personnel names. In this vein, I hear that these electronic geniuses are working on a hand-held reading machine (designed for us visually challenged folks, and those too lazy or indolent to read on their own) which uses synthetic speech. This device will be able to scan almost anything, (including x-rays of my enlarged tonsils, a birth defect that I live with and tolerate until I'm visited by the nasty sore throat demon). All right now. Enough jocularity. Time for bed. A high tomorrrow of three deg above zero (f) here in the Twin Cities, and even colder next week. (You either live it, or live with it). Is this quote from a Firesign Theater Lp? Yours in frigidity, Justin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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