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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)


There are 6 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re:  Montanas
           From: James Botticelli 
      2. Re: Montanas
           From: Rob Stride 
      3. Re: Cranking up the speed
           From: Dan Hughes 
      4. Re: The Cryan Shames
           From: Steve Harvey 
      5. Rose Garden, Camp Hilltop
           From: Country Paul 
      6. American Breed, Buckinghams
           From: Mike Edwards 

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Message: 1 Date: Mon, 07 Apr 2003 19:57:57 -0400 From: James Botticelli Subject: Re: Montanas Bob Rashkow wrote: > The Montanas charted in the US with the marvelous "You've Got > To Be Loved".....but not nearly as high as it should have. > Whoever hasn't heard it, go for it, it's a supreme example of > the sunniest of sunshine-pop from here or across the Atlantic. > Irresistible harmonies! :--))) There are a few Montanas tracks on the double-cd of "Songs of Tony Hatch" I picked it up recently, think its on RPM...will double check if anyone's interested JB -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Tue, 08 Apr 2003 01:31:45 +0100 (BST) From: Rob Stride Subject: Re: Montanas Bob Rashkow wrote: > ...The Montanas charted in the US with the marvelous "You've Got > To Be Loved".....but not nearly as high as it should have.... If the Montanas charted it must have been very low because they are not in Billboard's Top Forty Chart Book? -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Mon, 07 Apr 2003 20:24:28 -0500 From: Dan Hughes Subject: Re: Cranking up the speed I think I remember hearing the LP version of "Sweet Mary" by Wadsworth Mansion and it was ENTIRELY different from the 45--about half the speed and totally disappointing. Anybody know about that one? ---Dan -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Mon, 07 Apr 2003 19:30:45 -0700 (PDT) From: Steve Harvey Subject: Re: The Cryan Shames David Coyle wrote: > Of the original tracks, "I Wanna Meet You" is definitely > an infectious teen-popper. Glad somebody else knows this tune. I even have a promo somewhere of it. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Mon, 07 Apr 2003 23:23:25 -0400 From: Country Paul Subject: Rose Garden, Camp Hilltop I agree with Brett Berns (and welcome out of the lurking corner, Brett), David Feldman and the others: Richard Gagnon's Brill Building strip is way cool! Thanks for turning us on to it. Billy Spradlin: I don't know about the Rose Garden (never liked the 45 that much, but two Gene Clark compositions arouse my curiosity). On the same page there's a link to Dean Torrance's "Legendary Masked Surfer Unmasked": http://www.ccmusic.com/item.cfm?itemid=VSA63492. Anyone with any word on this one? Jeff Glenn - Camp Hilltop's "Sunday" - WOW! I've always loved this total obscurity - and wondered why it was totally obscure! More later - after I check out some websites folks have been referring us to - like the Rob Stride material, the Bert Berns site, Pop 45 (gotta know more about Camp Hilltop!), etc. Doggone, ain't S'pop great!? Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Tue, 08 Apr 2003 00:11:23 -0400 From: Mike Edwards Subject: American Breed, Buckinghams My original message: > Many many years ago I threw away my well played copy of the > American Breed's 45, "Bend Me Shape Me" and purchased the album, > named after this hit tune. I never became comfortable with the > version of "BMSM" on this album, as it seemed to lack the urgency > I was used to with the 45. Response from Charles Hill: >What is claimed to be the mono 45 version shows up, oddly, on >another Varese disc - "Dick Bartley Presents Collector's Essentials: >On the Radio, Volume Three". Says Bartley in the notes: >"[W]here the mono single had punch and power (and was considerably >"speeded up" for radio airplay), the stereo LP version seemed slow, >limp and lifeless." >Interestingly, this version runs 2:16; I can't swear to it, but >I think it fades later than the 45. It's certainly faster than >the two-track mix that's been widely circulated. Thanks for the response Charles. "Considerably speeded up" is the operative phrase! I just feel a little embarrassed that I hadn't figured this out for myself over all these years. On a similar note I have always stuck with my 45 version of "Kind Of A Drag" which was issued as a 45 on USA. The Bucks switched to Columbia but I was always wary that a version of "Kind Of A Drag" that may appear on Columbia albums would be a re-record. I could not imagine anything topping that frenetic blend of lead vocals, back-up vocals and organ that made it such an instantaneous and spectacular 45. I didn't buy the Legacy CD that came out in 1991 for the same reason. I just checked the reviews of that CD in amazon.com and one reads: "Unfortunately, Columbia decided to re-mix the song, "Kind Of A Drag." It lacks the punch of the original mix. Does anyone out there know where I can find the original mix of their best song???" I will contact this reviewer and offer him my 45 copy. Meantime can anyone oblige with a pristine copy of "Bend Me Shape Me" - the original 45, that is. Thanks, Mike Edwards -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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