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Spectropop - Digest Number 909



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There are 11 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: B. Mitchell Reid
           From: Andrew Jones 
      2. Re: The Critters
           From: Bill George 
      3. Re: Darlene Love - Stumble And Fall - Philles
           From: Steve Harvey 
      4. Re: In the red corner is Brian and in the blue corner Frankie Valli
           From: Andrew Hickey 
      5. Re: Button up
           From: Steve Harvey 
      6. Discuss It or Talk About It?
           From: Steve Harvey 
      7. Shindig & Priscilla Paris
           From: Martin Roberts 
      8. The Beach Seasons vs. the Four Boys
           From: Steve Harvey 
      9. Re: Arthur Lee
           From: Stewart Mason 
     10. Re: New York Shindig update; more Al Casey
           From: Mike Rashkow 
     11. Al Casey, the Coasters
           From: Guy Lawrence 


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Message: 1
   Date: Sat, 07 Jun 2003 09:52:26 -0400 (EDT)
   From: Andrew Jones 
Subject: Re: B. Mitchell Reid

About B. Mitchell Reid: In the late Seventies he did some 
programs called "The BMR Interviews" for a series called 
"Hot News!" I have some of these, and if he was a fast talker 
in his prime, he slowed down a bit for these interviews 
(I understand he died in the early '80s).




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Message: 2 Date: Sat, 07 Jun 2003 11:17:00 EDT From: Bill George Subject: Re: The Critters If anyone has questions about the Critters, please email me offlist. I'll collect the questions and ask Jimmy Ryan, who is a relative through marriage. No guarantee he'll answer me, but he probably will - Bill PS. I'm planning on going to the Spectropop party. Any way of knowing who all is going to be there, and how we can recognize each other? -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Sat, 07 Jun 2003 10:28:45 -0700 (PDT) From: Steve Harvey Subject: Re: Darlene Love - Stumble And Fall - Philles Sebastian Fonzeus wrote: > I recently managed to get ahold of a DJ copy of > Darlene Love's "Stumble And Fall" b/w "He's A Quiet Guy" Sebastian, I found one of those singles for $8 back in the late 70s. It first came out for public consumption on those two import LPs of Spector rarities that came out of England in the 70s. Stumble and Fall, He's a Quiet Guy, and Strange Love made Darlene my favorite female singer of the Spector clan. I don't think it ever made it out as a stock copy. As for why it never made it out to the public I suspect it had to do with Spector pulling a power play. Darlene stood up to him and that probably scared him. When I met her on her book tour she was not overly fond of him, with good reason. Nonetheless those three songs are gems that are right up there with any of the "hits" everybody else knows. The strange thing is that when they put out her Greatest Hits LP one of the three was left off. Luckily it's on the Spector boxset. Darlene doesn't have that record, by the way. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Sat, 07 Jun 2003 15:01:07 +0100 From: Andrew Hickey Subject: Re: In the red corner is Brian and in the blue corner Frankie Valli >>And Sean, nice try but I have to tell you that both groups only >ever had nice things to say about each other. If Gaudio ever >intended anything with "No Surfin'" back then, he certainly can't >remember it now. And of course one should not forget that both >groups came together in the 70s to record, oddly enough, "East >Meets West" on FBI. An OK record but a wasted opportunity to >utilise the vocal talents of both bands. Not really true. I can't remember the quote exactly, but there was an absolutely *SCATHING* quote from Bruce Johnston from the early 90s when he said that the 4 Seasons knew nothing about harmony and couldn't sing (a stance he seems strangely to have stopped taking since the 'Beach Boys' got Frankie Valli impersonator Adrian Baker into the band and started doing Sherry live). And then there's the "Surfers Rule - 04 Seasons you'd better believe it" in the track Surfers Rule... >But I'm right with you if you can get a war going. Over here in >the UK it's London versus the rest with everyone outside the capital >thinking Londoners are just a big bunch of soft southern jessies But that's because Londoners *ARE* just a big bunch of soft southern jessies. >whilst Londoners themselves don't seem to think life exists beyond >the big car park in the sky they call the M25. As someone born in >London who fled when he was 21 and has spent the last 29 years >happily ensconced "up north", I cannot understand why anyone, >claiming sound mental health, would want to live in that City. It's >like banging your head constantly against a brick wall and the pain >only stops when you leave the place. And the last time I went down? >To see Brian at the Festival Hall. Only times I've been to London in the last 6 years have been to see Brian Wilson, Van Dyke Parks and the Stomp conventions...London has an intense aura of evil about it that means only truly great music can entice me down... -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Sat, 07 Jun 2003 10:31:10 -0700 (PDT) From: Steve Harvey Subject: Re: Button up James Botticelli wrote: > I'm venturing that $12 will get you a glass of Merlot/Chardonnay A few glasses of Chardonnay and you can blank out automatically! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Sat, 07 Jun 2003 10:33:35 -0700 (PDT) From: Steve Harvey Subject: Discuss It or Talk About It? Simon White: > I also have a version by The Instigations on T-Bird records > and to my horror have just discovered that Rod Stewart > recorded it too. Wasn't the Rod Stewart record, "I Don't Want To Talk About It", not "Discuss It". I think his tune was the one written by the late Danny Whitten of Crazy Hose, Neil Young's backing band. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Sat, 07 Jun 2003 18:58:25 +0100 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Shindig & Priscilla Paris Country Paul wrote about Priscilla Paris' Rak single: >Was this a hit among our "UK cousins"? I'm afraid regarding Pricilla's my tongue was firmly in my cheek. Pretty hard record to find and nary a sniff of the charts. Country Paul also suggested name badges for the party, I'm with you on this Paul. It would be a shame to miss talking to someone due to ignorance of who they were. I well remember attending Mick's launch party for Philately in 197?, held in a pub in Leicester some distance from my London home. In my eagerness not to miss anything I arrived slightly before my hosts. For the following two hours I was rather ignored as it was assumed I was with the bar staff and just free loading on the sandwiches! Happy days, I seem to recall I had all my own teeth and hair back then. I guess name badges would be hard to prepare due to not knowing who's coming! Might it be an idea, with the party less than two weeks away to start a list of who 'intends' to come? Naturally things can happen to prevent attendance but I'd have thought a guide could be useful. Personally I'm fairly easy to spot, tall (5'-2"), with thick, long ginger hair and full 'Santa' beard. Also being a Brit abroad I'm bound to be wearing a Union Jack T-Shirt and if it's hot I dare say a four-cornered, knotted hanky on my head...see you there! Martin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Sat, 07 Jun 2003 11:18:49 -0700 (PDT) From: Steve Harvey Subject: The Beach Seasons vs. the Four Boys Of all the Beach Boy collaborations done in the 80s I thought "East Meets West" was a pretty hooky tune. It really isn't the Four Seasons, but Frankie Valli. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Sat, 07 Jun 2003 14:34:46 -0400 From: Stewart Mason Subject: Re: Arthur Lee Country Paul asks: >First, does anyone know when and if Arthur Lee and Love are coming >to the New York area? Who is in the band these days - any originals? Arthur is more than original enough on his own! The lineup is the same as on the last tour: Arthur plus the LA power pop band Baby Lemonade, with a string and horn section. I saw them on the last tour and this lineup is remarkable. Since, unlike the original lineup of Love, this one isn't comprised of almost entirely of smack addicts and juicers, they actually sound *better* than any of the '60s groups! But he's been and gone already - they played Town Hall Thursday night. S -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Sat, 07 Jun 2003 16:22:56 EDT From: Mike Rashkow Subject: Re: New York Shindig update; more Al Casey Country Paul writes: > Sanford Clark Now there's a memory for me. One of the first country things that ever caught my attention, Sanford Clark's THE FOOL. Same time period as A Rose & A Baby Ruth, George Hamilton IV, I think. Rashkovsky -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Sat, 07 Jun 2003 22:52:41 +0100 From: Guy Lawrence Subject: Al Casey, the Coasters Andrew Jones wrote: > Years ago, while going through a cousin's collection of old > singles, I found one by Al and the KC-Ettes (on the Stacy > label)...the B-side was a Lee Hazlewood composition called > "What Are We Gonna Do In '64?" Mostly, the song looked back > on recent dance crazes and musical styles and asked, wonder > what's coming next? Oh, if they only knew! Dang it! Spectropop keeps doing this to me! I really can't rest now 'till I hear this record. Does anyone know if it's been reissued anywhere? Or does anyone have a copy they'd be willing to share with us all? Talking of the Coasters, I see that Rhino are releasing a 2CD 'Best Of' soon. It's about time! Their catalogue has been disgracefully neglected since Sequel's excellent (now deleted) reissues back in '97. All I've seen since are some derisory hits collections. It's really not right that such a vital body of work can fall into such a state. For me it's the same as walking into a book shop to find that Shakespeare is "currently not available". Just plain wrong! Calming down now, Guy. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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