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Spectropop - Digest Number 929

               SPECTROPOP - Spectacular! Retro! Pop!

There are 25 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Elusive Butterfly
           From: Mike Edwards 
      2. Clarke Davis Experience Radio Show
           From: Clarke Davis 
      3. Re: Val Doonican
           From: Paul Richards 
      4. Re: Brian Hyland--late 60s stuff/Jim Holvay/Layng Martine
           From: Clark Besch 
      5. SpectroParty
           From: Bill George 
      6. Shindig Musings
           From: Dave Feldman 
      7. Re: The In-Crowd and The Eligibles
           From: Elliot Kendall 
      8. Re: Jackie DeShannon
           From: Peter Lerner 
      9. Fool's Errand
           From: Ken Silverwood 
     10. Party
           From: Mark Frumento 
     11. Re: Japanese 1960s girl pop
           From: James Botticelli 
     12. Bill Deal + Rhondells site
           From: Kurt 
     13. re: Baby
           From: Roger Kaye 
     14. Re: Shindig Party in NY City
           From: Mikey 
     15. Re: Party Time
           From: Mikey 
     16. Continuing the Al Casey thread
           From: Steve Grant 
     17. GREAT Spectropop Shindig!!!
           From: Tony  Leong 
     18. Paul Evans radio interview show this evening (Monday June 23rd)
           From: Ronnie Allen 
     19. "The Italian Job" - Lou Reizner
           From: Michael 
     20. Herman's Hermits
           From: Dave Mirich 
     21. RE: Shindig Party in NY City
           From: Martin Roberts 
     22. Priscilla Paris - Sings Herself CD (Indigo Disc) - Legit Release ?
           From: Kent 
     23. Sorry I missed it
           From: Bob Rashkow 
     24. Searching for Spector of the 70s
           From: Veli-Pekka 
     25. Re: Japanese 1960s girl pop
           From: Jeffery Kennedy 


Message: 1
   Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2003 22:57:11 -0400
   From: Mike Edwards 
Subject: Elusive Butterfly

Gary Apollo writes (re: Val Doonican's "Elusive Butterfly"):

> Hmm. A cover of the (1/66 BB Pop: #5) Bob Lind record?  Not
> sure which came first, since BL's was on World Pacific 
> (meaning: I suspect they licensed it). Has either song been 
> comped anywhere yet? The former, so I can compare Val's 
> version to Bob's. The latter, cuz I can't remember WHERE my 
> copy of the Bob Lind single is. :)

Gary (great last name, btw), you can pick up Val Doonican's 
"Very Best Of" from one of's dealers for under $9. 
Just key in his name on their site. The set contains "Elusive 
Butterfly" as well as Ian Chapman's favorite, "Paddy McGinty's 
Goat". Also included is a nice version of Chad Mitchell Trio's 
"Marvelous Toy" and his three hits for UK Decca, "Walk Tall", 
"What Would I Be" and "The Special Years".  Bob Lind is also on with "The Best of Bob Lind: You Might Have Heard My 
Footsteps" for around $11. This one's got "Elusive Butterfly",
"Truly Julie's Blues (I'll Be There)" and "Cheryl's Goin' Home". 
Back in the 60s, Bob Lind struck me as a guy with a lot of talent 
and a style that was right in there; I was surprised he faded so 

Mike Edwards

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Message: 2 Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2003 04:22:40 -0000 From: Clarke Davis Subject: Clarke Davis Experience Radio Show Just a note to let you know that I am the host of a three hour internet radio program which specializes in obscure oldies every Sunday night, eight to eleven eastern time. The music is very fifties and sixties, bubbling under top 100 type music combined with doo wop and rockabilly. Please consider this a personal invitation to listen or join me in the chatroom at Real Player or Winamp (recommended) will work just fine. You don't need any special equipment to go in the chatroom, but you do have to type in a nickname in order to stay. People there are friendly, funny, and very cordial, not to mention knowledgable. Diane Renay stops in sometimes, as does Jimmy Mullin from the 4 Epics. It's a fun time, so stop by, or just listen to some very cool music that you wouldn't hear on a typical oldies station. Clarke Davis -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2003 03:51:31 EDT From: Paul Richards Subject: Re: Val Doonican I've always loved Val's "Ring of Bright Water", title song to that great film that made me cry when I was a kid. Poor Mitch! Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2003 12:00:04 -0000 From: Clark Besch Subject: Re: Brian Hyland--late 60s stuff/Jim Holvay/Layng Martine JJ wrote: > Been grooving lately to 3 Brian Hyland albums, i.e. > "Tragedy" & "Stay & Love Me All Summer", both Dot '69, and > "Brian Hyland" UNI '70...... Sadly neglected stuff. JJ, I agree that Brian's late 60s/70s stuff is buried by his earlier works in most cases. Surprisingly enough, growing up in Kansas gave me access to lots of cool songs on the Wichita radio stations that not only played some really more obscure songs, but charted them very high! "Tragedy" went to #1 and "Stay & Love Me All Summer" was big too. I believe other Hyland songs also did well, but don't remember the titles off hand. He had several Uni 45s. I've actually been more interested in his '65/'67 era lately. Of course, Artie Wayne worked on some of these. Two songs I really love are "Stay Away From Her" and "I Can Hear The Rain". The former was a little known "A" side early in his career with Philips in '65. It scraped WHK Cleveland's top 50. VERY Del Shannon-like. Jim Holvay (Buckinghams hits) wrote the song and I consider it his best non-Buckinghams song. Jim was kinda like the Artie Wayne of Chicago (Artie, what do you think?). Some success and many not so successful productions, but a lot of great music. Jim did perform during this period as a member of the Mob. He's looking for a label to release a lot of his productions and songs written by him--mostly Chicago area things. "Rain" was the great non-LP "B" side of the hit "Joker Went Wild". It was covered by a few artists including Reparata on RCA. It was written by Layng Martine who wrote and had the hit "Rub It In" in 1971, as well as writing "Waydown", Elvis' last hit while he was alive. I had an email conversation with Layng's son a couple years ago and at the time he was looking to find his fathers' works on record. Funny, he was unaware of "Rub It In' being released by Dave Clark or it being his last US 45! Anyway, Brian's other 45s from the mid 60's were great too! Take care, Clark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2003 09:30:15 EDT From: Bill George Subject: SpectroParty I had a good time at the Shindig on Friday, and it was great to get to meet several of you and put faces to the screen names. What a nice group of people we are! :-) Thank you to Sheila for all your hard work; that was quite an undertaking! There were lots of non-Spectropop members there, and it got quite crowded by the evening's peak. Great DJ sets and a fun performance by It's My Party. Elisabeth did a wonderful job too; too bad she only sang two songs! And it was a nice surprise to have so many original girl-group members in attendance. I'm sure somebody else can give a more acurate run-down on all who were there. I'd say the night was a smashing success! Bill -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2003 12:17:25 -0400 From: Dave Feldman Subject: Shindig Musings Lest I leave anyone out, I won't name names, but thanks SO much to everyone who made the party so cool. The music, spun and sung, was fantastic. But without a doubt, the best part of the evening was meeting many of my favorite posters on Spectropop for the first time, and finding them every bit as charming as I expected. A special thank you to the UK and Japanese contingent for coming to the provinces to celebrate the music we all love. I didn't get to sleep until 6:30 a.m. Dave Feldman -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2003 14:21:39 EDT From: Elliot Kendall Subject: Re: The In-Crowd and The Eligibles Mikey wrote: > ......James, you KILLED me when you played "Questions and > Answers" by The In Crowd. One of my favorites. Did you know > that they were really "The Eligibles" in disguise? Whoa, always loved that track by The In Crowd "Questions And Answers," just found a mint 45 a few weeks back. Great label colors too, way out there, awesome soft pop on tabasco, killer production -- how'd you hear about the "Eligibles In Disguise" bit?? Ron Hicklin and the bunch? Always loved The Eligibles' "Car Trouble" from the Capitol LP SHUT DOWN and wondered if there was an entire album of further close-harmony genius from them, but I gather from McParland, etc., that there were only scattered singles... Time for a West Coast Spectropop summit...?? EK -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2003 20:11:41 +0100 From: Peter Lerner Subject: Re: Jackie DeShannon Clarke wrote, about Jackie DeShannon: > To me, Jackie's voice, inflection, and vulnerability, > combined with her own songwriting, and incredible arrangements > and production from experts, just burn a mark into the pop > landscape, unlike any other. I just wanted to say, Clarke, you are so right. This woman has been performing and writing rock, pop, blues, gospel, country, hillbilly and goodness knows what since 1956, she's still doing it now and just gets to look and sound better with every year. When you then consider that she's worked and collaborated with Bob Dylan, the Beatles, Van Morrison, Jimmy Page, Brian Wilson, the Byrds...... you know she is one special person. That's what I think, anyway! Peter -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2003 23:07:45 +0100 From: Ken Silverwood Subject: Fool's Errand A question I've been wanting to find an answer to but always leave out, regards Billy Fury's "Do You Really Love Me Too(Fool's Errand)". Who recorded it before him? I believe it was a female, possibly Barbara Chandler? And of course, is it possible to hear it played to musica if anyone has it? Ken On The West Coast -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2003 23:00:49 -0000 From: Mark Frumento Subject: Party What a great party! Thanks so much to Sheila B. for putting it together. Everything was perfect, from the venue to the show to the various DJs (only I wish we could have heard Mick P rap a little between songs). It was great meeting everyone who came. Seeing the faces is a real testament to the diverse backgrounds and knowledge everyone brings to the table. Most amazing for me is that thanks to Mick and Phil C. I now know what Northern Soul is. And seeing both of them do their take on Northern Soul dancing was worth the trip to NYC alone. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2003 20:39:44 -0400 From: James Botticelli Subject: Re: Japanese 1960s girl pop Chris Ullman wrote: > the "Goodnight Tokyo" compilation, "supervised" by a member > of Pizzicato 5. That's Konishi, the musical brains behind their magical retro sound. Mindblowingly advisable to Spectropoppers. I too have that collection. Mostly 6T's stuff, poppy Japanese... Congratulations to the bewitching Sheila who put on a transcendental evening at the Slipper. Great to meet so many of our English mates as well! Sorry to anyone whose hand remained unshook by yours truly. See ya 'round the cyber world. -- James Botticelli -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2003 20:24:22 -0000 From: Kurt Subject: Bill Deal + Rhondells site LB wrote: > Have been trying to locate a copy of a song that I believe > was recorded by Bill Deal and the Rhondels....... The title > may have been "Can You Live Without Me". If my memory is > correct, a musician named Freddy Owens was in some way > connected with the song. There's a Bill Deal and the Rhondells site: They might be able to help -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2003 21:10:11 -0400 From: Roger Kaye Subject: re: Baby Kurt asked: > I have a question for the Spectropop group mind (pun > intended): Does does anyone know anything about a group > called 'Baby'? (not THE Babys, but simply Baby) Kurt, Baby put out 2 LPs - "Baby" (Mercury 1976) and "Where Did All The Money Go" (Chelsea 1977), and got into some sort of dispute with The Babys, which they lost and that was about it for them under that name. I have the LP on Chelsea, and it doesn't have the "(Just Another) Saturday Night" on it, so I'd guess it is on their first LP. Found it for in a 3/$1 pile years ago and haven't listened to it, but now that I've pulled it out I'll have to blow the dust off and give it a spin. Roger -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2003 21:21:50 -0400 From: Mikey Subject: Re: Shindig Party in NY City Mike Edwards: > And let's not forget, we're all gonna be > doing this again.... real soon, right? Boy I sure hope so!! That was a FUN night. Maybe next time my band will play, also. Mikey -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2003 21:22:25 -0400 From: Mikey Subject: Re: Party Time Mikey: > I forgot who, but someone asked me why I looked like > Frankie Avalon........I took it as a compliment.... Rashkovsky: > Maybe, but how did Frankie feel about it? LOL!!! Good one!! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2003 23:17:27 -0400 From: Steve Grant Subject: Continuing the Al Casey thread (the above link to his Stacy album on ebay also features detailed background info on Al's career) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 17 Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2003 03:42:37 -0000 From: Tony Leong Subject: GREAT Spectropop Shindig!!! Just getting around to posting about the great time I had the other night at the Spectropop Shindig. First off (and this is embarrassing), there's 2 people whose names I have forgotten, but it was great to meet them. The first was the guy with the Jackie DeShannon T-shirt who introduced me to Phil Chapman. Anyhow Jackie-T-shirt guy, I remember you lived in Astoria, but what was your name again?? Then, there was someone else from Seattle that gave ME a Spectropop T-shirt--I'm forever thankful!!!!!!!! BTW, you had on a Ronnie Spector T-shirt......... Next, it was great to see (again) the fabulous girl-group members Louise Murry (Jaynettes), Margaret Jones (Cookies), Beverly Warren (Raindrop), Barbara Harris (Toys). And it was a blast to meet Lillian (Exciters) (It was funny hearing about touring with the Beatles and your "hilarious" times sharing the bill with the Marvelettes and Bluebelles) and Barbara Jean English (whom I know as a demo singer, not a Clickette!!). I'd love to hear HER demo of "It's My Party"!! Phil Chapman, e-mail me, and we'll talk more about the Ronettes, and continue our Crystals chat--I think we left off at Barbara leaving during the 1964 Dick Clark tour????? Country Paul, you're a great DJ, and you were one of the nicest people in the place. Glad you and your wife had a great time and hope to see you again. Best of all, I couldn't enjoy a party like that without my fellow girl-group loving buddies: Dennis Garvey, Clemente, Paul, Joe and Scott, Tony and Ron of "WRC", my fellow Delrons fanatic Brian "Bri-Guy" Ferrari (who has a fantastic show on cable). Our jaws dropped when the group "It's My Party" sang "He's The Greatest" by the Delrons (I would've passed out had they sang "Weather Forecast"!!!!!). Gosh, everyone in the place would've flipped had "Shadow" Morton, Ellie Greenwich or Mary Weiss Stokes walked into the party--hmmmm--perhaps next time???? Thanks Sheila and everybody, I haven't had such a good time since my last vacation to London last month!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tony Leong -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 18 Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2003 01:04:38 EDT From: Ronnie Allen Subject: Paul Evans radio interview show this evening (Monday June 23rd) TONIGHT, Monday, June 23rd, from 8 to 9 PM Eastern Time, I will be hosting a live-by-phone interview show with multi- talented recording artist and songwriter Paul Evans. The show will be broadcast live on WBCB (1490-AM Bucks County, PA) and also on the World Wide Web. Paul's biggest U.S. hit as a singer was "Seven Little Girls (Sitting In The Back Seat)." He had at least an equally big hit in the U.K. with "Hello This Is Joannie (The Telephone Machine Answering Song)." We'll be playing and talking about both of those hits this evening plus a lot more. Paul has also been an extremely successful songwriter and wrote for Elvis, Pat Boone, Johnny Tillotson, the Kalin Twins, Bobby Vinton (the #1 smash "Roses Are Red") and many others. He has also written several and sung several commercial jingles. Appearing as a special guest on the show (via pre-recorded telephone interview) will be Bobby Vinton himself. Paul is a fun guy (well actually he's Happy-Go-Lucky!) and I look forward to a fun show! To access the show on this evening (Monday June 23rd from 8 to 9 PM Eastern time) please use the following URL: The above is the WBCB Home Page. When it has loaded, look on the upper-left-hand side of the page and find the "Listen Live" link. Double-click on that and then follow the very simple instructions. (Yes they really ARE very simple: you will be a double-click away from the show!). You can "try out" the station in advance of the show by using the above instructions. The station has a mix of talk, sports, and oldies so you might get any one of those formats if you access the station prior to the Paul Evans show. Please continue to send me feedback on these shows and your suggestions. I read and reply personally to every e-mail. Ronnie Allen e-mail: -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 19 Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2003 12:36:40 -0000 From: Michael Subject: "The Italian Job" - Lou Reizner Greetings! As a fan of the original British version of "The Italian Job", I have been told about a version of the theme music for this movie by Lou Reizner which ws issued on British Philips records No. BF 1794. If you have a copy for sale, please let me know details! Thanks! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 20 Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2003 07:00:55 -0600 From: Dave Mirich Subject: Herman's Hermits I saw Herman's Hermits last night. Peter Noone looked great, although I kind of felt sorry for him having to act the part of young Peter the rest of his life. Peter said on stage that their first album had a song "For Your Love" (later rocketed the Yardbirds to sucess), but HHs did not release it as a single because they didn't think it would chart. It appears a long-time collaborator of the Hermits was a fellow by the name of Gouldman who wrote the song, so it might be true. Anybody know about this? Also, I really enjoyed the Grass Roots and the Turtles playing many of their hits. I loved the Turtles boxed set. I've heard about the Flo and Eddy box. It it worthwhile? -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 21 Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2003 15:26:12 +0100 From: Martin Roberts Subject: RE: Shindig Party in NY City Many thanks to Sheila for organising the party - as I expected, it was a wonderful night and was certainly worth all the hard work she put in. The entertainment was terrific: Elisabeth, seemingly finding her spiritual home, a downtown (sadly not smoked-filled!) New York night club, put on a great show that let our US friends know what we Brits have been raving about. The DJs played a great mix of known and rare tracks. Mick's turn at the mike even encouraging two scantily dressed Go Go girls to take to the stage! This in turn encouraged some of the more mobile S'poppers to take to the dance floor - $ bills were being pressed into knicker elastic and a good time was had by all. For me the highlight of the dancing was a 'secret' (only I knew it was going on) 'Battle of the Bands' style competition between David A. Young (Spector Collector) and Phil Milstein (Phil Chapman lookie-likee). Hard to choose between these two 'party animals' but in the end I think the vote should go to David with maybe the denim shorts helping to swing the vote his way. Of the DJs special mention must go to 'Country' Paul - previously, my knowledge of NY DJs had been from American Graffiti style movies and the Essence CDs. To hear it 'in the flesh' left me spell bound. 'It's My Party' were fab and even the celebrity guests were impressed. I'll leave it to another to run through the full list of special guests but it was a thrill to meet so many singing heroes live and in person. I was too tongue tied to chat properly but a joy to exchange a few words with most of them and how young they looked! Sometimes it's easy to forget that a lot of the girls were barely in their teens when they recorded their hits. Mike mentioned Pete Antell, his vocal 'Warm Smoke' and compositions for the Percells but in England at least, he is more famously known as composer of "Baby You Don't Have To Tell Me" a big hit for the Walker Brothers and his unreleased 'Phil Spector' song for Ike & Tina Turner, "Man Is A Man Is A Man" - as well as the hordes of records he's had a hand in making that are real treasures in the world of Spectropop. A delight to meet and find him such a friendly chap. Also pleasing to find that our own Mick Patrick is a hero to a lot of the guests due to his girl-group compilations and sleeve notes. Cool to meet up with many UK Spectroppers so far from home, Elisabeth, Gwen, Keiko, Sheila, Alan, Mick & Phil. And how good to finally meet so many US email friends and S'pop posters in person. Some already mentioned and too many to name check them all, but Mark, Dave, John, Bill, Stan (could you drop me a line?) etc etc were all friendly, interesting and made me feel very welcome. A shame I missed talking to some folk and there wasn't the time to chat as much as I'd have wished, but thanks. As for my first visit to New York, I loved it. A few disappointments: not being abused by a New York City cabbie or arrested for 'walking a Jay'. And maybe it's my upbringing on London's 'evil' streets but I found the city safe, (all bar one encounter while roaming the Newark streets, lost at 4 am), friendly (maybe 'out of my way, jerk' rather than LA's less sincere 'have a nice day' but...), racially a wonderfully diverse mix (surely deserving of being the home of the UN) and a fun and exciting place to visit. Sharing a 'different' language presented a few problems - my 'popping out for a fag' raised a few eyebrows and Sam found difficulty in buying some Band Aids; his first request for 'plarsters' was answered blankly even when he switched to speaking in New Yorkese and asking for 'plaasters'- but all of this added to our trip rather than depreciated it. A truly wonderful time and I can't wait for the next one. How about LA for the next party?! Martin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 22 Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2003 11:00:15 -0400 (EDT) From: Kent Subject: Priscilla Paris - Sings Herself CD (Indigo Disc) - Legit Release ? I recently purchased a CD version of Priscilla Paris' solo LP "Priscilla Sings Herself" on Ebay. I'm doubting that it's legit. It was released by Indigo Disc Ltd. (supposedly a New Zealand label) "under exclusive licence from York Records Inc.". On the rear of the booklet (which is blank inside), it says "from America with Love - the Sixties Series". Catalog # is "Indigo 126". Seller stated "NO BOOTLEGS! NO COPIES! NO CDRs! JUST THE REAL THING" in description. Several things suggest a bootleg (or a not totally official release): 1) It's mastered from vinyl (not especially well) 2) Cover has a soft look (with colour differences from LP) 3) 2 Paris Sisters songs are added: "Too Good to Be True" (from "Everything Under the Sun") and "I Love How You Love Me" (from the Sidewalk LP?) 4) No liner notes. Totally blank inside booklet. Is anyone familiar with this release or this label? (Some of the other titles on this label offered included CDs by Coven (60s psych), Frank Virtue and the Virtues, Kenny Dino and others. I'd like to ask the seller for a refund/exchange, but wanted to get some ammunition beforehand if possible (Seller seems cool otherwise - all positive feedback etc.) Any info would be highly appreciated! Cheers, Kent -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 23 Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2003 12:50:24 EDT From: Bob Rashkow Subject: Sorry I missed it Hi, gang, Sorry I ultimately wasn't able to come to New York for the Spectropop Shindig. (Things come up, yadda yadda yadda.) It sounds from what I've heard so far, like it was wonderful. Lillian from the Exciters, "Questions and Answers" by the In Crowd played by DJ Jimmy Bee--oh, WOW is all I can say!! Can't wait to see some pix on the site. As Judy Collins once sang, "Well.....maybe next year.....!!" Bobster -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 24 Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2003 16:58:26 -0000 From: Veli-Pekka Subject: Searching for Spector of the 70s Hello everybody, This is my first post to Spectropop. I've been a Spector fan for ages but until recently I haven't really paid any attention to what he did in the 70s. Now my goal is to compile a "follow-up" to Back To Mono - maybe called Make It Stereo ;). I've managed to find all the Spector stuff from Beatles, Harrison, Lennon, Dion, Cohen and Ramones, plus some rarities. But here comes the trickiest part: there are songs I can't find anywhere, and that's why I'm turning to you. Does somebody know where I could find these tracks: - A Woman's Story and Baby I Love You by Cher - A Love Like Yours by Cher & Nilsson - I Love Him Like I Love My Very Life by Darlene Love - Try Some Buy Some by Ronnie - Here It Comes (And Here I Go) by Jerri Bo Keno I'd be grateful for any help! Greetings, Veli-Pekka. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 25 Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2003 17:15:57 -0000 From: Jeffery Kennedy Subject: Re: Japanese 1960s girl pop Chris Ullman wrote: > So my question - anyone got some good > pointers on CDs that are available (and where from), or > Japanese 60s/70s girl artists (doesn't have to be restricted > to female, the Akira ishikawa tracks on "Goodnight Tokyo" are > also superb). I know a bit about the 60s garage groups from > Japan, but virtually nothing about the pop. Any pointers are > most welcome. I've recently acquired several Japanese '60s girl pop CDs. Here are some details and a few comments. Keep in mind that these comps usually cover the later half of the '60s and sometimes the early '70s (i.e., soft rock territory). Also, notes and song titles are almost always entirely in Japanese. The sound quality on every one of these CDs is superb. AYUMI ISHIDA "Ultra Best Tracks" Columbia COCA-14812 A 2-CD retrospective. 38 tracks in all. GREAT cover art. Pretty good material, the later stuff is kinda dull. YUKARI ITO "Ultra Best Tracks" Columbia COCA-14831 19 tracks. Ito is a terrific singer. The material on this one gets off to a good start then gets boring fast. YUKARI ITO King KICX-7092 16 tracks. One of the best lounge compilations I have ever heard. Unbelievable production. SUPER voice. MIEKO HIROTA "Ultra Best Tracks" Columbia COCA-14814 At 13 tracks, a bit short. Great cover. Hirota is unusual for a Japanese female pop singer: She lets her hair down now and then and growls a bit. Pretty groovy. THE PEANUTS King KICX-7091 My favorite twins! 16 tracks. Another fantastic lounge compilation. Incredible harmonies. Very simimlar to the Ito King CD above. VARIOUS ARTISTS "Japanese Pop Cuties in Swingin' 60s" Vol. 1 (Teichiku TECN-25650) "Japanese Pop Cuties in Swingin' 60s" Vol. 2 (Teichiku TECN-25680) Excellent compilations with full-color picture sleeve reproductions. Each one is about 12 tracks of various artists and 12 tracks dedicated to a specific artist (don't have my discs handy so I can't provide the artist names). You can see the full Teichiku catalog here: Both are highly recommended. The above CDs feature very few cover versions. The sound is more like a Japanese version of Western pop, sometimes with riffs from U.S. hits blatantly recycled. "Funky Carpenters" is a VERY good description of most of this stuff. :)! EMY JACKSON "The Very Best of Emy Jackson" Columbia COR-11508 Incredibly well done garage-y surf and in English! Highly recommended. Another web site to check out: I have the "Follow the Boys" CD (King KICS-2262), which is mostly girls (that's Yukari Ito doing the twist on the cover) and covers the early to mid-'60s. Lots and lots of cover versions. I also have the Connie Francis CD, which is loads of fun. Also, there was a six (?) CD series of '60s compilations issued by King that seems to have a lot of girl stuff. I have only been able to locate one of them, and it is wonderful. Unfortunately, all of the titles in this series are out of print. Most (if not all) of the titles above are available from , which has English-language pages. Shipping costs a fortune, though (FedEx ONLY), and HMV charges tax. However, if you feel brave, you may want to try the account pages are in English, CDs are usually discounted, no tax, and you can choose economy international shipping (regular air mail). On both sites, it is always best to search by catalog number: Japanese artists are usually listed in kanji characters. Whew! P.S. Chris: Can you post/e-mail the catalog numbers for the CDs you mentioned in your post? Thanks! Jeffery Kennedy San Francisco -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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