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Spectropop - Digest Number 938



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There are 5 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: The Faculty
           From: Art Longmire 
      2. Johnny Rivers, Jimmy Webb track
           From: Art Longmire 
      3. Re: Orbisongs
           From: Jeff Lemlich 
      4. Re: Steinways
           From: Jeff Lemlich 
      5. Re: Would You Believe, Steinways
           From: Ian Chapman 


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Message: 1
   Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2003 19:16:25 -0000
   From: Art Longmire 
Subject: Re: The Faculty

Bob Rashkow wrote:

> Art Longmire, you're right on target re The Faculty ("Elevators, 
> Escalators"). During much of the song they list different material 
> things, and seem to be asking that typical late-60's question "Why 
> and wherefore??"  BTW have you checked out the B-side?  It's 
> Nilsson's "Don't Leave Me" (he originally recorded it on the Aerial 
> Ballet LP) Not bad, not bad......

Hey, Bob

That's exactly it on the subject matter of the song. It's really a 
gentle put-down of the rat race and endless pursuit of material 
things. Rushing around to get nowhere. You're right, very 60s, but I 
agree with the sentiment. 

Yes I did check out the Nilsson tune on the flip. Good version.

Best,

Art Longmire



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Message: 2 Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2003 20:51:52 -0000 From: Art Longmire Subject: Johnny Rivers, Jimmy Webb track There is a track on the Johnny Rivers LP "Rewind" called "The Eleventh Song" that I am trying to get information on. For one thing when I listen to it, I don't notice Rivers being on the track, at least not as a singer. Sounds as if it is the session musicians and (female) singers. This tune is a Jimmy Webb song and is possibly my favorite Webb tune...really an upbeat slice of Los Angeles pop music with some of the great "Wrecking Crew" players and a wonderful melody. I like this whole LP but the "Eleventh Song" is the one that has really attracted me over the years. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2003 17:26:52 -0400 From: Jeff Lemlich Subject: Re: Orbisongs No collection of Almost Orbisongs would be complete without "Three Candles" by Bobby Skel, released on both the Soft and Uni labels. Drama! A soldier boy going across the sea! This has it all. And it sounds so much like Roy, I'm surprised Fred Foster didn't drag Major Bill Smith or Russ Regan into court. Jeff Lemlich http://www.limestonerecords.com -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2003 17:22:19 -0400 From: Jeff Lemlich Subject: Re: Steinways Simon White wrote about the Steinways on Oliver: > It is a truly marvellous record and was reissued here as > a single on Kent Records. I think it was a solo Denny Randell > production. Lead singer was Frankie Gearing of the Laddins/ > Glories/Quiet Elegance fame. This is true. Frankie replaced David "Drown My Heart" Coleman in the Laddins after they'd moved from New York to Florida. Shortly after, they became known as the Steinways. "I Stand Accused" was supposed to be a Steinways recording, but the group fell apart and Frankie then had a chance to record the song with other singers, who would join her in the Glories. Jeff Lemlich http://www.limestonerecords.com -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2003 22:28:05 +0100 From: Ian Chapman Subject: Re: Would You Believe, Steinways Clark wrote: > Thanks to Ian for posting first on Baker Knight with his > website address (http://www.bakerknight.com) I don't know > if anyone remembers this crazy great novelty he wrote and > sang called "Would You Believe It" on Reprise. It was a > phenomenally great take-off on Don Adams doing his Maxwell > Smart schtick from "Get Smart". Released in '66, it got a > ton of airplay on WLS in Chicago and reached #33 or so..... Hmmm.....one of the stars of the Spectropop Shindig, the lovely Beverly Warren, also did something similar in '66, entitled "Would You Believe". This had a Maxwell Smart voice cutting in throughout the song. It's on the flip of Beverly's northern BT Puppy 45, "So Glad You're My Baby".... ...which I don't have, so I can't check the writing credits - is it the same as the Baker Knight song? Martin, re. Linzer/Randell: > So many good records by this pair. One of my favourites: > the Steinways' "You've Been Leading Me On" (Oliver), > first heard on one of the early Kent reissue LPs, was (at > the time) without doubt the greatest record ever made! Backed up by Simon: > It is a truly marvellous record and was reissued here as a > single on Kent Records. And by me too: Ten out of ten guys!! Without a doubt, my favourite northern soul record - ever! The Steinways other record, though not quite so marvellous, was also a goodie. One side was "Call Me" - not the Tony Hatch song, but the one also done by Oliver label-mates, the Pandoras. Ian -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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