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Spectropop - Digest Number 964

               SPECTROPOP - Spectacular! Retro! Pop!

There are 7 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Brook Benton
           From: Lindsay Martin 
      2. Bonzo Dog item
           From: Steve Harvey 
      3. The Ivories - Please Stay
           From: Will Stos 
      4. Re: Hamilton Camp
           From: TD 
      5. Randy and Jackie
           From: Joe Foster 
      6. The 4 Seasons - Genuine Imitation LP
           From: Kurt 
      7. Metropolitan Soul Playlist 20th July
           From: Simon White 


Message: 1
   Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2003 00:17:27 -0000
   From: Lindsay Martin 
Subject: Brook Benton

Is anyone else here nuts about Brook Benton?  

So many of his tracks are absolute gems: amazing voice, loads of 
musicality, classy production & arrangements: "Endlessly", "Fools 
Rush In" etc. Apart from that, he had a relaxed good humour that 
came through on his duets with Dinah Washington ["Baby (You've Got 
What It Takes)" & "A Rockin' Good Way..."], and the novelties: "Boll 
Weevil Song", "Hit Record"...  And "A Rainy Night In Georgia", a 
1970 career revival.

His reissues seem to be a bit patchy: has there ever been a 
comprehensive collection?  A lot of CDs I've seen around are of late 
career rerecordings.

There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of information or enthusiasm 
about him on the Net either, if my Googling is any indication. He 
had 22 Billboard Top 40 entries 1959-1970.

[The production on his tracks from the 60s has that old-style, crisp 
sound: chunky rhythm section, soaring strings, female chorus...  
There oughta be a word for it: you hear it on some of Gene 
McDaniels' songs: "Lonely Town..." or even, say, Sarah 
Vaughan's "Broken Hearted Melody".]

I just never get sick of this guy's work!


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Message: 2 Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2003 19:06:59 -0700 (PDT) From: Steve Harvey Subject: Bonzo Dog item Any poppers know the history behind this CD? BONZO DOG WORK IN PROGRESS STUDIO CD BEATLES -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2003 02:13:01 -0000 From: Will Stos Subject: The Ivories - Please Stay Anybody know anything about this girl group, or the song? It sounds very weird. Probably mid-late 60s, mix between soul and psychedelic styles. The lead vocal is very wobbly in places. Still, it's extremely catchy. Will : ) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2003 22:42:58 -0400 From: TD Subject: Re: Hamilton Camp David Coyle wrote: > Interesting about Gibson & Camp that they wrote "This Little Light > Of Mine," which I always thought was an ancient church song. I never > imagined singing it in Sunday School that I'd find out it only dated > back to the early '60s. We were singing "This Little Light of Mine" in Kindergarten and Sunday School back in the 1950s, and I think it was an oldie but goodie even then. -- TD -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2003 12:42:35 +0100 From: Joe Foster Subject: Randy and Jackie Steve Harvey wrote: > In 1980 I finally got to meet Randy Newman and discuss the > various early stages of his career ..... He did admit writing > several tunes with Jackie DeShannon. Probably a connection via > his childhood friend, Lenny Waronker. I think the connection was that Randy and Jackie were both signed to Metric Music, Liberty's music publishing arm..... Best, Joe -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2003 13:24:54 -0700 From: Kurt Subject: The 4 Seasons - Genuine Imitation LP I picked up a copy of The 4 Seasons album, "Genuine Imitation Life Gazette" at a garage sale yesterday. Does any body have any juicy background, trivia, gossip and/or information on this album? Even compared to some other way out, hippie-fied and/or complex LP packages of the era, the fold-out, underground comic packaging of this LP is just weird (especially for The 4 Seasons). The album has a full-colour 8-page 12 x 12 booklet with Skip Williamson cartoons, National Lampoon-esque advertisments and moody, groovy photos of Frankie Valli and the gang. A friend of mine told me it was The 4 Seasons attempt at making their own "Sgt Pepper. But the packaging is more akin to Jefferson Airplane's "Volunteers" or some sort of Yippie put-on. I almost expected to find rolling papers in the bottom of the LP sleeve Before I actually put the record on my turntable and play it, I'd like to know a little bit more about it. I've seen the compact disc version of the LP, but it's only a pale shadow compared to the original LP and only includes small bits of the original LP graphics. PS: At the same garage sale, I also found a clean copy of Sonny Bono's "Inner Views". I'm going to put it on my stereo now, open my windows and crank the volume up to 11 ahhhh...garage sales.... Cheers, Kurt -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2003 23:40:23 +0100 From: Simon White Subject: Metropolitan Soul Playlist 20th July For those who missed the show - roosevelt grier - pizza pie man gary u.s. bonds - working for my baby bobby marchan - everything a poor man needs little richard - well alright ike and tina turner - beauty is just skin deep tommy and cleve - boo ga loo baby andre williams - soul party a go go dorothy ashby - action line clyde & the blue jays - the big jerk major lance - matador susan coleman - the age of the wolf the blossoms - deep into my heart patrice holloway - for the love of mike darlene love - too late to say you're sorry little ann - who are you trying to fool martha reeves - always something there to remind me donnie elbert - this old heart of mine inst. - you better go go henry jerome - uptight soulful strings - i know i'm losing you pookie hudson - jealous heart marv johnson - with all thatıs in me shirley matthews & the big town girls - you can count on that hoagy lands - baby let me hold your hand eddie bo - every dog got his day eddie floyd - thing get better tony and tyrone - whip it on me baby george freeman - why are you doing this to me cindy gibson - i'll always love you gloria gaynor - false alarm saundra edwards - no more room in my heart carole waller - this love of mind the carvels - don't let him know gloria jones - come go with me inst - come go with me les girls - stop look and listen inst. - theme from the other side frank nelson - dominica fran jeffries - gone now -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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