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Spectropop - Digest Number 971

               SPECTROPOP - Spectacular! Retro! Pop!

There are 2 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Catalog of Cool online
           From: Kim Cooper 
      2. Connie Francis Souvenirs
           From: David Bell 


Message: 1
   Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2003 16:06:28 -0700
   From: Kim Cooper 
Subject: Catalog of Cool online

Gene Sculatti and I would like to invite all cats interested 
in exploring the deep veins of pop cult pleasure to click over 
to - the online home of Gene's 
out-of-print books CATALOG OF COOL and TOO COOL. You'll find 
book, film, tube and miscellaneous reviews from folks like Art 
Fein, Lux Interior, R. Meltzer, Domenic Priore, Joey Ramone, 
Nick Tosches, Tim Warren and John Waters, plus a message board 
where you can tout your picks for volume 3, TRES COOL. Right now 
the site's made up of vintage book excerpts, but peel an eye for 
upcoming "New Digs" features, links and pix, and more surprises.

We'd love to have your feedback, and hope you'll stop by.

Kim Cooper
Kitten with a Hip

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Message: 2 Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2003 07:05:03 EDT From: David Bell Subject: Connie Francis Souvenirs Dear Stuff, Pat Niglio has been a good, personal friend of mine for 25 years and a more faithful, knowledgeable Connie fan I do not know. I have to admit that I'm with you on "Lollipop Lips," which has caused Connie a lot of trouble subsequently with its inclusion in a soft porn movie. Wonder what they were doing on screen with that title playing in the background? According to my sessionography, there are 3 versions of this track. The original was recorded on 22 March 1963 but on 15 April 1963 a unisconed version was made. On that same day, the unisconed vocal was taken down four seconds. Now I have to be honest and admit that I don't know what unisconing is - I haven't a clue. Of course, we shouldn't foget that Connie also recorded a Japanese version of "Lollipop Lips" on 24th July 1963. One of my rock 'n' roll favourites by Connie is "If My Pillow Could Talk" and somewhere in the vaults is an unreleased version which is labelled "R & B vocal." Can't wait to hear that one, if it truly exists. I can't believe that Pat included the mono version of "Whose Heart Are You Breaking Tonight?" In my experience Pat is definitely Mr Stereo personified! I shall tease him about that one. It seems to me, Stuff, that the team should get together again and produce another set similar to 'Souvenirs'. Connie recorded some wonderful tracks in the mid to late 60s that are hugely neglected. I'd love to see all 3 Teddy Randazzo tracks from 1968 anthologised together, especially "Lovin' Is A Way Of Livin'". Then the "Wedding Cake" album, plus unreleased items are a revelation ("Reuben James" is a favourite of mine, which I have on an acetate. Once again, thanks for 'Souvenirs', which is one of the best ever Connie anthologies and ranks alongside the Bear Family box sets. Best wishes, David. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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