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  • Date: 06/12/98

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             Volume #0099            June 13, 1998
                      Danny D. Thanx Thee
    Subject:     Re: Stereo/Mono singles
    Sent:        06/12/98 3:41 am
    Received:    06/12/98 7:57 am
    From:        Mark Easter, MCE1XXX@XXXm
    To:          Spectropop List,
    In a message dated 98-06-11 14:15:49 EDT, Javed writes:
    << I know in Canada most of the singles released till at least 1970 
     were in mono with the very rare stereo mixes. I have quite a few 
     American pressings of singles from 1968 to 70 and some of these 
     are in stereo. When did American companies start to release 
     singles predominantly in Stereo? Some of the stereo songs on my 
     recent Rhino comp include "Twelve Thirty" by the Mamas & Papas and
     "Lets Live For Today" by the Grassroots both of which are from 1967. 
     My question is, were these songs released in both mono and 
     stereo as singles or only stereo? I'm just surprised there were 
     not more stereo versions on the Rhino comps.  >>
    Well, it's funny you mention those two in particular, as those 
    were both on Dunhill/ABC, who apparently ditched most of their 
    mono tapes sometime in the early '70's. Thus, the reason you never
    get the original single versions of things like Steppenwolf's 
    "Magic Carpet Ride" with the very different lead vocal, or "I Saw 
    Her Again" by the Mamas and the Papas on compilations (however, 
    both of these appear on the recent Dick Bartley "On the Radio" 
    comps on Varese, the former from a none-too-clean copy of the 
    single, and the latter from a recently-found tape of an LP 
    compilation of various Dunhill artists released in '67 or so). 
    Many Dunhill mono single versions differ greatly, and are usually 
    better mixed compared to the stereos.
    There are other songs on those sets, like the Lovin' Spoonful's
    "Six O'clock" which are in stereo as well for similar reasons; the 
    mono's just aren't easy to turn up, or at least weren't at the 
    time. I personally like those Summer of Love sets for the very 
    reason (mono content) that some people don't, as for a long time 
    they were the only way of getting a lot of songs in their original
    single versions (and still is in a few cases... Parade's "Sunshine 
    Girl" comes to mind).
    As far as when stereo 45's started popping up, RCA was releasing 
    stereo singles on Elvis and other artists in 1960, but other 
    labels started releasing sporadic stereo singles (I love 
    alliteration!) in '68 or so. The Millennium's "5 AM" 45 on 
    Columbia is one of the earliest ones I've turned up. Other labels,
    like Motown, did nothing but mono singles up to '71. So, I'd say 
    the turning point for more stereo than mono 45's was 1970, based 
    on my own collection, anyway!
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    Subject:     Re: Stereo/Mono Singles
    Sent:        06/12/98 10:02 am
    Received:    06/13/98 12:46 am
    From:        Marc Wielage,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    CC:          Javed Jafri,
    Javed Jafri  commented on the SpectroPop List:
    >These posts about stereo mixes reminded me about the
    >disappointment I felt recently when I purchased two Rhino 
    >comps. I think they were called "The Summer Of Love Vol. 
    >1 & 2". I was disappointed to find that most of the mixes 
    >were from the original singles and in mono. Out of the 32 
    >tracks only a few are in stereo.
    I had several conversations with Rhino compilation producer Bill 
    Inglot about this stereo/mono issue in the late 1980s, and he told
    me that his philosophy was, "if the song has already been released 
    25 times in stereo, but has only rarely been released in mono, he 
    would try to find the original mono single mix and put that out 
    In general, I think he's right, if -- and this is a big IF -- the 
    stereo versions are already very widely available.
    The SUMMER OF LOVE series was a mid-line/budget release, and a 
    quick check of the two volumes' contents reveals that everything 
    on there has, in fact, been out many, many times on other CDs:
    Sunshine Company - "Back on the Street Again" (2:27 mono)
    Sonny & Cher - "The Beat Goes On" (3:24 mono)
    Donovan - "Epistle to Dippy" (3:09 mono)
    Harpers Bizarre - "The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)" 
    (2:34 mono - single vers.)
    Marcia Strassman - "The Flower Children" (3:06 mono)
    Youngbloods - "Get Together" (4:39 mono - sl. hiss & d.o.'s)
    The Rascals - "Groovin'" (2:28 mono - single mix)
    Love Generation - "Groovy Summertime" (2:22 mono)
    Electric Prunes - "I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)" (2:58 mono)
    Strawberry Alarm Clock - "Incense and Peppermints" (2:47 mono)
    Peanut Butter Conspiracy - "It's a Happening Thing" (2:22 mono)
    Hollies - "King Midas in Reverse" (3:07 mono)
    Spanky & Our Gang - "Lazy Day" (3:05 mono)
    The Grass Roots - "Let's Live for Today" (2:47 stereo)
    Hombres - "Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)" (2:08 mono)
    The Troggs - "Love Is All Around" (2:59 mono)
    Sagittarius - "My World Fell Down" (3:46 mono - ext. single vers.)
    The Box Tops - "Neon Rainbow" (2:54 mono)
    Cowsills - "The Rain, the Park & Other Things" (3:00 mono - single mix)
    Friend & Lover - "Reach Out of the Darkness" (3:16 mono)
    The Animals featuring Eric Burdon - "San Franciscan Nights" (3:23 mono)
    Scott McKenzie - "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)"
    (2:58 mono)
    The Lovin' Spoonful - "Six O'clock" (2:42 stereo)
    Parade - "Sunshine Girl" (2:43 mono - single mix)
    Rainy Daze - "That Acapulco Gold" (2:28 mono)
    Mamas & The Papas - "Twelve Thirty (Young Girls Are Coming to the Canyon)"
    (3:21 stereo)
    The 5th Dimension - "Up -- Up and Away" (2:39 mono)
    Procol Harum - "A Whiter Shade of Pale" (3:58 mono)
    The Association - "Windy" (2:54 mono)
    A few of the songs are known to be relatively rare in mono. (Heck,
    the Marcia Strassman track is pretty hard to find, period.) Some 
    are _only_ out in mono, as far as I know, like The Troggs' "Love 
    Is All Around."
    To me, this is one of these "the glass is not half-empty, it's 
    half-full" deals. In other words, be glad to have the mono 
    versions available as an alternative to the stereo that's been 
    released on many other CD compilations.
    -= Marc Wielage      |   "The computerized authority     =-
    -= MusicTrax, Ltd.   |       on rock, pop, & soul."      =-
    -= Chatsworth, CA    |         =-
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    Subject:     Re: Spectropop V#0098
    Sent:        06/12/98 10:50 am
    Received:    06/13/98 12:46 am
    From:        Billy G. Spradlin,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    I'm really sorry about all my confusion about "19th Nervous 
    Breakdown", my brother borrowed that CD, and I haven't heard it in 
    a awhile (I need to snag it back!)! Honestly, I would love to hear
    that song in stereo if anyone lands a copy of it. I just wonder if 
    there are more 64-66 tracks that are lurking in the Polydor/Abkco 
    vaults that were never released in true stereo, and I wonder if 
    "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby" was ever released in stereo. We 
    will probably never hear them....
    Andrew Loog Oldham was a huge fan of Phil Spector (even tried to 
    look like him) and always preferred mono over stereo. I remember 
    reading a story in Musican Magazine about the release of the 
    Abkco CD's, and he said that the stereo version of "Mothers Little
    Helper" on Hot Rocks Vol. 2 sounded like Herman's Hermits!
    The stereo mixes of "Satisfaction" and "Get off My Cloud" are very
    different sounding compared to the mono mixes. There are things 
    that are up front in the mixes that are buried in the mono 
    versions, such as the acoustic guitar and piano on "Satisfaction" 
    and that very strange guitar lick played throughout "Get Off My 
    I remember Dick Bartley playing a true stereo mix of The Chiffons 
    "He's So Fine" on his "Solid Gold Saturday Night" radio show back 
    in the 80's. But I have never found the stereo mix anywhere on CD!
    On the Angels "My Boyfriend's Back" CD that was released on Mercury 
    a couple years ago, there is a version of "He's So Fine" with the 
    same backing track with the Angels dubbed over. And its in true 
    [] Billy G. Spradlin          E-mail:  ICQ:2039627 []
    [] 29 Rim Road                Homepage:
    [] Kilgore, Texas 75662       IRC: Wild`Bill in #Bob's_Tavern (Efnet) []
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    Subject:     Mono VS Stereo
    Sent:        06/12/98 10:59 am
    Received:    06/13/98 12:46 am
    From:        Billy G. Spradlin,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Mono VS Stereo:
    The interesting thing with me is that grew up on the stereo 
    versions of most 60's oldies via FM oldies radio and record 
    company re-issues in the 70's-80's which used the stereo mixes
    (especially Motown). So when I hear a Mono 45 mix that sounds 
    drastically different or has different balances of instruments it 
    doesn't sound like the "real" version to me. I remember hearing the
    mono 45 mix of the Supremes "You Can't Hurry Love" and preferring 
    the stereo mix most oldies stations play. Then again, I think the 
    Beach Boys "Fun Fun Fun", The Hollies "Look Through Any Window", 
    The Temptations "My Girl" are much better sounding in mono than the
    weaker stereo mixes.
    Any Comments?
    Billy G.
    [] Billy G. Spradlin          E-mail:  ICQ:2039627 []
    [] 29 Rim Road                Homepage:
    [] Kilgore, Texas 75662       IRC: Wild`Bill in #Bob's_Tavern (Efnet) []
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    Subject:     Hey, Vaudeville!
    Sent:        06/12/98 4:33 pm
    Received:    06/13/98 12:46 am
    From:        George Handlon,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Spectropop List wrote:
    >Marty Rudnick, wrote:
    >>How about "Lady Godiva" by Peter & Gordon?
    >I left this off my first post but there's also "Grizzly Bear" by the
    >Youngbloods which I think just "barely" cracked the Top 40 in early 1967.
    > -----------------
    Hey, Vaudeville! Well, my dad was on the 1935 Tour with the Major 
    Bowes Amateur Troupe - up the East Coast into Canada and Midwest. 
    Also on that tour were Billy Finegan (later of Sauter-Finegan fame)
    who was just out of High School - and knocking them dead with 
    his young jazz band. Wyoming Jack OBrien, and Diamond Tooth Mary! 
    (Later known as Diamond Teeth Mary - she only had one diamond in 
    her teeth in 1935... and it was given to her by Major Bowes 
    himself - to fill a cavity she had! Dad was billed as "John Jewell
    - the World's Greatest Banjo Player". He was playing adaptations of
    classical melodies on the Banjo, solo. (Orpheus in the Underworld, 
    Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, etc.) I still have his Tenor 
    Gold-plated Vega Banjo.
    I really enjoyed the "Vaudeville" songs of the psychedelic 60s... 
    & I think it really was put in motion by "Winchester Cathedral". 
    One singer I've not seen mentioned - and he was the best: Harry 
    Nilsson. How about, "Nobody Cares About the Railroads Anymore"? 
    The Album "Pandemonium Shadow Show" was a revelation, as was 
    "Aerial Ballet". "She Sang Hymns Out Of Tune", "1941", "Cuddly Toy".
    Also, "Daddy's Song", and "Good Old Desk". And, you may recall -
    "Mr. Bojangles" (Jerry Jeff Walker). Great music.
    George "Ojisan" Handlon
    The Shonen Knife NeXuS - Los Angeles!
    "Riding on the train, everyone is closing their eyes,
     They can't see anything, pretending they are asleep...
     Hey now, everybody open your eyes!  Hey now, everybody look outside!"
        (Michie Nakatani - "Watchin' Girl")
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    Subject:     Close Your Eyes
    Sent:        06/13/98 3:33 pm
    Received:    06/13/98 3:46 am
    From:        Jamie LePage,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    I wrote:
    >I personally think (Spector) did both Home of the Brave and 
    >Close Your Eyes by Bonnie...
    Paul URbahns replied:
    >According to the producer of Home Of The Brave, the label 
    >credit is correct, Spector didn't do it.
    >The record credits Jerry Riopell as the producer. In an article
    >I saw a few years ago with him he took credit for the record. It
    >is not mentioned in Ronnie Spector's book at all. Does anybody
    >know who is singing on this gem?
    It is my understanding that Bonnie (of Bonnie and the Treasures) 
    was in real life session singer Charlotte Maseny (sp?). Charlotte 
    lived near Santa Monica and Vine, and as a regular at Gold Star 
    recording dates, became nicknamed by Stan, Dave and the Gold Star 
    staff as Charlotte O'Hara. I heard she died in her mid-30's from 
    breast cancer. The similarities to Ronnie Spector are mostly in 
    the tracks, not the voice. The rumor this was Ronnie must have 
    spread from the suggestion in the liner notes on one of the UK 
    Rare Masters albums.
    Brad Elliott wrote:
    >I thought it was fairly well accepted that "Things Are Changing" 
    >featured a Spector-produced track. From...Collecting Phil Spector: 
    >"The ['Things Are Changing'] backing track...was produced by 
    >Spector with Brain Wilson on piano...Jerry Riopelle recorded 
    >the Blossoms over Spector's track..."
    Assuming the above is accurate, and I believe it is, Spector gave 
    Riopell the production credit on work that Riopell had only 
    marginally contributed to. This seems to have been the scenario on
    the Bonnie records as well.
    My theory goes something like this: Riopell met Bonnie hanging 
    around the Gold Star scene and asked Phil about signing her. (Sort
    of like Bono did with Bonnie Jo Mason). Spector signed Bonnie with 
    the idea of training Riopell how to make Philles-sounding records 
    at her sessions. Phil was already shelving some of his own 
    (fantastic) productions for fear of having his name credited as 
    producer on a record that flopped, so he gave Riopell the 
    production credit and issued the single on his boutique label 
    Phi-Dan. Home of the Brave, a full blown wall of sound production,
    reached only #77 on the charts. Jody Miller's version rose to #25. 
    Phil may have become disinterested in Bonnie after Home of the 
    Brave failed to hit, which would help explain what happened next.
    On the afternoon of October 20, 1965, a group of musicians now 
    referred to as the Wrecking Crew assembled at Gold Star studio for
    a Philles Records recording session. Philles employed Don Randi as 
    session leader. Other musicians Philles employed that day were 
    Harold Battiste, Gene Page, Al Casey, Carol Kaye, Julius Wechter, 
    Frank Capp etc. Also on the session payroll were Jerry Riopell and 
    one Phillip Harvey Spector. The song they cut for Philles that day 
    was Close Your Eyes (Riopell/Zekley).
    Despite the above, Close Your Eyes was issued on Warner Brothers 
    Records, credited as arranged and produced by Jerry Riopell under 
    the "Fortune Productions" moniker. Does anyone know of other
    "Fortune Productions?" I suspect not, but please readers do tell
    of any other known releases under this banner.
    Philles Records paid for and owned that recording. We know Philles
    had Bonnie under contract because of the earlier Phi-Dan release of
    Home of the Brave, yet Bonnie's Close Your Eyes was issued on Warner 
    Brothers. Either Spector sold the master to Warner Brothers/ 
    Riopell, or else; Spector dropped Bonnie, and Riopell assembled 
    nearly the same Wrecking Crew musicians and recut the same song at
    the same studio (Gold Star) for Warners. 
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    Subject:     laurie chiffons vs. ace chiffons
    Sent:        06/13/98 1:49 am
    Received:    06/13/98 10:57 am
    From:        Jack Madani,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    A 30-track Chiffons best-of, on Ace, has been mentioned here. I 
    myself have a 20-track best-of, on Laurie. Please, somebody with a
    heart, tell me that I'm not missing anything on the extra 10 songs.
    Otherwise I have to start digging around for yet another cd that I 
    can't afford.
    Jack Madani - Princeton Day School, The Great Road,
       Princeton, NJ  08540
    "It is when the gods hate a man with uncommon abhorrence that they
     drive him into the profession of a schoolmaster." --Seneca, 64 A.D.
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    Subject:     Re: Spectropop V#0098
    Sent:        06/13/98 1:27 am
    Received:    06/13/98 10:57 am
    From:        Paul Urbahns, PaulurbXXX@XXXm
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Javed wrote:
    << I'm just surprised there were not more stereo versions on the 
    Rhino comps.>>
    Rhino has gotten mono mania the last few years, I don't buy 
    anything on the label anymore. If it says in fine print on the 
    back made from original singles masters then leave it there. I 
    feel Rhino should mark MONO Cd's just that. There is no mono 
    standard for cd's. Sony intended them to be stereo, otherwise a 
    mono CD would have double the playing time of a stereo one. I feel
    if Rhino wants to give us the mono sound they should give us the 3 
    inch speaker to go with it.
    Don't want to sound like bad grapes but I don't like their 
    labeling policy today and have been burned by too many Rhino 
    Paul URbahns
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