_______________________________________________________________ S - P - E - C - T - R - O - P - O - P _______________________________________________________________ Volume #0119 July 18, 1998 =============================================================== This monophonic microgroove recording will not become obsoleteSubject: Chess Records - The Agreement Sent: 07/16/98 10:40 am Received: 07/17/98 12:53 am From: Richard Globman, rglobXXXX@XXXneocomm.net To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXX@XXXties.com Scott gave some great info on the Chess Records saga: >The 1976 agreement between Joe Robinson and Marshall Sehorn was a >3-page licensing agreement with a 189 page schedule of master >recordings. (By way of contrast, MCA's contract with Sugarhill >Records was approximately 60 pages long.) The master recordings >contained on the 189 page schedule included all of the gems of the >Chess Catalogue, Scott... I assume this gave them the rights to use the Chess label? You know, the 3-CD Chess Blues Box Set and all that? >as well as more recent songs like "Rapper's Delight" by the >Sugarhill Gang. HO-tel, MO-tel, HOL-i-day Inn.... (Sorry, lost my head...I just absolutely LOVE Rapper's Delight. DICKY "and I know all the words to O.P.P." G --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Hedgehoppers Anonymous Sent: 07/16/98 11:38 am Received: 07/17/98 12:53 am From: John King, GBMGIDXXXX@XXXom To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXX@XXXties.com Also, speaking of Jonathan King. He now has a trade publication called the Tip Sheet out of London. He is responsible for getting Chumbawamba's "TubThumping" released and the group singed to a major label. He still has hit ears and continues to champion great pop records. John King gbmgidXXXX@XXXom --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: long live the hotel sheets! Sent: 07/16/98 6:06 am Received: 07/16/98 9:00 am From: Jeffrey Thames, KingoGrXXXX@XXXom To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXX@XXXties.com In a message dated 98-07-15 13:01:47 EDT, you write: << "Oh, your red scarf matches your eyes/You closed your cover before striking/Father had the ship-fitter blues/Loving you has made me bananas..." >> at the risk of sounding like a broken record... #1: is there legitimate cd availability on this one?? i'm not sure i could locate my (wlp) 45 copy if i tried, and it saddens me deeply... #2: i love this list... jeff [but iodine'd all alone] --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Music Stores Sent: 07/17/98 8:18 am Received: 07/17/98 8:12 am From: WILLIAM STOS, wsXXXX@XXXt.com To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXX@XXXties.com I'd like to take a little time to tell you about the appalling state some music stores are in with regard to oldies music. I live in a city of about 150 000 in Ontario Canada. We have several music shops in town, but the two largest, Sam The Record Man (a large Canadian franchise) and MusicWorld do not have a separate oldies section. This is understandable, because few music stores I've visited elsewhere do anyway, except for Tower Records in NYC. Today I decided to check out these two shops in the hopes I could find something new to which to listen. Music World, which in the past has been pretty good with some oldies artists, had a depeleted stock. Sure there were Beatles, Beach Boys, and Elvis stuff, but little or nothing from almost ever other major artist of the 60s. I decided to go across town to visit the larger SAM THE Record MAN store. Even less! I saw one compilation of Marvelettes stuff, all of which I had, and only one Supremes collection, which I also had. The only thing that seemed a little hopeful was a compilation by Duane Eddy, but I've only heard of him and decided not to buy that disc. When I visted the 60s section of compilations I found a poor crop at best, with most of the recordings being new by old artists, which isn't bad, but not great either. As a collector of girl group records specifically I know that I will rarely find anything I don't already have in these music stores, but what about regular oldies fans? What are they supposed to do? There is a demand for such music in my city because an oldies station which was taken off the air was put back on by popular demand, but the Billboard TOP 10 series wasn't even there for these fans to buy! Then, while walking through a WALMART to exit the mall, I stopped by the music section. Sometimes I've noticed some oldies artists get put on the cut-out rack. Low and behold, what do I find but a Shangri-las album with three tracks I didn't have, a Shirelles album with two tracks I was missing, a comp by the 60s Three Degrees (featuring Sheila Ferguson), an early Glady Knight and the Pips comp, and finally 20 newly recorded tracks by the Supremes. It was mixed in with such "other" music as "The Olsen Twins (from FULL HOUSE sing." Some of this stuff wasn't exactly in popular demand, but WALMART actually had it, and this is the real kicker, for only $4.00 bucks on CD!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If that's not bad enough, the way the current exchange rate is looking, that works out to about just over $2.00 American. For CDs?! It is truly a sad day when I can find 5 cds for about 20 bucks Canadian at a cheap discount store and nothing at two large mainstream, franchise music stores. Is this only happening where I live or have you other collectors found the same problem? Larger communities aren't that bad, but I was appalled by this discovery! Will --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: various Sent: 07/15/98 2:53 pm Received: 07/15/98 2:56 am From: Jamie LePage, le_page_XXXX@XXXties.com To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXX@XXXties.com Since Claudia posted about Noel Harrison's A Young Girl, I can't get it out of my head. I have the single somewhere on the blue London label. What a morbid lyric. Child of springtime still green lying here by the road. It's almost as overdramatic as Leader of the Pack. I adore both, and this illustrates the point made here recently that, out of "hearing" is out of mind. The oldies stations playlists generally don't reflect the overall realtime popularity. That poses a danger of diminishing the recognition of certain records of that era. What a drag. I don't know much about Myddle Class, except I believe they released Road to Nowhere. I'm not sure if their version preceded Carole's own 45 release of the song. -- le_page_XXXX@XXXties.com RodeoDrive/5030 --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Oldies Radio/WMQX (Greensboro) Sent: 07/16/98 10:40 am Received: 07/17/98 12:53 am From: Richard Globman, rglobXXXX@XXXneocomm.net To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXX@XXXties.com My man Leonard SED: >........But one of the best kept secrets is Greensboro's WMQX, >Oldies 93. This station is managed by Gary Weiss, son of Bob >Weiss, who once owned the famous WIXY-1260 in Cleveland. It also >has one of the old WIXY jocks, the great Jack Armstrong, "Your >Leader." > >Unfortunately, WMQX is not on the net, either. They have a large >playlist, and mix in lots of soul, Brill Building, and, of course , >"beach" music. (Dey in Carolinah, man.) **************************************** Yep...that is one great station. Jack Armstrong rocks. The thing I miss about radio these days is the lack of strong personalities who play what they want and not what comes off some computer. Remember the powerhouse days of WABC-AM in NY when they had just about every highly-paid jock in the country? MXQX (93.1) has a lot of "theme" shows...Motown Monday, the Buddy Holly hour, "everything you wanted to know about Mary Wells but were afraid to ask", etc. And, as Leonard mentioned, they do play tons of that sweet, sweet, east coast beach/shag music, especially on Sunday night from 5-8 when they play nothing BUT beach music (although it is a syndicated show, who the hell cares?). DICKYG --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Crazy Bananas Sent: 07/16/98 11:27 pm Received: 07/17/98 12:53 am From: Doc Rock, docroXXXX@XXXcom To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXX@XXXties.com > Also, from my old record collection I found a couple others: >"Loving You Has Made Me Bananas" by Guy Marx I'm so crazy, I have a LIVE version of "Bananas" (as well as the 45) taped off the Tonight Show in the 60s! Doc --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- End
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