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Spectropop V#131

  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 08/19/98

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       Volume #0131                      August 21, 1998   
                       Hitsville, U.S.A.                   
    Subject:     Aretha and Darlene on Video
    Sent:        08/18/98 10:39 am
    Received:    08/19/98 1:18 am
    From:        Jimmy, JimmyXXXX@XXXom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Hi Mark (Philles Phanatic)...
    I think that Darlene / Aretha clip you refer to is when Aretha's 
    doing "It's In His Kiss--" a jazzy, up-tempo version. The Blossoms 
    are backing her up (Fanita almost falling off her platform AGAIN), 
    and darlene is waving her arm at Aretha, laughing, egging her on 
    like you say... 
    great video!
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    Subject:     Aretha vs. Darlene
    Sent:        08/15/98 2:47 pm
    Received:    08/15/98 4:29 pm
    From:        David B Ponak,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    I'm not going to take sides on this debate, exactly, but it's 
    undeniable that as great as Darlene's accomplishments were, Aretha
    made a greater contribution as a whole to pop music history. Not 
    only as a vocalist, but as a great piano player and songwriter. "
    Dr. Feelgood," "Think,"Since You've Been Gone,"Spirit In The Dark,
    " were co-written by her. "Rock Steady" and "Day Dreaming" were 
    written by her alone.
    Both women unarguably great vocalists, but Aretha has been so much
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    Subject:     Re: Supremes vs. Marvelettes
    Sent:        08/16/98 1:54 am
    Received:    08/17/98 6:32 am
    From:        WILLIAM STOS,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    >> From:        WILLIAM STOS,
    > Diana 
    >>has an okay voice, but I get tired of listening to her after a 
    >>while. It's also a shame Mary didn't win when it was her versus 
    >>Diana for lead on "Where Did Our Love Go." She lost by 2-1 when 
    >>the producers (HDH) had to choose. But, what I find the most 
    >>disappointing is that the Marvelettes, who were first offered the 
    >>song, didn't recorded it! Those gals could have been the Supremes 
    >>I'm sure, and none of them have her ego out of check!
    >I agree completely that the Marvelettes were the better group, 
    >although live, I think the Supremes were superior  (when they 
    >weren't busy singing Broadway songs). The post-Diana Supremes were
    >terrific, too. Love "Up the Ladder to the Roof," "Nathan Jones," 
    >"Everybody's Got the Right to Love," etc.
    >Dave Feldman
    I liked the post-Diana Supremes a lot better. Diana did, and does 
    have a very good voice, but the first time I heard her sing "I 
    Want A Guy," I had to stop the tape! It was hurting my ears. The 
    Marvelettes recorded that song too around the same time with Wanda
    Young on lead, and although their version isn't the nearly the best
    song they recorded, it did sound better then the Supremes whiny 
    nasal version. I've never seen either act live, but from what I've
    heard and seen on tapes the Marvelettes were a more lively act, 
    while the Supremes swayed back and forth. And although the 
    Supremes may have sung better live, you must admit most of their 
    songs weren't exactly difficult, especially in the harmony 
    department. Most of the hits Mary and Flo, and later Cindy sang on
    didn't have any harmony at all! Just one larger backing voices 
    singing baby baby's, whoo's, etc. I tend to prefer loud and 
    raucous to soft and refined though. Both groups deserve the credit
    they received, although the Marvelettes in my opinion should have 
    been given a little more.
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    Subject:     Repeat and Fade
    Sent:        08/20/98 1:57 am
    Received:    08/15/98 4:29 pm
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Recently there has been some discussion on one of the other 
    newsgroups about record fade outs being kind of the easy way out. 
    I tend to believe that the fade is an art form which came from the
    rise of the 45 rpm record, and, regrettably, it seems to have lost 
    its popularity in direct relation to the demise of the 45.
    While fades are not necessarily better than cold endings, I do not
    appreciate the widespread opinion that a fade is a cop out when an 
    arranger can't think of an ending. A fade presents "endless" 
    possibilities. When a record repeats and fades, it allows area for
    improvisation, particularly for lead vocals, and when a repeat and 
    fade ending is purposely built in to a record, it allows the 
    possibility of spontaneous creativity on an otherwise structured 
    arrangement. Especially when a record features studio musicians, 
    one often hears the best bits at the very end when the cats start 
    to loosen up, thinking the fade will be out by then.
    I particularly like a fade that appears to be a repeat of one or 
    two of the principal hooks of a song, but upon closer examination 
    is actually a brand new section that merely repeats a record's 
    earlier motif (Good Day Sunshine, God Only Knows, etc.). Plus, 
    there's an art to doing a good fade. Spector was a master at it. 
    Bob Gaudio knew how potent a good fade could be. Brian too used 
    the repeat and fade technique to great effect. Listen to the very 
    end of "She Knows Me..." The coke bottle percussion re-enters at 
    the very, very end. Cool! Motown, Stax... thank rock and roll for 
    all those great fades. And if you want the best evidence to 
    support the virtue of the fade, Exhibit A - Hal Blaine drum fills!
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