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Spectropop V#0138

  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 09/05/98

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       Volume #0138                         September 5, 1998   
    Dedicated to the betterment of recorded music and literature
    Subject:     Anthology
    Sent:        09/05/98 1:10 am
    Received:    09/05/98 1:15 am
    From:        Jamie LePage,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Slightly off-topic here, but I have just seen the track listing 
    for the forthcoming John Lennon Anthology box set due for 
    Christmas release this year. A four-disc set containing all the 
    faves plus a good amount of previously unreleased (officially) 
    material. The four discs are called Ascot, New York City, Lost 
    Weekend and Dakota. We all know what the Lost Weekend is. Well, 
    on that disc are four noteworthy tracks: Phil and John 1, Phil and 
    John 2, Phil and John 3, and Be My Baby (Be My Baby from the Morris 
    Levy boot?). 
    Just thought you'd like to know.
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    Subject:     "Tar and cement"
    Sent:        09/04/98 3:17 am
    Received:    09/04/98 7:05 am
    From:        james fisher,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    for Charles Thompson. I think the singer you need for the above 
    tune is VERDELLE SMITH (I'm not 100% sure on the spelling of her 
    first name but I think we can assume that I've got her family name
    down right!) It's a spoken intro..."The town that I came from was 
    quiet and small"...?? Does that sound like it? I have no idea 
    whatever became of her. Pity. Great song though,from around '66/'67
    and I don't think I've heard it since.
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    Subject:     Bacharach/David break-up
    Sent:        09/04/98 1:48 am
    Received:    09/04/98 7:05 am
    From:        Dave Mirich, DmirXXXX@XXXom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Because I read this list I have caught on that certain artists 
    merit further exploration. So I recently bought the Rhino Best-of 
    Dionne Warwick (mainly to hear Walk On By, immortalized to me by 
    the magnificent snippet Brian Wilson recorded long ago). An 
    excellent find, I must say. Anyway, the liner notes mentioned the 
    break-up of Bacharach and David. What was the story there? Did 
    they ever "make up"? Any tidbits would be appreciated. BTW, isn't 
    Dionne wrapped up in that Psychic Network stuff?
    Dave Mirich
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    Subject:     HE'S SURE THE BOY I LOVE !!! and the SECRETS
    Sent:        09/04/98 2:03 pm
    Received:    09/05/98 1:54 am
    From:        Jimmy Cresitelli, JimmyXXXX@XXXom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Hi boys and girls... I've been enjoying reading your Top 10 lists 
    very much! For the record, "Oh Donnie" by the Secrets is one of 
    their best sides. It's somewhat slow and churning, and all four 
    girls play prominent vocal roles. rather than the 
    party-dresses-and-flip-hairdos Secrets cuts, I picture them in 
    cha-cha heels, tight jeans, mohair sweaters buttoned up the back, 
    sunglasses, and kerchiefs tied up over their beehives. The song 
    has a GREAT sax break... that's what I mean by greasy... great 
    lines: "We don't need a penthouse / or a chauffeur-driven car / we 
    can have a lot of fun just lookin' at the stars..." And the 
    refrian: "Whoa-oh-oh Donnie, ain't got no money / but he's got 
    something money just can't buy... his person-a-li-ty / the way he 
    smiles at me / whoa-oh-oh Donnie / oh he's my honey." The flipside
    is a little "amphetamine-fueled" number called "Here He Comes Now."
    In it, the Secrets sing at 100 miles an hour without missing a beat, 
    in one of the fastest girl- group songs ever... amazing.
    Re HE'S SURE THE BOY I LOVE... on an LP from 1977 called "Phil 
    Spector's Greatest Hits," Warner / Spector 9104, is a stereo 
    version of this song-- and it's an alternate version as well. (In 
    my opinion, not as good as the released version.) During the "sha 
    la la la la" parts, Darlene sings: "Whoa-ho-ho-ho- ho-ohhhh-oh..."
    Also, you can plainly hear the backing singers (Jean, Fanita, and 
    some men) singing "bop bop bop bop" while Darlene is singing the "
    I forget all of my dreams / everybody knows" and similar sections.
    Just thought you all might not know about this.
    Cheers! Keep writing! And always remember: he might take you 
    places and buy you things, but love is more important than a 
    diamond ring! Jimmy Boy
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    Subject:     miscellaneous
    Sent:        09/04/98 1:18 pm
    Received:    09/05/98 1:54 am
    From:        Mark Landwehr,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    I'll try to condense all of this into one post...Thanks to all the
    great Spectropop members for their input on my threads...This is a 
    great group!!
    >I bought a Phil LP (vinyl) about 20 years ago,called "Phil Spector
    >echoes of the 60's"--it's on the "Phil Spector International" label
    >#2307013...has 20 of his major songs on it. My question is: is this
    >a rare one or is it a common Greatest Hits kind of thing? It is an
    >English pressing though I bought it here. I'm just curious since I
    >don't play it any more (I just about wore it out back in the pre-CD
    >days!) Anyone familiar with this one? Jim.
    Jim...As any of the Spector-philes (Robert, John, etc) could tell 
    you, any PSI (Phil Spector International) LP is a find, especially
    nowadays. It's a great LP, and is identical to the Phil Spector's 
    Twenty Greatest Hits LP on PSI (2307 012) issued earlier...Hold on
    to it!!! And, if you ever see the "Rare Masters" LPs on PSI (2307 
    008 & 2307 009), go for 'em...They are jewels!!!
    To Robert...Thanks for your assessment of the mysterious Philles 
    product that has surfaced recently and their possible sources. I 
    highly value your input, knowing your background...We may never 
    know the answer to the question of where they come from, but it 
    sounds like there's more still to come! And, anybody could be 
    involved!! Pretty exciting, isn't it?!!
    To Jamie...The "Thanks..." single contains "(I Love You) For 
    Sentimental Reasons" and "Ebb Tide"....The scratchings in the 
    deadwax are the same as Philles 130...Seems that Phil just put a 
    different label on a current pressing and sent out a few copies to
    business associates along with a Christmas present (what was it?) 
    in 1965. The Phil Spector Spectacular LP (PHLP-100) was pressed in
    the early 70s, around the time of Spector's work with Apple. It's 
    legit, goes for big bucks, and there is a great pic of the label 
    in the Fitzpatrick/Fogerty book...Finally, if you have a stock 
    copy of "Stumble and Fall" I'm sure you paid a pretty penny for it
    ...One sold this summer for $1,000 to a collector in Japan (I 
    won't get into how much I hate to see that happen!)...Again, it 
    sounds like there are many unkown Philles issues just waiting to 
    surface...What's next?
    >I have never seen a colored vinyl Philles record, boot or
    >otherwise. What do you mean "not the *popular* bootlegs"???
    I simply meant that there have been blue label colored-vinyl boots
    around for quite a while, but these are yellow/red labels, and 
    include Philles #121 to #124. Apparently, they are legit, but I 
    can't confirm that...The name of collector Chris Chapman has been 
    mentioned to me as one who acquired these originally from an "
    insider"...Anybody know him? Seems that a common practice at 
    pressing plants was to punch out a few colored-vinyl discs as an 
    experiment/novelty for the employees there - Not just of Philles, 
    but of many other labels...This should not be a surprise to most 
    of us.
    >By the way,I work just around the corner from Fairfax High--Phil's
    >old school. I don't think any of the kids there now have ever heard
    >of him....more's the pity.
    Yes, James, it is a real pity...We who experienced the great music
    of the 60s can never adequately convey to today's generation what 
    it was like...It's almost tragic. I would never trade my days 
    listening to the radio from 1956-1965.
    An interesting anecdote is that a rare record museum is in the 
    works, with rare/unusual records included (like the ones I have 
    mentioned & more)...This is a project of Paul Allen, co-founder of
    Microsoft and a bizillionaire who will pay ANY amount of $$$ to get
    the cream of the crop - Interesting and SCARY!! Well, he ain't 
    gettin' MY collection!!!!
    I have another subject to bring up, but I'll let it simmer for 
    awhile....Thanks again for all the great input!! Can always count 
    on Spectropop...
    Mark (Philles Phanatic)
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    Subject:     Phil Spector Echoes of the 60's
    Sent:        09/04/98 9:01 am
    Received:    09/05/98 1:54 am
    From:        Jack Madani,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    >I bought a Phil LP (vinyl) about 20 years ago,called "Phil Spector
    >echoes of the 60's"--it's on the "Phil Spector International" label
    >#2307013...has 20 of his major songs on it. My question is: is this
    >a rare one or is it a common Greatest Hits kind of thing? It is an 
    >English pressing though I bought it here. I'm just curious since I
    >don't play it any more (I just about wore it out back in the pre-CD
    >days!) Anyone familiar with this one? Jim.
    Yes, Jim, I have this one, too, and it was just about the first 
    Spector album I ever bought. The agate type on the back says, "
    This Sound Recording was compiled in 1977 by Polydor Records...."
    The Lineup:
    River Deep Mountain High
    Then He Kissed Me
    Be My Baby
    Why Do Lovers Break Each Other's Hearts
    Proud Mary (Checkmates Ltd.)
    (Today I Met) The Boy I'm Gonna Marry
    (The Best Part of) Breaking Up
    You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
    Da Doo Ron Ron
    He's A Rebel
    Not Too Young To Get Married (Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans)
    Unchained Melody
    Waling In The Rain
    There's No Other (Like My Baby)
    He's Sure The Boy I Love
    Ebb Tide
    Wait Till My Bobby Gets Home
    Baby I Love You
    On the back of the album it says in big print, "Phil Spector's Top
    Twenty." The lineup appears to be mostly the usual suspects, but 
    with a couple unusual numbers thrown in. It was a great 
    introduction for me. But notice which song was placed first on the
    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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