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Spectropop V#0154

  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 09/26/98

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       Volume #0154                    September 26, 1998   
          The get-with-it sound for everyone who cares      
    Subject:     Re: Walk Away Renee and Ballroom
    Sent:        09/25/98 9:11 am
    Received:    09/26/98 3:22 am
    From:        David Bash, BashXXXX@XXXom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    << From:        james fisher,
     any opinions on favorite version of "Walk away Renee"
     --Four Tops vs. Left Banke. Great song.>>
    Hi Jim,
    I thought the Four Tops did a marvelous job with "Walk Away Renee",
    making it very much their own, but to my mind nobody could ever 
    touch the tortured majesty of The Left Banke's version. By the way,
    within a few months a Left Banke tribute disc will be released, 
    featuring Jason Falkner and many other luminaries of the 
    contemporary pop world. I'm certainly looking forward to hearing 
    this disc. For inquiries please e-mail Dennis Stewart at 
    On another topic, I recently received a CD called "Preparing For 
    The Millennium", which features the long awaited previously 
    unreleased album by The Ballroom, the band that Curt Boettcher led
    shortly before Sagittarius and The Millennium. There are 23 tracks 
    on the CD, including the Ballroom album, several outakes and demos
    by Ballroom and The Millennium, and some solo sides by Ballroom 
    members. What can I say, this CD really speaks to my sensibilities. 
    All of the tracks are magnificent, and because the Ballroom 
    stuff isn't quite as elaborate as Sag/Mil Boettcher's delicate 
    arrangements and angelic vocals really shine through. One Ballroom
    track, called "I'll Grow Stronger" is to die for. Hey, if you 
    sixties fans and soft pop fans don't get right on this one you're 
    going to have to hang your head in shame. It took a long time for 
    the Ballroom stuff to see the light of day, but it was worth the 
    wait! On Revola Records, which is a division of Creation UK.
    I'll be writing a review of the CD, either for Discoveries or an 
    L.A. paper called Entertainment Today, and I'll post the review as
    soon as it's done.
    Spectropop Rules!!!!!
    Take Care,
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    Subject:     bernadette!  (no Four Tops content)
    Sent:        09/25/98 7:22 am
    Received:    09/26/98 3:22 am
    From:        Jack Madani,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    >Hello Jack Madani:
    Hello Alan Warner!  Very pleased to have you be a part of 
    this list.
    >I used CHICO'S GIRL by The Girls on an EMI-Capitol
    >compilation called "Dream Babies" back in '85...
    >in fact, it was so long ago that it only came out on vinyl!
    >And yes, Bernadette Peters DID cover that song.
    Ach, so!
    >"Music Hound
    >Lounge: The Essential Album Guide To Martini Music &
    >Easy Listening".  In its section on Ms. Peters, contributor
    >Ken Burke states: "As a solo recording artist, Peters
    >belatedly made her debut in 1980."  Not so, for 18 years-old
    >Bernadette cut a single for United Artists in 1962: the songs
    There was also (and I assume it came after 1962, though not *much*
    after) Bernadette's version of "We'll Start The Party Again," which
    I knew from the UK vinyl compilation "Where The Girls Are!", from 
    the early eighties. That lp was my first introduction to the 
    infinite universe of girlgroups beyond the Ronettes, Crystals, 
    Chiffons, Shirelles, Shangri-Las.
    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: Diane Renay
    Sent:        09/25/98 2:51 am
    Received:    09/25/98 7:52 am
    From:        Doc Rock, docroXXXX@XXXcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    By the way, with four Diane Renay songs on the "Growin' Up Too 
    Fast" anthology, is it still worth it to acquire Renay's album?
    Oh God Yes!!!  Are you serious!  DR Rules!
    Last Winter, she sent me a cassette of 80s material, btw.
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    Subject:     Diane Renay/Songs that make you tingle
    Sent:        09/25/98 4:30 am
    Received:    09/25/98 7:52 am
    From:        Stos, William,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Jack: I don't know about the rest of Diane Renay's album, but if 
    you don't have "Unbelievable Guy," the original A-side to her 
    "Navy Blue," single (the DJs flipped the record,) you've got to get
    it! Hands down my favourite Diane Renay song ever! "Navy Blue" is 
    cool too, but the Spectorish qualities of the storming 
    "Unbelievable Guy," set me back every time I hear it.
    Regarding your comments of songs that make you tingle here's a 
    partial list of mine:
    The Thrill Is Gone by Clydie King
    Remember Me Baby, and What Am I Gonna Do With You by the Chiffons
    Doomsday by the Shirelles
    The more harmonic songs the Mamas and the Papas did
    The Hunter Gets Captured by The Game by the Marvelettes
    Baby I Need Your Loving by the 4 Tops
    Gonna Take A Miracle by the Royalettes
    If I Were Your Woman by Gladys Knight and the Pips
    What Becomes Of the Broken Hearted by Jimmy Rufin
    Maybe by the Chantels
    I started tingling just thinking about them! Either the emotion in
    the voices, or the brilliant harmonies or arrangements always get 
    to me.
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    Subject:     Re: RIVER DEEP
    Sent:        09/25/98 2:51 am
    Received:    09/25/98 7:52 am
    From:        Doc Rock, docroXXXX@XXXcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Others who released versions of RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN 
    HIGH include Deep Purple, Neil Diamond, Annie Lennox,
    Eric Burdon & The Animals, The Flamin' Groovies plus the
    combination of The Supremes & The Four Tops.
    And my very fave version is on a follow-up 45 by the 2 of Clubs to
    their mid-60s hit, "Walk Tall." It is the only true GG version I 
    know of.
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    Subject:     Re: River Deep
    Sent:        09/25/98 3:12 am
    Received:    09/25/98 7:52 am
    From:        Ron Sauer, RGSaXXXX@XXXom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Had to plug a local Cincinnati girl group called the Two of Clubs 
    who did a single of "River Deep, Mountain High" on Fraternity 
    Records as a follow up to the single "Walk Tall" which grazed the 
    bottom of the Hot 100 around 1966 (I think).
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    Sent:        09/25/98 2:51 am
    Received:    09/25/98 7:52 am
    From:        Doc Rock, docroXXXX@XXXcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Sweet and Lovely the Best of Nino Tempo and April Stevens
    Varese Saraband VSD-5592
    This duo was one the best sister-brother acts of the rock and roll
    era. It's a shame that they are largely forgotten today, for their 
    music has something to offer almost everybody. Nino plays a hot 
    sax and sports a perfect falsetto. April (real name Carol LoTempio
    sings sweet and sexy. While their music is definitely rock and 
    roll ("Deep Purple" won the Grammy for Best Rock Record in 1963), 
    they have a strong pop appeal. Virtually all of their material 
    harks back to the Big Band era (and before). Nino played with the 
    Glenn Miller orchestra and April sang with Benny Goodman briefly. 
    Later, Nino also played sax, piano, drum, and/or guitar on most of
    Phil Spector's Girl Group records. Some of their songs verged on 
    being novelty tunes. And their Wall-of-Sound overdubbed harmonies 
    with backgrounds by the Blossoms and Darlene Love lend their music
    a Doo Wop/Girl Group appeal that took them clear to #1 in 1963.
    Few artists straddled as many musical styles as these two!
    The song selection on the CD is quite good. The earliest recording
    is April's solo hit from 1959, "Teach Me, Tiger." It sounds as if 
    she is imitating Marilyn Monroe. In reality, this recording is 
    based on a popular TV ad of the time for hair cream. In the ad, a 
    pre-Get Smart Barbara Feldon rolled around on a tiger rug and 
    growled, "Hi, Tiger!" to the camera.
    The rest of the CD skips their other solo hits and misses, and 
    picks up in 1962 when the two teamed up. They had six Hot 100 
    records between 1962 and 1967, and all six are included. Of their 
    eight songs that bubbled under the top 100, one is included. The 
    remaining 10 tracks are LP cuts, one unreleased recording from 
    1985, and one new 1996 recording.
    The 1985 cut, "I'm Fallin' For You," is uncharacteristically 
    country, with Nino yodeling, and the 1996 track, "Why Don't You Do
    Right," updates another pre-rock tune.
    Updating pre-rock tunes was the foundation of the Tempo-Steven 
    repertoire, with "Deep Purple," "Whispering," "Stardust," "I'm 
    Confessin'," and more coming from the '20s and '30s. Occasionally,
    Nino and April remade rock and roll songs, such as Bruce Channel's 
    "Hey Baby," not on the CD unfortunately, and the Paris Sisters' "I
    Love How You Love Me," which fortunately is on the CD. This last 
    cut has to be heard to be believed! The Paris Sisters' barely 
    breathed the song; Nino and April belt it out, complete with 
    bagpipes and electric guitar! Hey, it worked for me when I bought 
    the single in 1965, and it's even greater in stereo CD sound.
    Speaking of stereo, there are a few anomalies on this CD. "Deep 
    Purple" and "Sweet and Lovely" were both in stereo on the original
    LP, but here they are inexplicably in monaural sound. And "Stardust,"
    one of their best sides, is not the 45 version.
    Speaking of 45s, I was disappointed that some good ones, including
    "I Surrender Dear," ""Our Love," "My Old Flame," "Sea of Love/Dock 
    of the Bay (medley)," and "No Hair Sam" (a great answer record to 
    Charlie Rich's "Mohair Sam") weren't included. Maybe there'll be a
    volume two?
    And finally, it's long been rumored that Phil Spector produced 
    "Deep Purple," but could not be credited for legal reasons. The CD 
    liner notes are very informative and have lots of quotes from the 
    duo. But they do nothing to clear up the rumor. In fact, the 
    liners muddy the issue. In the paragraph that describes the 
    recording of "Deep Purple," Spector is mentioned, but not as a 
    participant. Hasn't the statute of limitations run out on that 
    thing yet?
    These are small points. The CD, of course, sounds great, and the 
    Tempo-Stevens duo never disappoints.
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