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Spectropop V#0157

  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 09/30/98

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       Volume #0157                   September 30, 1998   
          Fun and entertainment that every home needs      
    Subject:     Darlene appeared Monday at NYC Barnes & Noble
    Sent:        09/29/98 2:18 pm
    Received:    09/30/98 1:11 am
    From:        David Feldman,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    >Bought it today at Barnes & Noble... fun and interesting to read. 
    >A great combination of Hollywood tabloid talk / pop history / 
    >personal testimony. She's a SURVIVOR. And all the dirt about 
    >Fanita, Tom Jones, etc. ... ooooo- weeeeee BABY! You're gonna 
    >laugh....... enjoy!
    >Jimmy Boy
    I was lucky enough to attend Darlene Love's kickoff of her author 
    tour. She appeared Monday at a New York City Barnes & Noble and 
    performed quite a few songs with a four-piece band plus three 
    (excellent) backup singers. 
    The sound system left much to be desired. She kicked off with 
    "He's a Rebel" and then a "He's Sure the Boy I Love/(The Day I Met)
    The Boy I'm Going To Marry") when ALL the vocal microphones were 
    suddenly cut off. Darlene Love spoke to the crowd (approximately 
    250-300 people, I'd guess) and vamped for time with her usual 
    grace and good humor. Best of all, after ten minutes or so, she 
    did an "unplugged" set (until the sound came back on) and in many 
    ways it was the highlight of the evening, even though the 
    instrumental and vocal accompaniment had to be improvised.
    She performed an absolutely stunning version of "Don't Make Me 
    Over" and a great number from her forthcoming gospel album, 
    "Unconditional Love." I would sure love to hear her sing more 
    Bacharach songs -- she surely had the chance to master them when 
    she sang backup for Dionne Warwick.
    She closed with a smashing rendition of "River Deep, Mountain High,"
    a song she made no bones about wanting to record herself (when 
    she heard Phil playing the song, she noted slyly, she knew the 
    song couldn't have been intended for the Ronettes).
    I didn't have a chance to get an autographed book (the line was 
    too long and I had to meet up with some fellow Spectropoppers!) 
    but I'm sure glad I went. She was in great form and it's wonderful
    to see Darlene receiving the attention and affection she deserves.
    Dave Feldman
    CD of the Week:  Teatro (Willie Nelson)
    Liver of the Week:  Chopped
    Annoyance of the Month:  Humidity (NOT the heat)
    Best Time Killer of the 90's:  Filling out the UPDATED gender survey at
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    Subject:     Merry Clayton? On Broadway?
    Sent:        09/29/98 9:35 am
    Received:    09/30/98 1:11 am
    From:        Jimmy Cresitelli, JimmyXXXX@XXXom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Merry Clayton did RDMH in "Leader of the Pack?" On Broadway? But I
    was sitting right there in the second row... it was Darlene... she 
    blew the roof off the place for the second time that night, after 
    first doing it by singing "Christmas," in which she wrenched the 
    hearts out of hundreds of theatregopers and then threw them, still
    beating wildly, into the slushy street. It was incredible. Did 
    anyone see this show? Darlene goes into it in detail in her book 
    (which I'm almost through reading). By the way, she has some mouth,
    that Darlene, which she is the first to admit! What a lot of bad 
    breaks she had... that Phil was the best AND worst thing that ever
    happened to her. She called me one time in the very early 80s after
    I'd written her a fabulous fan letter, and we had a nice, long chat. 
    I met her after "Leader," too, as well as Ellie. It was an 
    evening of indelible moments...
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    Subject:     Stereo "Leader"
    Sent:        09/29/98 3:29 am
    Received:    09/30/98 1:11 am
    From:        Mark Landwehr,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Although I have in my collection all of the Red-Bird albums and 
    all but a handful of the Red-Bird singles, I am having alot of 
    trouble finding a TRUE STEREO version of "Leader of the Pack" with
    the FULL second verse. Any suggestions??? ("true stereo" = Mary on 
    one channel, bkgrnd singers on the other channel, motorcycle & 
    instrumentation on both channels - as was the case on the Mercury 
    Greatest Hits LP).
    And while I'm on the subject, why did they cut the second verse? 
    What's wrong with "One day my dad said find someone new"??? Is 
    this politically incorrect? Or, is it possible that the stereo 
    master of this song is defective during this line of the song? Why
    would anyone edit such a RnR classic?
    I first came across this abridged version in stereo in 1973 on the
    "Dick Clark's 20 Years of Rock n' Roll" double-LP (Buddah jumbled 
    the tracks here - Mary's on both channels, motorcycle is on one 
    channel), and have only heard the unabridged version in mono.
    And, speaking of Red-Bird, let's not forget a great GG song by Chi
    Chi McCauley, "I Know He Loves Me" (RB 004).
    Mark (Philles Phanatic)
    (new & updated material)
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    Subject:     4 Tops
    Sent:        09/29/98 2:18 pm
    Received:    09/30/98 1:11 am
    From:        David Feldman,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    >From: Alicia Martuge,
    >Today (9/7/98) I recorded an radio interview with Duke Fakir of the
    >4 Tops. In it he said some very revealing things about...Levi's 
    >disappearance. I did get to talk to him...
    I didn't understand the reference to "Levi's disappearance."  What 
    Dave Feldman
    CD of the Week:  Teatro (Willie Nelson)
    Liver of the Week:  Chopped
    Annoyance of the Month:  Humidity (NOT the heat)
    Best Time Killer of the 90's:  Filling out the UPDATED gender survey at
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    Subject:     Colonization
    Sent:        09/29/98 12:48 pm
    Received:    09/30/98 1:11 am
    From:        Javed Jafri,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    >Oh yeah, before I go, what is there to say about New Colony Six?
    >All I know about them is that they were connected to The
    >Association...a short, basic introduction, please.
    The New Colony Six started out as a garage-rock band in 1965. They
    scored a few local hits in the Chicago area and I think they made 
    it to number one on WLS with a song called "I Confess". This song 
    also grazed the national charts. One of their gimmicks was to 
    perform on stage in colonial costumes. One of their best "garage" 
    tunes is now immortalized in the massive "Nuggets" ( Original 
    Artifacts of the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968).reissue package 
    on Rhino. In 1968 the group changed direction and adopted a soft 
    rock sound. They enjoyed modest chart success with the new 
    direction and their biggest hit, called "Things I'd Like To Say" 
    made it to number 16 nationally. I think both phases of their 
    career are worth checking out. One of the oldest songs in my 
    record collection is a 45 by them called "Can't You Se Me Cry" 
    from 1968. I think they were more than just a poor man's 
    Association so to speak.
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    Subject:     DL & Chico
    Sent:        09/29/98 9:39 pm
    Received:    09/30/98 1:11 am
    From:        Mark Landwehr,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    >there's a part in her book where Darlene says that "original
    >pressings of the Christmas album are worth thousands of dollars..."
    >and that she's got her copy sealed and locked up. Can somebody
    >clear this up: original pressings??
    A promo copy of Philles PHLP-4005 lists at $1,000 in NM in 
    Goldmine's LP Price Guide (4th edition - 5th edition doesn't list 
    the promo). Now, if she's got an ACETATE or test pressing, she 
    could be right!!!
    >Darlene also implies that groups
    >were never shown on Philles albums until the Christmas LP.
    >Apparently she hasn't seen the Crystals, in front of their
    >new station wagon, on their "Twist Uptown" LP. : )
    Besides PHLP-4000 that you mentioned, the Crystals are pictured on
    the back of the "He's A Rebel" LP (PHLP-4001), Bob B. Soxx & the 
    Blue Jeans are pictured on the back of the "Zip-A-Dee Doo Dah" LP 
    (PHLP-4002), the Crystals are again pictured on the back of the 
    "The Crystals Sing the Greatest Hits" LP (PHLP-4003), and EVERYBODY
    is pictured on the front of the "Today's Hits" LP (PHLP-4004), 
    including the Alley Cats!!! Seems like just the opposite of what 
    Darlene says!!!
    >i have a 45 on capitol records by the girls called my 
    >baby b/w my this before or after chicos girl?
    Check the issue number, John-o...Chico's Girl is Capitol 5675.
    Mark (Philles Phanatic)
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    Subject:     Phil Spector Christmas Album
    Sent:        09/29/98 11:01 pm
    Received:    09/30/98 1:11 am
    From:        Paul Urbahns, PaulurbXXXX@XXXom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    In a message dated 98-09-28 19:39:38 EDT, you write:
    << Darlene says that "original pressings of the Christmas 
       album are worth thousands of dollars..." and that she's 
       got her copy sealed and locked up. Can somebody 
       clear this up: original pressings??  >>
    I wish someone would post an extensive listing of these issues. 
    I do know the first stereo release of the album was in England 
    on the Warner Spector label and showed a rare cover of Phil 
    looking in a dressing mirror. The original pressing I believe 
    had a blue label, whereas most of the issues I've seen are re-
    pressed with the red and yellow label.
    Is that right?
    Paul URbahns
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    Subject:     Spector sound alikes
    Sent:        09/30/98 5:41 am
    Received:    09/30/98 7:38 am
    From:        Alicia Martuge,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    There is a 2 CD set by the Marvelettes called "Deliver:The 
    Singles 1961-1971". In it there is a song called "Too Hurt To 
    Cry, Too Much In Love To Say Goodbye." The Marvelettes actually 
    released this song under the name the Darnells in 1963. Gordy 
    Records released this novelty to cash in on the popularity of 
    the Spector sound but the group still got letters from fans 
    correctly guessing they were the Marvelettes.This CD set is 
    still available mainly through CD clubs. Diana Ross and the
    Supremes also recorded this song and it's available on their 
    1995 2CD Anthology set (much better than their 1986 Anthology 
    four  tops  girl
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