_______________________________________________________ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ S P E C T R O P O P _______ _______ _______ _______________________________________________________ Volume #0157 September 30, 1998 _______________________________________________________ Fun and entertainment that every home needsSubject: Darlene appeared Monday at NYC Barnes & Noble Sent: 09/29/98 2:18 pm Received: 09/30/98 1:11 am From: David Feldman, feldXXXX@XXXderables.com To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXX@XXXties.com >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 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 "http://www.imponderables.com" --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- 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, spectroXXXX@XXXties.com 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... --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Stereo "Leader" Sent: 09/29/98 3:29 am Received: 09/30/98 1:11 am From: Mark Landwehr, mslXXXX@XXXbs.com To: Spectropop List, SpectroXXXX@XXXties.com 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) http://www.toltbbs.com/~msland/Spector (new & updated material) --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: 4 Tops Sent: 09/29/98 2:18 pm Received: 09/30/98 1:11 am From: David Feldman, feldXXXX@XXXderables.com To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXX@XXXties.com >From: Alicia Martuge, ZablXXXX@XXX.net > >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... Alicia, I didn't understand the reference to "Levi's disappearance." What happened? Dave 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 "http://www.imponderables.com" --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Colonization Sent: 09/29/98 12:48 pm Received: 09/30/98 1:11 am From: Javed Jafri, javedjaXXXX@XXXt.ca To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXX@XXXties.com >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. Tobias, 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. Javed --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: DL & Chico Sent: 09/29/98 9:39 pm Received: 09/30/98 1:11 am From: Mark Landwehr, mslXXXX@XXXbs.com To: Spectropop List, SpectroXXXX@XXXties.com >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 love.is this before or after chicos girl? Check the issue number, John-o...Chico's Girl is Capitol 5675. Mark (Philles Phanatic) http://www.toltbbs.com/~msland/Spector/ --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- 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, spectroXXXX@XXXties.com 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 paulurbXXXX@XXXom --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Spector sound alikes Sent: 09/30/98 5:41 am Received: 09/30/98 7:38 am From: Alicia Martuge, ZablXXXX@XXX.net To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXX@XXXties.com 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 set.) Alicia. four tops girl --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- End
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