________________________________________________________ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ S P E C T R O P O P _______ _______ _______ ________________________________________________________ Volume #0158 October 2, 1998 ________________________________________________________ Keep surface clean - Use lightweight pick upSubject: Leader of the (Stereo) Pack Sent: 09/30/98 9:59 am Received: 10/01/98 1:26 am From: Charles G. Hill, cXXXX@XXX.com To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXX@XXXties.com Mark Landwehr, mslXXXX@XXXbs.com wrote: > > 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 a lot 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). Elliot Goshman of Taragon Records (http://www.taragon.com) has put together a Red Bird (and two Ad Libs cuts on Blue Cat) compilation, newly mixed from as many original 4-track session tapes as he and Ron Furmanek could locate; it includes four Shangs cuts, all in stereo, and "Leader of the Pack" is complete. TARCD-1029 is the number you need. Obviously, a 15-track collection isn't enough to do justice to all the Red Bird/Blue Cat material, but you're probably never going to hear these particular songs any better than this. > 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? I think the latter; it's always sounded to me like a very sloppy edit. Certainly political correctness wasn't the issue in the early Seventies when this version was being circulated...cgh =================================================================== Charles G. Hill | cXXXX@XXX.com | http://pages.prodigy.com/cghill/ "Now is the Windows of our discontent." - Richard 3.0 =================================================================== --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Re: Leader of the Pack Sent: 09/30/98 10:47 pm Received: 10/01/98 1:26 am From: Doc Rock, docroXXXX@XXXcom To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXX@XXXties.com >I am having a lot of trouble finding a TRUE STEREO version of >"Leader of the Pack" with the FULL second verse. Any suggestions??? The Very Best of Red Bird/Blue Cat Records Various Artists Taragon 1029 Discoveries Review by Michael "Doc Rock" Kelly You just can't judge a CD by its cover. Looking at the cover of this CD, I was unimpressed. Same old, same old. No new cuts, no new artists. "I already have these cuts on 45s, LPS, even other CDs," I lamented to myself. Then I put the disc in the player, and I heard these cuts for the first time all over again. Red Bird and Blue Cat were record labels established in the mid-sixties by legendary composers Leiber and Stoller. The song-writing duo had penned many hits for the Coasters, Elvis, and the Drifters, and they'd worked as producers at Atlantic. Red Bird and Blue Cat were L&S's stab at having a whole pie instead of just song writing and producing credits (and cash). At first, all went well. Eighteen of the first 30 releases on Red Bird/Blue Cat charted. As time passed though, politics, rivalries, and a changing music scene resulted in a souring of the project, and L&S sold out to a partner in 1966. This CD starts off with the Dixie Cups "Chapel of Love," a record I was never particularly enamored of, even in 1964 when it kicked off the Red Bird label and kicked the Beatles out of the #1 spot on Billboard. But on this CD, "Chapel of Love" sounds soooo fine! Taragon is to be congratulated on going back to the master tapes and producing a cut that is far superior to tracks of the same recording I have heard on other CDs. The clarity of the voices and instruments makes it sound like a whole new record. The other four cuts by the Cups also sound terrific, including "Little Bell." Selection two is equally mesmerizing. Unlike "Chapel of Love," the Jelly Beans' "I Wanna Love Him So Bad" has been a personal favorite since I first heard it on the car radio in the Summer of '64. But, jeeze, Taragon went back to the master tapes and brought out the sax, the voices, and the piano like I never heard them before. In fact, they went so far back into the tape vault that the hand claps that are on the hit 45 are totally missing! Apparently the claps were a last-minute addition to the hit record. The 'Beans "Baby Be Mine," a true classic, if somewhat obscure Greenwich-Barry composition, also springs out of the speakers when compared to my beloved old 45. Then there are the four cuts by the Shangri-Las. Some months ago I gave a glowing review to the Shangs Best Of CD on Mercury. And that CD was great. But the four cuts on the Red Bird/Blue Cat CD by the Shangs are all superior. For one thing, they are all in stereo -- they were in mono on the Mercury CD! Collectors will know that, when presented in stereo, "Leader of the Pack" invariably is missing the line, "One day my dad said find someone new." Well, on this Taragon CD, the line always-missing is present, in stereo! In spite of being a big fan of the Shangs, "I Can Never Go Home Anymore" never grabbed me. Until now. The voices of the girls are so clear, so true, so close on this CD. I mean, I can hear feeling and vibrato that I never knew the girls had! And the band sounds like it is in my living room. The other cuts are the Tradewinds "New York's A Lonely Town" (in mono); The Ad-Libs' "The Boy From New York City" and "He Ain't No Angel"; and the Butterflys (sic) "Good Night Baby." They all sound equally good. A bonus from Taragon's trek into the tape vault for master tapes is longer fade-outs on many cuts then ever heard before, notably on "Remember (Walking in the Sand)." I've always been a supporter of monaural, as well as a fan of the vinyl 45. I resisted the CD revolution for years, and although I now have scores of CDs, I've been a reluctant consumer. But now I am won over. The promise of the digital CD is fulfilled on this disc. If only Tarragon had included the other 15 cuts of the first 30 releases on the two labels. I've heard tell there of a European two-CD, 60-track set of Red Bird/Blue Cat material, label unknown. But that's looking a gift horse in the mouth, isn't it? Maybe in the future. For now, I've learned that the saying about judging a book by its cover really does apply to oldies reissues, as well. --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: leader of the pack Sent: 09/30/98 9:41 am Received: 10/01/98 1:26 am From: john rausch, jXXXX@XXXnet To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXX@XXXties.com mark the most recent (((stereo))) version of "leader" I have heard has the motorcycle "revving" and panning from left to right speakers, Chi Chi McCauley`s "I know he loves me " is cool too. any info on who she was/is? I have noticed she also recorded on parkway label also, have you heard those? jonr --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Darlene's book signing in LA? Sent: 10/01/98 1:37 am Received: 10/01/98 3:13 am From: james fisher, JHFAXXXX@XXX.net To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXX@XXXties.com I'm holding off buying LOVE 'till I find out is Darlene has any plans to come to the Los Angeles area on a promo/book signing trip ....does anyone know if it's in the cards? I'm going to buy it either way but a signed copy would be great. Plus I'd get to see the great D.L. in the flesh!! Thanks for any info, Jim. --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Harpers Bizarre/New Colony Six Sent: 09/30/98 12:20 pm Received: 10/01/98 1:26 am From: Frank Youngwerth, FMXXXX@XXXom To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXX@XXXties.com >I've ordered a CD with them called "Secret Life" but I don't >know what songs are on it yet (it was really cheap so I figured >I'd have a go at it anyway), is this recommended, and is it an >original record or is it another compilation? The Secret Life of Harpers Bizarre (it wasn't cheap for me to get on CD!) was an original LP by the group, and doesn't duplicate any songs with the recent Warner comp. Overall it's a very good album, standout tracks being "Me Japanese Boy," "Funny How Love Can Be," "Mad," and R. Nichols-P. Williams' "The Drifter". >"Umbrellas Of Cheirbourg I've always liked the Don Costa versions of songs from Legrand's score, on a United Artists LP The Go-Between" by Michel Legrand. I guess it's fair to say if USA have Bacharach, then France have Legrand. Both composers make pretty similar sounding music although Legrand is mostly famous for his film scores. On this LP from 1979 (bought it in a thrift store for less than a dollar!), he performs two symphonic suites - one on each side - of two of his most famous scores, together with a huuuuuuuge symphony orchestra. This is highly recommended if you don't have it already! >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. New Colony Six were from Chicago, and started out as more of a punkish garage band. "I Confess" is a great Kinks-ish mid-tempo ballad (covered by Boston's Lyres). "At the River's Edge" appears on the new and highly recommended Nuggets box set. It's a folksy/ raveup suicide sort of thing. I think these were done before a new lead vocalist (Ronnie Rice) joined the fold, and the group turned toward a smoother harmony approach (which I like a lot too). I wasn't aware of any direct connection with the Association, though. --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: New Colony Six Era Sent: 09/30/98 8:50 am Received: 10/01/98 1:26 am From: CLAUDIA CUNNINGHAM, TPXXXX@XXX.net To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXX@XXXties.com Didn't the New Colony Six also have the pretty, "I Will Always Think About You" in 1968? This sound was part of a unique genre of music. It seems to me that after Sgt. Pepper changed the course of pop music to psychedelic, there was a short post-psychedelic musical period which featured everything from soul singers singing things like, "Cowboys To Girls", "I Found Love On a Two Way Street", "I'll Always Love My Mama", "Color Him Father", "5-10-15-20-25 Years of Love", "Who's Making Love", "La La Means I Love You", and so forth, to the hideous bubble gum music which featured ditties like, "Yummy Yummy", "Simon Says", "1-2-3 Redlight", "Dizzy", "I Think I Love You" and others. Then there was the Blood Sweat and Tears Sound with groups like New Colony Six, featuring a softer edge. Among this particular genre, a couple of groups come to mind: Liz Damon's Orient Express ("1900 Yesterday") and the Lemon Pipers ("Rice is Nice" and the too-often-played-on-oldies-radio, "Green Tambourine"). It always struck me in particular that after the historic Sergeant Pepper, that music didn't know which way to go. How could anyone top that? So it went in many different directions, trying to find a particular groove. Out of this confusion came some interesting material, some of which I mentioned above. Claudia --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: The Girls Sent: 09/30/98 9:46 am Received: 10/01/98 1:26 am From: john rausch, jXXXX@XXXnet To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXX@XXXties.com mark wrote: >...Check the issue number, John-o...Chico's Girl is Capitol 5675. thanks mark, The Girls 45 I have, "my baby" is Capitol 5528... another mystery solved by the "phil phanatic" :-) jonr Presenting the Fabulous RonettXXXX@XXX://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Studio/2469/ --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: New Burt Bacharach album - when's the release date? Sent: 10/01/98 5:57 am Received: 10/01/98 8:32 am From: Udo Dirkschneider, MUV96XXXX@XXXnt2.lu.se To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXX@XXXties.com Hey everybody, I guess you all know ol' Burt is releasing a new album with Elvis Costello, does anyone know *when* it's released? October....November? I've already read tons of raving reviews, it got 10 out of 10 in Sweden's leading music magazine POP for example....it's apparently a return to the sixties with a 'real' 24 piece string orchestra, Gals and Pals wordless vocals and everything else which made Burt's music so heavenly in the first place. The actual music also sounds very inspired and full of energy, a feeling of life which Burt lost in the mid-seventies after his soundtrack to Lost Horizon (my favourite Bacharach album!). Woman and Futures sounds pretty uninspired, don't you think? Tobias --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Spector covers Sent: 10/01/98 9:11 am Received: 10/01/98 8:32 am From: john rausch, jXXXX@XXXnet To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXX@XXXties.com Just got a new batch of spector cover versions 45s, some I have heard and some not, and while playing them i was completely blown away by a version of the Ronettes "do i love you" done by Bill Deal and the Rhondells, wow, 100 times better than the one done by Jay and the Americans. Just wondering if anyone else has a fave spector cover they would like to share? thanks jonr Presenting the Fabulous RonettXXXX@XXX://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Studio/2469/ --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Leader of the Pack Sent: 09/30/98 2:09 pm Received: 10/01/98 1:26 am From: David Feldman, feldXXXX@XXXderables.com 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. Sure did, Jimmy. Is it possible that Darlene Love took a leave from the show at some point? Merry Clayton seems like an apt replacement/understudy for Darlene. But I can't imagine the show having anywhere near the impact with MC as DL. 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: Re: Spectropop V#0157 Sent: 09/30/98 10:04 am Received: 10/01/98 1:26 am From: Alicia Martuge, ZablXXXX@XXX.net To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXX@XXXties.com Okay so Merry Clayton wasn't on Broadway.Who knows?I hadn't even played my copy of River Deep Mountain High.My memory's going, you know? Alicia four tops girl --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- End
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