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Spectropop V#0158

  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 10/01/98

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       Volume #0158                       October 2, 1998   
          Keep surface clean - Use lightweight pick up      
    Subject:     Leader of the (Stereo) Pack
    Sent:        09/30/98 9:59 am
    Received:    10/01/98 1:26 am
    From:        Charles G. Hill,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Mark Landwehr, 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 (
    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 | |
          "Now is the Windows of our discontent." - Richard 3.0       
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    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,
    >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 
    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.
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    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,
    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?
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    Subject:     Darlene's book signing in LA?
    Sent:        10/01/98 1:37 am
    Received:    10/01/98 3:13 am
    From:        james fisher,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    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.
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    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,
    >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.
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    Subject:     New Colony Six Era
    Sent:        09/30/98 8:50 am
    Received:    10/01/98 1:26 am
    From:        CLAUDIA CUNNINGHAM,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    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
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    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,
    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" :-)
    Presenting the Fabulous 
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    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,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    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'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 
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    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,
    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?
    Presenting the Fabulous 
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    Subject:     Leader of the Pack
    Sent:        09/30/98 2:09 pm
    Received:    10/01/98 1:26 am
    From:        David Feldman,
    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. 
    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
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    Subject:     Re: Spectropop V#0157
    Sent:        09/30/98 10:04 am
    Received:    10/01/98 1:26 am
    From:        Alicia Martuge,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    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 
    four  tops  girl
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