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  • Date: 10/13/98

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       Volume #0164                     October 13, 1998   
           America's First Family of Fine Recordings       
    Subject:     Re: Jay and the Americans
    Sent:        10/12/98 11:17 am
    Received:    10/13/98 1:08 am
    From:        Alan Warner,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    > From:        CLAUDIA CUNNINGHAM,
    > Yes, there were two Jays. The first who sang lead on their debut 
    > song, "She Cried" was Jay Trainor. The second, Jay Black, did all 
    > the other hits such as "Cara Mia", "Walking in the Rain" and the 
    > others. As a bit of trivia, I live in the Albany, NY area and was 
    > informed that at least as of a couple of years ago, Jay Trainor 
    > was a cameraman at Channel 13 in Albany, a far cry from his glory 
    > days as the lead singer of a very popular band. Black, with his 
    > impressive operatic style, tours on the oldies circuit these days.
    > Claudia
    The original 'Jay', Jay Traynor, had been a member of The Mystics.
    The second Jay, Jay Black (real name: David Platt) recorded 
    several solo titles for UA during his tenure as leader of The 
    Americans, of which one single was released in 1966, coupling WHAT
    WILL MY MARY SAY with RETURN TO ME with Gerry "No Chemise, Please" 
    Granahan in the producer's chair. Several years later, Jay Black 
    recorded for Midsong.
    FYI, the Jay & The Americans record of SHE CRIED was a cover. It 
    had originally been cut by the co-writer of the song, Ted Daryll 
    on Utopia. Ted Daryll's other compositions included DON'T SAY IT 
    BABY (written with Chip Taylor) recorded by Dusty Springfield, THE
    MAGIC TOUCH by The Bobby Fuller Four and SOMEBODY'S BLUE cut by
    The Trans-Sisters on Imperial in '63.
    As for other versions of SHE CRIED, Tommy James & The Shondells 
    gave it a shot, as did the UK's Billy Fury, P.J. Proby and much 
    more recently, TV hunk David Hasselhoff!
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    Subject:     compression
    Sent:        10/11/98 3:40 am
    Received:    10/11/98 8:43 am
    From:        john rausch, jXXXX@XXXnet
    To:          Spectropop List,
    all this talk about tape compression...
    can someone please explain what "compression" is ?
    I have a vague idea but would like someone's professional opinion.
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    Sent:        10/11/98 3:42 am
    Received:    10/11/98 8:43 am
    From:        Doc Rock, docroXXXX@XXXcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    >You're in luck, Mark. The stereo mix of the 45 version of "Look Of 
    >Love" is available on the 2-CD Leslie Gore set IT'S MY PARTY: 
    >THE MERCURY ANTHOLOGY. It came out in 1996 and should be easy 
    >to find
    And I also had the pleasure of reviewing that one for Discoveries!
    Lesley Gore
    Mercury 314-532 517-2
    "It took the Beatles to put a finish to shrill female nastiness." 
    That was the way the late rock historian Lillian Roxon wrote about
    Lesley Gore in her book, ROCK ON in 1969. Roxon also
    characterized Lesley's voice as "consistently high." In reality, 
    Lesley had only three pre-British Invasion hits, but 16 hits 
    afterward, and often sang in a low register. So much for
    revisionist rock history.
    A while back, a Lesley Gore CD box set came on the market. If 
    memory serves, it had everything Lesley ever recorded on it. That 
    set was probably a delight for the serious collector and big
    Lesley Gore fan, but way beyond the reach of most buyers interest 
    or budgets.
    Now Mercury has issued a two CD set of 52 cuts. For most people, 
    that's more like it.
    Speaking of most people, many folks probably know Lesley mainly 
    for her biggest hits, "It's My Party," "Judy's Turn To Cry," "You 
    Don't Own Me," and the rest. Well, all of Lesley's dozen big
    hits are here, and they sound a lot better in CD stereo than they 
    did on our transistors back in '63 and '64. And they sounded great
    back then.
    But this package presents almost as many songs that charted, but 
    missed the national Top 40. Most of these, such as "Hey Now" and
    "Young Love," were in fact big hits on the stations I was tuned
    to in the mid-'60s. It is something of a shock that they did so 
    poorly nationally. Fans of Lesley's big hits need to hear the 
    others, the ones few stations played then and none play now. The
    quality is there.
    Also included are a half-dozen songs Lesley wrote herself, and two
    written by Madara and White (the guys behind the Pixies 3 and the 
    Secrets). There are some Ellie Greenwich songs, including
    "Maybe I Know" and "Look of Love." Fortunately, Mercury used the 
    correctly mixed version of the latter -- there is a version that 
    turns up occasionally which is missing background parts. Ellie
    sang backup on most of Lesley's albums.
    The rest of the two CDs is made up of album cuts, flip sides, and 
    some unreleased material. A B-side included is "The Old Crowd." 
    Written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, the demo is on a
    Cookies' CD, and was obviously intended for the Orlons. Yet Lesley
    makes it her own.
    In fact, the strength of the set is the way, unbeknownst to casual
    fans, Lesley's recordings went beyond the hit sound, as she grew 
    and explored . . . and borrowed. "Wonder Boy" borrows from
    "Heat Wave." "The Bubble Broke" from 1966 is almost psychedelic. 
    "I Can't Make It Without You" is reminiscent of Dionne Warwick, 
    "Take Good Care of my Heart" owes a nod to Helen Reddy, and
    "What Am I Going To Do With You" recalls "Walking In the Rain." 
    Then there is the Jackson Five-ish "I'll Be Standing By." And her 
    version of "Wedding Bell Blues," which ends CD two, has been my
    favorite version of that Nyro song for almost 30 years.
    Not that Lesley's later work was simply derivative. She was 
    stretching and trying out styles, doubtless looking for new hits. 
    The result is that her late-60s work shows a maturity and depth 
    that will surprise many.
    The booklet includes interview material with a lot of good 
    background information. The track listings include plenty of data,
    including recording sessions and chart positions. There are a half-
    dozen classic period photos, including one from the TAMI show with
    Jan & Dean. An album cut that she sang on the TAMI show, "You 
    Didn't Look Around," is included. That was probably the only
    song featured on the TAMI show that was never a hit by any artist.
    Quincy Jones' productions (yes, THAT Quincy Jones) sound full and 
    lush, and Lesley bends every note to perfection. This CD tells the
    story. I wonder what Lillian Roxon would say about Lesley
    Gore if Ms. Roxon were around to hear it now.
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    Subject:     Association/Bacharach/Clique/American Breed
    Sent:        10/11/98 9:09 am
    Received:    10/11/98 8:43 am
    To:          Spectropop List,
    I bought some LPs at a record fair today (the prices are in 
    Swedish Kronor, divide the sum with 8 to get it in US$):
    The Association - "Stop Your Motor", 20 kronor. This LP is from 
    1971 and I didn't even know of its existence! I kinda hesitated to
    buy it at first cuz there was no sign of Curt Boettcher, the title 
    sounded like Spinal Tap and the members of the group didn't look 
    like the pop band they used to be but either a/ heavy rawk fans (
    that is to say, fans of heavy rawk, not rawk fans who happen to be
    overweight :)) or b/ heroin addicts (which was actually true in the
    tragic case of Brian Cole). But I realized as soon as I played the 
    record at home that this is - which the exception of one or two 
    songs - just as good as the older stuff like "Windy" or "Along 
    Comes Mary", particularly the opening track "Bring Yourself Home".
    Burt Bacharach - "Living Together", 20 kronor. This starts off 
    with a rather weak (by Mr. B's high standards) "Mexican Divorce" 
    but the rest of the LP is pure bliss and amazing. Highlights: 
    "Nikki" (no one can recycle his own music like Bacharach!), a longer
    'symphonic' version of "Wives & Lovers" and "April Fools". The 
    record is in mint condition too, which is why it's so weird it 
    cost next to nothing! Original Bacharach LPs are normally trendy 
    and expensive as hell, at least over here.....
    Burt Bacharach - "Burt Bacharach", 35 kronor. This is one amazing 
    motherBLEEEEEP of a record from 1973! :) I hadn't heard some songs
    before ("Monterey Peninsula" is so incredibly super-duper great I 
    just wanna jump up and down and shout "YES!!!!") and several 
    reworked versions of some of the songs ended up on the "Lost 
    Horizon" soundtrack. Actually, this is the last LP Bacharach 
    released before his troubled years started.....his last truly 
    great record IMO - I haven't heard the new one with Costello yet.
    The Clique - "Sugar On Sunday", 20 kronor. I've searched for 
    Clique records for ages and it was a great surprise to finally 
    find one! Produced and written (and performed?) by Gary Zekley, 
    this is fantastic but not really what I was expecting. I imagined 
    it to be more upbeat like his Yellow Balloon project...what year 
    is this Clique record from anyway? 1965, '66, '67??? I've always 
    assumed Zekley first did The Fun And The Games, then The Clique 
    and *then* The Yellow Balloon but I'm not sure having listened to 
    "Sugar On Sunday" - it definitely sounds more elaborate, the 
    arrangements and orchestration, and less primitive than the Yellow
    Balloon, so I don't really know.....great record anyway!
    The American Breed - "Bend Me, Shape Me", 35 kronor. Haven't had 
    the time to listen to this properly but it sounds fantastic so far, 
    particularly the two Gerry Goffin/Carole King tracks. Actually, 
    the only reason I bought this LP is because the group has also 
    recorded Roger Nichols/Tony Asher's "Always You" (what album is 
    that song from? I only have it on a mixtape), I know nothing about
    the band otherwise.
    Another record I found but somehow didn't end up buying (it's not 
    easy having the memory of a goldfish) was one with The Sunshine 
    Company - did I miss something great? It's the only time I've seen
    one of their LPs.....
    Anyway, enough of my ramblings....
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    Subject:     MOJO's Top Singers
    Sent:        10/12/98 1:01 pm
    Received:    10/13/98 1:08 am
    From:        Paul MacArthur, Rtf_XXXX@XXXedu
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Mojo Magazine's latest issue has it's 100 greatest singers of all
    time as voted by a number of rock musicians (Brian Wilson, Robert 
    Plant, Bobby Womack, Pat Boone, etc.) The Top Ten are:
    1) Aretha Franklin
    2) Frank Sinatra
    3) Ray Charles
    4) John Lennon
    5) Billie Holiday
    6) Marvin Gaye
    7) Elvis Presley
    8) Stevie Wonder
    9) Sam Cooke
    10) Otis Redding
    Bob Dylan
    Nat King Cole
    Paul McCartney
    Ella Fitzgerald
    Van Morrison
    Okay, now....
    First off, Say what you will about Aretha, she has no business 
    above Ella. Period. The only female singers I could conceive 
    placing higher are Lady Day, and Sarah Vaughan, even then, I say 
    that's a stretch.
    Second, Lennon above Macca?
    Third: Bob Dylan the singer? Give me a break. As one researcher 
    said: You have to be a lead edge baby boomer to get this joke. A 
    GREAT songwriter. As a singer, yeah, placing him above Sarah 
    Vaughan makes sense.
    Forth: Mel Torme did not make the list (don't tell Judge Stone) 
    nor did Joe Williams or Billy Eckstine. To which I say, HUH? 
    Meanwhile, Liam Gallagher did? Please Paul Weller before him 
    any day.
    As always these subjective lists are great argument fodder.
    Oh yeah, Pavarotti didn't make it either.
    In case anyone is wondering, I'd probably go
    1) Ella
    2) Nat Cole
    3) Brother Ray my easy one, two three. After that, ugh.
    BTW Brian & Carl Wilson made the list. Mike Love did not.
    - Paul
    Song of the Week: Hole "Celebrity Skin"
    Quote of the Week: "Ain't nothin' like a fight at Wal-Mart."
    R.I.P: Carl Dean Wilson  (1946 - 1998)
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    *** Recording industry steps up war on Internet piracy
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Recording Industry Association of 
    America has asked for a federal court injunction to stop a new 
    device that can play music downloaded from the Internet from 
    hitting store shelves next month. RIAA, the trade group 
    representing the U.S. music business, said it was suing San Jose, 
    Calif.-based Diamond Multimedia Systems Inc., which plans to 
    release its new Rio PMP300 portable music player to retailers in 
    November. The $199 device, known as the Rio, is about the size of 
    a pager and resembles Sony Corp.'s Walkman. The Rio can play music
    downloaded from a computer connected to the Internet and stored on 
    a memory card. 
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