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  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 10/31/98

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       Volume #0176                       November 3, 1998   
      a egalement enregistre - Super 45 tours - microsillon  
    Subject:     Picture of Gold Star Studio
    Sent:        10/31/98 4:47 am
    Received:    10/31/98 9:18 am
    From:        Barbara Alston, BARBXXXXXXXXcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    To Jonr
    No, I'm sorry, I don't have a picture of Gold Star Studio. But, 
    I'll ask Dee Dee and maybe she might have something. Wish I could 
    have helped.
    Sorry I missed you guys the past couple of weeks. Have been 
    extremely busy. Trying to get my own business started and such -- 
    takes a lot of time as you can imagine. I'll try and pop in every 
    now and then when I can. Hope I haven't missed answering anyone 
    else's questions! If I have, please readdress them.
    Thank you.
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    Subject:     Harpers Bizarre
    Sent:        11/02/98 6:25 am
    Received:    11/02/98 7:40 am
    From:        Trucker Toby,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    How many LPs and 7" singles did this band release? It looks like 
    they released more than what is on "Feeling Groovy, The Best Of..." 
    and "The Secret Life" but I'm not sure what the other stuff 
    might be.....perhaps someone could be nice and make me a tape of 
    what's not on the two above records?
    I've wondered about that actually...that Feeling Groovy 
    compilation which was released on CD a year ago, is that the same 
    as the Feeling Groovy album of 1967 + some added bonus tracks or 
    what? Please enlighten me! :-)
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    Subject:     Re: Marginal Records
    Sent:        10/31/98 1:12 pm
    Received:    10/31/98 5:40 pm
    From:        John King, GBMGIXXXXXXXXcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    For those in the States who are looking for European cd's from 
    Marginal, I suggest you contact Val Shively, R&B Records, Box B, 
    Havertown, PA 19083. He has been in the oldies business since the 
    early 1970's and I consider him to be one of the most 
    knowledgeable and fair dealers I know, and I have been doing 
    business with him since 1973. I don't mean to sound like a 
    commercial...I just really respect the man and his business 
    John King
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    Subject:     Serge Gainsbourg
    Sent:        10/31/98 4:49 am
    Received:    10/31/98 9:18 am
    From:        Marie-J. Leclerc,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Scott, I think I can give you some informations on Serge 
    Gainsbourg. His work is eztensive to say the least, end of the 50's 
    to 1990. If I was you I would go for the sixties/seventies period,
    this is the best. Stay away from Love on the Beat, Lemon Incest 
    etc., 80's period, personally I think Serge was lacking his old 
    Comic Strip is a good cd, any anthologies would be a good start 
    too; one I can highly recommend is From Gainsbourg to Gainsbarre.
    An interesting album with reggae influence is Aux armes et cetera,
    one of my favorite that came out in 79. Early 60's albums would 
    show you that Serge had a voice indeed, and a nice one. For that 
    period I would choose Couleur Cafe.
    I can't go on without mentioning his lovely and beautiful work 
    with Jane Birkin, there have been many duos, 69 Annee Erotique to 
    name one, and the ethereal Je T'Aime Moi Non Plus. If you can find 
    it, go for a Birkin compilation, I have one that is great, you 
    have to hear what Serge did with Cole Porter's Love For Sale and 
    What is This Thing Called Love, all sung by Jane and arranged by 
    Serge. His latest work before his death was Amour des Feintes for 
    Jane, that one is a treasure too, all songs are arranged and 
    written by Gainsbourg. 
    Don't hesitate to contact me if you need help, Take care, Marie
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    Subject:     Full Monty with Serge and Jane
    Sent:        11/2/98 4:04 pm
    Received:    11/3/98 1:18 am
    From:        Keiko Kondo,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Scott wrote:
    >Serge Gainsbourg. Can anybody here give me some details 
    By the way, I watched video yesterday of Full Monty. It use 
    je t'aime moi non plus by Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin in 
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    Subject:     Re: Serge Gainsbourg/France Gall
    Sent:        10/31/98 4:04 am
    Received:    10/31/98 9:18 am
    From:        Stewart Mason,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    At 03:33 AM 10/31/98 +0900, Scott Bauman wrote:
    >Another recording artist that I'm intrigued by, but don't know 
    >much about, is Serge Gainsbourg. Can anybody here give me some 
    >details on this guy, as well as any recommendations?
    Gainsbourg was probably the most influential and controversial 
    figure in French pop from the 50s until his death just a few years
    ago. Unfortunately, his public image as a hard-drinkin', 
    heavy-smokin' pervert often overshadows his immense musical gifts:
    he was a remarkable arranger, and his provocative, often overtly 
    sexual, lyrics were often matched by equally memorable melodies 
    heavily influenced by jazz, cabaret and show tunes. (In other 
    words, don't expect his stuff to sound like Phil Spector.)
    A couple of years ago, Polygram released three Gainsbourg 
    collections, one each for his jazz, Afro-Cuban and pop music. The 
    pop CD, COMIC STRIP, contains most of the songs he's remembered 
    for, including his most famous tracks, "Bonnie and Clyde" (a duet 
    with Brigitte Bardot) and "Je T'Aime...Moi Non Plus," an infamous 
    duet with actress Jane Birkin, the, erm, climax of which features 
    Birkin faking an orgasm. This CD is an excellent introduction to 
    the man's work, and in fact, it and the two companion CDs may well
    be all the Gainsbourg you'll need unless you find yourself 
    completely smitten (which is entirely possible!).
    However, I strongly recommend that if you want a starting point 
    for 60s French pop, you find any of the Polygram compilations of 
    France Gall's 60s work on Phillips. You mentioned Connie Francis 
    and Lesley Gore, and they're good comparisons to the charms of 
    Mlle Gall, a beautiful teenager with a remarkable voice whose 60s 
    singles are among the very best pop records of the decade. 
    Gainsbourg wrote and produced much of her material, but his songs 
    for her tended to be much more straightforward than his own stuff.
    (Except of course for his legendary "Les Sucettes" ("The 
    Lollipops"), an achingly lovely song which France sings beautifully,
    completely unaware that the double-entendre lyrics ain't about 
    lollies. She and her parents were furious when they realized long 
    after the fact what the song was actually about.)
    Probably the best collection of France's 60s work is the 
    compilation titled FRANCE GALL, PolyGram 839 627-2, released in 
    1989. You can find this in the World section of any Tower/HMV/Best
    Buy/Circuit City. Tracks are (sorry for the lack of accent marks):
    Bebe Requin
    Jazz A Gogo
    Ne Sois Pas Si Bete
    Sacre Charlemagne
    Teenie Weenie Boppie
    Les Rubans et la Fleur
    Nous ne Sommes pas des Anges
    Poupee de Cire, Poupee de Son (Eurovision winner, 1968)
    Les Sucettes
    Baby Pop (title track of her classic 1966 LP recently reissued by 
    Phillips) N'Ecoutes pas les Idoles
    Le Coeur qui Jazze
    Attends ou va T'En
    Laisse Tomber les Filles
    Pense A Moi
    Ne Dis pas aux Copains
    There's a number of other compilations of her 60s work which have 
    most if not all of these songs. Be careful -- anything on WEA 
    instead of Polygram will contain her less-interesting (though 
    still worthwhile) 70s, 80s and 90s work. Again, I cannot recommend
    France Gall's 60s work enough. For my money, she's up there with 
    Lesley, Dusty, Petula and the rest of the greats.
    Stewart Allensworth Mason	
    Box 40172			 "Is my husband in your chickenlike arms?"
    Albuquerque NM 87196	
    ************************HAPPY MUSIC FOR NICE 
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    Subject:     Birthdays
    Sent:        11/02/98 12:27 am
    Received:    11/02/98 7:40 am
    From:        Alicia Martuge,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Somebody correctly pointed out that Otis Williams birthday was Oct. 
    31. Don't forget that Duke Fakir's birthday is Dec. 26, 1935 making 
    him the oldest surviving member of the Four Tops (the late Lawrence 
    Payton was the youngest member.)
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