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Spectropop V#0177

  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 11/03/98

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       Volume #0177                       November 4, 1998   
                  Music for the Teenager Market              
    Subject:     Chansons de France and GOLD STAR STUDIOS
    Sent:        11/03/98 3:23 am
    Received:    11/03/98 10:56 am
    From:        Jimmy Cresitelli, JimmXXXXXXXXcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Seeing the discussions re Serge and jane reminded me to alert the 
    unitiated about two rather interesting girl-group sounding French 
    artistes of the 60s... check out the recordings of Francoise Hardy
    for some cool Spector-soundalikes (Et Meme, e.g.). Also, a young 
    lady named Sheila who was, I think, the French answer to Leslie 
    Gore, did a few really cool gg numbers that capture the sound and 
    production values we know and love.
    Also, Re: GOLD STAR... I have a photo of the studio with Ronnie 
    Spector standing in front of it, taken I think back in the late 
    70s. It wasn't taken by me... Mick Patrick did, I think... so he 
    will have to gove permission for its reproduction. I'll work on it.
    Best to all! Keep them spinning...
    Jimmy Boy
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    Subject:     Re: Photos of Gold Star Studio
    Sent:        11/03/98 4:29 pm
    Received:    11/03/98 9:56 pm
    From:        Jamie LePage,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    john rausch wrote:
    >I am in search of a picture of Gold Star Studio for my 
    > you, or any other spectropopper have one?
    The facade of the Gold Star Studio building was nothing 
    to look at at all. First time visitors had trouble finding 
    it, the building was so unassuming.  
    Now internal shots are a different matter entirely!
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    Subject:     Marginal Records
    Sent:        11/03/98 11:57 am
    Received:    11/03/98 9:21 pm
    From:        john rausch,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Here is a URL where I get alot of import discs and they carry lots
    of the Marginal label. Also check out the blowouts page where they 
    have the 2 disc set "Touch The Wall Of Sound" on sale. Their 
    catalog page is "under construction" but they have ads in both 
    Goldmine and Discoveries mags. Prices are so-so but I think they 
    are better on S+H
    Presenting the Fabulous 
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    Subject:     Teddy Bears' "Oh Why"
    Sent:        11/03/98 3:01 am
    Received:    11/03/98 10:56 am
    From:        R Teyes, RTXXXXXXXXcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    I just got this mint 45..I know Phil played guitar, piano and some
    drums here..who played bass? and who played the harpsichord which 
    is audible in background on some sections and later became a 
    staple of Phil's in his wall of sound? (listen to "Is This What..."
    "River Deep" and "Walking In The Rain) There were minimal 
    musicians in this song since Imperial wanted the Teddy Bears out due
    to Phil's nagging royalty debate..thanks
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    Subject:     Harpers Bizarre
    Sent:        11/03/98 4:27 pm
    Received:    11/03/98 9:56 pm
    From:        Jamie LePage,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Trucker Toby Tobias, the Little Chord Which Nobody Invited 
    To The Party, wrote: 
    >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?
    Harpers started life from Santa Cruz, California in 1964 as the 
    Tikis. They were signed to Autumn Records (Mojo Men, Beau Brummels),
    a label started by Tom Donahue of Bay Area radio station KYA. 
    Tikis cut two singles for Autumn, the second of which Bye Bye Bye 
    was later (as part of a medley) inculuded on the Harper's Secret 
    Life album. Donahue sold out to Warners, who had just brought in 
    the young Lenny Waronker as a producer. Lenny built a little 
    production team with the likes of Perry Botkin Jr, Van Dyke Parks,
    Leon Russell and Randy Newman and set off to make the first Harpers
    Bizarre album Feelin' Groovy. Feelin' Groovy had their two biggest 
    hits, 59th Street Bridge Song and Van Dyke Parks' Come To The 
    Between 1967 and 1970, Harpers released four albums and more than 
    a dozen singles.
    >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 
    Really don't know about that comp CD, but Warner Japan re-released
    the original four albums with the original artwork. Two very cool 
    B-sides I have on comps are Harper's version of Bonner/Gordon's 
    Small Talk, and a cool post-surf beach song called Malibu U.
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    Subject:     Touch the Wall of Sound!
    Sent:        11/03/98 2:32 pm
    Received:    11/03/98 9:21 pm
    From:        Billy G. Spradlin,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Just got my copy of "Touch the Wall of Sound" and its one of the 
    best girl groups comps I have ever discovered. So many great 
    tracks on one collection, despite some songs taken from vinyl and 
    no liner notes. But it has a lot of songs I have never heard 
    before. Does anyone have a list of all the "Touch" collections 
    released so far?
    If you dont have call Disc Collector at (303) 841-300 and get it. 
    My final total (including shipping) was 27.74.
    Thanks to the person who recommended this to the Spectropop List!
    Billy G. Spradlin
    29 Rim Road
    Kilgore Tx 75662
    Email: or
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