________________________________________________________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ S P E C T R O P O P __________ __________ __________ ________________________________________________________ Volume #0178 November 5, 1998 ________________________________________________________ Entertainment for everyoneSubject: harpsichord Teddy Bear Sent: 11/04/98 5:40 am Received: 11/05/98 1:36 am From: Mark Landwehr, msXXXXXXXXbbs.com To: Spectropop List, SpectrXXXXXXXXities.com > who played the harpsichord [on "Oh, Why"] which > is audible in background on some sections and later became a > staple of Phil's in his wall of sound? > I think what you hear, Robert, is the piano & guitar hitting the same notes along with light strikes in unison on cymbals, blending together to create a harpsichord-like illusion of sound...I listened to "Oh, Why" in stereo, where the instruments are fairly well separated, and that was what I heard. Amidst the soft piano playing is a guitar plucking away simultaneously on the same notes and, if you balance them just right, you would "hear" a "plucked piano" sound (a/k/a harpsichord). The cymbals being lightly hit in unison with the notes would just add a bit more "high-end" to it all, thus enhancing the illusion. Then again, of course, my hearing ain't what it used to be.... I couldn't say for sure, but, considering the basic-ness of the part, I think Phil probably did the bass on this recording (it certainly wouldn't take a Carol Kaye to do it). Wouldn't that make sense, considering that Imperial didn't want to spend MORE $$$ on these sessions than need be by hiring a session player? Mark (Philles Phanatic) --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Re: Harpers Bizarre Sent: 11/04/98 6:29 am Received: 11/04/98 7:09 am From: Trucker Toby, MUV9XXXXXXXXent2.lu.se To: Spectropop List, spectrXXXXXXXXities.com Jamie wrote, after having spent an evening reading the Guinness Book Of Soft Rock: >Between 1967 and 1970, Harpers released four albums and more than >a dozen singles. Since I haven't found any HP websites, could you (or someone) perhaps write down a quick discography? Atleast the names of their four reissued LPs....and does any recordstores on the Net sell them all? I can only find the Feeling Groovy comp and Secret Life. And are they all as good as the first one? I think Secret Life has a bunch of great tracks but many of the songs certainly doesn't stand up to the quality of Happy Land or Pocketfull Of Miracles.... too many standard latesixties acoustic guitar rawk songs.....and not enough of those amazing depression-era sounding songs! Oh yeah, their cover of Bacharach's Me Japanese Boy -- on what record can I find Bacharach's original? Haven't heard of that song before Tobias --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: About "He's A Rebel Sent: 11/04/98 1:16 am Received: 11/04/98 7:09 am From: Doc Rock, docrXXXXXXXX.com To: Spectropop List, spectrXXXXXXXXities.com Dear Babs, Over the years, I assume that you have been inundated with questions about "He's A Rebel." Do you have any comments about that recording? Doc Rock --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Serge/French Sent: 11/03/98 11:15 pm Received: 11/04/98 7:09 am From: Tyler Kieron, kieXXXXXXXXs.org.uk To: Spectropop List, spectrXXXXXXXXities.com Stewart Mason, flamXXXXXXXX.com wrote - "This CD -COMIC STRIP- 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" I'd add - his 1972 Melody Nelson LP is superb, highly recommended etc. Can't say I'm that keen on his reggae stuff. The 1980s disco stuff (Love On The Beat, You're Under Arrest) is really bad. By the way the 'Je T'Aime' LP did get a US release. Alan Clayson's book 'Serge Gainsbourg, View From The Exterior', is an (English language) introduction to his career, although it has bits missing. There was an article on Serge (by Clayson) in the September issue of UK mag Record Collector with full discog. The French 60s pop article in the Oct. Rec. Coll. touched on France Gall, and she may be the subject of a longer article in the future (maybe). Also for French fans - January issue of Rec. Coll. will have an article on Jacques Dutronc. All the best, Kieron --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Sheila/Francoise Hardy Sent: 11/05/98 12:34 am Received: 11/05/98 1:36 am From: Tyler Kieron, kieXXXXXXXXs.org.uk To: Spectropop List, spectrXXXXXXXXities.com Jimmy Cresitelli mentioned Sheila, not sure if she could be describes as a French Lesley Gore, her records are much too frantic, cutesy and ickle-girly strident (if you see what I mean) for that! Francoise Hardy took on the Spector influences when she began to work with non-French producers, first Tony Hatch, but more notably Charles Blackwell. Blackwell had produced, arranged or written a whole bunch of UK girl records and (succesfully) created a UK version of the US sounds he'd heard. All the best, Kieron --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Spector FS list Sent: 11/05/98 1:34 am Received: 11/05/98 1:36 am From: Jamie LePage, le_pageXXXXXXXXities.com To: Spectropop List, spectrXXXXXXXXities.com I just got a for sale list of Spector vinyl. Nothing too rare, but much is available at reasonable prices. If anyone is interested in receiving the list, please email privately and I will email the list and contact info to you. -- le_pageXXXXXXXXities.com RodeoDrive/5030 --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- End
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