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Spectropop V#0194

  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 12/13/98

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       Volume #0194                       December 13, 1998   
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                Headed for No. 1 on all the charts            
    
    
    
    
    
    
    Subject:     Gene
    Sent:        12/12/98 1:39 pm
    Received:    12/13/98 8:38 am
    From:        Ron Bierma, ELROXXXXXXXXom
    To:          Spectropop List, spectrXXXXXXXXties.com
    
    
    In a message dated 12/10/98 6:47:00 PM, you wrote:
    
    >And does anyone know what Gene's up to these days? He's been 
    >pretty quiet the past three decades, it seems.
    
    
    Gene's got a pretty active fan base on the web...check it out. 
    Last time I signed on, they were all talking about his performance
    in Connecticut (I think) That was about a year ago.
    
    
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    Subject:     Gene/Hurts To Be In Love
    Sent:        12/12/98 7:47 pm
    Received:    12/13/98 8:38 am
    From:        IAC, ianXXXXXXXXlnet.co.uk
    To:          Spectropop List, spectrXXXXXXXXties.com
    
    Hi Jonah,
    
    Interesting point about that track - apparently it was intended 
    for Neil Sedaka (you can easily imagine that, yes?) but Gene ended
    up recording his vocals over it, so the girls wouldn't necessarily 
    have been the same session girls Gene usually used. I think the 
    girls on "HTBIL" really enhance the record, which is my own 
    personal fave of all Gene's tracks. Gene tours the UK regularly, 
    in fact he's over here now doing just that - always seems to pull 
    in the audiences over here without any trouble.
    
    Ian Chapman
    
    
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    Subject:     Re: Gene Pitney
    Sent:        12/11/98 10:41 am
    Received:    12/12/98 11:01 am
    From:        james fisher, JHFXXXXXXXX.net
    To:          Spectropop List, spectrXXXXXXXXties.com
    
    for JM...I saw Gene in concert here in LA about 2/3 
    years ago. It was a triple bill--Gene,Chuck Berry and The Penguins
    ("Earth Angel") Pretty good show all round (though Chuck looked 
    like he wanted to be somewhere else in a hurry.) Gene still sounds
    like Gene though some of those high notes are a bit of a problem 
    now and he wisely dances around them....it was great to see him 
    after such a long silence and of course he did all his many hits 
    and he kept up a nice patter between numbers. I've always thought 
    that he is a vastly under-rated singer,let's hope he gets all the 
    credit he deserves for helping to make the early '60's music so 
    great. His work with Phil spector on "Every breath I take" was 
    fantastic. (He didn't do that track at the concert--perhaps he 
    figured that without Phil being there to erect The Wall ...... )
    
    
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    Subject:     Whither Gene?
    Sent:        12/12/98 12:07 am
    Received:    12/12/98 11:01 am
    From:        James Cassidy, casswrXXXXXXXXlink.net
    To:          Spectropop List, spectrXXXXXXXXties.com
    
    JM asked a couple of questions about Gene Pitney. I 
    don't know who the background singers were, but I'm pretty sure 
    that most of Gene's stuff was recorded in NYC.
    
    As for Gene's current activity, he toured the summer tent circuit 
    as recently as two years ago here in the Northeast US. 
    Unfortunately, I was unable to attend. I also missed an "indoor" 
    concert here in Boston about four years ago. The Boston Globe gave
    it a favorable review and said that Gene's singing and range were 
    as strong as ever.
    
    Jim Cassidy
    
    
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    Subject:     "Boyfriend" songs
    Sent:        12/12/98 8:01 pm
    Received:    12/13/98 8:38 am
    From:        IAC, ianXXXXXXXXlnet.co.uk
    To:          Spectropop List, spectrXXXXXXXXties.com
    
    Just to clarify - the Shirelles recorded "I Want You To Be My 
    Boyfriend" - one of their early ones, the flip of "I Met Him On A 
    Sunday" - this same song was later done by the Chic-lets in '64 on
    Josie - a great side, produced by Feldman, Goldstein and Gottherer,
    and the group, according to Alan Betrock, was actually Diane 
    Christian backed by the same girls who were Patty Lace & the 
    Petticoats (sort that one out!!) I don't have either record, but I
    know someone who does - I'll check the writing credits and get back
    to you, unless anyone else knows??
    
    Ian Chapman
    
    
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    Subject:     Barry Mann, Schizo Genius
    Sent:        12/11/98 3:05 pm
    Received:    12/12/98 11:01 am
    From:        David Feldman, felXXXXXXXXderables.com
    To:          Spectropop List, spectrXXXXXXXXties.com
    
    Scott said, in part:
    
    >The next honoree was Lester Sill. Cynthia Weil gave a nice talk 
    >about how writer-friendly Lester was and then Barry Mann came out 
    >and did a lengthy medley of songs that he was involved with as a 
    >tribute to Lester: On Broadway, Only In America, Blame It On the 
    >Bossa Nova, I Love How You Love Me, My Dad, Uptown, He's Sure the 
    >Boy I Love, Walkin' In The Rain, She's Who Put the Bomp, You've 
    >Lost That Lovin' Feeling, Soul and Inspiration, We Gotta Get Out 
    >of This Place, Kicks, Hungry, Just A Little Lovin', I Just Can't 
    >Help Believing, Make Your Own Kind of Music, Patches, Rock and 
    >Roll Lullaby, Here You Come Again, Sometimes When We Touch, Just 
    >Once, Never Gonna Let You Go, and Don't Know Much.
    
    Thanks for the fascinating post, Scott.  What a fascinating body of 
    hits above.  Have to admit that I've always placed Barry Mann and 
    Cynthia Weil in the second-tier of Brill Building writers, and many 
    of the above, to my taste, fall solidly in that category (not that 
    there's anything wrong with writing catchy, less than profound 
    songs).  But gee:  On Broadway; He's Sure the Boy I Love; Walkin' In 
    the Rain; Lovin' Feeling; Soul & Inspiration; We Gotta Get Out of 
    this Place; Hungry; Make Your Own Kind of Music.  Awfully impressive.
    Dave Feldman
    
    Movie of the Week:  "Babe: Pig in the City"
    Best Network TV Show of New Season:  "Sports Night" & "Cupid" (tie)
    CD of the Week: "We Three Kings" (Roches) 
    City of the Week:  Montreal
    Best Time Killer of the 90's:  Filling out the UPDATED gender survey at
      "http://www.imponderables.com"
    
    
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    Subject:     cartoon
    Sent:        12/12/98 11:34 am
    Received:    12/12/98 12:33 pm
    From:        john rausch, XXXXXXXXnet
    To:          Spectropop List, spectrXXXXXXXXties.com
    
    Hi Everyone, Just thought I`d share this cartoon ,
    http://members.tripod.com/rauschj/cartoon.jpg
    
    although not factually correct,I`m sure some will get a kick out of 
    it.
    
    Jonr
    
    
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    Subject:     In defense of Collectables
    Sent:        12/11/98 9:08 am
    Received:    12/12/98 11:01 am
    From:        Stewart Mason, flamXXXXXXXXcom
    To:          Spectropop List, spectrXXXXXXXXties.com
    
    Jeffrey Thames writes:
    >In a message dated 12/8/98 5:19:57 PM Central Standard Time,
    >PaulurXXXXXXXXom writes:
    >
    >>I am not impressed by Collectables, they use the 
    >>wrong versions on 45's and some of the CD's are from albums. My 
    >>Angels is even though they claim they had a tape. Of course some 
    >>may be remastered but there is no way of telling what you are 
    >>getting. They don't know oldies music. Period. I'd look elsewhere.
    >
    >I have one full-length Collectables CD (in addition to a few CD 
    >singles, and those are chancy, I'll grant you), and it's probably 
    >one of the few times they got it right. It's M's *Pop Muzik*, 
    >which basically collects the band's (man's?) debut, *New 
    >York-London-Paris-Munich* (with two songs originally in medley 
    >form now two separate entities), and adds "M Factor", the original
    >B- side to "PM". It doesn't sound like it was mastered from an 
    >album (at least not to me), and as far as I know, it's the only 
    >disc you can find the original 5-minute "Pop Muzik" on (and 
    >believe me, I've looked). Maybe they should stick to that era, 
    >n'est-ce pas?
    
    The early 80s Collectables CDs I have -- the compilations by M and
    the Vapors -- both sound great, but I agree that much of their 60s 
    output is of questionable audio quality, and just as importantly I
    really wish they would do more in the way of liner notes. But 
    Collectables have done some very good 60s work, especially their 
    reissues of Lelan Rogers' International Artists material (
    including the 13th Floor Elevators and the early records by Red 
    Crayola), most of which is fine Texas psychedelia.
    
    Also, some of their mastered-from-vinyl material is very 
    interesting from a historical perspective. Their Cicadelic 60s 
    compilations of ultra-rare regional obscurities are spotty (like 
    all of these projects, including the Pebbles and Back from the 
    Crypt series), but they're important because most compilations 
    focus on either garage or heavy psych and the Cicadelic 60s comps 
    focus more on folk-rock and psych-pop. Some of these obscurities, 
    like the unbelievably atmospheric "Lemon Fog" by the Lemon Fog or 
    "Come Back Bird" by the Chevelle V (from my hometown of San Angelo,
    Texas!), both from VOLUME TWO: NEVER EXISTED!, are just 
    wonderful.
    
    Me, my only real problem with the label is their name is 
    misspelled!
    Stewart
    
    
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    Box 40172                       "Juju Chang."
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    Subject:     Laura Nyro and...
    Sent:        12/12/98 12:45 pm
    Received:    12/13/98 8:38 am
    From:        jon adelson, humthefirst2XXXXXXXXil.com
    To:          Spectropop List, spectrXXXXXXXXties.com
    
    This is my first posting. I enjoy the list. One of those who 
    touched me the most was Laura Nyro. Although she was popular later
    than many of the artists I've seen mentioned here, there's a 
    wonderful album with Patti LaBelle that hopefully serves as a 
    connector. I heard she passed away. Any references to articles or 
    literature would be appreciated.
    
    Also, about 30 years ago in New York City I knew a gentleman named
    Steve Spooner, who loved the music of this era. At one time he 
    worked with Warner Brothers Publishing. I haven't seen him since 
    1976. Does anyone know of him and whether he's still in the 
    business?
    Thanks.
    
    Jon A
    
    
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