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Spectropop V#0195

  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 12/14/98

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       Volume #0195                       December 15, 1998   
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    Subject:     Boyfriend Songs
    Sent:        12/14/98 2:32 am
    Received:    12/14/98 7:40 am
    From:        Jimmy Cresitelli, JimmXXXXXXXXom
    To:          Spectropop List, spectrXXXXXXXXties.com
    
    Thanks for the "I Want You to Be My Boyfriend" info... I've got 
    those versions; the Angels / Chiclets / etc. family offering 
    really is stunning. Very garage-girl.
    
    BUT... there is a song by the Shirelles called "Please Be My 
    Boyfriend." I have it on their greatest Hits, Volume 2. Writers: 
    Powell-Novarro. It may not after all be the same as the Crystals' 
    "Please Be My Boyfriend." (If that's actually a side.)
    
    Am I to understand that nobody has actually heard "Please Be My 
    Boyfriend" by the Crystals / whomever?
    
    Ain't this fun? I remember the thrill we all got years ago when 
    the Crystals' "I Wonder" hit the circuit... effectively blowing 
    all other known versions / permutations out of the water... though,
    personally, I think it's a tie with Ronnie's version; I love the
    way "I Wonder" begins on the Ronettes' LP.
    
    Cheers to all... happy holidays!
    Jimmy
    
    
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    Subject:     gene pitney
    Sent:        12/14/98 9:30 pm
    Received:    12/15/98 7:25 am
    From:        Tyler Kieron, kieXXXXXXXX.org.uk
    To:          Spectropop List, spectrXXXXXXXXties.com
    
    Over here (the UK) Gene Pitney has a pretty high profile. He 
    played London's Palladium Theatre last month (sold out) and about 
    2 years ago a re-recording of Some thing's Got a Hold of My Heart 
    was in the charts as a duet with Marc Almond. He does tour 
    regularly - it used to be twice a year but now it's once.
    
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    Subject:     Laura Nyro
    Sent:        12/14/98 7:59 am
    Received:    12/15/98 7:25 am
    From:        David Feldman, felXXXXXXXXderables.com
    To:          Spectropop List, spectrXXXXXXXXties.com
    
    Jon A. wrote:
    > 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.
    > 
    
    Welcome to the Spectropop list, Jon. I'm a big Laura Nyro fan, and
    I consider Eli & the 13th Confession to be one of the great albums 
    of the second half of this century (I put only Pet Sounds and 
    What's Going On in the same class), and I could compile another 
    album of my other favorite cuts of hers that I would like almost 
    as much.
    
    The best source of Laura Nyro info on the net is probably,
    appropriately enough: http://www.lauranyro.net/
    I saw her live 
    
    more than any other performer with the exception of Jonathan 
    Richman, and was lucky enough to catch her on five consecutive 
    nights in the late summer of 1970 at the Troubador in Los Angeles.
    She was mesmerizing and inspiring -- one of the great music 
    experiences of my life.
    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:     Re: Barry Mann, Schizo Genius
    Sent:        12/14/98 4:34 am
    Received:    12/14/98 7:40 am
    From:        Marc Wielage,XXXXXXXXtrax.com
    To:          Spectropop List, spectrXXXXXXXXties.com
    
    David Feldman  said on The Spectropop List:
    
    >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
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    Mann & Weil had almost 50 charted U.S. hits, and quite a few of '
    em are among my all-time faves. Here's a few more to add to the 
    list (either written just by Mann & Weil, or with other 
    contributors like Spector):
    
    
    "Here You Come Again" - Dolly Parton (RCA PB-11123)  [10/15/77]
    "Home of the Brave" - Bonnie & The Treasures (Phi-Dan 5005)  [8/28/65]
    "I'm Gonna Be Strong" - Gene Pitney (Musicor 1045)  [10/24/64]
    "Magic Town" - The Vogues (Co & Ce 234)  [2/26/66]
    "My Dad" - Paul Petersen (Colpix 663)  [11/17/62]
    "Somewhere Out There" - Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram (MCA 52973)  
    [12/20/86]
    "Walking in the Rain" - The Ronettes (Philles 123)  [10/24/64]
    "We Gotta Get Out of This Place" - The Animals (MGM 13382)  [8/14/65]
    "You Baby" - The Ronettes (Philles)  [8/1/64]
    
    
    and that's just in addition to the ones already named. I think of 
    these, my favorites would probably be "He's Sure the Boy I Love," 
    "Magic Town," "Walking in the Rain," and "You Baby." All great, 
    great songs. Even some of their later hits have a spark here and 
    there.
    
    
    --MFW
    
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    Subject:     Re: Spector Covers
    Sent:        12/14/98 7:06 am
    Received:    12/14/98 7:40 am
    From:        Marc Wielage,XXXXXXXXtrax.com
    To:          Spectropop List, spectrXXXXXXXXties.com
    
    Jamie LePage  commented [a 
    while back] on The Spectropop List:
    
    >It is a shame that I Can Hear Music by the Ronettes is now a
    >very hard to find recording. It was on the PSI Volume 4 LP, but as
    >far as I know it isn't currently available anywhere legitimately.
    >It is on the Marginal "Ultimate Ronettes" CD, though.
    >--------------------------------------<
    
    The first CD I know of that had it was the Japanese "Best of 
    Spector Sound" disc, on Victor VDP-1045. This is the same disc 
    that has a few stereo versions of the mono Spector hits.
    
    Tell me more about the ULTIMATE RONETTES disc. Does anybody know 
    who's selling it in the U.S.?
    
    
    --MFW
    
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    Subject:     Popsicles and Icicles
    Sent:        12/14/98 12:42 am
    Received:    12/14/98 7:40 am
    From:        Doc Rock, docrXXXXXXXXcom
    To:          Spectropop List, spectrXXXXXXXXties.com
    
    About "Popsicles and Icicles," I always thought that the ending 
    chord resembles a car horn honking!
    Doc
    
    
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    Subject:     The Dovers and Nuggets box
    Sent:        12/14/98 7:32 am
    Received:    12/14/98 7:40 am
    From:        JM, jhorXXXXXXXXyan.edu
    To:          Spectropop List, spectrXXXXXXXXties.com
    
    Stewart Mason's post about the Cicadelic Sixties comps got me 
    thinking about the new Nuggets box on Rhino. If you haven't seen 
    this, check it out. It's about as good as you'd expect, although 
    much (if not most) of the music is only "psychedelic" by fiat. The
    sound quality is great and unlike some recent comps on Sundazed 
    they used the same takes as the original singles. To my very 
    pleasant surprise, the box concentrates on rockin' tunes and there
    are only a handful of "novelty" singles (like Kim Fowley's "The 
    Trip," which is really annoying).
    
    One song in particular caught my ear: "What Am I Going To Do" by 
    the Dovers, which the liner notes say were a Santa Barbara
    band. This beautiful track has a really ethereal blue-eyed soul 
    sound, kind of Rascals-cum-Phil Spector (strangely appropriate...
    because Jerry Wexler's autobio points out that Phil wanted to sign
    the Young Rascals but was outclassed), and haunting vocals. The 
    liner notes suggest the Dovers recorded more work of this kind 
    but... Where can I find it? I can't seem to find any more info 
    about this band at all. Any Santa Barbara locals out there?
    
    Finally (just curious), any Connecticut/southern Mass. folks out 
    there? If so, take a listen to the Moondog Matinee, 11am Saturdays
    on WESU 88.1 FM out of Middletown. Really good doo-wop/R&B show 
    been going 16 years.
    
    
    Take care,
    
    JM
    
    
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    Subject:     Things Are Changing/Lucetita
    Sent:        12/14/98 9:09 am
    Received:    12/15/98 7:25 am
    From:        IAC, ianXXXXXXXXlnet.co.uk
    To:          Spectropop List, spectrXXXXXXXXties.com
    
    For R Teyes
    
    Thanks for a great and informative post about this record - that's
    the most info I've ever seen about it anywhere. One thing I've 
    never been totally sure of though - "Julio Angel and Lucetita" is 
    rather ambiguous - I've always assumed this meant that there was 
    one record, a duet between the two - or did they each record their
    own versions?
    
    I visited the web-site, and the graphic was fascinating, but a 
    little too small to make out the wording on it. Has anyone done a 
    translation on it to your knowledge?
    
    Ian Chapman
    
    
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    Subject:     Unreleased songs
    Sent:        12/14/98 8:53 am
    Received:    12/15/98 7:25 am
    From:        WILLIAM STOS, wXXXXXXXXt.com
    To:          Spectropop List, spectrXXXXXXXXties.com
    
    I can understand why some perfectionists like Phil Spector would 
    rather not have all their work released, but the talk about over 
    40 Crystals songs which are still in the vaults? Come on. Motown 
    is bad for that too. Two or three songs will pop up on a hits 
    collection, and then nothing else will come for a long time. You 
    have to keep buying the hits over and over to get the new stuff! 
    Any one who has ever worked for a record company, tell me why they
    keep so much locked away? It's not all bad!
    
    Will
    
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