_________________________________________________________________ ______________ _____________ ______________ _____________ ______________ S P E C T R O P O P _____________ ______________ _____________ _________________________________________________________________ Volume #0216 January 27, 1999 _________________________________________________________________ Also available on 4 & 8 track tape cartridges and MusicassettesSubject: "Soft Rock A-Z"/Rough Trade records Received: 01/23/99 10:57 am From: Wonky Alice, MUV96XXXXXXXXnt2.lu.se To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com I read in an article on soft rock by Bob Stanley (from the group St Etienne) about a "Soft Rock A-Z" book you can buy in Japan. Anyone know what this is and if it's worth reading and if it's really expensive? Also, to the girl who works at Rough Trade - is it the shop nearby the Portabello Market in London? Just wondering cos when I visited that shop in November, I found an LP which looked EXACTLY like the cover of The Beach Boys "SMiLE", the exact same fonts, graphics, etc; but it was with another group. I asked the two guys who was behind the counter but they didn't know anything about it. Then I forgot to buy it...doh! Do you know what this record could've been and who made it? Tobias --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------ Subject: 4 Seasons/Boyce and Hart Received: 01/22/99 7:23 am From: CLAUDIA CUNNINGHAM, TPXXXXXXXX.net To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com Can anyone tell me who worked as session players for the Four Seasons when they were with Frankie Valli? I always loved the big band sound on their records, particularly on "Let's Hang On". They did some interesting stuff in their day, but the brass sound always hooked me. Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart were another talented duo. I believe Tommy passed away...? Weren't they producers for other people, and didn't they have some connection to the Monkees? Thanks. --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------ Subject: Elgins Received: 01/22/99 7:23 am From: IAC, iandXXXXXXXXlnet.co.uk To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com Hi Matthew... The Elgins album is pretty great, in my opinion - I think Saundra Edwards' voice was one of the best Motown ever had. The album of course has "Heaven" - a very popular tune here in the UK, where it made No. 3 in the charts when it was reissued in 1971. There's also the group's version of "Put Yourself In My Place", which many (myself included) believe is the definitive one.....again, saw some UK chart action as a reissue. There's a few contemporary covers: "When A Man Loves A Woman", "634-5789", "Good Lovin'" and "In The Midnight Hour"..the latter two are great uptempo arrangements. There's a couple more Motown tunes, "How Sweet It Is" and "No Time For Tears", which you may know by the Marvelettes. And there's some out-and-out blues, in "It's Gonna Be Hard Times". Twelve tracks in total, all HDH-produced.. what can I say.......go get it!!! Ian Chapman --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------ Subject: Lovely La De Day Received: 01/24/99 8:09 am From: john rausch, jXXXXXXXXnet To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com To Ian: As far as I know Ronnie's version is some "reworking" of the Chiffon`s "Love Me Like You`re Gonna Lose Me", I have heard the same rumours as you regarding this. Unfortunately I have never heard the Chiffons' song to compare with Ronnie's version, I may have to get Will Stos to send me a copy of the Chiffons. This all happened around the same time period when George Harrison "stole" the melody of the Chiffon`s "He`s So Fine " and turned it into "My Sweet Lord". All I can say for sure is I can`t get Ronnie`s "Lovely La De Day" out of my head, it is truly a mesmerizing song (even in it`s unfinished demo state), and I listened back to back with her version of I Love Him Like I Love My Very Life, the 2 songs are so similiar, I have just recently purchased the now out of print UK only 9 lp Phil Spector`s Wall Of Sound box set and had the chance to hear Darlene`s version of " I Love Hime Like I Love My Very Life, which is fine but Darlene`s voice is too strong for this number, and comparing it to Ronnie`s version, it`s easy to see that this song was tailor made for Ronnie. Also a few surprises on this 9 lp box set are some Ronettes tracks which include countdowns and longer fades on some cuts, not to mention the Dion(Di Mucci) lp in (((stereo))) and unedited versions of "Born To Be With You" and "Make The Woman Love Me" and some other non US tracks, like the vocal version of the bside of the Crystal`s "He`s Sure The Boy I Love"..."Walking Along..tra la la" retitled "The Walk" and lots of other surprises. A highly recommended item. If you can find it ...GET IT!!! Even if I dare say ...the vinyl lps sound SOOOO much more wonderful than the crap ABKCO put out on cd. I hear so much more nuance etc. on this vinyl set than the "wonderful" cd box set. There is just something on vinyl that can`t be captured on digital cd. John R Presenting The Fabulous RonettXXXXXXXX://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Studio/2469/ --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------ Subject: Mamas and the Papas Received: 01/23/99 10:57 am From: WILLIAM STOS, wsXXXXXXXXt.com To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com I was really surprised to find that a great many students at my high school are fans of the Mamas and the Papas. I love this group, but I only have one greatest hits cd (16 songs) and I'm dying for more. I recently saw a double disc full of their best recordings. I think it was called Creeque Alley or something. Does any have this one. I'd love a brief review! Thanks --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------ Subject: Re: The Elgins' "Heaven Must Have Sent You" Received: 01/23/99 10:57 am From: WILLIAM STOS, wsXXXXXXXXt.com To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com Matthew Kaplan wrote: >I came across "Heaven Must Have Sent > You" by The Elgins (VIP Records 25037). Can anybody tell me if > all of their material was as wonderful as this 1966 Holland > Dozier and Holland penned tune? How is their album "Darling >Baby"? I'm not sure if the Elgins recorded any other HDH songs, but I've heard "The Midnight Hour" and "Darling Baby" from their album and they are pretty good tracks. A little more soulful than "Heaven Must Have Sent You." But I agree. That is a truly exceptional song! One of the best of the 60s! Will --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------ Subject: Sue Thompson Received: 01/22/99 7:23 am From: Shelby Riggs, fifties4eXXXXXXXX.com To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com Doc Rock Susie said that knew you She also told me your real name, Mike Kelly. She said to say hello. The DOB of 7-19-25 is correct. In Norm T. Nite's "Rock On", they also show the same DOB that you have. She doesn't know why you think that DOB is right, she said she told you the correct DOB. I also recall your name through a mutual friend, Margo Selvig, who lives in Michigan. She gave your phone number a some years back, when we were trying to locate Sue. However, I found her through someone in So. Cal. Sue's father is not doing well at this time, and Sue has cancelled all of her engagements through the mid-summer. He's about 95 years old. She lost her mother in an accident about 7 years ago. She's a very devoted lady to her parents and family. Shelby Riggs Las Vegas, Nevada --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------ Subject: Van Dyke Parks interview Received: 01/27/99 7:53 am From: Agnes Skinner, MUV96XXXXXXXXnt2.lu.se To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com Hey all There's a GREAT Van Dyke Parks/David Grubbs interview at: http://22.214.171.124/NewMM/QandA/grubbsparks.html Tobias --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------ End
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