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Spectropop V#0216

  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 01/23/99

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       Volume #0216                               January 27, 1999   
     Also available on 4 & 8 track tape cartridges and Musicassettes 
    Subject:     "Soft Rock A-Z"/Rough Trade records
    Received:    01/23/99 10:57 am
    From:        Wonky Alice,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    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?
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    Subject:     4 Seasons/Boyce and Hart
    Received:    01/22/99 7:23 am
    From:        CLAUDIA CUNNINGHAM,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    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.
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    Subject:     Elgins
    Received:    01/22/99 7:23 am
    From:        IAC,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    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
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    Subject:     Lovely La De Day
    Received:    01/24/99 8:09 am
    From:        john rausch, jXXXXXXXXnet
    To:          Spectropop List,
    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 
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    Subject:     Mamas and the Papas
    Received:    01/23/99 10:57 am
    From:        WILLIAM STOS,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    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
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    Subject:     Re: The Elgins' "Heaven Must Have Sent You" 
    Received:    01/23/99 10:57 am
    From:        WILLIAM STOS,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    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 
    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!
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    Subject:     Sue Thompson
    Received:    01/22/99 7:23 am
    From:        Shelby Riggs,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    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
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    Subject:     Van Dyke Parks interview
    Received:    01/27/99 7:53 am
    From:        Agnes Skinner,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Hey all
    There's a GREAT Van Dyke Parks/David Grubbs interview at:
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