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Spectropop V#0217

  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 01/28/99

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       Volume #0217                            January 28, 1999   
     The perfect music of the Victrola gives dancing a new delight
    Subject:     Diane Renay!
    Received:    01/28/99 1:49 am
    From:        WILLIAM STOS,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Hi Diane!
    I was very happy to find out from John that you were joining the
    group! I know that "Navy Blue," turned out to be the hit side of 
    your first record with Bob Crewe, but I'm in love with 
    "Unbelievable Guy," one of my Top 10 favourite GG songs ever! 
    "Watchout Sally," is another fav. You have a fantastic voice. 
    I'll be happy to hear some of your favourite stories from your 
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    Subject:     Diane Renay
    Received:    01/28/99 1:49 am
    From:        john rausch, jXXXXXXXXnet
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Hi Diane,
    Thanks for taking me up on my offer to join SPECTROPOP! This is
    a great group of folks and a great and always interesting list. 
    While talking to you privately, you mentioned that your backup 
    singers were the Rag Dolls, who had a hit with "Dusty", I 
    thought this was very interesting to know. I have another 
    question for you remember any of the session players on
    your hits? Were they the same group for all the songs or were 
    there different musicians for different tracks? I have always 
    enjoyed the big "trombone / sax /horn" sound on your records, 
    do you recall who was playing them? And of course you already 
    know my favorite (fun) song is "Bell Bottom Trousers" Also, how
    was it like to work with Bob Crewe?
    John Rausch
    ...Bye Bye Sailor Boy, Cause It`s Anchors Away Once More !!!
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    Subject:     Soft Rock A-Z
    Received:    01/28/99 1:49 am
    From:        David B Ponak,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    The Japanese Soft Rock A-Z book is pretty groovy, unfortunately 
    the text is all in Japanese. It's interesting just to check out 
    the album covers and note the artists that they've included, as 
    well as those they missed. 
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    Subject:     re. soft rock A-Z
    Received:    01/28/99 8:02 am
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Yes! The Vanda people in Japan publish a Soft Rock A-Z. Most of 
    the writing (band histories, LP reviews etc) is in Japanese, as 
    you might expect, but all artist entries also have an 
    illustrated discography in English. There are a few unlikely 
    entries (Frank Sinatra's Bob Gaudio-produced 'Watertown' is a 
    great LP, but what's it doing here?) and there's a Soft Rock 
    chart placing Salt Water Taffy's 'Finders Keepers' at the top, 
    which makes one question the compilers' taste (better than 
    Odessey & Oracle? Pet Sounds? Roger Nichols?). Even so, it's 
    quite essential; I'm still discovering great music through it 
    two years later. I'd imagine any Japanese web-based record shop 
    could get it for you, tho' if you're in New York, I found my 
    copy in the Japanese Bookstore opposite Grand Central Station.
    As for that SMiLE LP, yeah, I've often wondered about that too. 
    I know it was released on Tenth Planet a while ago; Can't 
    remember the band's name I'm afraid (something like Five Miles 
    Beyond..?), tho' I read a review when it came out, & it said 
    more about the sleeve than the music. Deduce from that what you 
    Take care!
    Harvey Williams   
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    Subject:     Re: SOFT ROCK A-Z
    Received:    01/28/99 1:49 am
    From:        Elliot Kendall, PowerjXXXXXXXXom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    VANDA is working on an updated SOFT ROCK A-Z book due out in 
    Japan later this year. Check out the VANDA VANDA 
    mag due out in MAY... Soft Pop rules, dude...shreds too...
    WEB VANDA <>
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    Subject:     re: Mamas and the Papas
    Received:    01/28/99 1:49 am
    From:        Marty Rudnick,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    WILLIAM STOS, wrote: 
    >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
    Marty sez:
    I have this set, and believe it to be for collectors only. It's 
    my personal opinion that their hits were GREAT, and most of the 
    rest was just hamburger helper. Even the harmonies got 
    predictable. But again, the hits were GREAT.
    I really think that their "16 greatest hits" is more than enough
    for all but the most hardcore Mamas & Papas fans. Even some of 
    the minor hits ("Trip, Stumble & Fall") are not terribly 
    On a related note, I was once given a tour of the old Dunhill 
    studios on Beverly Blvd. by Jim Lockert, a fairly legendary 
    engineer from the olden days.
    "Harvey" rules!
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    Subject:     Re: Mamas And The Papas
    Received:    01/28/99 1:49 am
    From:        David Bash, BashXXXXXXXXom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    WILLIAM STOS, wrote:
    >  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
    Hi William,
    Creeque Alley is a 2 CD set on MCA that contains 43 of the best 
    tracks from The Mamas and The Papas as well as selected tracks 
    from other projects that members of the band were involved with.
    The songs are wonderful, full of those trademark harmonies that 
    in my opinion will never be duplicated by any other band. The 
    only drawback to the collection is the sound quality, which is 
    pretty dodgy. Recently MCA did a 20 song (I believe) Greatest 
    Hits which was remastered, and I've been told it sounds great. 
    If it sounds anything like their recent remaster of the Mamas 
    And The Papas debut album, "If You Can Believe Your Eyes And 
    Ears," then it's worth having for the sound alone. The only 
    reason I haven't picked it up yet is because I'm waiting for a 
    remastered "Best Of" collection that is more expansive than 20 
    tracks, although I haven't heard any definite plans by the label
    to do one.
    Spectropop Rules!!!!!
    Take Care,
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    Subject:     Mamas and Papas
    Received:    01/28/99 1:49 am
    From:        Jamie LePage,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    WILLIAM asked:
    >I was really surprised to find that a great many students at my 
    >high school are fans of the Mamas and the Papas. 
    >Does any have [Creeque Alley].
    Are you really in high school??? Maybe there's hope for today's 
    youth after all! :-)
    Creeque Alley - not recommended. The stereo/mono debate aside, 
    Califoria Dreaming just sounds plain WRONG in the stereo mix on 
    this CD. When they did the stereo mix, they left out (or at 
    least mixed way down) the background vocals in many places, and 
    at the end of the day, the whole thing is generally of average 
    quality (if anyone on the list was involved with this CD 
    production, apologies, but please explain how this happened!). 
    Ironically, the Three Dog Night CD released from MCA around the 
    same time is wonderful, so it can't be entirely MCA's fault that
    the M&P set is mediocre.
    I too am quite fond of the great harmony vocals of the Mamas and 
    the Papas, and for more of the same sunshiny vocal sound, I 
    suggest other artists in a similar style: Eternity's Children, 
    Sagittarius, Sunshine Company, Fifth Dimension, for instance. 
    But of course it's a matter of personal preference; all the 
    above examples lean more toward straight pop than do the folkier
    M&P tracks.
    Anyway... Barry McGuire rules, baby!
    All the best,
    Jamie LePage 
    n.p. Magic Garden - Fifth Dimension (w/ Jimmy Webb)
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    Subject:     Evie Sands returns
    Received:    01/28/99 1:49 am
    From:        duglas stewart,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    I don't know if she's been active recently elsewhere but evie 
    sands the queen of blue cat is going to be doing her first ever 
    u.k. show in glasgow at hyndland parish church onwed. feb.3rd 
    1999. she'll be backed by some members of scotland's Belle & 
    Sebastian and chip taylor who wrote and produced much of her 
    original stuff. also a new album reuniting evie with the writing
    team of al gorgoni and chip taylor on train wreck records called 
    "women in prison"... great title! have'nt heard it yet but heard
    some saying a "dusty in memphis" for the '90s. should be 
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    Subject:     Boyce And Hart
    Received:    01/28/99 1:49 am
    From:        David Bash, BashXXXXXXXXom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    > 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.
    Hi Claudia,
    Boyce and Hart had a strong connection to The Monkees, one that 
    had a tremendous impact on the careers of both parties. The duo 
    wrote some of The Monkees' biggest hits and best known songs, 
    including "Theme From The Monkees," "Last Train To Clarksville,"
    "I Wanna Be Free," "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone," "She," "Words," 
    and "Valleri". They also had a solid career as musicians, 
    making three albums and hitting the top 10 in 1968 with "I 
    Wonder What She's Doing Tonite," and the Top 40 with "Alice Long" 
    and "Out & About". There's a really good Boyce & Hart 
    Anthology on A&M Australia that I'd highly recommend. Speaking 
    of Anthologies, if you haven't really been indoctrinated into 
    the world of The Monkees, the best place to start is with the 
    "Monkees Anthology" two disc set on Rhino Records. It's got 50 
    tracks which show that not only were the Monkees hits amazing 
    slices of '60s pop, but that they had a lot of tremendous album 
    tracks, something that their fans have known for quite awhile.
    Spectropop Rules!!!!!
    Take Care,
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    Subject:     Session players for the Four Seasons
    Received:    01/28/99 1:49 am
    From:        Doc Rock, docroXXXXXXXXcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    >Can anyone tell me who worked as session players for the Four 
    >Seasons when they were with Frankie Valli?
    Drums were usually Gary Chester, piano was Artie Butler, guitar 
    was Vinie Bellon, hand claps and foot stomps were Bob Crew and 
    Diane Renay.
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    Subject:     Re: Sue Thompson
    Received:    01/28/99 1:49 am
    From:        Doc Rock, docroXXXXXXXXcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    >...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...
    I also called Sue, and she said you called, too!
    Thanks for catching the DOB problem. I sent the entire article 
    on Sue to her to proofread, twice! I hate relying on anything 
    but primary sources!
    BTW, I could be wrong, but I believe it is her father-in-law, or
    maybe step father, who is ill. Feel free to correct me! I want 
    the facts!!
    Thanks again!
    Michael "Doc Rock" Kelly
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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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