___________________________________________________________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ S P E C T R O P O P __________ __________ __________ ___________________________________________________________ Volume #0229 February 22, 1999 ___________________________________________________________ An endeavor to epitomize great stars in the recording fieldSubject: Enuff Already! Received: 02/19/99 7:23 am From: Sean Anglum, SAngXXXXXXXXadoCollege.edu To: 'spectroXXXXXXXXties.com', spectroXXXXXXXXties.com Jeez, Shelby Riggs is turning into our own little Grim Reaper! Enuff already with the death announcements, I'm feeling my own mortality. ;-) Actually Shelby, thanx for the heads up on some of the names that mean the world to us, but are ignored by the mainstream press. It's good we have 'ya. To Carol K.: Back in '83 I was able to meet and talk at length with drummer Larrie London (R.I.P.) who was drumming with the Cherry Bombs....the Rosanne Cash back-up band w/ Vince Gill on guitar. Larrie said that he played on many Motown dates in L.A. in the 60s and early 70s. Do you remember Larrie? He was truly a giant of a man, 250+, and a great drummer. He continued to tour w/ Gill when Vince went solo and passed away a few years back. Was Larrie feeding us a line or was he really on the sides? Thanx.... Raised On Records, Sean Anglum --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: BOUNCE spectroXXXXXXXXties.com: Non-member submi Received: 02/20/99 12:16 am From: Spectropop Admin, spectroXXXXXXXX.com To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com ========== Start of forwarded message ============== Timi Yuro is very much ALIVE and Kicking in Las Vegas having spoken to her a few hours ago. . . Before one spreads the erroneous news of someone's death, you should CONFIRM the report. Again, to all who received the email about her death, be advised that TIMI YURO IS NOT DEAD! Ken Keene www.frankieford.com =============== End of forwarded message =================== --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: TIMU YURO IS NOT DEAD!!!!! Received: 02/20/99 12:17 am From: Shelby Riggs, vinylmaXXXXXXXXlink.net To: spectropop, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com To all Oldies Fan, My sincerest Apologies to TIMI YURO. I have been misinformed by a number of entities. One being the local Oldies station, the others are two female singers from the sixties(it is not their fault, one was also misinformed by a writer. name not given, and the one was misinformed by a DJ, name unknown, back east). Again, I extend my sincerest apologies and regrets to Timi Yuro, her family, fans, and friends. I did not deliberately try to hurt or to slander her in any way, shape or form. I've always had the utmost respect for her as a performer and as a first class lady, and would never attempt to hurt her. Thank you, Shelby Riggs --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Tommy Allsup Received: 02/20/99 12:16 am From: Carol Kaye, carolkXXXXXXXXlink.net To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com Just ran across his name many times around 1964-65 in my personal Log. Had it written down as "Alsop" without wavering. So maybe it was like Bob Keene (now known as Bob Keane), anyway, just wanted to let you know. I did some "demo" dates for him, and then mostly the 25 Guitars dates for him too. Carol Kaye http://www.carolkaye.com/ PS. So happy to know that Timi Yuro is alive....I worked on her dates at Gold Star in the 60s, liked her a lot, strong good singer, good lady. I sure hope she's doing OK. --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: The Gentrys Received: 02/20/99 11:03 am From: Steve Marinucci, abbeXXXXXXXXcom To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com Those of you that are wrestling fans (OK, even if you won't admit it) may or may not be surprised by this piece of trivia I just found out: Just heard an interview with Jimmy "Mouth of the South" Hart, who said he was in The Gentrys ("Keep On Dancing"). Small world.... steve ------------------------------------------------------------------- - ABBEYRD'S BEATLES PAGE http://www.best.com/~abbeyrd (mirror site http://www.eskimo.com/~abbeyrd) In-depth Beatle news and information, plus info on the Byrds, Beach Boys and '50s-'60s music --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: When did recordings start to get top end? Received: 02/20/99 12:16 am From: Michael Carpenter, StagefriXXXXXXXXom.au To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com Hi friends, A question for the tech heads amongst us, or anybody that has a POV about such things. I was listening to All Things Must Pass by George Harrison the other day. It struck me that there is no top end or clarity on that record. It got me thinking about something that I've often thought about. When did people start to make records that used the frequencies above 8k? What was stopping people from exploring that top end before? I ask this for a few reasons. you listen to something like Abbey Rd.. it's a great sounding record.. even into the 90s. compare that to ATMP from a year later, and ATMP sounds awful comparitively. Why? They were probably recorded in similar studios. Going further.. much of Phil Spector's stuff sounds murky. Is that from the mixes, the mastering, or is that how it was on the original tapes? Then there is Pet Sounds which the original mono version sounds murky, yet the remixes are beautiful and crisp. What gives? I've been thinking, was it the mics? I doubt it because the same valve mics sound great now. The mic pre's.. but these are still so much in demand now as are the compressors from that era. They sound crisp enough now. Was it the tapes they were mixed onto? Then why do most Beatle records from '65 onward sound so crisp? I also ask because in my studio, i plug a good condensor like a Neumann into a Joe Meek mic pre, and it's almost impossible to not get a good clear crisp sound. I just don't understand why some mid-late 60s records don't sound better. Add to this the fact that some of Buddy Holly's late 50s stuff (for example) sounds crystal clear, yet Honky Tonk Women from 69 sounds like it was mixed without top end at all. (I also will add that I'm aware of the fact that the gear was older, and that Spector and others mixed for AM radio and things like that. I still don't understand why the quality just doesn't seem to be there on many of these records.) I know that you guys will get the gist of what I'm asking. It's something that I just don't seem to be able to grasp and have been confused about for a long time. If you wish to comment in private.. feel free. Catch A Wave Michael C --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Re: Japanese pop Received: 02/19/99 7:23 am From: Horatius Hufnagel, MUV96XXXXXXXXnt2.lu.se To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com Frank Youngwerth wrote: >Someone in Japan made a cassette for me awhile ago of bands >hailing from there including Flipper's Guitar (which spawned the >USA-touring Cornelius). Wow, thanks for bringing him - Cornelius - up! Flipper's Guitar made some great Spectropop music...and his music under the name of Cornelius is also highly recommended. He has released two albums, and on the first one from '94 (can't remember the title right now), there's a track called "The Love Parade" which is a note-for-note rip off of Roger Nichols ATSCOF's "Don't Take Your Time"! Also, the very Beach Boys-esque "Fantasma" album of last year by Cornelius is essential listening. Sean O'Hagan from The High Llamas guests on the album as well as remixing "Microdisneycal World Tour" on the "Chapter 8" EP. >Curiously enough, to my ears the Cyrkle's distinctive wimpy (in >a good way!) harmony sound seems to have directly influenced >some of these fairly recent Japanese bands. Oh yes. Don't forget Pizzicato Five, they have been going on making this kind of music since the eighties! Their forthcoming album (released in Japan last year but not out in the rest of the world until April) "International Playboy & Playgirl" is their greatest so far, mixing modern dance music with soft rock such as Roger Nichols and Burt Bacharach and soundtrack music like Michel Legrand and Francis Lai. It's incredibly fantastic so please please please check it out at least! Also, Fantastic Plastic Machine is another Japanese band who is influenced by the same kind of stuff. In the mood for some sake and sushi, Tobias-san --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Re: Full Cyrkle Received: 02/19/99 7:23 am From: Jamie LePage, le_page_XXXXXXXXties.com To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com Frank Youngwerth wrote: >...Flipper's Guitar.... > >...the Cyrkle's distinctive wimpy (in a good way!) harmony >sound seems to have directly influenced some of these fairly >recent Japanese bands. Absolutely. And, Flipper's Guitar's Keigo Oyamada certainly played an important role in making the retro soft rock phenomenon so popular in Japan. >No doubt Sean Lennon is hip to some of those groups (probably >through label and producer affiliations), and wouldn't you know >that Cyrkular sound pops up in one of the catchier songs on his >so-so CD of last year. That would be "Queue", right? Queue IS soft rock - really! This track is fantastic with its swirling backward piano/drum washes in the interlude and stabbing mellotron. The solo features marimba and cheesy organ patch. And...Sean's rather "wimpy (in a good way!)" voice works well on this track. >I wonder if Sean realizes his father is said to have named this >group that sure sounds like one of his musical influences! Sean probably got hip to Smile/Small Circle/Harper's/etc. through (producer influence indeed) Yuka Honda. I guess Yuka also introduced him to the recent Japanese bands who draw from these sources. John may have named the Cyrkle...Grapefruit too... but generally he was more a three chord instant karma kind of artist. Soft Rock rules!!!!! All the best, Jamie LePage <http://www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/5030> --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: BOUNCE spectroXXXXXXXXties.com: Non-member submi Received: 02/22/99 2:18 am From: Spectropop Admin, spectroXXXXXXXX.com To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com ========== Start of forwarded message ============== MOTOWN CATALOG "REALLY SAYIN' SOMETHING" WITH LATEST "VERY BEST OF" RELEASES Label Bows First-Ever Collections by the Velvelettes and the Contours on March 23 On March 23 Motown opens a treasure trove of more unforgettable music with first-ever comprehensive collections from two of the label's best-loved groups---the Velvelettes and the Contours. Discovered in 1962 by Berry Gordy's nephew Robert Bullock, the VELVELETTES (Carolyn Gill, Mildred Gill, Bertha Barbee and Norma Barbee) were early masters of the infectious pop rhythms that later became the famous Motown Sound. But while the quintet recorded several memorable sixties hits, an actual Velvelettes album was never issued. Until now. This new package features all 11 of the group's single releases (A and B sides), from their signature, Norman Whitfield-produced hits "Needle In A Haystack" and "He Was Really Saying Something" (covered by Bananarama) to the international smash "These Things Will Keep Me Loving You." Fans will also be treated to four previously unreleased masters: "I Know His Name (Only His Name)," "Let Love Live (A Little Bit Longer)," "I'm So Glad It's Twilight Time," and " Think Of The Times." Another highlight is a then-"Little" Stevie Wonder playing harmonica on their very first recordings, "There He Goes" and "That's The Reason Why." The collection also includes a short "hidden" bonus track, the group's promotional "Season's Greetings" sent to radio stations in the sixties. The CONTOURS were Motown's rough 'n' rowdy soul men. They at least got to make an album---but only one. The hits from that early album are featured on this new "Very Best Of"---plus 10 non-LP singles! Thanks to the phenomenal success of the 1987 film Dirty Dancing and its accompanying soundtrack, a new generation of music lovers was introduced to the Contours' blues-infused pop and R&B chart-topper "Do You Love Me," initially released in 1962. That Berry Gordy-penned and produced single---still an international crowd-pleaser 37 years later--- kicks off the 15-track workout. The quintet recorded a host of party classics, and they're all here. In addition to "Do You Love Me," included are the raucous anthems "First Look At The Purse" (later covered by the J. Geils Band), "Can You Do It" and "Just A Little Misunderstanding" (featuring the Four Tops' Levi Stubbs' brother Joe, formerly of The Falcons and later of 100 Proof Aged In Soul). Also included is the early local (Detroit) hit, "Whole Lotta Woman"---the first single ever to feature the famous Motown "map" logo---and their last chart hit, "It's So Hard Being A Loser," with the stirring lead vocals of future Temptation lead singer Dennis Edwards. The group shows a tender side on the doo-wop favorite " Funny," and the B-side chart hit, "That Day When She Needed Me." There's also the rare, original radio promo version of "Shake Sherry." Motown's "Very Best Of" series is a mid-price catalog line focusing on legendary hit-making artists who currently have nothing in print, with no duplication from the label's front-line "Ultimate Collection" series. These hits-driven packages are digitally remastered from the original masters, using high-resolution 24-bit technology. The beautifully rendered packages also include full-track annotations and an essay written with or by the artist. THE VERY BEST OF THE VELVELETTES 1. He Was Really Sayin' Something 2. Lonely Lonely Girl Am I 3. Since You've Been Loving Me 4. There He Goes 5. That's The Reason Why 6. I Know His Name (Only His Name)* 7. Should I Tell Them 8. Throw A Farewell Kiss 9. These Things Will Keep Me Loving You 10. I'm The Exception To The Rule 11. Needle In A Haystack 12. A Bird In The Hand (Is Worth Two In The Bush) 13. Let Love Live (A Little Bit Longer)* 14. I'm So Glad It's Twilight Time* 15. Think Of The Times* 16. Season's Greetings From Motown (bonus "hidden" track) THE VERY BEST OF THE CONTOURS 1. Do You Love Me 2. Shake Sherry 3. Whole Lotta Woman 4. Don't Let Her Be Your Baby 5. It Must Be Love 6. Funny 7. You Get Ugly 8. Pa, I Need A Car 9. Can You Do It 10. Can You Jerk Like Me 11. That Day When She Needed Me 12. First I Look At The Purse 13. Just A Little Misunderstanding 14. Determination 15. It's So Hard Being A Loser * Never-before-released =============== End of forwarded message =================== --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- End
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