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Spectropop V#0231

  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 02/24/99

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       Volume #0231                       February 25, 1999   
                     Unbreakable 45 RPM Record                
    Subject:     'The Big Hurt' with Toni Fisher
    Received:    02/24/99 7:32 am
    From:        Doc Rock, docroXXXXXXXXcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    A list member asked me to post this for everyone. Stan Ross in 
    "Liberty Records:"
     "We did 'The Big Hurt' with Toni Fisher. In those days, the 
    pressing plants had their own labels. Allied Records, a big 
    pressing plant in Hollywood in the '50s and '60s, had Signet 
    Records. They put out 'The Big Hurt.' I was the engineer on that, 
    the first record to use phasing. It was an accident. It was a 
    binaural recording, and Bill Shankle, the producer who also 
    wrote the song, didn't believe in two-track. He wanted mono and 
    that was it. If he heard the voice, it was good. If he did not 
    hear the voice, it wasn't good. It was all live at one time, 
    orchestra, singing, everything. I gave him a take that I liked 
    but I thought the voice was too shallow on. He liked it and took
    it home, then decided I was right. I offered another take, but he
    liked that one, said it was exciting. I said, 'It's only exciting
    because the voice is low.' He said, 'No.'
     "So we put two version of the same take together, synced them, 
    and played them together. The speeds didn't match exactly, and 
    as they passed, they phased. We learned to control the beast and
    used it. It often happened by accident before that, and everyone 
    always canned it and started over. But we used it this time. We 
    talked him in to using it, he was reluctant but said 'Yep, use 
    it.' He's dead now, but I give him a lot of credit for being 
    brave enough to use it." 
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    Subject:     Velvelettes
    Received:    02/24/99 7:32 am
    From:        Ian Chapman,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Brilliant news that a Velvelettes album is about to be issued 
    after all these years, if long overdue. And good to see some 
    recognition for the ladies themselves, who are one of the few 
    groups that still perform with all original members. Great that 
    some unreleased items have been included too, especially the 
    beautiful slowie "I'm So Glad It's Twilight Time". It would also
    have been nice to see other unissued gems included, such as "Love
    Is Good", "Stop Beating Around The Bush", and "(We've Got) Honey 
    Love" - all of which have been unofficially circulating on tapes
    for years. And the alternate version of "These Things Will Keep 
    Me Loving You" with different lyrics would have rounded off the 
    set nicely. Even so, this is a strong collection containing more
    than a fair sprinkling of real classics, and the addition of the 
    Christmas Greeting is a cute touch. Although it never actually 
    charted, "Needle In A Haystack" has always been a perennial club
    favourite in the UK, and I recall reading somewhere in the early 
    80s that if the ongoing reissue sales of that record were ever 
    totalled up, it would easily have gone gold.
    Ian Chapman
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    Subject:     autographed photo of Phil Spector
    Received:    02/24/99 7:32 am
    From:        Jeremy Povenmire, jpovenmXXXXXXXXcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    My father has an autographed photo of Phil Spector. Since he 
    won't sell it to me, I would like to write to Phil and request 
    one myself. Does anyone have an address for Phil?
    Jeremy Povenmire
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    Subject:     Real Singers
    Received:    02/24/99 7:32 am
    From:        Jimmy Cresitelli, JimmyXXXXXXXXom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Will Stos, you're right about the fabulous Velvelettes and the 
    Marvelettes. And let me add-- Florence Ballard!! They were 
    singers! Hmmm... to me, music has always been about voices, ya 
    know? It's a shame that, after a while, Motown became all about 
    Diana Ross. I mean, for example, Berry Gordy had a GOLD NUGGET 
    in his ranks-- the big-voiced belter, Florence Ballard-- but, 
    commercially, he promoted wispy little Miss Ross and her 
    kittenish singing voice. It was his entry into the moneyed ranks
    of the Copacabana. Can you imagine Flo Ballard doing show tunes, 
    wearing a top hat, and dancing with a cane?? Neither could she... 
    no wonder she was resentful. I never blamed her one bit. 
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    Subject:     Shall I Go?
    Received:    02/25/99 1:12 am
    From:        Keiko Kondo,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Hi all,
    Now Ronnie Spector is having live show at Sweet Basil Tokyo, 
    Japan. I haven't got ticket yet, because it is pretty expensive.
    So today I checked VANDA web page:
    Mr. Sano reported about Ronnie's live show. Here is her song list
    from the opening night:
    Why Don't They Let Us Fall In Love
    Don't Worry Baby ("Brian Wilson wrote for me" she said)
    Is This What I Get For Loving You
    Do I Love You
    Chapel Of Love
    Walking In The Rain
    Baby I Love You
    So Young
    I Wish I Never Saw The Sunshine
    (The Best Part Of) Breaking Up
    Be My Baby
    I Can Hear Music
    Wow! I should go!!
    ...and here is 1999 Sweet Basil schedule:
    3/16 - 21 Gary Lewis & The Playboys
    3/30 - 04 /4 Jefferson Starship
    4/06 - 11 Belmonts
    4/20 - 25 Spencer Davis Group
    6/08 - 13 Donovan
    6/15 - 20 Kingston Trio
    6/22 - 27 Van Dyke Parks
    7/20 - 25 Lettermen
    8/24 - 29 Rascals
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    Subject:     The Neon Philharmonic
    Received:    02/25/99 7:32 am
    From:        Louis de Funes,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    I've been enjoying The Neon Philharmonic's "The Moth Confesses" 
    for a couple of weeks now. The album sounds a bit like, uh..what
    is the band called that wrote Walk Away Renee? Anyway, both bands
    are in the same style basically. Soft pop mixed with almost 
    classical arrangements. All the songs are written by a guy 
    called Tupper Sausy. Who is he? What else has he done? Has he 
    released anything during the '80s and '90s?
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    Subject:     BOUNCE Non-member submi
    Received:    02/24/99 7:32 am
    To:          Spectropop List,
    ========== Start of forwarded message ==============
    What Burt's Up To: Burt Bacharach follows his collaboration with
    Elvis Costello with an appearance in the Austin Powers sequel and
    his first film score in eight years. Bacharach, who was also in 
    the first Austin Powers, will sing "I'll Never Fall In Love 
    Again" with Dionne Warwick in the sequel. Bacharach teamed with 
    longtime partner Hal David on songs for the score of the new 
    Bette Midler film, Isn't She Great, based on the life of Valley 
    Of The Dolls author Jacqueline Suzanne.
    =============== End of forwarded message ===================
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    Subject:     Timi Yuro
    Received:    02/24/99 7:32 am
    From:        WILLIAM STOS,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    I feel very bad for Shelby.
    Some people on this list have made some very mean comments 
    directed towrds his misinformation. I'm glad that Timi is still 
    alive and well, but it was obviously an honest mistake for which
    he apologized. Other people on this list have been misinformed 
    before too, let's not get too angry.
    I plan to do a mini-special on Timi for my show this week. A 
    sort of welcome back thing. I actually announced her death, so 
    I've got to make sure I correct that before she starts getting 
    funeral flowers : ) 
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    Subject:     recent reports of the death of Timi Yuro
    Received:    02/24/99 7:32 am
    From:        Tom Simon, tsiXXXXXXXXom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    The recent reports of the death of Timi Yuro, which proved to be
    false, were unfortunate. The news had been broadcast by more than
    one mainstream news source over legitimate radio stations, and 
    began to spread. It is a shame that it was not checked more 
    carefully at its source, but I think it is also understandable 
    that in the tide of information that flows so steadily these 
    days, an occasional error will be made.
    I think Timi Yuro is a treasure, and am very glad that she is 
    still with us. I hope she stays with us for many years to come. 
    Here's to you, Timi.
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