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  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 03/06/99

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       Volume #0239                           March 9, 1999   
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                        His Master's Voice                    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    Subject:     Re: Randy Newman/Tandyn Almer
    Received:    03/06/99 10:10 pm
    From:        Alec Palao, paXXXXXXXXs.com
    To:          Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com
    
    
    > Randy Newman's debut LP
    >is indeed one of the best records ever made. And quite
    >unique too; I can think of no other record by any artist
    >(least of all Newman himself) that has the same widescreen
    >feel as this. Only 'Song Cycle' comes close. Not that
    >Randy's other LPs aren't great too; although perhaps more
    >mainstream in feel and arrangement, you should certainly
    >get hold of 'Sail Away' and 'Good Old Boys' for starters.
    
    Sal Valentino once told me he did scratch vocals on the sessions 
    for Randy's first LP . . . now that would be something to hear.
    
    >While I'm here; a question. What does anyone know about
    >Tandyn Almer? I guess he's best known for penning 'Along
    >Comes Mary' and cowriting 'Sail On Sailor', but I've
    >recently picked up a couple of 45s with his writing credit
    >simply out of curiosity; 'Little Girl Lost & Found' by The
    >Garden Club, and 'Poor Old Organ Grinder' by Pleasure.
    >They're both great, ambitious-sounding singles; has he
    >written any more like them?
    
    Check out "Anything You Want" by the Sure Cure on 
    Cameo-Parkway and/or "Alice Designs" by Mr. Lucky & The 
    Gamblers on Panorama - the latter is an "Along Comes Mary"
    rip-off but cute nonetheless. One of the rarest records in 
    my collection is a Davon Publishing LP entitled "New Songs
    Of Tandyn", dating from I guess late '66, in the wake of 
    "Mary"'s success. It has crude garage-band style demos of 
    fifteen tunes including the two previously mentioned, plus
    some other fabulous songs like "You Turn Me Around" and 
    "Bring Your Ownself Down" that I've never seen covered. 
    Unfortunately, if it Almer singing these demos, he has an 
    average voice at best. 
    
    ALEC
    
    
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    Subject:     Re: Rupert Holmes
    Received:    03/08/99 7:50 am
    From:        XXXXXXXXtrax.com
    To:          Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com
    
    jon adelson  commented on the Spectropop 
    List:
    
    >Harvey, your comments sparked a nice memory...a fascinating
    >album by Rupert Holmes called "Wide Screen."  There's a most
    >memorable cut called "Terminal."  Anyone familiar with it?
    >--------------------------------------<
    
    
    Yeah, definitely a great song. Holmes updated some liner 
    notes for the Varese CD reissue of that album, and 
    commented that this was the first song he and his 
    collaborator had worked on. That was originally a demo, 
    and I think the only thing that was changed was the 
    addition of strings.
    
    Rupert Holmes is one of those 1970s pop composers who 
    deserves a lot more than just being known as "that Pina 
    Colada guy." Quite a talent. 
    
    --MFW
    
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    Subject:     45 RPM
    Received:    03/08/99 7:50 am
    From:        Paul Urbahns, PaulurbXXXXXXXXom
    To:          Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com
    
    > I listened to Touch the Wall of Sound today and looking at 
    > the 45 labels printed in the CD insert, I wonder why some 
    > singles have big hole and some small one. 
    > 
    > Why two sizes?
     
     Keiko,
    
    The basic reason a 45 rpm has a large whole is because of 
    a marketing dispute between Columbia Records and RCA 
    Victor. In the beginning there was only 78 rpm (with a 
    small hole) then Columbia introduced the 33 1/3 Long Play 
    record which was approximately the same size as a 78 (10 ") 
    but made the speed slower and cut it with a smaller 
    needle to allow it to play about 15 mins. RCA got mad and 
    introduced the 45 rpm and put a big hole in it so it would
    only play on RCA players. They wanted to use it to replace 
    78s and 33s. So they issued albums (like little box sets) 
    with the big hole. Eventually the 45 replaced the 78s for 
    single songs but the Long Play album succeeded as the 
    main source of music. After both companies started making 
    both types of records. Some companies started making 33 
    EPs (the size of a 45) but with a small hole to indicate 
    the speed difference. I have seen European 45s with a small
    hole (which is the way all 45s start out). The punching of
    the big hole is an extra step which is no longer needed.
    
    Paul Urbahns
    paulurbXXXXXXXXom
    
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    Subject:     Bermudas, Murmaids
    Received:    03/08/99 7:50 am
    From:        WILLIAM STOS, wsXXXXXXXXt.com
    To:          Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com
    
    Has anyone ever heard the song "Chu Sin Ling," by the girl
    group the Bermudas? Doc, I'm especially asking you! If you 
    like the faux Egyptian in "Egyptian Shumba," you'll 
    definitely, um, well like (?) this song? I really want to 
    choose my words carefully, not to sound as though I'm 
    racist, because I'm definitely not! But this song uses 
    practically ever Asian stereotype in the book in it's 
    lyrics! Words like "A boy to share a bowl of rice with," 
    it's odd! I like the song, despite the awful lyrics, 
    simply because it has a nice beat. But if anyone knows 
    more about them. Were they actually from Asia? It would 
    certainly make me feel a lot better about liking the song.
    
    Also, I just came across the Murmaids album. Wow! They 
    only had two other songs which sounded like "Popsicles, 
    Icicles." Otherwise, they sound like a mix between the 
    Shangri-las and the Paris Sisters. Songs like "Playmates,"
    and "Bull Talk," are so fun! I'm really surprised these 
    gals didn't have any other hits. Pick up the cd reissue 
    while you can! Especially if you like a little jazz beat.
    
    Will
    
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    Subject:     Canterbury Music Festival
    Received:    03/08/99 7:50 am
    From:        Steve Stanley, sstanXXXXXXXXi.com
    To:          Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com
    
    
    Chris Robinson wrote:
    
    >Does anyone have any further info about the making of 
    >(The Tokens') "Intercourse"? This has quickly become 
    >one of my all time favorites.
    
    Steve Stanley writes:
    
    I can tell you that around the same time that the Tokens 
    were "performing Intercourse," they were also producing a 
    band called The Canterbury Music Festival for their BT 
    Puppy label. Their sole album, entitled "Rain & Shine," is
    absolutely amazing and their version of "Poor Man" is even 
    better than the Tokens! A truly extraordinary album that, 
    based on its eclecticism, sounds as if it was recorded at 
    various times between '65 & '68. Unfortunately, "Rain & 
    Shine" is not on CD and, according to their Sales Manager,
    the master tapes were lost many years back in a fire. 
    Thanks to David Bash for turning me on to these guys (and 
    countless other bands with goofy names). 
    
    
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    Subject:     Pre/Post Woodstock Soft Rock
    Received:    03/07/99 10:48 pm
    From:        CLAUDIA CUNNINGHAM, TPXXXXXXXX.net
    To:          Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com
    
    I was going through my archives and found three gorgeous 
    soft rock records which I highly recommend to anyone 
    interested in the genre. The first one is "1900 Yesterday"
    by Liz Damon's Orient Express (1970/White Whale label). 
    This is a dreamy and beautifully orchestrated song which 
    will put your senses on overload.
    
    Then I found my copy of Dion Jackson's "Love Makes the 
    World Go Round" (1966/Carla label). This is a light pop 
    ballad and great to listen to.
    
    The third one is by the Lemon Pipers which is on the "B" 
    side of the hideously overplayed "Green Tambourine". It is
    called "Rice is Nice".. This song typifies the whole feel 
    and sound of that era between the late Sixties and early 
    Seventies outside the Woodstock sound.
    
    The second item I 'd like to speak about is my love for 
    all those great "overproduced" singles from the mid 
    Sixties through early Seventies. They are pretty, are 
    extremely well orchestrated, and qualify as "real" music. 
    Here are some from my collection: 
    
    "Strange Things Happen in This World"/"The Girl from Peyton Place" 
    (Dickie Lee);
    "Ebb Tide"/ "He"/"See That Girl" (Righteous Brothers); 
    "Blue Autumn"/"Watching Scotty Grow" (Bobby Goldsboro); 
    "My Heart Sings"/"Band of Gold"---not the Freda Paine song-- (Mel Carter);
    "Before and After" (Chad and Jeremy)
    "True Love Ways" (Peter & Gordon); 
    "Didn't We"/MacArthur Park" (Richard Harris); 
    "Catch the Wind" (Donovan); 
    "All I Need is You" (Buddy Randell and the Knickerbockers); 
    "Six O'clock" (Lovin' Spoonful); 
    "Our Winter Love" (Bill Purcell); 
    "Soul Coaxin'" (Raymond LeFebre); 
    "A Walk in the Black Forest" (Horst Jankowsky); 
    "Fly Me to the Moon" (Joe Harnell); 
    "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" (Sounds Orchestral), 
    "Baby, The Rain Must Fall" (Glen Yarborough)
    
    ...These are just a few from my collection of many like 
    songs, too numerous to mention.
    
    It is good to remember that besides the two note guitar 
    pluckers of the hippy dippy, love-the one-yer-with era 
    (who seem to dominate the minds of many people from the era) 
    that the Sixties through mid Seventies was a goldmine of
    many, many different sounds, feels and looks, not just the 
    unwashed, love beaded hippies, but the sequined gowns of 
    the Supremes, the stovepipe pants and electric hair of Bob
    Dylan, Beatle boots and Eton collars, the Nehru shirted 
    Strawberry Alarm Clock, the surf look of Jan and Dean and 
    the Tradewinds, the bell bottomed- fur vested Sonny and 
    Cher look, and the fashion conscious London look of Cilla 
    Black, Sandie Shaw, Pet Clark and Her Majesty, Dusty 
    Springfield, ...oh, you know what I mean! And what a time 
    it was to live through! 
    
    Claudia
    
    
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    Subject:     '60s psych/pop
    Received:    03/08/99 7:50 am
    From:        Dave Mirich, DmirXXXXXXXXom
    To:          Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com
    
    The way that I got started on this love affair with '60s psych/pop stuff 
    it is when I was channel surfing and stumbled upon the Don Was 
    documentary/biography of Brian Wilson "I Just Wasn't Made for These 
    Times". I immediately went out and bought Pet Sounds was astounded by its 
    timeless beauty. Right after this came the unbelievable world of Smile. 
    Friends, Wild Honey, 20/20 Sunflower, (as well as early '70s stuff like 
    Surf's Up, Carl and the Passions, Holland) took me even deeper into this 
    magical world. Then came Van Dyke Park's early stuff, including the 
    incredible inner-world of "Song Cycle".
    
    I then purchased a copy of Mojo magazine which had a list of the 100 
    Greatest Rock Albums. It listed Pet Sounds as the greatest rock album of 
    all-time (music writers poll). At No. 11 was Love "Forever Changes". I 
    bought this masterpiece and became enthralled with it which led me to "De 
    Capo". In my opinion, the first side is just about as good as Forever 
    Changes. The experience I have when listening to these two records is 
    about his good as it gets for me.
    
    Then one-day Jack Madani posted something about The Flowerpot Men which 
    took me into some of the most beautiful music I know. This discovery also 
    led me to the Ivy League (pre-Flowerpot Men). Then my friend Jamie LePage 
    told me about The Millennium and Sagittarius. I was now in a world of 
    such exquisite beauty that I cannot begin to count number of times I have 
    spun these two disks (and have since discovered the early stuff, The 
    Ballroom).
    
    Since then I have been trying to find other music that could be 
    comparable in terms of craftsmanship, inventiveness and 
    other-worldliness. Again, thank you all for your recommendations for my 
    list of essential '60s psych/pop music. I'll let you know what I find in 
    my further explorations and education.
    
    Dave Mirich
    
    
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    Subject:     Re: Korgis
    Received:    03/08/99 7:50 am
    From:        David Bash, BashXXXXXXXXom
    To:          Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com
    
    
    
    > For those who track these things, two ex-Stackridgers, 
    >  James Warren and Andy Davis, later went on to form The 
    >  Korgis, who had a minor hit with "Everybody's Got to Learn
    >  Sometime" from their "Dumb Waiter" album.
      
    >  Jim Cassidy
    
    Hi Jim,
    
    I'd like to do my part to plug The Korgis, who I thought 
    were one of the best bands to come out of the new wave era. 
    They had three albums, "The Korgis", "Dumb Waiters," and
    "Sticky George", which are full of lush, melodic ballads 
    and bouncy uptempo songs, not to mention James Warren's 
    "#9 Dream" era- Lennonesque vocals.
    
    I know we're supposed to stick to all things '60s here, 
    but I think a lot of '60s soft pop fans would love The 
    Korgis.
    
    --
    Spectropop Rules!!!!!
    Take Care,
    David Bash
    
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    Subject:     updated '60's psych/pop list
    Received:    03/08/99 7:50 am
    From:        Dave Mirich, DmirXXXXXXXXom
    To:          Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com
    
    Here's the list as it stands now. Any last minute 
    additions, changes, or corrections? Also, please let me 
    know if some of these albums have not been correctly 
    listed as being available on CD. 
    
    This list of music will bring me more ecstasy in the 
    coming years than anything I could imagine (then again, we
    are expecting our first child in July). Thanks everyone. 
    You guys are great! Dave Mirich
    
    Dave Mirich started us out with these cd titles of '60's psych/pop:
     Left Banke "There's Gonna Be A Storm: Complete Recordings 1966-1969"
     Yellow Balloon "Yellow Balloon"
     Beach Boys "Smile"
     Van Dyke Parks "Song Cycle"
     Harpers Bizarre "WB Archives" compilation
     Millennium "Begin"
     Sagittarius "Present Tense"
     Ballroom "Preparing For The Millennium"
     Flowerpot Men "Let's Go To San Francisco" Sunny/Repertoire
     Mob Grape (first album)
     The Move Best Of The Move" Music Club
     Jan and Dean "Save For a Rainy Day"
     Zombies "the Collection" (Castle)
    
    Chris offered:
    The Tokens "Intercourse" B.T. Puppy
    The Tokens "It's A Happening World" (67?) 
    The Arbor's "I Can't Quit Her/The Letter" on Date/Columbia, '68 
    
    Javed says:
    Wackers
    Blue Ash 
    Alex Chilton's Big Star.
     The Blossom Toes. 
     Merry-go-round (Emmit Rhodes)
    The Cryan Shames
    The Parade
    The Tradewinds
    The E-Types
    The Mojo Men
    Montage
     
     Jim Cassidy gives us:
    Stackridge "Pinafore Days" 
     
    Tobias recommended:
     The Carpenters 
     The Free Design "Kites Are Fun" 
    
       JM recommended:
    The Creation (Retroactive label www.retro-a.com, complete works of The
    Creation on two CDs) also, 
    The Creation (one-CD collection 'Our Music Is Red - With Purple Flashes' 
    on
    Diablo)
     
       Steve McClure recommended: 
    The Idle Race
    The Bonzo Dog (Doo Dah) Band
     
       From Ron Weeks:
     Small Faces 
     
     David Bash offered the following titles of 60s psych pop on cd:
     And Along Comes The Association-The Association
     The Association "Renaissance"
     The Association "Insight Out"
     The Association "Birthday"
     Harmony Grass "This Is Us" 
     The Tokens "It's A Happening World"
     The Tages "Studio"
     The Hollies "Evolution"
     The Hollies "Butterfly"
     The Turtles "Happy Together"
     Grapefruit "Around Grapefruit"
     The Grassroots "Let's Live For Today/Feelings" (2 Fer on Repertoire)
     The Kaleidoscope "Tangerine Dream"
     The Clique "The Clique"
     The Pleasure Fair "The Pleasure Fair"
     The 8th Day "The 8th Day"  
     The Montanas
     Marmalade
     The Rockin' Berries
     Tony Rivers and the Castaways
     The Arbors
     The Cyrkle 
     The Choir
     The Critters
     The Ivy League
     Pinkerton's Colours/The Flying Machine
     and the names of "tremendous albums that haven't seen the light of CD day
    are..."
     The Colours "The Colours"
     The Smoke "The Smoke"
     The Fun and Games "Elephant Candy"
     Don and the Goodtimes "So Good"
     The Gordian Knot "Tones"
     Eternity's Children "Eternity's Children"
     Eternity's Children "Timeless"
     Five Man Electrical Band "Five Man Electrical Band"
     The Tuneful Trolley "The Tuneful Trolley"
     Chamaeleon Church "Chamaeleon Church"
     Teddy and The Pandas "Basic Magnetism"
     The Peppermint Rainbow "Will You Be Staying After Sunday"
    
    Jack Madani added these cd titles:
     Zombies "Odyssey & Oracle"
     VA "The Melody Goes On: Soft Rock Vols.1-3" M&M Japan
     Roger Nichols & The Small Circle Of Friends "The Drifter" 
     Antonio Carlos Jobim "Wave" 1967, A&M CD 0812 
     Beach Boys "Friends" 
     The Cyrkle
     The Critters
      
     Robert Charles-Dunne added these LP titles:
    Dwight Twilley (1st 2 albums, reissued on Right Stuff)
     Tom Petty (1st album on Shelter) 
    Michael Pagilaro "Lovin' You Ain't Easy"  
     Stories "Brother Louie" (Michael Brown from The Left Banke) 
     The Beckies (also with Michael Brown)
     The Walker Brothers 
     Scott Walker's solo work
     White & Torch
     Amen Corner 
     PP Arnold 
     Badfinger - "Straight Up" album
     The Iveys "Maybe Tomorrow" (preBadfinger)
     The Easybeats 
     Bee Gees 
     Rick Springfield  "Speak To The Sky."
     Buffalo Springfield 
     Marmalade - 
     The Herd - (Peter Frampton) 
     Andy Bown solo albums (from the Herd)
     Chad & Jeremy - "Of Cabbages & Kings" 
     Grapefruit - 
     Golden Earring - (an eponymously titled album on Polydor from about 
     '70/71)
     Spooky Tooth - "It's All About A Roundabout" 
     Love - "Forever Changes" 
     The McCoys - "Human Ball" and "Infinite McCoys" 
     Bubble Puppy - "A Gathering Of Promises" 
     Emitt Rhodes - (solo albums) 
     Raspberries - "Go All The Way"  
     The Soft Boys - "Underwater Moonlight" (80s)
     5 Man Electrical Band - "Coming Of Age" 
     Anthony Moore (from Slapp Happy) solo album "Flying Doesn't 
     Help." Quango label in the UK,  reissued by Canadian El Mocambo 
     Judy Get Down," "Caught Being In Love" and "Lucia"  
     Mick Greenwood - "Living Game"
     Paul Slade - "Life Of A Man"
     Graham Gouldman - "Graham Gouldman Thing"
     Tony Hazzard - "Loudwater House"
    The Mandala (Chess subsidiary K&R label) 
    The Ugly Ducklings.
    
       Andrew Sandoval said:
    The Smoke "It's Smoke Time" (CD via Repetoire in Germany) 
    The Powder (Distortion Records) 
     
    Billy G. Spradlin's cd recommendations:
    The Move "Movements" (3-CD Set) and Great Move! (on EMI)
    The Critters "Anthology" (on Targon Records)
    The Hollies "For Certain Because" (Released in the USA as Stop! Stop! 
    Stop!)
    The 4 Seasons "Genuine Imitation Life Gazette" 
    The Bee Gees (Bee Gees 1st Lp) 
    The Bee Gees "Horizontal", 
    The Bee Gees "Idea" 
    The Bee Gees "Odessa"
    Kinks "Face To Face", 
    Kinks"Something Else", 
    Kinks"The Village Green Preservation Society", 
    Kinks"Arthur"
    
    
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