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Spectropop V#0260

  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 05/05/99

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       Volume #0260                             May 7, 1999   
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    Subject:     The 5th Dimension
    Received:    05/05/99 11:37 pm
    From:        Doctor Snuggles,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    I've got a tape copy of the 2-CD compilation and an LP, 
    Living Together Growing Together, but I haven't been able 
    to track down the earlier LPs. What albums did the 5th 
    Dimension release prior to LTGT? Could someone review (in 
    short) the earlier Webb/Nyro-styled 5th Dimension records 
    and post the tracklisting of each? or at least direct me 
    to some websites (haven't found any 5D homepages 
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    Subject:     The Chipmunks (oh yes!!)
    Received:    04/26/99 12:01 am
    From:        Dame Edna Hoover,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Hey all,
    if you ever get depressed, feel lonely or just need to be 
    cheered up, I've got the perfect medicine for you. Be 
    warned though, it should be taken in small doses and may 
    make you want to go out and kill somebody if you over-use 
    it. What I'm talking about is of course...the Chipmunks!! 
    I bought the "Chipmunks A Go-Go" LP today and it's 
    absolutely amazing!!! The cute little fellows do What's 
    New Pussycat, Mr Tambourine Man, The In Crowd, and many 
    more....PLUS...(drum roll!) California Girls, complete 
    with Carol Kaye's basslines!!! Their version of "CG" is 
    actually, and seriously, really good and I urge Brad 
    Elliott to put it on the Summer Days reissue, as a hidden 
    bonus track or something :) 
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    Subject:     Earl Palmer book 
    Received:    05/05/99 11:37 pm
    From:        Jack Madani,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Well it would appear the Earl Palmer book "Backbeat" is 
    out now. I've been reading people's favorable reaction to 
    it on the NRBQ mailing list. Looking forward to getting it
    soon, although it'll have to wait until summer vacation 
    before I can actually read it (sigh). 
    Jack Madani - Princeton Day School, The Great Road,
       Princeton, NJ  08540
    "You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred." 
     --Henry Cabot Henhouse III
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    Subject:     Early girls
    Received:    05/07/99 6:58 am
    From:        John Love, johnxxxarko.COM
    To:          '',
    Can I put in a plea to the compilers of those terrific 
    Early Girls CDs for a Volume 3?? I owned copies of all 
    these songs at one stage, but now don't have any of them -
    and in most cases haven't heard them since they came out. 
    Whether they all stand the test of time I'm not sure. Some
    weren't that good to begin with!
    Kookie Little Paradise     Jo Ann Campbell
    Call Off The Wedding     Babs Tino
    Sally Go Round The Roses     Jaynetts
    Let's Get Together     Hayley Mills
    Tar and Cement     Verdelle Smith
    Sad Movies     Sue Thompson
    442 Glenwood Avenue     Pixies Three
    Don't Just Stand There     Patty Duke
    The Big Hurt     Toni Fisher
    It Do Me So Good     Ann-Margret
    Sixteen Reasons     Connie Stevens
    Party Lights     Claudine Clark
    Mashed Potato Time     Dee Dee Sharp
    Love Letters     Ketty Lester
    The 81     Candy and the Kisses
    Gonna Get Along Without You Now     Skeeter Davis
    Down at Papa Joe's     Dixiebelles
    My Boyfriend's Back     Angels
    Navy Blue      Diane Renay
    Dream Lover     Paris Sisters
    Dreamin' About You     Annette
    Tammy Debbie Reynolds
    He's A Rebel     Vikki Carr
    The White Rose of Athens     Chordettes
    I Want You To Meet My Baby     Eydie Gorme
    Home of the Brave     Jody Miller
    Johnny Get Angry     Joanie Sommers
    Selfish One     Jackie Ross
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    Subject:     Girl Groups on Rockit Radio
    Received:    05/07/99 6:58 am
    From:        Ian Chapman,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    I'd highly recommend a visit to Rockit.  Go to: 
    go to their Archives, and check out their Girl Group 
    special. A highly imaginative selection, rather than just 
    the well-known stuff, such as the Jelly Beans "I'm Hip To 
    You", Vikki Carr's version of "He's a Rebel", Elena's 
    "Evening Time", Little Eva's "What I Gotta Do", along with 
    some interview snippets from the likes of Darlene Love.
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    Subject:     missing list..
    Received:    05/07/99 6:58 am
    From:        james fisher,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    I was beginning to wonder if Spectropop had not gone the 
    way all flesh....I'm glad to see that's not the case. I 
    have a question which occured to me today while I was 
    listening to my local oldies station--they were playing 
    The Mamas and the Papas "California Dreamin" and the 
    vocals had somehow all but been wiped off the track,along 
    with some of the backing.This is not the first time I've 
    heard this oddity over the years and I've also noticed it 
    on some Lovin' Spoonful tracks. Does this have something 
    to do with the equipment they recorded on? I sure hope 
    someone else has noticed this from time to time as well, 
    I'd hate to discover it's just me, my hearing going out 
    would simply be another sign of old age. 
    Cheers, Jim.
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    Subject:     Phil in Stereo
    Received:    05/07/99 6:58 am
    From:        Derek A. Bill,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Greetings to all from New Mexico, which has absolutely NO 
    connection to Phil or his music, near as I am able to 
    I'm new (well, newly returned) here and wonder if I could 
    prevail on someone to address the issue of the 
    availability of STEREO releases of Phil's pre-1968 work - 
    - on CD.
    First, let me apologize if I sound like a heretic. Yes, I 
    understand that God and Nature and Phil probably intended 
    for these songs to be heard in big Mono, but I do like to 
    occasionally fiddle with the mix. Years ago I had some 
    British LP imports of a couple of issues in a "Phil 
    Spector Collector Series" or some such thing. I was 
    startled to find them in stereo, but unwisely sold them 
    (along with my turntable, sniff). Now I've got only a 
    cassette dub, and it ain't makin' it for me no more.
    Thanks in advance for any assistance.
    Derek Bill
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    Subject:     Re: Spectropop?
    Received:    05/07/99 6:58 am
    From:        Doc Rock,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Since Spectropop always has a record-label slogan below 
    the mast head, I thought this excerpt from "Liberty 
    Records" might be if interest. Si was the founder of 
    Martin Denny LPs had names like Exotica and Primitiva. 
    "'Exotica' was a name I made up," says Si. "I never heard 
    that word before. But the dame in the cover photo looked 
    exotic, so I called her 'Exotica' for a Martin Denny album.
    Sandy Warner was her name, and we used her on every one 
    of the Martin Denny covers because she photographed so 
    beautifully." There was also Exotica II, Exotica III, 
    Fantastica by the Russ Garcia Orchestra, and Primitiva by 
    Martin Denny! And the immortal Hypnotique, inevitably by 
    Martin Denny! "All of those 'ica' endings and 'itiva' 
    endings I came up with because I thought I was being cute.
    And I don't know why, but nobody got wise."
    Si Waronker was always coming up with new names. His 
    early Liberty albums had liner notes boasting of 
    extra-good recording quality. "With 'Spectra-Sonic,' I 
    just wanted an identity. You're the only person who ever 
    asked about that. That was a spur-of-the-moment type of 
    thing. We had such a super sound, supposedly, that we 
    charged a dollar more per record sometimes. These were 
    just tricks I pulled to try to get someplace when I was 
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    Subject:     She
    Received:    05/07/99 6:58 am
    From:        Alec Palao,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    (dear fellow spectropeople - I've never been a big one for
    hyping my own projects, but this is something that I think 
    many of you may really enjoy. It truly is the most in your
    face 1960s girl garage rock you're ever likely to hear, 
    past or present - Alec)
    SHE "WANTS A PIECE OF YOU" (Ace/Big Beat, released May 
    31st 1999)
    * In perhaps its most remarkable volume so far, Big Beat's
    acclaimed Nuggets From The Golden State series continues 
    with She Wants A Piece Of You, wholly dedicated to the 
    near-legendary garage band She.
    * She were an all-girl band from Sacramento, California 
    that operated between 1964 and 1971 and were led by 
    sisters Nancy and Sally Ross. Unlike most acts ascribed to
    the "girls-with-guitars" genre, She was one hundred per 
    cent authentic - they genuinely played their own 
    instruments, sang and wrote their own striking original 
    material and copped one hell of a bad attitude that would 
    put most self-proclaimed rebel boy bands to shame.
    * Appealingly crude in their early incarnation as the 
    Hairem, by their later years She was a force to be 
    reckoned with. The group became a massively popular live 
    attraction in northern California but unfortunately never 
    made a commercial breakthrough, despite healthy airplay 
    for their lone release on the Kent label, the classic "
    Outta Reach".
    * Far, far more than a mere novelty, musically and 
    philosophically She were in a class of their own, with 
    drop-dead good looks and such memorable tunes as "Like A 
    Snake", "Piece Of You" and "Bad Girl". And indeed She were
    bad girls, getting thrown out of movie theatres and even 
    the California State Capitol building for their disruptive
    behaviour and smart-ass punk attitude. Truly the female 
    equivalent of the Stones.
    * She Wants A Piece Of You collects together most of the 
    combos recorded legacy, including both sides of the Kent 
    45 and seventeen further cuts, all previously unissued. 
    All of the the compilation, from the Hairem's 1966 demos 
    to the studio outtakes from the Kent session, puts every 
    other female garage band to shame, and much of it sounds 
    ahead of its time.
    * As with all Nuggets, the accompanying booklet details 
    the bands full history and a plethora of memorabilia and 
    enticing photos of this wild and most unusual combo.
    * The potential audience for She Wants A Piece Of You is 
    huge. Everyone from die-hard 1960s girl group collectors 
    through garage rock enthusiasts to the cutting edge indie 
    and riot grrl crowd will marvel at and enjoy this exciting
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    Subject:     Small Faces Anthologies
    Received:    05/07/99 6:58 am
    From:        Ron Weekes,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    One of my most fav British bands of all time has to be The
    Small Faces. I'm sure I'll catch some flak for this, but 
    they are in my number two spot. Those four lads from 
    Liverpool take the number one spot.
    Some time ago I picked up the Decca Anthology. On a recent
    trip to Las Vegas, I found the Masters anthology which has 
    more of the Immediate years material. I know there is a 4 
    CD box set of all the Immediate material. The price tag is
    a little steep for least right now. Anyone on the 
    list have this set? How is the quality? How does it 
    compare to other Small Faces anthologies. Is there a best 
    of Immediate collection out there in about two CDs?
    Anyone on the list who is a big Small Faces fan, please 
    contact me privately. 
    Ron Weekes 
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    Subject:     Social Commentary
    Received:    05/07/99 6:58 am
    From:        WILLIAM STOS,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    I just received word that a girl in the US is doing a 
    project on the historical significance of girl groups. I 
    gave her a list of songs which were banned/controversial 
    during that era, but I'd be interested in hearing some 
    titles and plots to other 60s songs.
    And does anyone have any ideas about what "Sally Go Round 
    The Roses by the Jaynetts means? At $60, 000 to produce I 
    should hope it had more meaning than a simple nursery 
    rhyme chant. Some people figure it's drug-inspired, a song
    about a lesbian lover catching her sweetheart with another,
    etc. What are your thoughts.
    PS. I hope Spectropop keeps publishing despite lack of 
    posts. Without the familiar title in my mailbox every few 
    days I forget to write. 
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    Subject:     Sound-A-Like reseach project
    Received:    05/07/99 6:58 am
    From:        Paul Urbahns, Pauluxxxcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    I have been researching and creating a discography of the 
    Hit Records label (and associated labels) from Nashville. 
    They operated from 1961 to 1973 making sound-a-likes of 
    current hits. They issued them on singles sould out of 
    their own racks in drug stores, discount stores, etc. The 
    songs were compiled on albums on the Hit, Spar, and Modern
    Sound labels. The albums are usually easy to spot because 
    the song titles will be displayed but usually no mention 
    of an artist, also the albums normally have the word 
    Compatible across the top or in a box on the back cover. 
    While you all are rummaging throught used record stores, 
    or Goodwill stores in your neighborhood, please keep me in
    mind. I can compile a listing but I will basically take any
    rock album on these labels. That's because some of what i 
    have is in very bad condition. The Country & Western Hits 
    label of 45s and country albums are also of interest. 
    Later recordings on the Plantation House label, Nashville 
    Sound label under the names, Now Generation and Nashville 
    Country Jamboree is badly needed. The company was on its 
    last legs when these were issued, and therefore not in 
    circulation long.
    Please email me privately, 
    Paul Urbahns
    Please pass this message to any dealers you wish.
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