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  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 12/12/97

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       Volume #0029                                12/12/97
    Subject:     shaggin' etc.
    Sent:        12/11/97 9:29 AM
    Received:    12/12/97 1:24 AM
    From:        Steve McClure, novaXXX@XXXXXXcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    > The kids even made up their own dance...called The Shag
    You realize how amusing this dance's name would be to any British person, 
    since "to shag" in BritEng means to, erm ... have intercourse of the 
    sexual kind. However, I believe there is also an American or Canadian 
    term "shaggin' wagon," meaning a van  featuring special accoutrements 
    designed to facilitate sexual congress, which makes me wonder if this use 
    of "shag" is indeed a trans-Atlantic phenomenon... I think we should be 
    > Exhibit A would be the transcendent "This Is The Story of 
    > My Love (Baby)," found on the Wizzard LP _Introducing Eddy 
    > & The Falcons_  from 1974.  Imagine, if you will, Frankie 
    > Valli and the 4 Seasons overdubbing vocals on an unfinished 
    > Ronettes track. Flat-out wonderful.
    I agree. I have this LP, and this is a great track. The rest of the album 
    is great as well, with parodies/homages of/to Del Shannon, Neil Sedaka, 
    Gene Vincent, etc. Roy Wood is one of the true Lost Geniuses of pop 
    				Steve McClure
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    Subject:     Bryan Maclean
    Sent:        12/11/97 2:34 AM
    Received:    12/11/97 8:15 AM
    From:        David Marsteller,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    On Thu, 11 Dec 1997,Jamie LePage  wrote:
    > Speaking of Love, I heard that a Bryan Maclean album was 
    > recently  released, and that the recordings were all 
    > original 60's tapes exhumed  from Maclean's mother's 
    > garage. Does this exist? Is it available? Has  anyone 
    > heard it? Is it as good as one might expect from the 
    > description?
    Jamie, I saw the album listed in the Collector's Choice catalog. I can  
    get you the contact info if necessary. I haven't ordered it yet, but I  
    know someone who was going to and was waiting for their comments before  
    deciding to order for myself.
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    Subject:     Forever Changes Lineup
    Sent:        12/11/97 9:14 PM
    Received:    12/12/97 1:24 AM
    From:        David Marsteller,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    On Thu, 11 Dec 1997, Jamie LePage wrote:
    > Much of the rather loose rhythm guitar work sounds like 
    > the band members  sort of trying to keep up. The bass and 
    > drums, though, especially on the  brass/strings 
    > embellished cuts, are spot on. Who were the musicians on  
    > this album?
    I checked my copy of the lp. The credits are:
    Arthur Lee, guitar & vocal
    John Echols, guitar
    Bryan Maclean, guitar & vocal
    Ken Forssi, bass
    Michael Stuart, percussion
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    Subject:     MacRae Sibs
    Sent:        12/10/97 9:46 PM
    Received:    12/11/97 8:15 AM
    From:        Jack Madani,
    To:          Spectropop  List,
    Spectropop List,,Internet writes:
    >Hey Darian, Lori Saunders has it all over Meredith MacRae!
    Not to butt into an internal fight....well, okay, I *am* butting into an 
    internal fight....
    Meredith was in one of the Beach movies, I forget which, starring as 
    "Animal," the most boy-hungry chick you ever did see.  She was awesome.  
    If memory serves (and it rarely does), I believe the episode in which she 
    appeared also featured Dick Dale in the role of Dick Dale, the most 
    tripped out hipster surfer of all times.  He looked stoned, man.
    And then of course, wasn't that her brother (I forget his name) who 
    played Bonehead in the entire series?
    Ah, which speaking of the Beach Blanket series, my favorite movie was 
    Beach Blanket Bingo, because Linda Evans' character "Sugar Cane" sang an 
    awesome Spectorian tune by the name of New Love.  Very impressive number.
    Jack Madani - Princeton Day School, The Great Road,
       Princeton, NJ  08540
    "It is when the gods hate a man with uncommon abhorrence that they
     drive him into the profession of a schoolmaster." --Seneca, 64 A.D.
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    Subject:     Re: Forever Changes
    Sent:        12/11/97 2:01 PM
    Received:    12/12/97 1:24 AM
    From:        Javed Jafri,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    The string arrangements on Forever changes were by David Angel who also 
    worked with Herb Albert and the T. Brass. As far as the musicans who 
    played on the record, it was in large part just the members of the band ( 
    excluding the horns and string parts). The group was in disarray ( drugs 
    etc..) as the sessions for the record began and Botnick had actually 
    started sessions with members of the "Wrecking Crew" but this was a wake 
    up call to the group and they were aroused out of their lathargy and 
    recorded the rest of the album themselves.
    There was a very comprehensive article about Arthur Lee and Love in the 
    June 1997 issue of Mojo. This article by the way features quite a few 
    quotes from David Anderle who at one time was in charge of the Beach Boys 
    Brother records and also worked with Love. The Beach Boys and Brian 
    Wilson were mentioned a few times in the article, including a reference 
    made to a certain similarity between Smile and Forever Changes. Musically 
    I'm not too sure about that but as far as odd ball vision goes I think 
    it's a fair comparison.
    > Over the weekend. I discovered all over again Forever 
    > Changes. I was  listening to a compilation album that had 
    > "The Good Humor Man..." and it  sounded so good I thought 
    > to listen to the whole Love album from start to
    > finish for the first time in too long a while. Forever 
    > Changes is one of  the most highly regarded bla-bla-bla, 
    > but what impressed me this time  more than anything were 
    > the arrangements and the production. Surprising,  because 
    > I thought Bruce Botnick approached record production from 
    > an  engineer's perspective rather than from an arranger's 
    > view. I can't think
    > of any other Botnick work with such a strong emphasis on 
    > arrangement and  production, although I am not very 
    > familiar with his work.
    > Much of the rather loose rhythm guitar work sounds like 
    > the band members  sort of trying to keep up. The bass and 
    > drums, though, especially on the  brass/strings 
    > embellished cuts, are spot on. Who were the musicians on  
    > this album?
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