__________________________________________________________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ S P E C T R O P O P __________ __________ __________ __________________________________________________________ Volume #0267 June 5, 1999 __________________________________________________________ full dimensional stereo soundSubject: Fleetwoods Received: 06/05/99 12:15 am >From: David Feldman, fexxxnderables.com To: Spectropop List, spectxxxities.com Jamie LePage says: > Yes, the Fleetwoods - my very favorite Seattle group! The Fleetwoods rock. Plus the Mr. Blue front cover is one of my all-time favorites. At the risk of being totally off topic (well, he is a very soft "rocker"), may I put in a plug for the latest Ron Sexsmith CD, "Whereabouts?" For those of you who have a notion that he is too arty or precious, I find this the most easily accessible of his albums, and although the melodies remain complex, the sentiments and sincerity are clear and moving. --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Fleetwoods go down under Received: 06/05/99 12:15 am >From: james fisher, JHxxxv.net To: Spectropop List, spectxxxities.com Great to see spectropop in the mailbox again and I want thank all who answered my queries about the missing vocal tracks on the Mammas and Papas--another of life's little mysteries solved. Also good to see The Fleetwoods get some ink (Do we still say that?) and I want to join in the appreciative chorus for them....I lived in the outback of Australia when I was about 14 and the projectionist at the local open-air movie theatre only had two records to play before the saturday night flick would start--"Mr.Blue" and "Come softly to me". He would also play them again at Intermission (remember that?) and once more after John Wayne had ridden off into the sunset. I knew every Dum dum, dum da de dum de da etc even more certainly than I knew that The Duke would triumph in the end. I wonder if Gary and the girls realised that thier Seattle Teen Angst fueled many a romantic notion about 12,000 miles away. Great songs. BTW--someone told me that the song was called simply "Come Softly" but that this title was considered just a bit too suggestive for the times...true? --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Re: Fleetwoods Received: 06/05/99 12:15 am >From: Michael "Doc Rock" Kelly, docxxx.com To: Spectropop List, spectxxxities.com I forwarded the Fleetwoods comments to Gretchen and invited her to join SpectroPop. Doc --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: More posts please! Received: 06/05/99 12:15 am >From: Runar Sorgaard, wuxxxet.se To: Spectropop List, spectxxxities.com This list is even more dead than *dead*....doesn't anyone listen to music from the sixties anymore?!?! Well, anyway, here are some topics - good or bad - to discuss: * I saw Stan Getz' LP of Bacharach covers, is it worth buying? * Modern record labels reissuing (hmmm, sp?) music from the past - why are they always going for the Best Of (which always seem to leave out some great songs that just didn't become commercial hits) and rarely for the actual albums the artists released in the first place? Is it just a matter of money? And is it *that* more expensive to re-release the original albums in a limited edition (if the label fears it won't sell) than to release The Big Super Duper Compilation which gets marketed with lots of ads in magazines and even the odd TV commercial? * What are the members of all our favourite soft rock bands up to today? Roger Nichols, Innocence, Harpers Bizarre, 5th Dimension, etc...what happened to songwriters like Sloan/Barri and arrangers like Perry Botkin Jr? * Many of the Spectropop-artists were studio projects - were they much inferior live? Has anyone on the list actually been to any concerts with the bands we talk about, such as The Millennium (who I assume probably were great live) or The Association or [insert soft rock band of personal choice]?? * We rarely discuss sixties music (this listy, that is, I'm not talking about non-Spectropop stuff) in a wider context. Without getting too non-listy (BTW, can you get non-listy on a list that essentially has only two or three regular contributors?), maybe we could discuss the influence of Spectropop music on modern music (uhh, I need a synonym of "music" :))..... These are just a few topics to get this list A L I V E again....I'm sure you can post a short comment during your lunch breaks :) Tobias --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Re: Nuggets Received: 06/05/99 12:15 am >From: David Bash, Baxxxcom To: Spectropop List, spectxxxities.com > Subject: the Nuggets box set > From: Runar Sorgaard, wuxxxet.se > I'll soon be getting the Nuggets Box Set on tape, the > tracklisting looks *very* interesting! I'd like to hear > some opinions about the artists....what are the highlights > on the discs....the whole idea of the box is interesting to > me...are there actual reasons why most of these bands only > released a couple of singles and then completely > disappeared? It seems like not many managed to release > more than one album! > Tobias (who does think The Mojo Men's Sit Down I Think I > Love is a little bit out of place on Nuggets) Hi Tobias, I guess there are a few reasons as to why most of the bands on Nuggets only released one or two singles: 1. Budgetary: most of these bands were made up of very young guys who simply didn't have the money to record more than a couple of tracks, and the local label who released their record(s) didn't have the budget to help them out. 2. Disenchanted with the fact that their first record(s) didn't catch on or that they didn't generate any major label interest, they simply gave up on their musical aspirations and went on to do other things. 3. Some of these people probably had other jobs to begin with and did these records as a side project. Garage music was supposed to be fun, so perhaps the making of a record was a lark to a few of them. I would like to post the review of The Nuggets box I did for Entertaiment Today, a Los Angeles newspaper. It will follow my signature. -- Spectropop Rules!!!!! Take Care, David Bash Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era (Box Set) Various Artists Rhino Records George Michael once exclaimed "If you're gonna do it, do it right!", and it wouldn't be surprising if Rhino Records were among his listeners because when it comes to doing box sets, nobody does it "righter" than they do. Rhino's latest offering is a 4 CD box that celebrates not only a genre, but an album that had become a watermark for the garage-punk movement of the '60s, a two LP set called Nuggets. The original Nuggets album had been released in 1972 and was filled with 27 punk and psychedelic pop masterpieces, and had been compiled by respected journalist and musician Lenny Kaye. Rhino Records has now extended the concept with a remarkable package of 118 mindbending, scorching, fuzzed out garage rockers, psych poppers, and folk punkers combining the well known and the obscure, easily adding up to the most amazing compendium of such music that has ever existed. The Nuggets box illustrates most cogently that it wasn't just the hippies that had attitude in the '60s. The punks made their voice heard even earlier and did so with a vengeance, spewing vitroil about the establishment, woman that did them wrong, women that did them right, and their love/hate relationship with drugs. Their emotional conveyance was so perfect; you don't even need to listen to the lyrics to feel the venom, as the loud fuzz guitar, searing harmonica, pounding drums, and ultra-snotty vocals do the trick nicely. Many of these recordings were done at home, hence the term "garage", and the genre is indeed one of recorded music's most collectable, with some of its 45s fetching upwards of $500. This music was purely American, and although it came from all over the U.S. it especially gained noteriety in areas like Michigan, Texas, the Midwest, and the Pacific Northwest. Disc 1 of this set is a straight reissue of the original Nuggets album, and it's a cacaphonous soundscape of the punk sentiment, combining some of the biggest hits of the genre such as "I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night" by The Electric Prunes, "Dirty Water" by The Standells, "Psychotic Reaction" by Count Five, and "Liar, Liar" by The Castaways with lesser known but extremely significant tracks like the almost laughably Dylanesque "A Public Execution" by Mouse And The Traps, "Moulty" by The Barbarians, an autobiography about their one handed drummer's emergence from his disability, "Let's Talk About Girls" by Sunset Strippers The Chocolate Watchband, and perhaps the ultimate version of "Hey Joe" by The Leaves. The album also featured several poppier numbers like "Open My Eyes" by Nazz (featuring Todd Rundgren), "Sit Down, I Think I Love You" by The Mojo Men (their wonderful cover of the Buffalo Springfield tune), and the pop-psychy "My World Fell Down" by soft-pop legends Sagittarius. Disc 2 follows along the same lines as disc 1, and could have easily served in the same capacity as the original Nuggets. Highlights are the hits "Talk Talk" by The Music Machine, the party favorite "Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)" by The Swingin' Medallions, the mocking "Little Girl" by Syndicate of Sound, the Los Angeles classic "7 and 7 Is" by Love, and the stomping "(We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet" by Blues Magoos, as well as some essential obscurities like the humorous "Spazz" by The Electric Band, "Going All The Way" by The Squires, "I Wonder" by The Gants, which sounds like a garage version of The Beatles' "In My Life", and "Strychnine" by The Sonics, an ode to their beverage of choice. This disc also includes some tracks that only tangentially embrace the concept, but are nonetheless great songs like "Time Won't Let Me" by The Outsiders, "Laugh, Laugh" by The Beau Brummels, and the mega classic "Incense And Peppermints" by The Strawberry Alarm Clock". Some of the tracks on disc 3 feature artists that would later attain prominence, playing and singing in a style to which you might be unaccustomed, such as "Fight Fire" by The Golliwogs, whose lead vocalist was a pre-Creedence John Fogerty, the folk-poppy "Follow Me" by Lyme and Cybelle (Lyme was the nom de plume for Warren Zevon), "Like Fallin' Sugar" by The Palace Guard, a band that had among its members the then 15 year old Emitt Rhodes on drums (!) and background vocals, and the Cleveland classic "It's Cold Outside" by the Choir, a band that contained several soon-to-be Raspberries. This disc also shows some bands in a different light than what you might be used to; "At The River's Edge" by New Colony Six is an all out raver that typifies their beginnings but belies the middle of the road pop stylings they later rode the charts with, and "She's My Baby" by The Mojo Men definitely shows a gritty, rawer side to the band than they eventually transmuted to. Some of the higher quality obscurities on this disc are the Transylvanian-y "Put The Clock Back On The Wall" by the E-Types, the surf-garagey "Run, Run, Run" by The Gestures, the spoken word, off the deep end "Knock, Knock" by the ironically named The Humane Society, "Psycho" by the legendary Sonics, which is a screamer that Little Richard could have done, and the psychedelic, Animals-ish "I'm Five Years Ahead Of My Time" by The Third Bardo. Disc 4 features some wonderful heretofore uncompiled gems like the haunting "Johnny Was A Good Boy" by The Mystery Trend, the very catchy "Stop, Get A Ticket" by Clefs of Lavenderhill, the snarling "Open Up Your Door" by Richard and the Young Lions, "Codeine" by The Charlatans, which perfectly communicates the altered state of consciousness caused by the drug, the folk-punky "Mindrocker" by Fenwyck (for which a series of LP compilations was named), "I Live In The Springtime" by the Lemon Drops, which features one of the best fuzz guitar lines you'll ever hear, and the minor key stomper "Hold Me Now" by The Rumors, as well as classics like "Wooly Bully" by Sam The Sham and The Pharaohs, "I Want Candy" by The Strangloves, the should have been a bigger hit, pre-hippie slab of sarcasm "Are You A Boy or Are You A Girl" by The Barbarians, and the ultimate party record "Louie, Louie" by The Kingsmen, the song that may have been the greatest influence on garage music that there ever was. The Nuggets box also includes a wonderful booklet, with liner notes by garage music's greatest authorities, Greg Shaw and Alec Palao, as well as very complete annotations by fellow expert Mike Stax. Sound Producer Bill Inglot also took great care to make sure that as many tracks as possible would be presented in their original mono form, to preserve the energy and rawness that they were meant to have. All in all, Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era is a huge winner of a box set. --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: The Ronettes on Charly??? Received: 06/05/99 12:15 am >From: Jamie LePage, le_pagxxxities.com To: Spectropop List, spectxxxities.com Today I found a CD near my office during lunch that is such an exciting find I had to share it with the list. The Ronettes "All the Hits" (CD CRB 560) It says "Manufactured by Charly Schallplatten GMBH". There is also a copyright notice c1995 Charly Schallplatten Gmbh And, there is a "Cedar Audio Ltd." trademark on the sleeve. You know what that means... I thought Charly was a legit label, but surely neither Spector nor ABKCO licensed this collection. It is the best Ronettes CD collection I own, including the Spector Box material, the ABKCO Ronettes CD and the Marginal release (the last of which favors Colpix material over the more obscure Philles stuff). Everything on this CD is Philles material, and the bulk of the "Introducing..." material is in true (((stereo)))! Here is the track listing (* indicates stereo) 1. Be My Baby* 2. Baby I Love You* 3. Best Part of Breaking Up* 4. Do I Love You* 5. Walking In the Rain* 6. Born To Be Together 7. Is This What I Get For Loving You Baby 8. I Can Hear Music 9. So Young* 10 I Wonder (with recently discussed drum intro)* 11 You Baby* 12 How Does It Feel* 13 When I Saw You* 14 Oh I Love You 15 Blues for Baby (rare B of Born to be Together) 16 The Twist (from the Crystals sing the Greatest Hits) 17 Why Don't They Let Us Fall in Love 18 Chapel of Love* 19 Mashed Potato Time (from the Crystals sing the Greatest Hits) 20 What'd I Say* Great collection, but the CD clocks in at 57:04. I wonder why they didn't put the Rare Masters tracks like I Wish I Never Saw the Sunshine, Keep on Dancing, Soldier Baby of Mine and Everything Under the Sun. Maybe because these were first issued in the 70's and perhaps this is a gray-boot (meaning 60's material is in public domain in the territory of origin). Anyone know for sure? I have to go back to that store and buy every Charly/Cedar CD they stock. I saw Chubby Checker, Duane Eddy, Sonny & Cher, Shangri-La's... Jamie --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- End
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