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  • Date: 06/07/99

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       Volume #0269                             June 8, 1999   
    Laminated with "Clarifoil" made by British Celanese Limited
    Subject:     Claudine Longet/The Four King Cousins
    Received:    06/07/99 3:39 am
    >From:        Ygdrasil Ivanisevic,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    I found a flyer a Japanese guy once sent me along with a 
    tape of Roger Nichols' album. Next to RN, Harpers Bizarre,
    Chris Montez and The Free Design, the flyer lists two 
    artists I haven't heard of. Claudine Longet's "Love Is 
    Blue" (A&M, 1968) and The Four King Cousins' "Introducing..." 
    (Capitol, 1968)...the covers look great...what kind of
    music did they make? The heading says "soft rock - late 
    sixties dreamy pops [sic]. dedicated to roger nichols".....
    Come to think of it, I have The Four King Cousins's cover 
    of Love So Fine on tape, and it's brilliant! Is it from 
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    Subject:     Diane Renay
    Received:    06/07/99 10:38 am
    >From:        Shelby
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Last week I had the privilege to visit Diane Renay & her 
    husband in their home here in Las Vegas. She needed some 
    minor help on a program on her computer. After about 10 
    minutes of help, she was on her own, having no problems 
    whatsoever. She is a very bright and articulate lady. 
    She showed me some of her memorabilia from the years of 
    1963 to late sixties. She had photos of her with a lot of 
    the big stars in the mid sixties. It was great seeing some
    of the stuff that she has kept over the years. What a class
    act Diane is. It was a very nice visit with her and very 
    innovative husband & inventor Chris.
    Shelby Riggs
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    Subject:     Hamilton Camp
    Received:    06/07/99 10:38 am
    >From:        David Feldman,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Stewart makes me want to move to Albuquerque when he 
    mentions finding this for 10 cents:
    > Hamilton Camp -- "Here's To You" / "Leavin' Anyhow"
    > Both songs written by Hamilton Camp and produced and 
    > arranged by, of all people, Felix Pappalardi...
    You picked up a single that I love from a performer that 
    is a personal favorite of mine. Hamilton Camp is a 
    talented, versatile performer who has had to straddle many
    fences: traditional folkie/modern folkie; folkie/pop; actor/
    comedian. He's handled it all with grace and more than a 
    little humor.
    As far as I know, Camp recorded four big-label releases. 
    The first two were on Elektra, and I've never even seen 
    the first. Camp was involved in Second City in Chicago and
    as I recollect, the first album was a live one, with 
    Guthrie- influenced traditional folk. I have his three 
    other albums (in chronological order) Paths of Glory, and 
    his two Warner Bros. albums, Here's To You and, to show 
    you the degree of commercial success of these three 
    efforts, finally "Welcome To Hamilton Camp."
    More than half of the songs on "Paths" are Dylan, and 
    although Camp's renditions are fine, to me they don't 
    outshine the originals. Camp was a derivative folk singer,
    and I think he knew it (on the liner notes, he refers to "
    Paths of Victory" as "not very good."
    But I love the "Here's To You" album. To me, it opened up 
    Camp emotionally in the same kind of way that "Pleasures 
    of the Harbor" did to Phil Ochs. I have to admit my 
    favorite Camp song is his most commercial and pop-ish -- 
    "Here's To You" -- and it just killed me when this wasn't a
    big hit single (I think it rose to the nether-regions of 
    the Hot 100), but I'm fond of the whole first side of the 
    album. The sound of Here's To You is quite different from 
    all of his earlier albums -- you might recognize a few of 
    the names : Van Dyke Parks; Larry Knechtel; Hal Blaine 
    AND Earl Palmer; Bud Shank, used to great effect on flute,
    among others. Along with some of Tim Hardin's best work, 
    this album includes some of my favorite folk-jazz fusions.
    But "Welcome" was a return to Camp's folkie roots. He 
    includes several Pat Sky, Paul Simon, and Leonard Cohen 
    songs, as well as his own.
    As an actor, you might have seen him on He & She, Smothers
    Brothers, or Star Trek: Voyager. But for me, his greatest 
    role was as Mary Richard's 4'11" date. He was charming, 
    self-effacing, and hilarious.
    And Stewart, good catch on "You're the One," one of my 
    friends's favorite song of all time. It did indeed proceed
    "5 O'Clock World" but only by a few months -- and sold 
    almost as well (both reached #4, but "5" outsold it).
    Dave Feldman
    CD of the Week:"Whereabouts" (Ron Sexsmith)
    Word of the Week: linchpin
    Water of the Week:  Distilled
    Best Time Killer of the 90's:  Filling out the UPDATED gender survey at
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    Subject:     Re: Ladybug Transistor
    Received:    06/07/99 10:38 am
    >From:        Stewart Mason,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Dave Mirich wrote:
    >The strings and horns are played 
    >exquisitely by non-studio musicians. The vocals and 
    >harmonies are warm, subdued, and gentle. The sound is 
    >unique to might years, yet certain songs evoke 
    >remembrances of Bacharach, Love, and even Pet Sounds. I'm 
    >not overly fond of the first CD from Ladybug Transistor, 
    >except for the cover of Dennis Wilson's "Thoughts of You" 
    >which is an outstanding alternative rock re-working of 
    >this lovely song. However, on their first CD, the band 
    >gives the best of the High Llamas a run for its money. I 
    >don't often recommend new music, so you should run out and
    >buy this CD and let us know what you think.
    The Ladybug Transistor's THE ALBEMARLE SOUND is among my 
    favorite CDs of the year so far as well -- along with the 
    abovementioned artists, I'd throw in the first Bee Gees 
    album. This CD even has a similar half-pastoral, 
    half-cartoon cover! Dave doesn't mention that the CD's 
    centerpiece is a gorgeous, reverent cover of Gary Zekley's
    "Like A Summer Rain."
    I believe it was Tobias who was asking about good new 
    bands with a strong 60s influence. The new EP by the 
    Apples In Stereo, HER WALLPAPER REVERIE (out Tuesday on 
    SpinArt Records), should appeal to most folks on this list.
    It's, oddly, both more and less experimental than their 
    three albums, because it segregates the two sides of their
    musical personality; the Apples' usual stock in trade is to
    embellish Curt Boettcher-style pop songs with trippy little
    sonic collages and production tricks, but this 27-minute CD
    contains seven brilliant, straightforward pure pop songs in
    a variety of 60s-derived styles, separated by eight very 
    brief instrumental and sound-collage links, many played on
    one of those Fisher-Price toy xylophones where you hit the 
    key and a little hammer hits the metal bar from underneath. 
    The whole thing flows beautifully, but if you want to 
    program out the links, you still have an incredibly strong
    pop album. I cannot recommend this more highly.
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    Subject:     Re: Singles Questions
    Received:    06/07/99 10:38 am
    >From:        David Bash, Baxxxcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Stewart Mason writes...
    > The McCoys -- "Ko-Ko" / "Don't Worry Mother, Your Son's 
    > Heart Is Pure"
    > Okay, I was vaguely familiar with the Feldman/Goldstein/
    > Gottehrer a-side, but oh my god! This b-side is exactly 
    > why I constantly prowl the cheap bins at record stores -- 
    > you occasionally find bizarre gems like this. Written by 
    > head McCoy Rick Derringer (then still known as Rick 
    > Zehringer), "Don't Worry Mother" is a psych-influenced 
    > freakout, complete with sitar and lyrics as weird as the 
    > title. When was this released? My knowledge of the McCoys 
    > is pretty hazy, but I was under the impression that their 
    > heyday was 65-66, and this song is awfully forward-looking
    > to be that early. Also, is this available on any CD 
    > reissues and did the McCoys release any other lite-psych 
    > goodies like this?
    "Don't Worry Mother" was released in late 1966, and 
    tragically only reached #67 on the Billboard Charts. It's 
    definitely my favorite song by those guys. 
    I have it on "The Immediate Singles Collection, Volume 1"
    on Sony Music (though The McCoys recorded for Bang in the 
    States, they were Andrew Loog Oldham's first signing in 
    the UK). "Don't Worry Mother" also appears on the McCoys 
    collection "Hang On Sloopy: The Best Of The McCoys", which
    is on Sony Legacy. I don't have this, but I'll bet several 
    other Spectropoppers do.
    Spectropop Rules!!!!!
    Take Care,
    David Bash
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    Subject:     Re: Old Tune, New Words
    Received:    06/07/99 7:11 pm
    >From:        Jamie LePage,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    On 05/16/99 WILLIAM STOS, wrote:
    >I recently listened to the Caravelles "You Are Here," and 
    >finally put my finger on where I had heard that song 
    >before, Robin Ward's "Winter's Here."
    >Not being alive back in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, I was 
    >wondering how common it was to use a tune and write new 
    >lyrics to it. Darlene Love recorded "Christmas Baby Please
    >Come Home," and "Johnny Baby Please Come Home," and the 
    >Saphires did it with "Slow Fizz," and "Baby You've Got Me." 
    >What other examples are out there? 
    Here's one for you, Will. Ever heard Them's hit single 
    "Here Comes the Night?" That song was written by Bert Berns. 
    I think Lulu covered it, too. 
    Bert Berns (a/k/a Bert Russell) rewrote the song as "There
    You Go" and produced a track on it for the Exciters. You 
    probably have the Exciters' track on Run Mascara, HCTG#3 
    (NEX CD 193). Bert did several others for the Exciters,
    including their biggest hit "Tell Him." Brenda Reid, what a
    vocalist!!! Although technically the Exciters were not a 
    true girl group, their records nevertheless are among the 
    finest examples of the girl group genre.
    All the best,
    Jamie LePage
    n.p. Sh...Listen - Miss Cathy Brasher (arr: Ray Pohlman!)
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    Subject:     Re: So Goes Love
    Received:    06/07/99 10:38 am
    >From:        David Bash, Baxxxcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    > Actually, that reminds me of a related question -- two of 
    > Rhino's 80s vinyl reissues (The Turtles' HAPPY TOGETHER 
    > and the Monkees' MISSING LINKS) feature previously 
    > unreleased versions of Goffin and King's wonderful "So 
    > Goes Love." Did anyone else record this song and was any 
    > version ever released at the time? It seems odd that such 
    > a remarkable song would have two great renditions left in 
    > the can -- the Turtles version is one of their all-time 
    > best tracks -- but on the other hand, maybe the lyrics 
    > were considered way too bitter for the time. It *is* an 
    > awfully cynical lyric. 
    > Stewart
    Hi Stewart,
    I definitely agree with you about "So Goes Love" being 
    remarkable, but in the case of The Turtles it wasn't left 
    in the can. "So Goes Love" appears on the Turtles "Golden 
    Hits" package which was released on White Whale in 1967. 
    Perhaps it had been planned as a single to coincide with 
    the release of that LP, and then at the last minute minds 
    were changed, possibly for the reasons you mention.
    Spectropop Rules!!!!!
    Take Care,
    David Bash
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    Subject:     Split Level
    Received:    06/07/99 7:11 pm
    >From:        Randy Layton, Killxxxcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    I came across an album recently on Dot records by the 
    Split Level(autographed by all) and was quite impressed 
    with this album. Really creative vocal and musical 
    arrangments, with fairly weighty lyrical concerns at times. 
    Very much in that '69 soft pop/rock vein, with female 
    and male vocals and a look not unlike your high school 
    swing choir at the time! Does anyone else have this album,
    and any more information on the group? 
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    Subject:     Re: Spectropop V#0268
    Received:    06/07/99 7:11 pm
    >From:        Randy Layton, Killxxxcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    In a message dated 6/6/99 11:37:35 AM Pacific Daylight Time, writes:
    > ...a new import cd called Phil Spector`s flips and 
    > rarities. PS001,is the only thing I can find for the label,
    > I have a feeling it`s from the Marginal label tho as it 
    > sounds like their quality output, from satisfactory to 
    > downright bad. Sounds to all be dubbed from record. And lots
    > of typos. It is sort of a "best of" from the original 
    > Japanese import 3 cd set called Phil Spector masterpieces 
    > 1,2 and 3. The cover is the famous cartoon parade from the
    > 2 lp set. Some tracks are really not that rare in my 
    > opinion, but are included. All these tracks are supposedly 
    > either written by of produced by Phil. 
    > tracks:
    > I idolize you-Ike & Tina
    > Black Pearl - Sonny Charles & Checkmates
    > Dream For Sale - Gene Pitney
    > Some Of Your Loving - Johnny Nash
    > World Of Tears - Johnny Nash
    > When You Dance - Billy Storm
    > Spanish Harlem - Santo & Johnny
    > Mr Robin  - Spectors 3
    > Some Of Your Lovin - Emil O Conner
    > I Love You Betty - Terry Day
    > Thats Alright Baby - Gary Crosby
    > Yes I Love You - Paris Sisters
    > Thats What Girls Are For - Timothy Hay
    > Where Can You Be - Tony & Joe
    > Raincoat In The River - Sammy Turner
    > To Know Him Is To Love Him - Lesley Gore
    > Be My Girl Ray Peterson
    > Unchained Melody - Blackwells
    > Oh Why - Teddy Bears
    > Home Of The Brave - Bonnie & Treasures
    > Why Cant A Boy & Girl Just Stay In Love - April Stevens
    > Why Don`t They Let Us Fall In Love - Ronettes
    > The Screw - Crystals
    > Bumbershoot - Phil Harvey (Uncle Phil)
    > Woman In Love - Ronettes
    > He's A Quiet Guy - Darlene Love
    > Here It Comes & Here I Go - Jeri Bo Keno
    > Puddin n Tain - Alleycats
    > Dream For Sale - Joey Paige
    > I'm So Happy (tra la la) - Ducanes
    > John Rausch
    > Phil Spector`s Wall Of Sxxxttp://
    I've got this too, and actually enjoy the bulk of it! 
    Shocked to see it sell on e-bay recently for over $50, 
    however. I paid $20 for mine. Still laughing at "the screw". 
    Way to go, Phil.......
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