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Spectropop V#0272

  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 06/11/99

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       Volume #0272                           June 11, 1999   
              screamin' hi-fi                  
    Subject:     Andy Williams & the Older Generation
    Received:    06/11/99 12:07 am
    From:        Ian Chapman,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Jack Madani wrote.......
    > Having now become interested in .mp3, I have managed to
    > find an awesome file somewhere in the internet of Andy
    > Williams singing the Bob Crewe number, "Music To Watch The
    > Girls Go By." [sic] It's a bit more uptempo than Crewe's
    > instrumental version, and it has something of the air of a
    > Julius Wechter number, but it still rocks, and it's got the
    > fuzz guitar on the opening
    Couldn't agree with you more, Jack, it's a blitzer of a 
    track, and one which reached #33 in the UK charts back in 
    '67. A couple of months back, the track suddenly appeared 
    on a rather classy TV commercial (I forget the product!), 
    which led to a lot of new interest and the track being 
    reissued. Andy actually came over to promote it.......he 
    seemed surprised by it's new success, said it was a track 
    he rarely performed these days. 
    > How many scores of great recordings in the "big beat"
    > "young" style are there by such older generation singers as
    > Williams, Carr, Dean Martin, and so forth? I bet there's a
    > bazillion. I even like those Sonny Burke-arranged Sinatra
    > numbers.
    You've touched on one of my pet collecting areas here, 
    Jack.......I love it when I find a stomper or a pop tune 
    by one of the "older generation", probably because they 
    are such a departure from those singers' usual output, and
    you usually get a real quality vocal performance thrown in.
    You're right, there are a bazillion of 'em.....seemed all 
    the "oldies" had at least one shot at the younger sound in
    the 60s. A few of my personal faves and recommendations 
    would be:
    Phil Crosby - Where The Blue Of The Night Meets the Gold 
    Of The Day - Reprise (probably not as old as he sounds, 
    but yep, it's Bing's tune, only a Jack Nitzsche-produced 
    stomper version with a killer sax break - has to be Steve 
    Douglas. Carole, I'd bet you were on this, from '63?)
    Frankie Laine - Take Her, She's Mine - Columbia (Fabulous 
    pop ballad, another Nitszche arrangement, Terry Melcher 
    production, with the Blossoms all over it.......also check
    out Frankie's "Don't Make My Baby Blue", same credits)
    Phyllis McGuire - Run To My Arms - Reprise (stomper from a
    solo McGuire Sister)
    Patti Page - Till You Come Back To Me - Columbia (Patti 
    gets down, great double-tracked vocal, 80mph!)
    John Gary - Hang On To Me - RCA (Dave Gates-arranged & 
    conducted catchy uptempo pop, again, a nice double tracked
    Glenn Yarborough - It's Gonna Be Fine - RCA (Great bright 
    'n breezy Mann/Weil tune, bit like a Gary Lewis track only
    folkier, with a slight Spector influence.....nice girlie 
    back-ups too)
    I'll stop there, apart from adding all of the Steve 
    Lawrence Brill Building numbers from the 60s....all great,
    especially Goffin & King's "Last Night I Made A Little Girl
    Cry" and "Walking Proud", and of course Eydie did her share
    Can anyone offer any additions? 
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    Subject:     Classical gas
    Received:    06/11/99 12:07 am
    From:        Paul Urbahns, Paulurbxxxxm
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Stewart wrote:
    >Given that "Classical Gas" is an instrumental, it would 
    >be interesting to hear what the Alan Copeland Singers did 
    >to it
    I assume Tobias album is the same version I have on an 
    Alan Copeland Singers album and its a medley of Classical 
    Gas and Scarbourgh Fair. Really good, they sing Scarbourgh
    Fair to the music of Classical gas. I loved the record when
    it came out in the late 60s and searched for years for the 
    album. It's amazing how well two songs written centuries 
    apart can fit together so well. At least the music to 
    Scarbourgh Fair is old, I assume the lyriucs are too.
    Paul Urbahns
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    Subject:     the Shangri-Las, Pixies Three, Reparata...
    Received:    06/11/99 12:07 am
    From:        Tom Waters, shangrixxxxom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    I'm looking for different versions/mixes of Shangri-Las 
    recordings. Is the key to look for Shangri-Las recordings 
    in stereo? Does anyone know where any pre-Red Bird 
    recordings of the Shangri-Las might be available on CD, 
    besides Wishing Well and Hate to Say I Told You So? Also, 
    are any recordings of the Pixies Three available on CD 
    besides 442 Glenwood Avenue, Birthday Party, Summertime 
    USA and Cold, Cold Winter.
    For the record, my favourite girl group recordings of all 
    time are The Boy by the Shangri-Las, the Loneliest Girl in
    Town by Reparata and the Delrons, Born Too Late by the 
    Poni-Tails, Cold Cold Winter by the Pixies Three, Till by 
    the Angels and lots of others by these groups and many 
    others (the ones I listed are just the top ones!).
    Finally, has anyone seen any video clips of the five girl 
    groups I mentioned above and does anyone know if they are 
    available ? The only ones I have are: 1. Give Him a Great 
    Big Kiss by the Shangs from Shindig, 02 . Give Him a Great 
    Big Kiss from Hullabaloo, 03 . Long Live Our Love by the 
    Shangs from Hullabaloo, 04 . My Boyfriend's Back by the 
    Angels from I don't know what TV program. These are the 
    only ones I know of that are commercially available.
    All right, while I'm on a roll, I'll ask one more question
    for now, does anyone seen or know if old Neil Sedaka clips 
    are available anywhere from the 50's or 60's? Again, the 
    only ones I have are the Calendar Girl Scopitone, and Take
    Me Out to the Ballgame duet with Jerry Lee Lewis from 
    Shindig. These are commercially available. 
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    Subject:     Re: Claudine Longet
    Received:    06/11/99 12:07 am
    From:        Steve McClure, novaxxxxcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Paul Urbahns wrote:
    > I have most everything Claudine Longet recorded....
    > She co-starred with Peter
    > Sellers in The Party and sang the title song for the movie
    > "A Flea In Her Ear" which starred Rex Harrison.
    I don't want to spoil the party by seeming to put down all
    you Claudine Longet fans out there, but Paul Urbahn's 
    reference to Mlle. Longet's co-starring role in the 
    classic comedy "The Party" reminded me that the one thing 
    that does spoil "The Party" for this Sellers fan is the 
    unfortunate presence of the simpering nymphette in 
    question. Although she suits the film's atmosphere of mid-
    '60s kitsch, I suppose. Interesting musical footnote re 
    "The Party": it's probably the only film in which Peter 
    Sellers is shown playing the sitar.
    Steve McClure
    PS: Here's a trivia question for you folks out there in 
    Spectropop-land. From which film is the following quote 
    taken, and which LP featured it on the inside of the 
    gatefold cover?: "Well, Leo, what say we promenade through
    the park?" 
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    Subject:     Various
    Received:    06/11/99 12:06 am
    From:        Jamie LePage,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Ian Chapman writes about Claudine Longet:
    >...her repertoire sat comfortably
    >next to the likes of Sergio Mendes and Burt Bacharach. 
    >Several nice tracks to choose, my personal faves being 
    >"Small Talk"
    Yeah! Small Talk, written by Bonner & Gordon, was also 
    recorded by a male group which I can't put my finger on at
    present. Perhaps the Cyrkle? Harpers Bizarre? Can anyone 
    help here? 
    Anyway, Claudine's records are top class, with great 
    players, arrangements by Nick DeCaro and engineering by 
    Bruce Botnick (Love/Forever Changes, etc.). My favorite 
    Claudine Longet recording, just slightly ahead of Small 
    Talk, is Hard to Say Goodbye, written by Roger Nichols! 
    FANTASTIC song, and Claudine's whisper voice delivery 
    suits it perfectly.
    Big Lenny writes about the Turtles:
    >I can't think of another artist or group that got a rawer
    >deal from their record company...
    White Whale was indeed an elusive label; I know little 
    about the operation. Why do you think the Turtles were 
    particularly given a raw deal, Lenny? I'm not disagreeing,
    just curious. btw, love the White Whale single by Brit band
    John's Children "Smashed! Blocked!", which I understand was
    actually recorded by Simon Napier Bell in LA with the 
    clique (Wrecking Crew). Carol, any recollection of this? 
    Anyone else know about this side?
    Michael Coxe wrote:
    >Stewart's and Dave's comments about the Vogues rendition 
    >of "You're The One" brings back lots of memories. 
    > was sooo danceable and sooo garage-pop -  my kind 
    >of sound...
    I am very fond of Five O'Clock World and You're The One as
    well, but my favorite Vogues recording is the Mann/Weil 
    song "Magic Town", the perfect follow up to On Broadway. 
    An incredible song, its lyric reflects a bitterly 
    reluctant acceptance of failure and rejection.
    Steve Stanley writes more on the Vogues:
    >It's possible that "Milk and Honey" is an obscure cover of
    >a great obscure song by a band that recorded a single on 
    >Date Records. The principal genius behind this song and 
    >group (Summer's Children) was Curt Boettcher...
    >Is Curt's name listed in the writer credits?
    Good guess, but these are two different songs. In the Land
    of Milk and Honey is another prime example of what Michael
    Coxe called "sooo garage-pop". The Boettcher track is 
    nearly a prototype for the dreamy psychedilia he would 
    achieve later with Sagittarius and Millennium. The 
    obscure Summer's Children track that Steve refers to, btw,
    can be found on the essential soft pop CD The Melody Goes 
    On, Volume 2 (M&M MMCD-1013).
    Paul MacArthur wrote about Del-Fi:
    >Here's my latest for you to check out: Del-Fi Records 
    >story in the Houston Press. 
    To which Steve Stanley replied:
    >Very groovy story Paul... And very well written! 
    Agreed! Without permission of the author (don't get mad, 
    Paul), here is a short passage from his article, quoted 
    for the sake of discussion.
    >To get a sense of Del-Fi's unique history, there's 
    >Delphonic Sounds Today!, a compilation of songs recorded 
    >on Del-Fi during the '50s and '60s, except they're remade 
    >by contemporary artists. The Brian Jonestown Massacre does
    >the Bobby Fuller Four; Elliot Kendall does Ritchie Valens; 
    >Man or Astro-Man? does Yo Yo Hashi; and Elliot Easton does
    >the Centurians. The revised look at Del-Fi's unusual canon 
    >-- one filled with rock and roll, R&B, surf, hot rod, jazz, 
    >doo-wop and "exotic" screwball songs -- gives a unique 
    >spin on the label's unique history. 
    I just have to add that this brand new CD is fantastic, 
    and it fits into our "current releases influenced by 
    Spectropop-era music" discussion. The Wondermints do an 
    absolutely incredible version of Full Moon (Tropical Blend) 
    which was originally recorded by certified nut case Eden
    Abbez. In my opinion, Wondermints surpass the original 
    version. Others include Elliot Kendall and his spot on 
    take of Ritchie Valens' Donna, David Ponak and his Mello 
    Cads' vocal version of An Afternoon Affair, and kudos to 
    Steve Stanley for his contribution to the compilation 
    production. This has become a current regular around my 
    house. If you have a chance to pick it up, I sooper highly
    recommend it (dig the Negro Problem's take on BF4's Magic 
    Touch). Del-Fi DFCD-2114.
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    Subject:     Re: Hamilton Camp
    Received:    06/11/99 12:07 am
    From:        Michael "Doc Rock"  Kelly, docroxxxxom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    My favorite Hamilton Camp hit was "Oklahoma City Times."  
    And I STILL dream about Wrangler Jane!!!
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    Subject:     Total Heart-throb
    Received:    06/11/99 12:07 am
    From:        Jimmy Cresitelli, Jimmyxxxxm
    To:          Spectropop List,
    I wanted Shelley "Mary Stone" Fabares to be my older 
    sister; and I wanted Annette to be my girlfriend.  : )
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    Subject:     Tuesday Weld
    Received:    06/11/99 12:06 am
    From:        Shelby Riggs,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    I agree 100% with Tom Simon about Tuesday Weld.
    She was definitely the knockout girl on TV in the late
    50's, early 60's.
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