======================================================= _ ___ _ __ ___ ___| |_ _ __ ___ _ __ ___ _ __ / __| '_ \ / _ \/ __| __| '__/ _ \| '_ \ / _ \| '_ \ \__ \ |_) | __/ (__| |_| | | (_) | |_) | (_) | |_) | |___/ .__/ \___|\___|\__|_| \___/| .__/ \___/| .__/ |_| |_| |_| ======================================================= Volume #0032 01/25/98 ======================================================= PLAYABLE ON STEREO & MONO PHONOGRAPHSSubject: the most popular boy Sent: 1/18/98 8:42 PM Received: 1/25/98 9:20 PM From: Jack Madani, Jack_MadXXX@XXXXXX2.nj.us It's great to have the list back! Much of what I picked up over the break was music from outside of our chosen area here, but I certainly spent time digging around for stuff. One thing I have had no luck finding, if anyone can help me get a line on it, I'd be grateful: I've been looking for "Here Come The Girls Volume 1," on Sequel Records from the UK. I believe its catalog number is SEQ NEX 111.2. This is NOT the volume that's subtitled "You can be wrong about boys," which is in fact volume 4 in the series but was issued here in the US and given the number "volume 1" as some cruel way of messing with our heads. No, the one I want has no subtitle. The one I want has "That's How It Goes" as the very first song. O please, I hope someone can help me. (BTW, I'm looking for a cd copy of this disc) Now to the pernt of my post: Which boy has had the most songs sung to or about him: Bobby, Jimmy, or Johnny? -------------------------------------------------------------------- Jack Madani - Princeton Day School, The Great Road, Princeton, NJ 08540 Jack_MadXXX@XXXXXX2.nj.us "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. -------------------------------------------------------------------- Subject: Re: Johnny Angel Sent: 1/22/98 12:59 AM Received: 1/25/98 9:20 PM From: Doc Rock, docroXXX@XXXXXXom I need help, opinions, or better yet, some authoritative information. It is in regard to the song "Johnny Angel." In liner notes, it is often stated that Darlene Love and the blossoms sang background on Shelly Fabares hit version. I've been told that Darlene says the same on stage. And I've heard that Shelly herself says that. But when I interviewed Fanita of the Blossoms, she laughed at that claim. She says that the Blossoms did not sing on "Johnny Angel." Further, when I interviewed Lou Adler (record producer and Shelly's ex), he said that it was not the Blossoms, but session singer Sally Stevens and her group that sang on Johnny Angel. He said that Sally and a group of her friends ranging in number from two to four sang on all of the records of Shelly, Paul Peterson, and James Darren. He said that Sally also sang on a few Jan & Dean sessions for Dore. When I listen to "Johnny Angel," I do not hear the Blossoms. Does anyone else hear the Blossoms? They were very versatile and sang backup on many records in different styles. Still.... I don't suppose anyone has first hand knowledge, or access to the Union files showing who worked on specific sessions and song? Doc Subject: Re: *Spectropop 1998* Sent: 1/21/98 11:25 AM Received: 1/25/98 9:20 PM From: CLimmer, CLimXXX@XXXXXXm > To help get things off to a good start, perhaps listers > would like to share any new finds or rediscoveries from > the recent holiday season. Let me take a moment to rhapsodize over the Simon & Garfunkel compilation, _Old Friends_. If you've ever cared at all about S&G, folk-rock, or two-part harmonies, you *must* own this. Wonderful vocal performances, timeless songs--notwithstanding Paul's sometimes sophomoric lyrics--and, finally, jaw- dropping sound quality. (Yeah, the liner notes are no great shakes. If you wanna read, buy a book.) On a related note, I recently picked up a bargain bin copy of Garfunkel's '96 release, _Across America_, which includes Art's solo versions of several S&G classics. It's nothing short of remarkable how intact his vocal range has remained, over thirty years later. Worth hearing for his lovely rendition of "Scarborough Fair," alone. Chuck Limmer Subject: Re: Psychedelic Rock Sent: 1/17/98 5:16 AM Received: 1/25/98 9:20 PM From: BashPop, BashXXX@XXXXXXm > Subject: Psychedelic Rock > > Recently, Madani spoke of the Flowerpotmen who are from > this same 1967 -- 68 time frame and are also currently > blowing my mind (I must admit that the flawless 5 minute > classic, Beach Baby is a very guilty pleasure of mine!). > Also, obviously I worship the Love classic, Forever > Changes (more pre-Byrds stuff) -- and even the first side > of De Capo. Now, I'm asking the members of this list > to help me to find more of this magical music from this, > the Golden Age of psychedelic rock and roll. What other > LPs (CDs) belong alongside these beautiful works? > Dave Mirich Hi Dave, Well, while the term "psychedelic rock" is generally used to describe 60s music with a lot of distortion and guitar and extended guitar and keyboard solos, if you consider things like Flowerpot Men to be in that category, I have many wonderful recommendations for you: Among the albums you ought to look for are: Colours-Colours Around Grapefruit-Grapefruit So Good-Don And The Goodtimes The Clique-The Clique Elephant Candy-The Fun and Games The Robbs-The Robbs Eternity's Children-Eternity's Children Down To Middle Earth-The Hobbits Blew Mind-The Hard Times There are plenty more where that came from, but start with those and see if you're happy. All of them are out of print, but you can find them at collectors shops, swap meets, etc...Many of these are along the lines of soft- ish psych pop, and I think you'd love em! And, if you're a fan of Carter/Lewis, pick up the new Ivy League 2 CD reissue on Sequel. -- Spectropop Rules!!!!! Take Care, David Subject: Re: Psychedelic Rock Sent: 1/18/98 2:20 PM Received: 1/25/98 9:20 PM From: Javed Jafri, javedjaXXX@XXXXXX.ca >From: D mirich, DmirXXX@XXXXXXm > Now, I'm asking the members of this list to help me to > find more of this magical music from this, the Golden Age > of psychedelic rock and roll. What other LPs (CDs) belong > alongside these beautiful works? David, One record that I recommend is by a group called Gandalf. Their one and only album came out on Capitol and it was eponymously titled. It's very hard to find and I don't know if it's ever been released on CD. Very little is known about the band and I'm not even sure what city they were form. I know they were American. Their music could be categorized as psyche-pop and the album was produced by Koppelman and Rubin who were also responsible for the production of the Lovin' Spoonful and Sopwith Camel. The sound on the album however is closer to the Zombies and British psyche-pop. I can't really describe the sound of this wonderful album, it's haunting at times with a definite psychedelic edge yet it is very hummable. They cover a couple of Tim Hardin songs including a killer version of Hang On to a Dream. The record also has covers of Bing Crosby's Golden Earrings and Harry Belafonte's Scarlett Ribbons. These sound nothing like the originals. The original material on the record is also first rate. I'm very surprised that the record has not become better known and that none of the group members rose to more prominence. If anyone on this list has more information about this wonderful group it would be appreciated. Javed Subject: Re: Psychedelic Rock Sent: 1/17/98 5:38 AM Received: 1/25/98 9:20 PM From: Jeff Glenn, Jeff_GlXXX@XXXXXX.nba.TRW.COM > Now, I'm asking the members of this list to help me to > find more of this magical music from this, the Golden Age > of psychedelic rock and roll. What other LPs (CDs) belong > alongside these beautiful works? > > BTW, thanks Jack before recommending the Andrew Gold > records. I always hated the song Thank You for Being a > Friend (my local TV news station used it as their jingle > and burned it to the ground! I didn't even know who > wrote this song but I wanted to see him to pilloried in > the town's square!) However, it turns out of the this > Brian-O-Phile is very talented and has a catalog of > highly listenable music. Dave, there was a terrific CD released last year that combined the two above elements: GREETINGS FROM PLANET LOVE by The Fraternal Order of the All. This is essentially Andrew Gold (with some help from a few friends) making a psychedelic album that cops various groups styles in different songs (much like the Dukes of Stratosphear/XTC stuff). There are great pastiches of the Beach Boys, the Beatles, the Doors, etc. and a song that sounds so much like the Byrds that you could play it for a Byrds fanatic and convince them it was a long lost outtake. Great CD! Other bands from the 60's you should try are The Parade and The Merry-Go-Round. The Parade's unreleased LP from the 60's was issued on CD in Japan on A&M; The Merry-Go-Round's one LP is also available on CD from Japan A&M (Emitt Rhodes, who produced a demo my band made of covers that we use to secure gigs) didn't even know it had been reissued in Japan (heck of a nice guy, and very down to earth). And let me second Scott's recommendation on the Move set MOVEMENTS and add that this might be the first time this material has ever been mastered from the first generation tapes, as the sound is superb (especially "Lightning Never Strikes Twice")! And another plug for ZOMBIE HEAVEN; great pop, great sound (thank you for the mono mixes of the Decca stuff!), great booklet. The other best box to come out in 1996 (the other is of course THE PET SOUNDS SESSIONS). I'm looking forward to receiving the first set of Sea of Tunes CD's; in fact I have to go to the Post Office now to mail off the money order. Jeffrey Glenn Subject: Re: Psychedelic Rock Sent: 1/22/98 8:53 AM Received: 1/25/98 9:20 PM From: Big L, biXXX@XXXXXXmail.com >>Now, I'm asking the members of this list to help me to find more of this magical music from this, the Golden Age of psychedelic rock and roll. What other LPs (CDs) belong alongside these beautiful works? I don't think it rates up there with those works, but I really enjoy "A Scratch In The Sky" by the Cryan' Shames. >>BTW, thanks Jack before recommending the Andrew Gold records. I always hated the song Thank You for Being a Friend (my local TV news station used it as their jingle and burned it to the ground! I didn't even know who wrote this song but I wanted to see him to pilloried in the town's square!) I also hated "What A Lonely Boy" by Gold - just goes to show that what becomes a hit may not be indicative of the artist's catalog. By those two songs, you'd think Gold was a Leo Sayer clone. == Big L Subject: Re: Spectropop V#0031 Sent: 1/17/98 12:52 PM Received: 1/25/98 9:20 PM From: GBMGIDEON, GBMGIDXXX@XXXXXXm Welcome back. I really missed the postings. I am listening right now to Julie Plug's STARMAKER cd. If you like the Sundays or the Darling Buds, you should give this cd a listen. John King gbmgidXXX@XXXXXXm Subject: THE CAKE Sent: 1/17/98 6:15 AM Received: 1/25/98 9:20 PM From: Doc Rock, docroXXX@XXXXXXom I have 2 LPs by the Cake. They are truly great. Subject: Re: Spectropop V#0031 Sent: 1/22/98 9:37 PM Received: 1/25/98 9:20 PM From: Jeff Glenn, Jeff_GlXXX@XXXXXX.nba.TRW.COM Hi all! A quick heads up on two discs that I picked up the other day: 1. 60'S GIRL GROUPS (Various Artists): A terrific 17-track comp of 1962-1968 girl group tracks from Warner Bros, Reprise, and Loma Records. Any CD that leads off with the Blossoms' "That's When The Tears Start" and ends with the Honeys' "He's A Doll" has got to be great! And in between you get rare and obscure gems from the likes of the Apollas, the Royalettes (pre-MGM), the Three Degrees, the Dolls, the Cookies (a great post-Dimension track!), Sugar & Spice, the Pearls, the Chiffons (pre-Laurie), and the Revlons, as well as two more Blossoms' tracks. 2. THE ALL-TIME GREATEST HITS OF ROY ORBISON (DCC 24K Gold Disc): You probably think you've heard these all before (same track listing as the CBS version of this disc), but you're wrong! Steve Hoffman has done an INCREDIBLE job on this stuff - as good as or better than his Buddy Holly work back in the 80's. A bit hissy too, so you know he didn't screw with the sound. All mastered from the original 2-track masters (the mixes were done live to 2-track during the sessions while monitoring in mono, meaning the mono 45 mixes can be duplicated by simply pressing the mono switch on your amp or receiver). And there are great liner notes by original engineer Bill Porter with lots of great anecdotes about the sessions! Simply BREATHTAKING!! Sorry to gush, but this disc is that good. That's enough for now. Have a great day, everyone. Jeff Subject: Babe I Need Your Love Sent: 1/17/98 5:21 AM Received: 1/25/98 9:20 PM From: John Barone, beachbXXX@XXXXXXmail.com Dan I believe the original version is by KC and the Sunshine Band, I think the correct title is Please Don't Go. JohnBarone Subject: Weekend In Palm Springs Sent: 1/20/98 10:56 PM Received: 1/25/98 9:20 PM From: Jack Madani, Jack_MadXXX@XXXXXX2.nj.us Recently watched this movie that was shown on American Movie Classics (AMC). Hilariously typical early-sixties teen flick, sort of an American International beach movie only with a bigger budget (it was from Warner Brothers). Starring Troy Donahue, Connie Stevens, Stephanie Powers, Jerry Van Dyke, Robert Conrad, and a bunch of other recognizable faces. And at the nightclub on stage who was performing but..... .....The Modern Folk Quartet! They were like a Kingston Trio or a Chad Mitchell Trio. Reeeeeeel folky. Not at ALL like what they sounded like on their Spector hit "this could be the night." ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Jack Madani - Princeton Day School, The Great Road, Princeton, NJ 08540 Jack_MadXXX@XXXXXX2.nj.us "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. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- End
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