__________________________________________________________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ S P E C T R O P O P __________ __________ __________ __________________________________________________________ Volume #0307 August 18, 1999 __________________________________________________________ Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable lawsSubject: Sweets Received: 08/18/99 7:21 am From: Jack Madani, Jack_Mxxxxxk12.nj.us To: Spectropop List, spectxxxxxities.com >We also lost Sweets Edison How in heaven did I miss this? RIP Sweets; in my own mind he carried equal billing with Frank Sinatra and Nelson Riddle on those perfect Capitol platters. --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Tats Yamashita Received: 08/18/99 7:21 am From: Dave Mirich, Dmxxxxxcom To: Spectropop List, spectxxxxxities.com Jamie LePage wrote: >n.p. Jeffrey Foskett's cover of Tats Yamashita's "Fish" - Great! > The Best of Jeffrey Foskett [Pioneer LDC (PICP-1166)] I once had a cassette recording of an LP of Tats Yamashita which was highly enjoyable, highly polished music. One day I left my truck parked on the street and the cassette deck was stolen from it along with this amazing cassette. I have missed this tape and wouldn't know how to begin to find this talented man's music. Jamie, can you tell us more about Tats, and where one could possibly find his CDs? Dave Mirich BTW, until now, I had thought that Foskett's wonderful recording of "Fish" was his own composition. --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Various soft rock stuff Received: 08/17/99 8:00 am From: David Atlee Phillips, wuxxxxxet.se To: Spectropop List, spectxxxxxities.com An anonymous but generous listee donated some nice CD-r's to me recently (stop me I sound too much like a doctor! :-)): * "The Jimmy Webb Songbook". I don't know if it's an official - ie. legal - compilation or not but it's got everything a Webb fan should want and more. Take away the odd Richard Harris or Glen Campbell song and you realise Webb largely based his early career around the 5th DImension, who this compilation is mainly dedicated to. It doesn't seem to include everything Webb did with the group, but it's fine with me. The song "Never Gonna Be The Same" alone is worth the value of the whole disc! I was slightly disappointed with "Rosencrans Blvd" --- I had high expections from reading this list's praise of the song. It's great, but not the masterpiece I imagined it to be. My fault, I guess. An interesting thing is all the incidental linktracks, these 20 second snippets of everything from Irish folkmusic to orchestral maneuvers, uh, in the, uh, dark (pardon me for making a reference to the horrible '80s synth pop group!). * "The Roger Nichols Songbook". Another compilation of a slighty illegal nature, I suppose (mastered from vinyl too). It's interesting to compare Roger Nichols with Jimmy Webb as they were active at the same time. Webb is definitely a more daring and ambitious songwriter whose songs take more risks than Nichols, who on this comp mainly comes across as updating the Tin Pan Alley songwriters of the forties' music and giving it a soft sixties, eh, edge. Nothing wrong with that, but I feel that Nichols doesn't have a style of his own, in the way that both Webb, Bacharach and Wilson do have. If you leave this aside, his music is very beautiful and emotional. This compilation is full of warm, major 7th driven tunes which several times manage to turn your livingroom into summer, no matter what time of year it is. Claudine Longet's "It's Hard To Say Goodbye" is possibly one of the greatest forgotten lovesongs of its era --- a positive thing about Nichols' choice of lyricists is that they're - as opposed to most soft rock of the sixties - usually writing about adult matters. We're not talking "My Baby Loves Love" here.... still, the music remains innocent in many ways, particularly when you think of the Vietnam war, student demonstrations and riots which were going on in USA at the same time. A highly recommended record for anyone into soft stringladen ballads, written in a style which doesn't exist today. Well, that's until a record company wants to release *my* music!! :-) Well, that's it for now. I'll post the second half of the remaining interview once it's written :-) Tobias --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Curt Boettcher and Moses Lake Received: 08/18/99 7:21 am From: Ron Weekes, Wexxxxxs.edu To: Spectropop List, spectxxxxxities.com On a disc entitled "Sagittarius/Rarities & Curt Boettcher/ Productions" I have there are two tracks by Moses Lake. I'm trying to decipher the real titles of these tracks. One is listed as "Dobleck" and the other is "Moses***". I am wondering if these are typos since the creator of the CD lists a Sagittarius track as "Nabajo Girl" and not "Navajo Girl". If I didn't know better I would assume the disc was created somewhere in Latin America. The "v" and "b" sound, at least in Mexico, is pronounced the same and sometimes mispelled. Ron Weekes --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Jim Bond Received: 08/18/99 7:20 am From: David Atlee Phillips, wuxxxxxet.se To: Spectropop List, spectxxxxxities.com Carol Kaye mentioned a session musician called Jim Bond. Thank you very much for doing so, because a "James Bond" is listed on Beach Boys session sheets in the book "Look Listen Vibrate Smile" and I believed up until now it was a phoney name! Pretty unfortunate to be called that, though, don't you think? Haha, you never saw Jim chasing East German agents at Gold Star, did you? :-) Tobias --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Myddle Class/April March Received: 08/18/99 7:20 am From: Stewart Mason, flaxxxxx.com To: Spectropop List, spectxxxxxities.com Claudia Cunningham asks: >The Myddle Class had one hit which was very large on the >East Coast, "Don't Let Me Sleep Too Long". I am curious >about them, if anyone has heard anything of them. I've never heard any of their music, but the Myddle Class have a permanent place in the footnotes of pop history: The Velvet Underground's first public performance was an opening slot for the Myddle Class at a Long Island high school in November 1965. Jimmy B asks: >Has anyone here heard April March yet? She is >retro-futuristic and absolutely fantabulash. Her husband >is Warren Zanes, formerly of the 80's Boston-based Del >Fuegoes. Run, don't walk out to get her fine new CD and >you absolutely WILL NOT be disappointed. Guaranteeeeeeed. The best introduction to April March I know of is last year's LESSONS OF APRIL MARCH (Ideal), which compiles several tracks from her many EPs, singles and albums. Many of her releases are in the 60s French pop style -- April's fluent in the language -- and she does it as well as my beloved France Gall or Francoise Hardy, but she also does Stereolab-like electronic pop, garage rock and girl group pastiches, so it's best to know what a record sounds like before you buy it. Before she created the April March persona, Elinor Blake was the lead singer in the late 80s New York trio the Pussywillows, who were like a Blondie'd-out Shangri-Las, and the singer in the indiepop guitar group the Shitbirds. She's also an animator, her biggest credit being work on REN AND STIMPY, for which she also wrote and performed several songs, including "Don't Whiz on the Electric Fence." Her most recent animation-related work is the theme song to Cartoon Network's new series I AM WEASEL. Elinor Blake's *already married*? Wah! Another daydream shattered! Stewart ***************************FLAMINGO RECORDS*************************** Stewart Allensworth Mason Box 40172 "I'm as much an attorney as you are, Albuquerque NM 87196 unless you're a real attorney." www.rt66.com/~flamingo *********************HAPPY MUSIC FOR NICE PEOPLE********************** --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: new Ronnie Spector Received: 08/18/99 7:20 am From: john rausch,xxxxx.net To: Spectropop List, spectxxxxxities.com The advances are out for Ronnie`s new 4 track ep American release for She Talks To Rainbows with bonus live track of I Wish I Never Saw The Sunshine. Check out her new look at http://members.tripod.com/rauschj/rs_99_head_shot.jpg Wow wee!!! Jonr Presenting The Fabulous Ronexxxxxp://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Studio/2469/ --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Re: Chiffons, AKA the Four Pennies Received: 08/18/99 7:20 am From: DJ JimmyB, DJJimxxxxxcom To: Spectropop List, spectxxxxxities.com In a message dated 8/16/99 7:00:23 PM, you wrote: >I mention that because I >recall reading that Cinnamon Angels were decidedly the >Chiffons, which makes sense in view of the above. Can't >help with the Penny Sisters, though. Just a thought: Could the Penny Sisters be the Chiffons, AKA the Four Pennies operating under a pseudo-pseudonym?.. .... Nah, Jimmy Botticelli ;-) --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: fond memories Received: 08/18/99 7:20 am From: Jerry Riopelle, DOTCxxxxxcom To: Spectropop List, spectxxxxxities.com Carol, Wow...so many gone ...brings a tear. If you should see Hal or Earl please say hello. I have such fond memories. Keep the fire burnin' Jerry Riopelle --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- End
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