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Spectropop V#0307

  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 08/18/99

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       Volume #0307                         August 18, 1999   
    Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws
    Subject:     Sweets
    Received:    08/18/99 7:21 am
    From:        Jack Madani,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    >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.
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    Subject:     Tats Yamashita
    Received:    08/18/99 7:21 am
    From:        Dave Mirich, Dmxxxxxcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    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.
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    Subject:     Various soft rock stuff
    Received:    08/17/99 8:00 am
    From:        David Atlee Phillips,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    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 :-)
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    Subject:     Curt Boettcher and Moses Lake
    Received:    08/18/99 7:21 am
    From:        Ron Weekes,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    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
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    Subject:     Jim Bond
    Received:    08/18/99 7:20 am
    From:        David Atlee Phillips,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    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? :-)
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    Subject:     Myddle Class/April March
    Received:    08/18/99 7:20 am
    From:        Stewart Mason,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    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 
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    Subject:     new Ronnie Spector
    Received:    08/18/99 7:20 am
    From:        john rausch,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    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
    Wow wee!!!
    Presenting The Fabulous 
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    Subject:     Re:  Chiffons, AKA the Four Pennies
    Received:    08/18/99 7:20 am
    From:        DJ JimmyB, DJJimxxxxxcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    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?..
    Jimmy Botticelli ;-)
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    Subject:     fond memories
    Received:    08/18/99 7:20 am
    From:        Jerry Riopelle, DOTCxxxxxcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Carol, 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
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