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Spectropop V#0311

  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 08/25/99

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       Volume #0311                         August 25, 1999   
              Keep away from heat and direct sunlight
    Subject:     boettcher by golly wow
    Received:    08/25/99 6:58 am
    From:        Harvey
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Good to have you on the list. Your Ripples compilations 
    are of the highest order, both hugely enjoyable. I eagerly
    await the next slew of releases, particularly the Brit 
    Brill Building issue, which I guess will be based around 
    Tony Hatch, Fletcher/Flett & Macauley/McLeod, yes? Can't 
    wait. BTW, are you involved with the (apparently) 
    forthcoming Tony Rivers/Harmony Grass compilations on RPM?
    The one time I met Joe Foster (Revola boss), the 
    Boettcher-related compilations were in early stages of 
    production, and there was talk of a bunch of sessions with
    the Millennium backing Lou Christie circa late-'67, which 
    would make sense, as Lou was signed to Columbia at this 
    point. However, the only released master was 'Canterbury 
    Road', a re-write of the Millennium's 'There is nothing 
    more to say', which appeared on Buddah. Can anyone shed 
    any more light on these sessions? Apparently there was at 
    least an LP's worth of tunes recorded. I'm rather alarmed,
    however, that Revola don't even bother sending you 
    (Kingsley) copies of finished product that you compiled!! 
    Oh, and any fan of this sort of thing should invest in a 
    copy of Lou's 'Paint America Love', a remarkable 
    widescreen orch-pop vision of the USA. 
    Hep Stars: yeah! But has anyone heard their 100mph version
    of the Beach Boys 'Hawaii'? Wild...
    Harvey W.
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    Subject:     Millennium News
    Received:    08/25/99 6:58 am
    From:        Dave Mirich, Dmxxxxxcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    This is from the Millenium home page at
    Dave Mirich
    Latest Millennium News and Information
    August 8, 1999
    OK Millennium fans gather round ... here's the latest 
    Millennium news direct from the horses mouth ...
    I just spoke with Joey Stec, who has been in collaboration
    with Joe Foster of Creation Records in London. The 
    Millennium II album is a reality. Sixty reels of 
    Millennium audio tape are on their way from Nashville to 
    London to be combed through and remastered. From this, 
    approximately a dozen tracks will be picked and blended 
    into the new album. It took thirty years and lots of work 
    ... but it's here at last.
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    Subject:     Hep Stars
    Received:    08/25/99 6:58 am
    From:        Billy G. Spradlin,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    >I'll ask my parents if they have this record. Never paid
    >any attention to The Hep Stars before, but I guess I have
    >to now :)
    I just wondered if they sang these songs in Swedish or 
    English language? Otherwise it seems like Benny and Bjorn 
    Were huge fans of California Pop in the late 60's, and it 
    really influenced their writing and production work with 
    ABBA in the 70's (such as the Mama's and Papa's-like "Oh 
    Yeaaahs" on Dancing Queen).
    I knew they were huge fans of Brian Wilson's and Phil 
    Spector's production work but didn't know they could have 
    been also listening to Curt Boettcher's work too. They 
    might have had a some kind of a publishing connection that
    brought these songs to the Hep Stars attention too. I would
    love to hear this album.
    I also remember reading on a ABBA Fan page that some of 
    the Hep Stars recordings have been re-issued on CD in 
    Sweden in the early 90's. I always held ABBA in high 
    regard as a classic Pop group when critics and rock fans 
    here in the USA dismissed them as a disposable Top 40 
    bubblegum act.
    Billy G. Spradlin
    29 Rim Road
    Kilgore, Texas 75662
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    Subject:     OK....
    Received:    08/25/99 6:58 am
    From:        Carol Kaye,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Thanks Jamie!  Carol
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    Subject:     Sheila and Japanese pop
    Received:    08/25/99 6:58 am
    From:        DJ JimmyB, DJJimxxxxxcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    In a message dated 8/23/99 7:10:26 PM, you wrote:
    >My name is Sheila B. and I 
    >publish a fanzine called "Cha Cha Charming" (yes, the 
    >title comes from Ellie Greenwich's first record) which 
    >celebrates sixties girl groups, Japanese pop...
    Hi Sheila and welcome. I recently joined the list myself, 
    and am into Japanese pop. My favorites include Pizzicato 5, 
    Kahimi Karie, and Fantastic Plastic Machine. Do you 
    write about these groups/people? And how does one obtain 
    one of your mags? 
    Thanks in advance, 
    Jimmy Botticelli/
    "Jimmy's Easy" airs on WMBR-FM, 88.1 in Cambridge, MA on 
    Tuesday mornings 6-8:00 EST. To hear WMBR in real time, 
    download Real Audio and visit our site at
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    Subject:     Welcome back Sheila
    Received:    08/25/99 6:58 am
    From:        Michael B Kelly,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Welcome back from Japan.  I missed you!  You'll be a great 
    addition to Spectropop!
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    Subject:     The Lollipops
    Received:    08/25/99 6:58 am
    From:        john rausch,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Welcome aboard Sheila,
    Looking forward to the new ish of C. C. C. I enjoyed the 
    first one very much. I have a copy of the Lollipops on 
    Smash.If you are interested please E me privately.
    John Rausch
    Presenting The Fabulous 
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    Subject:     Where The Girls Are/Velvelettes/Dave Marsh
    Received:    08/25/99 6:58 am
    From:        WILLIAM STOS,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    I just returned from a trip to Toronto where I picked up 
    some new cds, and I've found some great new music. Where 
    The Girls Are Vol 2. is not quite as good as the first in 
    my opinion. Some stuff like Candy and the Kisses "Sweet 
    and Lovely," Silky and the Shutangs' "He's A Fink," and the
    Teardrops' "You won't Be There" are great girl group cuts, 
    but many of the songs issued here for the first time would 
    have been better off left untouched.
    The one saving grace at the end of the album "Dark Shadows
    and Empty Hallways" by Diane and Annita is worth the price 
    of the album alone. Have many people heard this cut? 
    The version by Tammy St. John is probably better known, 
    but this cut from a French EP is stunning. The wall of 
    sound is out in full force. Another cut, the original 
    version of Groovy Kind of Love" is almost as pleasing. Who
    are Diane and Annita? What else did they record?
    Mick Patrick speculates that Carol Bayer-Sager and Toni 
    Wine might be the voices on "Groovy" but do we know for 
    sure? For those who have heard both versions, is Tammy's 
    even better? I might find that hard to believe.
    The Velvelettes album released earlier this year is quite 
    good. There is a version of "These Things Will Keep Me 
    Loving You" which I haven't heard yet. Different from a 
    Northern Soul comp I have. Some unreleased tracks are 
    pretty good, and there are many photos of the group inside. 
    The girls, who wrote the liner notes, were bragging just
    a little though.
    Finally, has anyone read Dave Marsh's 1001 Greatest Rock 
    and Roll records ever made? I agree with some of his 
    choices, but there are a couple of things I've noticed. 
    First of all, he has many facts wrong. Barabara Ellis 
    might want to know that Marsh doesn't even think she sang 
    on "Come Softly To me." He thinks only Gretchen is singing 
    the female part. He thinks one of the Ganser twins is lead
    of the Shangri-las, and there are more! I'd like to know 
    what other people thought. I bought the book mostly 
    because he had two (!) Chiffons tracks listed in the Top 
    100! Reperata and the Delrons' I'm Nobody's Baby Now" made
    the cut at number 1000 too! But there are several glaring 
    absences. He totally dismissed "River Deep Mountain High."
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