__________________________________________________________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ S P E C T R O P O P __________ __________ __________ __________________________________________________________ Volume #0313 August 29, 1999 __________________________________________________________ Slight warpage will not distort playing quality Subject: The Hep Stars "It's Been A Long Long Time" CD Received: 08/26/99 10:51 am From: David Bash, Baxxxxxcom To: Spectropop List, spectxxxxxities.com Hi Everyone, I own the Hep Stars "It's Been A Long Long Time" CD that several people have mentioned, so perhaps I'll be able to illuminate some things... 1. The songs are sung in English, and very good English I might add. The covers of Boettcher releated and other soft pop tunes are top notch, and this CD would be a worthwhile purchase for any soft pop fan. 2. It does seem, on the face of it, absurdly amazing that a very popular Swedish band, who probably had never been to the States, would end up doing a bunch of covers by a relatively unknown songwriter. However, the album was produced by Steve Clark, who had done some work with Curt Boettcher in the past. One would surmise that their connection probably in large part was responsible for this occurrence. The Japanese liner notes allude to the possibility that Boettcher did some of the vocal arrangements, but are never definitive. Perhaps if someone on the list knows how to contact Steve Clark, we may gain some insight. In the meantime, I'll do my part to try and get some more info. The version of the CD I have is on Keystone Music, Japan. The M&M version has several bonus tracks that don't appear on the Keystone edition, making it the version of choice. However, the bonus tracks are not in the same soft pop vein as the album proper, though they are pretty good. I hope this helps! -- Spectropop Rules!!!!! Take Care, David Bash --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Candy and the Kisses/Tammys Received: 08/27/99 11:09 am From: WILLIAM STOS, xxxxxet.com To: Spectropop List, spectxxxxxities.com It seems as though Candy and the Kisses recorded a lot of great material for Scepter during the 60s, plus the stuff on Cameo and Decca, why is there no best of series for them? Does anyone know which Lou Christie comp features some of the Tammys sides? How many, and which ones? Will --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Japanese Girl Groups Received: 08/26/99 10:51 am From: Jimmy Cresitelli, Jimxxxxxcom To: Spectropop List, spectxxxxxities.com Hi! I recall that I have a few cuts of girl-pop by an artist named Celia Paul-- VERY Spectoresque. I think these are from the early 70s. They shimmer very beautifully. Anyone recall her? I may be able to get you all more details from my archives, with titles, etc. --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Rupert Holmes Received: 08/28/99 3:30 pm From: Marie J. Leclercxxxxxotron.ca To: Spectropop list, spectxxxxxities.com I have seen two Rupert Holmes album titles that I am not familiar with: Rainy Night In Georgia and She Lets her Hair Down. I am familiar with the songs that the albums were named after but can someone fill me in with any details on these two albums, like when were they recorded, track lists, labels etc? Many thanks, Marie --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Sunshine Pop Received: 08/29/99 10:47 pm From: Kingsley Abbott, kinxxxxxa.freeserve.co.uk To: Spectropop List, spectxxxxxities.com Thanks to Harvey for the kind words about the Ripples compilations. They are indeed selling very well for a new area of compilation-enough anyway for Sequel to be happy to do all the others. This very week we have pretty well finished the next two - Uptown Girls & Big City Boys and Autumn Almanac. the first being big sounding New York type Pop and the second being much more folky. But each will have some soft rock style vocals in there - maybe not as much as Look At The Sunshine, but harmonies in with girlie stuff (inc the Tammy St John track recently mentioned on the list). Mick Patrick, a good telephone mate of mine, has had some input on this one, and this will have improved the end product. Expect them sometime in October. (Thinks...Must write the notes soon...) The Revola product is actually only out this Monday (29th?), so everyone should order copies of SC and EC as soon as possible. Re. Lou Christie - Yes, Joe Foster and I did talk about all the CBS/Columbia LC material that is in the vaults, quite a bit I believe. Along with some other ideas we have been toying with, it's on the back burner at present. Joe saw Joey Stec recently at the IPO2 in LA and I know they discussed a lot of ideas. Joey is currently engaged in sorting out some past Millenium financial history with CBS. Future issues may well have to wait on this. In the meantime, I see Collectables have reissued early Lou C. material as a twenty four track 2on1 issue. Also just out in Japan on EM Records is a retrospective CD of Chris White's mid seventies UK material. For anyone who does not know this, Chris had a medium sized hit in the UK with "Spanish Wine", a wonderful B. Boys styled ballad, and went on to put out some great stuff. Its a great package, as indeed are all the EM CDs. They did a series of Tony Rivers issues, which I helped with. I'm not at present involved with the planned RPM Tony Rivers retrospectives, put I can assure everyone that TR is delighted with all this sudden attention after all these years. Kingsley Abbott --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Re: Tatsuro Yamashita Received: 08/27/99 11:09 am From: Jamie LePage, le_pagxxxxxities.com To: Spectropop List, spectxxxxxities.com Dave Mirich, Dmxxxxxcom wrote: >Jamie, can you tell us more about Tats... The first time I heard Yamashita's music, someone was playing The Big Wave album, and it just shocked me that someone, anyone would cover Sacramento, Guess I'm Dumb and This Could Be The Night - all on one album! All done very tastefully, I might add. Knowing you are the Beach Boys fan, Dave, this would be the album I would recommend to start with. Side two of this LP is all Brian Wilson related covers (and This Could Be The Night). I guess the Tats Yamashita story has to do with a Tokyo record store called Pied Piper, the proprietor Yoshi Nagato, and a band called Niagara Triangle. I think Yamashita and Nagato shared similar interest in American pop, and this led to an artist/management relationship between the two of them. (Side note: it was Yoshi Nagato who suggested Foskett record Yamashita's Fish for the Thru My Window album). Yamashita is a dedicated student of American pop and has recorded two volumes of Doo Wop covers called On the Street Corner 1 & 2. He also covered the Tradewinds' New York's a Lonely Town, changing the words to Tokyo's a Lonely Town. Yamashita has recorded albums for a number of labels including CBS/Sony, Alfa/Moon, and MMG. At one point, Yamashita worked on a five CD Spector box set while he was involved with the MMG operation. This box set was pressed and ready to ship when Spector somehow stopped the release. MMG reportedly destroyed nearly all the copies although a few did survive. I have heard this set and the mastering is superior to the ABKCO set that was released a few years later. When the subject of this box set comes up, occasionally I hear people refer to it as the unreleased Rhino set. I wonder about this though, because I was under the impression that this particular set was compiled in Japan, not in US. Rhino typically would use Bill Inglot and master in LA. The ABKCO set is credited as mastered by Larry Levine and Spector himself. To cloud this issue even further, around this time MMG released the Spector Atlantic productions CD. Have there been two rejected Spector box sets, or are these one and the same? Can anyone clarify? I hoped our J-Pop fans would have chimed in here with more background info on Yamashita. Glenn Sadin, can you add anything here? -- Jamie LePage le_pagxxxxxities.com <http://www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/5030> --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Tats Yamashita Received: 08/27/99 11:09 am From: Dave Mirich, Dmxxxxxcom To: Spectropop List, spectxxxxxities.com where can one order a Tats Yamashita CD? thanks, Dave Mirich --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]--------------------
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