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  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 09/10/99

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       Volume #0319                      September 14, 1999   
    Recorded with Maximum Separation of the Left & Right Hands
    Subject:     Laura Nyro
    Received:    09/10/99 12:53 am
    From:        David Feldman,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Jamie said:
    > I think Laura Nyro is so underrated and we don't discuss 
    > her great work nearly enough here. 
    > Laura Nyro died at 49 of ovarian cancer. Such a waste. 
    > Nevertheless, she left for posterity some fantastic songs.
    Fantastic songs?  How about fantastic albums?  
    I think Eli & the 13th Confession is nothing less than a 
    masterpiece. To me, the three great album masterworks in 
    rock history (albums that are more than just collections 
    of songs) are Pet Sounds, What's Going On, and Eli. And of
    the three, I think Eli might have the fewest weak spots. 
    I have to admit that today I listen to it less than the 
    BB's and Marvin Gaye, and I think part of the reason is 
    the intensity and earnestness of Nyro in "Eli" (not that 
    there isn't humor in the album). It requires a little more
    work than the other two. But on the BB and Gaye albums, the
    best-known songs are among the highlights of the album. 
    "Stoned Soul Picnic" and "Sweet Blindness" are among the 
    weakest on Eli -- songs like "Poverty Train," "Emma" and 
    "The Confession" are just as accessible and cut to the bone.
    If you don't like "Eli," you probably won't like her other
    stuff, but folks on this list will probably enjoy "It's 
    Gonna Take a Miracle," her doowop/soul album with Labelle,
    but More Than a New Discovery (her first album) and New 
    York Tendaberry are also superb.
    Nyro was also a dynamite live performer. I once went to 
    see her five straight nights at the Troubador in Los 
    Angeles in 1970, and except possibly for Jonathan Richman,
    I've never seen a singer-songwriter mix up a show as much 
    from night to night as she did. I'm not fond of musical 
    cults, and I didn't particularly like the adoration that 
    some fans gave her in public. She wasn't a diva; she was a
    fantastic songwriter and a wonderfully expressive singer. 
    And she had a sense of humor. 
    My favorite L.N. moment: On one of the Troubador nights, 
    I was stuck in the balcony of the Troubador. The only plus
    about the location was that it provided visual access to 
    L.N. right before the show. At that time (1970) she wore 
    long, flowing (usually black) dresses, and her demeanor 
    was somber. As the emcee announced her, right as she was 
    ready to leave the booth, her boyfriend gave her a 
    not-too-soft whack on her rear-end. She burst out laughing
    but somehow was able to assume the mournful expression as 
    soon as she opened the door to walk down for her show.
    That's a great point that you made, Jamie, about her 
    producers and arrangers. Roy Halee, in particular, seemed 
    to be very important to her records -- they sounded great.
    Dave Feldman
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    Subject:     Hear Hear! Laura Nyro!
    Received:    09/10/99 12:53 am
    From:        WASE RADIO,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Hear Hear! Laura Nyro was indeed a great talent. I have 3 
    cds by her-"New York Tendaberry" (CS 9737), "Christmas and
    the Beads of Sweat" (C 30259) and "It's Gonna Take A 
    Miracle" w/ Labelle. (Sorry I do not know the catalog 
    number). I must warn the uniniated that "New York 
    Tendaberry" will be a total shock-because of her free use 
    of dynamics. Several songs on this album starts off real 
    soft to where to you almost have to turn up the volume. 
    Then suddenly it gets loud-I mean real loud to where you 
    have to turn the volume the other way. That album 
    contained "Save The Country" later a top 30 hit for the 
    Fifth Dimension in the summer of 1970. As well as "Time 
    and Love", later recorded by Barbra Streisand. "New York 
    Tendaberry" was recorded over the summer of 1969 at 
    Columbia's New York studio. There was an article in Life 
    Magazine about the album.. One report was she wanted jazz 
    great Miles Davis to participate in one song. He said he 
    coudn't-he said it was already done. Her "Christmas and 
    the Beads of Sweat" album continued the same music 
    experimentaions of dynamics and free flowing poetic lyrics. 
    This album was produced by Felix Cavaliere of the 
    Rascals. It was recorded in part in Muscle Shoals, 
    Alabama-and finished up in New York, It contained her only
    charted single-ironically a remake of the Drifters' 1963 
    hit "Up On the Roof". Her version peaked at #92 during a 
    very brief two week chart run.
    Her 1972 album "It's Gonna Take a Miracle", a 
    collaboration with Labelle contains all cover versions of 
    vintage early rock and roll abd R&B chestnuts. One 
    highlight of this album is her version of "Desiree", 
    originally a minor chart for the Charts (I could be wrong 
    on this). Her version is pure dynamite. Slow with some 
    nice vibes. The one fault is that it's too short, only 
    running 1:50. I have to play the same song three times to 
    get the maximum enjoyment. Another highlight is her cover 
    of the Jesters' "The Wind". This has great production. 
    Putting a very liberal amount of reverb onto the Labelles 
    vocals, then mixing them down a bit, is a bit of genius. 
    It makes the voices sound distant.
    Other Laura Nyro albums worth checking out are "Eli and 
    the Thirteenth Confession" (her first album on Columbia", 
    "The First Songs" (first issued on Verve/Forecast in 1967,
    reissued on Columbia in 1973) and "Smile" (1976) Enjoy! 
    Michael Marvin
    WASE radio
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    Subject:     Murray the K album
    Received:    09/14/99 1:26 am
    From:        Glenn Sadin & Mariko Kusumoto,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    I wanted to let you all know about an amazing LP I found 
    at the local record store for only $2.95. It's called 
    "Live From the Brooklyn Fox - The Murray the K Holiday 
    Revue," and it was issued by KFM Records (#KFM-1001), 
    which I assume Murray himself owned. The album is an 
    actual (as opposed to fake) live recording - check out 
    this line-up of stars and songs!!!!!!:
    THE CHIFFONS - He's So Fine
    THE ANGELS - My Boyfriend's Back
    JAN & DEAN - Linda (the only 'fake' live track on the LP - 
    maybe their real performance sucked)
    THE TYMES - So Much in Love
    THE RONETTES - Be My Baby (!!!!!!!!)
    JAY & THE AMERICANS - She Cried
    GENE PITNEY - Town Without Pity
    THE MIRACLES - Shop Around
    THE DOVELLS - You Can't Sit Down
    THE DRIFTERS - There Goes My Baby
    BEN E. KING - I (Who Have Nothing)
    THE SHIRELLES - Everybody Loves a Lover
    How's THAT for some full-on 1963 goodness!?!?
    It's so great to hear those songs performed LIVE and while
    they were still on the charts. The album also has some 
    wonderful bits of Murray the K dialogue, goofing with the 
    audience in his inimitable hip-speak. Classic. The LP 
    cover is really cool too - the front has a bunch of great 
    color photos of Murray in his trademark straw hat and 
    striped sweater on stage, the kids lining up outside the 
    theater, and of all of the hip teenagers sitting in the 
    front row. The back cover has b&w shots of all of the 
    performers during the actual concert - oddly enough, only 
    two of the Ronettes (Estelle & Nedra) are visable in the 
    photo of the group.
    (Speaking of the Ronettes, does anyone know whatever 
    became of Estelle & Nedra, and what they're doing today?) 
    Glenn Sadin
    Guitarist/Vocalist/Songwriter for THE BERKELEY SQUIRES:
    Read about Japanese pop from the '50s & '60s!
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    Subject:     Paris Sisters
    Received:    09/10/99 1:43 am
    From:        Jamie LePage,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    xxxxxcom wrote:
    >The Paris Sisters "I Love How You Love Me" that you heard 
    >was probably the version that Mike Curb produced for "The 
    >Golden Hits Of The Paris Sisters" LP on Sidewalk. 
    That's what I would have guessed.
    >The LP was produced by Mike Curb & Clancy Grass who I think 
    >was married to Priscilla. 
    Yes, I believe Clancy Grass III was Priscilla's husband. 
    Clancy managed Priscilla's career after she left Charlie 
    Green and Brian Stone. Green and Stone had her on their 
    label for one solo album "Priscilla Sings Herself", a 
    fascinating "teen idol goes folkie" record with liner 
    notes by Phil Spector. Priscilla's songs are a bit weak, 
    but her voice and the LA backing tracks help make up for 
    the slightly less than top notch songwriting. 
    Clancy Grass also produced an album of Billie Holiday 
    covers called Priscilla loves Billy on the Happy Tiger 
    label. Purists would probably hate this album, but 
    Priscilla brings her own magic to these standards and I 
    have always been quite fond of this album. I like it far 
    better than the tired retreads of the aforementioned Curb 
    "Golden Hits" album anyway.
    >Does anyone know anything about the Paris Sisters LP "Sing
    >THE Glass House" on Unifilms? Another Mike Curb production 
    >with Richie Podolor & Clancy Grass.
    Never heard this particular Paris Sisters record, which is
    actually called 'The Paris Sisters sing from "The Glass 
    House"'. Spector's Paris Sisters sides and the 
    Nitzsche-produced "Sing Everything Under The Sun" LP on 
    Reprise are wonderful. But seeing as Glass House is 
    another Curb production I am skeptical, and others have 
    reported that it really isn't all that special. Anyone 
    heard this? I've been curious about this album for years.
    That "live in Paris" record that Perry Botkin mentioned to
    Carol Kaye sounds interesting too. Never even heard of that
    one before Carol's post...
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    Subject:     Playlist for "Jimmy's Easy"
    Received:    09/10/99 12:53 am
    From:        DJ JimmyB, DJJimxxxxxcom
                 Spectropop List,
    "Jimmy's Easy" airs on WMBR-FM, 88.1 in Cambridge on 
    Tuesdays from 6-8am. It can be heard in Real Time through 
    Real Audio by visiting
    Leo Arnaud Orchestra-Japanese Sandman
    Les Baxter-Oasis Of Dakhla
    Walter Wanderly-When It Was Done
    Keith Mansfield-Tyreen
    Bill Justus-Meditation
    Martin Denny-Sweet Someone
    Syd Dale-Mexican Ding Dong
    Brass Ring-Moon River
    101 Strings-Take Me In Your Arms
    Jefferson-Take Me In Your Arms
    -The Third Wave-Wave's Lament
    -Lalo Schifrin-Dead Leaf
    -John Cameron-Sunny Speed
    -The Match-Spray Colored Glasses
    -Bert Kaempfert-Caravan
    -John Buzon Trio-Caravan (eat static remix)
    -Perez Prado-Mambo #8
    -Living Voices-Get Up And Boogie (That's Right!)
    Nite Liters-Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)
    Mongo Santamaria-By The Time I Get To Phoenix
    Horst Jankowski Orchestra & Singers-Didn't We Girl
    Andre Kostelanetz-Beginnings
    Pete Terrace Orchestra-Its Delovely
    Bob Thompson-M-M-M-Nice!
    Kahimi Karie-Zoom Up
    Neal Hefti-Lord Love A Duck
    -Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited-Budapest Incident
    -Space Project-Conquest Of The Stars (Star Wars/Trek-sploitation 12"er)
    -Fantastic Plastic Machine-Satellite Beats
    -Sir Julian-Peanut Vendor
    -Henri Rene-Without A Song
    -Flabby-Mambo Italiano
                    -------Wayne Newton-Wives & Lovers------
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    Subject:     Re:  "He's A Rebel"
    Received:    09/10/99 12:53 am
    From:        DJ JimmyB, DJJimxxxxxcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    In a message dated 9/8/99 12:32:34 PM, you wrote:
    >By the way, the Shirelles were offered "He's A Rebel" 
    >before the Crystals, but they turned it down as too 
    But have you wrapped those floppy chunks of flesh on the 
    side of your head around Vicki Carr's E-Z Listenin' 
    version? Seek and sample I say!
    Jimmy Botticelli/"Jimmy's Easy" airs on WMBR-FM, 88.1 in 
    Cambridge, MA on Tuesdays from 6-8am. We can be heard in 
    Real Time through Real Audio at our website,
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    Subject:     Re: Experience Music website
    Received:    09/14/99 1:26 am
    From:        Carol Kaye,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    There is a website called "Experience Music", and it has much
    to do with Paul Allen's new music museum being built in 
    Seattle, quite a museum; largest music museum in the world.
    He had sent a film crew down to film a few of us studio 
    musicians in 1997 and the first of our segments is now up 
    on their website. I have to personally thank the wonderful
    Sarah Allen and her great editing crew for putting together
    the 10 segments from my film-shoot and the 1st one is now 
    in video-stream form on the site along with some samples 
    of audio tunes I'm playing guitar on, see following 
    excerpt post from my new Message Board (tho't you'd like 
    to bookmark this site as Hal Blaine will eventually be on 
    there too, others):
    From my Message Board: Finally was able to get the 
    RealPlayer going on the video, that's just the 1st segment, 
    quite a few more to be shown. It was a little jumpy but 
    overall pretty good quality, never played a video before, 
    it's wild. Had to change the display settings tho' to 32 
    bits for better overall colors. 
    Wanted to say that's EARL PALMER on not only the Ray 
    Charles hit of "I Don't Need No Doctor" but also my guitar
    audio cuts: "Baia" from my "Calif. Creamin'" 1965 
    multi-guitar album.....and the rest of the guys, Bill 
    Green, Jim Horn, Gary Coleman, Rene Hall, they all sound 
    so great....that was the spirit of our LA recording sounds
    and feel of 1965, enjoy. 
    Earl is also on "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" 
    Righteous Bros. hit too. 
    All that is Earl there, something isn't he?! Listen to his
    great drum feel, we just played together the other night 
    and he still has it 34 years later. It was wonderful. 
    Bill Green gave jazz sax lessons to so many here in the LA
    are, inc. Ernie Watts etc., Bill was so great and Rene Hall
    on bass on Baia, a fine guitarist/composer/arranger and 
    wonderful person. You see his name as composer/arranger on
    some black movies also from the 40s and 50s - Rene used to 
    play organ on the river-boats back in the 40s up and down 
    the Mississippi.
    Jim Horn has lived and worked in Nashville now for about 
    18-20 years. You see him on some old film traveling with 
    John Denver, tall sax player, also plays bari, has a great
    "raw" sound. And Gary Coleman was one of Hollywood's 
    top-call percussionist/vibist, father of Lisa Coleman 
    (singer/keyboardist behind Prince awhile back with Mike 
    Melvoin's daughter, Wendy).
    I am playing acoustic rhythm guitar on "You've Lost That 
    Lovin' Feeling" and Phil Spector put a double-time echo on
    it, so you hear it mixed in with the drums/bass etc., part 
    of the wall-of-sound. Well anyway, down "memory lane"...
    those were the guys, and they were great to work with.
    Carol Kaye
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    Subject:     Re: Rosecrans Avenue
    Received:    09/10/99 1:43 am
    From:        Jamie LePage,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Scott Bauman wrote:
    >Jamie, you really need to spend more time in L.A.! 
    >Manhattan Beach is in Los Angeles County, not Orange 
    Anything south of Pico and I need a roadmap. All us kids 
    from the Valley were a bunch of hoedads. South Bay Surfers 
    >the name of the street is really Rosecrans Avenue, not 
    >Rosecrans Boulevard.
    Funny that. Why do you think Webb elected to use boulevard
    instead? Both are three syllable words, and it wasn't a 
    rhyming problem. Try singing the song to yourself as 
    Rosecrans Avenue. Doesn't sound good. "Boulevard", with 
    its harder b and d sounds, has more bite than the softer 
    sounding "avenue". I guess that was Webb's reason for it.
    David Feldman wrote:
    >I've always viewed the song as murder mystery song, with 
    >a lover's betrayal a metaphor for murder. 
    What an imagination! 
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