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Spectropop V#0336

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  • Date: 10/21/99

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       Volume #0336                        October 22, 1999   
                      The first name in Sound                 
    Subject:     handmade
    Sent:        Thu, 21 Oct 1999 00:02:23 EDT
    From:        ELRxxxxxcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
     If anyone's Seems as though Rhino has
    produced a new company for re-issues; Handmade. This is
    for strictly limited edition, numbered CDs sold only on
    the internet. It appears that they are mining the WEA
    catalogues (only?) and since Spectropoppers dream reissues
    contain many WEA titles, perhaps it's time for a letter
    writing campaign? Association, Harpers Bizarre, Paul
    Williams "someday man" and Holy Mackerel are 4 such dream
    items recently suggested. WEA also has ties to Mike Curb,
    so his holdings may be a possibility, too. (WEA labels
    include; Reprise, Warner Brothers, Elektra, Atlantic, Curb,
    Sire, and many many more.) The titles they have avaiable
    right now are...
    WILD MAN FISCHER "The Fischer King"
    SWEETWATER "Cycles: The Reprise Collection"
    TOWER OF POWER "Dinosaur Tracks"
    SONNY BONO "Inner Views"
    TIM BUCKLEY "Works In Progress"
    MARK MOTHERSBAUGH "Joyeux Mutato"
    They take suggestions... go to
    for more
    information should we compile a list of most wanted titles
    and try mass suggestion? Couldn't hurt?  RB and no, I
    don't work for Rhino or WEA...Tho wouldn't that be a cool
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    Subject:     Re: The Rose Garden
    Sent:        Wed, 20 Oct 1999 23:24:09 -0400
    From:        "WASE RADIO">
    To:          "Spectropop List" 
    Hi Glenn:
         The Rose Garden are originally from Parkersburg, West
    Virginia. They recorded their one Atco album at Gold Star
    and Nashville West studios, both in Hollywood. "Next Plain
    to London" was their only chart single-peaking at #17 in
    the fall of 1967. Currently this song is not available on
    CD. I have the original album on Atco.  The station I work
    at plays this song.  We were fortunate to find this song
    on a "New Gold On CD" program disc. However the song is in
    mono. A great song. I have had people to call me asking
    where they can find this song, and I tell them that it is
    not available. If a Spectropopper has any contact with
    Atlantic, let that company know that the song is in demand.
    Michael G. Marvin
      WASE radio
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    Subject:     The Cyrkle
    Sent:        Wed, 20 Oct 1999 19:08:02 -0700
    From:        "John Hesterman" 
    To:          "Spectropop List" 
    Greetings All :)
    David Bash wrote:
    > "How about a nice pairing of the two Cyrkle albums, Red
    > Rubber Ball and Neon?  I'm really surprised Sundazed or
    > Collectables hasn't jumped on this.  You've got a two top
    > 20 hits and several other chart single between the two
    > albums, not to mention scads of non album a's and b's,
    > and of course the Brian Epstein association."
    Actually, this has been done by Columbia.  It's a special
    products CD on the Columbia Legacy label (CK 47717) and
    includes 18 selections from both LP's and some interesting
    B's and unreleased tracks. Very Enjoyable!
    To Carol Kaye:
    Were you able to determine if you had any involvement with
    Dave Clark Five sessions? This has been a topic of
    discussion on one of the DC5 Message Boards recently :)
    Thank you and Best Regards to all :)
    John H.
    A Grape :)
    Also an Offbeat :)
    You're invited to visit The Grapes Of Wrath Web Site at:
    You're invited to visit The Offbeats Web Site at:
    You're invited to visit the Gear Fab Records Web Site at:
    You're invited to visit the Twist & Shake Fanzine Web Site at:
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    Subject:     Re: Spectropop V#0334/ Girls Will Be Girls Comp
    Sent:        Wed, 20 Oct 1999 20:00:30 -0500
    From:        "Billy G. Spradlin" 
    To:          Spectropop List 
    I just received "Girls Will Be Girls" and I want to thank
    the person who recommended this CD to the list. Thank You! is selling it for 11.99 on-line. This CD is a
    super 31 song collection and there are many fine songs on
    it. This was culled from many 60's record companies and
    there's very few weak tracks. So many of the songs on this
    CD should have been huge Top 40 hits.
    Its nice to get a clean copy of Bernadette Castro's great
    "A Girl In Love Forgets" from the original master tapes.
    This was a b-side? Diane Renay's "The Company You Keep" is
    as fun as any of her hits on 20th Century, and Jessica
    James & The Outlaws "Give Her Up (Baby)" is a great
    Motownish stomper (featuring Peggy Santigila (Farina) of
    the Angels). Again, both should have been big hits,
    bewildered that they weren't.
    I love Bob Crewe's productions, and someone in the UK
    really needs to put together a compilation of his
    Non-4-Seasons productions. (BTW Have any of the Rag Doll's
    great 45's (Dusty, Society Girl) have been released on CD?)
    Another track (of many) I love on this CD is Renee St.
    Clair's "My Hero"  which has been remixed into stereo from
    the original 4 track tapes. This remix sounds excellent on
    the headphones but its very clean and modern sounding.
    Does anyone on Spectropop have the original 45 (Jubilee
    5600) to compare? I would love to hear it in its original
    Billy G. Spradlin
    29 Rim Road
    Kilgore, Texas 75662
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    Subject:     Boettcher solo LP
    Sent:        Wed, 20 Oct 1999 16:48:14 +0800
    From:        Glenn Sadin 
    To:          Spectropop List 
    Hi gang -
    I know where I can get a promo copy of Curt Boettcher's
    solo album (exec prod: Gary Usher) on Elektra for 50 cents.
    The sleeve art was so awful in an early '70s sensitive
    soft focus way that I passed on it despite the price, but
    I've been having second thoughts. Before I make the effort
    to go back and snag it, can anyone offer any opinions of
    this LP?
      Glenn Sadin
      Read about JAPANESE POP MUSIC from the 1950s thru the 1990s:
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    Subject:     Don & the Goodtimes
    Sent:        Wed, 20 Oct 1999 16:37:31 +0800
    From:        Glenn Sadin 
    To:          Spectropop List 
    David Bash mentions...
    > 5. So Good-Don and The Goodtimes (Epic, 1967) and
    > Elephant Candy-The Fun and Games (UNI, 1969): I know
    > someone mentioned the Fun and Games album already, but it
    > would be a great pairing with this wonderful album by a
    > group who made a 180 degree turn from their Northwest
    > garage sound when they added Buzz Overman and Geoff
    > Hawkes, and went completely soft pop!  Songs like "Music
    > Box," "And It's So Good,"I Could Never Be," "My Color
    > Song," and "I Could Be So Good To You" are bright, bouncy,
    > and beautiful!  The Fun and Games is a bit harder edged
    > (everything being relative, of course) but the albums
    > both have a bubbly, positive vibe that I think would work
    > well together.
    The "So Good" LP is great! I hear a strong Beach Boys/Pet
    Sounds influence, and it WAS produced by Jack Nitzche
    after all. Their version of the Troggs' "With a Girl Like
    You" sounds a lot like Carl Wilson singing a Pet Sounds
      Glenn Sadin
      Read about JAPANESE POP MUSIC from the 1950s thru the 1990s:
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    Subject:     Re: guitar solos
    Sent:        Wed, 20 Oct 1999 16:24:41 -0700 (PDT)
    From: (Pacific Ocean Bluto)
    To:          Spectropop List 
    Frank wrote:
    >So you don't dig Billy Strange's solo after the second
    >chorus of Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans' "Zip-a-Dee
    >Doo-Dah," eh? Maybe Phil didn't *always* put a guitar solo
    >in at that spot on the record, but he may well have
    >pioneered doing it (1962), i.e. the very cliche you say
    >your generation hates.
    Oh, I don't want to become a spokesman for a generation,
    but guitar solos *aren't* high on most people's list today,
    atleast not in my age group. I guess it depends if you
    were young before or after the punk explosion :) By all
    means, solos aren't more of a cliche than using the same
    old verse-chorus-verse-chorus-middle8-chorus sequence, but
    the idea is just so....silly! But not as silly as bass
    solos... :-)
    BTW, when Spector put a solo in a song, it was still just,
    uh, 'another brick in the wall'. Not really anything that
    stood out as The Big Axe Hero's Triumph :)
    David Ponak listed some songs he played on the radio:
    >9.First Moog Quartet - Hey Hey - Best Of Moog Loud
    What's this?
    >26.Milton Nascimento - Beat It (Michael Jackson cover!) -
    Oh good God, I can't even imagine what this sounds 
    like :) You have this one, Larry?
    >28.Johnny Rivers - Roscrans Blvd - Rewind Liberty
    What are the other tracks on the album?
    BTW, there's something about The High Llamas' "Green
    Coaster" that makes it sound a hell of a lot like The Free
    Design's "Bubbles" without the tricky time signatures...
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    Subject:     Rev-Ola Reissues
    Sent:        Wed, 20 Oct 1999 18:18:45 -0400 (EDT)
    From:        David Marsteller 
    To:          Spectropop List 
    > > Kingsley wrote...
    > > Why don't fellow Spectropoppers put up suggestions for
    > > other possible Revola projects that we could get our teeth
    > > into. Please bear in mind that single albums are difficult.
    > > Two plus possibly maketh an album...
    Oh boy! Some of these might fall outside of Rev-Ola's
    charter, but here are a few ideas. Warning, a few of these
    are based on records I haven't heard, but would be
    interested in having...
    1) John Fred-Permanently Stated (maybe a two-few with
    Agnes English? and don't forget the ace b-side "No Letter
    2) A Dunhill collection. Big Beat did a series of 2 lps a
    decade ago, but long out of print. Since we've been
    talking about MFQ, there are a couple of wonderful MFQ
    tracks on volume 2 (I don't have volume 1). Maybe a single
    disc collection with MFQ, Thomas Group, etc. that combs
    the vaults looking for outtakes?
    3) Peter & Gordon-Hot Cold & Custard. This is P&G's mostly
    self-written, psyche-pop lp, which was only released in
    the U.S. and sold very poorly. Non-lp tracks and Gordon
    Waller solo tracks could help fill up the disc.
    4) A collection of late 60's Brian Hyland, definitely
    including the non-lp "I Can Hear The Rain" and maybe some
    of the tracks done for UNI with Del Shannon?
    5) Isn't it time that someone tries to locate Florence
    Ballard's post-Supremes solo work for the ABC label? There
    is supposed to be an entire album, most never released.
    6) A compilation of Keith that is available outside of
    7) Gary Lewis-I'm On The Right Road Now. Maybe there are
    some outtakes, non-lp items around?
    8) Compilations of later tracks by The Toys and Reperata.
    9) It's supposed to be low-fi, but I'd really like to see
    a CD issue of David Garrick's live lp with The Iveys
    (pre-Badfinger) as his backing band. Maybe modern
    technology could tart it up a bit?
    Is that enough? ;)
    /**  "The weekend's almost here...You look like you know how to party."**/
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    /**      David Marsteller                       **/
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    Subject:     Rev-ola suggestions
    Sent:        Wed, 20 Oct 1999 15:49:27 -0400
    From:        "Bates, Robert (Cahners-NYC)" 
    To:          "'Spectropop List'" 
    Perhaps someone could re-release the Harper's Bizarre
    albums. The "best-of" they put out however many years ago
    is one of favorite discs. So there's at least one customer
    right here.
    By the way, where can people buy the "Ripples" discs? They
    sound good.
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    Subject:     Re: Today's music by tomorrow's stars
    Sent:        Wed, 20 Oct 1999 13:43:11 -0600
    From:        Stewart Mason 
    To:          Spectropop List 
    Michael G. Marvin wrote:
    >I have to agree with Glen Sadin and anyone else who thinks
    >along this line. This robotic synthesized is about as
    >musically interesting as watching grass grow. I have been
    >in radio for about 25 years, and kept up on all the music
    >trends from the late 70s and 80s. Some of the music from
    >those time periods were ok at best, and at worst just
    >plain boring. But when the 90s brought on the "sturm and
    >drang" of alternative and/or rap, i got more turned off. 
    >All I listen to is now is mainly oldies, since I work at
    >such a station plus I collect all this great music on
    >compact disc. I occasionally listen to music, and the only
    >contemporary artist I buy with any regularity is Enya. 
    I'm sorry you feel this way, Michael, but I have to say
    it's a common complaint about the current music scene (and
    not just among disenchanted baby boomers, as you might
    think -- plenty of younger folks seem to feel the same way).
    Luckily, however, it's a pretty baseless charge.  The
    thing is, if all you know about music of the 80s and 90s
    is what you hear on the radio, then yes, you're gonna feel
    pretty unenthused about the current state of music.  But I
    submit that since the great AM/FM split of 1967, there has
    been this steadily-widening chasm between "the music that
    gets played on the radio" and "the really good stuff."  It
    was slow at first, almost unnoticeable, which meant for
    years that even though there was plenty of good stuff you
    never heard on the radio, what *was* on the radio
    (particularly on top-40 AM stations like my childhood
    lifeline KIMN in Denver) was still pretty great.  
    Then in the late 70s, consultants took over radio, FM
    freeform programming all but disappeared, satellite
    stations playing the same music and the same station IDs
    sprang up all across the country, and the Balkanization of
    formats meant that only one kind of music ever showed up
    on one station. And the result was that although there's
    the occasional sign of life -- remember how all of a
    sudden in 1983/84, radio was kinda good again for about 18
    months? -- the vast majority of radio stations these days
    are lifeless and awful and unlistenable.  Even most of the
    oldies stations are on that stagnant "good times, great
    oldies" satellite network that means you'll hear "Be My
    Baby" and "I Get Around" 24 hours a day but good luck ever
    finding "This Could Be the Night" and "Caroline No."  (Of
    course this doesn't apply to any of the fine stations
    various Spectropoppers work at!) This leads to the sad
    fact that I live in the city with the most radio stations
    per capita in the entire world (Albuquerque -- yes, I was
    surprised to learn this too) and if it weren't for NPR, I
    wouldn't even own a radio.
    Now the good news: There is a ton of contemporary music
    out there that will never get within spitting distance of
    any radio station except the least cookie-cutter-like
    college outlets but would bring joy to the hearts of the
    most anti-90s Spectropoppers.  There is in fact so much
    and such varied music that I won't bother to attempt a
    list here.  (But if anyone's interested, drop me a line at and tell me what some of your favorite
    styles are and I'll try to make some suggestions.)
    ****************************FLAMINGO RECORDS************************
    Stewart Allensworth Mason      
    Box 40172                     "Alarmist chicken predicts disaster;
    Albuquerque NM 87196           sky remains intact."        
    **********************HAPPY MUSIC FOR NICE PEOPLE*******************
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    Subject:     Duane Eddy
    Sent:        Wed, 20 Oct 1999 12:37:06 -0700
    From:        Carol Kaye 
    To:          Spectropop List,
    >Recently when I was going through some old
    >albums,.I found an old Duane Eddy album entitled "Twangin'
    >Up A Storm" on RCA (LSP 2700-released approximately April
    >1963). I wondered if you played bass on those sessions
    >held at RCA studios in Hollywood.  This is a great rock
    >and roll party album!  Any memories on this? Thanks.
    Michael Marvin....yes I do remember some of those Duayne
    Eddy sides I cut....I was still playing guitar at that
    time, so not sure if I'm playing guitar or bass, probably
    bass.  Those sides typically had the energy of us all on
    there, all seasoned fine musicianship just there to make a
    buck and making the music groove, which was our job.  
    I don't remember any specifics, sorry to say, as it was
    not quite the music I especially loved to play over and
    over, but did my job which you was necessary to do whether
    it was "your favorite style of music or not", no
    problem....we cut many many different styles of music
    without any bias etc.  
    According to Russ Wapensky, I am on the contracts....will
    try to find out for sure, but think it was bass.  Thanks
    for your nice words, yes, it was a total joint-effort on
    the parts of all studio musicians for background tracks
    and we wanted to do our best for the artist.  
    All the best, 
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