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  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 10/23/99

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       Volume #0337                        October 23, 1999   
                    The ultimate in "now sound"               
    Subject:     The Cyrkle
    Received:    10/23/99 3:46 am
    From:        David Marsteller,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    On Fri, 22 Oct 1999, John Hesterman wrote:
    > 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...
    > 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!
    This compilation leaves off a good percentage of each lp,
    which is a shame because the playing time is only around
    45 minutes as it is. A CD that contains the remaining
    tracks, plus some of the "Minx" soundtrack might work...
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    Subject:     Re:  Bob Crewe
    Received:    10/23/99 3:46 am
    From:        DJ JimmyB, DJJimxxxxxcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    In a message dated 10/21/99 12:38:26 PM, you wrote:
    >I love Bob Crewe's productions, and someone in the UK
    >really needs to put together a compilation of his
    >Non-4-Seasons productions.
    I second that emotion. Bob Crewe left us with the Now
    Generation anthem, "Music To Watch Girls By" the album of
    which is breathtaking in its production. He toured England
    to promote the LP and returned to top himself on the LP
    "Music To Watch Birds By", in response to the bevy of Brit
    Beauties he witnessed on tour. This LP is even better and
    far easier to find in stereo. The ultimate in "now sound".
    And then there was his killer soundtrack to "Barbarella",
    and some work with Mitch Ryder on a version of Frankie
    Valli's "I Make A Fool Of Myself" that eclipses even
    "Barbarella" in some minds. An anthology of his non-season
    work would be just what the doctor prescribed. Great idea.
    Jimmy Botticelli
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    Subject:     Bob Crewe material
    Sent:        10/20/19 9:51 pm
    Received:    10/23/99 3:46 am
    From:        Kingsley Abbott,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Billy S asked about the availability of Bob Crewe material
    (Rag Dolls etc). Having spoken to Mick Patrick very
    recently (The guy who compiles all these lovely girl group
    albums for Ace and Westside), I can impart the great news
    that a Crewe/Dynavoice/etc CD is in preparation for
    release sometime in the new year. Can't wait! I certainly
    hope that some of those wonderful soulie/pop stompers will
    get on. I've loved "Dusty" and it's B-side "Hey Hoagy" for
    years since its original release. When I got the 45, I
    even remember playing it at 33 because I was convinced it
    was The Seasons with their voices somehow altered! Hey, I
    was only 15 or 16 at the time!
    Here in the UK, Westside have just released "Beyond The
    Valley Of the Dolls", which is basically The Dimension
    Dolls album with lots of additions - Cinderellas, Idalia
    Boyd, Caroline Day (with Darlene and the girls going "Wah
    Wah Chuffa Chuffa" on the track called "Steam"), Spandells,
    Lullabyes etc etc.  Nice issue, but hard core collectors
    will have most of it.
    Also out, or about to come out, on the reactivated Diamond
    label is Red Bird Vol.4 with the 2nd & 3rd Trade Winds
    singles (A sides only I'm afraid), Poets, Ellie, Kane &
    Abel, Jeff Barry, Barry Mann, Four Evers etc etc. I'm not
    sure of the release date, because there have been problems
    with Diamond which I understand are finally getting sorted
    out now. I hope so, because it is potentially a great
    label with Roger Dopson in charge.
    I am asking Sequel to send me details of US availability
    of Ripples. I'll post details as soon as possible. In the
    meantime, I'm sitting here looking forward to seeing
    Volumes 3 and 4 myself!! Sequel assure me that they are on
    their way to me! Can't remember now what we put on them...
    Kingsley Abbott
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    Subject:     My Playlist 
    Received:    10/23/99 3:46 am
    From:        Ponak, David, david.xxxxxcom
    To:          'Spectropop List',
    To answer the questions:
    9.First Moog Quartet - Hey Hey - Best Of Moog Loud This
    is a track by Gershon Kingsley's early project. Great
    stuff. It's from a new compilation featuring people like
    Hugo Montenegro, Perry & Kingsley Gil Trythall, etc. A
    must for fans of kitchy 60's synth music!
    >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? 
    My first reaction was that this sounded like it belonged
    on a Rhino "Golden Throats" compilation, but by the end, I
    loved it. It's not campy at all...he's completely earnest.
    (He also covers "Ooh Child" on the same album)
    >28.Johnny Rivers - Roscrans Blvd - Rewind Liberty
    This is a great album consisting almost entirely of Jimmy
    Webb songs. It was available on a twofer CD with the LP
    "Changes," but it's probably out of print by now.
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    Subject:     oldies radio
    Received:    10/23/99 3:46 am
    From:        Glenn Sadin,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Stewart sez...
    > 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."
    Shoot, I'd be happy to hear those toons on SF's crummy
    oldies station, KFRC, once in a while. They mainly play
    crappy songs from the early '70s and an excess of Motown,
    and always the ones we've all heard a million times.
    Thanks to oldies radio, I can't enjoy hearing "My Girl"
    ever again.
      Glenn Sadin
      Read about JAPANESE POP MUSIC from the 1950s thru the 1990s:
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    Subject:     Re: The Rose Garden
    Received:    10/23/99 3:46 am
    From:        Alec Palao,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    The Rose Garden. Good band. Never heard of a West Virginia
    connection before though. Bios I've seen refer to them
    originating at Pierce College in Van Nuys. Lead singer
    Diana Di Rose was English (Blackpool, I believe) and had
    been involved in the hootenanny scene. The album, despite
    it's November 1967 recording date, has more of a '66
    folk-rock feel, with Rickenbacker to the fore. It's
    notable for featuring two fine Gene Clark songs ("Till
    Today" and "Long Time") that have never turned up anywhere
    else. The non-LP 45 "Here's Today" is a particular
    personal favourite.
    All the best
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    Subject:     the Rose Garden
    Received:    10/23/99 3:46 am
    From:        Glenn Sadin,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Michael sez...
    >     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.
    Thanks for the info, Michael! Hmmm, for an out-of-town
    band, they sure had some heavy LA people working with them.
    Besides Gene Clark and Pat Vegas, Kim Fowley also co-wrote
    a song for them on their LP.
      Glenn Sadin
      Read about JAPANESE POP MUSIC from the 1950s thru the 1990s:
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    Subject:     from CK
    Received:    10/23/99 3:46 am
    From:        Carol Kaye,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Hi John H.
    >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 :)
    Hmmm....tho't I had asked Russ Wapensky about that, just
    sent a message off to him again.  I'm sure I didn't do any
    of the Dave Clark 5 stuff but am asking Russ if Hal or
    others out here in LA did, I somehow don't think so, but
    will let you know what Russ says, he knows.  It may take
    some time, he might be on his out-of-town trips.  
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    Subject:     From Russ Wapensky
    Received:    10/23/99 3:46 am
    From:        Carol Kaye,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    > I've never seen any Dave Clark contracts that were cut in
    > LA.  I think they did everything back in the U.K. Cheers,
    > Russ
    Hope that answers any questions about Dave Clark 5, I
    know I didn't do any, but perchance wanted to see if
    anything by them was done out here, answer is no.  
    Carol Kaye
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    Subject:     The Castaways
    Received:    10/23/99 3:46 am
    From:        David Marsteller,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    I was surprised to find that there is a CD compilation out
    by The Castaways. Has anyone heard it? Is it full of "Liar
    Liar" sound alikes, or what?
    /**      David Marsteller                       **/
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    Subject:     played on the radio
    Received:    10/23/99 3:46 am
    From:        WASE RADIO,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    I have to agree with Stewart's explanation that a lot of
    today's music that could be great to listen to, doesn't
    get played on the radio.  In my last post, I stated that
    the only contemporary artist that I would buy with any
    regularity is Enya. A lot of her music never gets played
    on the radio, with the exception of "Orinoco Flow", which
    made the top 30 in early 1989. Because of my being in
    radio, I try to listen to contemporary top 40 stations. It
    only holds my interest for about 30 seconds. Stewart also
    pointed out that 1983-1984 was a period when the music was
    much better. I have to agree wholeheartedly. There were
    great songs like "Tonight I Celebrate My Love" by Roberta
    Flack and Peabo Bryson. To me, one of the all time great
    love songs. One of the great albums of that time period,
    is "Synchrocity" by the Police, which yielded four top 20
    hits, including "Every Breath I Take", a chart topper for
    eight weeks. I would like to think there are some good
    music from the 90s. For example "Angel" by Sarah McLachan,
    a dynamite song to hear on a cold night. But again I have
    to agree that radio today is playing a lot of
    uninteresting stuff these days. I also need to clarify my
    last post. The only contemporary music I would have
    listened to is country.
    Also Stewart, you brought back a bit of memory about 60s
    radio. Back then, Louisville radio stations were not
    afraid of playing anything brand new and most notably by a
    relatively unknown artist. They also heavily supported
    Louisville area rock and roll bands. I'm sure the
    situation was the same in Denver. But you're right a lot
    of radio stations are being governed by consultants. When
    WASE radio became all oldies in 1993, a consultant came on
    board. But we weren't too happy. I started doing
    scheduling last fall- I worked with my boss. We play
    roughly 1500 titles-all the big classics plus a few oldies
    that were bigger around the Louisville area.
    We try to be a little different from other oldie
    stations-without getting too weirded out.  To any
    Spectropoppers, if you're ever in the north-central
    Kentucky area, tune us in at 103.5.
    thank you
    Michael G. Marvin
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