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Spectropop V#0037

  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 2/3/98

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             Volume #0037                            02/04/98
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                               Living Stereo
    
    
    
    
    Subject:     Grass Roots question
    Sent:        2/3/98 6:21 AM
    Received:    2/3/98 11:39 PM
    From:        Jack Madani, Jack_MadXXX@XXXXXX2.nj.us
    
    I keep pondering the two-disc Rhino best-of, and the single-disc MCA 
    best-of.  Is there any reason to go with one over the other?  Does the 
    MCA disc have everything one would need, or maybe they are re-recordings 
    or something weird like that?
    
    
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    Jack Madani - Princeton Day School, The Great Road,
       Princeton, NJ  08540   Jack_MadXXX@XXXXXX2.nj.us
    "It is when the gods hate a man with uncommon abhorrence that they
     drive him into the profession of a schoolmaster." --Seneca, 64 A.D.
    
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    Subject:     Re: Bacharach Tribute
    Sent:        2/3/98 2:25 AM
    Received:    2/3/98 8:26 AM
    From:        David Bash, BashXXX@XXXXXXm
    
    In a message dated 98-02-02 11:59:40 EST, James K Cribb writes
    
    << Also any reactions to Big Deal's Bacharach tribute?  I can't 
    say as mine is in mail on it's way to me now.
     
     James >>
    
    Hi James,
    
    There have been differing reactions to it, but I really like most of the 
    tracks.  For those of you that don't know, "What The World Needs Now..." 
    is a tribute disc to Bacharach which features contemporary artists on the 
    Big Deal Records label.  I think the contemporary spin that is being put 
    on Bacharach's songs is quite charming, as in the case, for example, of 
    Shonen Knife's version of "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head".  Other 
    tracks are quite intricately arranged, like Splitsville's version of 
    "I'll Never Fall In Love Again".  And while Cockeyed Ghost's take on 
    "Walk On By" might be too bombastic for some (especially Adam Marsland's 
    vocal), I find it to be very thrilling!
    
    I'm sorry you won't be coming to Poptopia, James.  We'll miss you!
    
    --
    Spectropop Rules!!!!!
    Take Care,
    David
    
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    Subject:     Re: Spectropop V#0036
    Sent:        2/3/98 6:17 AM
    Received:    2/3/98 8:26 AM
    From:        GaryM, gaXXX@XXXXXXink.net
    
    > Don't know if there are any fans of the Carpenters
    > here, but in case there are,there will be a live chat
    > with Richard Carpenter at the Entertainment Asylum.
    
    My wife's an ER doc at Downey (CA) Community Hospital, the ER where Karen 
    died. Richard still goes there. My wife's met him a couple times & said 
    he was just a regular guy, very pleasant (she treated 2 of his daughters).
    
    Best,
    GaryM
    
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    Subject:     Neo-Girl Group Sounds
    Sent:        2/3/98 6:17 AM
    Received:    2/3/98 11:39 PM
    From:        Jack Madani, Jack_MadXXX@XXXXXX2.nj.us
    
    Have there been that many girl-group-sounding recordings that have 
    managed to break onto the charts in the past 15 or 20 years?  There must 
    be others, but at this moment all I can think of is Tracey Ullman's "They 
    Don't Know," The Pointer Sisters' "He's So Shy" (a particularly faithful 
    recreation of that old genre that we love so well here on Spectropop), 
    and perhaps Madonna's "True Blue."
    
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    Jack Madani - Princeton Day School, The Great Road,
       Princeton, NJ  08540   Jack_MadXXX@XXXXXX2.nj.us
    "It is when the gods hate a man with uncommon abhorrence that they
     drive him into the profession of a schoolmaster." --Seneca, 64 A.D.
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    Subject:     Re: Spectropop V#0036
    Sent:        2/4/98 2:17 AM
    Received:    2/4/98 2:39 AM
    From:        le_page_XXX@XXXXXXies.com
    Re: Richard Carpenter JohnBarone wrote:
    
    >Don't know if there are any fans of the Carpenters
    >here...
    
    That's an interesting comment. It's certainly post-Woodstock pop, but 
    much of the Carpenters' work retains the values of prime era 60's pop. 
    What it lacks in terms of "cool" or "hip" is compensated for by its 
    commercial accessibility. Also, Hal Blaine, etc.; great tracks...
    
    Re: Bacharach, James K Cribb wrote:
    
    >...Varese has a Bacharach songbook due out Feb 24th.  
    >Does anyone have a track list.
    
    Yes, please do tell. Having taken the family to see Bacharach perform 
    late last year, and with the recent promo 4 disc box that's been 
    circulating around, Bacharach has become a mainstay recently at the 
    homestead. "How Many Days of Sadness" is one of my favorite Bacharach 
    tunes, even though it wasn't a Warwick single and isn't often covered. 
    Figure this one out on piano and revel in its magic.  
    >
    >Also any reactions to Big Deal's Bacharach tribute?  I can't say as mine 
    >is in mail on it's way to me now.
    
    These are all indie label Big Deal artists, right? No Carl Wilson, Al 
    Kooper, Randy Newman, Sonic Youth, etc., but rather an astute marketing 
    ploy. As in "Yellow Pills, Volume Bacharach" right? Bacharach is so 
    trendy now. I've always adored Dionne's hits, ya know what I mean?
    
    Re: Cryin'/Cryan' Shames, Marc Miller wrote:
    
    >Paul & Ritchie & The Cryin' Shames (Come On Back) 
    >were a UK band.
    
    "Paul & Ritchie?" Don't know. The single track off "The Joe Meek Story" 
    by Cryin' Shames was "Please Stay" and Meek's version was brilliant! 
    Haunting organ, eerie vocal echo, retarded tempo, the whole thing was 
    extremely British in a very provincial sense. Far detached from 
    Bacharach's New York sounding original by the Drifters. 
    
    All the best,
    
    LePageWeb
    
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    Subject:     like clockwork
    Sent:        2/3/98 6:14 AM
    Received:    2/3/98 11:39 PM
    From:        Jack Madani, Jack_MadXXX@XXXXXX2.nj.us
    To:          Spectropop  List, spectroXXX@XXXXXXies.com
    
    Happened to catch on the radio today Betty Everett's Shoop Shoop Song 
    (It's In His Kiss).  I was reminded of what an incredible recording it 
    is!  The drums are so crisp, not a hair out of place anywhere in the 
    arrangement, and between the drumming, the bass line, and the counter 
    rhythms in the guitar, xylophone, horns and backup voices, it's like a 
    swinging machine!  Like if JS Bach had grown up next door to Leiber and 
    Stoller.  This song absolutely embodies what a great "head-bobber" is all 
    about.  For me, another ultimate head-bobber is Neil Sedaka's Livin' 
    Right Next Door To An Angel.  All those contrapuntal rhythms bouncing off 
    each other, with plenty of air in the spaces in between.  Heaven knows I 
    love Spector, but there's plenty to recommend that other school of 
    production, that "east coast sound," I guess you'd call it.
    
    Ah, the craft of record-making.
    
    jack "bup-pee ah ooooh" madani
    
    PS It appears that Weekend In Palm Springs is going to be rerun a couple 
    times this week on AMC.  
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    Jack Madani - Princeton Day School, The Great Road,
       Princeton, NJ  08540   Jack_MadXXX@XXXXXX2.nj.us
    "It is when the gods hate a man with uncommon abhorrence that they
     drive him into the profession of a schoolmaster." --Seneca, 64 A.D.
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