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Spectropop V#0347

  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 11/18/99

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       Volume #0347                       November 19, 1999   
                  "New Orthophonic" High Fidelity             
    Subject:     Girls Will Be Girls
    Received:    11/18/99 11:48 pm
    From:        Jamie LePage,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    I believe we discussed this CD a month or so ago, but I
    just got my hands on a copy and would like to reopen the
    discussion if anyone is interested.
    First, I put the CD on and, atypically for me, listened to
    it without looking at the liner notes song by song. My
    initial reaction was that there seemed to be a lot of
    filler on it. One track sounded like a direct lift of "He
    Hit Me and it Felt Like a Kiss"; another a carbon copy of
    Shirelles "Foolish Little Girl". I checked the liner notes
    later (written by Malcolm Baumgart and Mick Patrick!) and
    sure enough these references did not slip their attention
    But, third listen and the tracks' individual qualities are
    starting to sink in. Many of these are publishing demos,
    of the highest quality I might add, with previously
    unreleased Mann/Weil etc. Several previously unreleased
    tracks list the writer as "unknown"!
    I really liked the Bob Crewe/Diane Renay side "The Company
    You Keep". Nice use of triangle. Perhaps a bit too much
    Buddy Holly "I'm Gonna Love You Too", but still one of the
    highlights of the CD. 
    Loved Sherrell Townsend's "He Thinks I Still Care" (the
    aforementioned "He Hit Me..." soundalike). The intro is
    great: Timpani, log drum and marimba. Sounds like Martin
    Denny covering the Crystals for a second there! Malcolm
    and Mick point out that Jack Nitzsche did the arrangements
    on both He Hit Me and He Thinks I Still Care, which makes 
    the similarity in the arrangements understandable. (Did 
    Nitzsche do the arrangement for He Hit Me? I for some 
    reason thought this was a New York session.)
    Toni Wine has a cute track on here called "A Boy Like You"
    which sounds to me like a direct "My Boy Lollipop" cop. 
    But very cool!
    The Cinderellas' "Good Good Lovin" is classic Brill, in
    fact it sounds a lot like "Some of Your Lovin'" (Dusty).
    According to the liners, this is an unreleased Screen Gems
    (Aldon) demo. There is a recent Barry Mann boot of all his
    Screen Gems demos floating around, which leads to the
    question: Why did all these Screen Gems demos suddenly
    surface? Who at EMI has them and how is it that these
    reissue specialists are suddenly given access to them?
    Anyone know? Bet you do, Ian Chapman! You are namechecked
    in the liners. Do tell!
    Any other thoughts on this release?
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    Subject:     Supremes
    Received:    11/18/99 11:48 pm
    From:        Carol Kaye,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Hope you all know about the statement I made "didn't think
    they were very good singers", I'm always comparing to our 
    wonderful studio backup singers when I make statements 
    like that. The Supremes were good for that kind of music, 
    sort of commercial stuff, not the best of singers but 
    certainly not the worst either......they were a classy act
    and the music was just a part of it all. 
    You didn't have to be a Darlene Love or Jackie Ward etc. 
    to do all that. Wanted to clarify that as musicians 
    standards for being a "good singer" are different than the
    public's views of it all. 
    Carol Kaye
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    Subject:     Re: Reparata & the Delrons
    Received:    11/18/99 11:48 pm
    From:        Stos, William,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    >There is also a pic of Kathy Romeo, who was the 
    Delron that was asked to leave the group apparently 
    because she was not as "lithe" as the others. 
    A friend of mine recently spoke with Sheila Drobnicki of 
    the group, and she said the rumour about Romeo's weight 
    being the factor wasn't true. Kathy was not actually 
    forced out of the group at all, and there was no talk of 
    her weight being a problem. Of course, this is coming from
    a member of the group. Too bad we can't find Kathy and ask 
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    Subject:     yet more on Reparata
    Received:    11/18/99 11:48 pm
    From:        Tom Waters,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    For a long time, I've been trying to figure out which girl
    is Reparata in their group photos. I've always thought she 
    was probably the dark-haired attractive girl with large 
    eyes. Am I right? Also, where in the world can somebody 
    find a recording like "I'm Nobody's Baby Now?" by the 
    Delrons. I've heard persons refer to it as one of the 
    finest girl group recordings of the '60's, yet it doesn't 
    seem to be available on any CD I've ever seen. For a 
    Reparata collector who only started collecting about a 
    year and a half ago (i.e. myself), searching for their 
    recordings can be very frustrating. I make a motion for a 
    Reparata box set that includes everything they have done. 
    Too bad that's only a dream.
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