__________________________________________________________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ S P E C T R O P O P __________ __________ __________ __________________________________________________________ Volume #0347 November 19, 1999 __________________________________________________________ "New Orthophonic" High FidelitySubject: Girls Will Be Girls Received: 11/18/99 11:48 pm From: Jamie LePage, le_pagxxxxxities.com To: Spectropop List, spectxxxxxities.com 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 either. 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? Jamie --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Supremes Received: 11/18/99 11:48 pm From: Carol Kaye, caroxxxxxhlink.net To: Spectropop List, spectxxxxxities.com 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 http://www.carolkaye.com/ --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Re: Reparata & the Delrons Received: 11/18/99 11:48 pm From: Stos, William, xxxxx.tyenet.com To: Spectropop List, spectxxxxxities.com >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 her. Will --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: yet more on Reparata Received: 11/18/99 11:48 pm From: Tom Waters, shangxxxxx.com To: Spectropop List, spectxxxxxities.com 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. Tom --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- End
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