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Spectropop V#0348

  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 11/22/99

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       Volume #0348                                   November 22, 1999   
    Here are sensational new sounds, featuring the very latest innovations
    Subject:     As the Delrons Turn
    Received:    11/22/99 1:27 am
    From:        Jimmy Cresitelli, Jimxxxxxcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Hi Will and everyone! 
    I read that part about Kathy Romeo's weight in 
    "Girl-Groups: Story of A Sound." She certainly did not seem
    to fit that description, judging by her yearbook pictures. 
    Methinks there is more to the story... we've actually been
    trying to find Kathy Romeo for her take on the story! Tom 
    Waters: in response, Reparata IS the one with the dark 
    flip you see on the cover of their LP. (The LP "Whenever A
    Teenager Cries.") Carol Drobnicki is the tall one and, I 
    believe, also the one in the "piled up" hairstyle in that 
    shot that appears in the Rolling Stone Illustrated History
    of Rock And Roll. Carol's yearbook photo features her in a 
    killer blonde flip, and her facial expression is very 
    serious! (I love yearbook photos from the sixties!) As for
    a boxed set: excellent idea! I'm not sure where I got my 
    recording of I'm Nobody's Baby Now, but it's great, isn't 
    it? They recorded so many fine sides... and if there 
    wasn't enough material for a great boxed set, how about a 
    Delrons / Secrets compilation? Now that would be something. 
    Those Secrets rule!
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    Subject:     Reparata
    Received:    11/22/99 1:27 am
    From:        Kingsley Abbott,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Jimmy wrote about the glorious Reparata and The Delrons, 
    and I very much agree that they were one of the best! I 
    loved a lot of their stuff, and remember seeing a clip of 
    a reformed Delrons doing a TV show, when I visited a 
    friends house in Stockholm. Ingemar, who is a Spectropop 
    member, may be able to tell us where it dates from. 
    (Ingemar - It was at Goran's flat). Regarding Goldmine 
    articles, there were in fact two published I believe: 
    April 83 and Dec 7 1984. I don't know who wrote the second, 
    but the first was a short one page interview with 
    Reperata O'Leary by Raanan Gegerer. I reproed it in my 
    Girl Group clippings book that I put together a few years 
    ago. There was also a disog. by Ed Engel.
    They may well get some re-released tracks in the UK on a 
    Mick Patrick compilation. I seem to recall him talking to 
    me about them a month or two back.I reckon anything on 
    them would be good, as the Collectables issue of a few 
    years ago was OK but left some serious gaps. Hope this 
    helps bring back thoughts of those amazing flouncy 
    petticoats. They REALLY don't make 'em like that any more!
    Kingsley Abbott
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    Subject:     Re: Delrons day on Spectropop
    Received:    11/22/99 1:27 am
    From:        Michael B Kelly,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Jimmy Cresitelli, Jimxxxxxcom wrote:
    > a Delrons article / interview that might have run in 
    > Goldmine? Was it Doc who wrote it?
    No, I did not write it. But I do have a Reparata LP, 
    CD, and a great article from the 70s.
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    Subject:     Gold Star Studios
    Received:    11/18/99 3:42 am
    From:        jake tassell,
    Dear Spectropop
    Hello, great to see a flourishing Spector site on the web!
    Anyway, I wondered if you could tell me - Is there a site 
    you can direct me to, or even a book, with technical 
    information about Gold Star. I want to know things like: 
    The dimensions of the echo chambers, microphones, building
    materials - the lot. On an English TV documentary Stan Ross
    said the best reverb they had at Gold Star was in the 
    toilet! Would you happen to know which tracks were 
    recorded in said fashion? Thanks. Good luck with it all. 
    Oh, also do you know if 'Don't Pity Me' by Joannie Sommers
    was recorded at Gold Star? Was it Hal Blaine on drums? And 
    was Spector responsible for the awesome production 
    on'Quicksand' by Kell Osbourne? If you can answer one of 
    these questions I'll be happy. Thanks again. 
    Jake from London.
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    Subject:     LA Music Award/Brian Wilson & Wondermints
    Received:    11/22/99 1:27 am
    From:        Ponak, David, david.xxxxxcom
    To:          'Spectropop',
    Wednesday evening the LA Music awards were held at the El 
    Rey Theater. After a tight set by the Wondermints, Carol 
    Kaye presented Brian Wilson with a Lifetime Achievment 
    award and then joined Brian, the 'Mints, and Jeffrey 
    Foskett on a beautiful version of "God Only Knows." Seeing
    Brian and Carol actually perform together on stage was 
    quite an exciting and touching moment. 
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    Subject:     "He Hit Me" was recorded at Mirasound
    Received:    11/22/99 1:27 am
    From:        WASE RADIO,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    To Jamie LePage:
    "He Hit Me" was recorded at Mirasound studios in New York.
    There is a world of difference between Mirasound and Gold 
    Star. Gold Star had a vast "wide open" sound, whereas 
    Mirasound had a very compressed sound. When Phil first 
    started recording in New York, he first used Bell Sound 
    for Ray Peterson's "Corrina Corrina". For some reason he 
    decided to use Mirasound, a very dingy place that was 
    frequently visited by rats. According to the Mark Ribowsky
    book on Phil Spector, that producer liked the thicker walls
    there, which meant better echo. He used the studio to 
    record the first two Crystals' songs "There's No Other 
    Like My Baby" and "Uptown". He also recorded Curtis Lee's 
    big hit "Pretty Little Angel Eyes" as well as his minor 
    follow-up "Under The Moon Of Love". What drove to record 
    in Los Angeles was allegedly an act of paranoia. He felt 
    that a snoop from the New York's musician's union was 
    spying on him. Plus he allegedly didn't get along with a 
    lot of those musicians. He felt that the Los Angeles 
    musicians were younger and were more amenable to his ideas. 
    Mirasound was the home of not only the Crystals first 
    two hits, but the facility was also used by Ruby and the 
    Romantics, The Chiffons, The Dixie Cups, The Jellybeans, 
    and many others. Gold Star was not only used by Spector 
    but was also visited by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass,
    The Murmaids, Chris Montez, Eddie Cochran, The Big Bopper, 
    Ritchie Valens and many many others that I can't think of.
    The Beach Boys recorded the instrumental back tracks to "
    California Girls" and "Wouldn't It Be Nice" at Gold Star. 
    Unfortunatedly all studios mentioned are all defunct. What
    a shame.
    Michael G. Marvin
    WASE radio
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    Subject:     Re: Things Are Changing
    Received:    11/22/99 1:27 am
    From:        Jamie LePage,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Carol Kaye wrote:
    >About this recording which I put right on and checked back
    >and forth quite a few times. That's definitely Hal Blaine...
    >The riff you hear is myself playing that on guitar...and
    >then the bass (Ray Pohlman) joins me later on that - 
    >Pohlman is sort of "buried" a little in the track, but you
    >hear him from time to time.
    That is so amazing that you can recall all the players 
    from hearing the track! (btw, I am so envious that you've 
    heard the instrumental only track! I would love to have 
    One story often cited (posted here too) is that Brian 
    filled in for a drunken Leon Russell on this session. I 
    tend to think otherwise and that the "Leon incident" was 
    at one of the Christmas Album sessions. I suppose you 
    would recall if Brian replaced Leon on the Things Are 
    Changing session. Please let us have your comments on this.
    Mark said:  
    >>it should be obvious that Darlene blew the
    >>doors off Diana on this one. 
    >I always tho't that too......Darlene could sound like any 
    >singer she wanted, and she was a great singer. When we 
    >recorded for the never seemed that they were
    >very good singers, but I tho't that Ross later got it 
    >together a little better.
    I understand what you mean. Especially when comparing the 
    Darlene version of "Things are Changing" to the Supremes 
    take, it becomes very obvious. I never tire of Darlene's 
    gospel-influenced input into this era of popular music 
    recorded in Los Angeles.
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