=========================================================== _, __, __, _, ___ __, _, __, _, __, (_ |_) |_ / ` | |_) / \ |_) / \ |_) , ) | | \ , | | \ \ / | \ / | ~ ~ ~~~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ =========================================================== Volume #0003 11/01/97 =========================================================== Subject: Re: Sharon Marie Sent: 10/31/97 9:21 AM Received: 11/1/97 4:11 AM From: DerekAldenBill, DeXXX@XXXXXXpRecords.com To: Spectropop List, spectroXXX@XXXXXXies.com Sharon Marie is alive and well and living in Northern California, far, far away from the big bad record bidness. She's still got that voice....and I have often thought it sounded a bit like Darlene Love. Sharon is a wife and mother and a sweet lady with happy memories of her summers with The Beach Boys. I was privileged to meet her, her sister, her husband, and her son this past August. Look for a feature on her in an upcoming issue of a major record collecting publication, complete with interview and discography. I'm partial to "Runaround Lover" myself....the drums and sax drive me wild....and Sharon's vocal knocks me out. Brian knew how to pick 'em! Derek www.recordcollector.com -----------[ archived by Spectropop ]----------- Subject: Barry & The Tamerlanes Sent: 10/31/97 9:35 AM Received: 11/1/97 4:11 AM From: Kevin & Collette Mangold, discXXX@XXXXXXmail.com To: Spectropop List, spectroXXX@XXXXXXies.com Hello all! (And thanks to those irresponsible enough to let me on the list!) I was wondering if anyone had information on 'I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight' by Barry (DeVorzon) & The Tamerlanes. It was a minor success and the album, released on Valiant is almost impossible to find. (With all of the re-issue labels popping-up, it seems strange that no one has seen fit to re-issue this one. Great song, catchy production and sounds eerily like Gary Lewis doing the lead vocal! Check it out! Rock On! Kevin -----------[ archived by Spectropop ]----------- Subject: Confessin' Sent: 10/31/97 8:56 AM Received: 11/1/97 4:11 AM From: Marty Rudnick, mrudnXXX@XXXXXXo.com To: Spectropop List, spectroXXX@XXXXXXies.com I'm new to this list, so I'm not quite sure what the topical boundaries are. I just wanted to profess my undying love for Laura Nyro's first album. The version of the LP I own is called "The First Songs", which I think is a Columbia-imposed retitle upon reissue. With sparse arrangements and a soulful performance, I'll take her versions over the many hit records that were spawned as cover versions. If you've never heard it, I highly recommend it. It's not unlike Pet Sounds, in that it makes a great "rainy day" album. /Marty Currently in the changer: Criminally Unsigned - Various Yellow Pills, Vol. 4 - Various Elliott Kendall - Le Hot Show Van Deleckis - From the desk of.... Kirsty MacColl - Titanic Days -----------[ archived by Spectropop ]----------- Subject: RE: Carole King's The City Sent: 10/31/97 9:41 PM Received: 11/1/97 4:11 AM From: Jeff Glenn, Jeff_GlXXX@XXXXXX.nba.TRW.COM To: Spectropop List, spectroXXX@XXXXXXies.com Reply to: RE: Carole King's The City CD I'd just like to say "hi" to everyone on the list, and thanks to Jamie for inviting me. For Dave Marsteller and anyone else who's interested in The City here's the information on the Japanese CD: NOW THAT EVERYTHING'S BEEN SAID Epic/Sony Records (Japan) ESCA 7524 Released December 12, 1993 There's also a date on it of December 11, 1995, possibly the date it was to be deleted (Jamie, you're in Japan aren't you? Can you give us an idea if the dates on Japanese CD's indicate the issue and deletion dates?) In any case I haven't seen a copy of it here in L.A. for years now, so chances are it's now out-of-print. The CD also has a minor mastering error (some static in the left channel of the opening track, "Snow Queen"), but it's not enough to significantly reduce your listening pleasure. This was pointed out in ICE magazine when the CD was released and almost prevented me from picking it up; boy am I glad now that I'm overly impulsive! And the Japan CD does have the full-cover color (all the unauthorized issues I've seen have the cover in b&w). No bonus tracks, but there is an insert with liner notes in Japanese and lyrics in English. Anyone who likes Carol King's mid/late 60's material or her early singer/songwriter era stuff would be interested in this LP; it's the missing link between these two eras. The album was pretty much lost at the time, but like Laura Nyro's ELI AND THE THIRTEENTH CONFESSION many other artists covered its songs ("Snow Queen" by the Association, "I Wasn't Born to Follow" by the Byrds, "Now That Everything's Been Said" by Spring, "Man Without a Dream" by both the Monkees and the Righteous Brothers, and "That Old Sweet Roll (Hi De Ho) by Blood, Sweat & Tears). Another excellent "lost" album from the 60's. -----------[ archived by Spectropop ]----------- Subject: Re: Carole King's City Sent: 10/30/97 11:58 AM Received: 10/31/97 1:17 AM From: Jamie LePage, le_page_XXX@XXXXXXies.com To: Spectropop List, spectroXXX@XXXXXXies.com David Marsteller, davebXXX@XXXXXXlin.org wrote: >Does anybody have the inside scoop >on why that album has yet to be reissued? I have a legit copy on CD. Epic/Sony ESCA 7524. Japanese pressing. >Does Carole King hate it so much that she won't allow it, or >is it something more mundane like the masters can't be found? I don't have an inside scoop that I can speak of, but I have a feeling it is not the *album* that Carole hates, rather, I guess shw isn't all that chummy with a certain Mr. Adler. Still, I don't think she has approval rights on reissues, so it may just be that the U.S. label doesn't view the album as having sufficient commercial potential. Maybe the reissue dep't don't realize City is Carole King (a real possibility!). >I don't think it's nearly that bad...can any album with 'I Wasn't Born To >Follow' be all that bad? I have a problem with this album. To me it sadly marked the end of the Brill Building era. King's last Brill era covers by Trash, the Byrds and the Monkees showed tremendous growth beyond the Aldon Music/Girl Group material, but then she got all sensitive and stuff with the music she recorded for Lou Adler. Guess you can't argue with success, but personally I prefer It Might As Well Rain Until Septwmber to anything off Tapestry. I do quite like the song Snow Queen from the City, although I think Roger Nichols' Small Circle of Friends' version is much better. LePageWeb -----------[ archived by Spectropop ]----------- Subject: and then I wrote.... Sent: 10/31/97 8:42 AM Received: 11/1/97 4:11 AM From: Jack Madani, Jack_MadXXX@XXXXXX2.nj.us To: Spectropop, spectroXXX@XXXXXXies.com >Do you really believe Spector made little contribution to the songs he >co-wrote with Brill writers? Colonel Tom might have done that with Elvis, >but I definitely hear Phil's input in the Mother Bertha songs he is >credited with. And let's not forget that the good Doctor Landy did it also with Brian Wilson, or at least that's what I read in The Wilson Chronicles. As for Spector, that is how Ribowsky described it in his bio. With the exception of a few songs that spring fullblown out of Phil's head, like "To Know Him Is To Love Him," Ribowsky really seems to describe Phil's contributions to songwriting collaborations as being rather minimal, almost MikeLovian (if you'll permit me to coin a term). In particular, when it came to the team of Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, Ribowsky writes that Spector really did merely stick his name on the songwriting credit, so as to cash in on the royalty. Ribowsky explains that, since Barry/Greenwich were new in the biz and trying to get established, they were willing to let Phil get away with it; the team of Poncia and Andreoli, to whom Spector turned for material in the latter part of his Sixties period, were similarly taken advantage of, if I remember the book correctly. Goffin/King, meanwhile, were big enough that they didn't have to put up with such nonsense. It never had occurred to me that Spector may not have been contributing much if anything to the songs on which his name appears as a writer or co-writer--until I read this dangblasted book, that is. If I turn out to be wrong, then I can only say blame him, it was *his* fault. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 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. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- -----------[ archived by Spectropop ]----------- Subject: Re: Spector Christmas Album Sent: 10/31/97 5:01 PM Received: 11/1/97 4:11 AM From: David Bash, bashXXX@XXXXXXt.com To: Spectropop, spectroXXX@XXXXXXies.com > Subject: Phil Spector Christmas LP > From: Richard Globman, rglobXXX@XXXXXXeocomm.net > This is such a wonderful album that I would love to get it on CD. > I have not been able to find it. > > Does anyone know if it's available? > > DICKYG (sleigh riding with the top down) Hi DICKY G, The Spector Xmas album is part of the wonderful Spector Box Set, Back To Mono, which came out on ABKCO Records in 1991. It's a four disc box; the first three discs represent a good cross section of Spector's career, and disc four is the Christmas album complete with cover art. I'm pretty sure this box is still in print, and every Spector fan really needs to own it! -- Spectropop Rules!!!!! Take Care, David -----------[ archived by Spectropop ]----------- Subject: Re: Phil Spector Christmas LP Sent: 10/31/97 11:53 AM Received: 11/1/97 4:11 AM From: dave prokopy, prokXXX@XXXXXX.net To: Spectropop List, spectroXXX@XXXXXXies.com Richard Globman, rglobXXX@XXXXXXeocomm.net: >Does anyone know if it's available [on CD]? it was released originally (on CD) as a bonus disc with the spector box set (1992, i think? i know i was in college), and i'm pretty sure it was released on its own shortly thereafter. i'm guessing it'll come out with all the other christmas albums within a month or so. keep your eyes open! -----------[ archived by Spectropop ]----------- Subject: Re: Phil Spector Christmas LP Sent: 10/31/97 7:50 PM Received: 11/1/97 4:11 AM From: Jamie LePage, le_page_XXX@XXXXXXies.com To: Spectropop List, spectroXXX@XXXXXXies.com. Hey, Dicky, what label is your LP on? Is it on Apple or Warner with a blue sleeve? Perhaps its the rare PSI pressing with the animated drawing of Spector in a Santa Claus suit? These (all?) are in STEREO!!! Although I personally like the mono mix (in general, the strings are too hot in the stereo mix), it is interesting to hear the 70's remixes. I recall Stan Ross (of Gold Star) saying that when England requested the cutting master, it wasn't to be found, so the multi was sent instead. Someone in UK remixed it in stereo. It is satisfying to know that album is now generally considered to be the Greatest Rock & Roll Christmas Album of all time. This should be available on again CD this year. Spector usually does a full page (or two page) ad in Billboard in November to promote it. btw, the build just before the release in "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" where Darlene sings "please, please" never fails to move me. LePageWeb -----------[ archived by Spectropop ]-----------
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