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  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 11/1/97

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       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,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    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 
    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 
    Look for a feature on her in an upcoming issue of a major record 
    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!
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    Subject:     Barry & The Tamerlanes
    Sent:        10/31/97 9:35 AM
    Received:    11/1/97 4:11 AM
    From:        Kevin & Collette Mangold,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    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!
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    Subject:     Confessin'
    Sent:        10/31/97 8:56 AM
    Received:    11/1/97 4:11 AM
    From:        Marty Rudnick,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    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.
    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
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    Subject:     RE: Carole King's The City 
    Sent:        10/31/97 9:41 PM
    Received:    11/1/97 4:11 AM
    From:        Jeff Glenn,
    To:          Spectropop List,
            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:
    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.
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    Subject:     Re: Carole King's City
    Sent:        10/30/97 11:58 AM
    Received:    10/31/97 1:17 AM
    From:        Jamie LePage,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    David Marsteller, 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 
    I do quite like the song Snow Queen from the City, although I think 
    Roger Nichols' Small Circle of Friends' version is much better.
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    Subject:     and then I wrote....
    Sent:        10/31/97 8:42 AM
    Received:    11/1/97 4:11 AM
    From:        Jack Madani,
    To:          Spectropop,
    >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
    "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: Spector Christmas Album
    Sent:        10/31/97 5:01 PM
    Received:    11/1/97 4:11 AM
    From:        David Bash,
    To:          Spectropop,
    > Subject:     Phil Spector Christmas LP
    > From:        Richard Globman,
    > 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,
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    Subject:     Re: Phil Spector Christmas LP
    Sent:        10/31/97 11:53 AM
    Received:    11/1/97 4:11 AM
    From:        dave prokopy,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Richard Globman,
    >Does anyone know if it's available [on CD]?
    it was released originally (on CD) as a bonus disc with the spector box 
    (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!
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    Subject:     Re: Phil Spector Christmas LP
    Sent:        10/31/97 7:50 PM
    Received:    11/1/97 4:11 AM
    From:        Jamie LePage,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    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.
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