======================================================= ___ ___ ___ __ ____ ___ __ ___ __ ___ / __)( ,\( _) / _)(_ _)( ,) / \( ,\ / \( ,\ \__ \ ) _/ ) _)( (_ )( ) \( () )) _/( () )) _/ (___/(_) (___) \__) (__) (_)\_)\__/(_) \__/(_) ======================================================= Volume #0039 02/06/98 ======================================================= Music Everywhere You GoSubject: Beat At Abbey Road Sent: 2/5/98 12:08 PM Received: 2/6/98 12:49 AM From: David Marsteller To: Spectropop Group On Thu, 05 Feb 1998, Jack Madani wrote: > Does anyone have any thoughts on this new compilation > I've seen, called The Beat at Abbey Road? I'd call it 'fun' rather than essential. My favorite track is a *whomping* version of "When You Walk In The Room" by Billy J. Kramer. The notes call it 'unreleased in UK'. In any case, the drum rhythm is highly reminiscent of "Ticket To Ride", yet this was apparently recorded in 1964! The rest of the album is a cross-section of British mid-60's beat, some acts you've heard of (Hollies, Manfred Mann), others you probably hadn't heard of (The Naturals) and others that became better known later (pre-Procol Harum Paramounts, Rod Stewart). Most of the songs are covers, as The Beatles' innovation of writing their own material hadn't worked its way into the industry. Other highlights are The Hollies "Come On Back" and Rod Stewart's "The Day Will Come" (not to be confused with "Our Day Will Come".) One frustration arises in that as these obscure singles are exhumed, you'd really like to hear the other side. One review I've read mocked the opening track, Cilla Black's "Love Of The Loved". It is a bit of a goofy arrangement, but I like it fine, and I don't know of any other versions of the song anyhow and am glad to have it. Jack, if you'd like a track listing, let me know. Later Dave /************************************************************************/ /** "Reach out and grab a fistful of now" **/ /** Thornetta Davis **/ /** David Marsteller **/ /************************************************************************/ ---[ archived by Spectropop - 02 /6/98 - 01 :16:42 AM ] --- Subject: Burt Bacharach Sent: 2/5/98 2:57 AM Received: 2/5/98 8:21 AM From: Scott Bauman, scottbauman To: Spectropop List, spectropop le_page_web wrote: > Yes, please do tell. Having taken the family to see > Bacharach perform late last year, and with the recent > promo 4 disc box that's been circulating around, > Bacharach has become a mainstay recently at the > homestead. "How Many Days of Sadness" is one of my > favorite Bacharach tunes, even though it wasn't a > Warwick single and isn't often covered. Figure this > one out on piano and revel in its magic. What "recent promo 4 disc box" is that? Is this a preview of the upcoming Rhino box set or is this something different? Since it's 4 discs, I don't expect a full track listing (although it would be greatly appreciated), but I am curious as to what it contains. For example, how many Warwick tracks? Is there more than one version of some songs (e.g., Dionne's and Aretha's I Say A Little Prayer)? Does it contain rarities and/or early novelty tracks like "The Blob"? Any tracks from soundtracks (e.g., After The Fox, Lost Horizon)? Any tracks from Bacharach solo albums? -- Scott ---[ archived by Spectropop - 02 /6/98 - 01 :16:42 AM ] --- Subject: Re: Bacharach Box Sent: 2/5/98 8:44 PM Received: 2/6/98 12:49 AM From: David Bash, BashPop To: Spectropop List, spectropop From: Ken Williamson, Kentaur > Any idea where one might be able to pick this up? > I've been looking for this for at least the last > three years. Thanks. Hi Ken, The Bacharach Box was created by The Burt Bacharach Music Group, as more or less a non-profit, not for sale promotional item. I called them in my capacity as a writer with the intention of reviewing it, but when the CEO of the company sent it to me, he said "don't review it because it's not sold in stores, nor are there any plans for it to be". You can call Bob Fead (CEO) at 310 550-1500, or fax him at 310 247-0195. Good luck! -- Spectropop Rules!!!!! Take Care, David ---[ archived by Spectropop - 02 /6/98 - 01 :16:42 AM ] --- Subject: Re: Spectropop V#0038 Sent: 2/5/98 2:57 AM Received: 2/5/98 3:52 AM From: JohnBarone, beachboys To: Spectropop List, spectropop Looking for any and all Colin Blunstone fans . Inside his Echo Bridge cd their is a discography and I have noticed several titles that I have never heard of .Was wondering if anyone out there may have any of these songs. In his interview in support of the Zombies box set ,that ran on NPRs Fresh Air show last week,he said he was in the process of recording a new album. If it's anything like Echo Bridge, it will be a treat. Anyone who can help can e-mail me privately. Thanks, JohnBarone ---[ archived by Spectropop - 02 /6/98 - 01 :16:42 AM ] --- Subject: Re: The Grass Roots Sent: 2/5/98 6:20 AM Received: 2/5/98 8:21 AM From: Alec Palao To: Spectropop Group > The one re-recording you have to be aware of is the one > done for the first Grass Roots single "Where Were You When > I Needed You". The original song was done by P.F. Sloan > and fellow studio hands. The original concept of the band > was very much a Sloan studio project. Once the song became > a hit a real group was put together with Robb Grill and > co. This new fabricated group became a force to be > reckoned with and recorded and released some fine material > but they recorded their own vocals over the original track > of WWYWINY for an early Greatest Hits comp. I still prefer > the cool original. Not strictly true - while the LA studio mafia may have been involved in the recording of "Where Were You" (as they were on most other Sloan/Barri projects of that time), the 'first' Grass Roots were a real group, from the Bay Area. They came from San Bruno, near the airport on the SF peninsula, and were originally known as the Bedouins. They got involved with Lou Adler etc by winning the Teenage Fair Battle Of the Bands in San Mateo in 1965, the prize for which was the Dunhill contract. They appear on about 80% of the "Where Were You" album, as well as the great non-LP flips "These Are Bad Times" and "You're A Lonely Girl" (both mandatory listening for Sloan-heads like myself). The LP was reissued on CD by Varese a few years ago, and includes some unissued material like "Hitch Hike" - which the band performed on Shivaree. Supposedly, there was some kind of blowout between the band and Adler/Sloan/Barri, although the way lead singer Bill Fulton tells it, it was manager Jay Lasker who screwed the band and had them replaced by Grill and co (who were an LA band originally known as the 13th Floor). Fulton later ended up with Tower Of Power oddly enough, whilst original Roots drummer Joel Larson of course later went on to the Gene Clark Group and the Merry-Go-Round. ALEC ---[ archived by Spectropop - 02 /6/98 - 01 :16:42 AM ] --- Subject: The Grassroots Sent: 2/5/98 2:49 AM Received: 2/5/98 8:21 AM From: Scott Bauman To: Spectropop Group Speaking of the Grassroots, does anyone know whether Sloan-Barri were ever sued for stealing the hook of the Drifters' "I Count The Tears" for the Grassroots' "Let's Live For Today"? In my expert legal opinion, it's a pretty clear case of infringement. -- Scott ---[ archived by Spectropop - 02 /6/98 - 01 :16:42 AM ] --- Subject: This and That Sent: 2/5/98 12:15 AM Received: 2/5/98 3:52 AM From: Paul Urbahns To: Spectropop Group Bacharach: Burt was probably the top songwriter of the 60's regardless of anybody's like or dislike of his music. I have quite a few of his original hits by the original artist. I heard someone mention a four CD set that is floating around, who has it, what's on it? I have some of his own albums, but honestly his songs were better performed by others. Carpenters: I am glad to see Richard Carpenter is still around, though I honestly have not heard anything by him since The Carpenters stuff. I always wished I was in the recording business so I could suggest he try some recordings with Ronnie Spector. Richard apparently liked the girl group sound as I feel that's where the Carpenters stuff has it's roots. And the personal sound he got out of Karen's voice is the type of delivery Phil got out of Ronnie's voice. But honestly, either her voice has chanced drasically or no other producer has been able to capture the voice of Ronnie in the same way Phil did. I think Richard could and put his normal overdubbed, layer backgrounds behind it. I did like Take Me Home Tonight by Eddy Money and Ronnie. Paul URbahns Lost And Found ---[ archived by Spectropop - 02 /6/98 - 01 :16:42 AM ]--- End
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