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  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 01/12/00

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       Volume #0368                                January 13, 2000   
    For maximum enjoyment store in protective envelope when not in use
    Subject:     from Carol Kaye
    Received:    01/12/00 11:50 pm
    From:        Carol Kaye
    To:          Spectropop List
    Someone has been asking about this, and having been tied 
    up with something else for awhile, I couldn't post this 
    right away, but here it is, about Brian Wilson's "I Was 
    Made To Love Her":
    Yes, I'm playing bass on that w/Hal Blaine on drums. And 
    yes, Brian knew at that time I had cut the orig. recording
    w/Stevie Wonder also, who publicly has claimed I was the 
    bassist on his orig. hit record w/Motown. 
    It's typical of the 16th note styles I have always played 
    with a pick, with some compression according to Armin 
    Steiner, the LA Motown engineer, and what you hear on 
    other things I did such as Hikky Burr, the TV theme hit 
    single with Bill Cosby (1970 circa w/Quincy Jones both the
    TV theme and the hit-single, very slightly different 
    versions), except of course the chords in I Was Made To 
    Love Her were major chords, not minor (funkier) like in 
    Hikky Burr. 
    So anyway, Brian wanted me to play it like that, except a 
    few notes were a little different, couldn't remember note 
    for note what I recorded before - tons of notes (was 
    working 10-16 hours a day recording every day back then 
    for many different accounts), but the feel is the same, 
    sound is a little different of course, but pretty close. 
    Wanted to clear up any questions about this recording. 
    BTW, we won round 1 of my slander/libel lawsuit against 
    Alan Slutsky, aka dr. licks yesterday morning.....the case
    in Superior Court, thanks to my wonderful attorney David 
    White of Beverly Hills, fine entertainment lawyer and 
    And our "Thumbs Up" jazz trio CD (with the great Ray Pizzi
    on sax, studio guitarist Mitch Holder, myself on elec. bass) 
    will be on the air very soon, and in all the stores 
    within the next 2 weeks. My "Jazz Improv Bass" book is 
    flying off the shelves, it's the right approach to fine 
    jazz soloing (jazz was formed on chordal progressions, 
    never on note-scales), etc. This is a great year already. 
    The Phil Spector doc ("Wall Of Sound") is supposed to be 
    shown on TV this Feb. 26th.
    Carol Kaye
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    Subject:     Gary Usher biography soon to be released
    Received:    01/12/00 11:50 pm
    From:        Ron Weekes
    To:          Spectropop List
    Okay all you patient Gary Usher fans, this is the latest 
    from Stephen McParland regarding his long awaited Gary 
    Usher biography: The California Sound.
    Stephen assures me that volume one is almost to the 
    printer. We should be seeing that volume available in the 
    next few weeks. When I get the information from Stephen, 
    I'll tell you exact costs for each volume. 
    If you are interested in purchasing this series, e-mail me
    with your snail mail address at xxxxu and I'll 
    pass the information along to Stephen.
    Ron Weekes
    Stephen wrote:
    Here's the rundown:
    VOLUME ONE - CHAPTERS 1-7 (pages 1-132)
    VOLUME TWO - CHAPTERS 8-15 (pages 133-278)
    VOLUME THREE - CHAPTERS 16-21 (pages 279-374)
    VOLUME FOUR - CHAPTERS 22-27 + EPILOGUE CHAPTERS 1-4 (pages 375-482)
    VOLUME FIVE - APPENDICES 1-7 (pages 483-618)
    In addition, each chapter (except Vol.5) has its own index, 
    and a master index (of Chapters 1-4) is also included in
    the rear of Volume 5. Each volume also has about 6 extra 
    introductory pages (Volume One has 21 introductory pages) 
    and additional photo pages which are unnumbered. I'm in 
    the process now of choosing and laying out the photos. 
    Hopefully Volume One will be off to the printers in a 
    couple of weeks. 
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    Subject:     Beck is a Gainsbourg fan
    Received:    01/10/00 11:20 am
    From:        James F.  Cassidy
    To:          Spectropop List
    In an article in the December issue of Tower Records' 
    "Pulse!" magazine, Beck is quoted as saying "Why the hell 
    wasn't anybody listening to Serge Gainsbourg all these 
    years? He's definitely the level of Leonard Cohen, or he's
    definitely within shooting range of Dylan."
    He also recounts his discovery of Os Mutantes - "Wait - 
    this is what I've been doing for the last six or seven 
    Jim Cassidy
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    Subject:     French pop & Curtis Mayfield
    Received:    01/10/00 11:20 am
    From:        Glenn Sadin & Mariko Kusumoto
    To:          Spectropop List
    How ironic that we're having a discussion about French pop
    ! I just recently found a mid '60s Francoise Hardy ("the 
    young French singing sensation of the New Generation") LP 
    in a Goodwill (called "Francoise...." on Kapp/4 Corners 
    Records) that is really fantastic. One track in particular, 
    "Tout Ce Qu'on M'a Dit," is an especially haunting psych
    popper with very groovy fuzz guitar.
    Curtis Mayfield died?! I had no idea. What a terrible loss. 
    He was one of the men in music that I have admired the 
    most, both for his art and character. It broke my heart 
    when he had his accident that rendered him unable to play 
    music. I remember an interview in which he said how much 
    he wished that he could pick up his beloved guitar again. 
    Rest in peace, Curtis.
    Read about Japanese pop from the '50s & '60s!
    NIHON NO POPS: http://home.earthlink/~glenn_mariko/nihon.htm
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    Subject:     french pop and northern soul duets and supremes....
    Received:    01/11/00 12:08 am
    From:        Rough Trade Shop
    To:          Spectropop List
    Thanks to those of you who suggested n. soul duets!!!!! I 
    may be contacting some of you privately looking (beggin'!!
    !) for tapes... thanks!!!
    Regarding French pop.....I was in a band with a friend 
    which did exclusively French pop cover versions. 
    Gainsbourg did do some fabulous stuff!!!! I also adore 
    Francoise Hardy and Michel Polnareff! I think some of 
    Francoise Hardy's songs are amongst my 
    melancholy at times then some pop classics (et meme etc...
    ). there are loads of cheap Francoise Hardy comps around 
    and French Universal have just reissued some of Michel 
    Polnareff's albums...also a triple album CD box set which 
    looks very nice but I haven't had a chance to play through
    I always thought it was a shame that the Supremes went 
    from being 'the supremes' to being 'diana ross and the 
    supremes.' My favourite Supremes album is 'Supremes a Go 
    Go' which also has a fabulous cover!!!
    Here in England there are bands that go on tour with only 
    one original member can be a bit disappointing ..i
    think there are about 3 versions of 'the Searchers' at the 
    Anyway...gonna go and listen to Yma Sumac I think.....
    	 x delia x
    if you'd like to be sent regular new releases emails let me know
    ph-0171 792 3490
    fax 0171 221 1146
    at....130 talbot road  , london , wiiija, u.k.
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    Subject:     Raider Query
    Received:    01/10/00 11:20 am
    From:        John Hesterman
    To:          Spectropop List
    Greetings All :)
    Last evening while killing time in a bookstore before 
    going to see a movie, I happened to check the Christmas 
    closeouts and found a bizarre Christmas CD by Paul Revere 
    & The Raiders called "A Christmas Present . . . And Past".
    This is a STRANGE record! Totally un-commercial, with nine 
    weird originals and a lunatic version of Jingle Bells. I 
    didn't even know this album existed until last night. Does
    anyone know anything about this album and it's history? In 
    a way, it reminds me of the Beatles Christmas Messages LP,
    but with more music and less talk. I'd appreciate any 
    insight :)
    John H.
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    Subject:     soft something-or-other
    Received:    01/12/00 11:50 pm
    From:        Jamie LePage
    To:          Spectropop List
    So what is it with this evasive genre called soft pop, 
    anyway? Seems there is no consensus as to its definition 
    among us pop aficionados. 
    In Japanese, it isn't even called soft pop, but rather, 
    sofuto rokku (soft rock). Countless articles (even a book)
    have been published in Japan on the subject, and the lists 
    of albums falling under this category often include some 
    pretty dodgy stuff. 
    Then there are the sub-genres such as The Burbank Sound 
    (incl. VDP, Randy Newman, Harpers Bizarre). Van Dyke Parks'
    Come to the Sunshine single pops up on the "It's a Soft 
    Rock World" compilation, but is he soft pop? He&d probably
    laugh at the notion. Then there is the A&M Sound (yes, but 
    is it all soft pop?). Cyrkle and Harpers Bizarre too are 
    considered soft pop, but what about Simon and Garfunkel 
    who are never mentioned in soft pop circles? Feelin' Groovy 
    and Cloudy were originally theirs. 
    Some would try to pigeonhole soft pop to that period 
    between 1966-1970, but to my ears the soft pop sound 
    started with Patience & Prudence, Teddy Bears and the 
    Fleetwoods. Sticking to the 66-70 window, I think the 
    genre requires a different name and it would have to be a 
    sub-genre of soft pop. It seems like this is now starting 
    to be labeled as "Sunshine Pop," perhaps due to recent
    compilation albums bearing the word "sunshine" in the 
    titles. But where does Brian Wilson and surf end and 
    sunshine pop begin? Certainly Gary Zekley's Yellow Balloon
    qualifies as sunshine pop, but what about the Beach Boys' 
    Friends album? Never hear that one name checked as 
    sunshine pop but it is sunshiny and does have a lot of 
    I think one aspect that qualifies a record or song to be 
    considered "soft pop" has to do with the related works 
    done by the artist, songwriter or producer. I might tend 
    to exclude Bread from soft pop, except that Bread was 
    David Gates in his post-West Coast Brill days. Bread 
    qualifies based on that connection. At least for me. Heck,
    Gates even wrote for the Fleetwoods! You'll Be Needing Me 
    Baby by April Stevens and Nino Tempo has been tagged "soft
    rock" in Japan as well. See, I thought that was just a 
    great pop record written by a Screen Gems writer and 
    recorded by LA session cats. Oh well. A rose by any other 
    name is still a rose, I guess.
    Sandpipers, Chris Montez, Claudine Longet, and even Merry 
    Go Round are considered soft pop yet are part of what 
    makes up the A&M sound. What about a record like Ebb Tide 
    by Righteous Brothers? Phil Spector helped create the soft
    pop genre with acts like Teddy Bears and Paris Sisters, yet
    I suppose the "wall" on Ebb Tide is anything but soft. Too 
    much power toward the end of the record? I wonder what 
    other listers thinks about the parameters or definition of
    soft pop.
    I occasionally make soft pop comps and have included songs
    by artists decidedly outside the soft pop genre. But, they 
    made some sides that could be considered soft pop. Love's 
    Alone Again Or, Bruce & Terry's Don't Run Away, Zombies' 
    How We Were Before, Fleetwood Mac's When You Say are all 
    on my soft pop comps. Yet, Love was an LA rock band, B&T 
    were surf, Zombies were Brit Invasion and Fleetwood Mac 
    were a blues band!
    Sunshine pop is an easier call with the trademark "Monday,
    Monday"-like background vocals. In the (not so) recent 
    Ballroom CD on Rev-Ola (still with us Joe F and Joey S?), 
    I recall Dawn Eden writing about John Phillips and co. 
    going to see Ballroom and then formulating the Mamas & 
    Papas sound from that. Certainly Ballroom's Curt Boettcher
    was an early sunshine pop proponent, if not the sole 
    creator. His works with Ballroom, Association, Sagittarius
    and Millennium are all seminal sunshine pop records, and 
    they all decidedly fit into the soft pop niche as well.
    By the way, Boettcher fans: I understand that a previously
    unreleased Curt Boettcher solo album is due for release in 
    March, and there is a second Millennium album in the works
    as well. C'mon you guys in the know: Fill us in!
    Call it soft pop or soft rock or whatever: it's music to 
    my ears! 
    Jamie "Come Softly" LePage
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