_____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ S P E C T R O P O P __________ __________ __________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ Volume #0371 January 16, 2000 _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ Proclaimed winners by viewers of with-it TV Music-InsSubject: Paul Leka, Lemon Pipers and Peppermint Rainbow Received: 01/16/00 12:09 pm From: WASE RADIO To: Spectropop List To Nat: The story on "Green Tambourine" is that the vocals and basic backing tracks were recorded at Cleveland Recording Studios in Ohio. After listening to this track, Paul Leka decided to overdub strings and a new drum track and did so in New York. On the back cover of the Lemon Pipers' album (Buddah BDS 5009), Olmstead studios was mentioned as the New York site. And yes, the story is true. The group was forced to record the song-or they'd be dropped from the label. I have the Peppermint Rainbow album on Decca, which Paul Leka produced in 1969. Their version of "Green Tambourine" uses the same back tracks as the Lemon Pipers' hit version. Michael G. Marvin WASE radio --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Soft Sunshine Received: 01/15/00 6:48 am From: Kingsley Abbott To: Spectropop List Jamie's "What is?" question has promoted a worthy discussion to which I will add my few thoughts. When I went to record Collector a few years ago with the idea for what was eventually called the US Sunshine Pop article, we spent a good lunchtime in the pub deciding exactly what we meant, and what to and not to include. Good people that they are, they pretty well let me define it as it was my "taste" (??) that was driving the article. So, I define it to myself as the the period of US pop sounds from approx 1965- 1968 that came as an offshoot from the softer surf vocals and remnants of neo doo-wop. I was very drawn to the vocal sounds of the later Trade Winds, Critters, Association, Turtles etc all of whom took and used harmonies in a subtler way than those of the 1962- 1964 period. Anders/Poncia & Bonner/Gordon & some Sloan/ Barri pretty well started it off for me, and the chart success led to other great one-offs like Mrs. Bluebird, The Jet Song et al. This all meshed with the more commercial end of hippydom and the real summer of love to give the world happy, skippy outside imagery via Sunshine Company, Eternitys, etc. Even the "even too sweet for me" Love Generation. So, in a nutshell, quality harmony vocals (less than aggressive), summery lyrical imagery in good melodies, all in a pure pop casing. The sound keeps cropping up, and does of course hold all the acts mentioned to some degree within its somewhat elastic boundries. Great for collecting!! To finish, may I recommend one such from a slightly unusual source: "I'm Hypnotized" by Little Anthony & the Imperials - pure soft sunshine as per the above! Kingsley Abbott --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: "Before And After" Received: 01/16/00 12:02 am From: John Frank To: Spectropop List Nat wrote: > >>I couldn't leave on the Chad and Jeremy cut. >>Then again, the same tune "Before and After", made the >>grade when done by The American Breed, who also aren't >>really soft pop. > And Jamie replied: >I've never heard the American Breed recording, but have >you ever hear this wonderful Van McCoy song as recorded >by the Fleetwoods? I love their version! This is a truly great song. Wasn't the Fleetwoods' version the original? All the versions I've heard are wonderful, including the heretofore unmentioned one by Lesley Gore. I haven't heard the one by American Breed. Will have to check it out. Anyone into uploading mp3s?? John --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Enya: Soft and Hard Received: 01/16/00 12:02 am From: Jimmy Cresitelli To: Spectropop List Hi... frankly, in the soft vs. hard arena: "meus mihi, suus cuique carus." "Mine to me, its own to each is dear." (Roma Ryan for Enya, "Afer Ventus.") As per Jake Tassell, I'm a "Thunderpopper" myself. For a curious and beautiful meld between soft and hard, may I suggest a thunderous cut by Enya? "The Longships" is found on her "Watermark" CD frrom 1988... and still as fresh as the day she cut it. Spectorian in its layered build, the song is aptly titled: the listener can close his or her eyes and picture a sleek Viking longship knifing steadily along a fjord, silent, threatening... will it come ashore and terrorize the Goths? As the ship comes into view of the lone guardsman on shore, the music swells and swells and crests and then eventually becomes silent as our boatmen decide to spare the land and fade from view... the pseudo-Gaeltacht lyrics, presumably chanted by the Norse oarsman, translate as "we are alive... we shall live forever." WAY cool and, like I say, it came to mind during your all's discussion of soft rock. And don't ANYBODY use the term "new age" in response. Cheers to all! --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Gretchen Christopher Received: 01/16/00 12:02 am From: Doc Rock To: Spectropop List Jamie LePage wrote: "so what is this evasive genre called soft pop" Didn't Gretchen Christopher invent it when she wrote "Come Softly," later renamed "Come Softly to Me?" True, there were earlier hits, like the Teddy Bears "To Know Him Is To Love Him," but Annette/Carol gets pretty loud from time to time on that one. Doc --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Re: soft Received: 01/16/00 12:09 pm From: Nat Kone To: Spectropop List >From: Keith D'Arcy >I'm huge on soft pop, and I think it's the kind of >category that fans have defined rather than bands >themselves In the best case scenario, that would always be true. But I'm not sure soft pop is a good example of this. I think some of my favourite soft pop bands were jumping on a bandwagon, though the wagon may not have had a label at the time. At least that's the impression I get from bands like Love Generation and Sunshine Company. Or maybe I'm just distracted by their names. But they give the impression that one week they were a Lettermen-clone and the next week they grew their hair and flashed peace signs. Then again, for some the Lettermen were already soft pop. But they weren't sunshine pop. Ay, there's the rub. >I tend to go for the darker, moodier, slightly sad soft >rockers, and here are a few monsters: I'm not sure what you mean by this distinction but with the exception of a couple of big names, this was a huge list of artists I had never heard of: >Toast, Mark Eric, Margo Guryan, Alzo, Chrysalis, Euphoria, >John Summers, Sweet Charity, Excelsior, Spring, Mid Day >Rain, Twice As Much, Saint Jacques, Nancy Priddy, Terry >Sylvester, the Sounds of Feeling, Harmony Grass Harmony Grass is a great sunshine pop name. Same with Sounds of Feeling. So who are all these people? Nat --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Re: We've All Gone Soft... Received: 01/16/00 12:02 am From: Jamie LePage To: Spectropop List Ron Sauer wrote: >I would add...earlier, The Chordettes (specifically >"Soft Soft Sands" and the Poni-Tails to the list. Exactly! "Soft Sands" by Chordettes may be the very first record that embodies all the elements of soft pop. A great personal favorite. In the same vein but a bit later, let's not forget the British duo Caravelles. Neat stuff. Keith D'Arcy wrote: >The essential soft pop record has to be Roger Nichols and >the Small Circle of Friends LP on A&M. I agree. An essential album. A couple of quick comments on the sides Keith listed up. >"Move with the Dawn" by Mark Eric Is this from the "Midsummer's Day Dream" album on Uni's Revue label? I've not heard Move With the Dawn, but I have heard "Laura's Changing" and "California Home." Both are interesting tracks; the latter in particular reveals the strong Brian Wilson/surf harmony influence (new sub-genre= soft surf rock??). Others fitting this sub-genre are Ronny & the Daytonas, Yellow Balloon and Dino, Desi & Billy (Dig "Thru Spray Colored Glasses" by DD&B!). >"Sun" by Margo Guryan Do tell more about this artist. >"That's Alright (I Don't Mind It)" by Alzo I've not heard this either, is this from the 1970 Bob Dorough produced LP on Ampex? Heard good things about this album... >"There is Now" by Euphoria Is this from the Jerry Ross produced album on Heritage? I've only heard "Sitting In A Rocking Chair" from that album on a comp album, and it has a really cool "sessions" type ending with the fade sort of falling apart at the end with unintended talking audible through mic leakage. Cool threads, cats! Jamie LePage n.p. The Absence of Lisa - Ron Dante --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Mark Eric!! Received: 01/16/00 12:02 am From: Luis Suarez To: Spectropop List I'm new to the list. I've been following the Soft Pop thread for a few days. I'm so glad Keith D'Arcy mentioned Mark Eric. I was about to write in asking about him. My friend Rex turned me on to him, but he had no real information about who Mark Eric was/is. Does anybody on the list have any information regarding his discography (besides the Midsummer's Daydream LP), his history, rumors, gossip, anything. Does anybody on the list have a copy of the aforementioned LP that they are willing to part with? If so, please e-mail me off-list. Spectropop is the list that I have been looking for in all those other lists. Thanks for the knowledgeable, inspiring music talk. --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- End
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