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Spectropop V#0371

  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 01/16/00

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       Volume #0371                           January 16, 2000   
        Proclaimed winners by viewers of with-it TV Music-Ins    
    Subject:     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
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    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
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    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??
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    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! 
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    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.
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    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 
    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?
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    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
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    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. 
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