http://www.spectropop.com __________________________________________________________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ S P E C T R O P O P __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________________________________________________________ Volume #0374 January 20, 2000 __________________________________________________________ Do the Love...baby Subject: Re: Soft Pop On CD Received: 01/19/00 5:02 am From: David Bash To: Spectropop List levin lo wrote: > All of this talk about soft pop and sunshine pop fuels my > curiosity to no end. Could somebody kindly create an > essential listening list for these genres, with regards to > compact disc releases? I'd really appreciate it. > > Hi Levin, Well, I'm willing to give it a go. Of course, I may very well inadvertantly leave something out, but I'll do my best to list the compact discs which I think represent the best of the soft pop genre: Proper Albums: And Along Comes The Association-The Association (Warner Brothers, Japan) Renaissance-The Association (Warner Brothers, Japan) Insight Out-The Association (Warner Brothers, Japan) Birthday-The Associaton (Warner Brothers, Japan) This Is Us-Harmony Grass (EM Records, Japan) Around Grapefruit-Grapefruit (Repertoire Records, Germany) The Yellow Balloon-The Yellow Balloon (Sundazed, US) Save For A Rainy Day-Jan & Dean (Sundazed, US) The Cowsills-The Cowsills (Razor & Tie, US) You're A Very Lovely Woman/Live-The Merry Go Round (A&M, Japan) Give Me, Take You-Duncan Browne (Sony Special Products, US) Would You Believe-Billy Nicholls (Sequel, UK) Present Tense-Sagittarius (Sundazed, US) Begin-The Millennium (Revola, UK) Preparing For The Millennium-The Ballroom (Revola, UK) Revelations/Attacking The Straw Man-New Colony Six (Listed as "Best Of New Colony Six", but is in fact their two proper albums on Mercury...Mercury, Japan) Would You Believe-The Hollies (EMI, UK) For Certain Because-The Hollies (EMI, UK) Evolution-The Hollies (EMI, UK) Butterfly-The Hollies (EMI, UK) The Parade-The Parade (A&M, Japan) Walk Away Renee-The Left Banke (Mercury, Japan) Odessey & Oracle-The Zombies (Big Beat, UK) Now That Everything's Been Said-The City (Epic, US) Ellie Greenwich Composes, Produces, and Sings (Raven, Australia) Feelin' Groovy-Harper's Bizarre (Warner Brothers, Japan) Anything Goes-Harper's Bizarre (Warner Brothers, Japan) The Secret Life Of Harper's Bizarre-Harper's Bizarre (Warner Brothers, Japan) Kites Are Fun-The Free Design (Teichiku, Japan) You Could Be Born Again-The Free Design (Teichiku, Japan) Stars/Time/Bubbles/Love-The Free Design (Teichiku, Japan) One By One-The Free Design (Teichiku, Japan) Heaven/Earth-The Free Design (Teichiku, Japan) Sing For Very Important People-The Free Design (Teichiku, Japan) Spanky And Our Gang-Spanky And Our Gang (Vivid Sound, Japan) Like To Get To Know You-Spanky And Our Gang (Vivid Sound, Japan) Without Rhyme Or Reason-Spanky And Our Gang (Vivid Sound, Japan) 4-Harper's Bizarre (Warner Brothers, Japan) The Clique-The Clique (Varese Sarabande, US) All Strung Out-Nino Tempo & April Stevens (Varese Sarabande, US) Bee Gees 1st-The Bee Gees (Polygram, US) Horizontal-The Bee Gees (Polygram, US) Idea-The Bee Gees (Polygram, US) Salies Fforth..Plus-The Rainbow Ffolly (See For Miles, UK) Outward Bown...Plus-The Alan Bown (See For Miles, UK) The Pleasure Fair-The Pleasure Fair (Universal, Japan) On-The 8th Day (Universal, Japan) It's Been A Long, Long Time-The Hep Stars (Keystone Music, Japan) Neon-The Cyrkle (Sony, Japan) The World In A Sea Shell-The Strawberry Alarm Clock (Universal, Japan) Wake Up, It's Tomorrow-The Strawberry Alarm Clock (Universal, Japan) The World Of Oz-The World Of Oz (Si-Wan, Korea) Compilations, Single Artists: There's Gonna Be A Storm-The Left Banke (Polygram, US) Sittin On A Fence (The Immediate Anthology)-The Twice As Much (Sequel, UK) Colonized!-The Best Of New Colony Six (Rhino, US) It's About Time-The Kit Kats (Jamie, US) The Complete Roger Nichols & The Small Circle Of Friends (A&M, Japan) Eternity's Children-Eternity's Children (Revola, UK) The Sunshine Company-The Sunshine Company (Revola, UK) Let's Go To San Francisco-The Flowerpot Men (Repertoire, Germany) The Best Of The Cowsills-The Cowsills (Rebound, US) Choir Practice-The Choir (Sundazed, US) Anthology-The Critters (Taragon, US) The Very Best Of-The Arbors (Taragon, US) You've Got To Be Loved-The Montanas (Sequel, UK) Flight Recorder-Pinkerton's Assorted Colours/Flying Machine (Sequel, UK) Major League-The Ivy League (Sequel, UK) Up, Up, And Away, The Definitive Collection-The 5th Dimension (Arista, US) Back To The Story-The Idle Race (EMI, UK) The Enfields/Friends Of The Family (Get Hip, US) The Sun, The Wind, And Other Things (Collectables, US) The Best Of Paul & Barry Ryan (Repertoire, US) Compilations, Various Artists The Melody Goes On, Vol. 1-3 (M&M, Japan) Ripples, Vol. 1-4 (Sequel, UK) Sunshine Days, Pop Classics Of The 60s Vol 1-5 (Varese Sarabande, US) Melodies For You-Universal Soft Rock Vol 1 (Universal, Japan) Morning Glory Days-Universal Soft Rock Vol 2 (Universal, Japan) History Of American Pops, Vol 2 (Warner Brothers, Japan) Now, if you're looking for a list of soft pop which *isn't* on CD, that's another book entirely. :-)) Spectropop Rules!!!!! Take Care, David Bash --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Goodies=Southern Belles Received: 01/20/00 1:36 am From: Ian Chapman To: Spectropop List Rob Buono wrote:- Recently saw discussion over the song "The Dum Dum Ditty" by the Shangs/Goodees. I have a copy of this same song on the Amazon label by a group called The Southern Belles. Anyone else familiar with this one? Rob... Yes, it's a reissue of the Goodies record with a fictitious group name slapped on the label, something to do with evading the issue of rights to the track, I believe. Same thing happened with the Ribbons' "Ain't Gonna Kiss Ya" - originally on Marshall Leib's Marsh label, it later turned up on Charger as by the Sandpapers. Strange are the ways of the record biz..... Ian --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Interview... Received: 01/20/00 1:36 am From: Carol Kaye To: Spectropop List I do and have done a lot of interviews (magazine, newspapers, online, documentaries -- one of which "Phil Spector Wall Of Sound" will be shown in Feb., other films etc.), but there's one lately that has a new slant on it I tho't you'd like to know about. It's about working mothers and while this was edited for the length (almost cut in 1/2), it still is getting a lot of traffic -- people seem to like this. I tho't you would too -- some of my early life growing up poor etc., playing the jazz/bebop gigs on guitar before ever starting studio work 1957 etc., then switching to bass after almost 6 years as a successful studio guitarist in LA, and raising children on my own. It's at: http://www.mom.com Click on (far left) mom @ work, then click on "juggling act" when that comes up. This is the first of 2 parts. the entire 2-part interview is: http://www.mom.com/fun/soundchoices/ Best, Carol Kaye http://www.carolkaye.com/ --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Do the Love... baby Received: 01/20/00 1:35 am From: Nat Kone To: Spectropop List DJ JimmyB, writes > I think of Bob Thiele on the cover of a late >6T's ABC LP (the title of which escapes me at the moment) >where his photo graces the cover dressed in a Nehru jacket >singing and playing on songs like "Jet Me To 'Frisco". And >Bob--at the time well over 30 and NOT on a low fat diet-- >looks like the Pillsbury doughboy in that Nehru Jimmy, Jimmy... the record is called "Do the Love" and Bob does the love up right. Yeah, Now Sound and soft pop are definitely connected. Soft pop is Now Sound with choirs added, which come to think of it pretty well describes this Bob Thiele record - with the Sunshine Singers - as well as Gabor Szabo's "Earth Sky and Diamonds" with the California Dreamers who "became" the Love Generation. It's all a matter of how narrowly you describe it. If you want to look at it that way, then you could probably include some Percy Faith Singers and some Anita Kerr Singers on a soft pop tape. But I think it's just different enough to not quite make it as true soft pop. Now, what was I responding to here? Nat --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: "Do The Love" Received: 01/19/00 4:32 am From: DJ JimmyB To: Spectropop List In a message dated 1/18/0 1:19:03 PM, you wrote: >I think of Bob Thiele on the cover of a late >6T's ABC LP (the title of which escapes me at the moment) I remember it now. Its called "Do The Love" --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Re: Paul Leka, Lemon Pipers and Peppermint Rainbow Received: 01/20/00 1:36 am From: Marc Wielage To: Spectropop List Michael G. Marvin wrote on the Spectropop List: > 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. >-------------------
-------------------< Actually, the way I've heard the story told several times (in past issues of GOLDMINE magazine), it was Buddah Records prez Neil Bogart's idea to add the strings and drum track to the record. He always took credit for this in interviews, anyway, regardless of what Paul Leka said, and I believe it was Bogart's first #1 hit. Buddah Records' only bigger hit was "Midnight Train to Georgia," six years later. I do know the group members of The Lemon Pipers were taken aback at the song being changed so radically. I suspect their chagrin was tempered after it topped the charts. --MFW -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- -= Marc Wielage | "The computerized authority =- -= MusicTrax, LLC | on rock, pop, & soul." =- -= Chatsworth, CA | =- -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Re: Walter Raim and Gary McFarland Received: 01/20/00 1:35 am From: Nat Kone To: Spectropop List At 03:23 AM 1/19/00 +0900, you wrote: > >Margo Guryan wrote for lots of people in the mid to >late 60's, like the The Walter Raim Concept, All right! The Walter Raim Concept. Don't hear them mentioned everyday. I have their record "Endless Possibilities" but none of the tunes were written by Margo. Still, it was worth it to check the songwriting credits for the first time ever, in order to learn that my favourite song on the record "It's Always Somewhere Else" was written by Jake Holmes, whose record I remember having for a few weeks many years ago. (That tune is on the soft pop tape I just sent to Chuck so this is one choir that I think fits as "soft pop") >One last thought: anyone out there really familiar with >Gary McFarland's productions? That Wendy and Bonnie LP is >such inspired stuff, so gentle and yet so deep and full of >quirks. I don't know the record you speak of but your description sounds a lot like the way I would describe Gary's own "samba/bossa nova" records. I recommend "Does the sun really shine on the moon?" and particularly "Soft Samba." I assume some of it has been reissued. His version of "She loves you" on "Soft Samba" is a classic and come to think of it, his version of "Here there and everywhere" on "Does the Sun.." is pretty great too. He totally rescues Beatle tunes in fact. He also arranged other classic bossa nova records of the day, like one of Stan Getz's but they don't have the same lovely quirky feel that his own records have. A lovely combo of soft pop and soft samba with really sweet vocalizations. Nat --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Thanks Chuck Limmer! Received: 01/20/00 1:36 am From: Jimmy Cresitelli To: Spectropop List I was watching and wondering with a bemused smile as to who was going to post the Enya / Spector connection... thanks! You're right: it's all music. So why just listen to the A-side? (That's my motto.) Best, Jim Crescitelli --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Shindig Received: 01/19/00 8:38 am From: john rausch To: Spectropop List Need help! Can any Spectropoppers here help? I need to locate a copy on vhs of the old Shindig series.The one I am looking for was aired on Oct.30th 1965 Had Boris Karloff and Ted Cassidy (Lurch) as guests and Cassidy debuts his "latest dance craze single, The Lurch." I have this 45 produced by Gary Paxton on Capitol and it is a hoot, complete with girl group back up singers. I would love to find this episode. The tapes I do find available are all themed like best of Motown, or Righteous Bros. etc...If anyone can help I would appreciate it, you can email me privately. Thanks, John Rausch --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Surfin' USA Received: 01/19/00 4:32 am From: Glenn Sadin To: Spectropop List Carol Kaye sez... >Billy Strange, super composer, wonderful friend and great >guitarist (solo on Beach Boys Surfin' USA, his own big hit >of "Goldfinger" etc.) wrote something back. Waitaminnit! That's not Carl Wilson playing that rippin' solo!? That's probably the best guitar playing on an early BBs record! I'm not suggesting that Carol is incorrect, I'm just surprised to read that Carl didn't play that part. Glenn Sadin Read about JAPANESE POP MUSIC from the 1950s thru the 1990s: http://home.earthlink.net/~glenn_mariko/nihon.htm --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Re: madness and genius Received: 01/19/00 3:29 am From: Rough Trade Shop To: Spectropop List jake tassell wrote: > >Why is it that so many of the key figures... >completely lose it, crack up or go mad after producing >their best works? >I, for one, think this is the important >question about Phil Spector, about the nature of the pop >muse, about creativity in general and I'd welcome some >feedback on this. hello specpopkids, I rekin there's always been a link between 'madness' and creativity........a few theories on this.....people who are 'disturbed' or have chaotic 'mad' brains are more likely to feel the need to create to try and purge their madness.......also 'mad' people usually do have a more interesting take on life, don't they? And it doesn't matter if it's not real in music.........if you wanna bring bizzare things into music it could well make it great (there are probably a few 'mad' people who made completely unlistenable stuff too but anyway.....). So, if you're slightly unhinged and you've found a way to deal with part of your personality/soul whatever by creating never before heard bizarre/great music you're gonna be more susceptible to even more madness later on... ........especially when the pressures of fame hit you and peoples expectations start worrying you and people EXPECT you to behave bizarrely and you feel that you have to fulfill their expectations and then don't you just go round in a big psychotic swirlygig of music and songs and madness and stress and worry and will it be out in time for xmas? No wonder you lose it completely........and if you're head's feelin' a bit weird drugs REALLY aren't gonna help, are they? I realized a long time ago that a lot of my favourite/most interesting friends aren't completely 'all there' x delia xx p.s. hope i haven't offended any body by using the term ' mad.' I think you know the context in which I'm using it and hopefully realize I'm not puttin anybody down... www.roughtrade.com 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. --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: The Liquid Room 1/15/00 Received: 01/19/00 4:32 am From: Ponak, David To: Spectropop The Liquid Room airs every Saturday Morning (Friday night) from 3-6 on 90.7 FM KPFK. (98.7 in Santa Barbara County). Also check out my show The Nice Age at http://www.spikeradio.com. The time has changed. I'm now on Sunday afternoons from 3-6 PM, PST. The Liquid Room-1/15/99: 1.The Comittee-California My Way Happy Together: The Best Of White Whale Records (Varese Sarabande) 2.Mellow-Instant Love (single) (East/West UK) 3.Le Maledictus Sounds-Jim Clark Was Driving Recklessly s/t (Mucho Gusto-Canada) 4.Lee Hazlewood-She Comes Running 13 (SLR) 5.The Third Wave-Don't Ever Go Here And Now (Crippled Dick) 6.Aimee Mann-Build That Wall Magnolia Soundtrack (Reprise) 7.Jerry Lewis-Rock A Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody Just Sings (Decca) 8.Jim O'Rourke-Not Sport Martial Art Halfway To A Threeway (Drag City) 9.Brian Eno-The Lion Sleeps Tonight Eno Box II (EG) 10.Stevie Wonder-Another Star At The Close Of A Century (Box Set) (Motown) 11.Cornelius-Brand New Season (Giant Ear Mix) Free Fall (Single b-side) (Matador-UK) 12.Bjork-Isobel (Deodato Remix) single (One Little Indian-UK) 13.Leslie Gore-What Am I Gonna Do With You It's My Party (Box Set) (Bear Family-Germany) 14.Baxendale-Music For Girls Was It Him Or His Music? (Various artists sampler-Le Grand Magistery) 15.Michel Polnareff-Miss Blue Jeans Les Premiere Annes (box set) (Universal-France) 16.Melon-Quiet Village ('92 Mix) Deep Cut Remix (Sony Japan) 17.M. Frog-We Are Crazy Labat (Bearsville) 18.Ethel Azama-Ringo Oiwake Exotic Dreams (Liberty) 19.Swing Slow (Harry Hosono & Miharu Koshi)-Yuki Ya Konko Swing Slow (Mercury-Japan) 20.Yuji Oniki-Tokyo Clover (Refrain) Orange (1 Plus 1) 21.The Free Design-You Be You And I'll Be Me Heaven/Earth (Teijuku-Japan) 22.Bertrand Burgalat-Sexy Boy Au Royaume De Tricatel (L'Appareill Photo-Japan) 23.Etienne Charry-Raye Du Bottin 36 Erreurs (Tricatel-France) 24.Jerry Lewis-I've Got The World On A String Just Sings (Decca) 25.Cibo Matto-We Love Our Lawyers At Home With The Groovebox (Grand Royal) 26.Davie Allan & The Arrows-Shape Of Things To Come The Wild Angels & Other Themes (Curb) 27.Arling & Cameron-Hashi Music For Imaginary Films (Emperor Norton) 28.Isaac Hayes-In Pursuit Of The Pimpmobile Truck Turner Soundtrack (Stax) 29.Pizzicato Five-Goodbye Baby & Amen Pizzicato Five (*********-Japan) 30.The Divine Comedy-Frog Princess (Live) Rarities (Setanta-UK) 31.Scott Walker-Stormy Till The Band Comes In (BGO-UK) 32.Roy Budd-Goodbye Carter Get Carter Soundtrack (Castle-UK) 33.Professor Takeo Yamashita-Playgirl (The Readymade Darlin' Of Discoteque Track) Mission 4 (Escalator-Japan) 34.Yashuharu Konishi-Main Theme I Messaggeri Degi Imbecilli Van All Ovest (Wave) 35.Nino & April-You'll Be Needing Me Baby All Strung Out (Varese Sarabande) 36.The Critters-Mr. Dieingly Sad Younger Girl (Kapp) 37.Mama Cass-The Good Times Are Coming Dream A Little Dream-The Best Of Cass Elliot (MCA) 38.Tommy Roe-Now Its Winter Day Greatest Hits (MCA) 39.The Fur Ones-Organic In The Park Odd Numbers (Monorail) 40.Ketty Lester-Love Letters Blue Velvet Soundtrack (Varese Sarabande) 41.Astrud Gilberto-Where There's A Heartache (There Must Be A Heart) Astrud Gilberto (Columbia/CTI) 42.Paul Williams-Morning I'll Be Movin' On Someday Man (Reprise) --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- End
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