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Spectropop V#0043

  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 2/14/98

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             Volume #0043                             02/17/98
                   Vocal With Instrumental Accompaniment
    Subject:     jack reaches saturation
    Sent:        2/13/98 9:42 AM
    Received:    2/14/98 9:49 AM
    From:        Jack Madani,
    To:          Spectropop  List,
    Well, it finally happened.  I found a disc of non-psychedelic sixties 
    stuff that I don't love.  "Sweet and Lovely:  The Best of Nino Tempo & 
    April Stevens," on Varese Sarabande.  I bought it based on the two songs 
    I had heard, Deep Purple and All Strung Out.  Phew!  Of the first twelve 
    songs, only Deep Purple is of interest.  Most of the others are utter 
    carbon copies, down to the harmonica-blow riffs.  And the April solo cut, 
    Teach Me Tiger, is like something Ginger Grant would've sung to the 
    accompaniment of Gilligan, the Skipper, the Perfesser and Mr. 
    Howell--strictly meant for larfs.  And then comes a remake of the Paris 
    Sisters hit I Love How You Love Me, which Nino has decided to bless with 
    a bagpipe ostinato.  Bagpipes!  Yow!  Out of this mess, All Strung Out 
    emerges absolutely without warning or precedence.  And then follows two 
    cuts from the same album as All Strung Out, about which all I can say is 
    that I guess they don't stink, but neither do they raise to the level of 
    All Strung Out.  And then come two latterday (1985 and 1996) perductions, 
    all synths and no soul.  Again, they don't stink, but neither are they in 
    any way special.  This album is one that I can't really recommend, and 
    I'm not sure I ever said that before about material from pre-Invasion 
    sixties material.
    jack "although, maybe it was worth it for the pictures of April in the 
    liner notes" madani
    Jack Madani - Princeton Day School, The Great Road,
       Princeton, NJ  08540
    "It is when the gods hate a man with uncommon abhorrence that they
     drive him into the profession of a schoolmaster." --Seneca, 64 A.D.
    --[ archived by Spectropop - 02 /17/98 - 12:51:29 AM ]--
    Subject:     Motown on TV!
    Sent:        2/16/98 10:44 PM
    Received:    2/17/98 12:42 AM
    From:        David Marsteller,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Did anyone see part one of the Motown 40th anniversary special?  
    Incredible. A clip of a Supremes recording session (brief glimpses of the 
     'Funk Brothers' Motown band in action!). All kinds of fun antique  
    footage. This was the Motown equivalent to The Beatles Anthology  
    documentary. They even discussed the rivalries between  
    Holland-Dozier-Holland, Smokey, Norman Whitfield, Ashford & Simpson etc.  
    What a treat that show was...
    /**   "Reach out and grab a fistful of now"                            **/
    /**                                             Thornetta Davis        **/
    /**      David Marsteller                       **/
    --[ archived by Spectropop - 02 /17/98 - 12:51:29 AM ]--
    Subject:     Petula Clark
    Sent:        2/16/98 3:22 PM
    Received:    2/17/98 12:42 AM
    From:        Marie-J. Leclerc,
    To:          Spectropop  List,
    It brings back so many memories to see all the Petula Clark posts here. 
    When I was a child, pre school, my mother used to listen to her album, 
    and the funny thing is that it was all sung in French. She would play it 
    on that old Fleetwood stereo, and to us, Petula was as French as can be, 
    only later as a teenager did I find out that Petulas wasn't. Might seems 
    weird but it's true. What I recall the most was those Kinks songs, all 
    done in French, especially "Well respected man", that's the one who 
    strikes me the most, it was very well done. 
    Before saying bye, I have a question. I would like to know what Yardbirds 
    cd would be the best for a beginner, I am just discovering them, any help 
    would be welcomed. Thanks for listening, take care.
    --[ archived by Spectropop - 02 /17/98 - 12:51:29 AM ]--
    Subject:     Re: Next Plane To London
    Sent:        2/13/98 9:40 AM
    Received:    2/14/98 9:49 AM
    From:        Marc Wielage,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Jeff Glenn  asked:
    > At work last week someone asked me who did the song "Next 
    > Plane To London."  We all know the answer is The Rose 
    > Garden (1967, if I'm not mistaken; I'm not at home to look 
    > at the LP), but is this song available anywhere on CD?  
    > I've never seen it; not even on any Japanese compilations 
    > (I'm surprised the original LP hasn't been issued the CD 
    > in Japan, 'cause they issue just everything!).
    As far as I know, this song is out on just two U.S. CDs:
    Lost Hits of the '60s: 40 Solid Gold AM Radio Classics ~ Sound Exchange
    OPCD-4573 (2:30 mono)
    Only Love 1965-1969 ~ JCI JCD-3185 (2:29 mono)
    The LOST HITS CD is unfortunately out of print, but the other CD is widely
    available as a budget title.
    -= Marc Wielage      |   "The computerized authority     =-
    -= MusicTrax, Ltd.   |       on rock, pop, & soul."      =-
    -= Chatsworth, CA    |         =-
    --[ archived by Spectropop - 02 /17/98 - 12:51:29 AM ]--
    Subject:     Re: Petula Clark
    Sent:        2/16/98 12:50 AM
    Received:    2/16/98 12:59 AM
    To:          Spectropop List,
    I paraphrase a private reply re: Petula Clark
    >Pet Clark epitomizes Swinging Sixties London to my 
    The writer agrees, saying Petula's records are as British as a  rainy day 
    and a cup of tea. The writer goes on to say that reportedly a number of 
    her records were cut in Los Angeles with the Wrecking Crew. Certain 
    titles such as "this is my song" and "cat in the window") sound as though 
    they may have been L. A. recordings, but some of the really big Hatch 
    productions were allegedly cut on the West Coast as well (e.g., in Hal 
    Blaine's autobiography, there is a photo of him receiving a gold record 
    for "My Love").
    Worth reposting to the list I thought; any further clarification?
    --[ archived by Spectropop - 02 /17/98 - 12:51:29 AM ]--

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