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Spectropop V#0045

  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 2/18/98

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           Volume #0045                               02/23/98
                            The Dealers Choice
    Subject:     Nino Tempo and April Stevens
    Sent:        2/18/98 1:13 AM
    Received:    2/18/98 2:27 AM
    From:        Doc Rock, docroXXX@XXXXXXom
    I could not disagree more with the comments about Nino Tempo and April 
    Stevens CD SWEET AND LOVELY, which I reviewed last year for Discoveries 
    magazine.  (For an email copy of my review, email me at 
    Sure, many of the tracks on the CD share a similar sound.  But that can 
    be said about anyone, from the Beach Boys to Pet Clark to the Kinks to 
    Phil Spector.  But many of the tracks on SWEET AND LOVELY have different 
    The 1985 cut, "I'm Fallin' For You," is uncharacteristically country, 
    with Nino yodeling.
    "Teach Me, Tiger," a pre "Deep Purple" April solo hit record from 1959, 
    was inspired by a very popular TV ad of the time for hair cream.  In the 
    ad, a pre-Get Smart Barbara Feldon rolled around on a tiger rug and 
    growled, "Hi, Tiger!" to the camera.  The sound was pre-Ginger, more 
    "I Love How You Love Me," is a masterpiece, perhaps my favorite non-hit 
    record from the mid-sixties.  Nino and April belt it out, complete with 
    bagpipes and electric guitar!  Hey, it worked for me when I bought the 
    single in 1965, and it's even greater in stereo CD sound.
    One of the best cuts is "The Coldest Night of the Year," and I'm not even 
    much of a fan of slow songs.
    Nino played with the Glenn Miller orchestra and April sang with Benny 
    Goodman briefly.  Later, Nino also played sax, piano, drum, and/or guitar 
    on most of Phil Spector's Girl Group records.
    The only criticism I have of the CD is that it left out wonderful cuts 
    like "I Surrender Dear," ""Our Love," "My Old Flame," "Sea of Love/Dock 
    of the Bay (medley)," and "No Hair Sam" (a great answer record to Charlie 
    Rich's "Mohair Sam").  Maybe if we're lucky, there'll be a volume two?
    Doc Rock
    ---[ archived by Spectropop - 02 /22/98 - 04 :08:24 AM ]---
    Subject:     Carl Wilson tribute page
    Sent:        2/19/98 6:56 AM
    Received:    2/19/98 8:25 AM
    From:        Big L,
    I have put up a short tribute to Carl on my web page.
    All clipped from, so far, so if
    you've been there, you've probably seen all of the
    Has anyone heard the original version of "I Can Hear
    Music?" Been looking for it for years. Supposedly,
    Carl owned a copy of the single, and that's how the
    Bs came to cover it.
    Big L                   Check out my Radio Legends pages at:
    ---[ archived by Spectropop - 02 /22/98 - 04 :08:24 AM ]---
    Subject:     Pet Pet Sounds
    Sent:        2/19/98 6:00 AM
    Received:    2/19/98 8:25 AM
    From:        Brent Kubasta,
    Here are two sleepers from Petula Clark that all Spectropop 
    fans should give a listen to:
    1. "Dance With Me"
    >From the *My Love* album, this is one Petula's greatest moments. 
    Beautiful song, gorgeous arrangement, and perfect phrasing on the 
    lead vocals. (And do it right: listen to a *mono* copy.)
    2. "Days"
    >From the *Kiss Me Goodbye* album. Am I asking to be flamed if I 
    say I think this version brings out the harmonic beauty of the 
    song far more than the Kinks' original recording?
    I don't have all of Pet's albums, but most of the ones I've heard 
    suffer from filler material. *My Love* is an exception: there's a 
    number of really strong cuts, especially on side two.
    ---[ archived by Spectropop - 02 /22/98 - 04 :08:24 AM ]---
    Subject:     Re: Spectropop V#0044
    Sent:        2/19/98 2:56 AM
    Received:    2/19/98 2:58 AM
    Jack Madani said:
    > seems to me that Hatch understood that Gold Star 
    > sound so well  that he was well capable of recreating it 
    > in England; there are any  number of non Petula cuts on 
    > the Here Come The Girls series that have  elements of the 
    > Wrecking Crew sound...I'm sure that these non-megastars 
    > weren't being transported to LA to record...
    That's exactly right. Hatch's style is quite recognizable even on the 
    non-hits from the Here Come The Girls series, and we know these must have 
    been recorded in London. I don't know if I'd go so far as to say he 
    "recreated" the Gold Star sound, because as I mentioned before the Pet 
    Clark sides I am so fond of are very British. Yet, Hatch-produced records 
    certainly share common ground with the West Coast sound. Even if his 
    production style was derivative, it worked.
    David Bash wrote:
    >"I Can Hear Music: The Songs of Greenwich & Barry", and it 
    >was created by Polygram Publishing.  
    OK, a question about this. If memory serves, Barry/Greenwich were signed 
    to Trio Music, which was a Leiber/Stoller publishing firm. Trio is still 
    controlled by Leiber/Stoller to this day. How do PolyGram fit in? 
    Jeff and Ellie recorded most of their best work for Red Bird, which was o 
    Leiber/Stoller company. Many of these masters are on the CD you mentioned.
    >The only disconcerting thing is that there are no 
    >Spector tracks on it because apparently, even though 
    >this is a publishing disc and is not officially released, 
    >Spector put the kabosh on any of his tracks being included.
    Although Jeff, Ellie and Phil wrote a relatively small number of songs 
    together, almost every one was of stellar quality and today retains great 
    value. All of these co-writes are co-administrated with Phil's company 
    Mother Bertha, and it is ABKCO who administers Phil's interests (both 
    publishing and masters, btw).
    Trio Music have most likely been a benefactor of ABKCO's careful 
    administration of Mother Bertha and Philles properties. ABKCO is known to 
    be very selective in granting licenses; rare in today's corporate 
    "maximize profits" mentality. I would guess an amicable agreement was 
    struck when the Jeff & Ellie CD was planned where funding might be more 
    appropriately used to produce new masters of these classic 
    Spector/Barry/Greenwich songs by contemporary artists. 
    But I still don't get why this is PolyGram...
    >Subject:     KHJ
    >From:        Paul MacArthur, rtf_XXX@XXXXXXdu
    > Some say the sixties began when Kennedy was shot and ended 
    > with Nixon's  resignation. I think in terms of musical 
    > excellence, it started a  little earlier than that, circa 
    > Phil Spector,  but after Nixon's  resignation we had a 
    > dramatic down turn in the quality of popular (and  less 
    > popular) music.
    Nice one, Paul. That's a pretty good description of what "Spectropop" 
    Jack Madani wrote:
    > Yes, well, I guess I haven't maxed out on non-psych 60's 
    > pop yet, after  all.  
    Good to hear!
    > ......there's more here to listen to than just Deep Purple 
    > and All Strung Out. The first half of the skimpy (46 
    > minutes) cd is still firmly in the mold of Deep Purple, 
    > eight of the first ten tracks being Big-Beat updates of 
    > Tin Pan Alley standards.
    That's my problem with their recordings. The *sound* is classic early 
    60's LA as in Gold Star/Western, but the songs and the arrrangements are 
    not as imaginative as other LA records from the same era. 
    > "The Coldest Night of the Year," ...features some chord 
    > progressions that will put the listener in mind of other 
    > Mann/Weil numbers... However, it's not a reverby wall of 
    > sound, but rather an intimate recording with a picked 
    > spanish-harlem acoustic guitar.
    See, that's what I do like about their records. Without the wall, you can 
    hear what the studio is contributing to the overall ambiance. Then, when 
    listening to latter day Philles, it's easier to hear what is going on.
    > "You'll Be Needing Me Baby," was written by David 
    > Gates...does Gates not receive enough credit when the 
    > great pop svengalis are written about?
    I really don't care to mention Bread etc. as all that is from the 70's 
    and after. I do view Gates as a talented latter day Brill Building writer 
    who made some classic records (without regard to their commercial 
    success). Hey, Little Star is pure genius. Lost in Wonderland too. Also, 
    He's My One and Only Jimmy Boy has to be one of the all-time great 
    non-hit girl group records ever! 
    ---[ archived by Spectropop - 02 /22/98 - 04 :08:24 AM ]---

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