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There are 5 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Tommy James
           From: Dave Mirich 
           From: "Alan and Pat Warner" 
      3. Carpenters Box Set
           From: "Ron Weekes" 
      4. Barry Mann & Margo Guryan reissues
           From: Jamie LePage 
      5. Warner/Spector, not PSI 
           From: "Spectropop Admin" 


Message: 1
   Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2000 09:21:05 EDT
   From: Dave Mirich 
Subject: Tommy James

Is in there anyone who can write a few informative
paragraphs about Tommy James?  I know that what I was
young, his music was everywhere.  However, us "cool"
type guys looked down upon his music as hopelessly
bubblegum.  Yet, when I listen to his music on the
oldies station it is apparent that it is of a unique
nature and highly crafted.

 Dave Mirich

David Mirich, Ph.D.  

"I often wish I could rid the world of the tyranny of
truth. For what is truth but where we have agreed to let
the matter rest" - author unknown

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Message: 2
   Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2000 02:31:13 -0700
   From: "Alan and Pat Warner" 

Re: Ian Chapman's report about Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil's
interview with Spencer Leigh...

I show that HOME OF THE BOY I LOVE was written solely by
Sylvester Bradford who (with Al Lewis) co-wrote Fats Domino's
hit, I'M READY and also the Little Anthony & The Imperials


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Message: 3
   Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2000 16:05:03 -0600
   From: "Ron Weekes" 
Subject: Carpenters Box Set

I'm sure this has been addressed already, but I've been
in and out so much since late April, I'm still trying to
get caught up with the digests.

Can anyone who's got the 4-disc Carpenters set share
with me your personal feelings.  Private e-mails will be

Ron Weekes

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Message: 4
   Date: Fri, 28 Jul 2000 16:54:43 +0900
   From: Jamie LePage 
Subject: Barry Mann & Margo Guryan reissues

There are a couple of interesting new releases from Japan
that I thought were worth mentioning...

The first album I want to mention is "Lay It All Out" by
Barry Mann. Originally released on New Design (30876),
this 1971 album is scheduled for CD release in Japan on
August 23 through Dreamsville Records.

The original album had the following 12 tracks:

1. Too Many Mondays 
2. When You Get Right Down to It 
3. Lay It All Out 
4. I Heard You Singing Your Song 
5. Holy Rolling 
6. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin 
7. On Broadway 
8. Something Better 
9. Sweet Ophelia 
10. Don't Give up on Me 
11. Ain't No Way to Go Home 
12. Wild Eyed Indian 

The CD has two bonus tracks: Carry Me Home and Sundown -
both sides of Barry's 1971 New Design single (1000).
Sundown was originally recorded by Glenn Yarbrough in 1969
(Warner Bros. WS1817),

Given the date of this recording by a successful Brill
Building writer, it isn't surprising that the feel of the
album is in the 70s singer/songwriter style (e.g.,
Tapestry). The album rocks from time to time in a slightly
country-ish way, but again it was 1971. Great songs,
including one of my favorites, the Goffin/Mann song
Something Better, previously recorded in 1969 by Harpers
Bizarre, and also in 1969 by Marianne Faithfull.


The second album is TAKE A PICTURE by Margo Guryan. The
CD was released 2000.6.21 (PSCR-5872) through TRATTORIA
FAMILY CLUB, part of the Trattoria group of labels
spearheaded by Keigo Oyamada (Cornelius).

Here is the CD track listing:

Sunday Morning 
Love Songs 
Don't Go Away 
Take A Picture 
What Can I Give You 
Think Of Rain 
Can You Tell 
Someone I Know 
The 8:17 Northbound Success Merry-Go-Round (demo) 
I Don't Intend To Spend Christmas Without You (demo) 
Spanky And Our Gang (demo) 
California Shake (previously unreleased)

This rare 1968 album is highly praised and sought after
by soft pop fans. Trattoria released it legitimately on
CD for the first time ever. Mastered from the original
tapes, the CD includes newly written liner notes by David
Rosner, a full lyric sheet and four bonus tracks.

For those who are unfamiliar with Margo, in Spectropop
#373 Keith D'Arcy wrote:

> Margo Guryan is an absolutely lovely person as well as a
> super pop songwriter. She wrote "Sunday Morning" for
> Spanky and Our Gang, then showed them up with her own
> wonderful version on her sole LP on Bell, "Take a
> Picture," produced by one of those unsung genius
> producers we love, John Hill. Seriously, the
> arrangements on this LP are lush, intricate and
> occasionally (like on the song "Love") very bizarre.
> Imagine a West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band freak out
> blending perfectly with the gentlest melodic pop song,
> and you're halfway there. Margo wrote for lots of people
> in the mid to late 60's, like the Lennon Sisters, Harry
> Belafonte, Marie Laforet (great French vocal version of
> "Sunday Morning"), The Walter Raim Concept, Mama Cass,
> Claudine Longet... there's a bunch more. She now teaches
> jazz piano in southern California. Here's a bit of
> sunshine pop platinum: the b-side to Margo's single of
> "Sunday Morning" is a track called "Spanky and Our Gang"
> which if you can find, will completely flip your mind.

I hope these two releases are of interest to readers.

All the best,


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Message: 5
   Date: Fri, 28 Jul 2000 03:24:48 -0000
   From: "Spectropop Admin" 
Subject: Warner/Spector, not PSI 

On Tue, 25 Jul 2000 16:29:54 GMT
"Spector Collector"  wrote:

> [regarding] a message to the group with the subject header
> "PSI discography additions"...I was really referring to
> the Warner/Spector label, not PSI. In the interest of
> accuracy, I thank you [for posting the correction].

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