________________________________________________________________________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ S P E C T R O P O P ______________ ______________ ______________ ________________________________________________________________________ Now Available at Montgomery Ward ------------------------------------------------------------------------ There are 5 messages in this issue #42. Topics in this digest: 1. Pet Sounds live From: Glenn Sadin 2. the flame From: jason macisaac 3. Jeff Barry sessions From: "Antonio Vizcarra" 4. Motherlode From: JB 5. Secrets article From: Doc Rock ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 1 Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2000 17:05:00 -0700 From: Glenn Sadin Subject: Pet Sounds live I saw an amazing show on Sunday night! I drove all the way from San Francisco to LA to see Brian Wilson perform the entire Pet Sounds album for the hometown crowd at the Hollywood Bowl, accompanied by the Wondermints, Jeffrey Foskett, and the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra. The concert opened with a rather extended orchestral medley of BW's music, conducted by none other than Van Dyke Parks, BW's co-composer of the infamous and unreleased "Smile" album. Now, normally I don't care much for rock songs adapted for classical instrumentation, and the earlier surf'n'hot rod songs didn't really work for me in this context (they ended up sounding like part of an overture from a B'way musical), but some of the more complex melodies, such as "Our Prayer" worked wonderfully. After a short break, Brian came out with the rock musicians and did a set of his non-Pet Sounds material, including some somewhat obscure Beach Boys material, including '"Till I Die" (the opening song) and "Kiss Me Baby." Foskett and the Wondermints are well-known for their reverence for Brian's work, and had the original arrangements down perfectly, including the legendary vocal harmonies which they pulled off flawlessly. Brian also performed a few of the better songs from his two solo albums, but for the most part he stayed in the '60s. Brian even performed his favorite song of all time, the Ronettes' "Be My Baby"! After the intermission, came the main event: the entire Pet Sounds album performed in the album's running order. It was amazing to witness. Every detail and every nuance of the original album's arrangements were reproduced EXACTLY, right down to the bicycle bell in "You Still Believe in Me," the banjo in "I Know There's an Answer," and the train and dogs barking at the end of "Caroline No" (taken from the album). The most amazing performance of the night was the instrumental title track from the album, which was stretched out slightly from original to give the musicans a chance to jam a bit, which worked well within the context of the song. The musicians were clearly having a blast with that one. After this outstanding performance, the band returned to the stage, with Brian playing the Fender bass (!) through a long encore of Beach Boys rockers: "All Summer Long," "Surfin' Safari," "Barbara Ann," etc., and finally closing with "Good Vibrations" (again, with the theremin front and center) and "Love and Mercy" from his 1st solo album. It's such a drag when you go see one of the "golden '60s boys" (as Sean Bonniwell calls them) perform their classics with a hack band (bad plastic synth instead of Vox organ, Satriani-esque lead guitar, etc.) After seeing too many bad oldies shows, it was such a pleasure seeing Brian on stage performing his greatest work with musicians who knew and understood it. Glenn Sadin Read about JAPANESE POP MUSIC from the 1950s thru the 1990s: http://home.earthlink.net/~glenn_mariko/nihon.htm Read more about Brian Wilson's Hollywood Bowl performance at http://www.spectropop.com/go2/petsounds.html --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 2 Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2000 04:07:42 -0700 (PDT) From: jason macisaac Subject: the flame Hey there, Just wondering if anybody out there remembers "THE FLAME" album that came out on Brother Records in the early seventies? --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 3 Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2000 19:08:05 +0200 From: "Antonio Vizcarra" Subject: Jeff Barry sessions Hi everybody, I hope some Jeff Barry fans out there can help me with this question :) While the Monkees were in los Angeles in January 1967 recording the Headquarters album, Jeff Barry was recording in New York backing tracks for use in future Monkees recordings. Some of these tracks were released a couple of years later like "99 pounds" or decades later like "You can't tie a mustang down" or "If I learned to play the violin". Still there are other Jeff Barry songs from these sessions that remain unreleased. The titles are the following: Gotta give it time, Poor little me Eve of my sorrow and The love you got inside Jeff also produced Black and Blue written by Neil Diamond and Leiber and Stoller!!! Does anybody know if these tracks were later used for another group or singer and were released in some form or are still gathering dust at the RCA Studios in New York? Likewise, Denny Randell produced some tracks on these sessions which were never released by the Monkees: "I wanna be your puppy dog", "Love is on the way", "I didn't know you had it in you Sally" and "Sugar man". The same question again, is it possible that these backing tracks were later used for other bands or singers? Antonio --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 4 Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2000 08:08:00 EDT From: JB Subject: Motherlode I recently saw a copy of Motherlode's "When I Die" LP for sale. It mentions Carol Kaye's bass-playing as the essence of the LP. I remember the song and it always struck me as different than a lot of the pop radio fare of its time. I am hoping for Carol's illuminating commentary on that session(s)...Thanks in advance.. JB/thinkin''bout Motherlode --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 5 Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2000 19:17:31 -0400 From: Doc Rock Subject: Secrets article Jimmy C wrote: > Thanks, Sheila! Looking forward to seeing it. Any truth > to the rumor that the Victorians are really Darlene and > company? I haven't ever seen a pic of them. And in > reading the index of groups in the Clemente book (thanks, > John. R.), I see the Secrets are not covered...? One of > my favorites... oh well! > > Best, > Jimmy C. Jimmy, Do you need my Secrets article? Doc --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- End
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