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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

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

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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?

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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?


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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

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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.


Do you need my Secrets article?


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