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Spectropop - Digest Number 45

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           Expressing the feelings of the young mind of today

There are 5 messages in this issue #45.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Fw: Roshoman
           From: "Van Dyke Parks" 
      2. Lennie Breau
           From: alan  zweig 
      3. Spector Box Set as a Closeout
           From: "Paul Urbahns"
      4. Re: The Lonely Surfer
           From: Bobby Lloyd 
      5. Blast from the past of real protest songs
           From: Spectropop Admin


Message: 1
   Date: Wed, 04 Oct 2000 06:15:17 -0000
   From: "Van Dyke Parks"
Subject: Fw: Roshoman

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---------------- Original message follows ----------------

> 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.

I've seen alot of comments on the Wilson Suite....
glowingly good, bad, informed, enlightened, downright
stupid or mean-spirited. They're all correct as far as I
know, if "beauty is in the eye of the beholder".

I don't get the "Broadway" connection. But I know they use
orchestras in "Broadway" theatres. Maybe that writer has
been to a "Broadway" theatre show. -- Of course, they use
"sit-down" drummers in that arena. I avoided doing so in
the Suite. If you're asking if I think I did a good job
>from top to bottom, the answer is "yes".

I was fortunate Brian asked me to orchestrate his music.
He knows that one will never do a more thoughtful job (in
two weeks' time). I also doubt anyone will ever eclipse my
effort with a similar effort. The reference material
invites a minimum of excellence. Brian's music survives

Van Dyke (Parks)

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Message: 2
   Date: Tue, 03 Oct 2000 16:38:12 -0400
   From: alan  zweig 
Subject: Lennie Breau

Carol Kaye wrote:

> From the Motherlode dates about April 1969 in Toronto, I
> had met the great Lennie Breau, and invited him to my
> house to stay while he was working out here in Hollywood.

Sadly most stories that begin with "I invited Lennie to
stay at my place", go in a different direction than your
story did. Lennie is now a saint up here in Canada. It's
partly due to an biographical TV film that got shown
quite a bit. He had the look of a saint. Too good, too
frail for this world.

Anyway I felt I had to respond to something that started
"April 1969 in Toronto".

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Message: 3
   Date: Tue, 03 Oct 2000 17:12:46 EDT
   From: "Paul Urbahns" 
Subject: Spector Box Set as a Closeout

Jack wrote:

> Collector's Choice Music has listed the Phil Spector box
> set as being on sale as a "closeout."  Is something up
> with the Spector box?  Is it going out of print or
> something?

Suggest you contact collectors choice music. But it is
probably going out of release and maybe return in a
different form (we can hope anyway) Phil has been playing
the reissue game by reissuing the same material in
different covers since the early 70s. Since he bought the
rights to the Teddybears "To Know Him" anything with that
song on it will have to be withdrawn and repackaged when
the current contracts expire. That means that Phil
Spector song will probably not be appearing on those TV
offers of oldies anymore. That song is on the box set.
Since he owns the rights to it I don't see a problem, but
you never know.

Paul Urbahns

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Message: 4
   Date: Tue, 03 Oct 2000 16:46:23 EDT
   From: Bobby Lloyd
Subject: Re: The Lonely Surfer

Claudia Cunningham stated/asked:

> My boyfriend recently dug out an old copy of "Lonely
> Surfer" by Jack Nitzsche from his collection; a great 
> 1963 instrumental featuring a Duane Eddy-like intro and
> climaxing with French horns...a classic.  Does anyone
> know the prominent studio folk who were  onboard for
> this recording? Was it recorded at Gold Star?
According to the vinyl LP credits the personnel were:
The Johnny Vidor Strings; Gale Robinson, Bill Hinshaw,
French Horns; Roy Caton, Virgil Evans, Trumpets; Harry
Betts, Roy Main, Trombones; Hal Blaine, Drums; Tommy
Tedesco, Bill Pitman, Ray Pohlman, Guitars; Don Randi,
Leon Russell, Pianos; Jimmy Bond, Dave Gates, Basses.  

The liner notes, which fill up the back going through
the selections song by song, were written by Phil
Spector. First sentence: "I call him 'Specs' ; his real
name is Bernard, but I guess I should use the name that
you know him by: Jack - Mr. Jack Nitzsche, the man that
is so much a part of today's music."

The album was issued on Reprise (R-6101).  No studio 
credit given.


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Message: 5
   Date: Wed, 04 Oct 2000 13:49:49 +0900
   From: Spectropop Admin 
Subject: Blast from the past of real protest songs

["The Best of Broadside 1962-1988: Anthems of the American
Underground from the Pages of Broadside Magazine," on the
Smithsonian Institution's Folkways label, features songs
by Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs, Buffy Sainte Marie, Tom Paxton,
Janis Ian and others, including a young Robert Zimmerman,
who performs as "Blind Boy Grunt" but is better known as
Bob Dylan.

In addition to two "Blind Boy Grunt" songs, the 5-CD set
includes the original version of Dylan's classic "Blowin'
in the Wind," which was published in Broadside in 1962
and recorded by the New World Singers.

"This is the music that fueled the innocent-sounding Folk
Revival..." the Smithsonian's liner notes say. "Many of
them (songs) address contemporary issues ... since the new
millennium has not seen the end of warfare, nuclear threat,
ethnic conflict, immigrants' suffering, unequal treatment
of women, ecological devastation and social injustice."]

>From Reuters News October 3, 2000

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