________________________________________________________________________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ S P E C T R O P O P ______________ ______________ ______________ ________________________________________________________________________ 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 Forwarded by Spectropop Admin ---------------- 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 neatly. Van Dyke (Parks) 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". 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 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. Bobby 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 The complete story is linked to: http://www.spectropop.com/go2/protestsongs.html End
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