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Spectropop - Digest Number 54

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           You'll get all the Top Pops at Boots Record Shops

There are 6 messages in Spectropop -  Digest Number 54.

Topics in this digest:

      1. labels notoriously lax about things like spelling
           From: Glenn Sadin 
      2. Treasure Island Oldies
           From: "Ian Chapman" 
      3. Re: Mel Carter
           From: Carol Kaye 
      4. Everly Brothers show
           From: Dave Mirich 
      5. curt 'n' sandy 'n' joey 'n' millennium
           From: "Steve Ronic" 
      6. Re: Pass It Along
           From: Jamie LePage 


Message: 1
   Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2000 10:11:41 -0700
   From: Glenn Sadin 
Subject: labels notoriously lax about things like spelling

Stewart sez...

>I've often wondered why Colgems bothered to do that,
>considering how notoriously lax labels often are about
>things like spelling and song titles.  Columbia
>flip-flopped the titles of two songs on Miles Davis'
>KIND OF BLUE, an oversight which wasn't corrected until
>over 30 years later! One of my favorite Elvis Costello
>songs, "Men Called Uncle," was erroneously released as
>"Man Called Uncle" in 1980 and it wasn't rectified
>until the 1994 CD reissue.

Good point. My guess is Nesmith made such a fuss that 
they corrected it.

Pretty amazing about that Miles LP, especially 
considering how important an album it is. I sure am 
glad the recently reissued it with the original 
cover - that '80s reish was a real eyesore, and 
sounded terrible too!

I didn't know that the Elvis C. song was mis-titled!

   Glenn Sadin

   Read about JAPANESE POP MUSIC from the 1950s thru the 1990s:

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Message: 2
   Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2000 18:59:14 +0100
   From: "Ian Chapman" 
Subject: Treasure Island Oldies

Hi everybody,

I'd just like to say a big thank you to Michael Godin for 
the invitation to guest on his internet show Treasure 
Island Oldies in Vancouver last Sunday, and for his warm 
welcome. I had a great time, although it was a tough call 
to pick out a Top Five! (I challenge any Spectropopper to 
do that without agonising! Where do you start?!)

Spectropoppers should seriously check out Michael's show, 
which goes out live on Sunday evenings (although you can 
listen to archived shows anytime) at

Just take a look at this selection from the titles he 
played during the two hours I was there:

Nancy & Lee - Summer Wine
Beach Boys - Help Me Ronda (yes, the album version)
Rocky Fellers - Killer Joe
Dobie Gray  - In Crowd
Ronettes - Is This What I Get For Loving You
Four Seasons - Save It For Me
Lesley Gore - 60s Coke ad, plus That's The Way Boys Are
Brenda Holloway - When I'm Gone
Dion - Ruby Baby

plus my top five (on that particular day!) .....

Crystals - He's A Rebel
Walker Brothers - Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore
Dusty Springfield - I Only Want To Be With You
Vogues - My Special Angel
Velvelettes - Needle In A Haystack

Thanks again, Michael!


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Message: 3
   Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2000 10:17:24 -0700
   From: Carol Kaye 
Subject: Re: Mel Carter

I played bass on the Mel Carter 60s dates which usually 
were recorded in United studio A, seems to me it was Jimmy
Bowen, I could be wrong. Just got back and will look it up 
soon in my Log, playing catchup right now. 

Carol Kaye

That was Hal Blaine on the Mel Carter dates btw but Earl 
Palmer did some too on drums. Mel was a enjoyable to 
kibbitz with and his manager (once she learned to trust me) 
was a fine lady too, very sharp, were enjoyable dates.

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Message: 4
   Date: Sun, 29 Oct 2000 06:19:35 EST
   From: Dave Mirich 
Subject: Everly Brothers show

We recently were able to catch the Everly Brothers here
in Denver at the wonderful Paramount theater.  They were
slightly before my time (I am 44) but a friend of mine
scored some tickets and I respect his opinion concerning
music.  I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised
about how much enjoyed to music.  Of course the Everly
brothers have many, many familiar hits.  But the quality
of their backing band and the hard-driving rock/country
fusion made it a very worthwhile evening.

Dave Mirich

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Message: 5
   Date: Sun, 29 Oct 2000 21:05:58 -0000
   From: "Steve Ronic" 
Subject: curt 'n' sandy 'n' joey 'n' millennium

Here's an update on the ltd edition singles (1000 of each)to be 
released on Poptones Records in the UK.
Double a-side 7" single Baby It's Real - Millennium
                        Do You Know - Joey Stec
Double a-side 7" single Do Unto Others - Sandy Salisbury
                        That's The Way It's Gonna Be - Curt Boettcher
Keep on smiling y'all!

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Message: 6
   Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2000 12:41:13 +0900
   From: Jamie LePage 
Subject: Re: Pass It Along

Joseph Scott wrote:

> Personally, I think this track by this British alt-pop 
> group is likely to be a publicity stunt...the group 
> can profit financially in the long run. 

You mean you actually think this act may not be a purely
artistic statement? You cynic!!! ;-) It is worth noting
that (as Stewart aptly put it) despite babbling on at
length about their (generally fuzzy and
self-contradictory) agenda, the band are signed to a
major, tour through all the regular promoters, playing
all the regular venues and selling the inevitable merch.

> I think if this vocalist were as concerned about
> artistic integrity as he claims to be, they'd be
> sampling artists who particularly struck their
> artistic fancy, rather than...artists who are 
> likely to get the group coverage in the press... 

Well actually it is an interesting montage. The sampled
clips were carefully and cleverly assembled. They lend
meaning to the purported message of this effort. "One for
the Money" and "the best things in life are free" work

Taking on Apple Corps, Maverick, Metallica Ltd and Elvis
Inc. was the point. Aside from the obvious publicity ploy,
the given reason is to attempt to force the hand of such
superstar level artists and their reps; to claim
unauthorized use on this freely distributed mp3 or

Toby, Sociology student, wrote:

>I think it (the industry) is threatened because 
>the internet is a new form of media which it doesn't 
>have control over. 

Don't worry. That problem is being attended to.

>I mean, the entire music industry today is controlled 
>by how many companies, five??? 

Four, five...whatever. It's big bucks sho-biz, and may we
leave it at that please. What concerns us as fans of
obscure 60s pop (and fans of all narrowly focused styles
of music) is that recordings of artistic merit but with
marginal commercial potential continue to be made
commercially available. 

For obscure vintage recordings enthusiasts, hopefully as
digital distribution becomes a significant music market,
whole catalogs will commonly be available for
commercial download. No overhead. No risk. Load em all up
and leave 'em there.

No need to delete slow moving catalog either. No rack
space problems. No warehousing problems. No inventory
problems. Users select the recordings they want and
download them.

Even if the majors still do not find it financially
worthwhile to make catalog available online, there will
be third party services specializing in this area (let's
say, and of course even the Rhinos of
the world benefit from not having problems with racking,
warehousing and inventory.

This is the outcome I hope for in any event.

>Related subject: how many Sixties artists distribute their
>own music on their websites these days? I believe Roger 
>McGuinn is one....and Brian Wilson makes two...David Bowie
>(though he's not really a Spectropoppy artist)...

Bowie's alright then, Toby, come on. Tony Visconti and
stuff. Great. But you are right - in-house production and
digital distribution are becoming increasingly viable
alternatives for both the niche market artist and the
seasoned popular artist with a small but dedicated fan
base. And just like the cliched story of "big bucks
sho-biz type label buys hot trendy indie", the majors
will pick up start-up digital labels as they reach
noticeable levels of success. The digital label will then
lose all of its cutting edge value through pursuit of
quarterly figures and pop will eat itself again. 

N.P. Davy Jones & the Lower Third - You've Got A Habit Of Leaving

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