________________________________________________________________________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ S P E C T R O P O P ______________ ______________ ______________ ________________________________________________________________________ For Your Further Musical Enjoyment ------------------------------------------------------------------------ There are 7 messages in this issue of Spectropop. Topics in Digest Number 58: 1. Simon & Garfunkel early years CD? From: "Matthew Kaplan" 2. Small Talk From: Jack Madani 3. Harpers Bizarre From: DJJimmyBee 4. Re:Harpers Bizarre From: alan zweig 5. Re: Critters et al From: Toby 6. New Poptones reissues From: Christopher Davidson 7. new Poptones From: Jill Mingo ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 1 Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2000 07:58:03 EST From: "Matthew Kaplan" Subject: Simon & Garfunkel early years CD? I just saw a print advertisement for the cd "Two Can Dream Alone" by Simon & Garfunkel on NMC Records in England. From what I can tell this brings together all of their pre-fame singles like "Lone Teen Ranger" and Tico & The Triumphs. Does anybody have more complete details? Is it well put together, what are the tracks? Good notes? Matthew Kaplan --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 2 Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2000 10:29:45 -0500 From: Jack_Madani Subject: Small Talk spectropop writes: >Besides the >excellent songwriting (check their version of Small Talk >for a great rendition of this Bonner/Gordon favorite), Oh yes! Small Talk is also covered by Claudine Longet and is included in the Varese Sarabande Best Of Claudine Longet. I meant to describe my pleasure over this new release but I just haven't gotten around to it. Small Talk is my favorite track on the album, with an instrumental backing that screams Turtles (in a mellow vein, bien sur), and Andy Williams himself adds the harmony vocal. Tres cool. My biggest complaint over the Longet Best-Of is that it's underfilled (somewhere in the mid-40 minute range). But the music itself is never less than sweet (although the instrumental arrangements occasionally veer close to the bland side), and in several instances is totally swell. Besides Small Talk, another favorite of mine is her version of the beatles' Here There & Everywhere, which benefits from a pulsing plucked-string figure that brings to mind a similar figure used in Andy Williams' own hit Can't Get Used To Losing You. (Strange how that Andy Williams seems to get name-checked rather often here on Spectopop, btw) I don't have the disc at hand, but I recall that Nick deCaro had a hand in many of the tracks. Bonner/Gordon rule! jack --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 3 Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2000 11:20:56 EST From: DJJimmyBee Subject: Harpers Bizarre >Harpers Bizarre stuff is NOT all novelty rock. I >recommend their albums highly. Their take on "Me Japanese Boy" was not long ago covered by the Pizzicato 5 and is a monster softie (written by Burt and Hal) --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 4 Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2000 12:45:14 -0500 From: alan zweig Subject: Re:Harpers Bizarre Jamie LePage wrote > >...someone...mused that >Harpers Bizarre records were all novelty rock > >Harpers Bizarre stuff is NOT all novelty rock. I >recommend their albums highly. > >Their albums each have several lovely tracks. Van Dyke >Parks's "Come to the Sunshine" and "High Coin" work very >well, as do Randy Newman's "Vine Street", "Debutante's >Ball" and "The Biggest Night of Her Life".. I think you're both right. I wouldn't call them "novelty rock" but their nostalgic, old timey, vo-dee-oh-doh sound does seem to dominate. I had five of their records. I just put what I considered the great tunes onto CD. The tunes that DON'T remind me of Winchester Cathedral. There are 14 of them. Not bad I guess. Average of three per LP. On the other hand, I made the CDR mostly because it was so annoying listening to the records due to all those stupid "novelty" tunes. What the hell, here are the 14 tunes. The two real gems are "Mad" and "Comes Love". But they are: 1. Comes love 2.Raspberry rug 3. 59th street bridge song 4. I can hear the darkness 5. Jessie 6. High coin 7. Hey you in the crowd 8.Las Mananitas 9. Funny how love can be 10. Mad 11. Drifter 12. Something better 13. I love you Alice B Toklas 14. There's no time like today death to winchester cathedral AZ --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 5 Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2000 04:10:56 -0000 From: Toby Subject: Re: Critters et al These songs/artists from the Melodies For You comp makes me curious... > 5. MFQ, "Night Time Girl" If MFQ is short for The Modern Folk Quartet, is "Night TIme Girl" a Harry Nilsson song or Spector production? > 6. Tommy Roe, "It's Now Winters Day" The Curt Boettcher record? What does it sound like compared to Boettcher's other productions for the Association, Ballroom, et al? > 8. Critters, "Younger Girl" A group whose name I read about fairly often on this list but whose music I've never heard...care to recommend them, Jamie? ...and it saddens me that Petula Clark wants to have anything to do with Andrew Puke Webber :-) Toby http://www.spectropop.com/go2/curtboettcher.html --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 6 Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2000 06:38:52 -0800 (PST) From: Christopher Davidson Subject: New Poptones reissues Toby wrote: > I'm listening to the new Curt Boettcher and Millennium > releases right now...hmmm, anybody else agree that the > material is good, but not as good as the original > Sagittarius and Millennium albums? A lot of Boettcher's > music on his solo album sounds more like the laidback > space country of "The Blue Marble" than the folk-ish > harmony pop of "Introducing The Ballroom". I definitely > prefer the latter style. I totally agree with this observation, although I was too chicken to come out and say it for fear of getting instantly vaporized by flames. Maybe stupidly, I hunted down the Japanese pressings of the Boettcher and Millennium releases without hearing them and was pretty disappointed w/ both. Curt's voice is in good shape, but where are the lush choral vocal overdubs that really make Sagittarius & Millenium so special? Many of the songs -- even tho some went on to find a place on great records -- sound like works in progress that have yet to be completed. On a related note, there was another semi-new Millenium disk that came out only in Japan called The Millenium Continues, which is different from the Poptones release, and it too was mostly working demos and songs that didn't capture the magic, IMHO. The only thing I can harp on that sort of pinpoints why it was all somewhat dissappointing to me is a quote in the liners from one of the band who says "These recordings have none of the pretentiousness of our efforts at Columbia Studios." Far be it for me to criticize someone who created this stuff, I'm just a fan, but "pretentiousness?" I read that while listening to the disk and was puzzled because Boettcher's were the only records I can recall hearing that were 100% free of pretense. Everything he touched was really simple and gorgeous and not afraid to be proud of its emotions. Definitely the furthest thing from pretentious. Did the band really feel this way and try to get Curt to change the way he produced and wrote? And is this what we're all listening to on these releases? I'm not sure at all if I understanding the dynamics at work here. Maybe we're all expecting unreleased volumes to pour out that sound just like "Present Tense" (maybe the Ballroom release fooled us into thinking there was an endless supply of great stuff), and it just ain't there, for whatever reason. Chris D. ===== Chris Davidson CAD Records http://www.spectropop.com/go2/curtboettcher.html --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 7 Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2000 14:25:01 +0000 (GMT) From: Jill Mingo Subject: new Poptones As for the New Poptones releases, well, I bought "Misty MIrage" on the Japanese CD, which has FAR superior liner notes to the very stylish but not really easy to read El graphic sleeves of Poptones (yeah, I rebought the Poptones one too as it has a couple bonus tracks because I'm one of those ultra sad Boettcher collectors). I think this is an AMAZING LP, with the production of "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" being perhaps some of the most mindblowing production I have heard for the time. It is a different style to Millenium and Sagittarius, much more like "Blue Marble" for sure, but I think that is an amazing LP if you can get past the HORRIBLE pressing quality. The real amazement for me is Sandy Salisbury's LP. Curt's warm and beautiful production with the sweetest melodies around. Curt never fails to amaze me in his production. A lost gem that has brought so much joy into my heart. Buy this LP. Jill "Mingo-go" http://www.spectropop.com/go2/curtboettcher.html --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- End
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