________________________________________________________________________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ S P E C T R O P O P ______________ ______________ ______________ ________________________________________________________________________ both in monophonic and stereophonic editions ------------------------------------------------------------------------ There are 4 messages in this issue of Spectropop. Topics in Digest Number 59: 1. Mello Cads From: David Ponak 2. Harpers Bizarre From: Jamie LePage 3. Re: Andy Williams, Claudine, Harper's etc. From: Carol Kaye 4. Re: Andy Williams From: alan zweig ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 1 Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2000 09:38:47 -0800 From: David Ponak Subject: Mello Cads Hi Folks. Sorry to get into shameless self promotion mode here, but I thought I'd share with you the news that my soft rock/lounge act the Mello Cads has signed with Franklin Castle Records. FC honcho Linus Of Hollywood will be co-producing our debut CD, "Soft As A Rock," due in Spring 2001. In the meantime, the label has posted a free, 04 song internet EP of our older recordings called "Through The Past, Softly." You can download a folder that will not only give you all 4 tracks, but artwork which you can print out and insert into a jewel case. Check it out. http://www.franklincastle.net/mcads.html#download --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 2 Date: Wed, 15 Nov 00 02:15:49 +0900 From: Jamie LePage Subject: Harpers Bizarre alan zweig wrote: >I wouldn't call them "novelty rock" but their nostalgic, >old timey, vo-dee-oh-doh sound does seem to dominate. LOL! I totally agree - the album sequencing hasn't held up well. None are structured for end to end listening, that's for sure. It does make one wonder just what the folks in Burbank were thinking at the time! >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. > >The two real gems are "Mad" and "Come Love". You missed some great ones! :-) What about Witchi Tai To? Botkin's arrangement on this is superb, and the track has a truly haunting, timeless quality. It's probably my favorite. >1. Come love Bruce & Terry also recorded Come Love. The differences are interesting. I am fond of both. >11. Drifter Roger Nichols and Paul Williams - Great song. When HB were on, they were on. This is a great track! >12. Something better So is this - it has to be. Barry Mann and Gerry Goffin, Jack Nitzsche's arrangement...hard to go wrong. Nitzsche also arranged Blackbird on the same album, and although the track isn't among their best, it's rather interesting that as late as '69 Nitzsche still used multiple guitars to play in unison as he did as early as on DeShannon's Needles and Pins. Thanks for the post, Alan. I pulled out the discs for that! Jamie --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 3 Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2000 09:32:53 -0800 From: Carol Kaye Subject: Re: Andy Williams, Claudine, Harper's etc. Jack wrote: >Strange how that Andy Williams seems to get > name-checked rather often here on Spectropop Andy's a fine singer, and turned out many a hit record back in those days. We also did the Claudine Longet tracks (Andy and Claudine used John Guerin on drums, a fine jazz drummer) at the same studio he loved to record in those days (and spoke about it when I later saw him in Denver, late 80s), Columbia Studio D where we also cut the OC Smith things - John Guerin on drums then too, others like Bobby Goldsboro studio D (John Guerin on drums), and recorded Johnny Mathis (Earl Palmer on drums), Simon & Garfunkle (Hal Blaine on drums), Patti Page, Doris Day, Mahalia Jackson, "Indian Reservation" hit, latter singers w/Hal Blaine on drums etc. in the big studio A there. Claudine was a nice lady and Andy was very much supportive of her singing, while not a great singer, she did alright for those styles. I'm on the Harpers Bizarre things too, but can't remember much about those dates....there were a lot of those kinds of things we cut back then. Carol Kaye http://www.carolkaye.com/ --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 4 Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2000 14:14:24 -0500 From: alan zweig Subject: Re: Andy Williams Jack_Madani wrote: >Subject: Small Talk > > >My biggest complaint over the Longet Best-Of is that it's >underfilled (somewhere in the mid-40 minute range). Does it include "Man in a Raincoat"? What a strange song, especially when sung with Claudine's little girl voice. Call me sick but I can't help but think of a flasher when I hear that song. ('Which begs the question why I like the tune so much.) >(Strange how that Andy Williams seems to get name-checked >rather often here on Spectopop, btw) When I want to explain to someone how I can listen to so much "easy listening", I tell them to listen to Andy Williams singing "God Only Knows". I just now heard his versions of "Day by Day" and "I need you". I think this record is a bit later than the great "Love" album. And it sounds like his choirboy voice was getting even more sweet at this point. Sweet but strong. He wasn't going to run out of breath. He didn't have to push or strain to reach a note. And he didn't have to show the power of his voice. Like Robert Goulet or someone. A sweet voice but not a choirboy. A strong voice but not imposingly so (has Pavarotti covered "MacArthur Park"?). He seemed like such a wimp when I was a kid. Then again, he was married to a killer. AZ --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- http://www.spectropop.com End
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