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There are 6 messages in this issue of Spectropop.

Topics in this Digest Number 70:

      1. Hal interview/Spector Xmas lp/Ronnie Xmas special
           From: john rausch 
      2. You don't love me/spinning/Poptones!
           From: Joe Foster 
      3. Re: Spinning, Spinning, Spinning
           From: "David Bash" 
      4. Big News!
           From: "Jamie LePage" 
      5. Pete Anders - Vinnie Poncia
           From: Michael Gessner 
      6. Love Lettermen
           From: john rausch 


Message: 1
   Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2000 14:50:31 -0500
   From: john rausch 
Subject: Hal interview/Spector Xmas lp/Ronnie Xmas special

Thanks again Carol , for some insight on the Hal Blaine
article, I do agree with you, when I read it on line re:
the foul language. I`ll post here when part 2 becomes

And for the rest of the group........ This may be old
news to some but a revelation to me, I was listening to
the Spector Xmas lp (my stereo lp) and it hit me like a
ton of bricks, I can hear CHER on the track (Christmas,
Baby Please Come Home) loud and clear, never paid
attention before, I guess, just wonder if anyone else
hears her . I know she is heard on Be My Baby and
especially Baby I Love You, but the Darlene Love track
just totally took me by surprise. Happy holidays to all.

PS Also a thanks to Ed Salamon for the Ronnie Spector
Radio special post.

John Rausch

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Message: 2
   Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2000 06:14:18 -0000
   From: Joe Foster 
Subject: You don't love me/spinning/Poptones!

Kaleidoscope certainly were the most eclectic band I
ever heard..whenever I play them on the radio there are
a bunch of amazed calls to the station!...There are a
couple of demos of the band in Curt Boettcher's archive,
they were apparently discovered by his associate Vicky
Winston, and had the same management....the song
"Spinning, Spinning, Spinning" was the lone Warner
Brothers single by The Ballroom, predecessors of the
Millennium, and was available on the Rev-Ola Ballroom
CD....Ruthann wrote many songs with Curt and Tandyn
Almer in that period, she has been searching through her
demos by the way, and is keen to join in the historical
reissue fun!.... The 2nd Sagittarius album "Blue Marble"
is currently being prepared for release on Poptones,
along with a bunch of other great stuff....nice to know
too that someone likes my Creation singles....! 

Merry Xmas to you all!


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Message: 3
   Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2000 07:27:13 -0800
   From: "David Bash" 
Subject: Re: Spinning, Spinning, Spinning

>    From: Dean Scapolo 
> Subject: Curt Boettcher et al....
> Hi all,
> Curt Boettcher also co-wrote a local #1 hit (New
> Zealand) I don't know if this song had been recorded
> by anyone else though. The song was called Spinning
> Spinning Spinning and was recorded in 1968 by NZ
> group The Simple Image, it became one of the biggest
> selling singles on the year here, and they had 4 more
> hits (and one previous hit) It is reasonably easy to
> get a hold of on CD in NZ. The song was co-written
> with RuthAnn Friedman who wrote Windy for the
> Association,which is possibly how they came into
> partnership as Curt produced Cherish & Along Comes
> Mary for them.

Hi Dean,

Spinning, Spinning, Spinning was first recorded by
Boettcher's group, The Ballroom.  It was released in the
U.S. on Warner Brothers, b/w "Baby Please Don't Go", in
May of 1967.

You can hear these two songs and many other Ballroom
tracks on the fabulous collection Preparing For The
Millennium, which was released in the UK on Revola
Records, in 1998.
Spectropop Rules!!!!!
Take Care,

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Message: 4
   Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2000 09:29:36 -0000
   From: "Jamie LePage" 
Subject: Big News!

I was fortunate enough to attend a one-man performance
by Jeffrey Foskett last week. I've wanted to post about
it but I have been extremely busy, and there's a whole
lot to tell!

Jeffrey's latest album "Twelve and Twelve" is now out
on Dreamsville, the same label in Japan that brought us
those great Curt Boettcher/Millennium related releases
over the last year or so. Poptones has issued some of
this material in slightly different track listings, and
it seems that we, the consumer, are the winners in what
appears to be friendly competition between the two

"Twelve and Twelve" differs from previous efforts, and
as fantastic as those earlier releases are, the new
album stands up admirably. The highlight for me is his
startling version of Brian Wilson and Tony Asher's
"Everything I Need", previously recorded by the Wilsons.
The Wilson's version was pretty darn good despite the
Joe Thomas influence, but Jeffrey's version sounds more
like what I imagine Brian had in mind when he wrote it.
Fellow Brian Wilson bandmate and Wondermint member
Darian Sahanaja lends a hand on this track and Brian has
a guest vocal. It's great! If this is an indication of
what we may expect the next BW solo album to sound like,
it is going to be brilliant. I could go on and on about
this album, but I have much more to tell, so suffice it
to say it hasn't left my CD changer since I first got it.
Check it out!

Jeffrey's performance was wonderful. Just him and his
12 string Rickenbacker. He used backing tapes on a few
tracks (including Everything I Need), but most of the
set was guitar and one voice. Besides quite a few of
his great originals like Maryann, he did covers of
Catch the Wind, Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying, I
Can't Let Go, Hurting Each Other (this knocked me out!)
and a wonderful rendition of Roy Orbison's Crying. Whew!

I heard some news at the concert that I want to share
with everyone. On February 10, 2001, Dreamsville Records
will release three very special albums on CD. Official
releases with bonus tracks of alternate versions and
unreleased tracks, these three releases are sure to
excite anyone interested in the Beach Boys, Curt
Boettcher and Gary Usher...

Finally this album will see its long overdue release on
CD. A fantastic record originally released on Together,
this features their wonderful version of Wilson/Usher's
In My Room. The album also has the non-LP single and
and alternate versions of LP tracks - 05 in all!

Curt Boettcher's California Music sessions of 72-76;
Jamaica Farewell, Happy in Hollywood etc. The full
unreleased album, singles and alternate takes.

Unbelievably, this album was previously unknown by most
Beach Boys and Gary Usher fans. Recorded in 1970 and
originally scheduled for release on Together Records,
this release on Dreamsville marks the very first issue
of this album anywhere in the world. Gary Usher produced
and arranged the recordings, Before Jeffrey's
performance I heard a couple of snippets from the
album...I can't wait to hear the whole album! The two
tracks I heard were God Only Knows and Please Let Me
Wonder, and I understand the album also contains
orchestral versions of In My Room, Good Vibrations and
Pet Sounds.

Y2K has been an unbelievably good year for 60s music
fans. So many there is hardly enough time to listen to
them all much less review them in the newsgroups;
releases such as Brian Wilson's live record, the
Millennium material, Curt B's Misty Mirage, the two
Sandy Salisbury albums, Margo Guryan's Take a Picture,
Barry Mann's solo albums-wow! I am sure I haven't
mentioned other 2000 releases of interest to the group.
Can ayone add others?

And...if these three new Dreamsville releases are
anything to judge by, 2001 is going to be another banner
year for fans of 60s music. Between Poptones and
Dreamsville, we have much to look forward to in the
forthcoming year. Don't forget Complete Honeys too, due
out January 15 through Collector's Choice!

Happy holidays to all,


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Message: 5
   Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2000 02:21:40 -0500
   From: Michael Gessner 
Subject: Pete Anders - Vinnie Poncia

Does anyone have any information on these 2 guys who
worked and wrote songs for Phil Spector. I know they
were the Tradewinds, maybe the Innocence, and some
others. Is there a list of their "group"?

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Message: 6
   Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2000 20:07:00 -0500
   From: john rausch 
Subject: Love Lettermen

Darlene Love will be performing her annual Letterman
appearance on the 21st

John Rausch

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