http://www.spectropop.com ________________________________________________________________________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ S P E C T R O P O P ______________ ______________ ______________ ________________________________________________________________________ Produced by today's most advanced techniques ------------------------------------------------------------------------ There are 7 messages in this issue of Spectropop. Topics in this Digest Number 82: 1. FOUR SEASONS From: jet3loub 2. Happy New Year From: Joey Stec 3. Darlene on "CBS Sunday Morning" From: "Spector Collector" 4. Molly Bee From: "mikey1" 5. Chad and Jeremy - Redux From: Jamie LePage 6. Greetings and thoughts From: "Kingsley" 7. Beach Boys vs. Deck/Surf's Up From: "James F. Cassidy" ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 1 Date: Sun, 31 Dec 2000 09:47:29 -0500 From: jet3loub Subject: FOUR SEASONS John Clemente wrote > > I am sad to report that Nick Massi (Macioci), one of the > original Four Seasons, passed away from cancer on > December 24th in West Orange, NJ. He was 73. John, Thanks for informing us all about Nick's passing away. His contributions to the group may go un-recognized by the media but will be felt by everyone whenever the unmistakable vocal stylings of the Four Seasons is heard either by those of us who consider them a part of our "personal soundtrack" or those hearing them for the first time. Lou Bova --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 2 Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2000 16:36:03 EST From: Joey Stec Subject: Happy New Year Happiest New Year to the Spectro Gang...Thank you for all the wonderful information and history... Joe Foster and the POPTONES BUNCH and Sonic Past Music have given the world a chance to hear music that might have escaped the ears and hearts of us all...Wishing you all the best of the best in the year of Stanley Kubrick... Lots of Love to The World from above. Joey Stec...Sonic Past Music .. the Millennium ... Sagittarius.....Joey Stec... --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 3 Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2000 17:42:41 -0000 From: "Spector Collector" Subject: Darlene on "CBS Sunday Morning" Darlene Love appeared in a segment of CBS's "Sunday Morning" news show on December 24. When I learned this, I called their number for ordering videotapes of aired shows and was told that they were unable, for legal reasons, to sell that segment of that show. (In fact, they said that they could only sell one of the four segments that appeared that day!) So, cutting to the chase, did any of y'all catch this appearance on tape, and, if so, would you please make me a copy of it? As trade bait, I caught her recent appearances on "The Late Show with David Letterman" and on TNT's "A Very Special Christmas in Washington, D.C." (the latter also contains an audience shot of Phil Spector, with a young woman that I presume to be his daughter Nicole). Happy belated Phil's birthday to everyone, David A. Young --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 4 Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2000 09:46:51 -0500 From: "mikey1" Subject: Molly Bee I'm hoping someone can help me out here. I am a big collector of Scopitones, the '60s music videos. Anyway, I came across one of Molly Bee singing a song called " Johnny Liar". I have been going crazy trying to get a copy of this record. I know it was released on Liberty Records in 1963, but no dealers seem to have this. Does anyone here have a copy that can make an MP3 file? I'm desperate! thanks so much, Mikey --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 5 Date: Mon, 01 Jan 01 12:51:08 +0900 From: Jamie LePage Subject: Chad and Jeremy - Redux I went after-Christmas shopping and came home with The Very Best of Chad & Jeremy (Varase Sarabande), the comp we discussed here recently. The CD opens with A Summer Song, a wonderful soft pop record and the biggest hit for C&J, produced by Shel Talmy. In Dawn Eden's liner notes (more on those later), the recording is said to have never been considered for single release until US radio discovered it. Stuart: "I was flabbergasted when the Great American Public took to it." I do love the mix, the reverb is used effectively with the sparse string arrangement over the soft but decidedly rock rhythm bed, and of course C&J's vocals are charming in that oh-so-British way. But this was no act of masterminding genius. It was a fluke. Eden's liner notes give a very nice overview of the high points in their career, but nearly everything we discussed here recently seems to have been overlooked. We learn how John Barry signed them and produced Yesterday's Gone, but we don't learn anything about the Ember/Barry/Talmy part of the story. She doesn't mention Shel Talmy once, and Gary Usher merely gets name-checked in passing. She quotes Stuart as saying Distant Shores' producer Larry Marks was his favorite, but we never learn why. The biggest disappontment was not learning anything about the set of circumstances which led the duo to relocate to US, and although Eden mentions a few of their notable appearances on various US TV programs, we don't learn how they were hired to be on so many TV programs in such a short period of time while other British acts rarely were. Chart info and producer credits are given, thankfully, but it would have been nice to know where the records were recorded and perhaps mention at least some of the important studio musicians that played (I'd love to know these details on Teenage Failure. The track is great. So is the drumming! Could this be Hal?). For a "very best of" comp there is a lot of filler. It appears Talmy did very few of their singles. His production of September in the Rain is forgettable, while Jimmy Haskell's production of If I Loved You is wonderful. Before and After is very good but I still prefer Fleetwoods, I Don't Want to Lose You Baby is a charming if average faux Spector attempt, Distant Shores is my fave, and Teenage Failure is terrific. I also got a great Les Baxter 2fer "Tamboo/Skins", Julie London 2fer from 1960, 02 completely mind boggling Esquivel 2fers, and the find of the day - Third in the Brill Tone songwriter series, "Mr. Make Believe" by Jeff Barry. There are 59 tracks on this 2 CD set and an incredible, in-depth interview with Jeff. Any one else got this yet? Opinions? All the best for the remainder of the holiday season to all. Momentarily off topic but of interest I know to at least a few Spectropoppers :-) There was a minor accident at the Enchanted Tiki Room on Christmas morning, no one was hurt but there is a fascinating report on the accident and this neglected Disneyland attraction at: http://www.mouseplanet.com/david/tiki.htm Happy new year, century, millennium! Jamie PS to Carol, You wrote: >I don't think you can compare this with Phil Spector's >operation at all. Even I have a huge record company >compared to surf-s up Sorry for any confusion. No way can you compare Surf's Up to Phil Spector's operation! Surf's Up is just a licensee. Hope that helps clarify. Thanks. --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 6 Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2000 14:22:31 -0000 From: "Kingsley" Subject: Greetings and thoughts Seasonal greetings to all fellow poppers. I have a few thoughts about the current discussions: Firstly the UK Capitol Years Beach Boys Box set was indeed legal. It was compiled, very intelligently and thematically, by Mike Grant and Roy Gudge of the 'Beach Boys Stomp' UK fan organisation who were I believe the guys that brought Peter R into the picture. The 12" box had the covers designed so that they made up into a car-on-beach picture when placed together. The BW productions additional album was not part of this big pic. It was issued as vinyl and cassette sets, and was sold mainly through mail order, although a few sets did find their way into London stores where they were sometimes split up and sold individually. It sold for around 30 pounds. Regarding the debate on Deck/Surf's Up, I am raising my eyebrows for two reasons. I am surprised that the Beach Boys would take legal action against Brad E's efforts with his long track record of BB involvement - books, sleeve notes etc. I'm sure that he would have thought that what he was doing was legal, although I do take Carol's point as to the rights of the artists, without whose efforts and talents none of us would be writing to this list. However It is a surprising old lot of nonsense when set against all the recent (and past) issues of slightly different versions of this early material. I actually ordered one such by mail order, thinking it to be the Brad one (which I assumed would be the last word) and then found it to be another one! Thsee things ought to be able to be settled over a drink, without making the lawyers rich, but I feel like King Canute saying this. Spectropoppers should try logging on to http://www.new-surf.com to check out the new albums from Jeff Foskett and Jeff Larson. Both excellent albums, as were both gentlemen's previous issues. Everyone would love them. Go get! Lastly I was very sad to read about Nick Massi, whose post Seasons activities were discusses here not too long ago. Having had the good fortune to have interviewd Bob Gaudio recently for a piece in UK's Record Collector I know the high regard that he was held in. A very talented man and a great vocal arranger whose ideas influenced many a vocal group. He will be missed a great deal. Kingsley Abbott PS I am anxious to talk to musicians who have been influenced by Pet Sounds, or have contact with others who have. This is for a new project, and I would love for people to contact me directly about it as soon as possible. Thanks. --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 7 Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2000 09:59:47 -0500 From: "James F. Cassidy" Subject: Beach Boys vs. Deck/Surf's Up I find it very hard to believe that Brad Elliott, whose livelihood as a Beach Boys chronicler/Capitol consultant depends on maintaining good relationships with the band and its management, would risk his bread-and-butter by knowingly engaging in an illegal activity. If there's a question of ownership or unpaid royalties, it's between the Beach Boys and Deck Records. I assume Brad/Surf's Up has been dragged into it only because Brad's the latest licensee of the tracks and any new monies to be earned from the reissue will flow through Surf's Up. Jim Cassidy P.S. I have no relationship or prior history (good or bad) with any of the parties involved in the suit. --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- End
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