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Spectropop V#0057

  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 3/26/98
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          Volume #0057              03/28/98
        Exemplifying the Best in Popular Music
    Subject:     Re: Ragamuffins
    Sent:        3/25/98 3:09 AM
    Received:    3/26/98 2:37 AM
    From:        Birdy-Num Num,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Javed Jafri wrote:
    > the Ragamuffins. This group sounds like a cross
    >between Jan and Dean and the Fantastic Baggies. Actually the
    >song sounds a like a re-write of "Summer Means Fun". Does
    >anyone know anything about this group?
    This area was covered heavily in last year's Gary Zekley 
    Spectropop thread but I'll be glad to plug my ol' friend 
    Domenic Priore's Zekley crusades a second time around. Once 
    again, Dumb Angel Gazette Vol. 3 is a "Potpourri" issue that 
    came out about jeez, I'd say 5-6 years ago covering the 
    entire range of surf-hot rod-Wilsonian concepts (kind've 
    ahead of it's time with the whole hot rod "Big Daddy" Roth 
    culture revival). Yeah and it did feature an amazing Zekley 
    article packed with great pictures, an interview with Gary 
    himself, and a discography along with your typical Domenic 
    shenanigans. . .pretty cool. At any rate, the article covers 
    the Ragamuffins, etc. Vol. 3 was obviously not the big 
    seller Vol.2 (Look, Listen, Vibrate. . .Smile) was so I don't 
    think he ever went into a second pressing with it. You might 
    want to write to him, I'm sure he's got a few still sittin' 
    around. He's at 2690 Great Highway #203, San Francisco, CA 
    94116. Domenic's also responsible for the fine research / 
    liner notes of the recent Yellow Balloon reissue on 
    Spectropop, keep up the good work! . .always a source for 
    valuable info. Glad to see Doc Rock getting a lot of action. 
    Apologies for kind of being Spector-aloof. Been locked in 
    the recording studio for months. . .the album is finally 
    finished and I'm taking a much needed vacation to England 
    (leaving tomorrow. . .YES! ! !) to hopefully find some vinyl 
    treasures and to visit spots where one of my favorite films 
    "Melody" was shot.
    ---[ archived by Spectropop - 03 /28/98 - 04 :08:27 AM ]---
    Subject:     Awake In a Dream Mystery
    Sent:        3/27/98 1:26 PM
    Received:    3/28/98 3:53 AM
    From:        Javed Jafri,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    I have another question about the Japanese Melody Goes On 
    (volume 1) comp for list members.
    There are three surprise tracks tacked on to the end of the 
    CD, in fact they start a full 17 minutes after the last 
    listed song. These tracks included strangely enough, Our Day 
    Will Come by Ruby & The Romantics, (strange because it does 
    not really fit in with the rest of the CD), a cover of this 
    same song by some mystery artist and then a true unknown 
    masterpiece that sounds like a Smile era out-take. The 
    recurring lyric in the chorus is "awake in a dream". The 
    song sounds like a 1967 follow-up to Good Vibrations and is 
    one of the best BB's meet psychedelia pastiches that I have 
    ever heard. It's better than Pale & Precious by The Dukes Of 
    Stratosphere, in my opinion. Can anyone shed some light on 
    this mystery track. Is this the magical work of Gary Zekely 
    once again ?
    ---[ archived by Spectropop - 03 /28/98 - 04 :08:27 AM ]---
    Subject:     Cha Cha Charming
    Sent:        3/26/98 2:33 AM
    Received:    3/26/98 8:31 AM
    From:        Doc Rock, docroXXX@XXXXXXom
    To:          Spectropop  List,
    I'd like to recommend a Girl Group Fanzine called Cha Cha 
    Charming. It has 60-plus 8 1/2 by 11 pages, maybe 200 
    photos, and is devoted the US and European girls and groups 
    of the early '60s. It includes an interview with Kay McCool 
    of my favorite GG, the Pixies Three.
    "Cha Cha Charming" is $4 check or money order (postage is 
    included in the price), address is:
    Sheila Burgel
    284 Lafayette Street
    Apt #5D
    New York, NY
    Tell her Doc sent you!
    ---[ archived by Spectropop - 03 /28/98 - 04 :08:27 AM ]---
    Subject:     Stones/Orbison
    Sent:        3/25/98 1:31 PM
    Received:    3/26/98 2:37 AM
    From:        Gillian Brett,
    To:          Spectropop  List,
    le_page wrote: 
    >Also, why isn't Metamorphosis available on CD? Anyone have an
    >opinion on the quality of the ABKCO CDs in terms of overall
    >sound, care in remastering and re-release research?
    I didn't realise that Metamorphasis wasn't on CD so I went 
    to some of the on-line record stores to check and you're 
    right, I couldn't find anything. I have most of the Stones 
    albums which I have been trying to replace on CD and in 
    Canada, most of the CDs are on the ABKCO label, the quality 
    of which is excellent in regards to overall sound, I'm not a 
    professional by any means but they seem to have taken a 
    great deal of care in the remastering. As for re-release 
    research, well I can't really say about that.  
    On another note though, there seems to be an appalling lack 
    of information/web sites devoted to the great Roy Orbison.  
    Considering that this man had a whole raft of songs that got 
    into the top 10 in the late 50s-early 60s and considering 
    the amount of information devoted to other artists, I find 
    it hard to believe that there aren't more people out there 
    who really love this mans music. Any ideas.
    ---[ archived by Spectropop - 03 /28/98 - 04 :08:28 AM ]---
    Subject:     Torrence/Sinatra new URL
    Sent:        3/27/98 4:34 AM
    Received:    3/28/98 3:53 AM
    From:        Marie-J. Leclerc,
    To:          Spectropop  List,
    Hi, I sent a post about the Dean Torrence/Frank Sinatra Jr. 
    kidnapping and gave a link who had expired. I am terribly 
    sorry, they usually keep their articles for a least 2 weeks 
    in the archives (Washington Post). But I finally found it 
    elsewhere, so here it goes:
    This time it should work. Marie
    ---[ archived by Spectropop - 03 /28/98 - 04 :08:28 AM ]---
    Subject:     Yellow Balloon/Pink Floyd
    Sent:        3/28/98 3:34 AM
    Received:    3/28/98 3:58 AM
    To:          Spectropop  List,
    Great to see Zekley talk back on the list. I bought the 
    Yellow Balloon reissue on Sundazed. The liners talk a bit 
    about Ragamuffins. There are a few photos of Zekley in the 
    booklet as well as session and studio details. This is a 
    must-have for anyone interested in West Coast pop circa 
    1966/67. Yellow Balloon is Zekley's most well known 
    work and a wonderful collection of sunshiny LA pop.
    I was delighted to also find the first Pink Floyd album 
    reissued in the mono edition. The pressing is British and is 
    presented in a fairly elaborate hardboard package. On the 
    outskirts of "on-topic" here, but I have to say the sound is 
    quite alarmingly different from its stereo counterpart. 
    Around 1967 there was a short time when British producers 
    were still concentrating on mono mixes while U.S. record 
    companies were already phasing mono out. Since then, labels 
    seemed to have assumed "stereo=better" and consequently many 
    albums from that period are known in the "wrong" version. I 
    don't know whether the mono Piper at the Gates of Dawn was 
    intended to be the definitive mix, but it is much cleaner 
    and it is easier to hear the natural link between mod Who/
    Creation and psychedelic early Floyd. I hope mono edition 
    re-releases will be a continuing trend. I don't dislike 
    stereo by any means, but it is nice to be able to hear 
    both, and I have to admit that I do generally end up 
    preferring the mono mixes over stereo.
    ---[ archived by Spectropop - 03 /28/98 - 04 :08:28 AM ]---
    Subject:     Bacharach on TNT
    Sent:        3/27/98 9:19 PM
    Received:    3/28/98 5:45 AM
    From:        Jack Madani,
    To:          Spectropop  List,
    This comes on the "What's On Comcast?" flyer they stuff into 
    my cable bill:
    BACHARACH:  An evening of hits orchestrated by the master 
    songwriter and interpreted by some of today's most talented 
    artists.  Premieres Wednesday, April 15th at 8pm on TNT.
    Jack Madani - Princeton Day School, The Great Road,
       Princeton, NJ  08540
    "It is when the gods hate a man with uncommon abhorrence that they
     drive him into the profession of a schoolmaster." --Seneca, 64 A.D.
    ---[ archived by Spectropop - 03 /28/98 - 05 :47:48 AM ]---

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