======================================== | (~|~~\/~//~~~|~|/~\/~\|~~\/~\|~~\ _)|__/\/_\__ | | \_/|__/\_/|__/ | | | ======================================== Volume #0057 03/28/98 ======================================== Exemplifying the Best in Popular MusicSubject: Re: Ragamuffins Sent: 3/25/98 3:09 AM Received: 3/26/98 2:37 AM From: Birdy-Num Num, monsaXXX@XXXXXXink.net To: Spectropop List, spectroXXX@XXXXXXies.com 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 Sundazed. 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. Cheers, Darian ---[ 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, javedjaXXX@XXXXXX.ca To: Spectropop List, spectroXXX@XXXXXXies.com 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 ? Javed ---[ 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, spectroXXX@XXXXXXies.com 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 10012-3304 pluXXX@XXXXXXort,net 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, gillian_brXXX@XXXXXXpatico.ca To: Spectropop List, spectroXXX@XXXXXXies.com 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. Gill ---[ 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, XXX@XXXXXXron.ca To: Spectropop List, spectroXXX@XXXXXXies.com 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: http://www.newtimesla.com/archives/1998/011598/feature1-1.html 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 From: le_page_XXX@XXXXXXies.com To: Spectropop List, spectroXXX@XXXXXXies.com 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. -- le_page_XXX@XXXXXXies.com RodeoDrive/5030 ---[ 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, Jack_MadXXX@XXXXXX2.nj.us To: Spectropop List, spectroXXX@XXXXXXies.com 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 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Jack Madani - Princeton Day School, The Great Road, Princeton, NJ 08540 Jack_MadXXX@XXXXXX2.nj.us "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 ]--- END
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