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There are 10 messages in this issue.

Topics in this Digest Number 115:

      1. Re: 1650 Broadway
           From: Al Quaglieri 
      2. Re: California - You Becher
           From: "jeffrey haynes"
      3. Re:  California CD
           From: "jeffrey haynes" 
      4. There's an Innocent Face
           From: "jeffrey.haynes" 
      5. Re: California
           From: Bob Hanes 
      6. "i stand accused" by the merseybeats
           From: joe gillis 
      7. MusicMatch Radio
           From: "Ron Weekes" 
      8. Ted Mason/Modern English
           From: John Clemente
      9. Re: Sit down I think I love you
           From: joe gillis 
     10.  Bob B. Soxx
           From: Jon Cook 


Message: 1
   Date: Thu, 01 Mar 2001 19:16:49 -0500
   From: Al Quaglieri 
Subject: Re: 1650 Broadway

A few months ago I stayed at the Sheraton Manhattan, which
is on 7th Avenue between 51-52 St. I had a room on the
17th floor, facing 51st St...and the entirety of 1650
Broadway building was visible from my window.

With my day's work ending around 4 pm, I returned to my
room, sat down with an iced tea, and surveyed the action
at 1650, window by window. Sadly, office after office
seemed to consist of people tapping away at computers. But
somewhere mid-building, an unbelievable sight: three
people, an older man and woman and a younger black man.
The older man, head full of white hair, was sitting at an
absolutely ancient, battered old upright piano, banging
away, sheets of chicken-scratch in front of him. His
female partner was sitting on the couch scribbling on a
notepad. The young man was standing behind a music stand
singing his heart out.

Every minute or so, one of the three would stop the music,
grab one of the scribbly sheets, and start pointing and
gesturing to the other two. Then, either the older guy
would take an eraser to his sheets, or the woman would
start crossing out lines of text, with a brief flurry of
writing afterwards. Then everyone would take their sheets,
resume their positions, and the music would begin again.

As yet another music biz guy with romantic notions about
the glory days of 1650, I was ecstatic. The session
continued for several hours. Even though I couldn't hear a
note of what was happening, the excitement and enthusiasm
of those three people was contagious. It was incredible to
see that, in the age when I thought everyone wrote songs
on their MIDI gear in mom's cellar, some old-timers still
did it exactly the way I'd always imagined. It was like
witnessing a small piece of history.

I'm not saying you should make a special trip to see may never happen again. But if you have business
in Manhattan and some spare time to spend being a voyeur,
you could do worse than trying to duplicate this

Al Q.

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Message: 2
   Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2001 10:07:19 -0000
   From: "jeffrey haynes"
Subject: Re: California - You Becher

Thanks K.K.

K. K. wrote:

>Track listings and some sound files:

>Curt Becher-vocals,Guitars
>Brent Nelson-drums,percussion,vocals
>Joe Chemay-bass,vocals
>Mike Merros-keyboards
>with Help from Bruce Johnston, Chad Stuart, Brian Wilson...
>Recorded at Sounds Good Studios, Santa Monica, CA
>Engineered by Bill Fletcher
>Producers: Gary Usher, Curt Becher, Terry Melcher

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Message: 3
   Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2001 10:23:24 -0000
   From: "jeffrey haynes" 
Subject: Re:  California CD

David Bash wrote:
>I just got my copy of the California "Passionfruit" CD...

Dear David,

Thanks very much for this. Is the Passionfruit CD
commercially available? If so, could you let me know
where you got it from?


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Message: 4
   Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2001 11:23:12 -0000
   From: "jeffrey.haynes" 
Subject: There's an Innocent Face

I am really pleased to have got so many responses to my
recent request about more info, etc, about Curt
Boettcher. Thanks, everyone!

I have a further query or 2: I have heard that the Curt
Boettcher CD There's an Innocent Face is (a) appalling
(b) wonderful. Any views on this one? Finally, anyone
know where I can get the There's an Innocent Face CD,
preferably from UK, North America or continental Europe?
I have a Japanese source but it looks complicated to
get it that way! 

Cheers y'awl.


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Message: 5
   Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2001 09:02:14 -0800 (PST)
   From: Bob Hanes 
Subject: Re: California

I got tape of the Passion Fruit album many long years ago.
At that time I was told that Brian Wilson played organ on
every cut!  I can't remember who told me that information,
so it might be a trifle suspect.

Does anyone else have a better memory or source?  I was
talking to Ray McCarthy about Brian's connection to Curt
during that period, but I don't remember if it was him, or
someone less reliable,  that told me Brian played on the
whole album.   

The Right Reverend Bob, dumb angel chapel, The Church of
the Harmonic Overdub

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Message: 6
   Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2001 19:04:15 -0000
   From: joe gillis 
Subject: "i stand accused" by the merseybeats

heard this for the 1st time recently -- great track, but
barely made the UK top 40.

elvis costello did a superb remake in '80 (get happy lp).
anyone know who wrote it?

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Message: 7
   Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2001 12:25:42 -0700
   From: "Ron Weekes" 
Subject: MusicMatch Radio

I've been using MusicMatch Jukebox on my computer.  Are
there any Spectropop-related stations on their
MusicMatch Radio that anyone can recommend?

I'm aware of what's available on, but
sometimes our firewall kills that site.

Ron Weekes

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Message: 8
   Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2001 21:52:55 -0500
   From: John Clemente 
Subject: Ted Mason/Modern English

Hello Ted,

Is the band that you were in the same Modern English
that recorded the hit "I Melt With You" in 1982? Were
you with the band at that time? That is one of my
favorite 80s songs, definitely cool!

John Clemente

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Message: 9
   Date: Thu, 01 Mar 2001 08:40:55 -0000
   From: joe gillis 
Subject: Re: Sit down I think I love you

Brian wrote:

> Record by The Executives
> Name {guess what?} "Sit down I think I love you" {spot on}
> The Executives were around mid 60s on
> Some of their other records
> --Sit down...--#4--Sept 67

Is this the song by Steve Stills, a US hit for the Mojo Men?

> --It's a happening world--#30--March 68

a cover of the US hit for (IIRC) the Tokens?

> They were released here on Festival...

where is here?

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Message: 10
   Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2001 23:03:46 EST
   From: Jon Cook
Subject: Bob B. Soxx

The new MOJO mag has a notice on the recent passing of
Bobby Sheen AKA Bob B. Soxx. It was gratifying to see
Bobby Sheen acknowledged in this sad report, but I
believe the writer of the obituary got a couple of
things wrong, such as dating the Christmas album from
1972.  Or am I wrong? Sorry if this loss was already
posted earlier.

Jon Cook

[Ed. note: Spectropop Group member David Gordon
initiated a discussion on Bobby Sheen's passing on the
Spectropop Bulletin Board 14 Jan 2001. The discussion
was not cross-posted to the group due to lack of
corroborating evidence.

The sad news of Bobby's passing is also noted on the
"Dead Rock Stars" web site:

"Bobby Sheen (aka Bob B Soxx) - Died 11-23-2000 ( Rock
and Roll ) Born 1943 in St Louis, Missouri, U.S. (He
did,"Why Do Lovers Break Each Other's Heart?" and "Not
Too Young To Get Married") Was a member of Robins And
The Coasters and the leader of The Blue Jeans - Worked
with Phil Spector."

No details on the cause of his death are noted. If
anyone can confirm these reports or provide further
information it will be most appreciated.]

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