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There are 7 messages in this issue.

Topics in this Digest Number 147:

      1. Back To Mono
           From: mchlpiz 
      2. Re: Crystals in stereo
           From: Al Quaglieri 
      3. The Screw (another view)
           From: Paul Urbahns 
      4. Museum of TV & Radio in NYC
           From: "David Feldman" 
      5. R.I.P.
           From: James Botticelli
      6. evie on ebay
           From: Alan Zweig 
      7. The Adventures of Keith
           From: who me? 


Message: 1
   Date: Sun, 08 Apr 2001 14:59:23 EDT
   From: mchlpiz 
Subject: Back To Mono

First time posting for me at Spectropop, but all this
talk lately about Phil Spector has fascinated me to no
end! I have a cd version of the album River Deep
Mountain High from Alvorado Music in Spain which not
only has the stereo versions of his six genius
productions but what sounds to me as re-mixes of I'll
Never Need More Than This and Save The Last Dance For
Me. As a matter of fact Save The Last Dance For Me has
a completely different ending than the version from
Back To Mono? Why this is I have no idea? The cd also
features Phil's Sonny Charles and The Checkmates album
whose cd version sounds more similar to that of Back To

I also wanted to add some positive remarks about Back
To Mono. I have a Teddy Bears cd entitled To Know Him
Is To Love Him, whose version of this song is vastly
and I do mean vastly inferior to the version upon Back
To Mono. The Back To Mono version is much fuller and
clearer with more over all depth of sound. Phil as we
know never thought too highly of stereo versions from
his Phillies period to the point of saying that the
stereo versions had nothing to do with what he had
originaly created. Back To Mono then I guess is what
Phil Spector intended his music to sound like from the
1990's until to the present and if so then I think Back
To Mono was/is easily worth it's cost. By the way I
bought Back To Mono on it's first day of release and it
has disapointed me yet. Though I still wish Mr.Spector
would release everything he ever touched upon cd!

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Message: 2
   Date: Sun, 08 Apr 2001 10:38:20 -0400
   From: Al Quaglieri 
Subject: Re: Crystals in stereo

Hey Mikey!

 >This is Not a True Stereo mix, altho it does
 >sound passably like one. It is a "Digitally Extracted
 >Stereo" mix, meaning that someone loaded the mono track
[other stuff]
 >That's how this one was done.

Yes it is, and no it's not. I have all these tracks here,
and they are certainly NOT sync-ups. At some point,
someone had access to the three-tracks and made crude
stereo mixes of them.

Al Q.

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Message: 3
   Date: Sun, 08 Apr 2001 11:17:36 EDT
   From: Paul Urbahns 
Subject: The Screw (another view)

Mark L wrote:

> If you think about it, what pressing plant would press
> ONE COPY of a record??!!! The usual minimum order is
> anywhere from 50 to 100 copies from what I've
> heard...So, where are the others???!!...Did Spector
> destroy them? Are there STOCK copies in existence? Is
> Spector sitting on them? (As an owner of one of the
> legit copies, I hope this isn't the case!!)

I would think (and this is only guessing) that Phil sent
a couple to DJs so or program Directors so he could have
some reject letters to include in his packet to Lester
Sill. The story I always heard had nothing to do with a 5
record deal on the Crystals because they never knew they
would be a hit. 

Lester Sill was the business end of the company whereas
Phil made most of the records. In the early days Sill did
authorize release of some non Spector productions and
they went no where. It was the old record company view,
release a lot of material and something will be a hit.

Apparently, Phil wanted Sill out of the picture because
their view of management was obviously different and Sill
realized the Crystals chart run and said he would take
the profits from the next Crystals record and bow out. So
Phil slipped in a record he knew would not be a hit.
Simple. Once Sill was out of the picture, Phil did not
issue a record that he did not think could be a hit.

Makes sense to me.

Paul Urbahns

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Message: 4
   Date: Sun, 08 Apr 2001 04:18:15 -0500
   From: "David Feldman"
Subject: Museum of TV & Radio in NYC

For those lucky enough to be in the New York City area,
the MTR is running a documentary festival that includes
one film that seems like a can't-miss:

"Brill Building Pop," directed by Morgan Neville.  In
person to discuss the film:  Ellie Greenwich and Shadow
Morton.  This premiere is on Thursday, May 3 at 6:30 p.m.

On Sunday, May 6, the 1964 documentary:  "What's
Happening!:  The Beatles in the USA" will be screened at
2:00 p.m.

Tickets are $7 each ($5 for members).  

For reservations:  (212) 621-6600

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Message: 5
   Date: Sun, 08 Apr 2001 16:14:15 EDT
   From: James Botticelli
Subject: R.I.P.

The rumor is true...Sadly, which showed
real promise for a future in listening for "us" will
close shop in mid-April. This is a real loss and a
terrible shame. For those unaware, it featured, among
other things, an interview with our own Carol Kaye which
I believe one can still download with Real Audio, a mix
by our own Jill Mingo-go which sadly is unavailable at
this juncture, a Brian Wilson download which I have not
checked out yet, a live DJ set by Fantastic Plactic
Machine aka Tanaka, a live DJ set by Alex Gimeno aka
Ursala 1000, and more stories of cultural icons and
points of view to keep hope alive until one was able to
return to one's own rekkid collection....They hope to
reopen soon, but they have been unable to promise

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Message: 6
   Date: Sun, 08 Apr 2001 17:20:14 -0400
   From: Alan Zweig 
Subject: evie on ebay

Jill "Mingo-go" wrote about Evie Sands:
>With all the talk about Evie Sands, I know she played
>here in Scotland about 3 years ago, 

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Message: 7
   Date: Sun, 08 Apr 2001 23:33:31 -0000
   From: who me?
Subject: The Adventures of Keith

Does anyone have any information on this fantastic,
unknown album from 1969? It's done by that "98.6" guy,
it's psychedelic, with an orchestra, with great songs and
if it has a downside, it's the nasal, pitchy vocalist
(ironically the star of the record, of course). Is it on
cd anywhere? Are there outtakes anyone knows about? 


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