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Spectropop V#0062

  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 4/4/98
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                S - P - E - C - T - R - O - P - O - P      
         Volume #0062                              04/07/98
           Project 3 Records surpass the state of the art
    Subject:     critters?
    Sent:        4/4/98 2:59 AM
    Received:    4/4/98 10:19 AM
    From:        Jack Madani, Jack_Mad
    I apologize for not paying closer attention to the Critters 
    discussion, at least until Kieron Tyler referred to one of 
    their albums as "one of the top harmony pop LPs of all 
    time," at which point I sat up and took notice.
    So just what is the deal on their musical output, what 
    should one be looking for, what's in print at this time?  I 
    poked around a little bit on the web already, and it seems 
    that the only thing available is "Anthology:  The Complete 
    Kapp Recordings."  Will this album be comprehensive enough, 
    or is there other material from some other label that we 
    should be looking for?  BTW, I believe that this album does 
    include Mr. Dieingly Sad and A Younger Girl.
    Jack Madani - Princeton Day School, The Great Road,
       Princeton, NJ  08540   Jack_Mad
    "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 - 04 /7/98 - 12:40:18 AM ]---
    Subject:     April Discoveries
    Sent:        4/6/98 9:25 AM
    Received:    4/7/98 12:26 AM
    From:        Marie-J. Leclerc,
    Hi everyone,  In the latest Discoveries, April 1998 #119, 
    there is a great page on Carl Wilson. Good article too on 
    Roy Orbison. Take care,
    ---[ archived by Spectropop - 04 /7/98 - 12:40:18 AM ]---
    Subject:     French pop, Irresistiblement
    Sent:        4/6/98 8:07 PM
    Received:    4/7/98 12:26 AM
    From:        Kieron Tyler, kier
    Interesting that this subject has raised some interest (!). 
    Francoise Hardy had (that I can remember) 5 LPs released in 
    the US during the 60s. Sylvie Vartan had one ('Gift Wrapped 
    >From Paris' - anyone have a copy to sell me?) and did some 
    recording in Nashville in 1964. Sheila had one LP that I 
    know of released in the US. For France Gall (to my mind the 
    queen of French 60s pop) I don't know of any LPs for but I 
    do have one US single which is 2 tracks off her 1st French 
    So I guess what I'm saying is that although none on these 
    really had hits the US record companies did try them out 
    (perhaps as novelties). There are quite a few Canadian 
    releases by all of them aimed at the french language market.
    'Irrestiblement' is from a 1968 Sylvie Vartan EP mainly 
    composed of tracks from one of her TV specials. Its also on 
    a 1969 LP. There are a few other tracks like this around 
    this period. Her first record was in 1960 or 1961 and she 
    continues releasing stuff, as does all those above.
    I think, to me, the appeal of this stuff (and more) is that 
    is stilted sounding. The early 60s pre-Beatle records 
    generally sound a little bit too sparse, with the bass and 
    vocals too loud (try' Hey Pony' by Nicole Paquin). Also, it 
    all sounds very fresh. As you get to 1966 or so you begin to 
    hear the incorporation of English language pop influences 
    (esp. Dylan) and mixed with local influences it makes for a 
    unique sound. Check out Jacques Dutronc and especially 
    Michel Polnareff (he had recs released in the US too, and 
    did 'Ame Caline', the orig of Raymond Lefevres' 'Soul 
    Coaxing' a hit the US).
    As for Serge, he was a law unto himself. Again his records 
    sound like nothing I've ever heard before, a broody 
    atmosphere with loads of double entendre lyrics. I could go 
    ---[ archived by Spectropop - 04 /7/98 - 12:40:18 AM ]---
    Subject:     les pops francaises
    Sent:        4/4/98 11:54 AM
    Received:    4/5/98 7:13 AM
    From:        KingoGrief, KingoGr  m
    francoise hardy appears on a track on the air single for 
    "sexy boy" (my pick for single of the year)...the track is 
    called "jeanne", and the domestic release date is next 
    tuesday, the 7th...i'm curious to hear more of her 
    material...where's the best place to start?
    as for serge gainsbourg, mercury released 3 different comps 
    of his work last year...the one i have, *comic strip*, 
    concentrates on his more pop-oriented stuff (it includes the 
    infamous "je t'aime" and a few duets with brigitte 
    bardot)...the others spotlight his jazz and latin 
    phases...i'll be getting them some day...
    as i write this, i'm listening to the new judge dread (the 
    benny hill of ska) compilation, and his goofy take on "je 
    t'aime" is now playing...whatta coinkydink!
    jeff [those bloody boots were killin' me]
    ---[ archived by Spectropop - 04 /7/98 - 12:40:18 AM ]---
    Subject:     Please can you help?
    Sent:        4/6/98 9:43 PM
    Received:    4/7/98 12:26 AM
    From:        A
    I'm Ange, from England. I would like you to help me with a 
    piece of information:
    I heard a song called "Sharing You" by Little Eva (also a 
    hit for Bobby Vee in 1962).  I'd like to know what year 
    Little Eva released that song?
    I'd be very grateful for your help as soon as possible.
    ---[ archived by Spectropop - 04 /7/98 - 12:40:18 AM ]---
    Subject:     Re: brill building comp
    Sent:        4/4/98 10:52 AM
    Received:    4/5/98 7:13 AM
    From:        Marc Wielage,
    KingoGrief <KingoGr  m> commented
    [about the BRILL BUILDING CD compilation]:
    >caveat emptor...i purchased said collection on cd about half
    >a year ago and returned it the next day...awful sound
    >quality, and some vocal/instrumental tracks sounded like
    >they could possibly have been was dominion
    >who put this out, wasn't it?  that should have been a
    The CD boxed set was put out by the Era Records label, which 
    was purchased a few years ago by K-Tel International.
    That having been said, although K-Tel is usually highly 
    suspect (at best), there's nothing that terribly wrong about 
    the CD.  Of the 68 tracks I have logged in my database from 
    this CD set, none of them were re-recorded, though a few 
    sound marginal and at least one -- Carole King's "It Might 
    As Well Rain Until September" -- is from vinyl.
    I would post the complete track-list and critique to this 
    mailing list, except it'd be a waste of bandwidth.  Mike 
    Callahan's BOTH SIDES NOW newsletter gave it a more thorough 
    review; I would check his Web site for the info at
    Callahan did a brief interview with one of the head execs 
    for Era awhile back, and I believe his comment was that 
    generally, all the potentially fake/re-recorded material was 
    being released on the K-Tel (budget-priced) line, and the 
    legitimate, original hits were being released on the Era 
    label.  I don't know of any specific cases where they 
    screwed up, but this at least is what they said they 
    intended to do.
    -= Marc Wielage      |   "The computerized authority     =-
    -= MusicTrax, Ltd.   |       on rock, pop, & soul."      =-
    -= Chatsworth, CA    |          =-
    ---[ archived by Spectropop - 04 /7/98 - 12:40:18 AM ]---
    Subject:     Spector and Fowley
    Sent:        4/4/98 12:28 PM
    Received:    4/5/98 7:13 AM
    From:        Brad Elliott, surf
    Page (le_page_ wrote:
    > Peter Heide of Denmark wrote about a Phil Spector bootleg 
    > called "Phil and Friends vol.1" He said "Its an extremely 
    > interesting CD with lot of rare tracks by Lennon, Darlene 
    > Love, Dion, Fowley etc." Fowley? Anyone know what this is? 
    Not having seen that particular boot, I would guess that it 
    includes Kim's "Give It to Me," a track that was included on 
    the PHIL SPECTOR 74/79 album (PSI/Polydor 2307 015, released 
    in the UK in 1979. That album collected all of the mid-70s 
    Spector singles, like Darlene Love's "Lord If You're a 
    Woman," Cher's "A Woman's Story," the Nilsson/Cher duet on 
    "A Love Like Yours (Don't Come Knocking Every Day," Dion's 
    "Baby Let's Stick Together" and Jeri Bo Keno's "Here It 
    Comes (And Here I Go)," then added a couple of previously 
    unreleased tracks -- namely the Fowley thing and another 
    Darlene Love recording, "I Love Him Like I Love My Very 
    Life."  Kim's track is fairly forgettable, consisting 
    largely of Kim repeating the title over a heavily phased and 
    echoed New Wave-ish track that's little more than organ and 
    drums.  How'd you miss that one?
    Surf's up!
    ---[ archived by Spectropop - 04 /7/98 - 12:40:18 AM ]---

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