====================================================== S - P - E - C - T - R - O - P - O - P ====================================================== Volume #0062 04/07/98 ====================================================== Project 3 Records surpass the state of the artSubject: critters? Sent: 4/4/98 2:59 AM Received: 4/4/98 10:19 AM From: Jack Madani, Jack_Mad 2.nj.us 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. thanks, jack ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Jack Madani - Princeton Day School, The Great Road, Princeton, NJ 08540 Jack_Mad 2.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 - 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, ron.ca 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, Marie ---[ 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 org.uk 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 EP. 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 on... ---[ 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 ane.prestel.co.uk Hi, 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. Thanks. Ange ---[ 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, rax.com 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 re-recorded...it was dominion >who put this out, wasn't it? that should have been a >clue... ------------------------<snip>------------------------ 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 http://www.bsnpubs.com. 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. --MFW -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- -= Marc Wielage | "The computerized authority =- -= MusicTrax, Ltd. | on rock, pop, & soul." =- -= Chatsworth, CA | rax.com =- -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- ---[ 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 line.net Page (le_page_ ies.com) 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! Brad ---[ archived by Spectropop - 04 /7/98 - 12:40:18 AM ]--- End
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