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  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 4/7/98
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          Volume #0063                               04/09/98
         Spectra-sonic-sound  ...the ultimate in High Fidelity
    Subject:     Brill-oh
    Sent:        4/7/98 3:41 AM
    Received:    4/7/98 7:21 AM
    To:          Spectropop  List,
    In a message dated 4/6/98 12:35:10 PM, you wrote:
    <<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 >>
    My copy is missing the line "my dad said find someone new" 
    in The Leader of the Pack!!  I wrote thXXX@XXXXXXears ago, 
    when I first got it, but got no satisfaction. Otherwise, I 
    think the set is fine for what it is...putting all the BB 
    best songs in one place.	RB
    ---[ archived by Spectropop - 04 /8/98 - 07 :21:32 AM ]---
    Subject:     French pop update
    Sent:        4/7/98 4:28 AM
    Received:    4/7/98 7:21 AM
    From:        Marie-J. Leclerc,
    To:          Spectropop  List,
    I want to say thanks to the Spectropop listers for your 
    help with my questions regarding French artists. To answer 
    some more questions, here is an update on Francoise Hardy, 
    France Gall ,Sylvie Vartan and Serge Gainsbourg.
    Francoise has a new album out, I have seen it yesterday, 
    there were also many cds available from different period of 
    her career. Jeff, if I was you, I would go for a Best Of or 
    for my favorite, "Musique Saoule", that one is particulary 
    good, you can find on it a duo with her husband Jacques 
    Dutronc (yes, that Jacques).
    France Gall released a cd in 96 aimed to the US market. All 
    the liners are done in English, but the singing is French. 
    That album is simply called "France", all music/words were 
    composed by the late Michel Berger (France's husband). This 
    is a depressing album shall I say, the music is excellent 
    though, the words introspective. France's life has been 
    tragedy after tragedy lately, she lost Michel in 92, he was 
    only 43, than she battled cancer, and finally lost her 
    daughter , only 19, last December. She came here to do 
    promotion for the album in 96, the cd "France" is on Warner 
    Sylvie Vartan is still going on , but since the 70's, her 
    work is more Vegas style than pop.
    As for Serge Gainsbourg , years of drugs and alcohol abuse 
    had killed him in the end. The album Jeff has, "Comic Strip" 
    is one of the best choice I can think of to buy, to be 
    followed by "Couleur Cafe", in the same collection.
    All the best, Marie
    ---[ archived by Spectropop - 04 /8/98 - 07 :21:32 AM ]---
    Subject:     Newbie
    Sent:        4/7/98 9:18 AM
    Received:    4/8/98 1:51 AM
    From:        Michael Carpenter,
    To:          Spectropop  List,
    Hi folks...
    I'm a newbie here thanks to Jamie LePage. Looks like a lot 
    of fun. Some of you i already recognise.. ahh the power of 
    infamy, and the rest, i look forward to not getting too much 
    in the way until i know what I'm talking about.
    Catch A Wave
    ---[ archived by Spectropop - 04 /8/98 - 07 :21:32 AM ]---
    Subject:     Re: Please can you help?
    Sent:        4/7/98 4:49 AM
    Received:    4/7/98 7:21 AM
    From:        Doc Rock, docroXXX@XXXXXXom
    To:          Spectropop  List,
    >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.
    Little Eva's version of "Sharing You" came out in October of 
    1962, five months after Bobby Vee's hit the charts is the 
    US, four month's after Bobby's hit the British charts.
    I collect both Bobby Vee and Little Eva, but I've never 
    heard her version.  How is it?
    ---[ archived by Spectropop - 04 /8/98 - 07 :21:32 AM ]---
    Subject:     Re: Little Eva
    Sent:        4/7/98 4:32 AM
    Received:    4/7/98 7:21 AM
    From:        BashPop, BashXXX@XXXXXXm
    To:          Spectropop  List,
    << 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.
    Hi Ange,
    "Sharing You" is from 1962 as well.  It had been a hit for 
    Bobby Vee, and then was given to Eva for her "Llllloco-
    motion" album.
    The song appears on the new and excellent Little Eva 
    compilation, "The Complete Dimension Recordings" on the UK 
    label Westside Records.  Twenty nine tracks in all, 
    including one of my favorite songs of all time "Makin' With 
    The Magilla", that was heard on the Magilla Gorilla cartoon 
    series (there was even a video made a few years ago, which 
    was aired on Cartoon Network!)
    Spectropop Rules!!!!!
    Take Care,
    ---[ archived by Spectropop - 04 /8/98 - 07 :21:32 AM ]---
    Subject:     VH1 Top 100
    Sent:        4/7/98 5:48 AM
    Received:    4/8/98 1:51 AM
    From:        Jack Madani,
    To:          Spectropop  List,
    I'll tell you who I noticed was *not* on the list:
    No Phil Spector or any Spector-related groups.
    Perhaps that was due to the parameters of the voting.
    Jack Madani - Princeton Day School, The Great Road,
       Princeton, NJ  08540
    "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 /8/98 - 07 :21:32 AM ]---
    Subject:     Re: Spector and Fowley
    Sent:        4/9/98 1:17 AM
    Received:    4/9/98 1:24 AM
    To:          Spectropop  List,
    I commented:
    >> a Phil Spector boot called "Phil and Friends vol.1" 
    >>...tracks by Lennon, Darlene Love, Dion, Fowley etc." 
    Brad replied:
    >......I would guess that it includes Kim's "Give It to 
    >Me," a track that was included on the PHIL SPECTOR 74/79 
    >...album...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.
    I was happy you were kind enough to say the track was "fairly 
    forgettable," because that's exactly what I did - I forgot! 
    But, now that you mention it, I think I listened to about 
    half of it once and never played it again. 
    If you listen to the Dion album, Cher's single, or the 
    Darlene single "I Love Him..." it is easy to hear what 
    gradually happened to Phil's Wall of Sound after multitrack 
    recording, gates, solid state equipment and newfangled 
    outboard gear changed the way music was recorded. You hear 
    the first hint of the transition on the Checkmates sides. 
    Anyway, that Fowley you said, is heavily 
    phased...New Wave and little more than organ and drums. 
    Somehow, that doesn't describe a Spector side to me at all. 
    Nope, and the songwriter credit sandwiches Fowley between 
    the Kessel Kids (We've talked on the list before about them 
    and their relation with Phil). Listening to this track and 
    thinking about the people involved, I would say this is 
    purely bogus Spector, regardless of the "Featuring the Wall 
    of Sound Orchestra" credit on the album. 
    Kessels made a Rodney single, too. Sounds about the same in 
    terms of style and quality. Rodney and Fowley were two 
    important scenesters in the L.A. New Wave scene then; they 
    were often together at the Whisky or Starwood. At the time 
    everyone was using a makeshift studio located in an office 
    building just across the street from the Chinese Theater, 
    mainly because it was the cheapest multitrack studio in 
    town. The Kessel kids cut Rodney's record there. I would 
    bet they cut the Fowley side there as well.
    So the bodyguards, together with their revolvers, took to 
    the studio to create... Uncle Phil picked up the tab and put 
    the results on the 74/79 album. But all of this is purely 
    I don't see Fowley and Spector together in the studio in 
    the mid-70's. No way. Fowley was like this 7 foot tall 
    lanky, intense, nervous guy with an enormous unfocused 
    energy. I just can't picture the reclusive Phil being able 
    to concentrate on anything except Fowley's intimidating 
    height and dominating personality. 
    Anyway, Brad, thanks for reminding me about this. I actually 
    took the record out to recall what else was on it. What crap 
    ---[ archived by Spectropop - 04 /9/98 - 01 :26:10 AM ]---
    Subject:     ah, the great old days
    Sent:        4/8/98 10:47 AM
    Received:    4/9/98 1:23 AM
    From:        Big L,
    To:          Spectropop  List,
    Javed sed:
    >>>I found an interesting web site which features
    "air checks" of some of the legendary radio
    personalities from the halcyon days of top 40 radio...
    >>> I have heard a few  Beach Boys songs including a
    few seconds of All I Want To Do which was featured as
    an album cut on Jack Armstrong's show on CHUM in
    Toronto in 1969.
    Ah, my leedah Big Jack!! He is doing the morning
    shift on WMQX-93.1 in Greensboro NC, which I could
    hear before I moved to California last month (ho
    I have been thinking about cover versions. In my
    estimation, here are some that became "stand alone"
    versions, maybe better than the original, certainly
    different enough to consider them on their own merits:
    Go Away Little Girl - Happenings
    Who Do You Love - Woolies
    Light My Fire - Jose Feliciano
    Tracks Of My Tears - Johnny Rivers
    Walk Away Renee - Four Tops
    Anyone want to add to the list? Or, what are the most
    pointless covers of all time? I nominate the current
    rash of country artists covering 60s hits, like
    Alabama doing "My Girl." What's the point? Aside from
    the twangy voice, it sounds exactly like the Temps
    version. Same thing for that cover of the Eagles'
    "Take It Easy."
    My most hated cover of all time, however, was that
    70s version of "Last Kiss," a song I detest in ANY
    version (my opinion.)
    Big L                   Check out my Radio Legends pages at:
    ---[ archived by Spectropop - 04 /9/98 - 01 :26:10 AM ]---
    Subject:     An interview with Bob Crewe
    Sent:        4/9/98 12:38 AM
    Received:    4/9/98 1:23 AM
    From:        Doc Rock, docroXXX@XXXXXXom
    To:          Spectropop  List,
    In about 10 days, I will be doing an interview with Bob 
    Crewe.  Off hand, the main confections I have for him are 
    Billie and Lillie, Freddie Cannon, Four Seasons, Tracy Dey, 
    Rag Dolls, Mitch Ryder, Bob Crewe Generation, Frankie Valli.  
    What am I missing?
    And does anyone have any burning questions you'd like to 
    have asked?
    ---[ archived by Spectropop - 04 /9/98 - 01 :26:10 AM ]---

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