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         Volume #0065                       04/11/98
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            THE PERSONALITY SOUND of the SIXTIES 




Subject:     The Philadelphia Dimension continues...
Sent:        4/10/98 12:53 AM
Received:    4/10/98 1:42 AM
From:        Jamie LePage, le_page_XXX@XXXXXXies.com
To:          Spectropop List, spectroXXX@XXXXXXcom

After Doc wrote that the Dimension recordings were actually 
demos for Philadelphia artists, and Jack chimed in with the 
Don't Say Nothin'/Don't Hang Up comparison, I got out the 
Dimension recordings and started listening again from the 
Philly perspective. I think I ID'd another one:

School Bells are Ringing - Carole King (Dimension 1004). 
Listen to the background vocals "pa-da pa-da." Sounds quite 
a bit like a certain Claudine Clark record to me. Like 
"Party Lights," the lyrical theme of the song is about 
schoolgirl exuberance, and the rhythm of "School Bells" is 
almost identical to that of "Party Lights."

Whaddya think?

About Sharing You by Little Eva, I am still confused. I 
don't know of any Dimension single of Sharing You by Little 
Eva, and it's not on Dimension Dolls. Was it on the original 
Little Eva album? 
--
le_page_XXX@XXXXXXies.com
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Subject:     Crewe, Gore
Sent:        4/10/98 8:37 AM
Received:    4/11/98 1:57 AM
From:        Jack Madani, Jack_MadXXX@XXXXXX2.nj.us
To:          Spectropop  List, spectroXXX@XXXXXXies.com

Say Doc, I just picked up the Mercury 2-disc Anthology of 
Lesley Gore (awesome cover pic of Lesley with a pearl choker 
and way cool beehive, btw), and I noticed there's a number 
of Crewe credits on there. The booklet says he produced 
California Nights (which she sang on Batman--I remember her 
being on there, but I don't remember her singing!), and then 
goes on to say that after her Mercury contract ended, she 
"signed a new deal with Bob Crewe, who was starting his own 
label. Three singles and a duet with Oliver on the 
Fleetwoods' 'Come Softly To Me' were issued, but nothing 
charted." Well this is all very interesting to me. I toss 
it out there for your consideration. The Crewe-Gary Knight 
song "Treat Me Like A Lady" is terrific, by the way, with 
that Vivaldi Vibe flowing throughout the recording....

Now for this other weird thing: I already had the Mercury 
single-disc "Golden Hits of Lesley Gore" cd. My favoritest 
LG song of alltimes is "What Am I Gonna Do With You." Well 
sir, that song is also on this 2-disc set, but it's in a 
radically different mix; the single-disc version is better I 
think, instruments more up front and the voice centered in 
the stereo mix, and more correctly balanced in relation to 
the instruments. On the 2-disc set, though, the stereo mix 
is more extremely panned left and right, the instruments are 
more recessed, and the voice is in the right channel and 
kind of harsh sounding. What's up with these two different 
mixes?

But wait, it gets worse. On the single disc, it says that 
WAIGDWY is arranged by Jack Nitzsche, which I can totally 
believe. But in the booklet for the 2-disc set, it says 
that it's arranged by Claus Ogermann!! What the heck? Does 
somebody know what the truth is here?

Hard to believe, by the way, that the same man (Ogermann) 
could have arranged both Sunshine, Lollipops & Rainbows, as 
well as Jobim's Wave album.

jack "warm California nights, with the breeze blowin' in" madani

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Subject:     Girl watchin'
Sent:        4/10/98 1:26 PM
Received:    4/11/98 1:57 AM
From:        FMYou, FMXXX@XXXXXXm
To:          Spectropop  List, spectroXXX@XXXXXXies.com

<<Music To Watch Girls By by the Bob Crewe Generation is one 
of my alltime favorite "wish I had it on cd" songs.>>

Then you'd want to get Love Power: Hard to Find U.S. Hot 100 
Hits of the 60s (Sequel 669), which has it in stereo.

Also (re: covers), I believe Bo Diddley did the original 
"Who Do You Love," although the Woolies were first to bring 
in into the Hot 100, 11 years after Bo cut his.

Frank

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Subject:     Re: "Music to Watch Girls By"
Sent:        4/10/98 10:20 AM
Received:    4/11/98 1:57 AM
From:        Marc Wielage, XXX@XXXXXXrax.com
To:          Spectropop List, spectroXXX@XXXXXXies.com
CC:          Jack Madani, Jack_MadXXX@XXXXXX2.nj.us

Jack Madani <Jack_MadXXX@XXXXXX2.nj.us> asked:

>Music To Watch Girls By by the Bob Crewe Generation is one
>of my alltime favorite "wish I had it on cd" songs.
------------------------<snip>------------------------

It is hard to find, but it's available on at least two CDs:

Love Power: Hard to Find US Hot 100 Hits of the 60s ~ Sequel 
(UK) 669 (2:54 stereo)

Your Hit Parade - '60s Instrumentals: Take Two ~ Time-Life 
HPD-39 (2:54 stereo - G sl. hiss)

The Time-Life CD is fairly easy to find via mail-order, 
direct from TL.

--MFW

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Subject:     Re: a bob crewe re-generation
Sent:        4/11/98 1:17 AM
Received:    4/11/98 1:57 AM
From:        KingoGrief, KingoGrXXX@XXXXXXm
To:          Spectropop  List, spectroXXX@XXXXXXies.com

In a message dated 98-04-09 17:46:11 EDT, jack "you-beat-me-
to-the-paunch" madani writes:

<< Music To Watch Girls By by the Bob Crewe Generation is one 
 of my alltime favorite "wish I had it on cd" songs. I have 
 a scratchy copy of the vinyl lp (the cover of which, in 
 depicting the all-blond all-hunky all-Tab Hunter band of 
 musicians along with BC himself, is like a recruitment ad
 for the Hitler Youth), but no cd. >>

"mtwbg" (on the infamous dynavoice label!) is one of the few 
45's i've held on to since my collecting bug started 
attacking me in kindergarten (i'll be 28 next month, to give 
you perspective)...it was one of a big stack-o-wax that one 
of my teachers in said school year gave me...most of the 
others i've upgraded to disc, but that one remains 
"digitally elusive"...anyone know who owns the rights to 
those recordings?  if i'm not mistaken, dynavoice was owned 
by the amy/mala/bell triumvirate, so perhaps we should ring 
clive davis...with the recent resurgence of bachelor-pad 
kitsch, this track (and the whole lp, i'm sure) is a shoe-in 
for rediscovery...

btw, jack...does that lp contain the groovy flipside, "girls 
on the rocks"?

jeff

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Subject:     Re: Bob Crewe
Sent:        4/10/98 8:48 AM
Received:    4/11/98 1:57 AM
From:        BashPop, BashXXX@XXXXXXm
To:          Spectropop  List, spectroXXX@XXXXXXies.com

<< From:        Doc Rock, docroXXX@XXXXXXom

 In about 10 days, I will be doing an interview with Bob 
 Crewe...does anyone have any burning questions you'd like 
 to have asked? >>

Hi Doc,

Good luck with your interview!  It should be fun!

I don't have any specific questions, but if you wouldn't 
mind I have something I'd love for you to tell him! There's 
a local band here in L.A. called The Mello Cads that does 
live shows from time to time. Their lead singer, David 
Ponak, does up that cad personna really well, and the band 
covers several of the kitchiest 60s pop tunes that we all 
know and love, one of which is "Music To Watch Girls By". 
You don't generally hear it in it's vocal version, so it's a 
real treat to see it performed that way.

Perhaps Bob would get a kick out of knowing this.

--
Spectropop Rules!!!!!
Take Care,
David

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Subject:     Covers
Sent:        4/10/98 12:46 PM
Received:    4/11/98 1:57 AM
From:        Richard Globman, rglobXXX@XXXXXXeocomm.net
To:          Spectropop List, spectroXXX@XXXXXXies.com

Big L Started:

>>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

Doc Added:
>I believe that the Woolies record was the original version.  
>Also, you mentioned "Last Kiss." That, too, was a cover 
>version!

Jack Also Chimed In With:
>Heard It Through The Grapevine:  Marvin Gaye/Gladys Knight & 
>The Pips (plus, at the dawn of the seventies, a third cover 
>by CCR)

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May I Add:
How Sweet It Is - Junior Walker
I Can Hear Music - Beach Boys
Help Me Rhonda - Johnny Rivers
Patches - Clarence Carter (originally by General Johnson, I think)
The Twist - Chubby Checker
I've Been Hurt - Rhondels (sorry 'bout that)
You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling - Dionne Warwick
Hey Baby - Buckwheat Zydeco
Try A Little Tenderness - 03 Dog Night

Pointless Covers:
Anything by Pat Boone
Sh-Boom (Crew Cuts)
Little Darlin' (Diamonds)
Anything I try to play on the piano

DICKYG

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Subject:     Cover Versions
Sent:        4/10/98 1:15 PM
Received:    4/11/98 1:57 AM
From:        Javed Jafri, javedjaXXX@XXXXXX.ca
To:          Spectropop List, spectroXXX@XXXXXXies.com

> From:        Doc Rock, docroXXX@XXXXXXom
> >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
> 
> I believe that the Woolies record was the original version.  
> Also, you mentioned "Last Kiss." That, too, was a cover 
> version!
> Doc

Hey Doc, regarding "Who Do You Love" don't forget about Bo 
Diddley.

As far as Last Kiss the only versions I'm familiar with are 
by Frank J. Wilson and Wednesday. I don't like either 
version but then again I did not care much for Tell Laura I 
Love Her, Teen Angel, Ebony Eyes or Honey and other such 
laments.

Good ( and Fun) cover versions, well the list could go on 
forever but here's a start :

1. Over and Over/DC5
2. You Got What It Takes/DC5
3. Words Of Love/Beatles
4. Roll Over Beethoven/Beatles
5. Do You Wanna Dance/Beach Boys
6. My World Fell Down/Sagittarius
7. Dedicated To The One I Love/Mamas& Papas
8. Iko Iko/Dr. John
9 Younger Girl/The Critters
10. Little Honda/The Hondells
11. You Showed Me/The Turtles
12. The River Is Wide/The Grassroots
13. Laugh At Me/Mott The Hoople
14. Nobody But Me/The Human Beinz
15. Sugar & Spice/The Cryan Shames
16. Just Like Romeo & Juliet/Michael & The Messengers
17. Love Potion # Nine/The Searchers.
18. Hush/Deep Purple
19. Summertime Blues/Blue Cheer
20. Don't Think Twice It's All Right/The Wonder Who

Javed

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Subject:     Re: cover versions
Sent:        4/10/98 9:00 AM
Received:    4/11/98 1:57 AM
From:        Big L, biXXX@XXXXXXmail.com
To:          Spectropop List, spectroXXX@XXXXXXies.com

>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

>I believe that the Woolies record was the original version.  
>Also, you mentioned "Last Kiss." That, too, was a cover 
>version!

Actually, "Who Do You Love" is a Bo Diddley song. Yes, the 
Woolies version is so different it may as well be a 
different song, which is exactly the point I was making. 

When you say "Last Kiss" is a cover, do you mean J. Frank 
Wilson, or the 70s version? No offense, but if I had to name 
my all time least favorite records, that song, in any 
version, comes in at number 2. I'll reveal my all time most 
hated only if someone asks.

==
Big L                   


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Subject:     Covers eclipsing the originals
Sent:        4/11/98 2:00 AM
Received:    4/11/98 2:03 AM
From:        le_page_XXX@XXXXXXies.com
To:          Spectropop List, spectroXXX@XXXXXXies.com

Here's an obvious one which I doubt many would disagree 
with: Twist & Shout by the Top Notes. The Isleys version 
was far superior, but when the Beatles took it to the top 
ten of the US charts less than two years later, it became 
known as a Beatles song, and it remains that until this 
day.

Another spin on this thread: I was playing some Beatles 
discs recently when Ticket to Ride came on. I was asked "Did 
the Beatles record this Carpenters song?" Any other absurd 
misconceptions out there?

--
le_page_XXX@XXXXXXies.com
RodeoDrive/5030

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Subject:     Stereo Leader of the Pack
Sent:        4/11/98 1:26 AM
Received:    4/11/98 1:57 AM
From:        KingoGrief, KingoGrXXX@XXXXXXm
To:          Spectropop  List, spectroXXX@XXXXXXies.com

In a message dated 98-04-09 17:46:11 EDT, jeff glenn writes:

<< I'm assuming the stereo mix of "Leader of the Pack" is 
 what's used on the Brill Building box (I'm not home right 
 now to check). This mix (missing the one line of the last 
 verse) is the original stereo mix as made back in the 60's 
 (I used to have a radio station various artists LP from the 
 60's that had the same mix).  When I've seen this brought up 
elsewhere (possibly in Goldmine) it was speculated that 
sometime after the mono mix was made, but before the stereo, 
the multitrack was damaged, and that the missing line edited 
out of the stereo mix is where the damage was. >>

thanx for that info, namesake...i heard the stereo mix 
several years ago on a european 3" cd (can't remember the 
label or country of origin) that had the "find someone gnu" 
line (the first line in the second verse, btw) missing...i 
would have bought that cd if it weren't for that head-
scratching omission...

for the record, there were 3 other tracks on the cd3...as 
you can probably guess, they were "remember (walking in the 
sand)", "give him a great big kiss", and "i can never go 
home anymore"...a quick fix of the shangri-las' biggest 
hits...

jeff [the king of grief] (still haven't picked up that red 
bird comp...what's wrong with me??)

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Subject:     Re: Spectropop V#0064
Sent:        4/10/98 8:57 AM
Received:    4/11/98 1:57 AM
From:        JohnBarone, beachbXXX@XXXXXXmail.com
To:          Spectropop List, spectroXXX@XXXXXXies.com

Don't know if this is old news here at Spectropop but I see 
that Mercury is finally releasing Dusty Springfield-The Very 
Best of ,the week of April 21,on cd. Been holding out from 
buying one of those expensive imports.

JohnBarone

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Subject:     Re:Music To Watch Girls By
Sent:        4/10/98 10:28 PM
Received:    4/11/98 1:57 AM
From:        Paulurbahn, PaulurbXXX@XXXXXXm
To:          Spectropop  List, spectroXXX@XXXXXXies.com

In a message dated 98-04-09 19:40:03 EDT, you write:

<< Music To Watch Girls By by the Bob Crewe Generation is one 
 of my alltime favorite "wish I had it on cd" songs.  I have 
 a scratchy copy of the vinyl lp (the cover of which, in 
 depicting the all-blond all-hunky all-TabHunter band of 
 musicians along with BC himself, is like a recruitment add 
 for the Hitler Youth), but no cd. >>

Please contact Sundazed, I did but these reissue labels 
don't do anything unless they think there is a demand. I 
would like to see Music on a two-fer with the Barbarella 
Soundtrack.

Paul Urbahns
PaulurbXXX@XXXXXXm

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