http://www.spectropop.com ________________________________________________________________________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ S P E C T R O P O P ______________ ______________ ______________ ________________________________________________________________________ Special Disc Jockey Record ------------------------------------------------------------------------ There are 6 messages in this issue. Topics in this digest: 1. Somewhere Deep in the Night - SOS!!! From: "LePageWeb" 2. Re: Francoise Hardy, France Gall, et. al. From: "J.H. Ket" 3. Re: Gene Pitney, Nicoletta From: Ted T. 4. Re: French Pop From: Frank 5. Betrock & French Pop From: "Kingsley Abbott" 6. need help from the Spectropop experts on "Vampire" From: Ton Borsboom ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 1 Date: Wed, 04 Jul 2001 03:47:45 -0000 From: "LePageWeb" Subject: Somewhere Deep in the Night - SOS!!! David wrote a great piece on the new Swing Out Sister album here recently. I went over to their unofficial web site where there are sound clips of every song on the album. Here are my comments, but before that, let me pass along the URL for these clips, and recommend wholeheartedly that every group member with 10 minutes and a fast enough connection go over and stream every one of these audio clips, You will be amazed at the beauty and depth - and frustrated because the clips cut off so suddenly! http://www.swingoutsister.com/albums/somewhere_deep.html > ...this is the album that I wish Dusty Springfield > would have left us with instead of "A Very Fine > Love,".... "Somewhere Deep in the Night" has all > the warmth, depth, atmosphere, sophistication, > timelessness, and class of her finest work, and > then some. All the qualities David mentions are spot on. The opening track "Through the Sky" is a spinning, spiraling trip high into the sky. The fade in sounds like Tubular Bells by John Barry circa 1964, and then: "Everything's been said and done - What else is there to say" Corinne sings. I know that feeling...too well. When someone recommends a new album highly, and then I listen to it and feel let down. But not this time. This one starts off and within seconds you arrive. You are swingin', baby! > It strikes me as odd that I'd take such a strong > liking to such a "grown-up" record... Grown-up records typically try too hard and take themselves too seriously. And this is no by-the-numbers retro kitsch effort like others that attempt to go into areas this album so comfortably explores. The audio clip of Will we Find Love just doesn't come close to doing this track justice. The strings are sublime, and the lyric is exquisite: "Could our dreams still hold the key to our hearts...? There is nothing else for us to be but so in love". The track has the most gorgeous fade. > References abound, but the ones that glance backward > do so completely without irony: That is so true, and you know what? I don't even care about the references when I listen, and that's what makes the record so special. You can't say - "Oh, there's the clever Bacharach bit in that two bar phrase" or "That snare is sampled from Beach Boys' Do It Again" or "There's Nino Rota in that instrumental break", or "Those background vocals sound like Jimmy Webb"...and that is indeed what makes the record so special to me. It isn't *trying* to be clever. > the recurring French horn (yes, the orchestra here > is 100% organic) are clues... It isn't this little lick or that little phrase. It is the intensity, the warmth, the honesty of the music. I gotta ask the obvious question - how can a record this good be made in year 2001? There's no flavor-of- the-month Rodney Jerkins type production, no attempt to remake Breakout circa 2001, no leaning on the latest ProTools auto tuning effects. Just pure organic sounding well composed/arranged/produced/performed music. It's such a relief, and in year 2001, it's a !%$#!$%! miracle! > In fact, that's the major charm of the disc: the fact > that it is simultaneously so slick and so affecting > makes it irresistible and addictive. (Apparently the > artists - and I obviously have to include producer > Paul Staveley O'Duffy here - knew that, since the > segue from end back to beginning on repeat play is > seamless.) Yeah, O'Duffy's production is as impressive as the music itself. It never gets in the way. Yet, it isn't simple production by any means. It is richly textured and layered, with spoken word and ambient sound effects sparingly used, and thankfully, just the right touch at the right time. But most of all, the production is honest (O'Duffy gives great snare and reverb, btw!) > "Where Do I Go?" packs the most restrained intensity > since Burt and Elvis's "God Give Me Strength." Where Do I Go is brilliant. It's like Swing Out Sister's Til I Die. It's that good. The droning vibes set a 3/4 groove (think What the World Needs Now") with acoustic piano backing a little 70s moog-like synth line. The lyric is one of their best: "Where do I go for the rest of my life? How will I know when tomorrow's impossible without your love?" But it's affirmation, not remorse, and so subtly stated. > It's only as a result of great effort that I'm able to > restrain myself from further raving here. OK, I take your hint. I'll shut up now too. :-) > I now put to you as "What kind of Spectropopper > wouldn't love this record?" In all fairness, the kind that is into Nuggets-ish guitar oriented garage rock wouldn't fall head over heels over this record. But if your tastes run along the lines of Jack Nitzsche, Dusty, Tony Hatch, Free Design, Lalo Schifrin, Bacharach, Beach Boys circa 20/20/Friends, Jimmy Webb, Italian soundtracks and Philly soul, this album is definitely going to become a personal fave. Jamie --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 2 Date: Tue, 03 Jul 2001 22:35:00 +0200 From: "J.H. Ket" Subject: Re: Francoise Hardy, France Gall, et. al. Ted T. wrote: > Subject: > Another terrific French Spector-style record is the > mid-tempo "Le Seule Bebe Qui Ne Pleure Pas" by boy-girl > duo Stone & Charden, released around 1970. I've just found it on the net. A great Spector sound-a-like!!!. Do you have more suggestions? Hans Ket THE FRENCH POP YE-YE PAGE --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 3 Date: Tue, 03 Jul 2001 22:30:30 -0800 From: Ted T. Subject: Re: Gene Pitney, Nicoletta Tom wanted to know the name and date of the RAI Due program featuring the clips of Gene Pitney and Neil Sedaka. The show was a weekly newsmagazine called "TG2-Dossier" and the subject of this edition of the show was the 45 r.p.m era. It was broadcast at ten thirty-five p.m. (Italian time) on Saturday June 30th. I'm sorry I didn't tape it. Dunno if it will be rebroadcast? Maybe the RAI Due website has the info. Glynis asked if there were other non-US and non-British singers who rocked with the energy and passion of French rockeuse Nicoletta. To tell the truth, I think Nicoletta is kind of unique. She had an extremely wretched childhood, was in and out of reform schools for most of her adolescence, ran away from most of them, and all of this shows in her singing. I don't think she ever reached her full potential as a singer, probably for lack of guidance and lack of good material. But her voice has an extraordinary quality to it, and on her best sides, like "La Musique?E she gives you goose pimples. She is still around incidentally, turns up on French TV once in a while, and, thankfully, finally seems happy and relaxed. Ted T. --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 4 Date: Tue, 03 Jul 01 07:24:46 +0100 From: Frank Subject: Re: French Pop >It's WONDERFUL to hear you talk about such great French >pop. Nobody mentions Nicoletta amongst the favorite trend >in French girly pop. I really like her solo stuff and am >interested in hearing her more "rock" oriented late 60's >stuff when she had her own rock band. I don't know if they >recorded but I have photos of her in my French pop >magazines. Stone was amazing. France's own Brian Jones >girl!! > >Glynis Glynis, I did work with some of these girls at the time, I was in the studio with Nicoletta when she recorded her first song. I worked with Dani, Il Etait Une Fois,and many others later on. Regarding Nicoletta's more rock sides, she did record a few of these at the time she was going out with the leader of a fairly successful French rock group : "Zoo". But she was definitely more interested in Blues and R. n' B. than anything else. Frank THE FRENCH POP YE-YE PAGE --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 5 Date: Tue, 03 Jul 2001 13:26:14 +0100 From: "Kingsley Abbott" Subject: Betrock & French Pop On the subject of possible republication of Alan Betrock's excellent Girl Groups book, I did speak to him about 18/20 months ago about reproducing the two Motown girls sections in my Motown reader collection which is recently published here in the UK by Helter Skelter. At that time he said that he was in the process of updating the book for probable re-publication, so quite understandably didn't want the chapters to go elsewhere. So perhaps some re-publication deal was already on its way before his very sad death - with whom I have no idea, except I assume a NY publisher. Regarding French Pop, Spectropopers might want to look out for a new album by Tahiti 80 "Puzzle" - Atmospheriques 2349-3. Some very nice modern soft pop with a twist (including input from Eric Matthews). The CD is dated 1999, but it has only just come out here in England. Kingsley Abbott --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 6 Date: Tue, 03 Jul 2001 19:06:55 -0000 From: Ton Borsboom Subject: need help from the Spectropop experts on "Vampire" Hello to you all. I hope that somebody can identify the following information regarding a track I heard on the radio. Trackname: "Vampire", Performers mentioned: The Crystals, length approx. 2.37 minutes, additional info: instrumental track with saxophone and male voice saying HAHAHAHA. Question: Are these performers The Crystals AKA The Metros and in which year is this track released. Appreciate your help. Thanks in advance. Ton PS. Ted T. many thanks for the information on the French "Spector Sound" tracks. I have checked out some of the tracks and you are right it sounds really nice. --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- End
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