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Spectropop - Digest Number 207

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     This monophonic microgroove recording will not become obsolete

There are 8 messages in this issue of Spectropop.

Topics in this Digest Number 207:

      1. Pye Studios/Charles Blackwell
           From: Jake Tassell 
      2. The PONI-TAILS // Lords of Flatbush 
           From: Jimmy Crescitelli
      3. Diane Renay
           From: john rausch 
      4. Re: Keith
           From: Cass 
      5. Re: Petula/Ellie/Jeannie
           From: "Donny Hampton"
      6. Nggets 2 Box (Rhino)
           From: kalledonain 
      7. The Modern Folk Quartet
           From: Guy L. 
      8. Do the Bluebeat
           From: Grant Gillanders 


Message: 1
   Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2001 11:01:45 +0100
   From: Jake Tassell
Subject: Pye Studios/Charles Blackwell

Thanks to the many of you who answered my question about
French pop.

> Jake Tassell was asking about Charles Blackwell and the
> stuff he produced arranged for Francoise Hardy. It was
> all recorded in London at Pye Studios in Bryanston Place,
> just behind Marble Arch. She first recorded In London at
> Pye for Tony Hatch. Charles also did some Richard Anthony
> stuff there, and one Brigitte Bardot EP at Olympic. I did
> an article in 1998 for Record Collector on Charles which
> talks about this stuff.

Pye studios. That's where Jane Birkin 'sang' with Serge.
I love the Pye sound - I wonder if the studio is still

Incidently, Charles Blackwell was originally Joe Meek's
arranger, did the arrangements for Fireball XL5 and
worked on the very fabulous "I Am PJ Proby".


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Message: 2
   Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2001 08:52:14 EDT
   From: Jimmy Crescitelli 
Subject: The PONI-TAILS // Lords of Flatbush 

I heartily concur... I LOVE "Born Too Late!" And ya know
what's a great companion piece to it? From the 70s, a
song called "Oh, What A Night For Love," performed by
Jeanne Thomas Fox. It's played over a scene in "The Lords
of Flatbush," 1974, where Frannie (Maria Smith) and Chico
(Perry King)  are getting down to business, except she's
so swathed in petticoats that it takes them forever. VERY
funny. You can hear them muttering and fumbling, and all
the while this sweet song is playing. The soundtrack was
composed, arranged, and conducted by Joe Brooks. Henry
Winkler and Sylvester Stallone also star in it. If you
grew up in the 50s in an Italian neighborhood in Brooklyn,
complete with hairhoppers and teenage girls sporting
three-hundred-dollar engagement rings... this flick is
for YOU.

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Message: 3
   Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2001 23:38:18 -0400
   From: john rausch 
Subject: Diane Renay

Diane Renay has her official website up and running

John Rausch

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Message: 4
   Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2001 20:52:12 -0000
   From: Cass
Subject: Re: Keith

Hi All,

 Just to let you know  the official Keith site has moved
to a new domain:

 Look forward to seeing everyone there..

--- In spectropop Jane Wade wrote:

> Cass and All:  I was always sorry he only had but two
> hits, "Ain't Gonna Lie" and "98.6"....
> "Ain't Gonne Lie" has a great production on
> was one of my favorites.

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Message: 5
   Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2001 16:36:17 -0000
   From: "Donny Hampton"
Subject: Re: Petula/Ellie/Jeannie

Those into French pop dare not neglect Petula Clark!  Her
late '50s/early '60s French hits are my favorites of all
her recordings.  The six volume Pet Clark Anthologys
series currently on release in France is absolutely

I just got to hear Ellie Greenwich's rare single "Friday
Kind Of Monday" (issued under the artist name "The
Meantime") courtesy of Mick Patrick's latest WHERE THE
GIRLS ARE (Volume 4) compilation. A very atypical
Barry/Greenwich production, and very melancholy, too,
despite the liner notes description of the track as an
upbeat number. Ellie sounds really out of it here - her
vocals have none of the exuberance found on her earlier
Raindrops sides.

For anyone who's interested, Ron Dante told me that
Jeannie Thomas (otherwise known as Jean Thomas Fox,
formerly of The Rag Dolls) was probably the female
backing voice on The Archies' THIS IS LOVE album sessions.

Don Charles

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Message: 6
   Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2001 20:08:14 -0000
   From: kalledonain
Subject: Nuggets 2 Box (Rhino)

Why isn't anybody talking about this?!

Originally released by Elektra Records in 1972, Nuggets
was the first collection ever compiled by a major label.
In fact, it was the model upon which Rhino Records was
built. Years later, Rhino released a four-CD box set
called Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From the First
Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968, a celebration of '60s U.S.
garage rock -- and it quickly became one of 1998's most
critically hailed collections. 

But it's a big, musical world out there, and now the
EMPIRE AND BEYOND, 1964-1969, blasts beyond our borders
and features the globe-trotting best of mod, flower-power
psychedelia, British R&B, twee-pop, pre-industrial,
freakbeat, and other '60s styles from a number of
countries -- but NOT the U.S. So we can't really call
this a sequel in the truest sense of the word -- it's the

"Rather than scrape the bottom of the American
garage-rock barrel, we decided to take the cream off the
top of a whole 'nuther barrel -- international
garage-rock," says co-producer and Rhino senior
vice-president of A&R Gary Stewart. Featuring 109
selections, NUGGETS II journeys from England and Europe
(Holland, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Germany,
Czechoslovakia, Austria, and Northern Ireland) to Canada,
Australia, and New Zealand, as well as Japan to South
America (Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, and Brazil). NUGGETS II:
1964-1969, will be available June 19

A passport to a whole new world of fuzz, acid, and
flowers, NUGGETS II features vintage tracks -- most of
them never released before in the U.S. -- from cult
favorites such as The Creation and The Pretty Things as
well as better-known bands The Move, The Troggs, Them,
The Small Faces, and The Guess Who. Among the highlights
are early recordings featuring nascent rock stars David
Bowie, Ron Wood (Rolling Stones), Jimmy Page and John
Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Jeff Lynne (ELO), Marc Bolan,
Van Morrison, Dave Edmunds, the brothers Gibb, and future
members of Deep Purple, Yes, Little River Band, 10CC, and
Emerson, Lake and Palmer. 

Over the years, a few of these recordings have appeared
on poor quality bootlegs and occasional compilations --
but NUGGETS II is the only place you're going to find ALL
these treasures. Plus, they've been given the Rhino
treatment and boast superior sound quality. Though
virtually hitless, NUGGETS II is absolutely priceless
(collectors would have to pay more than $21,940.37 for
these singles! (If they could even find them -- hey, we did
the math). 

NUGGETS II also includes a 100-page booklet with essays
by producers Stewart and Alec Palao, plus complete track
information by Mike Stax (Ugly Things editor) as well as
incredibly rare photos. 

Last night I got to hear about 2 hours worth of it on a
netcast by the Univ. of Conn radio station.

Its not only British or even British Empire artists, but
includes bands from Norway, Holland, Brazil, Peru,
Uraguay,& Mexico.

Personally I think it goes to much in the direction of
Stones/Pretties/Yardbirds R&B at the expense of
Beatlesque pop & Psychedelia. 

I'm no expert, but there are some tracks I wish had been

"Sorrow" Merseys
"I Stand Acused" Merseybeats
"I Didn't Know What Time It Was" Staccatos (Canada)
"I Will" Unit 4+2

Here is the track listing:

 Making Time - The Creation
Father's Name Was Dad - Fire
I Can Hear The Grass Grow - The Move
My Friend Jack - The Smoke
My White Bicycle - Tomorrow
I'll Keep Holding On - The Action
When The Night Falls - The Eyes
Sorry - The Easybeats
Imposters Of Life's Magazine - The Idle Race
How Is The Air Up There? - The La De Das
Mud In Your Eye - Les Fleur De Lys
Everything (That's Mine) - The Motions
Garden Of My Mind - The Mickey Finn
Take A Heart - The Sorrows
The Life I Live - Q'65
Midnight To Six Man - The Pretty Things
I See The Rain - The Marmalade
The First Cut Is The Deepest - The Koobas
You Stole My Love - The Mockingbirds
125 (album version) - The Haunted
My Mind's Eye - The Small Faces
Going Nowhere - Los Bravos
All Night Stand - The Thoughts
War Or Hands Of Time - The Masters Apprentices
It's A Sin To Go Away - We All Together
A Dream For Julie - Kaleidoscope
I Read You Like An Open Book - The Tages
Children Of The Sun - The Misunderstood
Save My Soul - Wimple Winch
Desdemona - John's Children
I Can Only Give You Everything - Van Morrison
Lost Girl - The Troggs
I Must Be Mad - The Craig
Say Those Magic Words - The Birds
Baby Your Phrasing Is Bad - Caleb
Daddy Buy Me A Girl - Golden Earrings
Exit Stage Right - Ronnie Burns
Gone Is The Sad Man - Timebox
I'm Rowed Out - The Eyes
You've Got A Habit Of Leaving - Davy Jones
Reflections Of Charles Brown - Rupert's People
Words Enough To Tell You - The Mascots
That's The Way It's Got To Be - The Poets
14 Hour Technicolour Dream - The Syn
Walking Through My Dreams - The Pretty Things
You Said - The Primitives
This Life Of Mine - The Lost Souls
Shadows & Reflections - The Action
Friday On My Mind - The Easybeats
In The Land Of The Few - Love Sculpture
For Another Man - The Motions
Fire Brigade - The Move
Gaby - The Boots
Biff! Bang! Pow! - The Creation
Your Body Not Your Soul - Cuby & The Blizzards
Cathy, Come Home - The Twilights
Circles - Les Fleur De Lys
Get Down From The Tree (album version) - The Matadors
Cry In The Night - Q'65
Changing The Colors Of Life - Los Chijuas
Social End Product - The Bluestars
Crawdaddy Simone - The Syndicats
Don't You Remember? - The Sound Magics
It's My Pride - The Guess Who
Magic Potion - The Open Mind
You're Driving Me Insane - The Missing Links
Who Dat? - The Jury
A Midsummer's Night Scene - John's Children
Listen To The Sky - Sands
How To Find A Lover - The Mockingbirds
Days Of The Broken Arrows - The Idle Race
By My Side - The Elois
Path Through The Forest - The Factory
Love Hate Revenge - Episode Six
Pictures Of Matchstick Men - The Status Quo
The Train To Disaster - The Voice
Sad - The (Australian) Playboys
Slaves Time - The Slaves
You Can Be My Baby (single version) - The Red Squares
I Wish I Was Five - Scrugg
Glendora - The Downliners Sect
Rosalyn - The Pretty Things
Come On - The Atlantics
The Madman Running Through The Fields - Dantalion's Chariot
How Does It Feel To Feel (U.S. single version) - The Creation
I'm Just A Mops - The Mops
Why Don't You Smile Now - The Downliners Sect
Nothin' - The Ugly Ducklings
Break It All (U.S. single version) - Los Shakers
The Bitter Thoughts Of Little Jane - Timon
Touch - The Outsiders
Vacuum Cleaner - Tintern Abbey
My Life - Thor's Hammer
Bad Little Woman - The Wheels
No Presents For Me - Pandamonium
Bat Macumba - Os Mutantes
Real Crazy Apartment - Winston's Fumbs
No More Now - The Smoke (Nz)
No Good Without You - The Birds
Kicks & Chicks - The Zipps
Dance Around The Maypole - The Acid Gallery
Get Yourself Home - The Fairies
I'm Your Witchdoctor - The Chants R&B
But You'll Never Do It Babe - The Boots
One Third - The Majority
Flight From Ashiya - Kaleidoscope
Here Come The Nice - The Small Faces
It's My Fault - The Rattles
When The Alarm Clock Rings - Blossom Toes

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Message: 7
   Date: Sat, 14 Jul 2001 03:02:52 -0000
   From: Guy L. 
Subject: The Modern Folk Quartet

Anyone out there got a M.F.Q. discography?

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Message: 8
   Date: Sat, 14 Jul 2001 03:03:40 -0000
   From: Grant Gillanders 
Subject: Do the Bluebeat

Hi everybody Down here in New Zealand one of the biggest
local hits was a song called 'Do the Bluebeat'sung by
Dinah Lee.The song was written by the team of
Barkin/Raleigh who wrote quite a few early Lesley Gore
tracks among others.I have been trying to track down an
origanal version of the Bluebeat for years without any
luck whatsoever. Does anyone out there know of an
original version of the song - it would have been done in
either 1963 or 1964. I wait in anticipation....

Grant Gillanders

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