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  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 4/16/98
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           Volume #0069                               04/16/98
              the complete musical definition of instruments
    Subject:     Another Groovy Russ Titelman cut
    Sent:        4/16/98 4:45 AM
    Received:    4/16/98 12:29 AM
    From:        Jamie LePage,
    To:          SPECTROPOP,
    I was listening to the two recent Hollies "Abbey Road" CDs today 
    and was reminded of one of my all-time favorite Hollies' 
    tracks, "Yes, I Will" (Gerry Goffin/Russ Titelman). The lyric is 
    sentimental I suppose but the track has always left a strong 
    impression on me. I love when it goes into the bridge.
    I guess this must be a cover. Who did the original?
    ---[ archived by Spectropop - 04 /16/98 - 12:51:32 AM ]---
    Subject:     Various
    Sent:        4/15/98 9:17 AM
    Received:    4/16/98 12:29 AM
    From:        Marc Wielage,
    To:          Spectropop  List,
    Subject:     Bacharach TV Special
    David Feldman <>
    >One of the reasons why this Bacharach is back boomlet
    >depresses me a little is that it's trivializing some of his
    >old work. I don't think primarily of BB/HD's bubbly "San
    >Jose" and "Pussycat" work, but his mature stuff with
    >Dionne, stuff like "Walk On By," "The Last One to be
    >Loved," "Message to Michael," "Reach Out for Me," "Windows
    >of the World," (one of the few "protest" records that makes
    >you feel as sad as the "victims" sung about), "I Just Don't
    >Know What To Do w/Myself," etc.
    Hey!  It's that IMPONDERABLES guy!  Love those books, BTW.
    BTW, fans in North America who are interested in Bacharach 
    should check out the TNT special airing Wednesday night (4/
    15/98) at 8PM EST.  I believe this is all made up of 1990s 
    performers doing new interpretations of his classic tunes, 
    but Burt does do a few himself, at the piano.
    I dunno if these new performances "trivialize" the old 
    songs, but I think most of the artists' affection for Burt's 
    work is genuine.  Bacharach was interviewed in this 
    weekend's LA TIMES CALENDER section, and he goes on to 
    comment that he has a new album (his first in many years) 
    due out in June, featuring more collaborations with Elvis 
    Subject:     Cover Versions
    Doc Rock <docroXXX@XXXXXXom> commented on the Spectropop List:
    >I feel that if we use that expanded definition of cover
    >(recording of a previously recorded song), then Elvis (or
    >any other artist) who records a song off of a demo record
    >has made a cover record.
    I disagree.  To me, if the demo record (or tape) was never 
    commercially released, then the new version isn't a cover.  
    Virtually any artist who ever recorded a song written by 
    somebody else did so on the basis of hearing a demo; by your 
    definition, that means just about every hit ever made was a 
    cover version -- if the artist didn't write it themselves.
    Me personally, I think the 1990s definition works, only in 
    that it's become more widely-accepted:  any new version of a 
    previously established old hit by another artist.  I think 
    is most significant when you have a major hit cover of a hit 
    done decades ago.  But I think it should only be applied to 
    new versions of songs that were _commercially released_.
    I do agree that the definition of "Cover Version" has become 
    cloudy over the years.  Norm Katuna over on the group made an issue out of it 
    in the last few months, recommending that all contributors 
    there use the original 1950s/1960s definition of a new 
    version of an existing record made to "cover up" the 
    original recording.
    On the other hand, I think the term "Remake" should only be 
    used for songs re-recorded by the original artist.  For 
    example, Neil Sedaka's 1975 version of "Breaking Up Is Hard 
    to Do" would be a remake; ditto with Greg Allman's 1973 solo 
    version of "Midnight Rider," which he had previously done 
    with The Allman Brothers Band.  But I accept that this is 
    strictly a subjective issue.
    Subject:     Re: Can Anyone Help?
    Ange from England <> asked:
    >Does anyone know what year Elton John and Bonnie Raitt did a
    >cover version of "Love Letters" (the old Ketty Lester song)?
    >If anyone knows, please help.
    Yes, that was on Elton's late-1993 DUETS album.  Very easy 
    to find.
    Subject:     Re: Do You Remember Rock'n Roll Radio
    Javed Jafri,> commented:
    >I was floored today when I heard "Stop
    >get A ticket" by the Clefs Of Lavender Hill in stereo no
    That was released in stereo on the 1990 compilation CD ROCK 
    ARTIFACTS VOL. 3, on Columbia/Legacy CK-46983.
    It's hard to find, but well-worth looking for.
    -= Marc Wielage      |   "The computerized authority     =-
    -= MusicTrax, Ltd.   |       on rock, pop, & soul."      =-
    -= Chatsworth, CA    |         =-
    ---[ archived by Spectropop - 04 /16/98 - 12:51:32 AM ]---
    Subject:     Re: Rodney and the Kessels
    Sent:        4/15/98 1:29 PM
    Received:    4/16/98 12:29 AM
    From:        Brad Elliott,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Hey, all.  Just got back from a week out of town, so I'm 
    trying to catch up on my e-mail, especially from all the 
    lists I subscribe to.
    Several issues back, I saw that Page (responding to an 
    earlier post of mine) wrote:
    > 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.
    I'm assuming the Rodney single you're referring to is 
    "Little GTO," on which Rodney was backed by the group 
    Blondie, with The Honeys on backing vocals.  So, I've just 
    gotta ask a couple of questions, primarily of Page.
    1. Have you ever heard the European Bomp/London release that 
    was credited to "The New York Blondes featuring Madame X"  
    That release used Deborah Harry's demo lead vocal and got 
    yanked because it hadn't been okayed by her record company.
    2. Are you familiar with the other Kessel Bros. production 
    of Rodney -- "Surfin' Safari," on which he was backed by The 
    Ramones, again with The Honeys on backing vocals?  I was not 
    aware of this until last year when I stumbled across a copy 
    of the album "Rodney Bingenheimer presents All Year Party, 
    Volume One" (Martian Records LP 1714, released 1984) in a 
    friend's record collection.  Fortunately, he had an extra 
    copy that he parted with; it has now found a permanent home 
    in my collection.
    And a cool record it is -- not just the two Rodney tracks, 
    but also "Surfin' & Spyin'" by the Ventures, "Summertime 
    Fun" by Nikki & the Corvettes, "The Night Before Christmas" 
    by Annette & Frankie (with the Ventures) and even "I Got 
    Love" by the Martians (the Kessel brothers' own group), plus 
    a bunch of never-made-its.  All of the tracks are Kessel 
    Bros. productions!  The fine print on the jacket says that 
    Martian Records was "A Division of Dan Kessel/David Kessel 
    Interestingly, there are a lot of L.A. new wave/pop names 
    guesting on the record, including D.J. Bonebrake (X), 
    Charlotte Caffey and Jane Wiedlin (Go-Go's), Peter Case 
    (Plimsouls), Marty Jourard (Motels), Steve Berlin (Los 
    Lobos), etc..  Even Harvey Kubernik makes an appearance 
    playing percussion on one track.
    So, does anybody know if there was ever an "All Year Party, 
    Volume Two" or any other releases on Martian?  The record 
    number (1714) would seem to indicate there probably were, 
    but I've had no luck finding anything else.  And is any of 
    this stuff on CD anywhere in the world?
    Surf's up!
    ---[ archived by Spectropop - 04 /16/98 - 12:51:32 AM ]---
    Subject:     Re: All Strung Out
    Sent:        4/15/98 4:33 AM
    Received:    4/15/98 7:47 AM
    From:        Doc Rock, docroXXX@XXXXXXom
    To:          Spectropop  List,
    We had a lively discussion of the CD featuring that tune a 
    few weeks ago.  I reviewed the CD for Discoveries magazine.  
    I'll be happy to email you the review.
    ---[ archived by Spectropop - 04 /16/98 - 12:51:32 AM ]---
    Subject:     Re: All Strung Out
    Sent:        4/15/98 4:45 PM
    Received:    4/16/98 12:29 AM
    From:        Jamie LePage,
    To:          SPECTROPOP,
    Bobby Lloyd wrote:
    >Nino Tempo and April Stevens album "All Strung Out". Is this 
    >available on cd? 
    This album was on White Whale, right? I'm keen to learn more 
    about this label. I've seen a CD of All Strung Out, but it 
    was a boot and priced at over $30.00 so I passed. 
    >It's one of my all-time favorite records! I wanna hear it 
    >so bad.
    That's really interesting because I remember it being one of  
    my favorites too. I wanna hear it so bad too; my vinyl copy 
    is in storage several thousand miles away from my 
    turntable. :-(
    ---[ archived by Spectropop - 04 /16/98 - 12:51:32 AM ]---

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