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Spectropop - Digest Number 239

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                         Stereo has Come of Age

There are 7 messages in this issue of Spectropop.

Topics in this Digest Number 239:

      1. Immediate 026
           From: "Phil Chapman" 
      2. Re: Chris Montez
           From: John Sprackland 
      3. Congratulations, Carole!!
           From: "Randy M. Kosht"
      4. Carole King-- "September..."
           From: Jimmy Crescitelli 
      5. Re: Chapel Of Love and Others
           From: "Donny Hampton"
      6. Does anybody know The Phantom?
           From: "Randy M. Kosht"
      7. Re: Goldie
           From: Keith Beach 


Message: 1
   Date: Tue, 04 Sep 2001 11:06:21 +0100
   From: "Phil Chapman" 
Subject: Immediate 026

Peter Lerner:
>I do have Goldie's UK
>Immediate 45 of Goin' Back / Headlines - Immediate 026.

You're one of the lucky ones! All I remember from the
time was reading about its imminent release, ordering it
(in Manchester) and then finding it withdrawn on the day.
Some copies must have got out. The Ronettes UK release
of "I Can Hear Music" (HLU 10087) suffered a similar
fate, and I'd gone without school meals for a week to
pay for that!


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Message: 2
   Date: Tue, 04 Sep 2001 20:20:01 -0000
   From: John Sprackland 
Subject: Re: Chris Montez

Hi to Carol & all,

Several hours trawling the web finally led me here to
your discussion on the very subject that I wanted some
info on!

Earlier this year I picked up the Chris Montez album
Foolin' Around in a charity shop in Hunstanton (thats a
seaside town on the east coast of England, folks... a
long way from LA!). I confess that I bought it mainly
because I thought the cover , and Chris's fashion style,
was unintentionally hilarious but when I got it home I
soon realised that I had something special. I've since
picked up the LPs Time After Time and Watch What Happens
and I LOVE them all. But I'm so infuriated by the lack
of information on the sleeves! The music is so great, I
want to know who is responsible. If musician credits for
these albums exist I'd love to see them. What is the
book you were referring to Carol?

I'm also interested in the Tommy LiPuma connection. I
love the work he's doing these days with Diana Krall but
I was particularly struck by another album I bought
without any prior knowledge of the artist - The Art of
Tea by Michael Franks (1974, I think, and a Tommy LiPuma
connection). The piano sound on this album is so similar
to that on Foolin' Around (well, to my uneducated ear!)
that I wondered whether it could be the same pianist -
Joe Sample. Anyway, all of you who love the Chris Montez
A&M sound check out Michael Franks on Reprise.

So glad to find out I'm not the only one who appreciates
these records made 35 years ago... but I do also enjoy
making these serendipitous discoveries!

Best Wishes

John Sprackland
Southport, Merseyside, UK

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Message: 3
   Date: Tue, 04 Sep 2001 19:34:30 -0700
   From: "Randy M. Kosht" 
Subject: Congratulations, Carole!!

Congratulations, Carole!!

I am looking forward to hearing the new Carole King
material and the launch of the website. 
It was also fantastic seeing her and the other great
writers on the A&E series last week.  I have been a fan
of Carole's since "Writer" came out in 1970; I played
that LP to death and bought the songbook too.  Needless
to say I immediately snapped up "Tapestry" and "Music"
(in stereo AND quad) when they came out as well.

Best regards,
Randy M. Kosht (A&Mania)
Publisher, "A&M Records:  The Discography"
(which includes all of the Carole King Ode listings)

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Message: 4
   Date: Tue, 04 Sep 2001 14:24:31 EDT
   From: Jimmy Crescitelli 
Subject: Carole King-- "September..."

Could it be the Cookies?

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Message: 5
   Date: Tue, 04 Sep 2001 15:28:29 +0000
   From: "Donny Hampton" 
Subject: Re: Chapel Of Love and Others

>From: "Vlaovic B" 

>Ahh, the great Dream Babies collection, one of the few GG
>collections wherein there are no repetitions of 'Chapel
>of Love' and 'Leader of the Pack'.  Not being critical of
>the last two but how many GG anthologies do they appear

A good song is worth repeating on compilations. 
Unfortunately, when it comes to Barry-Greenwich songs
like "Chapel Of Love" and "Leader Of The Pack," most
compilation producers seem to feel that the original
recordings are the only ones worth hearing.  I beg to
differ!  Bette Midler's 1973 version of "Chapel Of Love"
is superb, and deserves to be anthologized.  Also
excellent: Toni Wine's cover of "River-Deep,
Mountain-High," Beverley Jones' stompin' cover of "Wait
'Til My Bobby Gets Home," Beth Orton's sensitive reading
of "I Wish I Never Saw The Sunshine" and Cissy Houston's
hit remake of "Be My Baby."  For what it's worth, I'll
say I like Twisted Sister's 1985 take on "Leader Of The
Pack" (though I acknowledge I this may be a minority

Don Charles

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Message: 6
   Date: Tue, 04 Sep 2001 19:38:11 -0700
   From: "Randy M. Kosht" 
Subject: Does anybody know The Phantom?

Hi, here's a general question I hope someone can answer.
Does anybody remember a record from circa '64 that was
played in the Milwaukee area?  The song was "Love Me!"
by the Phantom.  A friend of mine who is originally
>from Milwaukee has been asking me to check into this,
so now I have.

Best regards,
Randy M. Kosht

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Message: 7
   Date: Wed, 05 Sep 2001 20:17:50 +0100
   From: Keith Beach
Subject: Re: Goldie

At last! a chance to be more than a spectator to all
this fascinating exchange of information. The Goldie
and the Gingerbreads thread means I can tell my "Goin'
back" story. 

I met/interviewed Genya Ravan (Goldie) in New York when
she was recording Ronnie Spector in the 80's. Being a
big Dusty fan I asked her the facts behind their
version of "Goin' back" released before Dusty's. She
told me that she was a frequent visitor to Dusty's flat
(they lived in the same block) and Dusty was always
playing various acetate demo's to gauge reaction. The
"Goin' back" track was obviously hit material, but was
around for so long with Dusty dithering about recording
it that Goldie decided to record it, even though she
knew that Dusty had first dibs on it. Carole King had
loved Dusty's version of "Some of your lovin'" and even
though the song was very personal to her felt Dusty
alone would do it justice.

Goldie couldn't get hold of the sheet music so
memorised the song for the recording session. At the
session she couldn't remember all the lyrics, so what
you hear is her best stab at them and not a deliberate
change. It was a PR story after the event that created
the myth about Carole King refusing permission to
change the lyrics. She didn't want Goldie's version
released at all, although it did sort of escape.

Of course that still leaves the question of how come
The Byrds got to record it. 

Keith Beach

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