________________________________________________________________________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ S P E C T R O P O P ______________ ______________ ______________ ________________________________________________________________________ There are 7 messages in this issue of Spectropop. Topics in this Digest Number 256: 1. THE DYNOVOICE STORY From: Mick Patrick 2. Ann-Margret/Paul Sabu From: "Don Charles" 3. Re: "Unchained Melody" From: Carol Kaye 4. Re: Spector or Medley??? From: Billy G. Spradlin 5. Re: Spector or Medley ??? From: RobtWicker 6. Mo' Medley From: LePageWeb 7. Ronnie Spector From: ntstocks ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 1 Date: Thu, 04 Oct 2001 22:32:22 +0100 (BST) From: Mick Patrick Subject: THE DYNOVOICE STORY Greetings, A few of my pals, having seen Bob Crewe interviewed on TV in recent months, have commented on the similarity in appearance of the legendary producer and myself. How I wish the likeness extended to our financial states. A communication from the legal representatives of Bob Crewe to Westside Records has resulted in THE DYNOVOICE STORY double CD being withdrawn from sale. It seems Mr Crewe objected to his name and likeness being used on the cover of this CD. He was requesting a fee of $150K (I repeat, one hundred and fifty thousand dollars!) as compensation. Westside opted to withdraw the product rather than pay up. All remaining stock has been crushed. I'd suggest that anyone intending to purchase The Dynovoice Story does so sooner rather than later, before retail stocks expire. My CD supplier Jim Stewart has some copies left, I believe. You can contact him at: http://www.soulsearchingplus.co.uk MICK PATRICK PS: Of course, I look much younger than Bob Crewe. That's because I AM, Blanche! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 2 Date: Thu, 04 Oct 2001 16:16:08 +0000 From: "Don Charles" Subject: Ann-Margret/Paul Sabu Ann-Margret's self-titled disco record on MCA from 1980 is one of my prize possessions. It contains the chart hits "Love Rush" and "Midnight Message," which I fondly remember dancing to as an underage discotheque patron in 1979. Most important, it was produced by Paul Sabu, whose productions in '79 qualify him as a Spector imitator, at least in regard to "bigness" of sound. Of Indian background, and son of Selar Sabu, the actor who portrayed Sabu, the Elephant Boy, Paul Sabu looks like a brown-haired David Lee Roth. In the late '70s, he married arena-rock guitar solos and crisp Latin percussion with movie soundtrack-style orchestrations. His favorite recording studios were Brittania and Larrabee Sound. More recently, Paul Sabu has produced with heavy metal groups, written songs for movies, and recorded as a solo artist. He was also involved in the early career of Shania Twain. His disco recordings with Ann-Margret, Gwen Jonae/Sister Power, Barbara Law, his own group Sabu and especially Debbie Jacobs would make one hell of a dance compilation. Don Charles Will George wrote: > >It is a 5-CD box set, with a beautiful hardbound book, >as is standard with Bear Family. It includes all of >Ann-Margret's recordings except for her album and >singles with Lee Hazlewood, her Tommy soundtrack stuff, >and her 1980 disco album. > >Yes, there are some horrific tracks on here, but there >are also some great, overlooked classics here, including >three Sloan-Barri songs, a couple of Goffin-King tunes, >and a previously unreleased Bacharach-David composition. >It's a hefty price for the casual fan, but well worth it >in my opinion. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 3 Date: Thu, 04 Oct 2001 10:23:20 -0700 From: Carol Kaye Subject: Re: "Unchained Melody" > TO CAROL KAYE: > > What really went on here, Carol, was Phil at the > "Unchained Melody" sessions??? To tell you the truth, I don't remember, but always assumed he was - he was always at his own dates...there wouldn't be a recording date without him....it was always under our impressions (speaking for Don Randi, etc. here) that Phil did produce that. And...in fact.....we were almost denied our rightful re-use payments because of this controversy maybe - at first Don Randi was told "that's a remake of it, not the original Phil Spector recording of the Righteous Bros."....but that IS us playing on the record that is being used in the movie "Ghost" and we were able to prove it thanks to Don Randi and the one you hear on the radio and recordings is with us........whether there's "2" of them or not, not sure what the deal is there...but I (and the rest of us, Don Randi fought for our rightful re-use and we got it, thanks to his testimony that it was Phil's recording of it - I'm playing guitar not bass on that one) am sure altho' I don't remember that Phil did produce that recording. My name was left off one important contract of another tune as a credit, so yes, it's possible that his name was left off of the label, it happened a lot back then, there was so much activity, so much going on and people would forget to do things. Carol Kaye http://www.carolkaye.com/ -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 4 Date: Thu, 04 Oct 2001 07:39:31 -0000 From: Billy G. Spradlin Subject: Re: Spector or Medley??? Can someone check the credits for "Unchained Melody" on the Philles LP that it's on? (Just Once In My Life or even an original copy of "Greatest Hits" on Verve?) PS: thanks to David for figuring out the "Needles & Pins" mystery. My first impression upon hearing the MP3 was that it was from the early 70's. It should have been a hit but Polydor didnt had few hits in the USA at that time. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 5 Date: Thu, 04 Oct 2001 22:39:53 EDT From: RobtWicker Subject: Re: Spector or Medley ??? There is no doubt in my mind, Spector did NOT produce that song. The comments attributed to Larry Levine as told to Ribowsky can't be true. In Ribowsky's book, he says that some of the tracks that showed up on the Back-To-Back LP were old Medley demos and unfinished tracks Spector threw on to finish out the album (p. 210). He also talks about Spector letting Medley produce LP "filler". He quotes Larry Levine inisting to Phil that Levine, Medley and Hatfield go into the studio one weekend to produce an LP for Lovin' Feelin'. In the next sentence he says Bill produced it (p. 207). The backing track is not mixed like any other Spector track I've ever heard. And, if he produced that song, how come Ebb Tide and White Cliffs Of Dover don't have that same sound. Those two have his sound - echo, pre-mixed rhythm track with vocals, violins and percussion dubbed over, but Unchained clearly does not. Not one Spector produced track before or after Unchained Melody has the sound on that record. You can show the development of Spector's recording techniques by listening to the songs in chronological order - but only if you leave out Unchained - it simply does not mesh with the others. I've also heard snippets from an interview with Darlene Love and Bill Medley where Medley stated directly that he produced that track. I think the vague credits on the "Just Once In My Life" lp show Spector did not produce that track and couldn't bring himself to credit Medley directly. All the tracks on the other two Righteous Brother LPs are correctly, specifically credited to one or the other. Of course, this is just my opinion, I could be wrong.... -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 6 Date: Fri, 05 Oct 2001 14:03:53 +0900 From: LePageWeb Subject: Mo' Medley Mark Landwehr wrote: > Mark Ribowsky told me that, according to Larry Levine, > Phil produced EVERYTHING the Righteous Brothers did...A- > and B-sides, and all LP tracks. Whew! Where does one go > from THERE??? *smile* Very interesting, Mark! Where DOES one go from there? One thing for sure, it's a relief to know Levine isn't also claiming HE produced it!!! I dug out my old copy of Richard Williams' wonderful book Out of His Head in which Williams wrote: "The Righteous Brothers three Philles albums...were useless if you had already bought their singles, because those singles were all Phil ever produced with them. He padded the albums out with Medley-produced versions of things like Sticks and Stones and Oo-Poo-Pah-Doo accompanied by something called the Mike Patterson Band. It was substandard, even for fans of their Moonglow records" That reminded me that all those Medley-produced filler tracks were played by a different, much smaller group of musicians than those on the A sides of Righteous Brothers' singles. So is Unchained Melody unique in being the only Phil Spector Productions recording that Medley claims he produced on which the Spector regulars rather than the Mike Patterson Band performed? Or that had a full string section? Carol, ever heard of the Mike Patterson Band? How about arrangers Woody Woodrich or Bill Baker? Ring any bells? Jamie "P.S. I'm sure you'll get a big kick of the funny ad-lib by Bob and Bill on 'Oo-Poo-Pah Doo'" (Danny Davis) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 7 Date: Fri, 05 Oct 2001 16:23:11 +0900 From: ntstocks Subject: Ronnie Spector Posted to the Spectropop Bulletin Board by ntstocks on Wed, 03 Oct 2001 18:21:28 ------------------------------------------------------ Does anybody know? Did Ronnie Spector ever do a nude photo spread? I remember seeing a picture some place or somewhere. Thank you. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- End
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