________________________________________________________________________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ S P E C T R O P O P ______________ ______________ ______________ ________________________________________________________________________ There are 9 messages in this issue of Spectropop. Topics in this Digest Number 267: 1. Re: PARADISE LIVE From: "Phil Chapman" 2. WHO'S THAT BANGING ON THE PIANO? From: Mick Patrick 3. Re: Gene Pitney From: "Lindsay Martin" 4. Passing Tradewinds From: James Botticelli 5. boettcher / sunshine co From: Joey Stec 6. Rudeness In Spectropop From: John Frank 7. Gene Pitney/Harpers Bizarre From: John Frank 8. LONDON RECORD FAIR From: Mick Patrick 9. The Liquid Room-10/14/01 From: "David Ponak" ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 1 Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2001 00:34:13 +0100 From: "Phil Chapman" Subject: Re: PARADISE LIVE >Anyone else out there see Ronnie perform "Paradise" live? Yes indeed Mick, I was there at the front calling out the Ronettes songbook right on cue! I hold a fond memory of Ronnie singing a cappella snatches of those unscheduled Ronettes cuts, pity the band weren't clued in. And don't be coy about that second presentation of flowers! - unless, of course, it was a younger Bob Crewe:-) --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 2 Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2001 20:48:04 +0100 (BST) From: Mick Patrick Subject: WHO'S THAT BANGING ON THE PIANO? Greetings, Previously on Spectropop: > During an incident at Olympic Studios I asked Uncle > Phil directly, disciple to God, why he didn't release > "Paradise", but the reply was incomprehensible. (PHIL > CHAPMAN) Incident? Incomprehensible? Our Uncle Phil? When I bought my radio promo copy of Dion's "Born To Be With You" 45 (UK Phil Spector International label, catalogue number DJ 100) in 1976, I found tucked into the sleeve a xerox copy of a handwritten note from Pete Townsend of the Who to PSI label-manager Tony Bramwell. I believe all promo copies of this 45 came with such a note. It read: "Dear Tony, .....Could you tell Spector and Dion that their album is a masterpiece. It's restored some of the love I had for Spector which diminished when I met him at Olympic (Studios) once..... Regards, Pete Townsend" Phil, I'm sure Townsend is referring to the "piano" incident you've told me about and alluded to above. I reckon Spectropoppers are gagging to hear the full story. Go on, be a devil, do tell. MICK PATRICK --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 3 Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2001 19:50:43 +1000 From: "Lindsay Martin" Subject: Re: Gene Pitney Stewart Mason wrote: > Has anybody seen our Gene recently? Has he still got > his chops, or will it just make me sad and > uncomfortable We've seen Gene in concert here (a provincial Australian city) twice in the last few years - most recently a couple of years ago. He seems to travel with a core band (including a musical director on piano) but rehearses local musos for a small orchestra which includes strings & brass. Last time this included two contrasting violinists: one an ancient guy who looked well past retirement age, the other a young woman, probably a classical music student from the local university. (They sounded fine!) Gene's voice sounded just great: in fact it seemed richer, more complex than on his original records. He sang a variety of songs (his repertoire was always enormous), including "Who Needs It" which he includes especially for Australia (a hit here, B-side elsewhere) and "Just One Smile", part of a tribute to various songwriters he's recorded. His onstage presence was a little cheesy in places, probably a little dated, especially when he sat on a stool and read out cute letters from fans, and the musical director did a phony Las Vegas-style announcing thing (MIS-ter GENE PITNEY!!! MIS-ter GENE PITNEY!! over and over). But we forgave these lapses and thoroughly enjoyed both concerts. This guy really was a huge part of our "soundtrack" here in Australia in the 60s, and he really did justice to all his material which, as I say, was well chosen. (The first concert we saw opened with a dramatic, rocking version of "Town Without Pity" that sent chills up & down my spine.) He was far from "sad", in my opinion, and I'll go see him a third time if he comes here again. --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 4 Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2001 16:20:10 EDT From: James Botticelli Subject: Passing Tradewinds > I noticed the brief > phrase 'mind excursion' used which of course reminded me > of that great Anders/Poncia Trade Winds song. Does > anyone have any info on where they are and what they're > doing at present? Record execs somewhere? Still > writing? I'd love to hear if anyone knows. Also if > there are any more Trade Winds tracks hidden away > anywhere... Their (Anders/Poncia) writing and recording > still is one of my very favourite sixties moments. It really was a guru-vee moment, I agree whole-heartedly. Does anyone know if there was ever a Trade Winds LP? There was "Mind Excursion", "New York's A Lonely Town". and the requisite "b" sides which I've forgotten. Those plus about 8 more tracks--even covers--would probably have been a passable 6T's pop LP. If there is one I would sure love to own a copy. The Innocence LP is worth having especially for the tune "A Lifetime Loving You"... James Botticelli --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 5 Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2001 20:58:49 EDT From: Joey Stec Subject: boettcher / sunshine co When we were doing the Millennium album ..Larry and the guys from the SSC were hanging with us and there was talk that Curt would perhaps do a few cuts if not their next album. This never came together. We did play some accoustic songs at Curt's house but that was about it... Joey Stec --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 6 Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2001 21:18:15 -0700 From: John Frank Subject: Rudeness In Spectropop >I wonder how much I'll remember of this sow in another >twenty-odd years. Anyone else out there see Ronnie >perform "Paradise" live? > > >MICK PATRICK No, but I've never thought of her as a "sow", either! ;-) John Frank --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 7 Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2001 21:35:02 -0700 From: John Frank Subject: Gene Pitney/Harpers Bizarre Stewart, I have no first-hand knowledge, but from what I gather >from folks over at rec.music.rock-pop-r+b.1960s, Gene has lost none of his vocal power over the years and is still a fine, generous performer, respectful of his fans. I'd go to see him in a sec. I heard an interview with him on the Sunday morning NPR show, "Weekend Edition," and he seemed to be a *real* person, not in love with his own celebrity. He talked about Spector, and the mixed blessing to have a song he wrote, "He's A Rebel", preventing his own song "Only Love Can Break A Heart" out of the #1 position -- the closest he ever got. Thanks for spilling the beans on the Sundazed releases of HB. A few months ago I sleuthed out all 4 of their LPs on e-bay. There was a lot more there than met the eye. They've always been underrated, I think. John >Gene's playing a Rock and Roll Revival show here in >Albuquerque (with full orchestra, according to the radio >ads) on Saturday. Has anybody seen our Gene recently? > >Also, any word yet on Sundazed's new Harpers Bizarre >reissues? > >it's always frustrated me that to the extent they're >thought of at all, they're dismissed as lightweight >choirboys. Clearly, they were really sunshine pop's >Steely Dan! --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 8 Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2001 08:09:26 +0100 (BST) From: Mick Patrick Subject: LONDON RECORD FAIR Greetings, Once or twice a year I take a stall at a Record Fair to sell off my surplus 45s, CDs and LPs. So if anyone is at a loose end this Sunday October 21st and fancies a record-buying opportunity, why not come along to the London International Record Fair at the TUC Congress Centre, Great Russell Street, off Tottenham Court Road, London WC1. I have two or three hundred girl-group singles up for grabs plus lots of guy-singers, soul and Motown etc. If you attend, do come downstairs and say hello or blow me a raspberry or something. I'll be the tall fellow deep in conversation with Tracey Dey and Bob Gaudio. MICK PATRICK --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 9 Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2001 13:15:56 -0400 From: "David Ponak" Subject: The Liquid Room-10/14/01 The Liquid Room, hosted by David Ponak (me), airs every Saturday night from Midnight to 3AM (PDT) on 90.7FM KPFK Los Angeles, as well as streaming at http://kpfk.org. Tune is this Saturday for a special visit from Minty Fresh recording artists Fugu, who will be making their live Los Angeles debut at Fais Do Do on Sunday, Oct. 21. The Liquid Room-10/14/01 1.The Association/Come On In Birthday (WB) 2.The Anubian Lights/Starvox Naz Bar (Crippled Dick Hot Wax) 3.Maneula And Drafi/Take It Easy Girls In The Garage Vol. 2 (Romulan) 4.Pizzicato Five/Fashion People Ca Et La Japon (Readymade-Japan) 5.Pulp/The Trees (single) (Island-UK) 6.Francoise Hardy/Comment Te Dire Adieu Gainsbourg Versions Femmes (Polydor-Japan) 7.Money Mark-Glitch In Da System Change Is Coming (Emperor Norton) Raymakers guest DJ/Interview 8.The Raymakers/Would You Like To Fly 9.Simian/One Dimension Chemistry Is What We Are (Astralwerks) 10.Wildfire/Breakaway Wildfire/Casablanca 11.Mike Melvoin/One Man One Volt The Plastic Cow Goes Moooog (Dot) 12.The Raymakers/Love Lee Wow! Pneumatic EP (Crippled Dick Hot Wax) 13.Gal Costa/Divino, Maravilhoso Gal Costa (Mercury-Brazil) 14.Stephanie Mills/Living On Plastic For The First Time (Motown) 15.The Blackbyrds/Future Children/Future Hopes Flying Star (Fantasy) 16.Motown Sound/Bad Mouthin' Space Dance (Motown) 17.The Peppers/Au Revoir The Peppers (Event) 18.The Raymakers/Freeness 19.I Monster/French Mods Can't Drink 7" (Radio Meat) 20.LB/Superbad Channel 1 (Output-UK) 21.The Hellers/The Mechanic Singers, Takers, Players & Swingers (Command) 22.The Inner Dialogue/Little Children The Inner Dialogue (Ranwood) 23.The Raymakers/Unending Capacity 24.Jimi Tenor/Moonfolks Cosmic Relief (Warp-UK) 25.Cher/A Woman's Story 7" (Warner-Spector) 26.The Walker Brothers/The Electrician Night Flights (CBS-UK) The Liquid Room Love Hour 27.Scott Walker/The Look Of Love Sings Songs From His TV Show... (Phillips-UK) 28.Watermelon/Moonshaker Out Of Body Experience (Major Force-Japan) 29.Ennio Morricone/2 Cigarettes Excuse Me, Let's Make Love (GSF) 30.Julie London/Go Slow Time For Love-The Best Of Julie London (Rhino) 31.Roxy Music/While My Heart Is Still Beating Avalon (Virgin) 32.Ketty Lester/Love Letters Blue Velvet (soundtrack) (Varese Sarabande) 33.Michelle Legrand/The Chess Game The Thomas Crown Affair (soundtrack) (UA) 34.Francesco De Masi/Tema Di Londra I Sogni Della Musica (King-Japan) 35.Marvin Gaye/Feel All My Love Inside I Want You (Motown) 36.Sergio Mendes & Brazil 66/Like A Lover Look Around (A&M) 37.The S.O.S. Band/Even When You Sleep The Sands Of Time (Tabu) 38.Jack Webb/Do I Love You (Because You're Beautiful) You're My Girl (WB/Rhino Handmade) 39.Isaac Hayes/Something Movement (Stax) 40.The Bob Crewe Generation/Menage A Tois Street Talk (Elektra) 41.Paul Williams/Morning I'll Be Moving On Someday Man (Reprise) --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- End
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