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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" 


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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:-)


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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 


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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.


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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


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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


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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


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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!


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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


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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)


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