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Spectropop - Digest Number 267

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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" 
           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 
           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" 

>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 


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

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.


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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

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?

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


I have no first-hand knowledge, but from what I gather
>from folks over at, 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.


>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
>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 


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


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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 

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.

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)


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)

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)

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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