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Spectropop V#0075

  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 28/4/98
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          Volume #0075                               04/28/98
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    Subject:     land of opportunity yeah yeah yeah
    Sent:        28/4/98 2:01 am
    Received:    28/4/98 7:43 am
    From:        Jack Madani,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    >when I told him I 
    >adored "Only In America" he casually tossed off a comment like 
    >"Oh yeah, we wrote that with Barry and Cynthia..." BARRY and 
    >CYNTHIA??? As if it goes without saying that I am supposed to 
    >know who Barry and Cynthia are!!
    I was talking to Steve and Eydie just the other day about the 
    same thing.
    On a related, more serious note: what is it about Barry and 
    Cynthia that causes them to write so many Spanish-tinged 
    jack "dino desi & billy" madani
    Jack Madani - Princeton Day School, The Great Road,
       Princeton, NJ  08540
    "It is when the gods hate a man with uncommon abhorrence that they
     drive him into the profession of a schoolmaster." --Seneca, 64 A.D.
    ---[ archived by Spectropop - 29/4/98 - 01 :18:47 am ]---
    Subject:     kudos and a tip o'the hat to Doc
    Sent:        25/4/98 1:36 pm
    Received:    29/4/98 12:14 am
    To:          Spectropop List,
    I'm about 2/3 of the way through Doc's Liberty records book and
    I must say- Man, what an incredible read!! Absolutely invaluable
    to any fan of 60s pop music. doc, you have done us all a great 
    service with this obvious labor of love.
    Thank you So much.         Ron
    ---[ archived by Spectropop - 29/4/98 - 01 :18:46 am ]---
    Subject:     Graham Gouldman
    Sent:        29/4/98 12:48 am
    Received:    29/4/98 3:13 am
    From:        Kieron Tyler,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    I think he must've (early on at least) had a good publisher, 
    because the story told about 'For Your Love' is that the 
    Yardbirds were played a publisher's acetate of the song 
    backstage at London's Hammersmith Odeon when they were the 
    support band on the Beatles Xmas 64 show.
    I saw the Leonard Bernstein 'Inside Pop' show at NYC's Museum 
    of Broadcasting.There's a backstage scene with the Hollies 
    and Herman's Hermits, and Gouldman is sitting with them. And I 
    wonder if the fact that they all come from Manchester helped...
    He wrote some good stuff for Dave Berry and Australian pop star 
    Normie Rowe (Going Home). 'How to find a lover' is my fave 
    Mockingbirds 45.
    All the best, Kieron Tyler
    ---[ archived by Spectropop - 29/4/98 - 03 :13:21 am ]---
    Subject:     Gary Zekley Fun & Games
    Sent:        28/4/98 1:36 pm
    Received:    29/4/98 12:14 am
    From:        Javed Jafri,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Scott Bauman wrote:
    > I know that Gary Zekley is supposed to be one of those "behind 
    > the scenes" sixties popmeisters, like Gary Usher and Curt 
    > Becher. But, can anyone tell me what he's done besides produce 
    > the Yellow Balloon and The Clique. Also, what CDs best showcase
    > his talents?
    I'm sure you are going to get several responses to your 
    questions because Gary Z. has been a topic of discussion on 
    this list several times. I'll leave most of the details to the 
    Zekley experts on the list but would recommend the Melody Goes 
    On Vol.1, a Japanese collection. This collection is not 
    exclusively Zekley but it does feature a number of tracks with 
    his involvement. Also the album Elephant Candy by The Fun & 
    Games was produced by Zekley with many of the songs co-written 
    by him. Some may find this record a little too saccharine but 
    it does have it's moments. The song "The Grooviest Girl In The 
    World" actually reached # 78 in 1968.
    ---[ archived by Spectropop - 29/4/98 - 01 :18:46 am ]---
    Subject:     Re: Gary Zekley
    Sent:        29/4/98 2:16 am
    Received:    29/4/98 12:14 am
    From:        Jamie LePage,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Scott Bauman asks:
    does anyone know when and how (Gary Zekley) died?
    Gary Zekley died on June 19, 1996, according to the liners in 
    the Yellow Balloon reissue. I believe he died of cancer if 
    memory serves. Domenic Priore wrote the fascinating liner notes
    for this release, btw. I would like to think that during the 
    days before Gary died he was encouraged by the renewed interest 
    in his work, from Priore as well as others.
    ---[ archived by Spectropop - 29/4/98 - 01 :18:47 am ]---
    Subject:     Lou Christie and Cynthia Weil
    Sent:        28/4/98 1:02 pm
    Received:    29/4/98 12:14 am
    From:        Doc Rock, docroXXX@XXXXXXom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    >I'm a big fan of Lou Christie and was wondering if anyone had 
    >heard any of the songs he wrote for other people in the 60s. I 
    >think there are at least a couple of Girl Group 45s
    Christie's background singers, the Tammys, recorded his 
    compositions, including "Egyptian Shumba" on UA, the ULTIMATE 
    GG record!
    >while it's fresh on my mind, does anyone know the correct 
    >pronunciation for "weil"? it's been a headscratcher for me for 
    >many years...
    Cynthia's name rhymes with "While."
    ---[ archived by Spectropop - 29/4/98 - 01 :18:47 am ]---
    Subject:     Re: The Mockingbirds
    Sent:        29/4/98 3:57 am
    Received:    29/4/98 12:13 am
    From:        Alec Palao,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    >The Mockingbirds released 5 singles during 1965-66, on various
    >labels. I have a couple of their songs on compilations: "You
    >Stole My Love" is a really good beat raver, and it appears on
    >the wonderful CD comp "The Immediate Alternative", on Sequel
    >Records. "One By One" is another beat number, but with more of
    >a folky flavor. It appears on "English Freakbeat: Volume 3", on
    >Archive International Records (actually Bomp, but I'm not
    >supposed to tell!).
    >Both Graham Gouldman and Kevin Godley, later of 10cc, appeared
    >in The Mockingbirds. It's difficult to tell who's singing lead
    >on these tracks, but I suspect it's Gouldman.
    Both the records Dave cites are great, but for my money the 
    best Mockingbirds single is the one that Gouldman *didn't* 
    write, "How To Find A Lover", which was penned by Peter Cowap 
    (another Manchester-based songwriter associated with Herman's 
    Hermits). Fabulous song with totally cool, top-heavy production
    a la Joe Meek. Also, don't forget their fantastic debut record, 
    "That's How It's Gonna Stay", probably the most Beatle-ish of 
    the five Mockingbirds releases. Definitely an above-average 
    beat group, as you'd expect with someone the calibre of 
    Gouldman in the ranks. His solo LP from 1968 ("The Graham 
    Gouldman Thing", with production credited to Peter Noone!) is 
    also highly enjoyable, with several versions of his tunes made 
    famous by others.
    A little known fact is that Gouldman also spent time pitching 
    his wares in the US circa 1967, producing a Toni Basil single 
    on A&M and getting, amongst others, the Standells to cover "
    Schoolgirl" (guitarist Tony Valentino told me Graham actually 
    attended the session). He can also be seen hanging out with the
    Hollies backstage in Leonard Bernstein's "Inside Pop" TV 
    documentary from that same year.
    ---[ archived by Spectropop - 29/4/98 - 01 :18:47 am ]---
    Subject:     Touch'N Go With The Critters
    Sent:        28/4/98 12:57 pm
    Received:    29/4/98 12:13 am
    From:        Javed Jafri,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Kieron Tyler wrote:
    > The Kapp period stuff is more Lovin Spoonful-ish, although 
    > thats probably a little bit too sweeping. The Project 3 stuff 
    > as far as I know hasn't been reissued (although theres probably
    > the usual obscure Japanese CD out there).
    I'm listening to the Critters Touch 'N Go album as I type this 
    and it really is a wonderful recording that should appeal to 
    anyone who enjoys the likes of Sagittarius, Millennium, The 
    Left Banke, The Lovin' Spoonful, Beau Brummels and of course 
    the Beach Boys. The album has a version of "Awake In A Dream" 
    the song by the Giant Jellybean Copout which was a topic of 
    discussion on the list a while back. The song was written by 
    Jim Ryan of the Critters and their version is quite similar to 
    the one by GJC but worth a listen in it's own right.
    Like some of the best records of the 60's it's an eclectic 
    album and not all of it is typical soft-rock. Some of it verges
    on garage-rock with light touches of psychedelia. Not sure if 
    this record is available on CD. I'm listening to a cassette 
    copy of the vinyl pressing.
    ---[ archived by Spectropop - 29/4/98 - 01 :18:47 am ]---
    Subject:     It's the Beatles! (no BB content)
    Sent:        29/4/98 1:15 am
    Received:    29/4/98 1:16 am
    From:        Jamie LePage,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Moving right along...
    I was reminded of and so listened to the British version of the
    mono Revolver today, and I tried to take note of a few 
    differences between the mono and stereo. The cowbell in Taxman 
    enters earlier on the mono. I'm Only Sleeping has an extra 
    backward guitar riff during the "Taking my time lying..." 
    section. The ending to Love You To is a tad longer. Yellow 
    Submarine has John's long lost "a life of ease." She Said She 
    Said sounds a bit sped up. Most radical is Tomorrow Never Knows 
    with a longer intro, plus louder (and differently placed) tape 
    loop effects throughout. What a pleasure to relisten to this 
    album! Can anyone cite any other differences? Besides song 
    selection, are there any perceivable differences in the mono US
    and UK pressings worth mentioning?
    Doc, you have a book published called the _Beatle Myth_. Is 
    that a song-by-song analysis? Do tell a bit about it. Is it 
    available? I recall seeing a book in the HMV on Oxford Street 
    with a similar title that took a very pragmatic approach to 
    each song they recorded. If it isn't Doc's book, does this book
    description sound familiar to anyone?
    Also, I saw mentioned elsewhere that the original US Sgt. 
    Pepper didn't have the 15K tone or the concentric groove 
    chatter. I could have sworn both UK and US versions had it. I 
    know these were subsequently lost but reinstated in the '80's. 
    Can anyone verify? I'm almost to the point of digging out the 
    old Capitol LPs from storage.
    Finally, I have to bring up the alternate mix of Thank You Girl. 
    The one with the harmmonica riff in several edited places. I 
    think that version was on the B of From Me To You on Vee Jay in
    US. Was it also on the Parlophone single release? Years ago 
    there was a bit of a fuss made about the alternate Love Me Do, 
    but to me the alternate Thank You Girl edit is a more 
    interesting rarity. Not only is the editing different, but it 
    seems to me that the overall sound is very compressed, or 
    pumped. This edit has a lot more power than the one featured on
    all the regular releases (although I've never heard the original
    Parlophone single).
    ...nearly two hundred issues away from 271...
    ---[ archived by Spectropop - 29/4/98 - 01 :18:46 am ]---

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