________________________________________________________________________ S - P - E - C - T - R - O - P - O - P ________________________________________________________________________ both in monophonic and stereophonic editions ======================================================================== There are 9 messages in this issue of Spectropop. Topics in this Digest Number 303: 1. "Book Of Love" From: Brian Chidester 2. SpectorXmasLP LarryLevineInterview From: Monophonius 3. Jackie DeShannon / Sharon Sheeley From: "Peter Lerner" 4. Re: Mary Wells' Covers From: James Botticelli 5. Orchids unreleased From: "Ian Chapman" 6. Ronettes Recordings From: Paul Urbahns 7. Ronettes Recordings From: Paul Urbahns 8. Re: Jackie DeShannon From: Simon White 9. Re: "Book Of Love" From: Bryan ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 1 Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2001 15:51:23 EST From: Brian Chidester Subject: "Book Of Love" "Book Of Love" is by Carol Connors, who is actually Annette Kleinbard, formerly of the Teddy Bears. She later wrote the Rocky Theme, but in the '60s, she changed her name to Carol Connors and wrote songs for groups like the Rip Chords and the California Suns. She also released four or five singles as Carol Connors, plus she sang one song on the "Swingin' Summer" soundtrack and two songs in the "Girls On The Beach" movie. Her diction was untarnished during that era, as it sounds like "To Know Him Is To Love Him" spread like jelly over "My Mighty GTO." Gene Sculatti was actually the guy who figured out that Carol Connors was Annette Kleinbard. It is kind of known now, but still not a lot of people know that. Even less actually have all of the songs. I'm only missing the songs she recorded for movies that never released a soundtrack proper. I've got the movies, though. So maybe when I get caught up on digital recording technology, I'll make a complete compilation. Until then, I've got my 45s. Yeah, I'm bragging here, but who cares? Brian Chidester --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 2 Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2001 16:49:28 -0000 From: Monophonius Subject: SpectorXmasLP LarryLevineInterview I found this link. Enjoy http://www.spectropop.com/go2/larrylevine.html Monophonius --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 3 Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2001 22:17:28 -0000 From: "Peter Lerner" Subject: Jackie DeShannon / Sharon Sheeley As far as I can see and goodness knows I'm biased, Jackie was the singer and writer of this team, and Sharon - well perhaps she originally had the connections. As evidence, Jackie went on to have a career after the team split up, Sharon did......... well, what? But I have this memory that Sharon came to the UK and recorded, under the auspices of British producer svengali Jack Good, her own 45 of the team's song "Homework". I'm sure I even remember seeing her performing it on television over here. But is there hide or hair of this being released in the UK or anywhere? No. I'd love to hear it. Does anyone out there have any info? Peter --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 4 Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2001 12:08:43 EST From: James Botticelli Subject: Re: Mary Wells' Covers > "Ian Slater" said that Louise Cordet's "Two Lovers" is > "frankly embarrassing compared with the Mary Wells > classic!" > > I gotta disagree. Sure it's different. It's a radical > guitar-led beat-style version. Just listen to that chunky > and driving Jimmy Page rhythm underpinnings Louise's > purring vocals. One of the best UK '60s girl records. Reminds me of Toni Fisher's "The Big Hurt", Never thought anyone could touch its excellence. Then along comes Susan Rafey in '66 on Verve with Alan Lorber at the controls. Different version, same song. Both superb. Whaddya gonna do?...JB --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 5 Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2001 17:19:57 -0000 From: "Ian Chapman" Subject: Orchids unreleased Ian Slater wrote: > Ian queried whether either act cut enough material for a > CD. Well, I make it 15 and 10 ISSUED tracks by Louise and > the Orchids respectively, but on the liner notes to "The > Girls' Scene", Pam Hepburn of the Orchids refers to some > "wonderful tracks hiding somewhere" including a session > with Bert Berns and Andrew Oldham. Hi Ian, The Bert Berns session resulted in a track entitled "Just Like Me", while Andrew Oldham produced the group on a cover of the Rag Dolls' song "Society Girl", which Pam recalled very clearly. When compiling the "Girls Scene" CD, I did enquire with Universal after both titles, but got nowhere. That doesn't of course mean they weren't there - if I were the cynical sort, I'd say someone couldn't be bothered to look :-) Ian --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 6 Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2001 12:29:14 EST From: Paul Urbahns Subject: Ronettes Recordings MFW wrote: > Man, you could imagine a Bear Family box of Ronnie > Spector's stuff? Every thing she ever did that got > released, singles or albums, for the last 40 years? > Boy, that'd be too hip. Marc we will all be dead and gone before that happens. I honestly think Klein is holding on to the material until all the artists and the market for their recordings are both dead. We are not getting any younger. The people who actually remember Phils stuff are in their 50s now, some in their 60s. The clock ticks on ...and on.... and on. Paul Urbahns --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 7 Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2001 12:29:16 EST From: Paul Urbahns Subject: Ronettes Recordings Jamie wrote: > They could have done a re-recording album years ago, > and in fact, if they ever intended to do it, it > probably should have been done years ago, before > ABKCO made the Spector recordings available. However, > even if there was an album of re-recordings available, > the re-recordings couldn't be used in movies, and > they never would, because use in film or video > requires publisher approval. Jamie you are partially right. Its only gussing but Ronnie has probably stayed away from re-recordings for some personal reason. Surely she could use the money, maybe not. As far as licensing material from Klein is concerned, it has been voiced on this list several times from folks who should know, that nobody licenses from Klein unless they have to. A good case in point is the Herman's Hermits recordings which he controls. Peter Noone re-recorded "I'm Into Something Good" for use in the soundtrack of The Naked Gun. I am told this was done because Klein was too hard to deal with so Paramont recut it. And they did a good enough job. The Hermans hermits remakes used on most reissues today are the 1970s remakes with Karl Green singing lead. They are good enough for those who do not remember the originals. Even the respectable labels (like Rhino, Eric, and Collectables) are using the K-Tel remakes of Chubby Checker hits because Klein will not issue them himself or license them (apparently) at a reasonable fee for 40 year old recordings. I wish Ronnie's "Unfinished Business" album had included a B side of oldies remakes, so the new fans that may have bought the album would have been exposed to her best stuff. Besides she might have been able to keep the rights to the remakes for licensing. Darlene Love on her album did a bang up job of "He's Sure The Boy I Gonna Marry" updated to Man I'm Gonna Marry. It wasn't a hit but showed she still has what it takes and was a good quality production. In publishing (like Mother Bertha) once a song is released in some form (recorded or published in sheet music) there is a universal use clause that allows anybody to use the song, as long as standard royalities are paid. It is the actual recordings that are a different story. Whoever, owns the masters to a given recording controls its useage. So if you can't license the original some lables will now license the remakes because it is the songs that people remember (by title) that sells a release now days. I never wanted to make it sound like a remake would replace the original version in the hearts of us old gray haired men. But to kids like my son (21 years old) who do not remember the original on anything 60s (except when I played them around the house) a good remake will do. Paul Urbahns --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 8 Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2001 00:09:11 +0000 From: Simon White Subject: Re: Jackie DeShannon While Jackie De Shannons name is up, can someone tell me, was "Are you ready for this" ever released on 45 even as a demo? If so how available is it and has anyone got one for sale! --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 9 Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2001 16:30:18 -0800 From: Bryan Subject: Re: "Book Of Love" Regarding Carol Connors, Brian Chidester wrote: > I'm only missing the songs she recorded for movies that > never released a soundtrack proper. Do you have "Sammy The Sidewalk Surfer"/"KRLA Jingle" by The Surfettes? (Mustang 3001 - dist. by Del-Fi Records in October 1964) This surf piffle featured the talents of Arthur Lee & Johnny Echols of Del-Fi's The American Four, later of the band Love, with vocals by Carol Connors. The B-side, "KRLA Jingle," was just what you'd think. This was the first record released on Del-Fi's Mustang imprint. Bryan --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- End
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