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  • Date: 11/6/97
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       Volume #0007                                 11/06/97
    Subject:     Ronettes - Stereo and Wagnerian
    Sent:        11/6/97 12:15 AM
    Received:    11/6/97 3:19 AM
    From:        MCG&WSM,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Paul Urbahns writes:
    >I am probably one of the few that actually like to hear Phil 
    >Spector's work in stereo.
    Aha!  Another heretic!  Come over here and join me at the stake, fella. 
    Can I be the only person who genuinely prefers the stereo mix of the 
    Ronettes album to the mono?  The same goes for the Righteous Brothers 
    tracks. (Please put your axes down, folks, especially the Mark Linett 
    custom ones that do the *really* thin slices).  The Polydor reissue of 
    the Ronettes album from the mid-1970s was in stereo, but I don't think 
    the stereo mix has made it to CD; if it has, somebody *please* tell me.  
    If you have the complete set of the Polydor Wall of Sound series, it's 
    starting to look like the bank is the right place to keep them, judging 
    from some of the prices I've seen recently.  Mine are staying *right* 
    where they are, by the way.  Those records are Holy Writ.
    On a related, slightly arcane point.  At the end of the Ronettes' When I 
    Saw You, the strings play what has always seemed to me to be a quotation 
    from the end of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde - so close that classical 
    musicians always start with surprise when they hear it.  Does anyone know 
    if this was deliberate?  If so, it's a great musical gag; if not, it's an 
    astonishing coincidence.  I'd be intrigued to know.
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    Subject:     Phil Spector Christmas LP
    Sent:        11/5/97 12:50 AM
    Received:    11/5/97 2:30 AM
    From:        Richard Globman,
    To:          Spectropop  List,
    Jamie asked about my copy of the Spector LP:
    >Hey, Dicky, what label is your LP on? Is it on Apple or Warner  
    >with a  blue sleeve? Perhaps its the rare PSI pressing with the  
    >animated drawing of Spector in a Santa Claus suit? These (all?)  
    >are in STEREO!!! it right in front of me...actually off to the side a little. The 
    label says "Phil Spector International Records".  It is manufactured and 
    marketed by Rhino and dated 1987.  Front cover is white with pictures of 
    Darlene, Bob B. Soxx, Crystals, and Ronettes all popping out of gift 
    boxes.  It is not in stereo...digitally remastered momo.
    My best guess is that is worth about 8 zillion dollars.
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    Subject:     horizontal not vertical
    Sent:        11/5/97 5:45 AM
    Received:    11/6/97 12:23 AM
    From:        Jack Madani,
    To:          Spectropop  List,
    Spectropop List,,Internet writes:
    >>  search for "new" music is horizontal, not vertical, and 
    >>it is always  exciting to discover music from that era that I 
    >>wasn't aware of.
    >You hit on something very important: Friends and I often 
    >discuss how  incredible it is that we're *still* discovering 
    >great music from 62-67.
    Can I add an amen to this?  Horizontal not vertical is a great way to put 
    it.  When I'd find a record that I love, I'd look for names that seemed 
    attached to the cuts that I particularly liked, then I'd search out those 
    names in other places, which might then lead me to still more names.  
    Jeff Barry in particular carried me a very long way in just such a 
    fashion, in fact leading me to places I didn't think I'd end up in, such 
    as for instance the theme song to The Jeffersons.  
    And now for my own very latest "discovery," a band I'd never heard of 
    until I had the pleasure of listening to a handful of cuts of theirs on a 
    tape that Francis Greene recently sent me:  The Flowerpotmen.  It's 
    fanTAStic stuff, "truly"-petsounds-style instrumental tracks with vocals 
    that remind me of the Turtles.  Can I send out a call please for more 
    information about them?  Are they honest to goodness as good as "Let's Go 
    To San Francisco," "A Walk In The Sky," "Am I Losing You," "Silicon 
    City," and "Man Without A Woman" lead me to believe?
    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.
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    Subject:     Lesser-known Writers
    Sent:        11/5/97 9:20 PM
    Received:    11/6/97 12:23 AM
    From:        David Marsteller,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Sorry for the long post (Dave's chat line???)
    > David Marsteller said: 
    >> I thought it would be interesting if other list members would like >>to 
    share names of lesser-known 60's writers that they look for >>while 
    record browsing. One that I have fun looking for is Artie >>Resnick. 
    Artie's two big songs are "Under The Boardwalk" and >>"Good Lovin'".
    > ---------------<snip>----------------
    then Marc Wielage said
    > Here's the songs I know about that were written by Artie Resnick:
    > "Chip Chip" - Gene McDaniels (Liberty 55405)
    > "Good Lovin'" - The Young Rascals (Atlantic 2321)
    > "I've Got Sand in My Shoes" - The Drifters (Atlantic 2253)
    > "Keep the Ball Rollin'" - Jay & The Techniques (Smash 2124)
    > "Quick Joey Small (Run, Joey, Run)" - Kasenetz Katz Singing Orchestral 
    > Circus (Buddah 64)
    > "Run, Run, Run" - The Third Rail (Epic 10191)
    > "Under the Boardwalk" - The Drifters (Atlantic 2237)
    > "Yummy Yummy Yummy" - The Ohio Express (Buddah 38)
    > There's probably a lot more listed over on the BMI Web site.
    Yes, I expect so. I was wrong about the Banana Splits, though Al Kooper  
    turned up in the songwriting credits on that lp. The two recent finds of  
    Resnick songs were:  
    "All's Quiet On West 23rd" -Julie Budd (MGM K-13925)
    "Baby, Put Your Arms Around Me" -Ronnie Dove (Diamond D-173)
    then Jamie said:
    >This is a good time to mention that the well-known songwriters 
    >(sometimes  producers) too are prime candidates for discussion 
    >here and I would like  to see discographies on these writers 
    >made available as internet  reference material; from Leiber/
    >Stoller to Boyce/Hart in the Spectropop  definition of 60's 
    >music. Concerning lesser known writers, do Toni Wine,  Beverly 
    >Ross and Carol Connors qualify as lesser-known? Well known to 
    >me,  but household names?
    Lesser-known is in the eye of the beholder, I guess. ;) That reminds me,  
    I'll have to give that old Toni Wine single a spin. I guess once you get  
    past Goffin/King, Mann/Weil, Barry/Greenwich, Leiber/Stoller, they're all 
     lesser known.
    skipping to Brent's post...
    >Third, if recording artists became unashamed (and uncriticised) 
    >for  depending on sources outside themselves for their 
    >material, maybe we'd   have a host of rock and roll bands as 
    >great as the Searchers.
    Gee, where's Jackie Deshannon nowadays? And I wish Sonny Bono would  
    forget about politics and write another "Needles And Pins" (no chance,  
    (who's thrilled to have found a copy of Ellie Greenwich's "Composes, 
    Produces and Sings" for $4. Drat it's mail order though....)
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    Subject:     DickyG's Xmas LP
    Sent:        11/5/97 5:48 AM
    Received:    11/6/97 12:23 AM
    From:        Jack Madani,
    To:          Spectropop  List,
    DICKYG opines about his Spector Christmas album:
    >My best guess is that is worth about 8 zillion dollars.
    maybe you can trade it straight up for Jake Foutz's photocopy of a Brian 
    Wilson autograph from one of the BB twofers.
    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.
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    Subject:     Re:  Christmas Album in stereo
    Sent:        11/6/97 10:23 AM
    Received:    11/6/97 12:23 AM
    From:        David R. Modny,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Paul Urbahns wrote:
    > I am probably one of the few that actually like to hear Phil Spector's
    > work in stereo. 
    I too prefer the stereo mixes. One of my current CD faves for this is  
    "The Ronettes - Ultimate Collection" ( although the Xmas cuts are mono :( 
     ). It's on the Marginal Records label out of Brussels. Sounds like a 
    combination of a clean vinyl and tape source, but the best quality I've 
    heard yet for some of these tracks, after hearing similar CD's of dubious 
    legality. Anyone know of a better one, quality wise, for the 'Ronettes' 
    stuff in stereo ?.
                                           Dave Modny
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    Subject:     Re: Return To Brill Days
    Sent:        11/6/97 1222 AM
    Received:    11/6/97 12:23 AM
    From:        Jamie Lepage,
    To:          Spectropop  List,
    Brent Kubasta wrote:
    >>Cookies "I Never Dreamed"...
    >I *love* this record.
    Anyone else? I Never Dreamed could be among the best girl group records 
    >The oldies station is Cleveland is better than most, but of all the 
    >*thousands* of records to choose from it's nearly always the same old 
    >hits. e.g., instead of "Do You Believe in Magic", why not spin "Darling, 
    >Be Home Soon."?
    My turn. I love this record.
    >>So when  did recordings start to eclipse compositions in terms 
    >>of importance? I  think it came as a result of the advent of 
    >>the 45 rpm record. 
    >I think the key question here is when did *sound* and/or performance  
    >become more important or just as important as the song itself?
    Absolutely. That was my point.
    >(Of course, all of the above is based on the assumption that 
    >most people care about good songwriting, so feel free to 
    >laugh away!)
    I don't think so. The importance of good songwriting is not lost to the 
    members of this list.
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    Subject:     Re: Return To Brill Days
    Sent:        11/5/97 9:22 PM
    Received:    11/6/97 12:23 AM
    From:        Don Richardson, drichXXX@XXXXXXcom
    To:          Spectropop  List,
    Great observations and comments.  While discussion of this group might be 
    a year or two outside the intent of this list, it reminds me of when a 
    did some research early this year on "Three Dog Night."  Their first LP 
    was comprised nearly entirely by songs written by the band members (Danny 
    Hutton, Cory Wells, and Chuck Negron).  But basically, they pretty much 
    blew their creative songwriting paycheck on their first album and they 
    realized it.  They would rarely ever again include one of their own songs 
    on an album.  They were attacked in the music rags for it, but they have 
    been laughing to the bank ever since.  If you look at some of their hits 
    you will find the following:
    One - Harry Nilsson
    Eli's Coming - Laura Nyro
    Cowboy - Randy Newman
    Mama Told Me Not To Come - Randy Newman
    Joy to the World - Hoyt Axton (who used to open for "The Dawgs")
    Don't Make Promises - Tim Hardin
    Loner - Neil Young
    Liar - Russ Ballard
    It's for You - Lennon and McCartney
    Just an Old Fashioned Love Song  - Paul Williams
    Family of Man - Paul Williams and Jack Conrad
    One Man Band - Leo Sayer
    The Show Must Go On - Leo Sayer
    In fact, the only real super-hit they had that was written by them was 
    "Celebrate" - Hutton/Negron.
    Going against the norm of the time, they instead sought out the best 
    songs written by others and had more top 40, top 10, and number 1 songs 
    than any other American artist between 1969 and 1974.
    Don Richardson
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