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There are 8 messages in this issue.

Topics in this Digest Number 340:

      1. CHARLES FOX
           From: "Justin McDevitt" 
      2. more soft pop
           From: Alan Zweig 
      3. Re: You're So Good To Me
           From: pollicesteeve 
      4. Studio "A"
           From: "Phil Chapman" 
      5. Re: Riff pioneers
           From: Michael Rashkow 
      6. Covers, lists and other things
           From: "Kingsley Abbott" 
      7. Good Vibrations
           From: Carol Kaye 


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Message: 1
   Date: Sun, 06 Jan 2002 23:35:49 -0600
   From: "Justin McDevitt" 
Subject: CHARLES FOX

Hello Spectropop Group friends,

In the late 1960's and into the early 70's ABC TV here in
the states aired a weekly sitcom called Love American
Style. On the whole,the episodes were silly and innocuous
though this didn't keep me from tuning in each week, and
more recently catching some of the episodes as reruns on
Nicolodeon's Nic At Night.

One of the key elements of the show that drew me in as a
regular viewer was the great background music, scored by
Charles Fox who also scored the music for the film,
Goodbye Columbus, also featuring some tracks by The
Association.

To me, Fox's music for Columbus and Love American style
was reminiscent of  The Now Sound which I'm sure many of
you are familiar with. Groups like The Brass Ring, (I
recently picked up their first three LP's on vinyl), Herb
Alpert and The Tijuana Brass, The Baha Marimba Band, Mes
Last, and so on. 

Charles Fox's music was original whereas much of the Brass
Ring and Tijuana Brass tracks were covers. Fox's melodies
on Love American Style had a hippie-dippie-trippie quality
that captured my ears and my heart, and drew me into the
particular episode without much resistance.

My question is: has any of Charles Fox's music been
released on compact disc? For that matter, was any of it
ever released on vinyl? Ideally, I would really like to
get a hold of the Love American Style music, though I
highly doubt that this was ever released.

Any information would be appreciated.

Justin McDevitt 


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Message: 2
   Date: Sun, 06 Jan 2002 18:44:39 -0500
   From: Alan Zweig 
Subject: more soft pop

Paul wrote:

> Great to hear other people with The Match album,  Love
> Years Coming is also pretty fabulous.. Other softpop
> rarities-Green Lyte Sunday,  Does anyone know The
> Collage Lp-Fuzz, Acid & Flowers doesn't like it but I
> think it's great, especially'Rainy Blue Memory Day'. 

Sounds like we have similar record collections, Paul.  I
agree about the Collage. Like I said recently, I think
"Fuzz, Acid.." is kind of slanted towards psychedelia -
or some definition of it - and so records that are
mostly "soft" with hints of psychedelia get slagged for
not being psychedelic enough.

This is pretty well the only kind of vinyl I'm looking
for these days.  My last genre before I finally retire
>from vinyl accumulation. And it's kind of "dangerous"
since, number one it puts you in competition with the
psychedelic collectors who will apparently pay huge
prices for anything that smells of psych, especially if
it's vaguely obscure. But it's also problematic since a
lot of this stuff teeters on the edge between accidental
brilliance and run-of-the-mill rock. And if there's no
way to hear the record before you buy it, sometimes the
only thing you have to go on is hair length.  JimmyB
knows what I'm talking about. I find that if they have
true hippie length hair, it's probably not for me. But
if they look like they just decided a couple of weeks
ago to let their hair grow over their ears, it might be
great.

And for great Beach Boys covers, I vote for Andy
Williams' "God Only Knows".

AZ 


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Message: 3
   Date: Sun, 06 Jan 2002 16:54:13 EST
   From: pollicesteeve 
Subject: Re: You're So Good To Me

I perfectly agree with your list, Richard (I particulary
like Free Design "Endless Harmony"), even if I'd like to
listen to what I didn't have the opportunity to, but I
would add Jim O'Rourke "Falls Breaks & back to winter"
cover on Smiling Pets: it captures the feel & the
structure of the song without "stealing" any melody at
all. One of a kind.


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Message: 4
   Date: Sun, 06 Jan 2002 13:55:25 -0000
   From: "Phil Chapman" 
Subject: Studio "A"

While we're surfing around here, can anyone identify the
vocalist on the following 45 from 1967:

Studio "A" - Don't Forget About Me (Kapp K-840).
Arranged:Al Gorgoni, Engineeer:Brooks Arthur (A
Daughter's Music Production). Opening with a wave of surf
and an "Ebb Tide" vibe note, it's the Goffin-King tune
done over a slow surf-style track complete with cascading
backing vocals, and a rock/pop chorus. The flip, with
meditation-tape surf throughout, is an equally appealing
guitar instrumental over the backing track. Any
information welcomed. 

You can hear both sides currently.

Phil


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Message: 5
   Date: Sun, 06 Jan 2002 20:56:42 EST
   From: Michael Rashkow 
Subject: Re: Riff pioneers

Hans wrote:

> Perhaps it's time for a poll: The 20 Greatest Pop/Rock
> Basslines of all time.

Without giving it much thought, I'll throw Rescue
Me...Fontella Bass into the ring.

Rashkovsky


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Message: 6
   Date: Mon, 07 Jan 2002 10:59:22 -0000
   From: "Kingsley Abbott" 
Subject: Covers, lists and other things

Since we seem to be opening the new year with a
delightful outbreak of list-making, I'll add my
two'pennth:

Fave Beach Boys covers (these ones are pretty constant):

You Still Believe In Me - Kirsty MacColl
Guess I'm Dumb - 'Mints or Louis Philippe
Cuddle Up - Sean Macreavy
Caroline No - Antony Thompson
She Knows Me Too Well - Jeff Foskett
Don't Worry Baby - Chris White
Do You Have Any Regrets - Darian Sahanaja
Let's Go Away For Awhile - Sean Macreavy
Little Girl I Once Knew (version 2) - Harmony Beach
and for the giggles -
Landy You Need Me - Will Brison & the Shocking Shrinks

And a few fave Sunshine tracks (for today at least!):

Baby Baby It's You - Yellow Balloon
The Jet Song - The Groop
I'm Hypnotised - Little Anthony & Imperials
Brand New Old Friends - California Music
Mrs. Bluebird - Eternity's Children
Love Years Coming - Strawberry Children (Jim Webb)
And She's Mine - Spanky & Our Gang
(I'm) Taken - Tommy James & Shondells
(Baby Baby) I Can't Take It No More - Tommy James & Shondells
The Day Turns Me On - Innocence

Finally a question for the group - does anyone have any
info on The Fifth Avenue Band - I have one album I love
on Reprise, and would love to know if there are any
others to track down.  They were vaguely in the
Spoonful/Youngbloods vein, with some great NY urban pop
songs.

Kingsley Abbott


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Message: 7
   Date: Mon, 07 Jan 2002 17:16:23 +0900
   From: Carol Kaye 
Subject: Good Vibrations

Any recording contract projected in that book did not
come from Russ Wapensky as he doesn't allow copies to get
out and indeed does not have copies of contracts but
stored data information derived from Union-archived
contracts.

Carol Kaye
http://www.carolkaye.com


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