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There are 11 messages in this issue of Spectropop.

Topics in this Digest Number 346:

      1. More catch-up notes
           From: "Paul Payton"
      2. Egyptian Shumba CD January 29, 2002
           From: "Joseph E. Vine Jr."
      3. Velvelettes Backside
           From: James Botticelli
      4. Re: Motown's Velvelettes
           From: Billy G. Spradlin
      5. The Collectors
           From: Dan Hughes
      6. Re: ANYTHING FOR A SONG
           From: "Robert Conway"
      7. From last week's Digest
           From: Bobby Lloyd Hicks
      8. 'Gotta See Jane' and other namechecks
           From: "Vlaovic B"
      9. Re: Motown's Velvelettes
           From: "John Lester"
     10. Velvelettes Backside....err I think James means flip side here!!!!
!!!!!!
           From: "John Lester"
     11. The Liquid Room-1/6/01
           From: "David Ponak"


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Message: 1
   Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2002 20:34:29 -0500
   From: "Paul Payton"
Subject: More catch-up notes

Geez, I am so far behind:

Harvey Williams wrote: "...Paul Peyton mentioned a 45 by
Micky Jones & The Triumphs, I Can Live Without You. Is
this the same song as Jerry Yester's I Can Live Without
You?"

Never heard of that version, Harvey. Where can it be
found, please? (And by the way, it's Payton with an A. No
offense taken!)

Re: Japanese soft rock: I'm unfamiliar with most of the
homegrown product, but (I may have mentioned it here
before) The Ramones' "I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend" (ne
Boyfriend) was exquisitely covered by Petty Booka in 1993,
I believe, with Hawaiian guitar and tropical birds
chirping in the background. It's gorgeous. I know nothing
else about the group; it was another WFMU discovery for
me.

Looking at Mick Patrick's Magic Lamp discography (way to
go, Mick!), someone at that label must have been
well-connected to the biz. Johnny Burnette, Morton Downey,
Jr. (yes, him), the previously-discussed Jane Canada,
Vince Edwards (Dr. Kildare?), Karen Carpenter, Jan & Dean,
the Larry Knechtel work on the Mickey Jones 45.... Anyone
know any corporate background? Thanks again, Mick.

Phil Chapman: Great citation of Studio A's "Don't Forget
About Me." I'll ask Al Gorgoni about it next time I see
him. It sounds very "New Yorky" - and very wonderful!

Still behind, but trying to catch up,
Country Paul


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Message: 2
   Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2002 13:57:33 -0000
   From: "Joseph E. Vine Jr."
Subject: Egyptian Shumba CD January 29, 2002

LOU CHRISTIE & THE TAMMYS:
EGYPTIAN SHUMBA:
THE SINGLES AND RARE RECORDINGS
1962-1964


RPM CD 330
To Be Released
JANUARY 29, 2002

22 Tracks

16 Page Fold-Out Poster / Booklet includes 5,500 word
historical essay, rare photos and much more

All Tracks Written by LOU CHRISTIE and TWYLA HERBERT
except #s 17 and 19 - 21.

All Tracks feature THE TAMMYS except #s 01 - 03.

LOU CHRISTIE:
01. THE GYPSY CRIED (Mono)
02. TWO FACES HAVE I (Wide Stereo)
03. SUMMER SNOW (Mono)
04. OUTSIDE THE GATES OF HEAVEN (Mono)
05. GUITARS AND BONGOS
(Mono Single Version, First Time on CD)
06. MERRY-GO-ROUND (Mono)
07. MAKE SUMMER LAST FOREVER (Stereo)
08. BACK TRACK (Stereo)
09. HAVE I SINNED (Stereo)
10. POT OF GOLD (Stereo)
11. TOO MANY MILES (Stereo)

THE TAMMYS:
12. PART OF GROWING UP
(First-Time Stereo)
13. TAKE BACK YOUR RING
(First-Time Stereo)

RITCHIE & THE RUNAROUNDS:
14. DON'TCHA BACKTRACK (Mono)
15. LOST IN THE CROWD
(First-Time Stereo)

THE TAMMYS:
16. EGYPTIAN SHUMBA
(Single Version in First-Time Stereo)
17. WHAT'S SO SWEET ABOUT SWEET SIXTEEN
(First-Time Stereo)
18. GYPSY (First-Time Stereo)
19. HOLD BACK THE LIGHT OF DAWN (First-Time Stereo)
20. BLUE SIXTEEN
(Stereo, Previously Unreleased second Veep single)
21. HIS ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS (Stereo,
Previously Unreleased second Veep single)
22. EGYPTIAN SHUMBA (Stereo, Previously Unreleased
Alternate Take)

~~~

More Information:
http://www.geocities.com/antlion7/tammys.htm


~~~

'Egyptian Shumba' is easily the greatest pop song ever
written about ancient Egypt. It sounds like a record
that might have been made if Phil Spector had swapped
brains with Sun Ra for a session.
~ The Phantom Creeper, The Goblins

'Genius thy name is Tammys! This sarcophagus stomper
couldn't have been any wilder if Joe Meek produced it.'
~ Todd Abramson, Telstar Records

The testimonials are justified. 'Egyptian Shumba' is a
mesmerizing monument of mythic proportions. The energy!
The urgency! The pulsating primordial pounding! 'Egyptian
Shumba' begins with an insane cobra clarinet leaping and
licking. Then The Tammys chant,

'Shimmy Shimmy Shimmy Shy-Yi Meece-E-Deece.
Last night I dreamed I was on the Nile...'


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Message: 3
   Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2002 14:48:55 EST
   From: James Botticelli
Subject: Velvelettes Backside

> Time for me to get off the soap box........or am I being
> pushed......aaaaaghhh!

By me gently to remind 45 collectors to flip over their
original single "Needle In A Haystack" by the Velvelettes
to listen to a hidden gem called "Should I Tell
Him"...Their most interesting track IMHO...JB/ok you can
hop back on now


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Message: 4
   Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2002 20:52:16 -0000
   From: Billy G. Spradlin
Subject: Re: Motown's Velvelettes

> Spectrum were supposed to complement the US "Very Best Of"
> mono versions on their UK compilation with stereo
> versions and that was how it all seemed to progressing
> until I heard the finished product.

What CD are you referring to? (I'm very interested if
there is a best of the Vevelettes collection). As for the
sound quality - Motown did a lousy job of remastering
thier catalog for CD in the 80's and those remasters have
been used on countless CD compilations all over the world
and on radio. I think the guy who mastered most of thier
material (John Matousek) didnt have a clue what a "first
generation" master tape was.


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Message: 5
   Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2002 05:02:00 -0600
   From: Dan Hughes
Subject: The Collectors

> ...the Collectors....were a Vancouver area group that
> released  2 albums and a few singles circa 1967-68 and
> then evolved into Chilliwack....

One of my favorite songs is a cut from the first
Collectors' album, HOWARD CHRISMAN'S OLDER.  Anybody able
to post that one?  I haven't heard it since 1968 and would
love to have a copy.

Thanks,

---Dan


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Message: 6
   Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2002 09:24:36 -0600
   From: "Robert Conway"
Subject: Re: ANYTHING FOR A SONG

Richard Havers wrote:
>
>Hi Bob
>
>Montage was by the Piccardy Singers on the OST,
>although I have never heard their version.
>
>If you are interested some info on Jefferson

---snip---

Richard--Thanks very much for your reply...I
appreciate it.  -BC


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Message: 7
   Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2002 12:49:14 EST
   From: Bobby Lloyd Hicks
Subject: From last week's Digest

Matthew David writ on the 4th:

> Orange Colored Sky DID release a song called "Orange >
> Colored Sky" (written by Walter Slivinski), but I
> think the Burt Ward recording is a different tune.....
> I seem to recall someone named Delugg wrote that one.

  Yep. Milton DeLugg ("and his Band with a Thug", as
Chuck Barris used to introduce him on "The Gong Show")
in 1950.


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Message: 8
   Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2002 13:50:54 -0500
   From: "Vlaovic B"
Subject: 'Gotta See Jane' and other namechecks

Noted that brilliant UK pop group (current, so a bit off
topic), name check the song 'Gotta See Jane' in the track
"Erica America' from the 1998 Good Humour CD.  They also
make reference to 'Horse with No Name' in same track.
Futher namechecking by said group:  1991s "She's the One"
ends with Sarah Cracknell singing "...he hit me and it
felt like a kiss".  In Angel (on the excellent new
compilation 'Smash the System') Cracknell sings the line
"Nobody knows whats going in my mind but me".  I'd
imagine group member Bob Stanley (60s pop afficionado) is
responsible for these references.


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Message: 9
   Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2002 09:18:09 -0000
   From: "John Lester"
Subject: Re: Motown's Velvelettes

Billy G. Spradlin wrote:

> What CD are you referring to? (I'm very interested if
> there is a best of the Vevelettes collection). As for
> the sound quality - Motown did a lousy job of
> remastering thier catalog for CD in the 80's and those
> remasters have been used on countless CD compilations
> all over the world and on radio. I think the guy who
> mastered most of thier material (John Matousek) didnt
> have a clue what a "first generation" master tape was.


Billy

I can't believe this interest in the girls. I suspect a
certain record company is not doing enough promotion, so
here goes...

THE VERY BEST OF THE VELVELETTES - US MOTOWN 31454
95072-2. Issued March 1999 and promoted with an impromptu
appearance at the Motown Cafe - singing "Needle in a
haystack"...I was there having lunch with them. Bertha
had the "Really Saying Something" meal!

This contains 15 tracks plus a hidden bonus of Cal giving
seasons greetings.  Everything that they issued on vinyl
is here and all in mono.

FYI, the track "I Know His Name" was started before the
girls joined Motown but their vocals were "dubbed in" the
following year when they joined the company.

THE VELVELETTES - THE BEST OF....UK SPECTRUM 544 467-2
...issued February 2000

This contains the 15 tracks on the US CD plus 4 bonus
tracks never issued anywhere else in the world.  This one
costs only a measly 5.50 in the UK (about $7.70 dollars
and no sales tax on top but excluding postage) if you buy
it from Jim Stewart at soulsearchingplus.co.uk

Billy....let me tell you that Kevin Reeves does quite a
bit of mastering now (when he can be gotten hold of) and
he's bloody good at his job! there ain't much that man
don't know about re-producing OUR music.  He used to work
out on the West Coast (check out those R&B series on
Ricky Nelson etc.) but he came to the attention of the
big boys with (amongst others) his Jackson 5 box set. It
was then that they pleaded with him to relocate to the
East

Verve recordings use Kevin Reeves almost
exclusively...but that's another story!


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Message: 10
   Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2002 09:27:52 -0000
   From: "John Lester"
Subject: Velvelettes Backside....err I think James means flip side here!

James

I just thought of a way to get an invite to people's
gatherings.....including YOURS!!!

I have the Velvelettes performance on Where The Action
Is....they sing "Needle In A Haystack" followed by "He
Was Really Saying Something" (a 2 second clip of this
performance can be seen on Motown 40) followed by an
(edited one verse out of) Lonely Lonely Girl Am I and
lastly, with the back ground of a bar and sitting on
stools, they sing  "La la la la la....OOOOO....They
say.......yes its "Should I Tell Them"  (Yeah, I know Cal
sings "HIM")

Mick and girl group historians ought to take a note of
this, Cal was the lead singer, Annette was backing and
the third girl was Gail from Baltimore.  Cal can't even
recall her last name these days but Gail started to get
big ideas and wanted to take over the group. Cal made me
laugh when she said with a big smile "NO WAY JOSE" (I
can't do accents but that rhymes).

James, I had to change your email posting title - backside
means butt in the UK!!

John (Theboyfromxtown) Lester


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Message: 11
   Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2002 14:26:30 -0500
   From: "David Ponak"
Subject: The Liquid Room-1/6/01

The Liquid Room, (usually) 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
http://kpfk.org.

I suppose this is "Top Ten List 2001" time, but to be
honest, I haven't given it a lot thought. I lot of "cool"
records came out last year, but was anything truly
"amazing?" I don't know if there's any one record that
came out in 2001 that I'll be cherishing 10 years from
now. We'll see.

That said, here's some of the CD's that I really enjoyed
in 2001:

Margo Guryan/25 Demos
The Avalanches/Since I Left You
Pulp/We Love Life
Radiohead/Amesiac
Super Furry Animals/Rings Around The World
Daft Punk/Discovery
Kings Of Convenience/Vs.
David Holmes/Oceans Eleven Soundtrack
Stereo Total/Musique Automatique
Goldfrapp/Felt Mountain
Cornelius/Point
Tomoki Kanda/Music For Smaller's Landscape
Bjork/Vespertine
The Strokes/Is This It
Bertrand Burgalat/The Sssound Of Music
Tycoon Tosh & The Troops From Titan/The China Syndrome

I'm sure many are slipping my mind at the moment........

Anyway, back to business!

The Liquid Room-1/6/2001

1. The Association/Come On In
Birthday (WB)

2.Buffalo Daughter/Ivory
I (Emperor Norton) Great CD!

3.Charlotte Leslie/Les Fille C'est Fai
Whizzzz (Musiques Hybrid-Japan)

4.Eel/People People
People People (File Unique-Japan)

5.Spookey Ruben/When You Fall In Love With Someone
Who's In Love With Someone Else
Bed (Hi-Hat)

6.Lee Hazlewood/Not The Lovin' Kind
Lounge Legends (Universal-Germany)
First ever CD of Lee's MGM material!

7.Stereo-Total/Automatic Music
Music Automatique (Bobsled)

8.Cymbals/Higher Than The Sun (FPM Remix)
Well-Done (JVC Victor-Japan)

9.Kirinji/Marasaki Sunset
Fine (Warner-Japan)

10.James Last/Inner City Blues
Lounge Legends (Universal-Germany)

11.The Easy Access Orchestra/Cable Car
The Affair (Irma-Italy)

12.Dudley Moore/The Real Stuff
30 Is A Dangerous Age, Cynthia-Soundtrack (Harkit-UK)

13.Electrocugat/Dacosta
Visconti Con Hielo (???-Japan)

14.Original Cast/I'm Gay
Let My People Come-Original Cast Recording (Libra)

15.Seksu Roba/Intersexual Overdrive
Les Chansons Des Perverts (Crippled Dick Hot Wax)

16.Kahimi Karie/Melt The Snow
My Suitor (Polydor-Japan)

17.Lovage/Koala's Lament
Music To Make Love To Your Old Lady By (75 Ark)

18.Kiyoko Ito & Happenings Four/A Man And A Woman
60's Beat Girl With GS (Warner -Japan)

19.The Avalanches/Since I Left You (Cornelius Remix)
At Last Alone (b-sides/remix CD) (Toys Factory-Japan)

20.The Ray Makers/What Would You Like To Play
7" single (Transistor)

21.The Cymbals/Air Guitar (Mouse On Mars Remix)
Well-Done (JVC Victor-Japan)

22.Serge Gainsbourg /Psychastenie (from the film "La Pacha")
Le Cinema De Gainsbourg (3 disc box set) (Universal-France)

23.The Langley School Music Project/Good Vibrations
Innocence & Despair (Bar-None) (Thank you David Beran!!!)

24.Lemon Jelly/Kneel Before Your God
Lemon Jelly (XL)

25.Mina/Lovers
A To B (Bungalow-Germany)

26.David Holmes/Tess & Hookers
Oceans Eleven-Soundtrack (WB)

27.Scott Walker/Stormy
Till The Band Comes In (BGO-UK)

28.Dustry Springfield/Spookey
Anthology (Mercury)

29.Felix Da Housecat/Silver Screen
12" (Emperor Norton)

30.Faye Wong/???????
(Track 3 from latest CD)

31.Roger Nichols and Paul Williams/Let Me Be The One
We've Only Just Begun-The Songs Of Roger Nichols &
Paul Williams
(Universal-Japan)

32.Pulp/The Birds In Your Garden
We Love Life (Island-UK)

33.Brigitte Fontaine/God's Nightmare
Keke Land (Virgin-France)

34.The American Breed/To Put Up With You
The Best Of The American Breed (Varese Sarabande)

34.Majestic/Come Out And Play
Wake Up, Come Out And Play (Shelf Life)

35.Margo Guryan/Most Of My Life
25 Demos (Franklin Castle)

36.Le Tone/Rocky VIII
Le Petit Nabab (Creation-UK)

37.Pickitty Witch/(It's Like A) Sad Old Kind Of Movie
Buttercups And Rainbows
The Songs Of MacAuley & MacLeod (Sanctuary-UK)

48. Paul Williams/Mornin' I'll be Movin' On
Someday Man (Reprise)


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