======================================================= |- /== |=\ /=\ /=: | /= /=\ |=\ /=\ |=\ ==/ |=/ \= \=: \= | \=/ |=/ \=/ |=/ | | | ======================================================= Volume #0081 May 9, 1998 ======================================================= Crisp, clear, sparkling - Perfect even at high volumeSubject: Dream Babes (RPM); HCTG Vol.NINE?? Sent: 5/8/98 7:01 pm Received: 5/9/98 2:44 am From: Jack Madani, Jack_Mad2.nj.us Two items that I saw in a local store, and I shore hope that someone can give me some info on them: On the RPM label, "Dream Babes Vol.1" which is not to be confused with M&M's "Dream Boy" series. How is that RPM disc? Is it as good as, say, Here Come The Girls vols 1 or 8? I thought that the Here Come The Girls series was finished at volume 8, but there was a "Volume NINE." I wrote down the subtitle of the disc but I left that slip of paper at home today. It seemed to be a compilation of just a handful of acts (sort of the way volume three or five is in the series), and if I remember the names they were the Saphires and Honey & the Combs plus a couple others. Any helpful descriptions of these discs would be most appreciated. jack sixties girlgroup junkie ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Jack Madani - Princeton Day School, The Great Road, Princeton, NJ 08540 Jack_Mad2.nj.us "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 ]==================== Subject: It Came from Canada Sent: 5/8/98 11:02 am Received: 5/9/98 2:44 am From: Javed Jafri, javedja.ca Subject: "Big Town Boy" > From: Doc Rock, docroom > > >"Big Town Boy" by Shirley Matthews is actually not such an > >obscure record here in Toronto. I believe Shirley was from this > >area and that song was quite a hit here. The song is still > >played on the radio here. I have always liked it and have > >wondered why it never did anything in the States. > > Obscure is relative. Growing up in the Kansas City area, I > never heard of it. Moving to Toledo, I find it was a big hit > here and in Detroit! > > Doc I can guess why "Big Town Boy" became a hit in Detroit. It was probably because of initial airplay on the Canadian border Top 40 station, CKLW/Windsor Ontario, which was very popular in Detroit from the mid 60's until the early 70's. > Subject: Re: Staccatos > From: BashPop, Bashm > > Hi Javed, > I really like The Staccatos, and they have a song called "Let's > Run Away" that IMHO is their best. It's a folk-pop number with > amazing harmonies! Are there any Staccatos compilations out > there, either on vinyl or CD? > > The debut album by Five Man Electrical Band is a late 60s pop > gem that has been greatly overlooked by many people, including > collectors. I think there was a Les Emmerson/Five Man Electrical Band collection released a few years ago in Canada which also included some Staccatos material. That might be the closest thing to a Staccatos comp. Sorry but I don't have the label info. I was perhaps unfair to the FMEB in my first post because I remember them mostly for "Signs" and the other (Canadian) hits that followed but they did have some releases that predate Signs. Javed ====================[ archived by Spectropop ]==================== Subject: Re: Spectropop V#0080 Sent: 5/8/98 7:24 am Received: 5/9/98 2:44 am From: JohnBarone, beachbmail.com >I'll never forget the day that our local station, KEWI (Big >KeeWee), played only Beatles for 24 hours one early 1964 day. >Imagine, the Beatles having the Top 5 songs on Billboard at >once! Didn't the Bee Gees come close to equalling or this mark during their Saturday Night Fever fling. I seem to recall quite a few Bee Gees tunes being played all the time, in addition to songs that they wrote but were performed by others such as Tavares, Samantha Sang and Yvonne Eliman(SP?) It would be interesting to see the Billboard charts from the period. I guess its from about mid 1977 to the end of the year when they dominated the charts. My guess is that all of these songs were up there in the chart at the time: How Deep Is Your Love, Stayin' Alive, Night Fever, More Than a Woman (separate recordings by the Bee Gees and Tavares) You Should Be Dancing, and Emotion by Samantha Sang and If I Can't Have You by Yvonne Eliman. JohnBarone === The fans support page for Brian Wilson's "Your Imagination" : http://members.tripod.com/~Records2/BrianWilson.html Mostly vinyl for sale at:http://members.tripod.com/~Records2 ====================[ archived by Spectropop ]==================== Subject: Regional Hits Sent: 5/8/98 11:27 pm Received: 5/9/98 2:44 am From: Richard Globman, rglobeocomm.net Doc SED (referring to "Big Town Boy" by Shirley Matthews): >Obscure is relative. Growing up in the Kansas City area, I >never heard of it. Moving to Toledo, I find it was a big hit >here and in Detroit! ****************************************** Interesting observation, Doc. Question: What makes certain songs big hits in some parts of the country while the same song might be completely ignored in other areas? Point in fact: In 1963, a relatively obscure Atlantic artist called Willie T cut a record called "Thank You, John". While pretty much ignored in most areas of the country, it was a gigantic hit along the eastern seaboard (mainly VA, NC, SC) and sold so many records in that small area that it actually pushed the record onto the Billboard Top 100 list...at maybe #95 or something like that. In fact, this song pops up on our local oldies station about every 5 minutes or so. But most people never heard of it. What causes this? And, can anybody think of any other examples of regional hits like this one? DICKYG...."Inquiring minds...." ====================[ archived by Spectropop ]==================== Subject: Sukiyaki lyrics Sent: 5/8/98 12:06 pm Received: 5/9/98 2:44 am From: David B Ponak, dpoink.net Sukiyaki Lyrics, (excuse my possibly bad translation) Ue o muite aru koo Walking with my head held up namida ga kobore nai yoo ni So that my tears won't fall Omoidasu haru no hi Remembering that spring day Hitori bo chi no yoru Alone at night Ue o muite aru koo Walking with my head held up Niji n da hoshi o kazoete Counting the fading stars Omoidasu natsu no hi Remembering that summer day Hitori bo chi no yoru Alone at night Shiawase wa kumo no ue ni Happiness is above the clouds Shiawase wa sora no ue ni Happiness is above the sky Ue o muite aru koo Walking with my head held up Namida ga kobore nai yoo ni So that my tears won't fall Nakinagara aruku Walking and crying Hitori bo chi no yoru Alone at night (Whistling Solo) Omoidasu aki no hi Remembering that fall day Hitori bo chi no yoru Alone at night Kanashimi wa hoshi no kage ni Sadness is beyond the stars Kanashimi wa tsuki no kage ni Sadness is beyond the moon Ue o muite aru koo Walking with my head held up Namida ga kobore nai yoo ni So that my tears won't fall Nakinagara aruku Walking and crying Hitori bo chi no yoru Alone at night Hitori bo chi no yoru Alone at night ====================[ archived by Spectropop ]==================== Subject: The Sukiyaki Association Sent: 5/9/98 10:33 am Received: 5/9/98 10:35 am From: Jamie LePage, le_page_ies.com Marty Rudnick asks: >Does anybody know the lyrics to "SUKIYAKI" by Kyu Sakamoto? This is an interesting song. I believe it holds a couple of records in terms of chart success; say - Mr. Wielage, do you have any noteworthy musictrax facts about this song? I understand Sukiyaki is unique in having been a Billboard top ten single in three different decades. Certainly this is the only Japanese language song to ever hit #1 in US. The name "The Sukiyaki Song" is really lame, though. It's actually called "Ue o Muite Aruko." Renaming it Sukiyaki is the same as releasing Blue Suede Shoes in Japan and calling it "The Hamburger Song." --------------------------------------- Francesc Sole, fss wrote about the Association: >today I found a cd by The Association called "The French 60's >EP & SP Collection". I think we didn't mention this in some >previous messages about this band. Right, we had mostly talked about Curt B and the early records. Association catalog is not represented as it should be on CD. I have been thinking of getting the French EP collection, anyone that has heard it have any comment? Next Tuesday at the BMI Pop Awards Richard Addrisi will be given the Seven Million Performance Award for co-writing Association's "Never My Love." Reportedly, this has always been one of Alan Haber's favorite songs in the whole wide world ;-). -- le_page_ies.com RodeoDrive/5030 ====================[ archived by Spectropop ]==================== Subject: Re: The Association Sent: 5/8/98 7:59 pm Received: 5/9/98 2:44 am From: Jeff Glenn, Jeff_Gl.nba.trw.com <today I found a cd by The Association called "The French 60's EP & SP Collection". I think we didn't mention this in some previous messages about this band. It features 20 songs: Cherish/Don't Blame The Rain/Along Comes Mary/Your Own Love/No Fair At All/I'm The One/Looking Glass/Come To Me/Windy/Sometime /Pandora's Golden Heebie Jeebies/Standing Still/Never My Love/ Requiem For The Masses/Everything That Touches You/We Love Us/ Time For Livin'/Birthday Morning/Six Man Band/Like Always. It boasts to have remastered and digitalized sound and it really sounds good stereo to my ears, except for Looking Glass. It comes as a double cardboard- 1996, MAM Productions, Magic Records 175042. No address given. Francesc> Francesc, I have to disagree with you on this one. I too picked up the "French 60's EP & SP Collection" and had to turn it back in because the noise reduction had been applied so heavy-handedly that you could hear the noise gates "pumping" as they opened and closed rendering the disc virtually unlistenable to my ears. And it's a shame as there are some songs here (from their second LP RENAISSANCE) that are available nowhere else on CD. The best available Association compilation CD is by far the Japanese FROM THE ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES CD. It features a much better overview of their career from their second 45 - a version of Dylan's "One Too Many Mornings" - to a 1980 45 on Elektra - "Dreamer" (unfortunately mastered from the 45, but the only sonic flaw in the set). It also features some of the later WB 45's like "Goodbye Columbus." The sound quality ( aside from "Dreamer") is really first rate - you can really tell that one of the basses on "Along Comes Mary" is an upright bass - and it's almost all stereo (only "One Too Many Mornings" is mono). Another excellent Association CD was a U.S. disc released on Pair Records (licensed from WSP) called SONGS THAT MADE US FAMOUS. This was a two-fer of their first and third LP's (AND THEN ALONG COMES...THE ASSOCIATION and INSIGHT OUT) without the original artwork or any liner notes. Still, for a late 80's release it boasts very good, clear sound, and the stereo mixes of both albums were used. Alas, it's out of print, and I haven't even seen one used for many, many years now. Hey, Jamie, why haven't they put out the Association LP's out on CD in Japan? After all WB in Japan reissued all four Harpers Bizarre LP's in the early 90's. And it would be nice if someone (maybe even WB) would issue a good 2-CD anthology on the Association, licensing their first 45 ("Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" on Jubilee Records in 1965 - yeah, the same song that Led Zeppelin recorded in 1969, and a good version of it too) and carrying on through their Elektra 45's (and please include the vocal tour-de-force "Over the Persian Gulf," the B-side of the second Elektra 45 in 1981). Jeff ====================[ archived by Spectropop ]==================== End
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