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           Here's the beat and the feel of today's young music
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There are 8 messages in this issue.

Topics in this Digest Number 404:

      1. Tokens/Anders-Poncia/Warner Brothers/Playing at Musica
           From: Mark Frumento 
      2. Thaxton
           From: "Frank Carmack" 
      3. Re: The Merseybeats
           From: Mark Frumento 
      4. Grass Roots
           From: Doc Rock 
      5. Re: Re: Merseybeats USA/UK
           From: "Peter Lerner" 
      6. the girls on the beach
           From: Alan Gordon 
      7. I stand accused
           From: Rachel Michaeli 
      8. RE: Sins Of A Family & History
           From: Michael Rashkow 


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Message: 1
   Date: Wed, 06 Mar 2002 00:12:09 -0000
   From: Mark Frumento 
Subject: Tokens/Anders-Poncia/Warner Brothers/Playing at Musica

Given the current status of Yahoo I decided to post a few
things together:

On the recommendation of a few Spectropoppers I picked up
the Japanese release of "It's a Happening World". You were
all right. It's a wonderful record. I'd say its as
inventive in its own way as "Intercourse" but a little
more accessible. Thanks for the recommendation! This leads
me to my next question:

Is Warner Brothers having success in Japan with all of
these back catalogue releases, especially the soft pop
stuff. Seems like the Japanese are getting some top notch
things but I'm having trouble convicing myself that they
sell. I picked up the wonderful first album by Chunkie,
Ernie and Novi (which I thought would never appear on CD)...
again a Japanese release only. Seems that in the UK
Warners is starting to release back catalogue albums by
the Everly Brothers. Anyone know the story? Is it just a
matter of finding a reissue label willing to take the time
with the material (i.e. Sundazed?) After all Rhino is
under the Warners unbrella.

In a related topic I was wondering about the Anders-Poncia
catalogue. I love my 2 CD Japanese set but it is clearly
incomplete and not of the highest sound quality. Anyone
know of plans to get some of that wonderful material out
to the masses? Certainly the Tradewinds album deserves to
be reissued if nothing else.

And last but not least:
I forgot to say that Carole King's demo to "Image
Collector" is now playing at musica. Any information about
the song would be greatly appreciated. If there is
interest I can post "Beautiful Movies" as well.


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Message: 2
   Date: Tue, 05 Mar 2002 16:39:55 -0500
   From: "Frank Carmack" 
Subject: Thaxton

I remember seeing Lloyd Thaxton's show every weekday
afternoon, in Roanoke,  VA,after WHERE THE ACTION IS. I
remember watching in early '66, particularly.

His great guests and his way with a prop; like the
rat-fink dolls.....

I remember seeing him put his knees in shoes and
pretending to be about 2 feet tall as he
lip-synched....to an 11 year old it was hilarious. I'm
sure our awareness of people would find that a bit
insensitive today. He always acted as a friend of the
music and the "kids".

Great memories of a great time in my/our lives...

All the best,

Freeman Carmack

----- Original Message from: Ken Levine

> Great to see that some people remember Lloyd Thaxton. 
> He was the Ernie Kovacs of Teen television.  His show
> originated from Channel 13 in Los Angeles in the early
> and mid 60's with a budget of maybe eleven cents.  But
> to make the music come alive Thaxton would lip sync, 
> play faux piano, faux sax, use finger puppets, or do
> duets with a rubber mask.  For all the music videos with
> complex production values today, none can compare to the
> treatment given a song by Lloyd Thaxton.


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Message: 3
   Date: Tue, 05 Mar 2002 16:32:59 -0000
   From: Mark Frumento 
Subject: Re: The Merseybeats

--- In spectropop, Stewart Mason wrote:

> I actually have never heard the Merseybeats UK, but Elvis
> Costello covers their song "I Stand Accused" on his album
> GET HAPPY!, and it's pretty wonderful.

As others will attest The Merseybeats are a real solid
outfit... highly American influenced with high quality (if
not definitive versions) of songs by the likes of
Bacharach/David and other US writers.

They later called themselves the Merseys and had a great
song called "Sorrow", covered by David Bowie.

To dig deeper you find that at least one of the Merseys
(Billy Kinsley I think) went on to form Rockin' Horse who
had a great 45 on Bomp called "Biggest Gossip in Town" and
one LP.

Great stuff, all of it. The Merseybeats have a great best
of, still in print I believe.

I agree with your comment that Merseybeats USA had
probably not heard the real Merseybeats. I would think
they may have heard of the band or the newspaper of the
same name.


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Message: 4
   Date: Mon, 04 Mar 2002 17:29:40 -0500
   From: Doc Rock 
Subject: Grass Roots

What of Jan Berry's version on the Folk n ' Roll LP that
came out before the Roots' 45?

Doc

Will George wrote:

> In the Rhino liner notes, it says, "Sloan maintains that
> the first officially released version of "Where Were
> You..: featured Fulton's vocal in place of his, citing as
> evidence the sheet music for the song, which has a picture
> of Fulton and the band." I deduce from that, that the
> version on this set is Sloan's vocal. I'll have to dig out
> my old "Hits" cassette and compare the two.
> 
> Bill


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Message: 5
   Date: Tue, 05 Mar 2002 09:09:28 -0000
   From: "Peter Lerner" 
Subject: Re: Re: Merseybeats USA/UK

Just a few more words about the UK Merseybeats. To my
mind, as someone brought up in NW England, they were one
of the best. Good singers, good sound, and good choice of
material. For example a pre-Dusty version of Wishin' and
Hopin'; Bacharach-David's It's love that really counts; a
spirited version of the New Orleans Fortune Teller and
many more. I'd say pick up anything you see by this
group; it'll please and surprise you. They managed to
avoid that tinny sound that so many other contemporary
British beat groups employed at the time.

Peter


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Message: 6
   Date: Mon, 04 Mar 2002 22:12:56 -0800
   From: Alan Gordon 
Subject: the girls on the beach

Ken!!!!!!!

I LOVE this movie...  I checked the amc site and they're
"sorry. This program is not currently scheduled."  What's
a boy to do???

As an aside here... I'm sure most of you have seen the
1960 seminal beach movie:  "Where The Boys Are"(?).  It's
probably the innocent lose stencil for the ensuing AIP
Barrage-of-Beach.  Besides the overall beach
accommodations, Connie Francis sings the great Neil and
Howard lead song in a cool jazz club with Frank Gorshin
playing a stand-up bass... and Yvette Mimieux sorta
attempts suicide... very cool.  Dolores Hart and Paula
Prentiss... what more could a growing boy need?

al babe


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Message: 7
   Date: Tue, 05 Mar 2002 21:54:01 +0200
   From: Rachel Michaeli 
Subject: I stand accused

>From: Rachel Michaeli


Stewart Mason writes 

> I actually have never heard the Merseybeats UK, but
> Elvis Costello covers their song "I Stand Accused" on
> his album GET HAPPY!, and it's pretty wonderful.

I like Costello's cover myself because he makes the song
sound as if it was written by him originally even though
he made only a very slight change of the original version

The original version was  the last recording of the band.
Keith Moon participated the recording in playing a gong
(the Who was under the same menagement as the Merseybeats
Kit  Lambert and Chris Stamp) The song didn't do well
in the British charts and made no. thirty eight  


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Message: 8
   Date: Tue, 05 Mar 2002 21:33:29 EST
   From: Michael Rashkow 
Subject: RE: Sins Of A Family & History

A singer, writer, musician, producer named Trade Martin,
produced a record called Sins Of The Family--the "artist",
NYC disk jockey and TV personality, Murray The "K".  Same
song?

In a message dated 3/4/2002 1:58:19 AM Eastern Standard Time, 
The Bobster writes

> (The rest is History, need I
> say more) 
> 
> I'm history, that's fershure.


Rashkovsky

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