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  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 05/19/98
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      Volume #0088                                      May 20, 1998
         Extra Loud-Highspeed - Columbia Phonograph Records Gen'l.
    Subject:     5th D
    Sent:        05/19/98 4:05 am
    Received:    05/19/98 7:22 am
    From:        Doc Rock, docroXXX@XXXXXXom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    >I think there was a tendency for blacks to view 5D as a white 
    >act, and for whites to view them as a dinner club act, both 
    >considered very uncool in those days. I am so happy that we 
    >have grown up enough to drop those old hangups, and enjoy music
    >for what it is, not how cool or uncool the act is considered to 
    When I interviewed Bones Howe for Liberty Records, the book, he
    explained that the whole concept of the 5th D was to create a 
    black Mamas and Papas. Even down to doing a M&P song for their 
    first record.
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    Subject:     Manhattan Transfer/Alan Paul
    Sent:        05/19/98 6:53 am
    Received:    05/19/98 7:22 am
    From:        Richard Globman,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Jack "Acapella-Mon" Madani SED:
    >Alan Paul of the Manhattan Transfer used to introduce "Gloria" 
    >with much the same sort of description. As an undergraduate in 
    >an a cappella group, I got to sing lead on that number too. 
    ...and speaking of Alan Paul (the MT is absolutely one of my 
    favorite groups)...a little trivia.
    Alan got his first big break when he was in the original cast 
    of "Grease" (1972). He had two parts...and sung two songs. 
    Johnny Casino ("Born To Hand Jive") and Teen Angel ("Beauty 
    School Dropout").
    By a strange...and extremely lucky...coincidence, I was living 
    in NY at the time and one of my room-mates was Kenny Waissman, 
    who produced the show. Since Kenny was a complete unknown and 
    had no financial contacts, almost all the financial backing for
    "Grease" was raised by his buddies. My friends and I...forming a
    limited partnership called "Frick and Frack Associates", bought 
    30% of the show...and the rest, as they say, is history.
    After Alan went on to the MT, I had the opportunity to meet him
    some years later at a party...he is not only a gifted singer 
    with a gifted group, he is one helluva nice guy.
    DICKY "missed his mid-terms and flunked shampoo" G
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    Subject:     New Red Bird Reissue
    Sent:        05/19/98 4:07 am
    Received:    05/19/98 7:22 am
    From:        Jeff Glenn,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    I haven't seen anyone post about this yet, so...
    Any of you interested in Red Bird/Blue Cat Records needs to 
    pick up Taragon's new THE VERY BEST OF RED BIRD/BLUE CAT 
    RECORDS CD (TARCD-1029). The track listing contains most of the
    usual suspects:
    1. Chapel of Love (The Dixie Cups)
    2. I Wanna Love Him So Bad (The Jelly Beans)
    3. People Say (The Dixie Cups)
    4. Remember (Walkin' in the Sand) (The Shangri-Las)
    5. Good Night Baby (The Butterflys)
    6. Baby Be Mine (The Jelly Beans)
    7. Leader of the Pack (The Shangri-Las)
    8. You Should Have Seen the Way He Looked At Me (The Dixie Cups) 
    9. Give Him a Great Big Kiss (The Shangri-Las)
    10. The Boy From New York City (The Ad Libs)
    11. Little Bell (The Dixie Cups)
    12. New York's a Lonely Town (The Tradewinds)
    13. Iko Iko (The Dixie Cups)
    14. He Ain't No Angel (The Ad Libs)
    15. I Can Never Go Home Anymore (The Shangri-Las)
    The difference here though is that every song (except The 
    Tradewinds track) is remixed into true stereo from recently 
    located 4-track session masters, and the sound is fantastic 
    (the Dixie Cups stuff sounds especially nice - particularly "
    Chapel of Love" and "Little Bell"). And "Leader of the Pack" is
    complete - no edit in the last verse (thereby shooting down the 
    theory that the session master was damaged before a stereo mix 
    could be made; maybe the stereo mixdown was damaged and rather 
    than redo the mix they just decided to edit it - who knows?).
    "New York's a Lonely Town" is take from the mono mixdown master
    and sounds no better than it does on other issues of the song.
    The only drawback is that they limited it to only 15 songs - a 
    common practice with Taragon (especially considering this is a 
    full-price CD). But it's virtues still make it more than 
    essential for anyone into 60's girl groups.
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    Subject:     Re: California My Way
    Sent:        05/19/98 5:03 am
    Received:    05/19/98 7:22 am
    From:        BashPop, BashXXX@XXXXXXm
    To:          Spectropop List,
    << From:        Big L,
     Does anyone know if "California My Way" was ever released as a 
     single? I have definite vestigal memories of hearing it on the 
     radio in early 68. >>
    Hi Big L,
    I'm not sure, but I do know that a couple of other versions of 
    the songs were released as singles:
    1. By a group named The Committee, on White Whale. I believe 
    that version "bubbled under" Billboard's Hot 100, but I don't 
    have the book in front of me.
    2. By an Australian band named "Iguana". I don't have the 
    single, but I do have the song on an Australian comp called "So
    You Wanna Be A Rock N Roll Star, Volume 2" on Festival Records.
    I actually like the Iguana version the best, but they're all 
    Spectropop Rules!!!!!
    Take Care,
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    Subject:     Rosecrans Boulevard
    Sent:        05/19/98 3:48 am
    Received:    05/19/98 7:22 am
    From:        David Feldman,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    > Rosecrans Boulevard is an absolute genius work. A great Los 
    > Angeles song. Reminds me of Freeway Close by Terry Melcher. 
    > L.A. is indeed a great big freeway.
    Glad there's another "Rosecrans Blvd." fanatic on the list. 
    Jimmy Webb did a Prodigy Chat not too long ago and when I had a
    chance to ask him a question, it was about the inspiration of 
    that song.
    One surprise was Webb's great sense of humor. I had heard from 
    two people who worked with Webb in the distant past about how 
    difficult/crazy he was, and I think his career is a walking 
    anti-drug commercial. When he wasn't flaking out, he was a 
    great talent.
    Webb said that Rosecrans Blvd. was inspired by a flight 
    attendant who, from what he implied, was his first lover. The 
    reference in the song is to the Rosecrans Blvd. exit on the 405
    (San Diego Freeway), which isn't too far from LAX. But he didn't
    seem to take the lyrics very seriously -- as a sort of goof. At 
    least that's his take on it now.
    Dave Feldman
    RIP: Carl Wilson
    Word of the Week:  Raffish
    Movie of the Month:  Love & Death on Long Island
    Best Time Killer of the 90's:  Filling out the gender survey at
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    Subject:     timi
    Sent:        05/19/98 4:05 am
    Received:    05/19/98 7:22 am
    From:        Doc Rock, docroXXX@XXXXXXom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    >What ever happened to Timi Yuro? It's funny...I was just 
    >playing some old records of hers the other day and here she is 
    >on your site. I get goose flesh every time I hear "What's A 
    >Matter Baby?" and "Hurt". Her voice was really loud and big - 
    >like her hair...she was great. I can't believe her career 
    >stalled after tunes like that. Thanks.
    My interview has been delayed at the other end.
    Timi had serious throat cancer, and now speaks with one of 
    those devices one holds against the throat (the name escapes 
    BTW, she was her own (uncredited) producer.
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    Subject:     My Three X-Files
    Sent:        05/19/98 9:23 am
    Received:    05/20/98 12:52 am
    From:        Jack Madani,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Yo, dig this:
    there's Don Grady in The Yellow Balloon.
    there's Tina King in The Four King Cousins.
    Weren't they married to each other on My Three Sons?
    cue Robert Klein theremin music:  ooooEEEEEEEoooooo.....
    jack "that could be Fred MacMurray playing sax on Shut 
    Down" madani
    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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