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  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 05/24/98
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            Volume #0091                           May 26, 1998
    For maximum enjoyment store in protective envelope when not in use
    Subject:     Little Milton-R&B Master
    Sent:        05/24/98 12:17 pm
    Received:    05/24/98 12:21 pm
    It occurs to me that no one ever mentions Little Milton 
    Campbell in the same breath as many of the other great R&B 
    masters of the mid sixties. One may think of Johnny Taylor and 
    Clarence Carter to name two, with a similar sound, but somehow 
    Milton has slipped through the cracks.
    He had a great R&B single called We're Gonna Make It and a 
    nifty follow up called Who's Cheatin' Who in the summer of 1965.
    I just bought a cassette featuring the fiftieth anniversary 
    of Chess Records and Milton's hits were all there...including 
    an unknown tune called We've Got the Winning Hand which is 
    fantastic. The blaring, thumping brass sound behind Little 
    Milton makes it impossible not to stand up and start tapping...
    the musicians were the best I've heard in a long, long time.
    Milton is still around, playing the smaller clubs and I think 
    folks should give a listen to his pure, soaring vocals. The 
    more you listen to him the better he sounds, believe me.
    One other thing: One genre of R&B seldom talked about is the 
    early Sixties sounds of the New Orleans, Louisiana singers such 
    as Fats Domino/Ernie Kaydo and Clarence Frogman Henry. R&B 
    doesn't get much better than this and the tunes sound as good 
    today as they did when first came out. Any comments, anyone?
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    Subject:     Murray was right (SYN-co-paaaate it!)
    Sent:        05/25/98 8:00 am
    Received:    05/26/98 1:03 am
    From:        Jack Madani,
    The Melody Goes On series has pointed out to me the incredible 
    hold that a certain rhythmic structure held for the "soft rock"
    crowd: the keyboards booping out a very steady quarter-note dit 
    dit dit dit, while the bass does a syncopated counter-thingy 
    against it. It's like what you'd hear in a Brian Wilson 
    production, or perhaps a Penny Lane-era Beatles track, although
    I give more credit to Brian because the vocal arrangements on 
    these TMGO songs have more affinity for Beach Boys than for 
    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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    Subject:     Re: Jackie Trent
    Sent:        05/24/98 6:27 pm
    Received:    05/24/98 11:37 pm
    From:        Francesc Sole, fsXXX@XXXXXXs
    >Are there Jackie Trent/Tony Hatch albums?
    >If so, are they any good? I adore her stuff on HCTG.
    There's a great cd on the British label RPM called Jackie Trent
    - Where Are You Now My love. The Beat Singles and More. Volume 
    One. RPM 161 Needless to say, this is a superb cd. Extensive 
    liner notes on a fold-out inlay which includes Jackie's 
    comments on every song and cool photos, very good sound quality
    and, most importantly, beautiful songs!! This is from 1996 and 
    they announce a Volume 2, although I haven't seen it yet.
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    Subject:     Re: Spectropop V#0090
    Sent:        05/24/98 9:08 am
    Received:    05/24/98 5:51 pm
    From:        joel thomas,
    > A friend of mine mentioned that he had heard about a Pixies 
    > Three cd recently being released.
    > I would love to get it if it's available. Have any of you 
    > Spectropops heard about it?
    would that be the 3 cd set? pretty good stuff, we listened to 
    some of it at work (quite possibly the only large conglomerate 
    music store employees in America who would) and i really 
    enjoyed it.
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    Subject:     Pixies Three
    Sent:        05/25/98 2:26 am
    Received:    05/25/98 6:00 am
    From:        Doc Rock, docroXXX@XXXXXXom
    Jack asked about the Pixies Three.
    Their "new" CD is about 3 years old. It features new recordings
    as well as old favorites. It can be purchased at their web site.
    Kaye answers all mail. Tell her Doc Rock sent you!
    If anyone needs a copy of my Pixies Three article, just ask!
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    Subject:     Re: The Rag Dolls
    Sent:        05/25/98 3:09 am
    Received:    05/25/98 6:00 am
    From:        Doc Rock, docroXXX@XXXXXXom
    Billy G. Spradlin wrote:
    >Is there an import CD anywhere with "Dusty" or "Society Girl" 
    >on it? The reason im asking is that the Mp3s were recorded from
    >worn 45's, and Id like to find better (and legit) copies of them.
    I don't know of any CDs, but I have Rag Dolls 45s as well as an 
    8x10 of the trio!
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    Subject:     Re: uncredited Spector
    Sent:        05/26/98 2:26 am
    Received:    05/26/98 2:27 am
    Jack Madani wrote:
    >>I had read some years ago that Phil Spector was the uncredited
    >>producer on [Timi Yuro's] "What's a Matter, Baby", his only 
    >>production under his contract with Liberty. Can anyone verify?
    >I heard a dj say on the radio 
    >a couple years ago: Spector produced three or four tracks 
    >for Elvis Presley?  Sounds crazy, but the dj really seemed to be 
    >in earnest about it.
    I don't profess to know much about it, but going by the various
    resources, there are three commercial releases on Liberty by 
    Spector, and Timi Yuro is not among them. Although I hadn't 
    heard the Presley story before, I have seen it written that 
    Spector at one time or another claimed he produced some of the 
    Leiber/Stoller records he was involved with. I personally think
    he did both Home of the Brave and Close Your Eyes by Bonnie, 
    along with the only Spector/Wilson song ever Things Are 
    Changing. I guess he (and Nitzsche) had a strong hand in a few 
    big Stones singles off Out of our Heads: Satisfaction, Last 
    Time and Play With Fire. The percussion is a big hint at that. 
    The sloppiness of the other tracks on the album is another. 
    Theory, I keep waiting for someone to either support it or 
    knock it down.
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    Subject:     Total Addrisi
    Sent:        05/25/98 7:43 pm
    Received:    05/26/98 1:03 am
    From:        Jack Madani,
    Because Dicky Globman has complained that I haven't posted 
    enough arcana, here is the skinny on Don and Dick Addrisi, from
    the inlay that accompanies Columbia/Legacy's "Rock Artifacts 
    Volume 2:"
    Don and Dick Addrisi, better known as The Addrisi Brothers, 
    started as recording artists and songwriters in 1958. Their 
    earliest chart success was in 1959 with Bob Keane's Del-Fi 
    label, where their rocking "Cherrystone" made #62. After 
    several follow-up singles failed to chart, they recorded a 
    single for Imperial in 1960, then recorded "The Dance is Over" 
    in 1962 for the Pom Pom label. This led to a linkup with Warner
    Brothers Music, where the brothers spent about a half-dozen 
    years as writers while occasionally recording their own singles
    for the Warner Bros. and associated Valiant labels. One of the 
    Addrisis' own singles from 1964, "Little Miss Sad" [Valiant], 
    was redone the next year by a Michigan-based "garage band," the
    5 Emprees, and turned into a midwest top-10 hit [Freeport]. It 
    was also during this time that they wrote many tunes for the 
    Association, including their million-selling "Never My Love" [
    Warner Bros.] in 1967 and the top-40 "Time For Livin'" [Warner 
    Bros.] in 1968. After a 13-year absence, they again charted in 
    1972 with "We've Got To Get It On Again." Released in late 1971,
    the song re-established the duo as hit performers, as the 
    song made top 10 on the Easy Listening chart as well as top 25 
    overall. Unfortunately, they couldn't follow it up, and it 
    proved to be their only hit for the next five years....By 1977,
    the Addrisis had moved to the Buddah label, where they had their
    biggest hit as recording artists, "Slow Dancin' Don't Turn Me On,"
    which reached #20, and a recording of their own version of "
    Never My Love," which reached #28 on the Easy Listening chart. 
    After a minor hit with "Ghost Dancer" [Scotti Bros.] in 1979, 
    the hits stopped. Don Addrisi died in November, 1984.
    I'll also mention here that Don & Dick wrote "A Bit Of Love," 
    the 1967 single that reached #12 (Billboard Pop chart) for 
    Vikki Carr and which appears on her Liberty Legendary Masters 
    best-of release.
    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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