Diary Blip (Wednesday 5th August 2020)
A wide-angle diary blip of the current states of the Front Yard and (in Extras) the Patio beyond the outbuilding. The Front Yard view was taken from the kitchen window, but on the outside, using my full-frame 11mm lens that I also used for the Patio.
So much sharper resolution in Large (Gallery) view
6.8.2020 (1520 hr)
Blip #3276 (#3026 + 250 archived blips taken 27.8.1960-18.3.2010)
Consecutive Blip #000
Blips/Extras In 2020 #128/267 + #055/100 Extras
Day #3787 (863 gaps from 26.3.2010)
LOTD #2421 (#2262 + 159 in archived blips)
Diary Blip series
Old Forge series
Front Yard series
Taken with Pentax K-1 Mark II with Irix IL-11FF-PK 11mm F4 Firefly manual prime full-frame lens
Woodland Garden (August 2020) (Flickr album of 17 photos)
Lozarhythm Of The Day:
The Ronettes - Girls Can Tell (recorded May 1964, Gold Star, Hollywood CA)
I've been delving into the recordings of Phil Spector in his hey-day, which was primarily the girl group era that begun in around 1961 with the Shirelles. His own girl group were the Crystals from Brooklyn NY for whom he produced a number of big hits including Then He Kissed Me and He's A Rebel (which he recorded in Los Angeles with session singers including Darlene Love as the Crystals were touring on the East Coast).
Their recording of I Wonder was really their swan song because by now he had discovered the Ronettes, falling in love first with their singer's voice and then with Veronica (or Ronnie) herself. He had first recorded Girls Can Tell with the Crystals in November 1963, but had canned it, re-using the middle section in I Wonder, but six months later he replaced La La Brooks' stirring lead vocal on the canned track with that of Ronnie Bennett (later Ronnie Spector), an altogether more wistful reading that also went unreleased.
The Crystals version was finally released on the box set Back To Mono in 1991, but one of the album compilations of rare and unreleased Phil Spector productions that appeared in the mid-seventies, The Phil Spector Wall of Sound Vol. 5: Rare Masters, Vol 1., although crediting the track to the Crystals, was actually the Ronettes recording by mistake. It has never appeared on a CD and is sadly not in my collection.
Following Spector's lack of interest the writers, Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry, took the song to producers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller's new Red Bird label, who recorded it with the Dixie Cups and put it out on a B-side in July 1964, as a follow up to their hit Chapel Of Love (another of Spector's single rejects, first recorded by Darlene Love). By comparison, it's awful.
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