Please Mr. Postman: 40 years of Poco, CD-3s, make room for Connie in the Rock Hall and more

Make room for Connie in Rock Hall

Of course Connie Francis belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She’s certainly in the Top Five of record sellers in the “Rock and Roll era” and I doubt her discs were too many inches away from those of Elvis Presley, Little Richard, and Fats Domino in the record bins.

Now, what’s rock and roll? Let’s see. How about a light-hearted form of music that became the music of the young people of America in 1955 and 1956. The emphasis was on the kind of lyrics that would apply to mainstream youth  and on a heavily accented 2/4 rhythm played by a group of three or four musicians, or vocalized by a harmony group, somewhere in the age catagory of 13 to 25.

The music toned down the “adult” references in R&B and made the blue moons of swinging country a little brighter.

Connie Francis was a good rock and roll singer — you gonna knock her vocal on “Lipstick On Your Collar”? And even something as “high school” as “Who’s Sorry Now?” had an arrangement that could be appreciated more by kids. So Bill W. is saying, what, that Rock and Roll has to have distorted guitars and screaming vocals? If the words appeal to 15-year-old girls (no sexism intended) and they are sung by a good-looking dude of 19, then the stage is set.

If you’re gonna apply a boilerplate to this thing, then about half of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees belong elsewhere —T he Folk Music Hall Of Fame, The Soul Music Hall Of Fame, etc.  And we all know the story: Irving Berlin did not want Connie to record “Who’s Sorry Now?” Why? Because she was… rock and roll!

— Phil Silverman
Red Bank, N.J.

Vinyl makes a comeback — again

It seems that every five years vinyl records make a comeback. It reminds me of that comic country song lyric, “How can I miss you if you won’t go away?”

All I know is that I still hate the sound of vinyl and that no one will ever, ever, ever convince me that it sounds superior to the CD. The only good thing about vinyl is the visual pleasure that comes with gazing at the album covers, the 45 sleeves, and the record labels.

I will concur, though, that CDs will probably go the way of reel-to-reel tapes very, very soon. Because of this, and if vinyl is truly making anactual comeback, the explanation may be that since the superior sound that comes with digital will now be obtained through music downloads and, being the sensual creatures that we are, we will still want something visual, something touchy-feely, to go with our aural experience; a majority of music-listeners will indulge in a retro obsession with collecting vinyl.

— Jeffrey Slott
via e-mail

Reader digs the CD-3s

Good article on CD-3s in the March 28 issue.

I thought it strange that the single “Help” wasn’t mentioned. I believe the Beatles CD-3 release is the only official release of the single version. Even “Past Masters” missed that one. John’s vocal on the single version is different than the stereo and mono album versions.

I’ve enjoyed Goldmine for over 20 years now.

— Keith Schipp
Maryville, Tenn.


Time for reader concert reviews?

After two incredible concerts on consecutive nights here in Las Vegas, I was hoping that a reader-fueled column of concert reviews of Goldmine-covered groups and singers

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