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November 30th
Universal Press Release.

Universal is proud to announce the release of a new series of Sixties Singapore releases called Treasures From The Past. These releases constitute records, which were originally released by Philips between the years 1964 and 1968, which constitute the golden years of Singapore pop.
Philips Holland sensed that the worldwide pop explosion of the Sixties had also taken root in Singapore and a great number of bands and singers were performing then. Beginning with Crescendos, Philips continued signing and releasing artistes that presented a rich tapestry of Singapore pop. It helped that many of the releases contained original songs.

Universal is presenting the discs in their original format meaning that an extended play is represented as a four-song compact disc with both original front and back cover, used, to house the disc. In the case of a single play, two of them are combined, to create a hybrid four-song compact disc.
The songs have been remastered to bring out the tonal qualities of the songs. However no new textures have been added to preserve the original essence of the recordings.

The first release contains Naomi and The Boys second EP, which was released in November 1965 and contained their second number one "Happy Happy Birthday Baby". Another number one, "I Know" is also present in this disc.
With remastering, the music has been given depth to support Naomi Suriya's powerful vocals. Then Cyclones, the duo of James and Siva Choy present four innovative R & B originals supported by the dynamic Checkmates. Listen to songs like "Oh No, She Didn't Say" and "The Dew" to appreciate how modern Singapore music was sounding in late 1965. Next comes Thunderbirds with two singles combined. "My Lonely Heart" was a number one in 1966 and inspired cover versions in Mandarin in Singapore and Hongkong. "My Hula Girl" was a later single whose flip side "You Were Made For Me To Love" captured listeners attention and has been a firm favourite all these years. Last but by no means least are The Crescendos who were the first act to be signed to
Philips and paved the way for the rest. Here they are represented by their 1965 EP which contain thumping versions of "Everybody Loves A Lover" Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally", "He's The Boy" and a number one hit single for them "Silver Threads And Golden Needles". They drew from fifties Rock and Roll and Doo Wop roots in their performances.

Volume One of Treasures Of The Past will be the first of a series and future releases will see artistes like Checkmates, Jets, Sonny Bala and The Moonglows, Bryan Neale, Bobby Lambert and The Dukes, Reyes Sisters, Henry Suriya, Shirley Nair, Mike and Herb, Silver Strings, Evey Lyn, Siglap Five, Valentine and The Phantoms, Cells Unlimited amongst many others being released. Singapore Sixties Pop will never be the same again.

 
November 27th
Today we launched The Pooterland Lounge, our online Discussion Forum. Please check it out and join in, if it proves popular we will keep it running........talk about music, posters or whatever the hell you want. There is also a Chat Room there so we can all meet up if we are there at the same time....it is HERE.
 
November 18th 2002
Rahul Sakyaputra
R.I.P Rahul Sakyaputra (1947 - 2002)

Zemira Productions regrets to report with great sorrow the untimely loss of the legendary pandit sitarist, Rahul Sakyaputra.

Rahul recently journeyed to India to visit his native homeland, and while there suffered a major heart attack, which sadly ended his life. He departed our world Sunday, November 17, 2002.

His early successes began after he studied under Baba Alla Uddin Khan, who was also the teacher of Ravi Shankar. Rahul is probably best known for his musicianship as displayed on his CD, The Denmark Sessions, which was originally recorded in 1969 while on tour in Denmark.
He is also credited with co-founding and co-arranging the music of Vine Sweetland & The Forefathers of the New Millennium.

Rahul Sakyaputra's legacy will continue, as he was one of the greatest musicians of our time, and his love for music will forever be ingrained in our memories. Today, we have not only lost an exceptionally talented musician, mentor, and Guru, but we have also lost a true friend.

Please read Rahul Sakyaputra's biography below as listed on the All-Music Guide. To listen to Rahul as he expressed himself through music, as well as through interviews, please visit his MP3.com website at www.mp3.com/RahulSakyaputra.

If you would like additional information, please contact Zemira Productions via e-mail at info@zemira.com, or by writing to: P.O. Box 41162, Long Beach, CA, 90853, U.S.A.


AMG Biography
Probably the best-known Indian sitar player in America after Ravi Shankar, Rahul Sakyaputra has released a few albums under his name and recorded music for film and television. His participation in the group Vine Sweetland & the Forefathers of the New Millennium at the end of the '90s sparked a rediscovery of his music, yielding a number of reissues of his early recording sessions and the release of new material.

Sakyaputra, whose family name means "Tiger Killer," was born in 1947 in a poor family. Hunting was the only mean of survival, therefore his early inclination toward music was not well accepted by his entourage. At age 13, convinced that music was his calling, he ran away to Bombay to seek apprenticeship from Baba Alla Uddin Khan, who also taught Shankar. He lived there for six years, forging his technique and spiritual understanding of the classical forms of raga.

Living with friends who owned music stores, he came in contact with George Harrison, and even taught sitar to Mick Jagger's brother Chris for a while. The late-'60s Indian craze was reaching its peak in Europe, so, encouraged by Western friends, Sakyaputra moved to Denmark. Between 1969 and 1972, he worked all across Europe. Shortly after his arrival, he recorded his first Western session, released 30 years later as The Denmark Sessions. In late 1970, he was awarded the Dawn of Enlightenment by Mahesh Yogi of Transcendental Meditation. The only previous recipients were Ravi Shankar and George Harrison.

In January 1972, Sakyaputra moved to America, first establishing himself in Montreal, Canada, where, among other activities, he worked for the CBC radio. After a two-year retreat in Vancouver, Canada, he finally settled down in California in 1976, where he began to perform with famous tabla player Zakir Hussein. Between occasional returns to India, where he played in front of the Dalai Lama, he appeared on record and on-stage with Christoph Anders and Patrick Moraz. He recorded his first two solo albums in 1984 (East Meets West with shakuhachi player Masayaki Koga; Footprints in the Sky with Hussein), riding the new age wave. The late '80s saw him concentrate on his painting.

In 1990, Sakyaputra was invited to appear in Oliver Stone's movie The Doors. The scenes did not make the final cut (they were released only in 2001 as part of the DVD reissue), but the word got around, and the sitarist spent most of the decade in elegant company, performing for Hollywood stars like Goldie Hawn, Richard Gere, Tom Hanks, and Shirley McLain. In 1995, he co-founded, with poet Vine Sweetland, the Forefathers of the New Millennium, a world/psychedelic ensemble. Sweetland's newly formed label Zemira began an extensive reissue/unearthing program of Sakyaputra's recordings from the late '60s and '70s, while the label Rhythmic Visions released the three volumes of Live in Los Angeles. - François Couture.

 
November 11th 2002
A new CD EP by The Soft Boys titled "Side Three" is now available. Packaged in a cardboard sleeve, the six new songs are:
1. Narcissus
2. Disconnection of the Ruling Class
3. Each of Her Silver Wands
4. Om
5. Comin' Through
6. Evil Guy.
Released by Editions PAF!, it can be purchased at www.robynhitchcock.com
for $12 in the US and Canada and $15.50 to the rest of the world. (also available through thesoftboys.com)
 
November 10th 2002
Subject: The Electric Prunes - Live 2002!
From: "Haydn Jones" <haydn@rocketmail.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Oct 2002 17:44:06 +0000 (GMT)

ONLY USA APPEARENCE
ELECTRIC PRUNES / CHOCOLATE WATCHBAND
NOVEMBER 16th 2002

GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

www.baypop.com

 
November 5th 2002
Doctor Dark is still on the road with Jefferson Starship and is still sending in reports of his travels, so far his laptop has remained trouble free!!!!
Here are the links to his gig reports so far (we expect to bring you one from The Brook in Southampton as soon as possible):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   

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