VARIOUS - NEW YORK 1997 [RONNIE SPECTOR R.I.P. 1943 - 2022]

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RONNIE SPECTOR [R.I.P. 1943 - 2022]

Ronnie Spector, the lead singer of the Ronettes, the 1960s vocal trio that gave a passionate, bad-girl edge to pop’s girl-group sound with hits like “Be My Baby” and “Baby, I Love You,” died on January 12, 2022. She was 78. She died after “a brief battle with cancer,” according to a statement from her family, which gave no further details. With high-piled hair, tight outfits and seductive looks, the three young women of the Ronettes - Ronnie, born Veronica Bennett; her sister, Estelle; and their cousin Nedra Talley - transformed the virginal model that had defined female pop groups since the 1940s.

We weren’t afraid to be hot. That was our gimmick,” Ms Spector wrote in her 1990 memoir, “Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts, and Madness, or, My Life as a Fabulous Ronette.”

“When we saw the Shirelles walk onstage with their wide party dresses,” she wrote, “we went in the opposite direction and squeezed our bodies into the tightest skirts we could find. Then we’d get out onstage and hike them up to show our legs even more.”

The Ronettes disbanded in 1967, and Ms Spector married producer Phil Spector the next year. In her memoir, she wrote that he had essentially held her prisoner during their relationship, surrounding her with guard dogs and taking away her shoes, among other erratic and psychologically abusive behavior. They divorced in 1974. [Phil Spector passed away in prison in January 2021.]

“Every song is a little piece of my life,” she said in 2007. “I’m just a girl from the ghetto who wanted to sing.” - nytimes.com

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RONNIE SPECTOR, RUTH BROWN, WANDA JACKSON, LUCINDA WILLIAMS
New York 1997 [Two Of Us Master Series Volume 71, 2CD]

“Trouble Girls: The Rolling Stone Book Of Women In Rock” Publication Party. Live at Tramps, New York City, NY; November 13, 1997. Very good audience recording.

Thanks to mjk5510 and Two Of Us for sharing the show at Dime.

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Known Faults:
- I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus: splice
- That Train Doesn’t Stop Here: start cut
- 5-10-15 Hours: end cut
- Tears In Heaven: Intro Only
- Rockabilly Fever: start slightly cut

Between 1983 and 2002 there was likely not a taper or taping duo more active than the “Two Of Us”. For the better part of two decades they taped over 250 artists with an array being taped multiple times.

If you collect Springsteen then you are already familiar with some of their work, “fmcleanboots” has posted a half dozen or so of their “Tunnel Of Love” tour shows but has decided to pass the baton.

What you don’t know is their passion was not just for Springsteen but for music and that passion runs deep. It is astonishing how many artists they taped.

They followed tours taping club shows, theater shows, arena shows, big artists, mid-level artists and local artists. If they were following a tour and the tour had an off night they’d see who else was playing that night to tape.

Always focused on enjoyment of the show as the priority, tickets were for the most part acquired outside of the venue as they worked to obtain the best possible seats, continually trading up until the correct seats were acquired.

The results of this were the captures are uniformly excellent but on occasion the start of the show was sacrificed as a trade-off for the seats. The heavy lifting was done by the Sony WM-D6C and an external Shure Mic before moving to DAT for the last couple of years.

None of their masters have ever been circulated and have been safely stored for the past three to four decades in a climate controlled environment. Tapes transferred so far are in pristine condition.

Though we may do some mini releases of a series of shows in order for one portion of a tour for the most part shows will not be released in order, there are just too many of them.

This will be a very exciting series and we hope along the way we upgrade existing circulating audio and offer up shows that do not have any circulating audio.

We hope you enjoy the ride, this is definitely not a dark ride.

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“Trouble Girls: Book Of Women In Rock” Publication Party featuring Ronnie Spector, Ruth Brown, Wanda Jackson and Lucinda Williams @ Tramps - NYC November 13, 1997

You never know what is going to emerge as part of the “Two Of Us” recording legacy. We get a great cross section of national tours, regional tours and local artists.

Some of the most exciting shows to emerge are the “only in New York City” shows, this show clearly falls into that category and features three inductees in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame and one that should be.

In 1997, Rolling Stone published “The Rolling Stone Book Of Women In Rock”. The release was promoted with a publication party at Tramps featuring Ronnie Spector, Ruth Brown, Wanda Jackson and Lucinda Williams.

And what a great party it was, Ronnie Spector opens the proceedings, an artist we have featured on a number of previous releases, we get a couple of nice additions to her standard set in “So Young” and “She Talks To Rainbows”. I’m a big Ronnie Spector fan, she always puts on a great show and like always she has the crowd eating out of the palm of her hand. We are pleased to add another Ronnie set to her live legacy.

The Queen of R&B is up next with a deep, bluesy set of some of her biggest hits. Any set that features “I Sold My Heart To The Junkman” is a show worth hearing. A great set of classics, we do only get the intro to her version of “Tears In Heaven”, I bet she brought the audience to tears with that one.

The penultimate set features the Queen Of Rockabilly Wanda Jackson. I’ve not been exposed to Wanda’s live performances previously, she can really get a crowd going. Another great set of classics there is a lot to like about her set.

Lucinda Williams closes the night in true Lucinda fashion, playing great music with complaints about her record label, men leaving the seat up and life in general. She is clearly happy playing Tramps, commenting on the great ladies of Rock sharing the bill that night and the great sound system. Her five-song set is heavy on songs from “Sweet Old World” and features “Car Wheels On A Gravel Road” eight months before it was released.

Thanks to “Two Of Us” and their dedication to capturing all these great shows, the HOURS and HOURS spent waiting in line, traveling, money on tickets as well as trusting me to be the caretaker of their life’s work, our little community is indebted to you both. Also, a big thank you to my friend “fmcleanboots” for putting me in touch and laying the groundwork that has resulted in all these great releases and finally to professor goody for always being “on call” to ensure we’re at the correct pitch… we’ve only just begun to scratch the surface.

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Lineage:
Shure Mic > Sony WM-D6C
Transfer: Master Tapes > Nakamichi DR-01 (azimuth adjusted) > Sound Devices USBPre2 > Audacity > iZotope RX 8 / ozone 9 (mastered) > Peak Pro 6 (post production) > xACT 2.39 > FLAC

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Disc 1
Ronnie Spector
Track 01. Why Don’t They Let Us Fall In Love 2:25
Track 02. Baby, I Love You 2:49
Track 03. Say Goodbye To Hollywood 3:21
Track 04. So Young 2:51
Track 05. She Talks To Rainbows 3:49
Track 06. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus 2:42
Track 07. Walking In The Rain 3:52
Track 08. (The Best Part Of) Breakin’ Up 3:33
Track 09. You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory 4:13
Track 10. Be My Baby 4:22
34 mins

Ruth Brown
Track 11. That Train Don’t Stop Here 7:24
Track 12. 5-10-15 Hours 5:51
Track 13. I Sold My Heart To The Junkman 7:26
Track 14. Too Little Too Late 6:10
Track 15. If I Can’t Sell It, I’ll Keep Sittin’ On It 4:45
Track 16. Tears In Heaven (Intro only) 0:42
Track 17. Love Letters 7:25
40 mins

Disc 2
Wanda Jackson
Track 18. Rockabilly Fever 4:03
Track 19. Stupid Cupid 3:24
Track 20. Mean, Mean Man 3:04
Track 21. Fujiyama Mama 2:55
Track 22. Right Or Wrong 2:47
Track 23. Let’s Have A Party Medley 2:19
Track 24. Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On 2:51
Track 25. Rip It Up 2:49
25 mins

Lucinda Williams
Track 26. Pineola 5:13
Track 27. Something About What Happens When We Talk 5:43
Track 28. Car Wheels On A Gravel Road 5:24
Track 29. Can’t Let Go 4:38
Track 30. Hot Blood 10:32
32 mins

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  1. 18 Responses to “VARIOUS - NEW YORK 1997 [RONNIE SPECTOR R.I.P. 1943 - 2022]”

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