03 June 2017

Archie in the Studio: 2002-4

Archie's
TOTALLY FAKE, FALSE AND PHONY
Studio Sessionography
2002-2033

ARCHIES RECORDING SESSIONS INTRO 1


Created in 1941 by John Goldwater, Vic Bloom and Bob Montana, the Archie characters have endured for seven decades! Plenty long enough to spawn alternate versions of themselves. One of these "alternate takes" is currently on the hit CWTV show "Riverdale". Another is found here @ Pop Culture Cantina.

These Archie images are so different they're almost unrecognizable: Archie and Veronica, both of Italian descent, are married adults. So (for a time) are the half-Jewish Betty and Jughead (and the other half of Juggy's heritage is Japanese). Reggie Mantle is a Bisexual, half-Cherokee, one-quarter Aboriginal immigrant from Australia!

So there's mucho ethnic diversity, but the most important difference is that our version of The Archies is a superstar Rock band, taking up where Fleetwood Mac left off. Largely Country Rock in their orientation, they also delve into Psychedelia, Disco, Heavy Metal, Latin music and Jump Blues. Key to their success during this period is Nicholas "Big Nipsy" Freund: Just your typical Mob-connected talent manager! But Big Nipsy is also much more: A relentless promoter, a close personal friend to Archie, and an ex-folksinger capable of subbing for an absent guitarist on stage.

In addition to the members already mentioned, the group will grow to include Trevor Smith, bass man extraordinaire and brother to Valerie Smith, lead singer of Josie + The Pussy Cats; and Jamaican-born singer, guitarist and choreographer Toni Topaz. While he resists becoming an official member, keyboard player (and Reggie's future husband) Kevin Keller is an integral participant in The Archies' adult career, too.

As teenagers, the band recorded for Kirshner Records, but the adult group signs with an indie label owned by Archie, Veronica and sound engineer Alan M (borrowed from the Josie comic strip). Archie Records markets nothing but Archies music except for choice releases by some of their friends; within a year's time, the label starts pulling hit after hit! Versatile producer Ralfi Chingas shepherds the group through their new musical excursions. Ralfi is ably assisted by a small group of skilled session players: Arrangers Bree (Sabrina) Spellman and Justin Strickland; music director Jonniemae Trouten; horn virtuoso Rey Cochino; Tejano sensations Mariachi Lowrider; crackerjack Country band Katz + The Fiddles; Reggie Mantle's talented future wife Olga San Quentìn and last but not least, the brilliant Dilton Doiley Briseño. Dilt secretly craves the chance to produce The Archies his damn self and ends up co-producing the biggest-selling album of their career, Èxitos en Español.

Cartoons + Castanets' six-part online graphic novel "Say Goodbye To Riverdale" references many recordings by the adult Archies. All of them (and more) are listed here! This sessionography is the latest installment of our ongoing tribute to the Great American Rock 'n' Roll Songbook. It is restricted to record dates attended by the adult Archies; no session information for the teenage group is included. With a handful of exceptions, this six-part listing also excludes demos and live recordings.  Here are recording locations,
recording dates, song titles, release information for each song and of course, the names of all the musicians, arrangers, producers and sound engineers.  Ninety-nine percent of the songs are bonafide compositions . . . everything else is bullsh*t!

Compiled by STUFFED ANIMAL
for The Pop Culture Cantina

RIVER-DEEP, MOUNTAIN-HIGH


Part One:
GETTIN' STONED, A COUNTRY
COMEBACK AND A CELEBRATION
OF BRILL BUILDING POP

THE ARCHIES:
ARCHIE ANDREWS - Guitars
BETTY JONES - Sax, Fiddle
JUGGY JONES - Drums, Percussion
REGGIE MANTLE - Bass
RONI LODGE-ANDREWS - Keyboards

2002

SINGLES SESSIONS
(INSTRUMENTALS + VOCALS)
JANUARY 16-21, 2002
EL RANCHO CHINGAS,
BAYAMON, PUERTO RICO

Walk With A Winner - Retro box set
Can't Escape From You, Baby! - Australian Singles Collection box set
Niki Hoeky - Big Noise From Riverdale box set
Rock It! - fan club single
THE ARCHIES
w/RALFI CHINGAS, trumpet + percussion
Arranger/Producer: RALFI CHINGAS
Sound Engineer: MIGUELITO
These were the adult Archies' first finished masters
recorded with their new producer. A successful demo
session preceded this date, prompting Archie
and Veronica to schedule a singles session;
however, years will pass before any of
these songs see light of day.

EP SESSIONS
(INSTRUMENTALS)
FEBRUARY 21-26, 2002
ARCHIE SOUND STUDIOS (ASS),
MAMARONECK, NEW YORK

YOU'RE A SWEET SWEETHEART (overdub) - single flipside
HI-DE-HO (overdub) - Retro box set
SO MUCH LOVE (overdub) - Retro box set
ONE FINE DAY (overdub) - Retro box set
THE ARCHIES
Arranger/Producer: RALFI CHINGAS
Sound Engineer: ALAN MAYBERRY
An overdub session for four demos recorded in 2001
with CAROLE KING. The proposed extended-
play album was never released.

ARCHIES @ RYMAN OPRY HOUSE


ALBUM SESSIONS
(INSTRUMENTALS)
MARCH 2002
RYMAN OPRY HOUSE,
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE

EYES OF A NEW YORK WOMAN
HEAVEN ONLY KNOWS
DOWN IN THE BOONDOCKS
GOOD DEAL, LUCILLE
A SATISFIED MIND
LONELY WEEKENDS
PRETTY ANNA BELLE - discarded
I DON'T WANNA LOVE YOU
MY MARIA
JUST SOMEONE I USED TO KNOW
PARTY DOLL
MY HEART SKIPS A BEAT
RUBY ANN
IF YOU AIN'T LOVIN, YOU AIN'T LIVIN'
BIG CITY MISS RUTH ANN
SWEET CITY WOMAN
DIESEL ON MY TAIL
ROSALIE
PLAIN AND SIMPLE
THE ARCHIES
w/DILTON DOILEY BRISEÑO, guitar, fiddle, accordion
Arranger/Producer: RALFI CHINGAS
Sound Engineer: ALAN MAYBERRY
The Ryman Opry House was home to the Grand Ole Opry
for many years.

ALBUM SESSIONS
(VOCALS)
MARCH 2002
SUN STUDIOS,
MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE

My Marìa - Archie Country LP
I Don't Wanna Love You - single flipside, Archie Country LP
Lonely Weekends - single, Archie Country LP
Good Deal, Lucille - single, Return To Archie Country LP
Diesel On My Tail - single flipside, Return To Archie Country LP
Just Someone I Used To Know - single flipside, Archie Country LP
THE ARCHIES
w/KEVIN KELLER, backing vocals
Arranger/Producer: RALFI CHINGAS
Sound Engineer: ALAN MAYBERRY
"Lonely Weekends" was the first hit single for the adult Archies.
"Good Deal, Lucille" became a hit in 2009. Reggie
sang lead on both sides.

ALBUM SESSIONS
(VOCALS)
APRIL 2002
SUN STUDIOS,
MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE

Party Doll - Archie Country LP
Rosalie - single, Archie Country LP
Down In The Boondocks - Archie Country LP
My Heart Skips A Beat - Archie Country LP
Ruby Ann - Archie Country LP
A Satisfied Mind - single flipside, Archie Country LP
If You Ain't Lovin', You Ain't Livin' - Return To Archie Country LP
Heaven Only Knows - Return To Archie Country LP
Plain And Simple - Return To Archie Country LP
Big City Miss Ruth Ann - single flipside, Archie Country LP
THE ARCHIES
w/KEVIN KELLER, backing vocals
Arranger/Producer: RALFI CHINGAS
Sound Engineer: ALAN MAYBERRY
"Down In The Boondocks" and "Plain And Simple" were
also issued as fan club singles. Archie sang lead
on both sides.

LONELY WEEKENDS


ALBUM SESSIONS
(INSTRUMENTALS)
MAY 2002
RYMAN OPRY HOUSE,
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE

I AIN'T NEVER!
PRETTY ANNA BELLE - retake
COMIN' ON STRONG
WALK A MILE IN MY SHOES
BIG CITY MISS RUTH ANN - unreleased retake
THE RACE IS ON
WAITING FOR YOU
MY BOY ARCHIE
SLEEPY-EYED JOHN
NO LOVE AT ALL
EVERYBODY
WHEN I STOP LEAVIN', I'LL BE GONE
DON'T HIDE YOUR LOVE
REASON TO WORRY
IF NOT FOR YOU
LONELY QUEEN
LOVE'S GONNA LIVE HERE AGAIN
SO LONG, BABE!
THE ARCHIES
w/DWIGHT YOAKAM, guitar
Arranger/Producer: RALFI CHINGAS
Sound Engineer: ALAN MAYBERRY

THE LAST TIME


ALBUM SESSIONS
(VOCALS)
MAY 2002
SUN STUDIOS,
MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE

Reason To Worry - single flipside, Return To Archie Country LP
Sleepy-Eyed John - Return To Archie Country LP
I Ain't Never! - Archie Country LP
Eyes Of A New York Woman - Archie Country LP
Pretty Anna Belle - single, Archie Country LP
No Love At All - single flipside, Archie Country LP
Everybody - Lonely Weekends EP
When I Stop Leavin', I'll Be Gone - single, Archie Country LP
THE ARCHIES
w/KEVIN KELLER, backing vocals
Arranger/Producer: RALFI CHINGAS
Sound Engineer: ALAN MAYBERRY
Jughead sang all the leads at these sessions. "I Ain't
Never!" was also issued as a fan club single flipside.

ALBUM SESSIONS
(VOCALS)
JUNE 2002
SUN STUDIOS,
MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE

Comin' On Strong - Archie Country LP
Don't Hide Your Love - Archie Country LP
The Race Is On - Archie Country LP
Walk A Mile In My Shoes - Return To Archie Country LP
Love's Gonna Live Here Again - Archie Country LP
If Not For You - single flipside, Archie Country LP
Lonely Queen - single (VERONICA), Archie Country LP
So Long, Babe! - single flipside, Archie Country LP
Waiting For You - single flipside
My Boy Archie - Return To Archie Country LP
THE ARCHIES
w/KEVIN KELLER, backing vocals
Arranger/Producer: RALFI CHINGAS
Sound Engineer: ALAN MAYBERRY

SINGLES SESSION
(INSTRUMENTALS + VOCALS)
AUGUST 19, 2002
ISLAND PACIFIC STUDIOS,
HONG KONG, CHINA

Disco Queen (in Chinese) - single (Asia)
THE ARCHIES
Arranger/Producer: PAM-PAM
Sound Engineer: LEE CHANG HOWE
Betty sang lead on The Archies' first foreign-
language release. It was not successful.

DISCO QUEEN


2003

SINGLES SESSIONS
(INSTRUMENTALS + VOCALS)
FEBRUARY 3 - 8, 2003
ARCHIE SOUND STUDIOS (ASS),
MAMARONECK, NEW YORK

You're My Baby - single flipside (France)
Maryann - single flipside (India)
The Cheater - single flipside (Australia)
Lucky Lindsay - Retro box set
THE ARCHIES
w/KEVIN KELLER, backing vocals
Arranger: ARCHIE ANDREWS
Producer: RALFI CHINGAS
Sound Engineer: ALAN MAYBERRY
An earlier Archies recording of "The Cheater" exists,
dating from the Don Kirshner era.  The second version
features Jughead on lead vocals. "You're My Baby"
and "Maryann" were also issued as fan club
single flipsides.

FAN CLUB SINGLES


ALBUM SESSIONS
(INSTRUMENTALS + VOCALS)
MARCH 2003
ARCHIE SOUND STUDIOS (ASS),
MAMARONECK, NEW YORK

The Last Time - The Last Time EP
It's Only Rock 'n' Roll - Like A Rolling Stone LP
incomplete
incomplete
Shattered! - The Last Time EP
incomplete
It's All Over Now - single flipside (Japan)
Time Is On My Side - Like A Rolling Stone LP
THE ARCHIES
w/MICK JAGGER, percussion
Arranger: ARCHIE ANDREWS
Producer: RALFI CHINGAS
Sound Engineer: ALAN MAYBERRY
"It's All Over Now" was issued as a fan club single flipside.
Archie and Reggie sang a duet lead.

ALBUM SESSIONS
(INSTRUMENTALS + VOCALS)
APRIL 2003
ARCHIE SOUND STUDIOS (ASS),
MAMARONECK, NEW YORK

Start Me Up! - Like A Rolling Stone LP reissue
Brown Sugar - Like A Rolling Stone LP
incomplete
Honky Tonk Women - single flipside, Like A Rolling Stone LP
incomplete
incomplete
Ruby Tuesday - Like A Rolling Stone LP
Summer In The City (underdub) - single flipside (Philippines)
THE ARCHIES
w/CHUCK CLAYTON, guitar + backing vocals
Arranger: ARCHIE ANDREWS
Producer: RALFI CHINGAS
Sound Engineer: ALAN MAYBERRY
"Summer In The City" was also issued as a fan club single.
Reggie sang lead.

ALBUM SESSIONS
(INSTRUMENTALS + VOCALS)
APRIL/MAY 2003
THE CAPITOL TOWER,
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA

Let's Spend The Night Together - Like A Rolling Stone LP
Get Off My Cloud! - Like A Rolling Stone LP
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - Like A Rolling Stone LP
Nineteenth Nervous Breakdown - single, Like A Rolling Stone LP
Under My Thumb - single flipside
Dandelion - Like A Rolling Stone LP
Jumpin' Jack Flash - Like A Rolling Stone LP
Tumbling Dice - single, Like A Rolling Stone LP
THE ARCHIES
w/KEVIN KELLER, backing vocals
Arranger: ARCHIE ANDREWS
Producer: RALFI CHINGAS
Sound Engineer: ALAN MAYBERRY
"Jumpin' Jack Flash" was also issued as a fan club single.
Veronica and Betty sang a duet lead.

FAN CLUB FAVORITES


ALBUM SESSIONS
(INSTRUMENTALS + VOCALS)
MAY 2003
OCEAN WAY STUDIOS,
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA

Start Me Up! - Like A Rolling Stone LP
Beast Of Burden - Like A Rolling Stone LP
Street Fighting Man - single flipside, Like A Rolling Stone LP
Gimme Shelter - Like A Rolling Stone LP
Paint It Black - Like A Rolling Stone LP
Emotional Rescue - single, Like A Rolling Stone LP
The Last Time - Like A Rolling Stone LP
Happy - single, Like A Rolling Stone LP
Like A Rolling Stone - Like A Rolling Stone LP
THE ARCHIES
w/KEVIN KELLER, backing vocals
Arranger/Producer: RALFI CHINGAS
Sound Engineer: ALAN MAYBERRY
Featuring Betty's lead, "Happy" was the biggest
hit single from these album sessions.

SINGLES SESSIONS
(VOCALS)
NOVEMBER 9 - 14, 2003
CRANBERRY STUDIOS,
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS

Summer In The City (in Dutch) (overdub) - lost
Big City Miss Ruth Ann (in Dutch) (overdub) - Archie Around The World
Everybody (in Dutch) (overdub) - single (Netherlands)
When I Stop Leavin', I'll Be Gone (in Dutch) (overdub) - single (Netherlands)
THE ARCHIES
Producer: NETTA VOORHIES
Sound Engineer: JOHANN PAPAGEORGIOU
The Archie's second foreign-language release was
not successful. A Dutch release of "Summer In
The City" by THE DONUT HOELZ was actually
an Archies bootleg!

FAN CLUB FAVORITES GATEFOLD


2004

ALBUM SESSIONS
(INSTRUMENTALS + VOCALS)
MARCH 2004
CHAPEL OF ROCK,
SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA

I'll Still Love You - Hip Shaker EP
You Don't Know - Hip Shaker EP
I Wonder - Hip Shaker EP
Then He Kissed Me/Then I Kissed Her - Jeff + Ellie Songbook LP
She Hangs Out - Jeff + Ellie Songbook LP
Chapel Of Love (underdub) - Hits Of The Sixties, Volume II LP
That's All I Ever Want From You, Baby - Jeff + Ellie Songbook LP
Be My Baby - Jeff + Ellie Songbook LP
THE ARCHIES
w/RALFI CHINGAS, trumpet + percussion
w/REY COCHINO, trumpet + trombone
w/KEVIN KELLER, backing vocals
Arranger: ARCHIE ANDREWS
Producers: RALFI CHINGAS + THE ARCHIES
Sound Engineer: TOM MOURGOS
The underdub of "Chapel Of Love" features a duet vocal
by Betty + Veronica.

HIP SHAKER


ALBUM SESSIONS
(INSTRUMENTALS + VOCALS)
APRIL 2004
CHAPEL OF ROCK,
SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA

Hip Shaker - single, Jeff + Ellie Songbook LP
Leader Of The Pack - Jeff + Ellie Songbook LP
Doo Wah Diddy Diddy (full-length version) - Hits Of The Sixties, Volume II LP
Goodnight, Baby (full-length version) - Hits Of The Sixties, Volume II LP
Heaven Only Knows - Jeff + Ellie Songbook LP
Train From Kansas City - single, Jeff + Ellie Songbook LP
THE ARCHIES
w/RALFI CHINGAS, trumpet, flute + percussion
w/REY COCHINO, trumpet + trombone
w/KEVIN KELLER, backing vocals
w/JEFF BARRY, percussion + backing vocals
w/PAUL WILLIAMS, piano
Arranger/Producer: RALFI CHINGAS
Sound Engineer: TOM MOURGOS
Veronica sang all the leads at these sessions, which
produced the hit single "Hip Shaker". The title
"Heaven Only Knows" is different from the one
recorded in April 2002.

ALBUM SESSIONS
(INSTRUMENTALS + VOCALS)
MAY 2004
CHAPEL OF ROCK,
SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA

I Want You For My Sweetheart - Jeff + Ellie Songbook LP
I Wish I Never Saw The Sunshine -
single flipside, Jeff + Ellie Songbook LP
What's A Boy Supposed To Do? - Nobody But You EP
I Can Hear Music - Jeff + Ellie Songbook LP
Baby, I Love You (full-length version) - Hits Of The Sixties, Volume II LP
Hold On, Baby - single
Da Doo Ron Ron (full-length version) - Hits Of The Sixties, Volume II LP
Why Don't They Let Us Fall In Love?
- single flipside, Jeff + Ellie Songbook LP
THE ARCHIES
w/RALFI CHINGAS, trumpet, flute + percussion
w/REY COCHINO, trumpet + trombone
w/KEVIN KELLER, backing vocals
Arranger/Producer: RALFI CHINGAS
Sound Engineer: TOM MOURGOS
"I Want You For My Sweetheart" was also issued as a
fan club single flipside. Jughead sang lead.

SINGLES SESSIONS
(INSTRUMENTALS + VOCALS)
MAY/JUNE 2004
CHAPEL OF ROCK,
SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA

I Can Love You! - Retro box set
It's So Strange - single flipside (BLUE-EYED SOUL)
Nobody But You - single, Jeff + Ellie Songbook LP
Medley: Doo Wah Diddy Diddy (edit)/Da Doo Ron Ron (edit)
- Jeff + Ellie Songbook LP
Medley: Goodnight, Baby (edit)/Baby, I Love You (edit)
- Jeff + Ellie Songbook LP
Chapel Of Love (overdub)
- single (BLUE-EYED SOUL), Jeff + Ellie Songbook LP
THE ARCHIES
w/RALFI CHINGAS, trumpet, flute + percussion
w/REY COCHINO, trumpet + trombone
w/KEVIN KELLER, guest vocals
Arranger/Producer: RALFI CHINGAS
Sound Engineer: TOM MOURGOS
"Nobody But You" was the first international smash hit single
for the adult Archies. Reggie sang lead. Blue-Eyed Soul
was an Archies spin-off group comprised of Jughead
and Kevin Keller.

NOBODY BUT YOU


ALBUM SESSIONS
(INSTRUMENTALS + VOCALS)
JUNE 2004
CHAPEL OF ROCK,
SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA

True, True Love - single flipside (Thailand)
All Grown Up - Jeff + Ellie Songbook LP
Don't Ever Leave Me - single flipside, Jeff + Ellie Songbook LP
Hold On, Baby! - single flipside, Jeff + Ellie Songbook LP
I Know It's All Right - Jeff + Ellie Songbook LP
River-Deep, Mountain-High - single flipside, Jeff + Ellie Songbook LP
THE ARCHIES
w/RALFI CHINGAS, trumpet, flute + percussion
w/REY COCHINO, trumpet + trombone
w/KEVIN KELLER, backing vocals
w/JEFF BARRY, percussion + backing vocals
Arranger/Producer: RALFI CHINGAS
Sound Engineer: TOM MOURGOS
The "Hold On, Baby" title recorded at these sessions features
Betty's lead, and is an entirely different song from the one recorded in May.
That song has a lead vocal by Archie. Outside of North America,
"River-Deep, Mountain-High" became an international hit; it
features an ensemble group vocal.

SINGLES SESSION
(INSTRUMENTALS + VOCALS)
SEPTEMBER 12, 2004
SPANISH EDDIE'S BAR + GRILL,
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA

Bend Me, Shape Me - Retro box set
Stop! And You'll Become Aware - Glitter + Gold LP (Australia)*
THE ARCHIES
w/RALFI CHINGAS, trumpet
Arrangers: ARCHIE ANDREWS, *REGGIE MANTLE
Producers: RALFI CHINGAS + THE ARCHIES
Sound Engineer: EDDIE ROXCHILD
The Archies will re-record "Stop! And You'll Become Aware"
in September 2011. This first version features Reggie on lead.
Spanish Eddie's was a Gay nightclub with a full-service
recording studio on the top floor.

HOT, SWEET AND LIVE


REMIX SESSIONS
SEPTEMBER 20-22, 2004
SPANISH EDDIE'S BAR + GRILL,
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA

Soul Deep - Hot, Sweet + LIve! EP
Does Your Mother Know? - Hot, Sweet + LIve! EP
Tex-Mex Medley:
Take A Letter, Maria/Livin' La Vida Loca - Australian Singles Collection box set
Big City Miss Ruth Ann - Hot, Sweet + Live! EP
Hold On, Baby - Hot, Sweet + Live LP reissue
Good Deal, Lucille - Hot, Sweet + Live! EP
Hip Shaker - Hot, Sweet + Live! EP
That's All I Ever Want From You, Baby - End Of A Century LP
Nobody But You - Hot, Sweet + Live! EP
Lonely Weekends - Hot, Sweet + Live LP reissue
Who's Your Baby? - Hot, Sweet + Live! EP
Sugar, Sugar - Hot, Sweet + Live! EP
Happy - Hot, Sweet + Live! EP
Sunshine - single, Hot, Sweet + Live! EP
THE ARCHIES
Producers: RALFI CHINGAS + THE ARCHIES
Remix Engineer: EDDIE ROXCHILD
The songs remixed at these sessions were captured live
@ Congo Square in New Orleans by Alan Mayberry.
The LP version of The Archies' first live album, which
was released in early 2005, features different edits
of these mixes.


DISCOGRAPHY PART ONE

This first part of Archie's Studio Sessionography includes Great American Songbook selections by such legendary writers as GERRY GOFFIN, CAROLE KING, BUCK OWENS, JOE SOUTH, MICK JAGGER, KEITH RICHARDS, JEFF BARRY, ELLIE GREENWICH and PHIL SPECTOR. In Part Two, The Archies bag another million-seller, return to Memphis, visit London's Abbey Road Studios for an excursion into Psychedlic Rock, and reunite with former background singers Ron Dante and Toni Wine.