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Al Forsyth

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GREAT vocals

This can apply to any period in music, but my being a child of the sixties I have to go back to this time on a personal note (pun intended).  I chose four incredible vocals and some are solo and some are embedded with the vocal group, but there is still a lead!  I think that it was the PERFECT vocal for a perfect song (a different singer, it may not have worked out as it did). Feel free to add YOUR perfect vocal (of any genre)/period) So let’s go:

First up, my nod to Motown and David Ruffin’s soulful vocal with The Temptations on My Girl

Next, is the haunting Paul McCartney vocal on his very much solo song within The BeatlesScrambled Egg/Yesterday.

Then, Eddie Brigati gets it right for The Young Rascals with How Can I Be Sure

Finally, it gets used many a time here and Larry used it earlier this year, but I wanted to put it in with the Orchestral album because it somehow seems to heighten it even more and this is the Brian vocal, with the Boys, on The Warmth of the Sun.
The Beach Boys with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra



So for the CAP –

The Temptations – Lead Vocal/David Ruffin – My Girl (1964) – Writers Smokey Robinson and Ronald White

The Beatles – Lead Vocal/Paul McCartney – Yesterday (1965) – Writers Paul McCartney and John Lennon

The Young Rascals – Lead Vocal/Eddie Brigati – How Can I Be Sure (1967) – Writers Eddie Brigati and Felix Cavaliere

The Beach Boys (with RPO) – Lead Vocal/Brian Wilson – The Warmth of the Sun (1964/2018) – Writers Brian Wilson and Mike Love

 


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What a line-up.  Plus one I've never heard (I reserve judgment).
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Darren J. Ray

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Just confirming a couple of things...

Larry did use ‘The Warmth of the Sun’ by The Beach Boys in Week 2. This week’s contestant is the same song and uses their recording, but it’s a different record, so it can be used.

And, yes, both TWOTS and ‘Yesterday’ are YouTube generated clips, but our international team have cleared both. Hoping they stay available the whole season.
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Al Forsyth

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I hope that everyone enjoys the week and finds their own great voices.
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Tom Tobben

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Four solid golds in some other weeks -- gotta think about this one for a while. All excellent songs and memorable lead vocals!
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Cindy Hood

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Al, These are all beautiful songs to have to rank, but yet so easy for me.  

Gold:  Warmth of the Sun by the Beach Boys.  I'm not particularly fond of the strong RPO intro.  I'm still kind of sitting on the fence about this album.  I've heard several tracks and a few I do really like, but there's nothing better than the original versions, in my opinion.  No matter how you slice it, this song is magnificent in every way, especially those gorgeous vocals!

Silver:  How Can I Be Sure by the Young Rascals.  Very nice song, excellent vocals and I really like all of their music.  

Bronze:  My Girl by the Temptations.  I really had to do some deep thinking about my #2 and #3 choices.  I just didn't really like this particular song that much, although David Ruffin does have a very good voice.  Back in the 60's the Temptations and the Four Tops always had one great song after another on the charts.

Tin:  The Beatles for Yesterday.  A very good vocal from Sir Paul and a lovely song, though not outstanding as compared with the other three.  

Good week, Al!



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4 great songs and recordings, no doubt. 

1. 'The Warmth of the Sun'  by the Boys

Proof Brian was a genius kind of early on...
one of the band's greatest songs and Mike's best lyrics of all time  Plus, I'm going to go out on a limb and say this is the best cut on the London PH release.

2. 'My Girl' by the Temps   (just a bit overplayed...might have preferred 'Don't Look Back').  the 'girl' thing that Bruce Springsteen got dinged on too is a little archaic.   But still classic.

3. 'Yesterday' by Paul & John  The bridges rule the song.

4. 'How Can I be Sure?' by Eddie & Felix   I like to say if I were from Canada I would like hockey more, or Mexico, I would like soccer more.   In 56 years, I have never been to New York City.  I do like the Rascals though.
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Larry Franz

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Excellent selections, Al. I wonder how Lee would have voted. 

Gold -- The Beach Boys -- My easy gold. From what I've heard of this album, the orchestra doesn't seem to add much. That makes no difference in this case.

Silver -- The Temptations -- I've always loved this, although hearing it so often has lessened the impact.

Bronze -- The Young Rascals -- This is terrific too. I just wish they'd never worn those silly clothes.

Pewter -- The Beatles -- This seemed colossal in 1965. Now not so much.

(Voting for the recordings, of course, not the vocals)


The second song I thought of:  Johnny Mathis -- "It's Not For Me To Say"
youtube.com/watch?v=Kb--bEE-X5M

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Darren J. Ray

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Sad to announce that one of the world’s great voices, Charles Aznavour, has died at the age of 94.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/01/charles-aznavour-obituary

I’ve been dreading this moment for years. My favourite singer. Brilliant composer too. Always wanted to see him perform live. Now can’t happen.

(Silver, Week 12, Season II - Darren J. Ray)

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Al Forsyth

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I heard that news. ^

Not in the same league, but Marty Balin as well.

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Tom Tobben

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Perhaps my all-time Paul McCartney vocal workout is "Monkberry Moon Delight" from his 1971 album Ram. Starting at around 3:00 into the song, McCartney pulls out all the stops and really cuts loose. Quite a vocal contrast from his subdued but beautiful vocals on "Yesterday", and illustrating Macca's vocal versatility:




I was sorry to read about Marty Balin's passing over the weekend and Charles Aznavour more recently. My favorite Marty Balin lead vocal was from Jefferson Starship's excellent Red Octopus album from 1975:



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Al Forsyth

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Okay, Day One is nearly over on the Battle-front and Brian and the Boys are off and running from the EV's (early voters) with a clean sweep lead.  Thanks Cindy, John B., and Larry for getting us going.  You all must like Brian, the singer[cool], the song and hopefully the orchestral version.

Tom and Darren add some of their fave vocalists. Of course the passing of Charles Aznavour unfortunately happened.
https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/10/01/singer-charles-aznavour-dead-at-94-admired-by-sinatra-dylan/

Tom, I like MMD as well:
https://www.beatlesbible.com/people/paul-mccartney/songs/monkberry-moon-delight/
Billy Budapest was in the house.

Celebrating the Royal Philharmonic album again:
http://beachboys.wikia.com/wiki/The_Beach_Boys_With_The_Royal_Philharmonic_Orchestra

Let's keep this battle going. Thanks, battlers.

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Larry Franz

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"What makes a vocal great?" he asked.

Connie Francis -- "Where the Boys Are"
youtube.com/watch?v=iDcvmrHV9Jc

Big Brother & the Holding Company -- "Bye, Bye Baby"
youtube.com/watch?v=xXX5hsnENG8

Patsy Cline -- "Leavin' On Your Mind"
youtube.com/watch?v=e10MTBwIVss

The Platters -- "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes"
youtube.com/watch?v=H2di83WAOhU

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Al Forsyth

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Larry, the leads are:  Janis Joplin for Big Brother and
Tony Williams on lead for the Platters. Yes? 

Agree with Connie and Patsy.
youtube.com/watch?v=MbnrdCS57d0
Some Janis:


Here's another great vocal:
youtube.com/watch?v=GuanbnnzXQ4

Three voters in "yesterday" but "how can I be sure" if "my girl" really does love "the warmth of the sun"?

Your great vocal performances are: ...?
And your votes this week are: ...?

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Larry Franz

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Larry, the leads are:  Janis Joplin for Big Brother and
Tony Williams on lead for the Platters. Yes? 

Absolutely.

The Fleetwoods (with Gary Troxel singing the lead) -- "You Mean Everything To Me"
youtube.com/watch?v=H76otnLQuGY
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