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t bedford

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As this weeks title suggests, songs about pretty things (not songs by The Pretty Things).

“Funky Pretty” was released on Holland, also released as the B-side to their single "California Saga: California". Written by Brian Wilson, Mike Love & Jack Reilly.
Beach Boys - Funky Pretty


“Only Pretty, What a Pity” is a song from Everything Playing, the first Lovin’ Spoonful LP without Zal Yanovsky. Also released as the B-side to the “She is Still a Mystery” single. Written by drummer Joe Butler and Zal’s replacement, Jerry Yester (brother of  the Association’s Jim Yester)
Lovin’ Spoonful - Only Pretty, What a Pity


“Pretty Flamingo” is a song written by Mark Barkan (an American songwriter who also penned Leslie Gore’s “She’s a Fool”)    It charted #1 in England, #2 in Canada, but only #29 in the USA. It also went #1 in Ireland for 4 weeks, where it kept Paint It, Black by the Rolling Stones at #2. Charted #12 in Germany, and #6 in Sweden.  
Manfred Mann - Pretty Flamingo


“Pretty Ballerina”, from Left Banke’s 1st LP, was released as the follow up single to Walk Away Renee, peaking at #15 in the USA, #2 in Canada, and #13 in New Zealand. Written by keyboardist Michael Brown of the Left Banke.
Left Banke - Pretty Ballerina


For cut & paste purposes:
Beach Boys - Funky Pretty
Lovin’ Spoonful - Only Pretty, What a Pity
Manfred Mann - Pretty Flamingo
Left Banke - Pretty Ballerina

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T, I can vote early this week as at first blush/listen to the four (two of which I know well) it falls like this:

GOLD  - The Beach Boys - always loved this song (even with the loooong fade-out).  All of the parts of it make it work.  A Holland gem.  I always thought that the artistry ended after Holland.

Silver - The Left Banke - and follow-up to the GREAT song.  Always liked this one as well.

So I'll share a tie for Manfred Mann and the Zally-less Spoonful with some 1.5's. 

The easiest weeks for me to vote are those where I can split a top two from the bottom two and work it from there.  I just can't discern this week from the bottom two "pretties". 

A good, pretty week to come!


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Larry Franz

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Going to need some time to decide here.

Have a non-laborious Labor Day, all you Americans.

The White Stripes, "You're Pretty Good Looking (For a Girl)"



Al -- Yes, that's my one-day old BW/BB playlist.

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Kind of a disparity in terms of timing for these 4 songs.  2 from 1966.  1 from 67 ... and then we jump 6 more years to the Holland album.  The colossal changes and improvements in production opportunities and techniques back then was mind boggling almost year to year.  A 6 or 7 year jump was like learning a different language.

NOT like today where ever-so-little in THAT regard changes from decade to decade.

That said...I owned all of these songs shortly after their initial release.

GOLD...Pretty Ballerina.  Left Banke.  I liked this one even better than Walk Away Renee.  A solid memory from a terrific time frame for tuneage.  The change from pop lyrics for children to artful lyricism and more mature themes was OH SO welcome.

SILVER...Funky Pretty.  Our Boys were still looking forward and thinking/recording creatively.  But those days would suddenly snap shut... ... ...sadly right after this.  That said...this song is still well back of my golden choice

Bronze...Pretty Flamingo.  Even further back.  If only the Mighty Quinn had been prettier.  But, alas, he wasn't.  That said... Better than 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.  Try Sikelele, from Plains Music.  [hear it below.]

Last.  The Everything Playing album is an all-time favourite.  3 GREAT singles too.  It was one of the first 2 stereo albums I bought.  Axis Bold as Love [Jimi] was the other...purchased simultaneously. Joe singin' lead though?  They did one more album after John Sebastian left.  That one with Joe owning the lead vocalist mic.  Revelation: Revolution 69 marked the end while Sebastian played Woodstock instead. 



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John E

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All good, but here's my order:

1. Manfred Mann

2. Beach Boys

3. Left Banke

4. Lovin' Spoonful

Plus here are a couple more pretties!





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Larry Franz

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No more labor required:

Gold -- The Beach Boys -- A favorite track from "Holland", including the long fade out

Silver -- Manfred Mann -- Haven't heard this in a long time, and didn't remember the title, so it was good to renew the acquaintance

Bronze -- The Left Banke -- Pretty, but "her hair so brilliant that it hurt my eyes"?

Tin -- The Lovin' Spoonful -- Not in the running. The vocal distortion didn't help.


From the Way Back Machine: Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps, "Pretty, Pretty Baby"


Buffalo Springfield, "Pretty Girl Why"


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Pretty:

Renee had to have been pretty (there really was a Renee)

Renee inspired a few songs:
http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=411

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t, You've put up some great bands from the early seventies and a few long forgotten songs.  What an era in music, ay?

Here are my choices:

Gold - Beach Boys for Funky Pretty.  

Silver - Lovin' Spoonful for Only Pretty, What A Pity.  

Bronze - Left Banke for Pretty Ballerina. 

Tin/Pewter - Manfred Mann for Pretty Flamingo.

My final answer.

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First batch, entitled "Hey, Enough Already With This Damn Decade" (sorry, Al!)

Bo Diddley, "Pretty Thing"


Jefferson Airplane, "Pretty As You Feel" (single edit)


Blondie, "Pretty Baby"


R.E.M., "Pretty Persuasion"



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Gold - The Left Banke - I'd never heard this before, and I quite like it. 

Silver - The Beach Boys - My least favorite song from (IMO) The Beach Boys last truly great album.  It's a good song, but not one of my favs.

Bronze - Lovin Spoonful - Pretty good

Tin - Manfred Mann - A bit grating.  
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Pretty easy on the eye, this week, t.  

Blondie "Pretty Baby".



Kaleo "All the Pretty Girls".






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bonnie bella

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Hey Larry!   You got in first with Blondie!

Okay, one more.


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Yes, bonnie, I got in first with Blondie's "Pretty Baby". I'm also getting in first with 1957's deservedly obscure "Pretty Baby (That's Why I Sing)" by the Five Satins:


But you got in first with "Theme For a Pretty Girl That Makes You Believe God Exists". One good thing about instrumentals is that you can call them whatever you want:

The Sea and Cake, "A Man Who Never Sees A Pretty Girl That He Doesn't Love Her A Little"


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Larry, I think my instrumental is better than your instrumental.

[smile]

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Here's the most obvious "Pretty" song



And a cover by Van Halen 



Christmas is right around the corner....in fact, Christmas stuff is sneaking into stores now.  Roy Orbison again with Pretty Paper

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