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Larry Franz

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I started playing Deb's 1-hour "Ding Dang" and got curious so I found the video on YouTube -- some good comments there -- and started playing it, without realizing there were two copies playing at the same time, not synchronized, of course. Two at the same time -- not in synch -- is actually better.

One of the comments:  
"I always thought the album version was too short. This is the proper length." 

How true!

The Who -- "Medac"
youtube.com/watch?v=a8LcwQX_rw8

"Top Gear"
youtube.com/watch?v=VkBjMQ6XY5g

"Rael - Naive"


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Gold: Our Prayer
Silver: Think About The Days
Bronze: This Beautiful Day
Tin: Lucky Old Sun



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Darren J. Ray

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Jeepers, that was a quick workout!

Gold - Our Prayer (The Beach Boys - 1966/2011)
Has to be. Ethereal.

Silver - That Lucky Old Sun (Brian Wilson - 2008)
Decent.

Bronze - This Beautiful Day (Brian Wilson - 2015)
Brian apparently denied in interview that auto-tune was used on the album. Did someone not tell him?

Participant - Think About the Days (The Beach Boys - 2012)
The Wall of Foskett on a Beach Boys record doesn't work for me, either aurally or ethically. As an esteemed Blueboarder once said, “Chocolate and carob is not chocolate”. Personally, I’m wondering just how much chocolate is really in there. That could be Al doing the ‘doo-doo-doo’s and that might be Brian on the low ‘aaahh’ at 0:54, but please tell me what part Mike & Bruce are singing. What did Bruce say? Brilliant but something or other. 



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I’m liking short things this week!







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That's terrific work by students representing Huntington Beach High School's Commercial Recording Arts Department. Although some of them need to work on their posture and the video doesn't show two boys singing on the right. Hence, no A+.

Five short selections from Yo La Tengo, plus one that isn't as short:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnzY8RQcl4WDk1FwfFMtGd93DNmI1Y8SC


Zappa & the Mothers -- "Harry, You're A Beast"
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"The Orange County Lumber Truck, Part 1"



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despite
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jetlag phasing my brain beyond even irregular parameters,
i thought of a track that's kind of beachboysy
in an antithetical fashion to the
clean-living-aspirational-be-true-to-your-school
stylee they expounded...



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again, the Beatles 'short songs' are inferior, aren't they?  boy, did they ever benefit from oversaturation of the market, didn't they? 

on that subject, sort of, finally saw 'Yesterday' which is very enjoyable, (semi-spoiler alert) at least until the very end when it tries to be more than just 'Strange Sports Stories'.  I think by now, everyone has seen this right?   So...John's music was great but in this alternate universe just never caught on?   If so, why doesn't HE recognize our protagonist's fraud?  wouldn't he remember his own songs?  because he's REALLY off the grid on some English farm and his friends didn't tell him?   BUT, they told our protagonist where he could talk to him?   Does that make sense?   So, decent movie, but well below 'Liverpool Fantasy' by Larry Kirwan (of Black 47) I would say.  similar theme, but WELL below.  and I would also say 'Blinded by the Light' was a better film.

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These are all good/great to me, but I can place them for purposes of the contest.

1. "Our Prayer"

of course great, but I do miss 'Gee' into 'Heroes'.

2. "This Beautiful Day"

very nice.  classic Brian from dark to light, only quickly, with horn.

3. "Think About the Days"

it's all about the chord changes.  I don't quibble about the voices.   doesn't Jeffrey sing better than Bruce ?   So what are you complaining about?

4. "Lucky Old Sun"

also very nice, and yes, leads into Brian's greatest solo album of (nearly) the same name.   Might have moved up the reprise...

p.s. thanks paul lower case.  that's a great little song by Animal Collective, including the uh, 'Vegetables' tribute... 

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These four songs you've selected are tough!  

After listening to them and careful consideration on my rankings, I'll go with:


Gold:  Lucky Old Sun.

Silver:  Think About the Days.

Bronze:  This Beautiful Day.

Tin:  Our Prayer.  

Good contest, Cantina!

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honestly, folks, Cindy Hood and I don't intentionally go opposite of each other every time... [smile]
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Thank you Larry, Al, John B and E (hi!), stkilda, Darren, Cindy for your early votes. I could never be so disciplined. First do the work, then have the fun ? Not for me.

Al, you can be glad that this is it, with the Residents. It's behind you for this week.

Darren, I used to suggest Our Prayer to the choir conductor at my son's primary school. It's unknown, too hard for the kids, and it's odd, he said. [tounge2]

The SMiLE Sessions is a gold mine for that kind of stuff. Just wanna pick some excellent ones (as far as I’m concerned) that aren’t just snippets but real good songs, good enough for charting if finished.

(the second half would have been enough. Who else did a waltz in 4/4 ? And why the heck waste it in the middle of H&V ?)

(too much repetitive goofing at the end, that doesn’t really count. Isn’t the guy aware of its brightness ?)

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Darren J. Ray

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doesn't Jeffrey sing better than Bruce ?   So what are you complaining about?


Mate, Pavarotti sang better than both of them, but I only wanted to hear Beach Boys on what was supposed to be a Beach Boys album. 

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Tin:  Our Prayer.  Very good, but like the BB's original version better.


Cindy, you do realise that is the Beach Boys, right? (A rarity - a Beach Boys record that only featured actual Beach Boys!)

I'm curious. Where would you have ranked the 20/20 version?



Cantina, kudos to you for even suggesting it to the choir conductor. 



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Cantina Margarita

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From classic dramatic literature or play, we know prologues. I found an explanation of the term “prologue” in German wiki which in this case, I like better than the English one. I’m trying to translate in sense of words:

“A prologue often serves as an illustration of a piece’s intention. Its content may be connected to the piece’s action, but may as well introduce the drama’s subject independently. A prologue can be a conversation among the drama’s characters, but can as well be a monologue by a character from the piece, or by a neutral person. In Goethe’s “Faust I” prologue there’s a bet between God and Satan, if Faust might be convinced to be evil by the devil, if God let things go.”

One minute openers for concept albums might have a similar function, or at least pretend to have, in a satirical way, in order to lift a concept album up somewhere near a drama. Our Prayer and TLOS’s intro, I think, are good examples. BW seems to be someone who likes this method.

Also:

Can you think of other examples ?

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Darren J. Ray

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SPOILER ALERT FOR ANYONE WHO HASN'T SEEN YESTERDAY....

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So...John's music was great but in this alternate universe just never caught on?   If so, why doesn't HE recognize our protagonist's fraud?  wouldn't he remember his own songs?  because he's REALLY off the grid on some English farm and his friends didn't tell him?   BUT, they told our protagonist where he could talk to him?   Does that make sense?  


John B, it didn't catch on because, in the movie, the Beatles never happened. John probably didn't meet Paul and so on. So, presumably, he didn't write his own songs, was never famous and wasn't assassinated. The only two people, like Jack, who have knowledge of the Beatles have found the whereabouts of John Lennon, born in Liverpool in 1940, and hand him the address. As they say, it wasn't easy to find.
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I admit I was carrying laundry back and forth when suddenly, there was mature John on my TV.  but...why do these other two 'remember' also what never happened ?   rather like there never being Coca Cola and Harry Potter, all rather arbitrary, innit?  At least in 'Wizard of Oz' it was a dream.

Your explanation is of course the only one that would square with no google findings. 

BUT...this would undersell a (better) theme for the movie of 'what if you were the only one(s) who remembered (appreciated) the Beatles (quality of) music' because of something(s) seriously wrong with our (inferior) modern day.  Takes all the wind out of THAT social criticism--in fact, it says modern day would love the Beatles' songs just as much, so this 'becomes just an (admittedly entertaining, longer) 'Twilight Zone' episode.

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Best scene of the movie. "You're John!"
Just think what our universe would be if John hadn't met Paul. Not so good. And the Beach Boys would have stayed with the formula.

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