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GOLD - Our Prayer
SILVER - Lucky Old Sun
BRONZE - This Beautiful Day
TIN - Think About The Days

Cantina Margarita

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Thank you for all your examples of short songs. And for your votes. This is really picking up some GV, and some tempo, too. Seems to be good advice for the host "de fermer la gueule", as our numerous guest skaters from eastern Canada often say.

I'm especially liking Tom T's examples. I would have accepted Brian's version of Glen C's song as the opener to NPP. "Ram On" is like Rio Grande in a nutshell. Some years ago as a host, I was looking for lost SMiLE snippets from all over the world. I can't hold myself back from breaking the theme here, and pick this up.

Here's my favourite multisnippet track from BWPS. They really step on the gas here, and provide us 3 minutes of drama in rock music, which would have a taken a whole album side for Floyd or Genesis, and this always leaves me with my mouth wide open.
Lisa G/TS

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Ha! Just further proof that Americans should never try to impersonate Beatles!

My response...done in a legit British accent here:


"Stay-cation for the Nation", "Crush that Curve"
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my, oh, my.
enjoyed earfuls of that.
but didn't enjoy placing in any order.

gold: 'think about the days'
- completely bw or one of those 'how would brian have done this?'
extrapolations that meets his all-overseeing ear?
i'd love to believe it purely emanated from the head of mr wilson
it's reflective, but i don't find it too sentimental 
and, golly, it sits up there afront of that 50th anniversary album
as an enticement for what's to come.
but, it's contrived, is it not?
however, the clincher, today, is the piano and final mournful horn...
for once, i don't have a criticism of joe thomas's production.

silver: 'our prayer'
- exquisite,
whether one's hearing is 20/20 or not.
only critique'd be the abruptness of the reintroduced voices at 0:22 and 0:54,
which (ever so teensily and i'm not really moaningly slightly) 
leap out of the induced aura of perfect bliss.

bronze: 'lucky old sun'
brash, sharp intro,
but clearly designed to be so instantly familiar.
it immediately tells you where this album's at
and sets the scene.
love bw's voice here as he's not straining and seems comfortable with that timbre.
and love the delicate orchestration
(aside from the abrupt ending as it's detached from context).
the whole benefits from the touches of those who collaborated with the master.

tin: 'this beautiful day'
- yep,
another short track to mark the beginning of an album.
but, does it properly announce the mish-mash of overtweaked mor that's to come?
mercifully, no.
it stands alone rather weller away from that pressure than in context of the album.

it's gorgeous, is it not?
is it?
yes, but...

ah, cello.
love a bit of cello.
love a lot of cello.
this is a luvverly bit of cello.
yes, but...

muted trumpeter swanning about delicately.
i love a bit of trumpet.
mutedly approve of its placement here.
yes, but...

brian's wistfully thinking back,
much as he's done since way back with 'do it again' 
here it sets him out a stayer, 
someone who's been around several blocks several times
and still has his head above water
as he reflects on both the immediacy of a glorious moment
and the on'n'on-ness of day to day life
(with that irony that it's been snatched away from his brothers,
whilst bw has weathered more than a few drudgery and dead days 
in a life that's suffered periods of blankness).
but, our hero's made it through and is here to offer us another album.
sat in grand maturity.
all praise to all-everything that he's still here and done so,
yes, but...

hang on.
it's a cynical construct,
even down to the forced final chord.
doesn't mean it's awful.
doesn't mean i don't like it.
doesn't mean i don't like it a lot,

i'd love to be assured that it comes deep from his heart'n'soul
and not conjured up.
there's no other writing credit,
so, it has to be an innermost outpouring.
so i'll not mention any jtisms going on.
the cynic in me doesn't accept it at its simpest level.
i'm genuinely torn as to whether this is my favourite
or least favourite contender this week
let's see what happens when i post...

(well, there y'go - 'this beautiful day' got regulated to the bottom.
i didn't expect to allow the one that gets gold to be right up there either!).
thanks for a most difficult selection to be juggling
- the good bit is, being so short,
my ears were engaged multi-multi-times before pressing button b and posting.
and, still adjusting my suspenders for next week's contneders (oops - shan't change that typo)
and, thanks, lisa , for adding that particular eric idle snippet
- i'd jut about forgotten that python sketch
(if, indeed it originates there)
yet it's a phrase that still trips of my cynical tongue all too often).

Cantina Margarita

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Now it‘s time for my votes. To me the question is: which one works best as a dramatic, brief album opener in sense of a prologue, or at least as an appetizer.

Our Prayer
... a choir standard, in a row with „La Montanara“ or „Oh Happy Day“. In 100 years, people will still rehearse all 3 of them, without asking which original recording was best. Apart from that, indispensable as the opener of Brian‘s „teenage symphony to God“. No Prayer, no SMiLE.

That Lucky Old Sun
… not because the song is so great. It‘s the skeleton of the album, it‘s reprised several times, it‘s the album‘s leitmotif. What a great idea to create a self-ironic concept album about Brian‘s southern Californian universe (including his sometimes odd biography), weaved into a traditional song. I‘ve read articles that even interpreted the „lucky old sun“ metaphor as Brian himself. My favourite reprise, by far, is „the sun keeps on shining, he rolls round heaven above, a little bit of loving and a kissing and a hugging, that‘s how they fell in love“.

This Beautiful Day
A beautiful little song with great vocals. Brian‘s limited, aged voice works best for it. I don‘t want to imagine what vocal acrobats such as Rihanna or Paul Potts (or Carl Wilson in 1966) would make of it. It puts the bar very high for the rest of the NPP album … maybe a little too high. But that‘s not forbidden, it‘s only clever.

Think About The Days
Unbelievable production, although a bit artificial. If this is all just due to auto tuning, then I‘m ready to accept it as a helpful device.

So far, we have 14 voters. Our Prayer has 47 points an will easily win. That‘s where it belongs.

This Beautiful Day has 33. the other two each have 30 points. So the „best of the rest“ score is still completely open. Final calculations will be posted tomorrow, early morning CET.

But let‘s wait for the final voters.


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Briefly then,
Gold - This Beautiful Day
Silver - Our Prayer
Bronze - Think About The Days
Tin - Lucky Old Sun

What a field-day for the heat 
A thousand people in the street 
Singing songs and carrying signs 
Mostly say, hooray for our side 
It's time we stop, hey, what's that sound 
Everybody look what's going down”
— FWIW, Buffalo Springfield 
Al Forsyth

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Here we go ...

A diamond necklace played the pawn...
bonnie bella

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Hi Cantina.

Last-minute voting, Brian all the way!

GOLD - Think About The Days. Perfect melodies. 

SILVER - Our Prayer. Super-close second. Holy.

BRONZE - Lucky Old Sun. Lucky to know.

TIN - This Beautiful Day. Utterly gorgeous, pity about the heavy autotune.


Clowns divorce: custardy battle.     Simon Munnery

Darren J. Ray

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Darren J. Ray

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RIP Ginger Baker (80)

(I Feel Free - Cream, 1968; Silver in Week 26 of Season IV, 8th in Silver Play-Off - Verden McCutcheon)

(Tales of Brave Ulysses - Cream, 1967; Bronze in Week 15 of Season X - Cindy Hood)

Cantina Margarita

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Hi all,

so we have our results. Should be readable in less than 1 minute.


Our Prayer 53



This Beautiful Day 38



Think About The Days 36



Lucky Old Sun 33



Thank you all, again, for your votes and comments. A new week is at the gate.


Cheers and have a good working week ... where's the :vomit: smilie ?

Darren J. Ray

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Well done, Cantina, and well hosted as usual.

It was the first appearance for The Smile Sessions version of ‘Our Prayer’.

The 20/20 version has appeared twice.

Its record:

- a Gold in Week 42 of Season II (Roy Roger Bridge),
- a Gold in Week 22 of Season V (Al Forsyth)

‘Our Prayer’ is the tenth track from The Smile Sessions to be used.

Its record:

Our Prayer (a Gold in Week 33 of Season X - Cantina Margarita*),

Heroes and Villains (a Gold in Week 1 of Season IV, 2nd in Preliminary Final, 6th in Gold Play-Off - Al Forsyth; a Gold in Week 36 of Season IX, 1st in Preliminary Final, 2nd (Season Silver) in Gold Play-Off - Cindy Hood),

Cabin Essence (a Gold in Week 37 of Season VII, 6th in Gold Play-Off - Darren J. Ray),

Wonderful (a Tin in Week 40 of Season V - Tom Tobben),

Surf’s Up (a Gold in Week 28 of Season VII, 1st (Season Gold) in Gold Play-Off - Al Forsyth),

Vega-Tables (a Gold in Week 27 of Season IV, 10th in Gold Play-Off - Deb#1),

Wind Chimes (a Silver in Week 4 of Season X - bonnie bella*),

The Elements: Fire (Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow) (a Tin in Week 18 of Season VII - Cindy Hood),

Heroes and Villains (Parts 1 & 2) (a Gold in Week 38 of Season VIII - GGH),

Teeter Totter Love (a Tin in Week 7 of Season IV, 10th in Tin Play-Off - Teenage Symphony)

* still in contention

It was the second appearance for ‘This Beautiful Day’.

It also won the Silver in Week 11 of Season VI (Graciegirl) and finished 2nd in that season’s Silver Play-Off.

Last time, it scored 65.5 points and 29.77% from 22 voters.

This time, it scored 38 and 23.75 from 16 voters. 

No Pier Pressure is Brian's most successful solo album in the Battle.

Here is its Battle record:

This Beautiful Day (a Silver in Week 11 of Season VI, 2nd in Silver Play-Off - Graciegirl; a Silver in Week 33 of Season X - Cantina Margarita*),

What Ever Happened (a Gold in Week 6 of Season IX, 9th in Preliminary Final - Larry Franz),

Half Moon Bay (a Gold in Week 39 of Season VI - Peter Simpson; a Gold in Week 22 of Season VIII - Tom Tobben),

The Right Time (a Gold in Week 4 of Season VI, 10th in Gold Play-Off - Al Forsyth),

Guess You Had to Be There (a Gold in Week 7 of Season VI, 7th in Preliminary Final - Deb#1),

One Kind of Love (a Gold in Week 15 of Season VII - bonnie bella; a Gold in Week 3 of Season X - Al Forsyth*),

Saturday Night (a Gold in Week 28 of Season VIII, 10th in Preliminary Final - Al Forsyth),

The Last Song (a Gold in Week 29 of Season VII - Larry Franz),

Don't Worry (a Silver in Week 36 of Season VI - Kevin Witts)

* still in contention

A live version of ‘Runaway Dancer’ won a Gold in Week 21 of Season VI (bonnie bella).

‘Think About the Days’ is the ninth track from That’s Why God Made the Radio to be used in the Battle.

Its record:

Think About the Days (a Bronze in Week 33 of Season X - Cantina Margarita*),

That’s Why God Made the Radio (a Gold in Week 12 of Season III - Darren J. Ray; a Gold in Week 12 of Season VII - Darren J. Ray),

Isn’t It Time (a Silver in Week 27 of Season III, 8th in Silver Play-Off - Al Forsyth; a Bronze in Week 9 of Season IX - Larry Franz),

The Private Life of Bill and Sue (a Bronze in Week 8 of Season VII - Cindy Hood),

Daybreak Over the Ocean (a Tin in Week 16 of Season X - Cantina Margarita*),

Strange World (a Silver in Week 9 of Season VII, 8th in Silver Play-Off - kds),

From There to Back Again (a Silver in Week 28 of Season III, 6th in Silver Play-Off - D.A.N; a Silver in Week 36 of Season IV - Tom Tobben),

Pacific Coast Highway (a Gold in Week 25 of Season IX - Lee Marshall),

Summer’s Gone (a Gold in Week 19 of Season IV - Tom Tobben; a Gold in Week 43 of Season IV - Deb#1)

* still in contention

‘That Lucky Old Sun’ is the tenth track from That Lucky Old Sun to be used.

Its record:

That Lucky Old Sun (a Tin in Week 33 of Season X - Cantina Margarita*),

Mexican Girl / Cinco de Mayo (a Gold in Week 38 of Season II - Cantina Margarita),

Oxygen to the Brain (a Gold in Week 21 of Season VII, 10th in Gold Play-Off - Cantina Margarita),

Midnight's Another Day (a Silver in Week 41 of Season I - Deborah O'Neill; a Gold in Week 24 of Season VIII, 6th in Preliminary Final - GGH),

That Lucky Old Sun (reprise) / Going Home (a Gold in Week 19 of Season X - Deb#1),

Southern California (a Gold in Week 31 of Season I - Tom Tobben),

I'm into Something Good (a Bronze in Week 27 of Season V - Deb#1),

Just Like Me and You (a Silver in Week 39 of Season V - Larry Franz)

* still in contention

‘Our Prayer’ is a chance for the play-offs; most likely, the Preliminary Final.

‘That Lucky Old Sun’ looks likely for the Tin Play-Off.

Please continue to support our hosts and the work they put in. 

Cantina Margarita

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Don't forget to remember (... oops ...) that it's of course Matt Jardine on falsetto.

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