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Larry Franz

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I could put any of these in 1st place, but I decided how to vote today, so:

Gold -- Judy Garland -- Such an emotional song, such an expressive singer. Truly classic.

Silver -- The Righteous Brothers -- A great song, great singing, great production.

Bronze -- The Beach Boys -- What a loss that it was hidden away. What a gift when it was finally released.

Pewter -- The Rolling Stones -- Dark, mysterious, exciting, powerful rock.

More classics nobody has used yet:

Chuck Berry -- "Roll Over Beethoven" and "No Particular Place To Go"

The Beatles -- "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "A Day in the Life" 

Larry Franz

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Reply with quote  #17 
Larry -- Thanks for your votes, commentary and those other songs. You're our seventh voter and there's only one clear result so far.

I think you used to live in Southern California. Here are a few nobody has used that would fit nicely in the category "From the City of the Angels":

Randy Newman -- "Sail Away"

Jackson Browne -- "For A Dancer" (Late for the Sky is a wonderful album)

The Mamas & the Papas -- "I Saw Her Again" (these lyrics make the singer sound like a real jerk)

The Byrds -- "I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better"

Love -- "Seven and Seven Is"

The Doors -- "Light My Fire"

Ok, back to the income tax.

Larry Franz

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Reply with quote  #18 
Hello? Anyway, maybe it's time for another 21st Century theme. Two of these groups/singers have been in the battle before. Obviously, lots of others haven't.

Weezer -- "(Girl We Got A) Good Thing"

The Fiery Furnaces -- "Here Comes the Summer"

Beck -- "Morning"

Panda Bear -- "Comfy in Nautica"

Sufjan Stevens -- "Blue Bucket of Gold"

Wavves -- "Stupid In Love"

Al Forsyth

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Reply with quote  #19 
More 21st Century who haven't been in battle (but have some old school sound to them):  Alternative (Wilco), "New"Grass (I'm With Her) and Blues (Gary Clark Jr.)

Currently "This Land" has been the conversation:

A diamond necklace played the pawn...
bonnie bella

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I'm here to put a spanner in the works with my votes, Larry. But before that, I remember Season3 week 20 like the back of my hand.

If I recall correctly, the Savages were pipped at the post by the greatest song in the world.

Bronze was the incredible acapella version of Singing Horse, a similarly talented and close relation of Danny Whitten.

And Tin placing, Mike Love. I'm not sure how this happened.

You're right, Larry. This was a helluva week.


Clowns divorce: custardy battle.     Simon Munnery

Larry Franz

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Reply with quote  #21 
Al -- thanks for the music. There's a lot of good music in this 21st Century of ours. 

bonnie -- thanks for the music from that stellar week, although Jack Black admits the song in the video isn't the greatest ever. The horse has a nice voice, much better than Toto's. As for Mike's effort, the colorful video looks great with the sound off. As for voting, as long as you don't do a tie, go ahead and toss a spanner in works. We could use the excitement! [smile]

A few from that other century nobody has used:

Hank Williams -- "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" (I've often thought of using one of Hank's tunes, but I'm not sure how he'd fit in here. Nobody has used one of his yet.)

The Everly Brothers -- "Cathy's Clown"

The Flamingos -- "I Only Have Eyes For You"

The Drifters -- "There Goes My Baby"

Darren J. Ray

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Season III, Week 20?

Larry, you're such a ham!

Larry Franz

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Reply with quote  #23 
Hey, Darren, it's not my fault bonnie didn't check the list.

Six or seven memorable unused works from that fabulous, almost arbitrary set of years known as "The Sixties":

Paul Revere & the Raiders (featuring the vivacious, well-dressed Mark Lindsay) -- "Kicks" and "Just Like Me"

The Yardbirds -- "Over Under Sideways Down" and "Shapes of Things"

Buffalo Springfield -- "Mr. Soul" and "Bluebird"

Bonus track: the long version of "Bluebird"
David W

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Reply with quote  #24 
My Votes :

Gold - Stones
Silver - Judy G
Bronze - B.B's
Tin - Righteous Bros

An old cover but a new fave.....a very different Then I kissed Her by Terry Reid .....turn up loud !

Verden McCutcheon

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Reply with quote  #25 

  Season 10 Week 7..other songs ,other themes

            1)Over the song in the lot even after all this time

            2)Paint it Black...great mid-60's rocker

            3)Can't wait to long...not crazy about the end part otherwise pretty good

            4)Just once in my much production takes away from the track

                                                 Good Picks !!
Larry Franz

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Thanks for your votes, David and Verden. That is definitely a different take on "Then I Kissed Her". We've had nine voters so far and what looked like a close fight for 2nd place isn't as close now.

I continue to be surprised by how badly the Righteous Brothers are doing. Granted the lyrics are different, but I don't hear a world of difference between "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" and "Just Once In My Life". 

Anyway, a few more unused numbers from that much-celebrated, much-criticized decade:

Jefferson Airplane -- "White Rabbit"

The Seeds -- "Pushin' Too Hard"

The Electric Prunes -- "I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)"

The Who -- "Rael 1"

And can you believe it? Nobody has put this last one in competition:

The Kingsmen -- "Louie, Louie"

bonnie bella

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Reply with quote  #27 
My votes.

GOLD - Rolling Stones. No contest and I'm not even a fan. Best loud.

SILVER - The Beach Boys. It's that thing I like.

BRONZE - The Righteous Brothers. Just how righteous are these guys? That is an unforgettable tune.

TIN - Sorry Judy. I wasn't there. I wasn't anywhere near there.

More of the Savages. This is excellent.

And Khruangbin, a fairly recent find.

Thanks, Larry. 


Clowns divorce: custardy battle.     Simon Munnery

Cantina Margarita

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Reply with quote  #28 
Hi all,

GOLD: Judy Garland, "Over the Rainbow"
No matter what version, this one is one of the 50 best. I prefer the cool uke version from the weighted Mr. Ukulalasomethingalohakilaueahonolulu because this song deserves an excellent singer rather than a cute girl. RIP.

SILVER: The Rolling Stones, "Paint It Black"
Really, a forgotten song in the battle. The far best Indian instrumented song I know.
I'm saying this, in spite of hating the Stones.

BRONZE: The Beach Boys, "Can't Wait Too Long"
Makes me turn on TLOS and enjoy, which is always a benefit.

TIN (way down) The Righteous Brothers, "Just Once In My Life"
"Take the melody, shout it out a little bit, while I'll put some distortion on it. It'll sell well, combined with reverbed everything. To be quite sure, we'll add some standard strings."
No, Phil. There were far better productions for songs like this from you as well as from other people.
I really hate it.

Wasn't there a a forgotten "Let you go me take 'cause I'm downing too" among the songs to check ?
Foul because it will too easily win the Gold of the whole season ? I remember a story about Brian, listening to this song, and being very frustrated.

Thank you Larry ! An interesting round as usual.


Popeye (not the sailor)

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Reply with quote  #29 
My sunday votes:

Gold: Over the Rainbow - Judy Garland - A national treasure sitting safely on a shelf somewhere in our national recording archives.

Silver: Can't Wait Too Long - Beach Boys - I like the ebb and flow of the beautiful vocals.

Bronze: Paint It Black - Rolling Stones - One of many great songs from the Stones.

Tin: Just Once In My Life - Righteous Brothers - Too much or not enough cowbell going on here. Can't figure it out.

Thanks Larry!
Tom Tobben

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Reply with quote  #30 
Still traveling this past week, so just voting briefly:

Gold — “Paint It Black”, Rolling Stones. Pure early rebellious Stones.

Silver — “Just Once in My Life”, Righteous Brothers. Good blue-eyed soul ballad.

Bronze — “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, Judy Garland. A return to Oz, for a young lady whose real troubles lie ahead of her as a adult.

Tin — “Can’t Wait Too Long”, Beach Boys. Decent enough but not fully realized for what it could have been.

All good songs this week!
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