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Darren J. Ray

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This song must be for all Jim's friend's, who died.  Don't become a friend of Jim's - it probably won't work out in your favour. 


Cantina, 'God' was used in Season V, Week 45. 90 points - still the highest we've ever had. (You gave it your Gold.) 

But it finished 10th place in the Gold Play-Off. (You gave it 7th place that week.)

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GOLD Brian
BRONZE The Who - nice.
TIN Jim Carroll Band
Darren J. Ray

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Gold - Hallelujah (k. d. lang - 2004)
Strong song, but I’ve never heard a version I like. Cohen’s is a dirge, Buckley’s is to be avoided at all costs, and this one sounds like an acted-out cover.

Silver - The Last Song (Brian Wilson - 2015)
Hadn’t heard it before this week. And, yes, I don’t know what it’s about either. Infectious refrain, innit? Still haven’t bought the album, and this doesn’t inspire me to rush out and grab a copy. I know I should, though.

Bronze - People Who Died (The Jim Carroll Band - 1980)
Wanted to like it more than I did because 1980 was good year in music. But it’s a bit ‘Ca Plane Pour Moi’, from three years earlier (and a much better song). Also, too long. Had my interest for the first four minutes. Then it died.

Participant - Sunrise (The Who - 1966)
Vanilla sky. Never had my interest.

(Ca Plane Pour Moi – Plastic Bertrand)

Tom Tobben

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Short on time this week:

Gold -- "The Last Song", Brian Wilson. Poignant and lovely.

Silver -- "Hallelujah", k.d. Lang. Touching interpretation. I'm a k.d. Lang fan!

Bronze -- "Sunrise" -- Good song from one of my favored Who albums.

Tin -- "People Who Died", Jim Carroll Band. New to me but a decent enough song.

Thanks, Larry.

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I almost forgot!
Gold - Brian Wilson - The Last Song
Silver - k.d. Lang - Hallelujah
Bronze - The Who - Sunrise
Tin - Jim Carroll Band - People Who Died
I see I'm in good company anyway. With the rest of the laggers!

I try hard to be strong
But sometimes I fail myself
And after all I've promised you
So faithfully
You still believe in me
I wanna cry . . .”

Larry Franz

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Well, thanks to D.A.N., Darren, Deb & Tom for your last minute votes!

We'll give Mr. Adsett a few more hours to see if he'll vote on this week before he launches next week.

Meanwhile, a bevy of favorite goodbyes and farewells: 

Woody Guthrie, "So Long, It's Been Good to Know Yuh", first released 1935

Hank Williams, "Ramblin' Man", 1951

Ray Charles & His Orchestra, "I'm Movin' On", 1959

The Spaniels, "Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight", 1954

The Blasters, "So Long Baby, Goodbye", 1980

Elliott Smith, "Bye", 2000

Sufjan Stevens, "Auld Lang Syne", 2012

paul g adsett

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never thought this order at beginning of week:

tin: 'the last song'
- oh, joe joe joe thomas
(and more of him in my botb week that's just about to come up),
oh dear ,oh dear...
ah, luvverly intro.
can't fault the piano intro, can we...
then the orchestra, with  the fiddle heading for some irish muisty eyedness...
the lyrics.
can't fault the sentiment of the lyrics, can you?
the chap means 'em.
but, then that over-tracked'n'processed voice comes in.
it's register and timbre veers too much into the maudlin.
the 'la lal la's sound like bw is really doing that 'la-la-la... i can't hear you' thing
to blot out something distasteful,
giving us his true feeling over whole thing.
the backing vocals, well-sculpted beach boys harmonies.
can't fault them backing vocals, can you?
but, then there's an entire chorus doing it and it just sounds mawkish.
look, i've tried to 'like' it.
properly 'like' it.
i don't 'dislike' it,
but, to me, it's another example of bw's true talent and passion
being subsumed into over-bearing, claggy production values,
like gloop fallen into the choccy pipe that leads to the fudge room...
the whole thing is fudged.
i want to hear an alternate production of this potentially staggering song.
i do.

bronze: 'hallelujah'
- a song that has really really been overdone by too, too many, it's definitely not  run of the mill take.
the piano isn't as hackneyed as many.
the guitar line is lovely.
the strings rise just right...
(ashley says the production 'sounds like twin peaks' - from her that's real praise! though she's more a fan of the 'booth and the bad angel'
tim booth from james'es solo album with angelo badalamenti)
and, crikey, yes it does have a badalamenti feel to it
and i couldn't get that out of my head once she mentioned it.
so, top marks for musical arrangement.
marked down for a voice that i've always struggled with
(my failing, yes, i know...).
kd (should i put the initial in upper case, just because?)
doesn't just sing, she really performs a song.
her performances are, indeed, performances.
i can't put it into words but
it's the sheer theatricality that gets in the way, for me
(gimme john cale's interpretation as toppermost,
apart from the impeccable mr cohen.
tim buckley just behind in the running
and r wainwright esq, of course, coming up on the rails but not overtaking
- and i've heard spine-tingling live version by each of these...).

silver: 'people who died' 
- strident.
thought it trite on first hearing.
it improved immensely to my ears over the week,
because it isn't meant to be other than it is and its simplicity wins through.
mostly because he means it.
a complete aside, name-dropping (as can be my wont), 
with a (near-literal) punch line:
i was reminded here of the nearest artist i can think who can produce a similar style
- the great willie nile*.

gold: 'sunrise'
- the breath that's taken away is given back by beauty.
a faaab track from an album that not many oif my chums liked at the time,
but emphasised to me not just  the pop art scholarliness of the band,
but, especially here, there's an example of the sensitivity that townshend exhibits,
made all the better by him taking the lead vocal,
not given with the blokeishness that daltrey injects in some of pete's lyrics.
plus, there's a delicate precursor of that 'tommy' guitar progression throughout,
is there not?
ask me which track i love best on 'sell out' and i'd probably have to say
'i can see for miles',
since it's a standout single.
but, taking this song away from the album,
it's registering as an early masterpiece townshend recording,
well up with many of his finest 'oo performances and his solo recordings.
thanks for including this one.


* willie nile (from ny state, steeped in new yorkness with jersey frills
(counts springsteen as a chum and they are prone to join each other onstage)
from time to time. a full-on living rock god persona.
one with warmth,  well-judged swagger and passion
and deeply sensitive beneath that.

he'd agreed a solo gig at the greys
- 60 tkts and a most intimate, listening room,
where he's mesmerised the audience,
and (knock me down with a feathered mic) roger daltrey turns up to see him
(he'd toured the states with the 'oo).
i enticed willie to come back and play the greys
(he and his guitar player flew in early from belfast and back
just to play a duo date before the full tour)
a couple of years back and had the real joy of willie stay with us,
great conversation over a bottle or two of good red wine in the kitchen after the gig.
and so it mr nile must head for the bog ('bathroom')
now, we have a brass plated step up, out of the kitchen into the hallway.
the short-but-well-muscled chap heads for the door, slightly swaggery,
not out of bravado, but imbibification,
and 'thwack!', he's missed the step (well, the stepping part of the exercise)
and willie's spreadeagled flat out on the hallway carpet!
as if part of an olympic bungee'd gymnastic performance,
he's instantly up on his feet and heading down the hall,
without so much as abrush down or a look back...
'now, that'd never make a grand rock star death' i say when he returns
no - but it was just so cool and comical!
(he's touring uk again as i write,
with another rather good album
but we couldn't fix another tiny night for him this time around. bugger!
here's a rollicking track form a previous album:


Larry Franz

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Reply with quote  #53 
How did I know Mr. Adsett would be worth waiting for?

Thanks, Paul, for your votes and well-considered analysis. The late Mr. Carroll and his band should also thank you for giving them a chance to see the sunrise, i.e. to rise above the 3rd and 4th divisions. (Perhaps I should have gone with ELO, Roxy Music or the Band instead.)

With 20 voters now, this week's final results (subject to confirmation, of course):

Gold:  Brian Wilson, "The Last Song", 66 points or 33.0% (11-G, 6-S, 1-B, 2-T)

Silver:  k. d. lang, "Hallelujah", 58 points or 29.0% (6-G, 8-S, 4-B, 2-T) 

Bronze:  The Who, "Sunrise", 48 points or 24.0% (3-G, 5-S, 9-B, 3-T)

Tin (or an even baser metal): The Jim Carroll Band, "People Who Died", 28 points or 14.0% (0-G, 1-S, 6-B, 13-T)

One last favorite I meant to post:

The Rolling Stones, "No Expectations", Beggars Banquet, 1968

Darren J. Ray

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Reply with quote  #54 

Well done, Larry.

They’re in the book.

‘The Last Song’ is the eighth song from No Pier Pressure to appear in the Battle.

It has a solid record:

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),
This Beautiful Day (a Silver in Week 11 of Season VI, 2nd in Silver Play-Off - Graciegirl),
Runaway Dancer (live version) (a Gold in Week 21 of Season VI - bonnie bella),
Don't Worry (a Silver in Week 36 of Season VI - Kevin Witts),
Half Moon Bay (a Gold in Week 39 of Season VI - Peter Simpson),
One Kind of Love (a Gold in Week 15 of Season VII - bonnie bella),
The Last Song (a Gold in Week 29 of Season VII - Larry Franz)

‘Sunrise’ is the eighth entry for The Who.

Their record is:

See Me, Feel Me/Listening to You (a Bronze in Week 8 of Season II, 2nd in the Bronze Play-Off - Cynthia D. Hood),
Slip Kid (a Bronze in Week 13 of Season III - Michael F. Becher),
Happy Jack (a Silver in Week 23 of Season III - Michael F. Becher),
Summertime Blues (a Tin in Week 21 of Season IV - Al Forsyth),
Someone's Coming (a Silver in Week 6 of Season V - Deb#1),
Cut My Hair (a Tin in Week 30 of Season VI, 6th in Tin Play-Off - paul g adsett),
Pinball Wizard (a Gold in Week 38 of Season VI - Deb#1),
Sunrise (a Bronze in Week 29 of Season VII - Larry Franz)

‘Hallelujah’ and ‘Sunrise’ are both outside chances of making their play-offs.



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