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t bedford

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I absolutely love waking up to a white long as it's melted & gone by noon.

The Drifters- White Christmas:

Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns - Silent Night:

I'm not a real billionaire, but I play one on TV!
Verden McCutcheon

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   Season 7 week 43...Its beginning to look a lot like xmas

                   1)Brian Wilson....They do a fantastic job of this one !

                   2)Bob Dylan.....Not your typical xmas song but sure entertaining especially the video

                   3)Chicago.......Good overall sound and yet different !

                   4)The Moody Blues...Very nice but somewhat boring !

                                                                 nice selections Lee !

 p.s Merry Xmas !

Lee Marshall

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Thanks Verden.  'Tis beginning to LOOK a LOT like December 25.  t and I will endeavor to get that snow the heck outta here...if only for Darren's sake...if not our own.  How will we do it you ask?

We generate a whole HEAP of hot air.  Or hadn't you noticed over these past dozen years or so? [wink]

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Hi Lee,

Here is my vote for this week.

Must Be Santa – Bob Dylan

Joy to the World – Brian Wilson

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - Chicago

In The Quiet of Christmas Morning – Moody Blues

Graciegirl [smile]

Tom Tobben

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My votes:

Gold -- "Must Be Santa", Dylan. A fun, animated version of this song and video, on what was an otherwise very lackluster Christmas album by Dylan a few years ago. I purchased and tried listening to his Christmas in the Heart album a number of times and this was about the only song that really resonated with me. Was interesting to learn from glasat this week that this song was originally performed by Brave Combo, and that Dylan's version was performed pretty similarly to the original. One of the fun things about these BOTBs is that there's always plenty of opportunities to learn something new.

Silver -- "In the Quiet of Christmas Morning", Moody Blues. A lovely modern vocal interpretation of Bach's classic piece, "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring". That classic song sounds lovely in many interpretations, including here.

Bronze -- "Joy to the World", Brian Wilson. Brian's What I Really Want for Christmas is a truly delightful Christmas album, with an excellent combination of traditional Christmas songs and BW originals. Unfortunately, this particular song is one of my least favorites on the album, perhaps in part because of having so many "bom-bom"s and "dit-dit-it"s in the song. For me, they took away from and were a distraction from the song itself.

Tin -- "Let It Snow x3", Chicago. This distracting jazzed-up version of another lovely winter holiday season song fell to the bottom of this week's list for me.

Here's the original hit version of "Let It Snow x3" by Vaughn Monroe from the mid-1940s that I remember hearing a lot as a young kid, and that still remains my favorite version:

Nice battle this week, Lee, to bring out the holiday cheer here on the board. Now, if only those fun virtual snowball fights from years ago on the old blueboard would make a reappearance this holiday season! 


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Merry Christmas, Lee and all,

Gold – Brian Wilson – Joy to the World – Best carol here. It’s got great musical and vocal arrangements.  It's Christmasy.

Silver – Bob Dylan – Must Be Santa – The first I time I heard this song was when my two young nieces presented their own version to the family one Christmas, easily in the early 90’s sometime.  I always thought it was a kid’s song and never knew Dylan sang a version.  I guess he might qualify as a kid on some levels.  He’s got the free spirit of one.  I like the video, too.

Now I see glasat’s post. Wikipedia says: “"Must Be Santa" is a Christmas song written by Hal Moore and Bill Fredericks and first released in November 1960 by Mitch Miller.  A cover version by Tommy Steele reached Number 40 on the UK Singles Chart in the same year.”  Credit where credit is due!

Bronze – Moody Blues – In the Quiet of Christmas Morning. - Points for the train.  I was in the grocery today, heard a toot and a clang when a quite fine-looking train all dressed for Christmas passed overhead on a track that ran around the whole store.  Totally cool to see. I think some credit on this one goes to Bach.

Tin – Chicago – Let It Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! – There’s nothing special here for me.  Too jazzy.  Not as Christmasy.

t Bedford posted one of my favorites..I used to look for Darlene Love every year on Letterman.  There are many here that are fitting right in.
Bring on the Carpenters.  (Because why not and because I love Karen’s voice.)  Bring on all the classics,too.  And maybe a new one:

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 . . .”

t bedford

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It ain't Christmas without Darlene!!

Love on Letterman - 1986, the very first time (Letterman's band only):

And every year (except a writers strike once) thru 2014 (full "Phil Spector" version):

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Al Forsyth

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Lee - did Lisa get this in?  Shocked if she or someone didn't! 

Play them all if you would like ^

With my sis's Women Of Substance you had to use the slider, below follow, to find the #'s.  Give her a listen. 

Now, it IS the week before Christmas.  Thanks, Lee, for getting us going!  [smile]

A diamond necklace played the pawn...

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Hi all,

Gold - Brian Wilson
Silver - Chicago
Bronze - Moody Blues
Tin - Bob Dylan

Lee Marshall

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Thanks Mary, Deb, Tom, Gracie Girl.  I'll be doing the math shortly.
Lee Marshall

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18 Merry-makers voted this week.  Loads of songs were contributed to the cause.  By and large...Christmas...or at least the idea of being celebratory...was given it's due.  Sorry that a couple of regulars missed the opportunity to vote but heh!!!  There's enough of a divide from 1 through 4 that they likely wouldn't have affected the final placings.

With a grand total of 57 points...The Golden Winner of this week's BATTLE?  Brian D.  Choices were somewhat limited for both Brian and Bob as only a few of their 'songs of the season' are internationally 'You-tubeable.'  Brian grabbed 8 golds, 5 silvers, and 5 bronze medallions.  NO ONE thought that Brian had included any tin in his tune.

At 47...Zimmy grabbed the Silver medal with some diversity in terms of his appeal.  6 gold/5 tin.  He also added 4 silvers and 3 bronze votes.  A wide variety of responses for Mr. Dylan...but enough support to land him a solid 2nd.

With 40.5 points...The Moody Blues interpretation of a J.S.B. ditty landed them the bronze prize and left Beethoven spinning in his grave yet again.  2 Golds, 5 silvers, 6.5 3rds and 4 tins lifted the long-time British band to the podium.

Landing last with 35.5 points Chicago still managed to grab 2 gold votes, and 4 silvers...along with a further 3.5 bronze placings.  The 8 tins made for their ultimate undoing.  But still...t'was a respectable tally for a great band.

I'll now hand the reins off for Cindy's week of tunes so that us turkeys, fruitcakes, stocking-wearers and potential coal recipients can vote yet again for the 44th time in this the 7th season of the Battle.

Wave your magic wand Darren and sew this sucker closed.  The stuffing needs to marinate.
Lee Marshall

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Dagnabbit!!!! [bawl]

Darren e-mailed to say that there were 19 voters and so I double-checked.  18 again.  SO?  I checked all the names on the 3rd time through and sure-nuff ... indeed there was ONE missing.  Mine!!!  I forgot to count my own 'contribution' to the math-puzzle.  Dumb-ass!!!!! [mad] numbers...[cause I did the original math wrong tooooooo [eek]... ... ... ...[rolleyes]]

Brian...Gold 62 [9, 6, 4]
Bob...Silver 48 [6, 4, 3, 6]
Moodys...43.5 [2, 6, 6 1/2, 4]
Chicago...36.5 [2, 3, 5 1/2, 8]SaveSave
Darren J. Ray

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Well done, Lee.

‘Joy to the World’ is actually the first track from What I Really Want for Christmas to appear in the Battle.

In the Key of Disney is now the only Brian solo studio album to not yield an entry in the Battle.

‘Must Be Santa’ is the seventh Bob Dylan song included here.

His record:

Blowin’ in the Wind (a Gold in Week 29 of Season I - Al Forsyth),
Positively 4th Street (a Gold in Week 23 of Season II - Cynthia D. Hood),
Subterranean Homesick Blues (a Silver in Week 29 of Season III, 4th in Silver Play-Off - Roy Rogers),
The Times They Are a-Changin' (a Tin in Week 16 of Season IV, 2nd in Tin Play-Off - Deb#1),
Soon After Midnight (a Silver in Week 41 of Season IV - Verden McCutcheon),
Highway 61 Revisited (a Bronze in Week 32 of Season V - Larry Franz),
Must Be Santa (a Silver in Week 43 of Season VII - Lee Marshall)

‘In the Quiet of Christmas Morning’ is the second entry for The Moody Blues and their second entry this season.

Their record:

Isn’t Life Strange (a Gold in Week 9 of Season VII - kds),
In the Quiet of Christmas Morning (Bach 147) (a Bronze in Week 43 of Season VII - Lee Marshall)

It was the ninth entry for Chicago.

Their results have been:

Questions 67 & 68 (a Tin in Week 19 of Season I - Cynthia D Hood),
Wishing You Were Here (a Silver in Week 44 of Season I - Cynthia D Hood),
Wishing You Were Here (a Gold in Week 28 of Season II - Andrew G. Doe),
Beginnings (a Silver in Week 45 of Season II, 6th in Silver Play-Off - Tom Tobben),
Dialogue (Part I & II) (a Tin in Week 8 of Season V - Popeye (not the sailor)),
Saturday in the Park (a Silver in Week 24 of Season V - Cindy Hood),
25 or 6 to 4 (a Silver in Week 41 of Season VI - Al Forsyth),
Colour My World (a Tin in Week 3 of Season VII - Al Forsyth), 
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (a Tin in Week 43 of Season VII - Lee Marshall)

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