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Summer is busy so I appreciate all your time and thoughts so far this week.

Al, I always wonder how the votes will go any particular week.  Sometimes I am surprised.  I wavered on putting up Glen Campbell’s “Grow Old Along With Me” but I’m thrilled as peaches to see Lee’s Gold vote.  Lennon’s version on the Lennon Anthology with George Martin’s orchestration is just beautiful, too (sorry John B, I go both ways).  See Al’s post for the link.  Mary Chapin Carpenter’s is really fine, too.  I think it’s just a beautiful song.

bonnie, “The uploader has not made this video available in your country.”  Jamie Lawson’s is not to be missed so here’s link that worked for me:


Life is a journey.  All the twists and turns.  “Instant Karma’s gonna get you...” (Oh, Yoko! [rofl])

Prof Dewey, I was impressed by how well the words of “Help” applied to Brian when Pet Sounds didn’t chart well, Sea of Tunes rights were sold and SMiLE crashed.  The young and free life suddenly had troubles.  After reading Wikipedia Lennon might have written “Help” just because of the film title.
BTW, Professor, great Ronettes video!

Lee, it’s good to get away.  I hope you don’t suffer withdrawal symptoms from being unplugged.  Maybe try that “Sidewalk Surfin’” as a distraction.  I’ll stick with the boys’ waves.  At least Glen may have struck a good chord with you.  I hope your travels are sunny and pleasurable this week.

Here is an interesting article I came across today while surfing the net that was written for Brian’s 70th birthday.  It speculates how Brian Wilson might answer each of the questions he posed in The Beach Boy’s "When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)".

At 70, how would Brian Wilson answer his questions in ‘When I Grow Up’?”
https://richleeonline.wordpress.com/2012/06/20/at-70-how-would-brian-wilson-answer-the-questions-in-when-i-grow-up/

And for your further edification:


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Deb, those are four beauties.

Any of them would get my Gold in some weeks here.

Hoping Brian had a great 75th birthday.


Gold - Help! (The Beatles - 1965)
Glad you went with the studio version, Deb. (Just hope the Vimeo clip eludes the copyright police until after the play-offs.) In my Top 10 songs of all time. There is a difference in the (mono) single & EP and (stereo) album recordings. This is the album version (and also the one used in the film, I think). It’s a nice piece of Beatles trivia – what song on the 1 CD didn’t actually go to #1? Answer: ‘Help!’, because it’s the LP version on that greatest hits compilation! This is the mono. Check the difference, particularly Lennon’s lead vocal.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8KZx6-EQnqKc1Y0X09SRHBYU0E/view

Silver - Grow Old With Me (Glen Campbell - 2008)
Where do I start? Let me count the ways. Obviously I first heard this song when I bought Milk and Honey, John Lennon’s posthumous release, in January of 1984. When I walked out of the record store and into Queen St Mall, on the first day of its release, album in hand, I ran into legendary Brisbane radio announcer, the late Ray McGregor. I told him what I’d just bought. His one word reply: “Masterpiece”. The album itself was a slight disappointment inasmuch as I knew we’d never hear new material from John again, plus there were no real certified classics on the album like ‘Watching the Wheels’, ‘Woman’ or ‘Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)’. Yoko had tried to make it Double Fantasy Part II, which it was originally intended to be, but as John had been taken from us when he was, it was not as strong as it could have been. Even the front cover was inferior. And Yoko had had a falling out with co-producer Jack Douglas and David Geffen so this was released on the cheaper looking Polydor. But hearing ‘Grow Old With Me’ sung by John on a really dodgy home recording was the real downer. A beautiful song that deserved the time to make it a classic recording; time that John never had. Even the remaining Beatles couldn’t salvage it for Anthology. So it was ripe for cover versions. I heard Glen’s version when I downloaded the whole Meet Glen Campbell album in 2008. Now THAT is a really good collections of songs. They’re all well-made covers of material from acts you wouldn’t have expected Glen to do, such as Travis, U2, Jackson Browne and Tom Petty. His version of Foo Fighters’ ‘Times Like These’ knocks the original to the shizenhausen! His Green Day’s ‘Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)’ is my preferred version, too. My only qualm with the album is I don’t believe Glen plays much guitar, if any, on it. As an insider said to me a year or so later after Glen had played a concert here and, disappointingly, performed nothing from this album or anything more recent than 1975, Glen just wasn’t capable of retaining new material anymore. It’s a great song. It’s a touching version. God bless Glen and John.

Bronze - Catch a Wave (The Beach Boys - 1963)
I still love it. And I remember when the experts thought that was Dennis singing lead in the first part of the verses. Of course, it’s actually Mike. Love the harp glissando! My band used to do this one. Bust your buns!

Participant - On the Road Again (William Nelson - 1980)
Poor Willie! He gets the bum deal of the week and the lousiest of clips (which we can’t even view on this site) to present his song! I want to hear that harmonica solo! Have grown to love the song, as the closer to a lot of my smaller shows. It’s great. Non-deserving of tin. Glen Campbell would cover this in concert too, throwing in lines about playing golf. Saw Willie live with the Highwaymen in ’92. He stole the show. Respect.

(Glen & Willie together performing ‘On the Road Again’)

(features the harmonica solo!)

(this is a clip for ‘Catch a Wave’ that features a ‘60s icon we lost a fortnight ago – the great Adam West, complete with that most genius of inventions, the shark repellent bat spray. Warning to guys with weak hearts: also contains Dawn Wells in a bathing suit. And t, Gidget is in it, too. And Mr Ed surfing.)

People go on about “’Help!’ should’ve been a ballad”…..I included John Farnham’s ballad version in Week 20 of Season II in a Beatles cover week.

It came very last!


Week 20

Gold - Dear Prudence (Doug Parkinson In Focus - 1969) (65.5)


Silver - You've Got To Hide Your Love Away (The Beach Boys - 1965) (61)


Bronze - Eleanor Rigby (Zoot - 1970) (48.5)


Tin - Help! (John Farnham - 1980) (35)


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And June brings us another rock'n'roll birthday....74 years to Sir Ray Davies on the 21st.

And a song for your theme by the Kinks - Where Did My Spring Go?

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Darren,  I LOVE the Help! ballads but let's be honest - that THIS was round two of the height of Beatlemania in the US - Shea Stadium, but Help! just fit the bill for 65.  Don't forget the Carpenters did it as well (see below).

How did you get the harp in with you band on CAW? 

Some Help!s:



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G'day Al. 

Ha! When we did it, the band didn't play the harp bit. The organ parts were played by our lead guitarist on a guitar synth. 

These days, our keyboardist could easily pull off the harp. We use it in 'I Started a Joke' (Bee Gees), no problem. 


Wow! McCartney has just announced his first Australian tour since 1993. 

Excited but nervous. 

How does one get good tickets?
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How does one get good tickets?

 Hmmmm............one might be a Moderator here, and therefore, have a passing acquaintance with Mr. DeMartin, who might have a passing acquaintance with a certain Mr. Wilson, who seems to have a passing acquaintance with a certain Knighted rock'n'roll ex-Beatle. That's only 2 people in between you and a "good tickets" source. Just sayin'!![smile]

Meanwhile, back at this weeks theme (sort of):
Lovin' Spoonful - Almost Grown

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Otherwise, get in line like the rest of us.  I have my McCartney tix for Sept. at Madison Square Garden.  Brian tix for Radio City.  Each a week apart.  All to cleanse my palette.  

McCartney tickets are not inexpensive - unless you have some connection. 

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Oh boy!  The last time he was here in concert was 1993.

Don't care what it costs, I need to be there.  The difficulty will be snapping up tickets before they're gone.  I'm guessing I'll have a two-and-a-half-minute window.

Paul with his "Here Today".  




And a change of pace.  The Bangles "What a Life".






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Speaking as a grouchy old philistine, I wouldn't cross the street to attend a Paul McCartney concert. 

Too bad the terrific "Southern California" won't be on that anthology album.

Short live version with some faces from the past:


Studio version:


Another stellar retrospective one: "Summer's Gone".

Studio version:


Privately-made video from Wembley:


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More "Help!".....from the Lovin' Spoonful(!?!)

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In a few short weeks another important "anniversary" occurs when two guys first met in Liverpool:


They changed the landscape of pop/rock and of course drove and pushed one Brian Wilson to go further.

Agree with the professor about the tracks NOT on the retrospective, but wrong thread, me thinks. 

Lotta good songs and videos just posted by the BOTB's staffers.

Let's get some votes coming again! 

Meantime, THE Maureen Love:

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My grown up votes:

Gold: Catch a Wave - Beach Boys - Catchy!

Silver: Grow Old With Me - Glen Campbell - Lovely.

Bronze: On The Road Again - Willie Nelson - A bit road weary.

Tin: Help! - Beatles - I would have preferred "When I'm 75".





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A long time ago, in a land with palm trees, far, far away.

Dean Martin, "Memories Are Made of This"


The Byrds, "Goin' Back"


Hellogoodbye, "When We First Met"


Dr. Dog, "The Old Days"


Brian Wilson, "Whatever Happened" (nice pictures)


The Stills-Young Band, "Long May You Run"


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LOL! Very resourceful, t. 

I think I'll stick with the traditional way of procuring tickets - online. 

bonnie, did you see him last time?

I was front row at the MCG, March 10th, 1993.

Second of two shows. 

I'll never forget him walking out onstage. 

I said to my mate, "He even looks like Paul McCartney!" 

32 songs, 20 of them Beatles. 

Won't be looking at setlists from prior shows.

Just hope he does this....





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The often Prof. thinks like me.  I would swap 'Southern California' in for 'Let It Shine' on the pending (near) perfect Anthology. 

Thanks also for 'Goin' Back'.  Reminds me of Byrd Karalitz  and 'Goin Back Industries', where I brought lots of classic records from back in the day. 

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