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Larry, is that meant to be a tied Silver? 

Nope, sorry. It's been fixed.
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GOLD to the Tiki Gods

SILVER for Brian Wilson

BRONZE to Carlos Santana

TIN for Johann Johannsson

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Hi, Tom,
I had a hard time alotting the Gold between Brain and Santana. But in the end I chose Brian. Although I really like Santana, bonnie expressed some of the sentiment that ultimately defined it for me. Santana's was formulaic. Brian's was fresh and I love Mark Isham's interpretive input.

I really liked The Tiki Gods. Nicky always seems so quiet and retiring. He obviously expresses himself through his music. With the other BW members, this is really a cool number. It even took the Silver from Santana.
Johann Johannsson, not so much. It looked too much like an exercise in synchronized swimming to me.

In the end, I'm voting:
- Gold - Brian Wilson, Half Moon Bay
- Silver - Elliot Easton's Tiki God's, Sir Surfalot
- Bronze - Santana, Suenos
- Tin - Johann Johannsson, Flight From the City

I tried, but this week I couldn't find a recent instrumental I liked well enough to post. I'll be looking out for one after this week pointed out to me how many I haven't even heard. Thanks to those that posted theirs.

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Tom,

Without much adieu and fanfare from the common man:

I swear that I didn't consult t-bedford about this!

Gold - to Elliot Easton and Nick Walusko and company.  It's Dick Dale meets the Beach Boys who meet the Cars and throw in some Stevie Ray.  It's fun and you can play it over and over.  The others not so!

Silver to Brian and Joe and the interplay between the sax and horn with Brian's vocalized chords behind it all.  Nice!

Bronze to Carlos and company and the acoustic goes electric. But it's all Carlos really.

Tin - I actually like but it is yoga mat music, essentially.  I like the repeated phrase but it then becomes a little nails on chalkboard - as in ENOUGH.  Thanks for the introduction to Johann Johannsson though.

No instrumentals from me either.  They get kind of personal. 

Thanks for the week, Tom.  My votes did go through some changes but I read no one's votes until T and Deb


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Thanks to David, bonnie, t, Deb, and Al for your votes and related comments. Thanks also to David, DAN, and bonnie for the additional songs. 

David, that live guitar-driven instrumental by the XX (whom I'd not previously heard of) was good and back to basics. Despite the flashy light show, the song itself had a nice appeal without excessive frills. 

DAN, thanks for the added info regarding Fleet Foxes and Father John Misty. Now that he's had some good solo albums of his own, I suspected he might not be back with the Foxes. I've listened to his I Love You, Honeybear album a fair amount this past year. 

bonnie, thanks for your interesting and entertaining comments about each song. "Sir Surfalot" certainly evokes the classic surf instrumental sound and the song title puts an exclamation point on that musical message. Interesting that Auckland has its own lovely Half Moon Bay -- I wonder whether there might be other similarly shaped bays elsewhere around the world that are similarly named. The video accompanying "Flight from the City" certainly was unusual and interesting -- I took it to be some type of water ballet, perhaps somehow associated with the classical myth of Orpheus (for which Johannsson's album is named, with this as the lead song), but I couldn't figure out a direct connection between the myth and the video. Maybe somebody else here sees a connection. Santana's "Sueno" has been a bit of a polarizer this week. A number of people have loved it, while an equal number so far have rated it their tin pick. Thanks also for the Beastie Boys' instrumental -- nice. I wasn't aware of this one but it was good -- reminded me a bit of the Black Keys, with the emphasis on keyboard and drums. 

Deb, thanks for your thoughtful consideration of each song. I, too, found Nick's key role in the Tiki Gods to be interesting, because he almost always plays a background role in Brian's band, only stepping forward with his occasional distinctive guitar flourishes. On the Tiki Gods album, he co-wrote five songs and was the sole songwriter for one instrumental song, "Sabotagia (I Say Sabotage)". For those who are able to listen to this song clip, here it is. The song certainly has a bit of a James Bond feel, especially the intro and the horns segment, and some nice lead guitar throughout the song:


Al, thanks for your well-considered votes, as always. I know you always take these weekly battles seriously and evaluate each song closely before you cast your votes. A fascinating perspective on "Sir Surfalot", with all the musical influences you astutely picked up. Regarding Johann Johannsson, I have Pete Simpson to thank for formally introducing me to his Orphee album a year or so ago, and I've always really liked Johannsson's soundtrack music from The Theory of Everything -- it fit the mood of the movie and the story of the main character (Stephen Hawking) so well.  


As promised yesterday, here are a few Grammy winners for Best Rock Instrumental from the past ten years (2007-2011) before that special category was eliminated in 2012:

"The Wizard Turns On" by the Flaming Lips (2011 winner):


"Peaches en Regalia" by Zappa Plays Zappa (ZPZ) (2009 winner), featuring Frank Zappa's oldest son Dweezil. Here's a live version, which ZPZ performed on their concert tours. The Frank Zappa original instrumental was from his jazzy classic Hot Rats album.


"A Day in the Life" by Jeff Beck (2010 winner). This lovely instrumental version reminds me of the lovely version he also did of Brian's "Surf's Up" a few years ago.


"Mr. Surfer Goes Jazzin'" by the Brian Setzer Orchestra (2010 finalist):



As for my own votes, here's my ranking, even though I really liked them all:

Gold -- "Suenos", Santana. I'm admittedly a sucker for Santana instrumentals, and I especially like his soulful, dreamy instrumental songs like this one. My all-time Santana favorite in that regard is probably "Europa" from his 1976 album, Amigos.


Silver -- "Half Moon Bay", Brian Wilson. A number of others here have already described what a lovely song this is, and Mark Isham's horn solos add a distinctive flavor to the song. I wish Brian would create more instrumental songs, because I've really liked nearly every one he's ever recorded with the Beach Boys or solo, even though he's best known for his distinctive vocals and harmonies. 

Bronze -- "Flight from the City", Johann Johannsson. A lovely, subdued instrumental piece. Perfect for those times when you just want to sit back and relax or reflect on something quietly. From this and some of Johansson's soundtrack music, it's easy to see why he's also such a popular movie soundtrack composer. 

Tin -- "Sir Surfalot", Elliot Easton's Tiki Gods. While I really like the Tiki Gods album overall, there are several other songs I like more but that were not available to all of our participating countries. My personal favorite on the album is "Sydney's Samba", a much more laid-back piece. As some others here felt that Santana's "Suenos" was a bit formulaic, I'd have to say the same about "Sir Surfalot" -- it's certainly derivative (intentionally so) of the many earlier surf music instrumentals that preceded it all those years ago. More of an homage to all those classic surf instrumentals, I suppose. 


We're still awaiting a handful of individuals to cast their ballots, along with any further comments or songs from anyone here. I'll plan to count up the final results and post them sometime on Monday morning US time after Darren and I do our usual crosscheck of the numbers, so be sure to cast your votes or add more commentary before then. 

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Hi Tom! Great choices this week. I would rank them...

GOLD: Sueños-Santana
I LOVE Latin/Southwestern style music. And the way Santana fuses that with rock is excellent. I really enjoyed this instrumental and found it very expressive.

SILVER: Sir Surfalot-Elliot Easton's Tiki Gods
I also LOVE some good surf music! This was energetic with great guitar work. Fun to listen to.

BRONZE: Half Moon Bay-Brian Wilson
This song is beautiful, but I'm just not feeling the chilled out vibe at this present time. If I was asked on a different day I might answer differently. Nevertheless, another exquisite arrangement of Brian's.

TIN: Flight From The City-Johann Johannsson
WAY too tranquil. It was ok but I found it very repetitive and anticlimactic.

Definitely not post 2007, but this is my favorite instrumental of all time, released in 1939.


My second favorite, released in 1937...

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GOLD: Sir Surfalot / Elliot Eastons Tiki Gods
That was fun! Enjoyed the extra perk of great photos with the track.

SILVER: Half Moon Bay / Brian Wilson
I have always loved his instrumentals

BRONZE: Suenos / Santana
Always enjoy a good Santana instrumental

TIN: Flight from the City / Johann Johansson
I agree with Al. Yoga mat music. Nice but not my thing. Interesting video though.
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What?!?!?  You want MORE comments Tom?!?!?

The singing wasn't merely wonderful...it was way more than just that...it was TWOderful.  Vocals extraordinaire.  [and then some]

Good pickin'...and I don't mean the banjos.

Yer welcome.

Now git to the addin' part.[wink]

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p.s.  I wish you/we all were still adding in Kevin's votes here every week.  He is missed.
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"A Day in the Life" by Jeff Beck (2010 winner). This lovely instrumental version reminds me of the lovely version he also did of Brian's "Surf's Up" a few years ago.

I have actually performed Jeff Beck's version of Surf's Up! And A Day In The Life and Surf's Up are two of my favorite songs ever written!!!

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My instrumental votes:

Gold: Sir Surfalot - Elliot Easton - Can't go wrong with a good rockin surf instrumental.

Silver: Half Moon Bay - Brian Wilson - Soothing. Like the waves on a beach.

Bronze: Suenos - Santana - I hear a lot of "Europa" in this song.

Tin: Flight From The City - Johann Johannsson - Yawn...

Thanks Tom!
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All right, that's a wrap! Thanks to all our voters, including our latest voters GGH, dmkh, and Popeye, and their added comments and videos. You too, Lee!

GGH, nice to see that you also enjoyed the Santana song so much. It was also interesting to learn that your favorite instrumentals date back to the Big Band era, when there were so many popular instrumentals. I heard a lot of them too over the years, because my parents liked to listen to and talk about some of them. Here are a couple of my old instrumental favorites from that era, which were both big #1 pop hits in their time:



dmkh, glad you enjoyed most of the songs, and quite interesting that you have also performed Brian's lovely "Surf's Up"! Congratulations on being able to perform such a gorgeous piece of music. Along with perhaps "Til I Die", "Surf's Up" is my all-time favorite Brian Wilson or Beach Boys song. 

Popeye, yes, certainly some similarities between Santana's "Europa" and "Suenos", though different songs some 30 years apart. A number of Santana's slow instrumentals have a similar atmospheric feel, though each stands on its own. For example, here's the lovely "El Farol" from Santana's multi-platinum hit album, Supernatural, from 1999:



As for our final vote tally for the past week, here's the results:

Gold -- "Half Moon Bay", Brian Wilson, 56 points (5 gold, 10 silver, 2 bronze, 2 tin)

Silver -- "Sir Surfalot", Elliot Easton's Tiki Gods, 53 points (8 gold, 3 silver, 4 bronze, 4 tin)

Bronze -- "Suenos", Santana, 48 points (5 gold, 3 silver, 8 bronze, 3 tin)

Tin -- "Flight from the City", Johann Johannson, 33 points (1 gold, 3 silver, 5 bronze, 10 tin)


All in all, a close battle among this week's top three finishers, with "Sir Surfalot" easily gaining the most golds and finishing a close second behind Brian's "Half Moon Bay". Santana also held its own, gaining as many gold votes as this week's winner. The big difference maker this week was that Brian's song earned a dominant 10 silver votes out of 19, pushing it ahead of the other two top contenders. 

As a fitting end to this past week's battle, and as a tip of the hat to dmkh's own performance of this gorgeous song, here is Jeff Beck's live instrumental version of "Surf's Up", from his tour with Brian a few years ago:



Thanks to all for your votes, comments, and additional recent popular instrumental songs this past week. Over to Darren for any final analysis or commentary.



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Well done, Tom.

A good, close week.

The scores are in that ‘book’ which now appears at the very bottom of page 1 of this BOTB forum.


It was the second time for ‘Half Moon Bay’.

It won Gold in Week 39 of Season VI (Peter Simpson).


Seven tracks from No Pier Pressure have appeared in the Battle.

It has a solid record:

This Beautiful Day (a Silver in Week 11 of Season VI, 2nd in Silver Play-Off - Graciegirl),

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),

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)


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


‘Sueños’ was the third entry for Santana.

Their record:

Samba Pa Ti (a Gold in Week 11 of Season IV - Deb#1),
Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen (album version) (a Bronze in Week 14 of Season VIII - Cindy Hood),
Sueños (a Bronze in Week 22 of Season VIII - Tom Tobben)


‘Sueños’, with the equal 6th highest points and equal 2nd highest percentage for a Bronze so far this year (at the half way mark), is a chance of making its play-off.


Wishing everyone a good break.

Looking forward to GGH kicking off the second half of the season with Week 24 next Monday. 

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All right, that's a wrap! Thanks to all our voters, including our latest voters GGH, dmkh, and Popeye, and their added comments and videos. You too, Lee!

GGH, nice to see that you also enjoyed the Santana song so much. It was also interesting to learn that your favorite instrumentals date back to the Big Band era, when there were so many popular instrumentals. I heard a lot of them too over the years, because my parents liked to listen to and talk about some of them. Here are a couple of my old instrumental favorites from that era, which were both big #1 pop hits in their time:



dmkh, glad you enjoyed most of the songs, and quite interesting that you have also performed Brian's lovely "Surf's Up"! Congratulations on being able to perform such a gorgeous piece of music. Along with perhaps "Til I Die", "Surf's Up" is my all-time favorite Brian Wilson or Beach Boys song. 

Popeye, yes, certainly some similarities between Santana's "Europa" and "Suenos", though different songs some 30 years apart. A number of Santana's slow instrumentals have a similar atmospheric feel, though each stands on its own. For example, here's the lovely "El Farol" from Santana's multi-platinum hit album, Supernatural, from 1999:



As for our final vote tally for the past week, here's the results:

Gold -- "Half Moon Bay", Brian Wilson, 56 points (5 gold, 10 silver, 2 bronze, 2 tin)

Silver -- "Sir Surfalot", Elliot Easton's Tiki Gods, 53 points (8 gold, 3 silver, 4 bronze, 4 tin)

Bronze -- "Suenos", Santana, 48 points (5 gold, 3 silver, 8 bronze, 3 tin)

Tin -- "Flight from the City", Johann Johannson, 33 points (1 gold, 3 silver, 5 bronze, 10 tin)


All in all, a close battle among this week's top three finishers, with "Sir Surfalot" easily gaining the most golds and finishing a close second behind Brian's "Half Moon Bay". Santana also held its own, gaining as many gold votes as this week's winner. The big difference maker this week was that Brian's song earned a dominant 10 silver votes out of 19, pushing it ahead of the other two top contenders. 

As a fitting end to this past week's battle, and as a tip of the hat to dmkh's own performance of this gorgeous song, here is Jeff Beck's live instrumental version of "Surf's Up", from his tour with Brian a few years ago:



Thanks to all for your votes, comments, and additional recent popular instrumental songs this past week. Over to Darren for any final analysis or commentary.




Congrats on a great week Tom! And those swing tunes you posted are fabulous. I appreciate jazz much more now that I've played in a big band/swing style band. And by the way, I think you got me confused with my mom dkmh😂

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My apologies, GGH and dmkh. Sorry for the mixup. Proper credit where it belongs!
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😂No problem Tom!
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