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GGH

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Hi everybody! I had several theme ideas for this week, but it came down to my own personal Concert Series. I've attended many great concerts this summer (some of them have reviews on the board) and there are still more to come. This week, I'll be featuring songs from my favorite artists that I saw this year.

Brian Wilson-Midnight's Another Day I saw Brian in Knoxville, TN on May 6. It was easily the best concert I've ever seen, especially since I had VIP tickets. I posted a review of my whole experience a while back. Midnight's Another Day is one of my favorite Brian Wilson solo songs, but it was tough to pick one for this week since Brian has created so much remarkable music.


Paul Simon-Kodachrome
I saw Paul Simon in concert on June 10, in Cincinnati, OH. Although I personally prefer Simon AND Garfunkel together, Simon put on a nice performance. He mixed some of the classics with a few of his newer songs. Kodachrome has always been my favorite Paul Simon tune; the lyrics are excellent as always. Except I don't get to "think back in all the crap I learned in high school." I'm still living it.


Chicago-25 Or 6 To 4
I saw Chicago in concert on July 15 in Cincinnati, OH as well. Even though I'm not a Chicago diehard, it was one of the best shows I've seen. I love how they fuse rock and jazz. 25 Or 6 To 4 contains one of my favorite guitar solos of all time, and it is an overall fantastic song.


Paul McCartney-Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
I saw Paul McCartney in concert on July 26 in Chicago, IL. One of the best concerts I have ever seen, only second to Brian. I posted a review a few days ago, if anyone would like to read it. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey has piqued my interest lately, and I'm particularly partial to the "hands across the water, heads across the sky" bit. And the flugelhorn, of course, is wonderful.


I hope you all will enjoy these songs as much as I do. Let the voting begin!

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Larry Franz

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GGH - Nice selections. No need to wait, so:

Gold:  Brian Wilson -- One of the best from his solo career.

Silver: Paul & Linda McCartney -- This is still fun and would have fit right in if Paul had made his own Smile album. It always makes me think of Brian's approach to recording "Good Vibrations", "Heroes and Villains", etc.

Bronze: Chicago -- Never been a fan, but I don't bear this any ill will.

Pewter: Paul Simon -- Same as above.


The last concert I went to was Brian's Pet Sounds in Easton, Pennsylvania, in September 2016. Two of the lesser known songs they performed before the intermission were:

"Salt Lake City"


"Wake the World" (identified as their "1968 promo video")


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Hmmmmmmmmmm....4 EXCELLENT songs...plus a head-start on the week which is good 'cause I gotta get up and drive out early tomorrow morning so...that said...away ***we*** go...after Larry.  [who snagged all of the best worms]

Paul and Linda.  Ram is a great album and this is a fantastic song.  One of his top 2 solo albums and one of his top 5 solo songs.  GOLDEN.  Still sounds eggsallent.  Paul would slowly run out of meaningful melodies but it would still be another decade 'til it really began to show up flagrantly.

Brian.  We had a sneak preview here on the olde blue board...before we all re-registered for the 3rd time.  The original version was terrific.  The finished product is too but I got used to the one Brian shared with us here.  So?  When you have 2 versions pulling on the heartstrings?  Silver.

Chicago...Great song from their very BEST lp ever.  Terry Kath had to be a part of it for them to really give you the whole enchilada.  Close but there are even better songs on the l.p.  This one being an important PART of Ballad For A Girl in Buchannon leaves it just barely short...and Bronze.

Paul Simon...Somebody had to come last.  Not quite as good an l.p.  AND...Loves Me Like a Rock, recorded along with The Dixie Hummingbirds, is my  preferred pick from the 12 incher.  Kodachrome does bring back some fond memories though.  It gave me the chance to refer back...on-air and into the mic...about "all the CRAP ***I*** learned in high school".  Primary school was WAY more important, beneficial and useful over the course of my entire life.  And college?  TIN.  [does this colour look like rust?]
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GOLD - BW.  The song meant a lot to me at the time.
SILVER Paul McCartney.  Rather Brian-esque at times, particularly the first half and the end.
BRONZE Chicago
TIN Paul Simon

By the end of the year I will have seen all these artists too; Brian multiple times, Chicago's 2010 lineup, Simon with Garfunkel in 2009 (I wasn't there the following night when they paid tribute to Michael Jackson who had just died)

Oh, thought I was my usual late rather than super-early.... never mind
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Gold - Chicago - Like Lee, I think this is Chicago's best album.  This is one of their all time great songs.  

Silver - Brian Wilson - One of the many highlights from IMO his best solo effort to date.  Midnight's Another Day always hit me as a bit of a modern take on Warmth of the Sun.  

Bronze - Paul McCartney - Great song from back in the early 70s, which is IMO Paul's post Beatles peak.  

Tin - Paul Simon - This song is alright.  To be honest, I'm really not a huge fan of such of his solo work. 
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No Brian Wilson or Beach Boys shows for me this year as there were other shows I got tickets for:

Def Leppard released their best album in almost 20 years back in 2015.  I got a chance to see them in April, and this was the opener.  



With apologies to both Mike's and Brian's bands, on June 3rd, I went to see the best live band currently on the planet - Iron Maiden.  They played many selections of their 2015 album, Book of Souls (which took me awhile to really get into).  



On June 14, one of the most loved and hated bands in history came to town - Journey.  They stuck to the classics.  



Next month, I'll be seeing Deep Purple, which is supposed to be their farewell tour.  I've never seen them in concert before.  They just released a new album in April.  For a band missing two key members of the classic lineup (Ritchie Blackmore sticks mostly to renaissance flavored music these days and Jon Lord retired 15 years ago), they're still putting out really solid music.  




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1. "Midnight's Another Day"

as others have said accurately, one of the best songs on Brian's best solo record.

2.  "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey

not sure it means anything lyrically, but still impressive musical parts

3. "Kodacrome"

doggone high school.  I agree with that part of the song.  "It's a wonder I can think at all."

4. "25 or 6 to 4"

not a bad song at all, even though I don't know what it means.   Just not sure if I had had a pretend Indian leather fringy jacket that would get me through the hippy check-points up at Caribou Ranch...

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1. "Midnight's Another Day"

as others have said accurately, one of the best songs on Brian's best solo record.

2.  "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey

not sure it means anything lyrically, but still impressive musical parts

3. "Kodacrome"

doggone high school.  I agree with that part of the song.  "It's a wonder I can think at all."

4. "25 or 6 to 4"

not a bad song at all, even though I don't know what it means.   Just not sure if I had had a pretend Indian leather fringy jacket that would get me through the hippy check-points up at Caribou Ranch...



Long thought to be a drug reference, 25 or 6 to 4 is actually a song about writing that very song.  

The title refers to the time 3:34 or 3:35am (twenty five or six until 4am).
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thanks for trying to explain, kds. 

but...6 til 4, in your logic, would be 3:54, wouldn't it? 

so...where does the 25 come in?

maybe...when you are uh, 'tripping' up at Caribou Ranch, you look at the clock and you forget how to tell time?
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thanks for trying to explain, kds. 

but...6 til 4, in your logic, would be 3:54, wouldn't it? 

so...where does the 25 come in?

maybe...when you are uh, 'tripping' up at Caribou Ranch, you look at the clock and you forget how to tell time?


No, it's twenty five or twenty six to four.  But, that would've sounded quite clunky in the song.  
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Good morning, Jenny!  It's a gorgeous day here in eastern, NC and I like all of these selections this week!  A great start to a new week all around.

Here are my votes:

Gold:  Kodachrome by Paul Simon.  I'm not a huge fan of Paul's, but I do LOVE this song.  It just makes me so happy!

Silver:  Midnight's Another Day by Brian Wilson.  It's a beautiful song and one of my favorites of his.  

Bronze:  25 or 6 to 4 by Chicago.  Chicago has always been a fave band of mine.  Gotta love that brass!  This one is high energy to get the blood pumpin'.  For many years it was Beach Boys and Chicago with me.  They still are my faves.

Tin/Pewter:  Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey by Paul McCartney.  Very good song and I hate to put it here, but out of this grouping this is where it's gotta go.  Sorry, Paul.

My final answer.

I don't know how many of you on here are on FB in any of the many Beach Boys related pages and groups.  One of the frequent members of them, Denise Denson Langley, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday.  She had weight loss surgery 3 weeks ago and reportedly had a rough recovery.  On Saturday, she was having breathing problems and family was about to take her to the hospital.  She passed sitting in the chair while a family member called 911.  They say it was probably a clot that went to her lung.  Denise was a sweet lady, an avid Beach Boys fan and favored Carl Wilson.  She is now with Carl and Denny.  

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Well, I only listen to one out of these 4 contenders, so Gold is easy. Of the remaining 3, I'd only change the radio station on one of them....so my Tin vote is also easy. It's the middle 2.....Hmmmm....

GOLD for Brian Wilson (if you bet that this was the one artist I listened to....collect your money!) I caught Brian's April 22nd show here in Cleveland.

SILVER for Chicago (I own absolutely none, except a b**tl*g with the Boys)

BRONZE to Sir Paul McCartney (I own McCartney (a gift), Ram (a gift), & McCartney II (actually spent my own money)

TIN to Paul Simon (I own one S & G LP, no solo material).

Just so John B doesn't feel alone, even after the explanation, I still didn't get it until I looked it up. I'd have written: Twenty-five or (twenty) 6 to 4. Seems like "Twenty-five or six 'til 4" might have been a less confusing title.

Can't speak about Caribou, but you didn't need hippie garb to get into Brother Studio in Santa Monica, as evidenced by the Ramones presence here:
Paley Brothers & Ramones - Come On, Let's Go

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yes, yes, Bedford nails me for my hypocrisies... admitted.  I love HST's writing.    I just like to joke about Caribou Ranch, but it was probably not that far away from the Owl farm, or South Park for that matter.
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Well, I only listen to one out of these 4 contenders, so Gold is easy. Of the remaining 3, I'd only change the radio station on one of them....so my Tin vote is also easy. It's the middle 2.....Hmmmm....

GOLD for Brian Wilson (if you bet that this was the one artist I listened to....collect your money!) I caught Brian's April 22nd show here in Cleveland.

SILVER for Chicago (I own absolutely none, except a b**tl*g with the Boys)

BRONZE to Sir Paul McCartney (I own McCartney (a gift), Ram (a gift), & McCartney II (actually spent my own money)

TIN to Paul Simon (I own one S & G LP, no solo material).

Just so John B doesn't feel alone, even after the explanation, I still didn't get it until I looked it up. I'd have written: Twenty-five or (twenty) 6 to 4. Seems like "Twenty-five or six 'til 4" might have been a less confusing title.

Can't speak about Caribou, but you didn't need hippie garb to get into Brother Studio in Santa Monica, as evidenced by the Ramones presence here:
Paley Brothers & Ramones - Come On, Let's Go


They may have wanted to keep people guessing on the Chicago song.  I think it worked, as many fans swore up and down it was a drug reference. 
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Can't go long (winded) on these but it's a challenging vote.

Gold to Brian and Scott - the only non hit this week. Autobiographical and brilliant little song. Haunting even.
Silver to Chicago - still a cool song.
Bronze to Paul and Linda and Ram - fun little song. You can't dislike it.
TIn to Paul Simon - when I think back to all the %#*€ I heard in high school.

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