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bonnie bella

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Sorry, Little Egg.  Although only three of you, you're a confusing series of consonants and a couple of "e's"

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Sorry, Little Egg.  Although only three of you, you're a confusing series of consonants and a couple of "e's"

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My votes , easy gold from one of my favourite albums :

Gold: Chicago
Silver: Brian
Bronze: Macca
Tin: Paul Simon
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Gold- Kodachrome - Paul Simon
Silver - 25 or 6 to 4 - Chicago
Bronze - Uncle Albert
Tin - Midnight,s another day - Brian Wilson



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Great week, GGH! All outstanding songs and artists, all of whom I've had the good fortune to see in concert one or more times over the years, and a couple of them in concert with Brian/Beach Boys. I've seen Brian and the Beach Boys in concert many times. For example, I've seen:

Beach Boys and Chicago -- Mississippi River Festival, early 1970s
Brian Wilson, Paul Simon, and David Clayton Thomas -- St. Louis, early 2000s
Paul McCartney -- St. Louis, 1993

My favorite BW/BB concerts of all time would have to be: 
1) Brian's SMiLE concert in St. Louis in 2005 (and a fun meet-up with a large contingent of blueboarders at that time, and getting to visit at length with several members of Brian's band -- Nelson Bragg, Probyn Gregory, Darian Sahanaja, and some of the members of the Stockholm Strings & Horns) and
2) the final city of the Beach Boys' 50th anniversary tour at London's iconic Royal Albert Hall in late Sept. 2012 (a massive concert with over 60 songs played and surprisingly finishing with the poignant reflection "Summer's Gone", much to the surprise of Mike Love, who had recently announced he and Bruce were going back to performing with his own version of the "Beach Boys"). And I got to attend a meet-up and the concert with an even larger contingent of UK blueboarders at the London concert, including Pete Simpson and John E., who are longtime regulars here in our weekly battles. 

Difficult to prioritize between this week's songs and artists, but here's my votes for this week:

Gold -- "Midnight's Another Day" (i.e., M.A.D.), Brian Wilson. Such a compelling song and lyrics about the mental struggles Brian had to experience and live through for so many years, but with an element of hopefulness at the end. Life can be a struggle at times for anyone, and Brian has certainly had more than his share, so it's amazing what he's done with his life and his musical career. One of Brian's very best and most self-revealing in his solo career!

Silver -- "Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey", Paul McCartney. As others have already mentioned, this is a McCartney classic, and a fascinating example of weaving together various musical modules into a big hit. This could easily have been my gold pick in many othyer weeks. Regarding Darren's and others comments, RAM has always been one of my very favorite McCartney solo albums, and a real display of his many talents. My favorite song from that album is a great McCartney vocal workout, "Monkberry Moon Delight", brilliantly and entertainingly illustrating his amazing vocal range and vocal styles:


Bronze -- "Kodachrome", Paul Simon. Simon created a ton of great music during his S&G years, and he continued doing so in his solo career, especially on his earlier solo albums and up through his classic Graceland and Rhythm of the Saints albums. This tune was certainly a big hit, and just one of a number of excellent songs from his second solo album, There Goes Rhymin' Simon, from 1973

Tin -- "25 or 6 to 4", Chicago. One of their very best, from their stellar early years. My two vary favorite Chicago albums are this one and their excellent debut double album, CTA. On those early albums, the band could really rock out, along with those great jazzy horns. From my perspective, Chicago lost their rock grit after guitarist Terry Kath's accidental suicide playing Russian roulette with his pistol in early 1978. After he was gone, Chicago became an MOR pop group, and they largely fell off my radar screen in later years. But, it is a real tribute to the talent in their band that they've had such long staying power and still sound good today. 


As for some of my own favorite recent concerts, here are several excellent groups I've seen in the past couple months:

Last night, I got to see classic blues rockers, George Thorogood & The Destroyers, perform in concert (albeit outdoors on a rainy evening). Here's one of their classics, "Bad to the Bone":


And a couple weeks ago, I got to see the legendary Guns 'N Roses in concert in St. Louis, some 26 years after their concert here broke out into a riot after Axl Rose jumped into the crowd and attacked a fan who was taking pictures, resulting in numerous injuries to fans and extensive damage to the venue, and to Axl Rose's reputation back then. This time, the GNRs were excellent in concert before a local crowd of over 30,000, and it was amazing to see Slash shredding away on his various guitars. And, for a McCartney connection, they performed their killer live version of the Wings' "Live & Let Die"! Here's some classic GNR, with "Paradise City", as performed live on their 2017 tour:


And in late June at a small club in Asheville, NC, we found this delightful young pop/funk group based in New Orleans, Miss Mojo, who were on their first short concert tour in the eastern US. Here's one of their original songs, "Feel My":


In Nashville, TN, last month, at the legendary bluegrass venue, Station Inn, we saw an excellent group of career-long Nashville musicians performing a diverse set of country and bluegrass music (led by Carl Jackson -- longtime banjo player for Glen Campbell during his hit years, songwriter, and producer for a variety of artists (including the producer of Campbell's recent final album, Adios)).

Live music is the best! Great week, GGH!
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GGH/Jenny -- I appreciate the apology, but don't sweat it. Many times over the years, I've been called Laurie, Laura, Lucy, Lesley, Linda, etc., by people trying to remember my name. As a kid, I can remember cringing if someone seeing my name in print pronounced it "Liza"  (Yuk!) so thank heavens you didn't go there, at least! [smile]

bonnie - No offense taken - I couldn't help having a chuckle at the  "slippers and knitting" swipe. If you don't think you have talent at arts requiring 1 or 2 hands, maybe you can take a few steps, so to speak, from people like this:



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I know the feeling Lisa. People almost ALWAYS pronounce my last name wrong, if they remember it at all.
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Great week, GGH! All outstanding songs and artists, all of whom I've had the good fortune to see in concert one or more times over the years, and a couple of them in concert with Brian/Beach Boys. I've seen Brian and the Beach Boys in concert many times. For example, I've seen:

Beach Boys and Chicago -- Mississippi River Festival, early 1970s
Brian Wilson, Paul Simon, and David Clayton Thomas -- St. Louis, early 2000s
Paul McCartney -- St. Louis, 1993

My favorite BW/BB concerts of all time would have to be: 
1) Brian's SMiLE concert in St. Louis in 2005 (and a fun meet-up with a large contingent of blueboarders at that time, and getting to visit at length with several members of Brian's band -- Nelson Bragg, Probyn Gregory, Darian Sahanaja, and some of the members of the Stockholm Strings & Horns) and
2) the final city of the Beach Boys' 50th anniversary tour at London's iconic Royal Albert Hall in late Sept. 2012 (a massive concert with over 60 songs played and surprisingly finishing with the poignant reflection "Summer's Gone", much to the surprise of Mike Love, who had recently announced he and Bruce were going back to performing with his own version of the "Beach Boys"). And I got to meet and attend the concert with an even larger contingent of UK blueboarders at the London concert, including Pete Simpson and John E., who are longtime regulars here in our weekly battles. 

Difficult to prioritize between this week's songs and artists, but here's my votes for this week:

Gold -- "Midnight's Another Day" (i.e., M.A.D.), Brian Wilson. Such a compelling song and lyrics about the mental struggles Brian had to experience and live through for so many years, but with an element of hopefulness at the end. Life can be a struggle at times for anyone, and Brian has certainly had more than his share, so it's amazing what he's done with his life and his musical career. One of Brian's very best and most self-revealing in his solo career!

Silver -- "Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey", Paul McCartney. As others have already mentioned, this is a McCartney classic, and a fascinating example of weaving together various musical modules into a big hit. This could easily have been my gold pick in many othyer weeks. Regarding Darren's and others comments, RAM has always been one of my very favorite McCartney solo albums, and a real display of his many talents. My favorite song from that album is a great McCartney vocal workout, "Monkberry Moon Delight", brilliantly and entertainingly illustrating his amazing vocal range and vocal styles:


Bronze -- "Kodachrome", Paul Simon. Simon created a ton of great music during his S&G years, and he continued doing so in his solo career, especially on his earlier solo albums and up through his classic Graceland and Rhythm of the Saints albums. This tune was certainly a big hit, and just one of a number of excellent songs from his second solo album, There Goes Rhymin' Simon, from 1973

Tin -- "25 or 6 to 4", Chicago. One of their very best, from their stellar early years. My two vary favorite Chicago albums are this one and their excellent debut double album, CTA. On those early albums, the band could really rock out, along with those great jazzy horns. From my perspective, Chicago lost their rock grit after guitarist Terry Kath's accidental suicide playing Russian roulette with his pistol in early 1978. After he was gone, Chicago became an MOR pop group, and they largely fell off my radar screen in later years. But, it is a real tribute to the talent in their band that they've had such long staying power and still sound good today. 


As for some of my own favorite recent concerts, here are several excellent groups I've seen in the past couple months:

Last night, I got to see classic blues rockers, George Thorogood & The Destroyers, perform in concert (albeit outdoors on a rainy evening). Here's one of their classics, "Bad to the Bone":


And a couple weeks ago, I got to see the legendary Guns 'N Roses in concert in St. Louis, some 26 years after their concert here broke out into a riot after Axl Rose jumped into the crowd and attacked a fan who was taking pictures, resulting in numerous injuries to fans and extensive damage to the venue, and to Axl Rose's reputation back then. This time, the GNRs were excellent in concert before a local crowd of over 30,000, and it was amazing to see Slash shredding away on his various guitars. And, for a McCartney connection, they performed their killer live version of the Wings' "Live & Let Die"! Here's some classic GNR, with "Paradise City", as performed live on their 2017 tour:


And in late June at a small club in Asheville, TN, we found this delightful young pop/funk group based in New Orleans, Miss Mojo, who were on their first short concert tour in the eastern US. Here's one of their original songs, "Feel My":


In Nashville, TN, last month, at the legendary bluegrass venue, Station Inn, we saw an excellent group of career-long Nashville musicians performing a diverse set of country and bluegrass music (led by Carl Jackson -- longtime banjo player for Glen Campbell during his hit years, songwriter, and producer for a variety of artists (including the producer of Campbell's recent final album, Adios)).

Live music is the best! Great week, GGH!

Wow Tom! You must've had an amazing time seeing all those artists. Thanks for sharing your stories!

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My third major concert was the Eagles, the best concert I'd been to, until 2016, when a certain man and his band came to town.

"James Dean"




Best music, best company, and I said goodbye to my best friend soon after when she flew off to America to live forever.  Here's one for you, Jacey.  What an experience this was, huh? 







I regret greatly not going to see The Eagles in 2015. Sadly, Glenn died soon after.
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5 1/2 more hours to vote people!
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A quick vote:
Gold - Brian Wilson - Midnight's Another Day
Silver - Paul Simon - Kodachrome
Bronze - Paul McCartney - Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey
Tin - Chicago - 25 or 6 to 4

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GOLD: Midnight's Another Day-Brian Wilson
This one was an easy win for me. It's my favorite of Brian's solo songs, and it is exemplary both musically and lyrically. It is a masterpiece of musical genius and depth, with beautiful vocal work to accentuate it.

SILVER: Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey-Paul McCartney
I love this quirky song. I'm very fond of songs with multiple parts/movements, so this is quite enjoyable. The flugelhorn is great! And I am obsessed with the "hands across the water, heads across the sky" part. No idea why. I prefer the Admiral Halsey half, but Uncle Albert is just fine.

BRONZE TIE: Kodachrome-Paul Simon
I love this song, even though I'm not generally a Paul Simon nerd. I definitely prefer Simon AND Garfunkel. Kodachrome has fantastic lyrics, and has some nice little riffs. It just makes me feel good.

BRONZE TIE: 25 Or 6 To 4-Chicago
It would kill me to put this last, so I just had to cave and do a tie. It's complex and sonically adventurous. I love the epic guitar solo; I should start to tackle that one myself. And the horn arrangements, as always, are insanely good. The lyrics are very thought provoking as well.

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late login (again...)...
the trip to 'pet sounds' at glastonbury abbey sort of swallowed time.
time worth wallowing in.
anyway...
i've not seen chicago in concert
(though was at an-all star bb / dave m related event
where robert lamm performed alongside allsorts of chaps)
but the others have been onstage before me several (or more more more) times.

before bw came over to uk,
we had the (mis)fortune of being in las vegas
exactly 1 week before the paul simon / bw tour hit town
- they were to play mandalay bay venue in june 2001
(the night we were there, we happened to catch billy idol, playing on that artificial beach.
watched a snippet from outside, happened to catch 
'white wedding', which was sufficient for us, we moved on).
i wanted to bail out of our trip and stay a week to catch bw
as i thought that'd be the nearest i'd ever be to a show.
who knew he'd play my hometown brighton the next year and be touring incessantly since?

anyway...

gold: 'midnight's another day '
silver:  'uncle albert / admiral halsey' 
equal bronze: 'kodachrome' 

equal bronze: '25 or 6 to 4'

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Voting for this week has closed. 

Just awaiting Jenny to post the results. 
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RESULTS:

GOLD: Midnight's Another Day-Brian Wilson (69pts)

SILVER: Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey-Paul McCartney (51pts)

BRONZE: 25 Or 6 To 4-Chicago (45.5pts)

TIN: Kodachrome-Paul Simon (34.5pts)

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