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Larry Franz

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We living things think we're so great. Some of us even claim that all life is sacred. But what about the things around us that aren't living? You'll never hear them say so, but many of them are pretty great too.

This week's four songs are:

The Beach Boys, "The Warmth of the Sun" (we wouldn't be here without the sun)

The Rolling Stones, "Gimme Shelter" (we all need shelter sometimes)

The Jimi Hendrix Experience, "All Along the Watchtower" (towers are often good for watching)

The Beatles, "Paperback Writer" (paperbacks can be an excellent choice for the cost-conscious consumer)


 

 

 

A backup copy of "Paperback Writer" in case the video suddenly disappears:
https://1drv.ms/u/s!AipSk7xG4mTyhih92iw3tDDjw53m


Previously:

The original "Warmth of the Sun" appeared in seasons 1 and 5. Brian's solo version and Vince Gill's both appeared in season 7.

"Gimme Shelter" was used in season 1.

This is the first time for "All Along the Watchtower" and "Paperback Writer". Jimi Hendrix's only other appearance was in season 1 with "Valleys of Neptune".

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Lee Marshall

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Is THIS the toughest battle ever?  I think so.  At least the toughest one I've been on site for.  4 golden oldies.  4 decidedly GREAT songs.  4 able-bodied contenders with the ability to carry the day and win.  Yet...only 1 can win and the 3 which don't will be robbed.

Gold...It's because it moves my soul...Warmth of the Sun.  Clearly a masterpiece.  And even after all these years it stands atop the test of time... ... ...with ease...still tickin' after all these years.

Silver...Truly one of their all time finest hours...and Merry Clayton just makes the song soar.  This one deserves to be golden too.  Yet... ... ...it isn't!!!  Keith had finer moments writing...but not very many more.

Bronze?  The fabulous 4-some.  Not quite fabulous enough I guess.  At least NOT THIS WEEK. No...Not quite their very best classic yet entirely and unequivocally superb in every way.  The perfect counterpoint guitar riff to the Stone's Satisfaction.

Tin.  This has to be the absolute best tin ever...by light years.  All Along the Watch Tower where Jimi Hendrix makes Bob Dylan's song uniquely and ultimately his own.  Sometimes ol' Zimmy was oh-so lucky to have folks like The Byrds, Manfred Mann, And are you kidding me?!!!?...Jimi effin' Hendrix!!!...record his songs?  Why...even the Beach Boys laid down one.

Larry... You're a rough man.  This week's match-up could end in a 4 way tie...except I don't see our 20 or so contributors being Jimi-centric.  But if there were 100 of us... ... ...well... ... ...

GREAT songs...really are just THAT!!!





Listen to the end here [from the 3:30 mark] where April Wine puts Paperback Writer and Satisfaction together as one.



And here's another Canadian Band weighing in on this all star list of songs...



Canada's Jeff Healey and Neil Young also recorded this classic rocker...a classic rock anthem...thanks, of course, to Jimi.  [And I made it a 'tin'?!?!?  Doctor...I need my head read.]

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Al Forsyth

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Four great songs, Larry. 
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kds

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Wow, Larry that's a stellar group.  In any other week, each of those songs would qualify for the gold.  

Gold - The Beach Boys - Tied with Surf's Up for my all time favorite BB song.  Mike and Brian deliver and absolutely beautiful song here.   (Apologies to anyone who thinks I'm trolling for crediting Mike Love for Warmth of the Sun).  

Silver - Hendrix - I've always said Dylan was a great songwriter, but I much prefer it when others cover his songs, and I think this is best example.

Bronze - The Beatles - The Fab Four could really do no wrong in the mid 60s

Tin - The Stones - I'm giving one of my favorite Stones songs a Tin.  
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Lee Marshall

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Quote:
Originally Posted by kds
(Apologies to anyone who thinks I'm trolling for crediting Mike Love for Warmth of the Sun).  

 


Just by doing THAT... ... ...You ARE.
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kds

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Lee Marshall


Just by doing THAT... ... ...You ARE.


Nope.   Not even close Lee.  Letsgoaway wants to insist I'm a troll for writing positive things about Mike's contributions to the band.   

Am I being a little juvenile?  Perhaps.  But being relentlessly called a troll for a difference of opinion will do that.  
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This is a great week Larry! My votes are close, but I managed to decide fairly quickly...

GOLD: Warmth Of The Sun
This is one of my all time favorite Beach Boys songs. It's Soooooooooo beautiful. I love the harmonies and Brian's soaring falsetto.

SILVER: Paperback Writer
It's crazy how the Beatles can make such an amazing song out of two chords! Paperback Writer is so fun. I like the unusual story. It's not just another love song.

BRONZE TIE: Gimme Shelter
This is a powerful, raw song. Nice job Mick and Mary.

BRONZE TIE: All Along The Watchtower
I am in admiration of Jimi's guitar skills, but I haven't yet acquired the Hendrix taste.

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Great week Larry!!

Easy gold to The Beach Boys.....intertwining harmonies, beautiful lyrics with great chord progressions

Simply Silver to the Fab Four.....rockin’ delivery, well blended harmonies with catchy riff

Tie for Bronze..........Jimi and the Stones.........good lyrics for both but can’t get past songs that only have only 3 chords

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Talk about a near impossible task, Larry!  I love them all! 

But, in situation such as this, I'll vote in order of my level of likeness.

Here goes:

Gold - The Boys for Warmth of the Sun.  It's one of their prettiest songs and most of us would probably agree.  This one has been in our battle several times, too.

Silver - Jimi Hendrix for All Along the Watchtower.  An all-time great hard rock song, written by Bob Dylan.  It's the intro for the HBO limited series, The Young Pope.  Great song and the show is excellent, starring Jude Law.

Bronze - Rolling Stones for Gimme Shelter.  This one of my top 5 Stones' songs!  I just heard it yesterday on the radio.

Tin/Pewter - The Beatles for Paperback Writer.  Another one I really like, but not as much as the other three.

My final answer. 

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Actually, easier than most Larry contests.   

1. "The Warmth of the Sun"

Mike's best lyrics of all time and one of Brian's prettiest melodies and vocals

2.  "Gimme Shelter"

I think if you go to a Stones show, this is the song you would miss most if they didn't do.  Would win almost any other contest.

3. "Paperback Writer"

by the Beatles

4. "All Along the Watchtower"

by Jimi, who manipulated metal strings well

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Larry Franz

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Thanks for your votes, Lee, kds, GGH, (The) Egg, Cindy and John B.

Lee -- I feel your pain. [smile]  (Early on, "Strawberry Fields Forever" was going to be here instead of "Paperback Writer".) Thanks for the Merry Clayton (that's a hard-core video) and sharing the "Satisfaction"/"P. Writer" connection.

As you said:  Neil Young, "All Along the Watchtower" (live)


kds -- Yes, that song is one of many that Mike can be very proud of.

GGH -- Jimi is one of those performers I would like to appreciate more, but listening to the guitar on "All Along the Watchtower" several times the past few days made it clear why this one is so popular. And why it would do so well with Lee's 80 people who don't come here.

The Egg -- Oh no, two ties already! This might be one of those times when my total ignorance about chords is a good thing. [smile]

Cindy -- Level of likeness often saves the day. There's no need to explain. I just like this one better!

John B -- Next time I'm thinking of being less predictable and using four that aren't widely known. I used these guys three years ago. They came in third.

Django Django, "Skies Over Cairo"


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It's hard to believe Iron Maiden's Final Frontier album is almost eight years old.   The highlight of the album is this epic track about a good luck charm, The Talisman

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All good, but here's my order:

1. Beach Boys

2. Jimi Hendrix

3. Stones

4. Beatles

Here are a couple more inanimate objects:



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Larry Franz

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With 7 voters so far, the first place song has 7 first-place votes, which means it's got 28 points. The other three songs each have 14 points. So it's 40%, 20%, 20% and 20%. That is pretty cool.

Thanks for you votes, John E, and thanks to John E and kds for the additional inanimate videos.

One more:

Harold Dorman, "Mountain of Love" (1960)


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Al Forsyth

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Larry, this is the type of week where ALL four songs should be in the finals - they're THAT good.  If I could mash them up they would be a razor-thin difference.  On any day - I could flip my votes but I'm going to lock in something now. 

Gold - Paperback Writer - it helped change the the sound of pop music.  The bass comes up in the mix and Paul's guitar part - just works!  It's the Beatles DOING the Beach Boys vocally, I always thought - and they nail it!  I was just playing this song last week - guitar and bass parts - and here it is.  An incredibly underrated song that still holds up!!!!
https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/how-beatles-game-changing-paperback-writer-paved-way-for-revolver-20160530

Silver - so close - Brian and Mike were on some special place on Kennedy weekend.  It's brilliant.  It soars and will probably win the week.  One of the great Beach Boy songs.  Lovely vocal. 

Bronze - the Stones.  It's a killer song and John B. said it, a game-changer in their concert.  You come away humbled by it.  Yes, to Merry Clayton - -who helped "make" the song.  More perfection.  The Stones were tre-cool during this period. 

So Tin - and brilliant version of Jimi does Dylan - with wah - wah galore and every note perfect.  He connected to it somehow. 

Four insanely talented artists/acts this week.  I couldn't put the tie, but could have as well.  The songs - all GREAT!

Well done, sir. 

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