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Deb#1

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Thanks for a good start on votes and a lot of videos.  (Al’s working overtime.)

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I followed someone's strong recommendation and bought Odessey & Oracle years ago but it didn't grab me.

Well, I expected a much stronger following for the Zombies.  I thought Odessey and Oracle was considered to be an iconic album.  (Larry, I’d have spelled it ODDessey.)  Tell Her No might have been a stronger contender.  I’d be surprised if we go through the week without at least one Gold for the Zombies. I expected it to compete with Caroline, No.

Yes, D.A.N, Bobby McFerrin is still alive and heeding his own advice to be happy.  But it’s interesting that the guy who told us to “pack up your troubles” and “smile, smile, smile” couldn’t do just that:
Did Bobby McFerrin, singer of 'Don't Worry, Be Happy,' kill himself?https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/dont-worry-be-dead/“However, the false “Bobby McFerrin suicide” rumor does indeed have a real-life counterpart. On 10 February 1942, the man who in 1915 wrote the music for “Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag and Smile, Smile, Smile,” took his own life. Wearing the uniform of the Peacehaven Home Guard, former British Staff Sergeant Felix Powell shot himself in the heart using his own rifle.”

Darren, I’d have to agree with you on Phil Ochs.  He’s got a rough vocal delivery here, but there is an underlying evocative quality that comes through to me. Some of Leonard Cohen’s vocals come across that way. I’ve been hearing bits and pieces of the song run through my head a few times this week.  I did see a number of covers of Changes, so many that it seems the original became less known.  No matter what you think of the song, though, I wouldn’t think anyone unstable or deranged for liking it.  And I hope you all won’t think I’m deranged for liking the sped up version of Caroline, No.  I don’t mind the word contrarian.  I like dogs and trains.  You get both here.  What’s not to like?

I don’t know if the Mojo interview you mentioned was the source, but I do remember reading that Hey Girl did indeed inspire Brian on Caroline, No. 

I’ve seen Posture X before.  I think he’s pretty good, too.

bonnie, IDTTYWLM is charming.  It made me laugh.  That and SWLABR.  I’ve seen many “strange” things but a bearded rainbow is not one of them.

Larry, two thumbs up for Patricia.

John B, I think I’ll skip the Michael Moore after that description.

Lisa, here’s my favorite drunk elephant to go with your drunken stork:
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The scene in Dumbo in which Dumbo and Timothy have dreams of Pink elephants from being drunk:


Some good stuff, man!

 


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Well Larry, I'm really saddened about this!  LM has dropped off before and HOPE that someday comes back.  A contributor.  I miss him already.  Loooooooong time Blueboarder.
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Hi Deb!

All of these songs are golden (except the tinner) to my ears.

Gold: Changes - Phil Ochs - This song was originally going to be my tin vote until I listened to it several times and then I couldn't get enough of it. Phil's deep lyrics and the rawness of his vocals went straight to the heart and changed my mind on this gem.

Silver: Caroline No - Beach Boys - I just knew that when I saw the lineup this week that Caroline would get my gold. Phil changed my mind.

Bronze: Brief Candles - Zombies - I saw the Zombies perform their masterpiece Odessey and Oracle in it's entirety 3 years ago and it was right up there with seeing Brian perform Pet Sounds as one of my all time favorite concerts.

Tin: Hey Girl - Freddie Scott - Sorry Freddie but this song comes nowhere near the quality of the above songs.

Thanks Deb!!!
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Deb,

In keeping with my overtime hours, THIS rocks by Billy and his band, including Felix:

Billy "speeds up" DWB

I know that Michael did the song with Ray Charles, but here it is as a the sexy goodbye song:

Minus the bye- bye baby - which isn't needed, but back in the day was 😉

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   Season 9 Week 34.wysiwyg

              1)Caroline No....More like a Brian solo song but still legendary

              2)Hey Girl...never heard it before but he can sing quite well..

             3)Brief Candles...Hmm wasn't sure if I liked it or not so it ended up in the bronze spot.

             4)Changes.....Not bad but is my least fav this week...


                                                                       interesting selections
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Deb#1

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I'm happy for the votes, Verden and Popeye. 😊
I do think Phil Ochs song does have an ability to sneak up on you. It has planted an earworm in my mind this week. I haven't settled my vote yet because of it.
Al, your last post of the covers of Hey Girl and a lot of the other cover videos posted this week made me reflect on just how many covers there are of three of those songs. I have yet to find a cover of Brief Candles.
Here are two other songs I had considered for the battle this week:




I really don't know what happened to Lee, but I certainly hope things can be righted. 🤝 ✌️


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My votes :

Gold to Freddie Scott , long time no hear but it's a good tune !

 Gold) Hey Girl

 Silver) Caroline No


 Bronze) Changes....

Tin) Brief Candles.

















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Just for you, Deb#1...

G -- Phil Ochs
S -- Beach Boys/Brian Wilson
B -- Zombies
T -- Freddie Scott

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GOLD: Beach Boys - Caroline No

SILVER: Phil Ochs - Changes

BRONZE: Zombies - Brief Candles

TIN: Freddie Scott - Hey Girl


Going with the 'pink elephants' theme:
Todd Rundgren - Drunken Blue Rooster
youtube.com/watch?v=54P6cN8v50o

Q: How do you make a duck into a soul singer?
A: Bake it in a 400°F oven for about 2 1/2 hours, or until it's bill withers.

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Gold - The Zombies - Brief Candles Thank's for introducing me to this song, the chorus is great, listening over and over!
Caroline No - Beach Boys - Definitely makes me want to listen to Pet Sounds all the way through, I'm still yet to do so! Great song.
Freddie Scott - Hey Girl - Great bit of soul. Love this era of soul music.
Phil Ochs - Changes - Simple and pleasant, but not my favourite out of the four.
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Gold: Freddie Scott - Hey Girl.  His only top 10 hit. 
Silver: Caroline No - Beach Boys. Nice. Not sure wht a dog and train sound effect thrown in. 
Bronze: Phil Ochs - Changes. 
Tin: Zombies - Brief Candles. Methinks someone has been listening to a lot of Sgt Peppers.


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My votes.

GOLD - It was also a big fat Caroline Yes for Fleetwood Mac and Status Quo and Neil Diamond and Cheap Trick and Frank Sinatra and Lou Reed and Harry Nilsson and Stephenwolf and Roy Orbison and Waylon Jennings, so why not for me?  As if this song was going to be relegated to any other place.  Duh.

SILVER - The Zombies.  Have a great fondness for the opening song on this album, Care of Cell 44, so in context, this is a helluva great little song on an arty crafty dodgy little album.  A lot of non-fans around here, I'd also have expected it to do better.

BRONZE - Och, Phil; I was stabbed right in the heart by your, er, heartfelt lyrics.  This guy indeed all heart.  New song to me and a lovely one at that.  Phill knows how to pluck a guitar too.  Thanks for an introduction to a sweet tune, Deb.

TIN - but boy it was close.  Mr Scott, apart from his tendency for overwroughtness (that is actually a word) and a hint of mild desperation, really delivers on the soul aspect.  Sadly, I think he should build a bridge and get over it.  I hope his next song was more cheerful

Really hoping we don't lose, like, 15% of us in a single week around here ...

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Hey, Deb!  Getting in at the tail end here.  

After very careful consideration of these 4 contestants, I'll go with:

Gold:  The Beach Boys for Caroline No, by a LANDSLIDE!  It's just a completely beautiful song all the way around and from the best album ever made.  

Silver:  Freddie Scott for Hey Girl.  This one is a familiar one and very nice from long ago.

Bronze:  Phil Ochs for Changes.  I've never heard this one before and it's good.  Deb,  your video didn't work, so I took your advice and looked it up on YouTube.  

Tin:  The Zombies for Brief Candles.  This one is ok. Not great.  

That's my votes for this week.



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This has nothing to do with anything, so here goes:

The Miracles released "Ooo Baby Baby" in 1965 on the Tamla label (the Motown subsidiary). Smokey Robinson co-wrote it, produced it and sang lead.

It reached #4 on the Billboard R&B chart, but only #16 on the Hot 100. It ranked #93 on Billboard's year-end chart. Rolling Stone put it at #266 in their all-time top 500. In two online lists of the best ever Motown records, it appears at #29 and #36.

It's my favorite Motown record. So much for capitalism and voting. 

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Ok, that was cathartic.


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Larry, with rankings, with anything regarding "popularity", it doesn't really matter.  The Grammy people have their rankings:
https://www.grammy.com/grammys/news/who-are-top-grammy-winners-all-time

A song like Ooo, Baby Baby can only grow in stature with time. Pet Sounds has done this. 

What endures - is greatness.  Everything else is just pop for it's time. 

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