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Larry Franz

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This week we have four songs that appeared on somebody's final or most recent studio album.

If I'm not mistaken, Brian's two songs are both new to the battle. Buffalo Springfield and San Fermin are new to the battle too.

The Beach Boys, "Isn't It Time", That's Why God Made the Radio (2012). It was probably their final album, but you never know with these guys.


Brian Wilson, "Whatever Happened", No Pier Pressure (2015). Dear Brian: Somewhere there's an empty studio waiting for you.


Buffalo Springfield, "On the Way Home", Last Time Around (1968) This was their third and final album. It's been fifty years, so a reunion and another album aren't looking good. Plus there's that title.



San Fermin, "Bride", Belong (2017). This was their third and most recent album.


To summarize:

The Beach Boys, "Isn't It Time"
Brian Wilson, "Whatever Happened"
Buffalo Springfield, "On the Way Home"
San Fermin, "Bride"


Remember: when posting tracks from somebody's final or most recent studio album, their live albums and compilations don't count!

Something to ponder: How often is somebody's final album their best one (they went out on top) or even relatively good compared to their earlier ones?

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Al Forsyth

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Larry, - nice!  Which brings up the question - what was the Beatles' last album - Abbey Road or Let It Be?  Rulez is rulez that you have set forth. 

Here's one - the Stones latest album:

Back to their roots. 

This looks like a good week to battle and the two Brian offerings make it even more so. 

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Darren J. Ray

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That's an interesting and novel subject, Larry. 

I'm sure I'll think of others, but these come to mind immediately. 

I always considered Double Fantasy as John's last album and possibly best. 

And then, of course, Milk and Honey was posthumously released finally in January 1984. 

It contains this heartbreaker whose Glen Campbell cover finished 5th in last season's Bronze Play-Off...

(Grow Old With Me - John Lennon)


How many other acts can say the Beach Boys featured on their last album? 


This track from Some Hearts (1988) was on the final Everly Brothers album. 

t used the song in Season V and it finished 3rd in the Tin Play-Off...

(Don't Worry Baby - The Everly Brothers with The Beach Boys)


This was the B-side of the single release of 'Don't Worry Baby', from the same album. Written by John Durrill and Phil Everly, I wrote out the words and pasted them on the back of my front door in 1988. I took it down when I moved out 24 years later...

(Ride the Wind - The Everly Brothers)


Tomorrow's road can take you where you want to be

Unless you're chained to yesterday and can't break free
Don't live a sheltered life because it's safe and warm
If you want to reach the stars then you must face the storm

There will be times in life you think you've lost it all
When you must spread your wings to rise up from the fall
Look deep within your heart for strength to carry on
And in your heart you'll find the dream you thought was gone

Sometimes you've got to ride the wind
And fly away to where you've never been
Only to be blown back again
Sometimes you've got to ride the wind

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John E

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Here's my order:

1. On the Way Home: Classic Neil Young/Buffalo Springfield track.

2. Whatever Happened: One of the best tracks from the last BBs album

3. Bride: A bit Fleetwood Mac-ish, but pleasant enough 

4. Isn't it time. I find that falsetto extremely irritating!

Here are a couple of "last" tracks:

First of all one from the last (but also the first) Wilson Bennett Poole album, which is due for release soon:



and next, one from the new Trembling Bells album (my copy arrived, last week):

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Lee Marshall

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So then...here I go...Keeping in mind that Buffalo Springfield is a ton of a stretch.  Those guys would go on to make a whole lotta new records...under a different moniker.  They do get a bit of a mark against them as the production values sound so dated.

GOLD:  Brian Wilson, "Whatever Happened".  Just one of many reasons why the No Pier Pressure album is so great.  A terrific song which resembles all that used to be great about the Beach Boys.

SILVER: Buffalo Springfield, "On the Way Home".  In spite of it's production shortcomings...and the fact that it doesn't TRULY 'qualify' [to me].  It's still a pretty great song.

BRONZE:  San Fermin, "Bride".  About a light year back.  It's OK.

Last:  The Beach Boys, "Isn't It Time".  No it wasn't.  It was about 50 some-odd years too late.  Isn't it time we "went steady" again?  In your 70s?  Puuuuuuuh-lease!!!  What is this?  'Do It Again' for geriatrics?  And too much Mike for my tastes.  He should be limited to bass parts.  Him singin' to this...is just creepy.

Released 11 months before cancer claimed him...


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kds

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Gold - Isn't It Time - I didn't care much for this song at first, but it's really grown on me.  

Silver - Whatever Happened - Great BW ballad with some help from Al.  Though, I think we'll get another album or two from Brian before all it said and done.

Bronze - Buffalo Springfield. 

Tin - SF - Meh

Not counting the leftovers album they released in 2014, The Division Bell was the real swan song for Pink Floyd, and proved that there was life after Roger Waters, especially with the stunning album closer - High Hopes.



Not to be confused with the Pink Floyd song featuring Bruce Johnston, The Show Must Go On is a fitting finale to Queen's proper final album, Innuendo.  They would release a bit of a patchwork LP called Made in Heaven four years after Freddie passed, but that one feels more like a compilation than an album.  



Black Sabbath went full circle with their final album in 2013, their first album with Ozzy Osbourne since 1978



It's always possible that Pete and Roger might go a followup to the 2006 Who album Endless Wire, but I think it's pretty unlikely.  




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Larry Franz

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Thank you to John E, Lee and kds for the early votes. I sense some impending polarization. And thanks to Al and Darren for the early comments, and to everyone for the album tracks.


Al -- It's true that what became Let It Be was intended to go before Abbey Road, and much of it was recorded before Abbey Road. But since some of it was recorded and the whole thing was remixed and released after Abbey Road, the consensus seems to be correct: their last album was Let It Be.

But what counts as somebody's last studio album isn't always obvious, as Darren and kds have pointed out. I would go by the crowd-sourced Wikipedia discographies when there's doubt, but any submission for which there is some basis will be gratefully accepted.


Lee -- Are you suggesting with "ton of a stretch" that Last Time Around wasn't Buffalo Springfield's last album? Here's how that situation is described in their Rock Hall of Fame biography:
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... the prolific solo careers of Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay, and the band members’ respective group endeavors – Crosby, Stills and Nash (and sometimes Young), Poco and Loggins and Messina – are the larger, ongoing legacy of Buffalo Springfield.

https://www.rockhall.com/inductees/buffalo-springfield

Their other song I thought about for this week: "Pretty Girl Why"

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I'll go with:

Gold - Whatever Happened.

Silver - Isn't It Time.

Bronze - On The Way Home.

Tin/Pewter - Bride.

My final answer.



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Van Halen's reunion album was released the same year as The Beach Boys' - 2012.   And both were kept out of the #1 album spot by Adull....I mean Adele.  

Annnnyway.   There doesn't appear to be a follow up album on the horizon, so this could be Van Halen's final. 



Deep Purple has hinted that they'll be calling it a day soon after a 50 year career, so last year's Infinite is likely to be their final LP. 




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Larry,

I have this now and will go with your original order:

Gold - The Beach Boys, "Isn't It Time"  - I'm a sucker for this song!
Silver - Brian Wilson, "Whatever Happened" - Pretty, pretty, PRETTY!
Bronze - Buffalo Springfield, "On the Way Home" - Have to respect this band.  Caught up with Richie Furay a few years back - can STILL sing the lights out.  He seemed to have issue with Neil Young.  https://www.richiefuray.com/
Tin - San Fermin, "Bride" - This started out so wonderfully and quickly devolved into something that you never want to hear again.  So, points for trying. 

Last song on TWGMTR.  Is the last one ever?


Excellent theme, Larry.  

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Larry Franz

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Cindy and Al -- Thanks for your votes. And thanks to kds and Al for the additional videos. I've been busy so am having trouble keeping up with all the music. 

Yesterday, Al posted "I Can't Quit You Baby" from the 2016 Rolling Stones album Blue and Lonesome. I listened to that album in preparation for this week and think "Ride 'Em On Down" was my favorite. Like the rest of the album, however, it's definitely back to their roots.

And wouldn't you know, it's a blues classic:
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The track dates back to the 1930s when Delta blues great Bukka White penned the track under the title "Shake 'Em on Down." Chicago blues singer Eddie Taylor recorded the track in 1955 as "Ride 'Em on Down"; it's this version that inspired the Stones to cover the track.

If you prefer something cinematic, the official video features cool Kristin Stewart and her cool blue lollipop driving around downtown Los Angeles in a very cool blue Mustang:

youtube.com/watch?v=qEuV82GqQnE

This is a shorter video with just the song:




And here's Eddie Taylor's version from 1955:  youtube.com/watch?v=JdyYsMtiPlk

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Darren J. Ray

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Well done, Larry. You’ve almost stumped me.

Gold - On the Way Home (Buffalo Springfield - 1968)
Sounds like a decent album track from an album I’ll never own. Doesn’t overstay its welcome.

Silver - Isn’t It Time (The Beach Boys - 2012)
Plods along until 1:06 when it gets decidedly worse. At that point, I switch off. (But not before counting the song title sung 13 times. In fact, the word ‘time’ is used 25 times. That’s nothing compared to the 120 ‘Judy’s in ‘Judy’.) They did this and TWGMTR on the C50 tour. But I’m charitable with the word ‘did’ here. The original tracks for both songs were clearly playing. And the album always leaves me with a sour taste in the mouth. Ill-conceived album, ill-conceived tour. And to be honest, I felt sorry for Mike having to put up with the fallout afterwards.

Bronze - Bride (San Fermin - 2017)
Didn’t mind it. Wouldn’t buy it. Reminiscent of something from a week a few years back that included Fleet Foxes and Foster the People. I guess this stuff has its place, but its place is not in my record collection.  

Participant - What Ever Happened (Brian Wilson featuring Al Jardine and David Marks - 2015)
Sorry, but I’ve heard nothing on this album – and most of the tracks have been used by hosts – to entice me to buy it. Luke warm water. 

 

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I've got Al F's order, exactly:

1. 'Isn't it Time' by the Boys
2. 'Whatever Happened?' by Brian & Joe
3. 'On the Way Home' by Buff-Spring
4. 'Bride' by San Fermin


I know what Lee is saying about the ...Statler Bros. tendencies of the BB's 'remember when' songs, and this does seem to be in that tradition ('Do it again' 'Getcha Back' etc.).  But I give the nod to 'Isn't it Time' because ...I like the music better and am less offended by the lyrics (than I am to the sing-song/Funky Winkerbean style poetry of 'Whatever Happened'?--which is practically knees/please, you, too).  I remember when the album came out, I was criticized by someone on here because if I didn't love Whatever Happened, on the grounds of 'don't you like 'Pet Sounds'?'    But 'Pet Sounds' was more than bass lines...it had great lyrics.  By comparison Brian sings beautifully on 'happened' to those pat lyrics, and it reminds me of those 'Nationwide is on your side' commercials. you know, where the black guy Sam Cooke's up a...pithy advertising ditty...and this white girl quivers and Mariah Carey quavers all over ...well, the same cheap advertising ditty.  Lyrics matter, and 'Whatever Happened' doesn't have good ones.  so, yes, true, Lee, 'Isn't it Time' reminds me a little of my dad's old 45 of the Mills Bros., 'Cab Driver, drive by Mary's place'.  when they must have been about 80 years old.  But I still liked the record.

the other 2 songs are forgettable and flavor of the month (for their times).

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Originally Posted by John B
I've got Al F's order, exactly:

1. 'Isn't it Time' by the Boys
2. 'Whatever Happened?' by Brian & Joe
3. 'On the Way Home' by Buff-Spring
4. 'Bride' by San Fermin


I know what Lee is saying about the ...Statler Bros. tendencies of the BB's 'remember when' songs, and this does seem to be in that tradition ('Do it again' 'Getcha Back' etc.).  But I give the nod to 'Isn't it Time' because ...I like the music better and am less offended by the lyrics (than I am to the sing-song/Funky Winkerbean style poetry of 'Whatever Happened'?--which is practically knees/please, you, too).  I remember when the album came out, I was criticized by someone on here because if I didn't love Whatever Happened, on the grounds of 'don't you like 'Pet Sounds'?'    But 'Pet Sounds' was more than bass lines...it had great lyrics.  By comparison Brian sings beautifully on 'happened' to those pat lyrics, and it reminds me of those 'Nationwide is on your side' commercials. you know, where the black guy Sam Cooke's up a...pithy advertising ditty...and this white girl quivers and Mariah Carey quavers all over ...well, the same cheap advertising ditty.  Lyrics matter, and 'Whatever Happened' doesn't have good ones.  so, yes, true, Lee, 'Isn't it Time' reminds me a little of my dad's old 45 of the Mills Bros., 'Cab Driver, drive by Mary's place'.  when they must have been about 80 years old.  But I still liked the record.

the other 2 songs are forgettable and flavor of the month (for their times).



I like Whatever Happened and most of NPP.   But, the overhype and comparison to Pet Sounds when the album was released was just plain silly.  

Speaking of recent BB solo albums, what are the odds we went a follow up to Al's lone studio effort? 

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Larry Franz

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Darren & John B -- Thanks for your votes. With seven voters so far, the new kids on the block are way behind, as expected and as usual (new kids are hardly ever appreciated in their new neighborhood, unless they're competing with other new kids). Which of the more familiar kids will get the gold, however, isn't clear at all.

kds -- I think Al's other album, Live in Las Vegas, is quite good, but didn't buy A Postcard From California, and don't remember hearing much of it. But since Darren hasn't invested in No Pier Pressure, I don't feel too bad about ignoring A Postcard From California.


Elliott Smith had recorded the songs for his album From a Basement on the Hill and arranged for it to be mixed when he was found in his house with two stab wounds to the chest. It seems to have been suicide but the coroner's report was inconclusive. The album was released in 2004, one year after his death.

Another album of unreleased material, New Moon, was released in 2007, but I think From a Basement on the Hill counts as his final studio album. This is "Let's Get Lost".



One more from that album: "Twilight"  youtube.com/watch?v=sJthA4l8S5U

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