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t bedford

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James Brown feels good...

Maria (Natalie Wood dubbed by Marni Nixon) feels pretty...

I'm not a real billionaire, but I play one on TV!

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GOLD Beach Boys
BRONZE Temptations
TIN Ronettes

Larry, interestingly my theme was similar when I used Buddy's 'Wishing'.

Been a tough month for me but listening to lots of music.
Larry Franz

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Thanks for the votes, Lisa & D.A.N. And the emotional videos, Lisa and t.

One I've never heard before: The Zombies, "The Way I Feel Inside", Begin Here, 1965 (it begins and ends quietly)

And beautiful music with grownup, possibly offensive lyrics:

Elliott Smith, "I Didn't Understand", XO, 1998

Plus R.E.M., "It's the End of the World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine)", Document, 1987 

PS -- That's an interesting site, Lisa. I saw this one:

"When the end of the world comes, I want to be in Cincinnati because it’s always 20 years behind the times" -- attributed to Mark Twain

But it looks like it was a German joke that originally referred to Bavaria, not Cincinnati. I didn't know the Germans had any jokes.

bonnie bella

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And what is fast approaching?  Monday.  


Clowns divorce: custardy battle.     Simon Munnery

Larry Franz

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bonnie -- that's what you get for living in the future!

Meanwhile, the clock is ticking here in the past. Only 13 voters so far and Monday is coming.

Warren Zevon, "Excitable Boy", Excitable Boy, 1978

PS -- This one plays in the US:

Verden McCutcheon

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      Season 7 Week 14..Heavy Mental..

          1)The Beach Boys.....when I get tired of GOK this is my next fav from PS

         2)The Temptations....Always enjoyed this track from a great vocal group

         3)The Ronettes.........Definitely got the Wall of sound going down

         4)Buddy Holly......Probably the best song I had to put the tin label on in along while

                              Excellent theme and songs Larry !
Cantina Margarita

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Hi all,

here's my selection:

1.  The Beach Boys, "You Still Believe in Me"
(what a surprise har har)

Which one do I like least on the original Pet Sounds album? I praised Our Master with so many sweet words here, but with this one I’m not well at all. Pretends to be self-reflective, but in the end it appears kind of false-faced. Although I’m sure that at this point of his career, Brian didn’t want it to be more than a sentimental love song – I just don’t grant these lyrics to his young ego. But what I can’t wait for, of course, is to hear this stone-old beautiful song being performed by a 74 yr old Brian, after all that’s been happening to him. Will be a tearful moment. Time capsula idea again.

And what a tune. And what a lead vocal. Richly enough pros to select it my #1 this week.


2. The Temptations, "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)"

In the early 1970s, I started reading the Bravo magazine. Not due to the Dr Sommer series, merely because of the charts listings. And I have dim reflection of  spotting this song at US No. 1 position. In Bravo land, we’ve been digging that style, too, but preferred this one ...


3. Buddy Holly, "True Love Ways"

I like that guy, though I’ve never gone deep catalogue with his music. I simply tend to pay respect to artists that my favourite artists like(d).


4. The Ronettes, "I Wonder"

I’m not particularly into that Wall Of Sound idea, represented by songs like this one. Turn the overdosed reverb effect down, and you have a very simple song in most cases. Also, I could never be amazed by „Be My Baby“. It’s like too much sugar in the pudding.

What I do like about Spector production style, is the later concept of orchestral overdubs to catchy British rock hymns, George H’s. „All things Must Pass“ album stands above all.

An inspiring week. Thank you Larry, well done.
Lisa G/TS

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Larry -- hopefully the lack of responses thus far is because you gave four tough choices to sort out, not so much due to lack of interest. (Am I right, folks?)  [biggrin]

Here's another alternate to fire up those yet to vote. Let's take pity on poor, rich Paul McCartney. It seems people laugh at him when he's feelin' mighty low:

Larry Franz

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Thanks for your votes and kind words, Verden and Cantina M. (and the excellent song).

Thinking about "You Still Believe In Me" this week got me to rank the eleven non-instrumentals on Pet Sounds, so it's interesting to see the variations in opinion. I put it closer to #11 than #1.

As this week's battle grows long in the tooth, two more to unleash:

The Everly Brothers, "So Sad (to Watch Good Love Go Bad)", live from their 1983 reunion concert (could it be possible this song had a personal meaning for them at this point?)

My Morning Jacket, "Believe (Nobody Knows)", Waterfall, 2015

Larry Franz

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Hi Lisa -- I didn't see you there. Well, we've got 15 voters so far. Who knows what the night will bring? (It's a good day for the beach around here.)

"I'm Down" doesn't play in the US, but this one does, with a few introductory remarks from the young Sir Paul:

One I've had in reserve in case things go south:

The Animals, "Don't Bring Me Down", 1966 (written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King)

Tom Tobben

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Weighing in with my votes for the week:

Gold -- "You Still Believe in Me", Beach Boys. Just one of a number of stellar songs on Pet Sounds, but it stands above the other fine songs in this week's battle. Can't wait to see Brian and his band perform the album in its entirety this summer. Great melody, lovely instrumental and vocal arrangements, and I love the bicycle horn (or whatever it is) interspersed through the song.

Silver -- "Just My Imagination", Temptations. What a classic Temptations ballad -- it reached #1 on both the Top 40 and R&B charts in the US in 1971 and is still one of their most popular songs. I grew up with the omni-present Motown classics on the radio in the 60s and 70s, when Berry Gordy and his large stable of artists married R&B with pop to create the Motown sound, so lots of fond memories of those songs, including this one.  

Bronze -- "True Love Ways", Buddy Holly. Beautiful ballad from one of the legends and major influences from the early rock and roll era. Bonnie, I have to disagree with you about the sax in this song -- it may not be "great sax" but it's at least "decent sax", and even decent sax is better than no sax at all, as the saying goes.

A couple summers ago, my wife and I saw a stellar musical stage version of The Buddy Holly Story. The guy who played and sang the Buddy Holly lead role was quite impressive on both the ballads and rockers, and he could really play the guitar too. Though Holly created some lovely ballads (such as this one, True Love Ways, Everyday, Wishing, Heartbeat, etc.), I really prefer his up-tempo rock and roll hits (such as Peggy Sue, Maybe Baby, Rave On, Well...All Right, Love's Made A Fool of You, etc.) Here's a lesser-known one, for example:

Tin -- "I Wonder", Ronettes. I'm generally a fan of both the Ronettes and of Phil Spector's "wall of sound" hits. But this one sounds too derivative and doesn't carry the originality and punch of their best songs, such as "Be My Baby", "(The Best Part of) Breaking Up", or "Walking in the Rain".  

Here's a few more old songs from the 60s and 70s that explore this week's stated themes, and which haven't been posted yet to my recollection:

And, dipping back into an old, lesser-known doo-wop nugget from the early 60s:

Finally, this old 60s mental phenomena novelty tune, which found a second life years later through Dr. Demento:

Apologies if any of these have already been posted.

Fun, wide-open battle theme this week, Larry!

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Hi Larry,

Here are my votes.

Gold - True Love Ways – Buddy Holly

Silver - You Still Believe in Me – The Beach Boys

Bronze -  I Wonder – The Ronettes

Tin - Just My Imagination – The Temptations

Graciegirl [smile]


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Very hard week for me, Larry, I really like them all.

Gold – "You Still Believe in Me” The Beach Boys

Silver – "True Love Ways” Buddy Holly

Bronze – "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)” The Temptations

Tin – “I Wonder” The Ronettes

A few more cerebral ruminations for the week:

I try hard to be strong
But sometimes I fail myself
And after all I've promised you
So faithfully
You still believe in me
I wanna cry . . .”

Larry Franz

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Thanks for your votes, tom, graciegirl and Deb. You've brought us up to 19 voters so far. I'll probably let the voting continue for another 12 hours (until Monday at noon in this time zone).

Tom -- I did post "Rave On" earlier in the week and thought about having it compete, since it's a great song and fits the theme quite well, but decided that "True Love Ways" fit better with the other songs (a completely subjective opinion, of course).

"Imagination" by the Quotations was a new one for me. It looks like it made a few charts in late 1961 and early 1962 in the Northeast and Cleveland.

Deb -- I thought about using "All I Have To Do Is Dream" also -- it's one of my favorites -- but it's a favorite song I avoid listening to (for sentimental reasons).

Here's one of several Roy Orbison songs that also would have done well this week:

"Running Scared", 1961

Larry Franz

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Only 18 voters so far; I miscounted. [nono]
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