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Tom Tobben

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Voting a bit earlier than usual, as I will be traveling this weekend. All lovely a cappella songs, but here's how I sorted them out:

Gold -- "Idris Strike Song", Chumbawamba. Too lovely to be a protest song, but with such good lyrics, so much the better. Goes against the normal grain for a typical strident protest song; love the irony of that, and the gorgeous, note-perfect harmonies.

Silver -- "Break Away", Beach Boys. A cappella Beach Boys are always a treat, and so is this version. But, for this week, they couldn't overtake my gold choice, which is both gorgeous and with such telling lyrics.

Bronze -- "Caravan of Love", Housemartins. Another lovely song, with excellent multi-part vocals. I really liked the end section, once the band members got the crowd clapping along, adding a nice rhythm to the song's ending. 

Tin -- "The Bright Light of Glasgow", Celsi, Bragg, and Maitland. I like each of these musicians, but this song feels a bit too unrehearsed/unpolished. Nonetheless, a nice song. 


Kudos to a number of the other a cappella songs people added this week. I especially liked the Miracles' "Ooo Baby Baby", Pentatonix's cover of "Winter White Hymnal", and McCartney's "Monkberry Moon Delight". Fascinating to hear them deconstructed to their vocal only parts. 

Though this one's a bit early seasonally, here's a lovely a cappella version of Jimmy Fallon, Paul McCartney, members of the Roots, and Tonight Show guests performing McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime":


Fun battle this week, paul, featuring a bunch of lovely vocals and harmonies standing tall on their own!

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Larry Franz

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bonnie posted an a capella cover of Fleet Foxes' "White Winter Hymnal" earlier. That song appears to be a favorite of a capella groups on YouTube. A story about a group called Sonos says:
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According to chief arranger Chris Harrison, the band's repertoire emerged after everyone came up with playlists of possible tunes. But "White Winter Hymnal," by Fleet Foxes, was actually suggested to the group by its manager....

"He said, 'Hey, I'm thinking this, but, you know, like a hymnal, instead of a Beach Boys tune,' " Harrison said.


The story:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122899502

The song:



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Larry Franz

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Tying up a loose end as the sun, without instruments, sinks slowly in the west:

Allison Krauss, Emmylou Harris & Gillian Welch, "Don't Leave Nobody But The Baby" (live)


Allison Krauss and Union Station, "Down to the River to Pray" (live)


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bonnie bella

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Gotye featuring the Kiwi Kimbra, "Somebody That I Used To Know". (Complete with long, sombre silences.)




Imagine Dragons "Radioactive".






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Lisa G/TS

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Well done, paul. I found this week a bit of a challenge, but I'll settle with:

GOLD -- Beach Boys, Breakaway

SILVER -- Chumbawamba, Idris Strike Song -- Hey! What's wrong with old skool barbershop quartet style? After that irritating earwig, "Tubthumping", who woulda thunk their talent had this much range?

BRONZE -- Housemartins, Caravan of Love -- Narrowly missed Silver by a sliver. 

TIN -- Celsi, Bragg & Maitland, The Bright Light of Glasgow -- Certainly not terrible by any means (they're probably incapable of that), but as Lee said on page 1, a few more takes and this could have really blown the doors off a competitor or two here.

An ethnic alternate I've always loved ever since Paul Simon's "Graceland" is this beauty by Ladysmith Black Mambazo:




...and since Tom mentioned Jimmy Fallon & McCartney a little earlier, I thought this story earlier this week was kinda cool:




...actual footage:



(Hey, wasn't Al Forsyth at one of the shows?)
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Seven sisters.

Lily & Madeleine, "And Tonight"


The Roches, "The Hallelujah Chorus"


The Secret Sisters, "Tonight You Belong To Me"


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Lee Marshall

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Sorry...Did anybody post this one?

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bonnie bella

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In sotto voice, paul, (because it's rather musical, actually).

GOLD - TBB.  And no other would do.  Bolts away.

SILVER - The Housemartins.  This was a pretty big hit over here, and a big learning curve for a kid to find that a "caravan" was not necessarily a little holiday home on wheels.  Also, until a few years ago when introduced to paul's musical neck of the woods, did not know that Fat Boy Slim was right there on the top bunk in this crew.

BRONZE - Chumbawamba.  Sorry, I kept waiting for the chorus.  If it was there, my apologies.  I've never been good at staying tuned with talking books, and this was no exception.

TIN - C, B and M.  Perked my ears up at the word "whiskey", got thinking about a dog I knew by that name, and never returned. 


Chris Cornell.  Maybe he's never had a mention down here, but I think he deserves it in this category.  Sad to think he carried these lyrics with him for so long.







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GOLD to Chumbawamba.

SILVER for the Beach Boys.

BRONZE to Housemartins.

Leaving TIN
for Celsi, Bragg, & Maitland.

Have we covered yodeling?


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paul g adsett

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bonnie: thanks for the ladysmith black mombaza addition.
they were in contention at one point for comp. entry.
quite a few of my possible picks haven't yet been mentioned
- this one has been.
(and that jimmy f / macca tale is, despite everything, pretty dashed cooool! ta).

lee: you swine!
huey lewis has always been someone i have trouble enjoying.
i enjoyed this. thankyou (or not...)..

franz
y:
oh, those other choices! luvverly stuff.
i put some dosh into crowdfunding the most recent secret sisters album
and want to entice them to play sunny brighton whenever they get a uk tour together.
and, how could one not get carried away with the sublime vocals of smokey r & the miracles?

al: similarly, 
 i've occasionally been known to wallow deeply in nothing but doo wop
for an entire afternoon
(far better than wallowing in deep doo-doo, to be fair).
bonnie: imagine dragons? never heard of 'em
and, quite honestly, i have no desire to hear the instrumentally enhanced version of this.
i'm happy hearing the effort gone into the vocal tracks.
gawdonlyknows what 'eavy-metal-shite they back it with!

bonnie: bella, bella, bella...
pentatonix are an atomic tonic. ta.

here's one of my verymost favouritest a capella performances,
by a bristol / brighton musician / rapper / poet chap named dizraeli
teaming up with beatbox collective
to reproduce one of the numbers he performed with
the (currently disbanded) dizraeli and the small gods
(i was besotted with that band for awhile
dizraeli is a performer i'm intent to entice to play a gig for us....).
this was a serious contender for inclusion,
but i think i used it before...
please, please take a look / listen:



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Lisa G/TS

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Once again, for some peculiar reason, I feel like bonnie and I were switched at birth.  [wink]

Your theory, mr. adsett ?
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Lee Marshall

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Oh...I see...So "SWINE" is it? [rofl]
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paul g adsett

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prefer to be called pearl,then, lee?

lisa - oops, i'm identi-geogra-spacio-who-what-wherely challenged.
+ i was flummoxed by soundgarden sans instruments.

mr - i opened my mouth to try and found a herd of sheep had followed me home...





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Lee Marshall

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No...Let's go with Swine. [biggrin]
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Gold - I Get Around – The Beach Boys   

Silver - Caravan of Love - The Housemartins

Bronze - Idris Strike Song – Chumbawamba

Tin - The Bright Lights of Glasgow – Celsi, Bragg & Maitland



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