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bonnie bella

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Hi there everybody!

Apologies Cindy, for starting this week early.  I'll be away over the next couple of days, and won't be able to log again until I'm back.

This week we celebrate the Wilson brothers, Brian, Dennis and Carl.  With a song from each of them this week, and with a cherry on the top from Brian's daughters, we have a complete week of Wilson's.

I'd love to see little green squiggle submissions that are from artists named Brian, Dennis, Carl or Wilson.  Not necessarily the Brian, Dennis or Carl Wilson!

On with this weeks songs.


Starting with big brother Brian, we have a previously unused song in the battle.  Brian reimagines Gershwin with "It Ain't Necessarily So", (2010).




Next up, Dennis.  "The Sound of Free", first released in the UK in 1970, and re-released in 2013 on the "Made in California" box set.




Little brother Carl and the Passions, from the "So Tough" album.  "Here She Comes", (1972).



And if that link won't work, try this one.




Finally, Brian's daughters Carnie and Wendy with Chynna Phillips covering Jackson Brown. "Doctor My Eyes" from their "California" album, (2004).



If that version won't load for you as well, try this one.




Looking forward to seeing how these rank, and to see who else shares part of their name with this talented family.

Have fun!

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Al Forsyth

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Bonnie, Lead off with Dan Wilson

Then to this guy named Carl who influenced many and here with another million dollar quarteter and this other guy named Eric

Another Dennis for you (Deyoung and his band)

Brian Setzer (and his orchestra)


VOTES this week:
Gold - Dennis
Silver - Brian and HIS orchestra
Bronze - Carl and his Passions
Tin - sorry, but had to give to the Wilsons and Phillips

Good one but a reminder that I'm on deck next week.





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Gershwin with "It Ain't Necessarily So", (2010).


I just heard a snippet of this on TV - not Brian's version but it did make me think of it.... that was before I'd read this week's participants.

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1. 'Sound of Free' by Dennis at his songwriting peak
2. 'It Ain't Necessarily So' (nice to hear some reasonable atheism or at least agnosticism come out of Brian's mouth)
3. 'Doctor My Eyes'  even though I never thought Jackson or WP are old enough to sing this song
4. "Here She Comes"   ...such cliche'd hippy lyrics, what was that about sowing his seed?  surprised the words didn't say 'you are the best old lady to grow and sow my seed, mama, fetch me my sandals and incense, will you Jack Rieley ?'.  or something like that.  even though I used to hear the words wrong, was it rolling in a mattress or in the madness?  I was a bun of a sun, glory Christ arose, Can you dig me?  no...not really, when did the Beach Boys become ...this?!.  What a terrible record that Carl & the Passions one, to have the Beach Boys name on it. 
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when did the Beach Boys become ...this?!
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Cindy Hood

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No apologies necessary, Bonnie!

I just closed out week 26, so while I'm here, I'm going to go ahead and cast my votes for The Wilson's.

GOLD:  Dennis for Sound of Free.

SILVER:  Here She Comes.  This is actually Blondie Chaplin singing lead.

BRONZE:  Doctor My Eyes/Wilson Phillips.

TIN/PEWTER:  Ain't Necessarily So/Brian.  I didn't like some of the lyrics and this isn't a favorite of mine from this album.  If it had been I Loves You, Porgy, it would've been at the top.  

My final answer.

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Gold - Dennis - Sound of Free

Silver - The Beach Boys - Here She Comes - Just behind Leaving This Town as my favorite BB song that sounds absolutely nothing like The Beach Boys.

Bronze - Brian Wilson - It's good, but the Gershwin album doesn't really get a ton of spins from me. 

Tin - Wilson Phillips 
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Sorry to be brief,

Gold - Wilson Phillips
Silver - Carl
Bronze - Dennis
Tin - Brian
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Larry Franz

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Carl and the Passions had a few things going for it:

1) Two really good songs out of eight: "Marcella" and "All This Is That"
2) A cool album cover
3) The initial American release was a double album
4) The other album was a re-release of Pet Sounds.

Although Carl has its defenders now. For example, the 94 customer reviews of the Carl/Holland double CD on Amazon (US) average out at 4.5 out of 5 stars, and that's not because Holland gets all the positive reaction.

But to vote:

Gold -- Brian, George & Ira -- I never really listened to this song before Brian did it, but the lyrics are great and it's good to hear Brian sounding kind of sinister for a change.

Silver -- Wendy, Carnie, Chynna & Jackson -- The original was on the radio so much it drove me nuts, but I'm not going to hold that against them.

Bronze -- Ricky & Blondie with support from Carl, et al. -- Meh.

Tin -- Dennis, Mike & Darryl -- The good part lasts around 50 seconds.


Music to either lower or raise your blood pressure from Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno:

"An Ending (Ascent)", Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks (1983)



Track 1 of Ambient 1: Music for Airports (1978)



(Is it a coincidence that the second URL ends with "Eno"?)

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Because we agree so often, It's funny to read Larry's disagreement with me over 'Sound of Free'. 
Do you like 'Lady (fallin in love)' better, Larry?   Both are musically impressive to me.

...and since I think C&TP's has 3 great songs, that must mean I like it better than Larry.  I counted 'Cuddle Up' but geez, I really feel punished by 'Make it Good'.  I played that album plenty and knew the words to the songs I didn't love, too.    
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Hi John B -- Yes, I do prefer "Lady". And I played the album plenty also, but never warmed up to "Cuddle Up". "You Need a Mess of Help to Stand Alone" was good enough, but not good enough to be a successful single. 

I guess this is the original "Lady" by Dennis Wilson and Rumbo, released as the B-side in 1970, but not in the US. The video is new to me, showing Denny relaxing and dancing (kind of) with a beautiful blond woman (Karen Lamm? It's sometimes hard for me to tell beautiful blond women apart).




While I'm here again:

Two of "Everything I Need", written by Brian and Tony, recorded by Brian, Wendy and Carnie in the 90s, and finally released on Wendy and Carnie's The Wilsons in 1997:




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Now, now guys - to each their own. 

Carl and Passions is not really a fave of mine but it is interesting.  I didn't like the sound/mix of it - it was different. Steve Desper, right?  They had become a kind of jam band on the record.  I'll still take it over Love You - any day and any night! 

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Well, whaddya know.... both "Here She Comes" and "Doctor My Eyes" come up as "This video not available" for me. [frown]

If anyone has the same issue, here's another link for "Here She Comes" (erroneously credited as Beach Boys?):




Couldn't find a sub video for the good Doctor, but ITunes has it.

Cool choices, bonnie. I shall return forthwith..
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bonnie bella

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Hi there.  

Firstly, my apologies for you not being able to play two of the clips, Lisa.  I always presumed if they play down here, they'll play anywhere!  I also can't find an alternative.  If anybody else has the same problem, please let me know.

Cindy, thanks for pointing out that is actually Blondie in the lead of "Here She Comes".  Clearly, I didn't research enough  (and I see Carl didn't even assist in penning it!)  Let's say it's to do with Carl because of the album title?? [wink]

Thanks to Al, John B, Cindy, kds, Peter, and Larry, for your early votes and comments.  

Dennis Brown with a song later covered by Phil Collins.



And who can forget when the ridiculously smooth and stylish Brian McKnight burst onto the 90's scene, with his plethora of cashmere sweaters, and this song...


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Bonnie,

That's actually a Phil Collins original, featuring David Crosby 

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