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Cindy Hood

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This week the contest is a little different.  We will be voting on the 4 songs for best background vocalist.

Here they are:

1.  Garden of Peace by America with Carl Wilson.  From their 18th album, Hourglass.  Carl sang background vocals on several songs on that album, including Mirror To Mirror,  Call of the Wild, Ports of Call and Young Moon.  



2.  Breakdown by Boz Scaggs with Monet Owens (Ms. Monet) and Barbara Wilson.
"Two singers, Monet Owens and Barbara Wilson, shared the spotlight with Scaggs, coming to the fore as the pace increased through a sequence of older numbers, including an amusingly cranked-up Lido Shuffle, an opened-out Lowdown, a calmed-down Breakdown Dead Ahead and an exhilarating Miss Sun".  This was taped live at the Great American Music Hall, San Francisco in 2004.  The original recording was from Boz Scaggs' Middle Man album that was released in April 1980.  



3.  Gimme Shelter by The Rolling Stones with Merry Clayton.  Ms. Clayton was a gospel singer who turned singer and actress.  She was the Acid Queen in The Who's "Tommy".  She was born on December 25, 1948.  In reading up on her, she had gotten a call one night that they needed her for a gig and gave her the studio address.  She showed up to find that the gig was with The Rolling Stones. 



4.  Don't Worry Baby by Lorrie Morgan with The Beach Boys.  From The Beach Boys' Stars and Stripes album from 1996.  (Larry, I had already chosen this for my week, so not to be thought a copy cat - LOL!  Great minds think alike, they say.).  



For copy/paste convenience:

Garden of Peace/America with Carl Wilson.
Breakdown Dead Ahead/Boz Scaggs with Monet Owens and Barbara Wilson.
Gimme Shelter/Rolling Stones with Merry Clayton.
Don't Worry Baby/Lorrie Morgan with The Beach Boys.




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I hope that all the links work for all of you.  I have had internet issues this morning (for the 6th time in the last 7 months),  They've got me on for now, but there's problems with the Big Box in my front yard and they'll be out tomorrow to check it out.  

Darren, I check in frequently, so if you can't get in touch with me for any problems like a link I posted that doesn't work for everyone, you may have to post a new one for me.  Sorry, if this causes any problems.

Cindy

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Cindy, the clips you've posted should work everywhere. 

Of the original set you sent us, all worked except the second Rolling Stones clip in Canada, and you've used the third one anyway. 

Good luck with the internet issues. 
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The Beach Boys -- "Break Away" backing vocals only




Note to John B: Please address the open issue on last week's battle. Do you want your vote for Kirsty to count?

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'Breakaway' backing track is best!  Love it! sounds like (real) summer.  57F and cold on way to work this a.m.  always forgot just how disappointing June is for the SF to SJ Bay area.  long sleeves AND a jacket are mandatory still. sigh.  on Father's Day morning it was 52-56F for fishing. (!).  that's why this month is best for scheduling your vacation out of area, especially if you grew up in Junes, listening to the Beach Boys while drinking sweetened ice tea.

I can vote 'regular' though this time, no problem.

1).  'Gimme Shelter' by the Rolling Stones

one of their very best and most powerful songs.  I would almost argue that of all their songs, you would miss this one the most if they were to leave just one classic out of a live performance.  yes, dump 'Start me Up' or 'Jumpin Jack Flash' instead.   Leave this song in!  It actually humanizes the Stones. 

2).  'Don't Worry, Baby' by Lorrie Morgan, (Hite's daughter?)

respectable interpretation of my all-time favorite song.  Almost certainly works best from a guy singer, though, because it plays against gender stereotype (e.g., the brave and fearless racer is secretly insecure and praises his true love for assistance).  Not big on her choice to come in a beat late on the lyrics each time, but she's consistent. Safe to say, she doesn't sing it as well as Matt; the best parts are the boys of course. 

3). a little harder now.  I'll go "Breakdown Dead Ahead (live)" by Boz Skaggs and Drew Zingg, because Boz elevates the boring blues just enough.

4).  thanks, never heard this one before, but 4th: 'Garden of Peace' by America.  I'm afraid to read the lyrics, and have it be about Gethsemane...surely not, or of Eden? since those locales were about pending violence not peace.  Very dry this group.  Yes, Carl's vocal is nice.  but, still boring song to my ears.
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Cindy, busy week for me upcoming, so I KNOW that I don't have to ruminate at all.

GOLDENESS: Gimme Shelter
The Rolling Stones with Merry Clayton. One of those top ten songs of the Rock era. Hearing it live sends chills.

SILVEROCITY: Don't Worry Baby by Lorrie Morgan with The Beach Boys. Always liked her and she died a wonderful take on this.

BRONZE-AGE: Garden of Peace America with Carl Wilson. I'd never heard this before. Carl had his knack with the duo when they lost their trio. It's nice.

TINNY: Breakdown Dead Ahead Boz Scaggs with Monet Owens and Barbara Wilson. Also never heard. Familiar with Boz from SMB and of course that monster album. Heard him open for Fleetwood Mac, who proceeded The Eagles in 76. How's that for a line-up?

I like how you bring in the "other singers". Gimme just needs that Merry Clayton vocal.


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I'll follow in Al's musical footsteps.

Gold -- The Stones & Merry

Silver -- Lorrie & the guys

Bronze -- America & Carl

Tin -- Boz, Monet & Barbara


When the background singing beats the foreground:

Chicago with Carl, Dennis and Al -- "Wishing You Were Here"


Thank you, Cindy.
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Cindy Hood

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Thanks John B., Al & Larry for your early votes. 

John B.  -  Gimme Shelter is a big time fave Stones song for me, too.   Merry has a powerful voice.  As for Lorrie Morgan, you're right about it working better for a male singer because of the lyrics, but those Boys are sublime on the backing vocals!

Al - The songs from Hourglass (America) would be easily unheard of.  I wouldn't have known about it either if it wasn't for me looking up one of their songs and the tracks from this album were on YouTube.  I was surprised to learn in my research that this was America's 18th album and the album titles all started with an 'H'.  All I remember right off is Hat Trick.

Larry - Thanks for the two clips:  Wishing You Were Here - my most fave Chicago song because of the BB's backing vocals.  I ran right out and bought it in 1974 as soon as it was released and have loved it ever since.  Also, Break Away is really nice, too.  We could go on forever with the Boys' sublime vocal harmonies.  One of Carl most exquisite background vocals was on Elton John's Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me, again in 1974.  I remember posting it on my FB page and Billy Hinsche replied to me about Carl's vocal doubling with the french horns.  It's a couple of times through the song where he hits the high notes that you can detect it.  Just breathtaking!

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My internet was out yesterday and this earlier this morning.  They're supposed to come and fix it tomorrow morning.  Hope so!

So, while I'm online here are my votes:

Gold:  The Beach Boys for Don't Worry Baby by Lorrie Morgan.  Love the song very much, but adore those Boys' vocal harmonizing!!!

Silver:  Ms. Monet and Barbara Wilson for Breakdown by Boz Scaggs.  This song has got a groovy beat to it, Boz's vocals are very nice, but those two girls are rockin' that song!

Bronze:  Carl Wilson for Garden of Peace by America.  This is a very nice and mellow song and Carl does an amazing vocal.

Tin:  Merry Clayton for Gimme Shelter by the Stones.  Merry has a powerful voice, but it's just too loud for my taste.  I do adore the song though.



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G Garden of Peace
S Don't Worry Baby
B Gimme Shelter
T Breakdown

Apologies for not getting around to it for a couple of weeks while overseas.
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I had wondered where DAN's votes had gone.

Don't Let The Sun Go Down on Me is so much better now that I know Carl is in there.



GOLD - Rolling Stones with Merry Clayton. Had to be. Interestingly, I had no idea what this song was about until watching the clip and then googling the lyrics. More interestingly, a news story appeared the other day about a cottage that was being renovated and gib was taken off walls to discover older walls in a bedroom, covered with posters of bands from around 1965. Spotted the boys after a while, but also noticed the prominent Rolling Stones one. That must have been one heck of a cool room to hang out in.  

https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/homed/houses/113392451/renovations-uncover-teenage-1960s-time-capsule-in-new-plymouth

SILVER - Breakdown Dead Ahead/Boz Scaggs with Monet Owens and Barbara Wilson. This unpopular little number is really groovy to me. In fact, it was close to getting my Gold spot. Much like the equally unpopular Here She Comes, I get this totally.


BRONZE - Don't Worry Baby/Lorrie Morgan with The Beach Boys. Gorgeous. Love the Brian bits, and this lady can sing. She seems popular enough and very findable on Youtube, so she must be somebody. What I'm not keen about is the slightly vanilla delivery. Somehow that gritty undercurrent the boys create is missing.


TIN - Garden of Peace/America with Carl Wilson. It's a beautiful song, I really liked all your songs this week, Cindy. Carl sounds a bit like Brian here.


A Brian backing I was delighted to hear last year.









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Gold - Don’t Worry Baby (The Beach Boys featuring Lorrie Morgan - 1996)
It’s obviously easier to hide the ring-in (Matt Jardine this time) doing the high parts (and, sure enough, getting almost no exposure on film) than it is to hide a great song. At least he’s family but, yeah, I hate that stuff. By the way, where's his dad? Anyway, she sings it well. What’s the deal with sticking Brian in his own cubicle? Great hairstyle, Joe Thomas!

Silver - Gimme Shelter (The Rolling Stones - 1969)
Glorified noise? The evocative clip makes it seem ‘important’. I know this will get the baby boomers’ votes. Was in the second Battle we ever had. I grew to ‘appreciate’ it that week, but I’m pretty sure you had to be there. I wasn’t. 

Did you really think these next two could win, Cindy?...

Bronze - Breakdown Dead Ahead (live) (Boz Scaggs - 2004)
Boz used some great musos over the years. He needed them. I love ‘Lido Shuffle’, but I’ll never forgive him for ‘Fly Like a Bird’. 

Participant - Garden of Peace (America - 1994) 
Middle America. This is boring. I think I heard Carl yawning too. 

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My votes : I wasn't sure if we were voting for the best song or the best backing vocals but as it happens , either criteria would give the same result (just about)

Gold : Gimme Shelter/Rolling Stones with Merry Clayton.

Silver : Don't Worry Baby/Lorrie Morgan with The Beach Boys.

Bronze :Breakdown Dead Ahead/Boz Scaggs with Monet Owens and Barbara Wilson.

Tin ; Garden of Peace/America with Carl Wilson.

For backing singers can't go far wrong with Motown . This is a rare Temptations track I uploaded from a yard sale vinyl album . Cost me 20 pence ! .  At the time it had never been digitised onto CD or download .

It's a cracker !



Also a good excuse to show a couple of my favourite vids . The gorgeous Caroline Corr bashing drums for 3 mins and providing backing vocals at the same time .



And another ......thankyou to whoever filmed these .....always cheer me up !




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Gold: Don't Worry Baby/Lorrie Morgan with The Beach Boys.
Silver: Breakdown Dead Ahead/Boz Scaggs with Monet Owens and Barbara Bronze: Garden of Peace/America with Carl Wilson.
Tin: Gimme Shelter/Rolling Stones with Merry Clayton.

First three songs all very pleasant and listenable ... and all new to me. 

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Hi Cindy and the rest of you,

35 Celsius degrees in my attic home studio. 37 outside, more to come next week. The last glimpse of twilight seen last night a quarter before midnight. That's what summer is like in central Europe. Isn't it nice ? Can't we get it any hotter ? It has just begun, I'm sure there will be some drought weeks by September, just like we had it last year and the year before. But still, the nearby barrier lakes are filled well, so no problem to cool down a bit.

Why am I still sitting under the roof ? Because I've got me a new monitor amp, which makes listening a quite new experience. Pumping it up quite loud, production quality is most important, listening to this week's songs.

GOLD
Ow, we have a solid BW production with excellent BB choir passages is the background. What else can I do but vote DON'T WORRY BABY my #1.

SILVER
the only one apart from DWB, for me, where significant quality is added by a background singer. This is GIMME SHELTER. Sounds good, having a good falsetto, much better than Mick's diabolic howling.

BRONZE
Breakdown Dead Ahead/Boz Scaggs
I confess, what I like most here is the drumming.

TIN
AMERICA and CARL

The amp heats it up a bit, so does the computer. I hope I didn't forget anything, such as Brian's birthday.

Cheers
(and hurrying to get head under water now)

Wanna add a song with great background vocals, but without a lead. I like the quote from "School Of Rock", when he tells the weighted black girl to listen carefully what's going on in it.




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