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bonnie bella

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st kilda, I loved what the family said about Hal, "May he rest forever on 2 and 4"

Larry, is this weather report an accurate assessment of Southern California?



More on the subject of the ol' United States.



One more.





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Larry Franz

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Yes, bonnie, the only rain in Southern California falls from sprinklers at movie studios, which are all near Sunset and Vine and surrounded by orange groves.

Another with Hal:

Love -- "Andmoregain"
youtube.com/watch?v=nv52AE_aptk

Historical note:
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Love started recording [their album] Forever Changes in June 1967 at Sunset Sound Recorders. However, beginning with the early recording sessions, the band, except [Arthur] Lee, was plagued by internal conflicts and lack of preparation for Lee's intricate arrangements....  In order to compel the band to participate, [the producer] enlisted top session musicians, Billy Strange (guitar), Don Randi (piano), Hal Blaine (drums), and Carol Kaye (bass guitar) to work with Lee, completing the sessions. Shocked by the implications of losing their role in the album's development, ... [the members of Love were motivated to record the other nine tracks on the album].
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D.A.N

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Always tough when I like them all:

G California Girls
S Be My Baby
B Hey Mr Tambourine Man
T Monday Monday



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Larry Franz

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Two more good ones.

Simon & Garfunkel -- "Fakin' It"
youtube.com/watch?v=IkFBOd4YN60

Spanky & Our Gang -- "I'd Like To Get To Know You" (Gold by a narrow margin last year)
youtube.com/watch?v=XWXVgDewwdI

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bonnie bella

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But does it POUR in Southern California? Geographical accuracy is important - even in songs.


GOLD - I'd be a fool to put anything but the Beach Boys here. Funnily enough, I was never a fan of this song until a while after becoming a huge Brian Wilson fan. And to make it even more complicated, The only girl I know in California, I'd rather not be and rather not see cloned due to our poles-apart political beliefs. Ta very much.

SILVER - The Ronettes, grudgingly placed up here. Should be the Byrds, but song choice dictates this order. Only a whisker (or perhaps that's a feather) in it.

BRONZE - The Byrds. Nesting lower than they should be. What a quality line up of classics this week to place such a stellar band here. I love the 12 string guitar sound and these guys in general.

TIN - The Mamas and Papas. Also a great song and does not deserve this placing, but it serves as a reminder that  A) Monday sucks and  B) Cass Elliot died the day I was born. The fact this is the only song on the list this week that I'm ready to stop listening to when it ends places this fabulous foursome here.






Thanks for hosting, st kilda.

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  Season 10 week 9..Hal Blaine tribute 2 The Vocalists


                1)California Girls

                2)Be My Baby

                3)Monday Monday

                4)Mr.tambourine Man


                                              Good Picks !!


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Hi guys,

I'd sort them as follows:

GOLD: Calgirls
This is music, this is relevant, this is exciting. The acid intro, the chords on the chorus like a sinus wave, the sexist-patriotic words, perfect for boozy sessions, the blend of the choir vocals, the oom-pah groove. A perfect song with a perfect formula.

SILVER: Mondays
So much tragic in the group's history, so many selfmade problems, such lack of professionalism. Another iconic choir blend, a rhythm section and a guitar attack like from another world. This is stuff legends are made of. A perfect example of genius and madness.

BRONZE: Tamtams
bright the uncomparable guitar effect on the riff, frequently imitated but never reached, as well as the initial bass notes. Drums like machine gun shots, and - sadly - unacceptable lead vocals and very weak choir harmonies. Imagine Denny Doherty or Mama Cass or Carl Wilson singing the same. Annoying but yet great for half a century.

TIN: Babies
I never understood all the hype around this song, especially from Brian and his biographists. This is a nice but very limited girlie band, flattering cute little animal names to an enviable boy (or pet ?) - not less or more. I've often had a disturbing fantasy Phil Spector could have been involved in that. Interesting production, maybe even a milestone in terms of 1963. But that was just the beginning, with much greater things to follow. Overrated, imo.

Thanks for an interesting week, stkilda.

Here's what I accept as Phil's geatest work.

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Tough one but always loved the opening "chimes" of Cali Girls . Indeed had it as a ring-tone on my phone for years .

Gold -- California Girls 


Silver -- Be My Baby 

Bronze -- Mr. Tambourine Man 

Tin -- Monday, Monday 
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Another week almost ran away on me (sorry, Cantina, for missing yours last week). Besides, I need something to do now that I'm less interested in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, so:

A tie for GOLD with:  Beach Boys "California Girls" and The Ronettes' "Be My Baby". Tough to top these epics.

A tie for BRONZE with: Byrds' "Mr. Tambourine Man", cover of a Robert Zimmerman tune where the hypnotic 12-string almost overrides the drums.  "Monday Monday" by the M's & P's isn't one of my fave trax of theirs. In spite of their typically great harmonies, there's something kinda blah about it that makes me wanna hit the "Snooze" button.

I don't think Mr. Blaine was capable of pulling off any stinkers, so they were all spared from the Tin pile. Well done again, stkilda, thanks!


BTW, kudos to Tom Tobben...his St. Louis Blues had my Jets singin' the blues after last nite's last gasp at survival clawin' away for the Cup!  
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!Glad to read somebody who's into hockey like me. Kind greetings from Iserlohn Roosters to Mr. Jimmy Roy, should you talk to him in downtown Winnipeg. There was a short rumour about him being hired as our GM.
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almost impossible.
almost?
no, nearly most.
mostly near enough.
impossiblisticalllyyyy most.
anyway... 

gold: 'mr tambourine man'
- w coast, countrification with a touch of hippieness
makes a decent dylan song sound gorgeous
and was an early, um, turn on, for me...

joint silver: 'california girls'
- purely for the intro seconds,
not the whole song.
never one of my favourites.
except for the exemplary intro.

joint silver: 'monday monday'
- any day, any day...

tin: 'be my baby'
- a gold in many a week!

if i don't press the button now,
i might feel an urge to recant,
but this is it.
it is.
it is it.
it is.
yes, it is...
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Lisa, thanks for balancing off my point fives.

And hold on - the Leafs are playing a game seven, winner take all.

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Hey Lisa, we St. Louis Blues fans are pretty excited about winning our first round in the Stanley Cup playoffs. After two periods and the Blues ahead 3-0, it looked like we could coast to victory in Game 6, but the Jets created some late thrills after making it 3-2 with about a half minute left in the third period. We all breathed a sigh of relief after holding on for the victory and moving on to the next round of the playoffs. I'm hoping the Blues can pull off a long and deep run in this year's playoffs, especially after such a miserable first half of the season.

Now that the major league baseball season is underway, I'm also excited about our St. Louis Cardinals this season with the addition of perennial all-star Paul Goldschmidt this season, and signing him to a multi-year contract so soon -- hopefully a playoff-bound season for them too this year.  

stkilda, sorry I'm coming in down to the wire to vote this week, especially with such an excellent battle with four classic songs.  It was our turn to host our extended family's Easter dinner today, so I've been out of pocket the last few days. My votes:

Gold -- "Monday, Monday", Mamas & Papas. Their sound was so fresh and their vocals so clear. Lovely orchestration and arrangement, with a little help from Hal Blaine and members of the Wrecking Crew. Producer and Dunhill records founder Lou Adler must have known he struck gold when he signed this aspiring folk rock group to a recording contract in the mid-60s, who then proceeded to run off a string of pop hits over the next few years. 

Silver -- "Be My Baby", Ronettes. A classic, featuring Ronnie Spector's (born Veronica Bennett) memorable lead vocals, Hal Blaine's powerful drum performance which really drives the song, and Phil Spector's echo chambered wall-of-sound production. A classic oldie, it has always amused me that Brian Wilson continually cites this song as his favorite. It must have really impacted him powerfully at a formative age, when he was aspiring to be the next Phil Spector in the studio and to create his own classic hit songs with the Beach Boys.

Bronze -- "California Girls", Beach Boys. That unforgettable introduction made a real impact on the pop radio airwaves, and a total turnabout from typical Beach Boys hits before it. It also opened some eyes that there may be more to Brian Wilson's music than just a bunch of catchy pop hooks and stellar vocals and harmonies. The rest of the song was a catchy pop tune designed to appeal to teens from each region of the US. In that regard, a bit too commercial for my tastes, especially when compared with what followed with Pet Sounds and "Good Vibrations". 

Tin -- "Mr. Tambourine Man", Byrds. A shame that I had to rate this song in fourth place this week, but the other fine songs beat it out for me. For what it's worth, I actually preferred some of the Byrds songs a few albums later, such as "Eight Miles High", "So You Want to Be A Rock and Roll Star", "Mr. Spaceman", "My Back Pages", "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere", etc. 

Excellent battle and follow-up tribute to Hal Blaine this week, stkilda! 


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Al -- Never in my live long days did I think I'd wind up rooting for the Toronto Maple Laffs (yep, for some time, they had about as much chance at the playoffs as the Jets barring the past 2 seasons for my guys, of course). Mmm hmm, that's the last Canuck team standing (at  least by name, lots of Canuck talent in American teams, but that's another story). 

Tom -- Yep, I'll bet you're as stoked as we were last year when (a) the Jets actually made the playoffs and (b) managed to get a heckuva lot closer to hoisting Stanley than they did this year --Blast those Vegas Golden Knights!  [mad]   They lacked a fire under their butts for some of last night's game, so it's your turn this year. Drove past a sports bar nearby today with a sign "Come In and Cry with Us". [bawl]

Anyhoo, enough with my swan songs...back to the real music...
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And the final votes ... and then we'll see who won!

Gold - Mr Tambourine Man  ... never tire of this

Silver - California Girls ... first heard on a speaker at a drive-in.  Loved it.

Bronze - Monday, Monday ... that's my bronze for this Easter Monday, Monday

Tin - Be My Baby - A very shiny tin with a tinge of silver and gold

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