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bonnie bella

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Deb, my votes.

GOLD - TBB.  This song wipes the floor with the other songs.  I'm also partial to Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys, dogs, and occasionally trains.


SILVER - Floyd.  Too powerful to ignore, and the opening lyrics are excellent.  Maybe I've heard this too many times to get all that excited, but it holds up.  Sometimes however, this song sounds lyrically like a bit of a dirge, leaving you kind of hoping they might have a brighter day tomorrow. 


BRONZE - Macca and his Wings.  Could have possibly gone silver with all this kds inspired influx of Pink Floyd that reminded me some songs are best left at three minutes thirty, thanks.  At least this song is bit more positive than the one above.  Sweet and simple (too simple?) this paint by numbers tune just becomes a roll call of family members when Paul runs out of ideas for lyrics.  When he runs out of family members, he reverts to do-do-do-do-do's.  Very clever Paul, I'm sure nobody notices.


TIN - The Doors.  I'm not cool enough for the hard edged, gravelly, art house type rock that was Jim and The Doors.  On my list of creepy and disturbing songs, this one sits at the top, taking the throne as the most hair raising and disquieting song of all.  I remember hearing the lyrics when I was young and understanding what it was about.  As a result, I've never picked up strange long haired hitchhikers on deserted desert roads, especially if I have my imaginary family with me in my imaginary wood paneled family saloon.  I guess I'm also just lucky I don't actually live near any deserted desert plains either.


Using a singing saw, which is a non-chainsaw type saw played with a violin bow.




The White Stripes use a marimba prominently in this song, along with an annoying clanging drum.




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OK, so of those of you who actually listened and responded regarding my submittal of Lou Reed's awful experimental "music" album, Metal Machine Music, (rated the second worst album ever, according to Larry's timely research), bonnie's listening limit was shortest with a mere 15-17 seconds and Deb's was the longest with an amazing perseverance of 3 minutes. Pity your ears, Deb!

So to make up for that awful album of experimental sounds, I'm trying again with a much more popular experimental album from the same era, using a wide range of instruments, some very familiar and some rather rare, with most of them played by the album's title artist. This album came out in 1973 and was a #1 hit in numerous countries and a big seller in other countries. This album was also the very first album release for Richard Branson's brand new Virgin Records label, which went on to major success over the years. The album was so popular over the long term that it was subsequently re-released several more times over subsequent decades in updated forms. When you hear the intro section of the original album below, many of you will also recall that the first part was excellently used in the soundtrack to one of the biggest hit thriller movies of that same period. Also, starting at 19:50 of side one of the album, the names of all the instruments used on the album are gradually recited and used over about a five minute period. I couldn't find the entire original album listed as a single YouTube clip, so I'm including it in two parts -- side one and side two:



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As for my own votes this week, after much due deliberation on my top three choices:

Gold -- "Riders on the Storm", Doors. What a great mood piece! I'm self-admittedly a big Doors fan from their very beginning in 1967, and this song has all the elements of classic Doors songs -- great instrumentals (Manzarek/Krieger/Densmore were one of the tightest and most skilled band units and trained rock musicians of their era, in my opinion), Morrison's vocals are strong, dramatic, and nuanced, and the mood of the song is so well-aligned to the lyrical content. The rainstorm sounds throughout the song were quite distinctive and really helped to convey the mood and feeling of the song, much more than other "musique concrete" special effects sounds incorporated into many other songs of the era.

Silver -- "Caroline, No", Beach Boys. This one was really difficult, because my Bronze pick could just as easily have been silver. In the end, I had to go with this one as my silver pick, simply because it's such a gorgeous song on such a gorgeous experimental album by Brian (and the Boys). The song, and especially the passing/fading train sounds, are such a fitting ending to the overall album, Brian's ultimate masterwork, in most people's opinion. How fitting, in fact, that when this song was released as a single, it was credited to Brian Wilson as the artist, rather than the Beach Boys as a group.

Bronze -- "Time", Pink Floyd. Like the song above, this song is amazing in its own right, but it's even more powerful as an integral component of Pink Floyd's classic Dark Side of the Moon, the album that rocketed the band into big time stardom, following their earlier series of hippie/trippy sonic experimental albums in prior years. When this album first came out, what especially stood out to me in addition to the amazing music was the distinct sound quality and sound separation on the vinyl LP. Recorded at EMI's Abbey Road's studios, engineer (and future popular recording artist in his own right) Alan Parsons played a big role in the overall and distinctive sound quality of the album, just as he had previously done as the engineer on the Beatles classic Abbey Road album a few years earlier.

Tin -- "Let 'Em In", Paul McCartney & Wings. McCartney made a lot of fine music with Wings in those early post-Beatles years, though this album (At The Speed of Sound) was among the weakest and least daring musically, in my opinion.  This song certainly is well-recorded and incorporates plenty of interesting and non-typical sounds (e.g., doorbell intro, trombone solo, flute solos, muttered background vocals), but what lowered it to the bottom for me against such stiff competition this week was that the lyrical content seemed quite mundane to me for a song with such production qualities. It's still a decent enough song musically, and the lyrics certainly rise above some other songs on the album, such as "Silly Love Songs" and "Cook of the House".   


All in all, an excellent musical battle this week, Deb, with four classic songs from four classic albums by four classic artists in their prime, and your theme gave us all an opportunity to come up with a bunch more songs that incorporated unusual or experimental sounds and instruments. Fun week!
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First my votes:

Gold - The Beach Boys - Caroline, No

Silver - The Doors - Riders on the Storm

Bronze – Pink Floyd - Time

Tin - Paul McCartney & Wings - Let 'Em In

Thanks, for the Billy Joel, kds.  Here’s another one with the sound of motors racing, but you have to wait until  the end at 2:50:

You don’t have to wait too long for the glass shattering effects in this one.  You can stop after 3 seconds, unless you like the song, of course.

Simon and Garfunkel with Baby Driver and motor sounds at the end, too.

The Beatles loved sound effects, but I had a tough time getting Beatles videos that would play in the US.  For the Benefit of Mr. Kite, Maxwell’s Silver Hammer, Piggies were some I tried. I found Yellow Submarine like kds, but not much more.

Thanks, for the votes, bonnie and Tom.  Tom, I almost posted Tubular bells after the x-files song but deleted it because it was so long.  And really only the first part is interesting to me.  That’s the part that reminds me of the Exorcist. And I appreciated your words on the Doors being a great mood piece, and I had actually read that Pink Floyd recorded at Abbey Road studios.  Truth be told the BBs, the Doors, and Pink Floyd are all very close in my voting, too.  I just dislike ties.

Speaking of too long:
             

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Very clever Paul, I'm sure nobody notices.

bonnie,  I guess do-do-do-do-do's are kind of like la-la-la-la’s.  Actually I didn’t notice them too much, just thought the song went on too long and he went with filler.

Here’s a singing saw and a theremin combined in a very nice rendition of Passacaglia:

I re-read the story behind the Door’s song.  I really hadn’t paid too much attention.  I mostly associated the song with the cowboy story of (Ghost) Riders in the Sky. The Doors’ is a gruesome story, for sure. Stick to the dogs.  I know everyone is just dying to hear another one from the singing dogs, and take our minds right back to easy listening:

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GOLD Caroline No

SILVER Riders on the Storm.  I like this one but it's a very strong Beach Boys selection this week.

BRONZE (Tie) Let Em In / Time

Not sure I've ever heard the whole Wings song but I have a very early memory [maybe my earliest of anything] of the chorus on 'Play Away' with Brian Cant, probably circa 1980.  It wasn't necessarily Wings singing it (nor Billy Paul who apparently covered it) and I don't remember a thing about the show otherwise....perhaps I didn't watch it very much.  I wasn't quite born when the song came out.

Speaking of Billy Joel, it kind of reminds me of his style.


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Tom, I made it to 1:04.

Apparently, on YouTube, the Beatles have gone to the dogs:


More breaking glass (beginning and ending):


It gets REALLY weird at 2:58 or so...Spooky Tooth with (French electronic composer) Pierre Henry. Gimme that old time religion?:

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Votes (and notes) on wavy-sounds - from a VERY personal perspective!

Gold Standard this week:  Caroline, No (breaks my heart every time I hear it).  I honestly don’t know why it breaks me, but it does!  The chord structure, the vibe, and oooo la la – that vocal!  So it’s hands down this week.



Carl nails it as well:

Silverado:  This to the Doors.  It reminds me of being on the beach and hearing it and listening intently to all parts of it – vocals, instruments and the sound of it! The entire piece is haunting.  Also a GREAT album!



Bronzed (barely):  Paul Macca and Wings from that dreadful Bicentennial year.  I was living on my bicycle that year – commuting to and fro work and sometimes even running to it (26 miles).  Got this album and Beach Boys’ 15 Big Ones caught in the spokes on the bike and they proved to be spokebender types of albums to me (ho-hum).  I would perform this song at coffee houses in college using people’s names that I knew.  Clever/fun McCartney, but not brilliant.  He was back to his easy listening period.  So simple to play, but so McCartney still.

Tin-Tin-Tin The guy next to me at school would BLAST three songs when he had too much of what he was taking and the walls would shake.  This was one of the three songs, so it jolts me – in the wrong way. I’m not a big Floyd fan, but appreciated what they did.  I did love the earlier, experimental music more from them.  By Dark Side of the Moon, I was on the light side and trying to stay there!  This is “brilliant” in it’s own way.  Wasn’t one of the longest running albums in chart history? 

I think T used some Hendrix this week and although no real sound effects added as it is live (with GREAT players) this entire song is all “sound wave” effected simply by the playing!

Great “waves” this week, Deb!


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t, The Beatles Barkers??   [rofl]


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I was trying to get us back from the dogs, but since T started it - Four Pups were pretty good!

The real funny in this is watching Carson.


Ah, what Banana and Louie started! 

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"...and she will bark, bark, bark 'til her master takes the T-bone away..."

So let me get this straight --- the legal beagles won't allow the legit Beatles on YouTube, but The Barkers are acceptable? [confused]


I think the Johnny Carson clip is the first time I've actually seen a dog with an earring. Seen lots of other ridiculous stuff for dogs, but not that. Poor Mona the dachshund must have been thinking "Ach du lieber! My master's got more money than brains!"  So glad Columbo the basset either had massive stage fright or was too embarrassed to participate.  

Chiquita, my Chihuahua/Yorkie,  might be bow-wow-owled over by The Barkers. Already there's a poster over her bed and she wants to know which is that "sorry girls - he's married" one?  [love]

EDIT:  Unreal....The Barkers' "Barking On The Beatles" is available on ITunes. I feel a little "sheepish" posting this:




Chiquita is barking mad with this favourite (gotta admit, that's a nice falsetto):





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Gold - Let ‘Em in - Paul McCartney & Wings
Silver - Riders  on the Storm- The Doors
Bronze - Caroline, No - The Beach Boys
Tin - Time - Pink Floyd

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Thanks for the Pet Stories, Al.  I’ve seen it before, but it’s very appropriate for this year’s anniversary.  The way Brian sings “break my heart” in Caroline, No is why the song is so exceptional for me.

D.A.N, does that mean you were somewhat born when Let ‘Em In was around?  Maybe Wings were singing to you on your way in to this world.

Well it looks like we’ve gone to the dogs this week.  (That’s a beautiful Malamute in Al’s Johnny Carson video.)  So while I start number crunching [comp] here’s one of the more famous hits for the singing dogs.  Listen if you can! [tounge2]  No more singing dogs after this one!

I’ll be keeping the ledger open into the wee hours for those that may be fashionably late this week.


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Deb, let's say an embryo (going by the song's release date).   I can't say I remember hearing it that early(!) 

That is a tie for bronze - Wings & Pink Floyd, by the way.
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My my, this week has taken an interesting slant.  

Dogs with earrings?  I'm speechless.

And why did my foot tap along to the "She Loves You" clip?  (Lisa - which one is Lennon, do you think? [biggrin])

I second Deb, dogs be gone, doggone it!  



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I got your tie, D.A.N.  1.5 points each for Macca and Floyd. Are they splitting bronze or getting an award that's half bronze, half tin?


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