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Darren J. Ray

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She Knows Me Too Well (The Beach Boys - 1965)



A Day in the Life (The Beatles - 1967)


Strawberry Fields Forever (The Beatles - 1967)


I Am the Walrus (The Beatles - 1967)



Happy listening. 

Please feel free to spend the whole week taking these in before casting your votes (and comments). 

And please, try not to tie your votes. Four songs – how hard can it be?

I’ll be back with the results next week.


For copying and pasting purposes: 

She Knows Me Too Well (The Beach Boys)
A Day in the Life (The Beatles)
Strawberry Fields Forever (The Beatles)
I Am the Walrus (The Beatles)

 

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All good, but an easy one for me:

1. Strawberry Fields Forever

2. Day in the Life

3. I am the Walrus

4. She Knows Me Too Well

Here's a great track from Peter Sarstedt's first album that is clearly influenced by "A Day in the Life":

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paul g adsett

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y'swine, sir...
veritable upsidedowner of the downsideuppers!
a truly impossible task.
the only way to combat this is...
to invoke the prefab four.
the ones and onlies,
the majestic rutles:


beat that, squire...
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Al Forsyth

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I do NOT need the week.  This is as clear cut a battle for me as could be, exactly as John E:


Gold: Strawberry Fields Forever - CHANGED the course of popular music as did Pet Sounds and Good Vibrations.

Silver (but also could be gold): A Day in the Life - Ended THE album of 67 that you couldn't go anywhere without hearing.  Considered, also a technical masterpiece - like SF and GV.

Bronze (and hard to believe that it is but for this week) I am the Walrus - Lewis Carroll is on the loose again. The last of his true psychedelics. 

Tin (unfortunately) She Knows Me Too Well - Nice song

https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/why-2-brilliant-lennon-mccartney-songs-never-made-it-onto-sgt-pepper.html/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/nargessbanks/2017/07/13/john-lennons-rolls-royce-phantom-v/#366bedb238fe
Avant Garde??? - of COURSE

https://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/john-lennon27.htm



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I should probably take more time, since three of these are new to me, but I'll give it a go.

Gold -- A Day in the Life -- Musically titanic but also emotionally resonant.

Silver -- Strawberry Fields -- Beautiful, although the lyrics are dubious.

Bronze -- She Knows Me Too Well -- It would have been fairer to put all five songs from side 2 of "Today" in competition against these (mostly) Lennon masterpieces, but I'll put this one here based on the "the song I'd regret losing forever" test.

Pewter -- I Am The Walrus -- He looked the most like a walrus with that descending mustache.

220px-I_am_the_walrus_single_reverse.png 

Using three of these in the same week is quite a good idea, although when I mentioned back in Week 7 ("Other Songs") that two of them had never been in the Battle, it didn't occur to me they'd ever show up in the same week. [smile] 

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1vCWCmzw3skEQ-bG7k9fZB2tPzz00QY6


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ha.  3 of these are new to Larry.   what a smart bleep.

I got easy for gold and tin, then, a little struggle (with the piggies) in the middle.

1. "She Knows Me Too Well"

a great great song on a great great album.   Easy gold.  VERY easy gold.   the other 3 are hippies songs, innit?

4. "I am The Walrus"

goo goo ga wha?


the other two are good, no doubt.  but also, druggie.   I kind of like the hungover guy reading the newspaper part of 'a day in the life'.   John 'Busy doin' Nothin' so to speak.   not so much the 'love to turn you on' thing.   girls, I'd be checkin your drinks closely around this guy!  

I also like the 'living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see' part of 'Strawberry Field's'.  but then again, ruined by the living in my tree part.  dopey.  high or low?  I'd guess the former.

so which way to go?   why oh why can't we have ties?  lots of sports have them you know.  basketball and baseball aren't everything.  in fact, they are both below (American) football as everyone from Texas knows.


2.  Ultimately, I think "Strawberry Fields Forever" is just a little bit prettier.  If it had been on 'Pepper' along with 'Penny Lane' I would have liked 'Pepper' better.  So many songs they could have traded, WIY&WOY, Lovely R, Being for the BOMK, FIXING AH, none of those are great Beatles songs.

3.  'A Day in the Life'      it's okay, but he doesn't sound like he's about to 'get out and have some fun' at least not until his pharma wears off...
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John B - and it was ALL about pharma with J. Lennon - the true adventurer and thus person who would experiment in sooooo many ways and look what resulted?  It wasn't hippy as much as searching, via the drug use, as was Brian. You take a kid's painting (his kid in this case) and turn it into a song which had mind-altering undertones/overtones and then a circus poster.  Many looked to P. McCartney as the lead and visionary at this time but clearly it was John going out there on a wire.  

As for your songs to take off of Pepper - glad that this didn't happen.  Yes, SFF and PL could have fit the bill but they were already in the over-saturated singles play rotation.  George Martin was right again NOT putting them on, which I believe that he did want though. 

Brian may have unknowingly started this new expression and expansion of popular music with Pet Sounds but it was the Beatles who were truly in the lead now. They had been driving the rocket ship but now WERE the rocket moving into the stratosphere. And ALL of these John songs were lead or cornerstones of something NEW taking place. He was pretty much always the architect of what was happening and Paul the machine behind it to make it all happen.  
https://www.beatlesbible.com/1967/02/22/recording-mixing-a-day-in-the-life/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kevinmurnane/2017/06/03/the-beatles-a-day-in-the-life-is-a-landmark-in-sound-engineering-50-years-after-it-was-recorded/#2daa80002b51
youtube.com/watch?v=62HLZVVFRwU
youtube.com/watch?v=eDLlCkB39-I


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Respectfully, all of the Beatles songs were already in the oversaturated play list.   all of them.  force of repetition is why people think they're best.  ask an ad man.  ask a political campaign.   

I have heard similar arguments against 'Sloop John B' on "PS".  It BELONGED.   I'm glad it's there.  It fits.  I've even heard more ridiculous arguments of why "Good Vibes" shouldn't have been on 'smiley'.  Right.   I would hope artists of the future, if they are having such an internal debate, should I put a great song on or not, the answer is 'on'.   duh. 

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Gold 1 (Gold) - I Am the Walrus (The Beatles)
Gold 2 (Silver) - A Day in the Life (The Beatles)
Gold 3 (Bronze) - Strawberry Fields Forever (The Beatles)
Silver (Tin) - She Knows Me Too Well (The Beach Boys)

4 classics ... tough choice. 



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So,
Choose between
1. Cherry cheesecake
2. Chocolate fudge cake
3. Apple Pie al a mode
or 4. a Brownie Bake with Vanilla Ice Cream.
Wait, what was the entree? :)

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John B. again - the Beatles and Brian and the boys were uniting forces - trying to bring us together in some form of positive way.  Now we have such a range of music that people can become divided and the pop-schmock is all processed food - that you buy in the freezer section.  Beatles and Beach Boys ARE good for advertising then [biggrin]  And nothing wrong with that!
https://www.billboard.com/articles/list/5893869/the-beatles-top-50-songs-biggest-billboard-hot-100-hits

And LISA, you better watch that Beatoons video (my last video above).  I laugh every time I watch it (and the others). Here it is again:
youtube.com/watch?v=eDLlCkB39-I

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Darren J. Ray

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Over two days in and thanks very much to our early voters - John E, Al, Larry, John B and stkilda4ever. 

Anyone care to guess how this host is going to vote?


Deb, I always try to make it a hard contest. [comp]


Al, thank you for those links. Watched/read them all. 


Paul, I’m still amazed at how everything the Rutles did, the Beatles would basically copy.

‘Piggy In the Middle’ was the best thing from Tragical History Tour. It wasn’t the strongest idea for a Rutles film – four Oxford history professors on a hitch-hiking tour of tea-shops in the Rutland area – and it was slammed mercilessly by the press.

Lennon wasn’t satisfied with the final recording of ‘Strawberry Fields’. He would have probably preferred this…



Meanwhile, here’s a classic from the true fifth Beatle...

Everyone, please, sing along. Pom, pom, pom, pom, pom, pom, pom, pom, pom, pom, pom, Hey Jude! 


John B, I’m reminded of the original idea for ‘A Day in the Life’, encompassing one full day in the life of a blind, dumb, crippled and deaf boy (and preceding Tommy by a full two years). Lyrically, the song was sparse. The complete lyrics:

Woke up,
Fell out of bed
Tried to get up
Couldn’t
So stayed on the floor
All day long


How great is this…..

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Al Forsyth

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Darren,

It is one of Brian's finest vocals - SKMTW.  The harmony vocals - always there.  

With The King's Singers - at least they got Ringo in the band.  Spot on copy.

I didn't dare click on Bing. 

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just woke up this morning
parked alongside the shore of petropavlovsk
in kamchatka, siberia,
having croseed the international date line the other day
and now in the far east one day later
and many hours ahead of uk time,
rather than being many hours behind uk the day before...

seeing as how this is, in itself, literally somewhat disorientating
(or is it disoccidentaing?), 
if not downright psychedelic,
here's something i was reminded of
that our dear chum tim pope concocted
35 years ago(!) with robert smith and the cure
(it's all one take, i believe).
tim's sole attempt at coming in front of his creative camera and performerising:


we're off to a vulcanology museum and assorted wwii bits'n'pieces.
all swell in the gulag.
cheers
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Al Forsyth

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Paul, they need you back in the UK to save your country.  Sounds like you are under attack from your own PM. Get back to the Prime Meridien, after the Siberian tour, that is.

And now the Queen is on board.  What is happening? Were you looking for a new home in Siberia all along?

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