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1  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #15: Past Masters Vol. 2 on: Today at 10:46:36 AM
We need a tie breaker between Inner Light and Old Brown Shoe.

Where is everybody?!!?

 3D
2  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Frankie Lymon's Last Song on: February 16, 2018, 07:44:36 AM
Pretty amazing voice. Thanks for posting.
3  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #15: Past Masters Vol. 2 on: February 15, 2018, 05:09:11 PM
The odds and ends collection. That label can be misleading since both volumes have some very VERY important tracks.

We will only include tracks from the collection which were recorded between 1967 - 1970. We will also be including the tracks from the Soundtrack for the film YELLOW SUBMARINE which were not included in other albums.

We will split the remaining tracks down the middle and create two tribes. The "Piccadilly" tribe and the "Twickenham" tribe. Each round we will vote off a track from each tribe.

I struggled with whether or not we should include "Let It Be" and "Across the Universe" since they were already included in Let It Be (albeit different versions). I have decided to only include Across the universe since Let It Be was the winner of Survivor#14 and it wouldn't look good cosmetically if we had two versions of the same song as potential contestants in BEATLES SUPER SURVIVOR where we will pit all the winners against each other in a final showdown.

The songs will be listed in the order which they were recorded. (the spotify link will have all the tracks but the sequence will not be chronological)


Wow. I think the three who voted against Its All Too Much are dead wrong. This song is a masterpiece and, IMO, should have been the survivor. C’est la vie.

9 smilers voted across 4 Piccadilly songs and 4 Twickenham songs.

3 smilers thought George’s song was All Too Much.
5 smilers would rather forget their name and number.

Vote for your LEAST FAVORITE from EACH TRIBE (two total).

Tally on Feb 17

THE PICCADILLY TRIBE

Only A Northern Song
All Together Now
Lady Madonna
The Inner Light
Hey Bull Dog


THE TWICKENHAM TRIBE

Hey Jude
Revolution (single version)
The Ballad of John & Yoko
Old Brown Shoe
Don’t Let Me Down
Across the Universe (single version)


Round#1 It's All Too Much Feb 14
Round#1 You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)


My vote for least favorite from Piccadilly Tribe is The Inner Light. It's more Indian stuff from George which I feel doesn't really go anywhere (ironically  LOL)

My vote for least favorite from Twickenham Tribe is Ballad of John and Yoko. Its kitschy but lacks the imagination the others possess.

Vote Vote Vote 3D

PAST SURVIVOR WINNERS


The Beatles Survivor #1 Winner: TWIST AND SHOUT
The Beatles Survivor #2 Winner: ALL MY LOVING
The Beatles Survivor #3 Winner: IF I FELL
The Beatles Survivor #4 Winner: NO REPLY
The Beatles Survivor #5 Winner: HELP!
The Beatles Survivor #6 Winner: IN MY LIFE
The Beatles Survivor #7 Winner: ELEANOR RIGBY
The Beatles Survivor #8 Winners: I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND & I FEEL FINE
The Beatles Survivor #9 Winner: A DAY IN THE LIFE
The Beatles Survivor #10 Winner: STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER
The Beatles Survivor #11 Winner: WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS
The Beatles Survivor #12 Winner: HELTER SKELTER
The Beatles Survivor #13 Winner: HERE COMES THE SUN
The Beatles Survivor #14 Winner: LET IT BE
4  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #15: Past Masters Vol. 2 on: February 12, 2018, 05:28:52 PM
DOH! How did Don’t Let Me Down slip through the cracks? It’s on the Spotify play list I made.

Added! Thanks for the heads up!
5  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / The Beatles Survivor #15: Past Masters Vol. 2 on: February 11, 2018, 10:15:27 AM
The odds and ends collection. That label can be misleading since both volumes have some very VERY important tracks.

We will only include tracks from the collection which were recorded between 1967 - 1970. We will also be including the tracks from the Soundtrack for the film YELLOW SUBMARINE which were not included in other albums.

We will split the remaining tracks down the middle and create two tribes. The "Piccadilly" tribe and the "Twickenham" tribe. Each round we will vote off a track from each tribe.

I struggled with whether or not we should include "Let It Be" and "Across the Universe" since they were already included in Let It Be (albeit different versions). I have decided to only include Across the universe since Let It Be was the winner of Survivor#14 and it wouldn't look good cosmetically if we had two versions of the same song as potential contestants in BEATLES SUPER SURVIVOR where we will pit all the winners against each other in a final showdown.

The songs will be listed in the order which they were recorded. (the spotify link will have all the tracks but the sequence will not be chronological)


Vote for your LEAST FAVORITE from EACH TRIBE (two total).

Tally on Feb 14

THE PICCADILLY TRIBE

Only A Northern Song
All Together Now
It's All Too Much
Lady Madonna
The Inner Light
Hey Bull Dog


THE TWICKENHAM TRIBE

Hey Jude
Revolution (single version)
The Ballad of John & Yoko
Old Brown Shoe
Don’t Let Me Down
Across the Universe (single version)
You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)


My vote for least favorite from Piccadilly Tribe is The Inner Light. It's more Indian stuff from George which I feel doesn't really go anywhere (ironically  LOL)

My vote for least favorite from London Tribe is You Know My Name (Look Up the Number). It's funny and charming, but not something I go around whistling.

Vote Vote Vote 3D

PAST SURVIVOR WINNERS


The Beatles Survivor #1 Winner: TWIST AND SHOUT
The Beatles Survivor #2 Winner: ALL MY LOVING
The Beatles Survivor #3 Winner: IF I FELL
The Beatles Survivor #4 Winner: NO REPLY
The Beatles Survivor #5 Winner: HELP!
The Beatles Survivor #6 Winner: IN MY LIFE
The Beatles Survivor #7 Winner: ELEANOR RIGBY
The Beatles Survivor #8 Winners: I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND & I FEEL FINE
The Beatles Survivor #9 Winner: A DAY IN THE LIFE
The Beatles Survivor #10 Winner: STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER
The Beatles Survivor #11 Winner: WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS
The Beatles Survivor #12 Winner: HELTER SKELTER
The Beatles Survivor #13 Winner: HERE COMES THE SUN
The Beatles Survivor #14 Winner: LET IT BE
6  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #14: Let It Be on: February 11, 2018, 09:41:49 AM
The final album (recorded before the final album... if that makes any sense). I prefer Let It Be... Naked... But there it is!  3D

Quote
Let It Be topped albums charts in both America and the UK, and the "Let It Be" single and "The Long and Winding Road" also reached number one in the US. Despite its commercial success, according to Beatles Diary author Keith Badman, "reviews [were] not good".[28] NME critic Alan Smith wrote: "If the new Beatles' soundtrack is to be their last then it will stand as a cheapskate epitaph, a cardboard tombstone, a sad and tatty end to a musical fusion which wiped clean and drew again the face of pop."[29] Smith added that the album showed "contempt for the intelligence of today's record-buyer" and that the Beatles had "sold out all the principles for which they ever stood".[30] Reviewing for Rolling Stone, John Mendelsohn was also critical of the album, citing Spector's production embellishments as a weakness: "Musically, boys, you passed the audition. In terms of having the judgment to avoid either over-producing yourselves or casting the fate of your get-back statement to the most notorious of all over-producers, you didn't."[31]

However, John Gabree of High Fidelity magazine found the album "not nearly as bad as the movie" and "positively wonderful" relative to the recent solo releases by McCartney and Starr. Gabree admired "Let It Be", "Get Back" and "Two of Us", but derided "Long and Winding Road" and "Across the Universe", the last of which he described as "bloated and self-satisfied – the kind of song we've come to expect from these rich, privileged prototeenagers".[32] While questioning whether the Beatles' split would remain permanent, William Mann of The Times described Let It Be as "Not a breakthrough record, unless for the predominance of informal, unedited live takes; but definitely a record to give lasting pleasure. They aren't having to scrape the barrel yet."[33] In his review for The Sunday Times, Derek Jewell deemed the album to be "a last will and testament, from the blackly funereal packaging to the music itself, which sums up so much of what The Beatles as artists have been – unmatchably brilliant at their best, careless and self-indulgent at their least."[33]

In a retrospective review, Richie Unterberger of AllMusic described Let It Be as the "only Beatles album to occasion negative, even hostile reviews", but felt that it was "on the whole underrated". He singles out "some good moments of straight hard rock in 'I've Got a Feeling' and 'Dig a Pony'", and praises "Let It Be", "Get Back", and "the folky 'Two of Us', with John and Paul harmonising together".[34] Despite a mixed review from Rolling Stone at the time of its release, the album was ranked number 86 in the magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time in 2003[35] but was moved down to number 392 in the 2012 version.[36]


11 votes spread across 3 tracks!

1 smiler believed there was only the Two of Us.

2 smilers believed the best was out catching falling words from Across the Universe in a paper cup.

But there can only be one Survivor. 8 smilers felt that Mother Mary had some pretty good stuff to say in....

!!!! L E T   I T   B E !!!
Round#1 Dig It Jan 12
Round#2 Maggie Mae Jan 14
Round#3 For You Blue Jan 18
Round#4 Dig A Pony Jan 21
Round#5 One After 909 Jan 24
Round#6 I've Got A Feeling Jan 28
Round#7 The Long and Winding Road Jan 31
Round#8 I Me Mine Feb 5
Round#9 Get Back Feb 8
Round#10 Two of Us Feb 11
Round#10 Across the Universe Feb 11

Thank you all for playing. Next round we will be voting off two songs a round between the Psychedelic Period (which I'll call Piccadilly) and the Hey Jude period (Which I'll call Twickenham).


PAST SURVIVOR WINNERS


The Beatles Survivor #1 Winner: TWIST AND SHOUT
The Beatles Survivor #2 Winner: ALL MY LOVING
The Beatles Survivor #3 Winner: IF I FELL
The Beatles Survivor #4 Winner: NO REPLY
The Beatles Survivor #5 Winner: HELP!
The Beatles Survivor #6 Winner: IN MY LIFE
The Beatles Survivor #7 Winner: ELEANOR RIGBY
The Beatles Survivor #8 Winners: I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND & I FEEL FINE
The Beatles Survivor #9 Winner: A DAY IN THE LIFE
The Beatles Survivor #10 Winner: STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER
The Beatles Survivor #11 Winner: WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS
The Beatles Survivor #12 Winner: HELTER SKELTER
The Beatles Survivor #13 Winner: HERE COMES THE SUN
The Beatles Survivor #14 Winner: LET IT BE
7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Do you have any regrets? on: February 09, 2018, 11:07:10 PM
I bet one of Brian's biggest regrets was writing the song  'Do You Have Any Regrets?'

I regret his production choices on that track in particular.  How To Ruin a Good Song: 101

Aint that the truth. I wish he would re-record it with Darian’s arrangement.
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 1967: The Beach Boys vs. The Beatles on: February 09, 2018, 04:30:02 PM
It’s not myth. It really was.
9  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #14: Let It Be on: February 09, 2018, 06:21:45 AM
The final album (recorded before the final album... if that makes any sense). I prefer Let It Be... Naked... But there it is!  3D

Quote
Let It Be topped albums charts in both America and the UK, and the "Let It Be" single and "The Long and Winding Road" also reached number one in the US. Despite its commercial success, according to Beatles Diary author Keith Badman, "reviews [were] not good".[28] NME critic Alan Smith wrote: "If the new Beatles' soundtrack is to be their last then it will stand as a cheapskate epitaph, a cardboard tombstone, a sad and tatty end to a musical fusion which wiped clean and drew again the face of pop."[29] Smith added that the album showed "contempt for the intelligence of today's record-buyer" and that the Beatles had "sold out all the principles for which they ever stood".[30] Reviewing for Rolling Stone, John Mendelsohn was also critical of the album, citing Spector's production embellishments as a weakness: "Musically, boys, you passed the audition. In terms of having the judgment to avoid either over-producing yourselves or casting the fate of your get-back statement to the most notorious of all over-producers, you didn't."[31]

However, John Gabree of High Fidelity magazine found the album "not nearly as bad as the movie" and "positively wonderful" relative to the recent solo releases by McCartney and Starr. Gabree admired "Let It Be", "Get Back" and "Two of Us", but derided "Long and Winding Road" and "Across the Universe", the last of which he described as "bloated and self-satisfied – the kind of song we've come to expect from these rich, privileged prototeenagers".[32] While questioning whether the Beatles' split would remain permanent, William Mann of The Times described Let It Be as "Not a breakthrough record, unless for the predominance of informal, unedited live takes; but definitely a record to give lasting pleasure. They aren't having to scrape the barrel yet."[33] In his review for The Sunday Times, Derek Jewell deemed the album to be "a last will and testament, from the blackly funereal packaging to the music itself, which sums up so much of what The Beatles as artists have been – unmatchably brilliant at their best, careless and self-indulgent at their least."[33]

In a retrospective review, Richie Unterberger of AllMusic described Let It Be as the "only Beatles album to occasion negative, even hostile reviews", but felt that it was "on the whole underrated". He singles out "some good moments of straight hard rock in 'I've Got a Feeling' and 'Dig a Pony'", and praises "Let It Be", "Get Back", and "the folky 'Two of Us', with John and Paul harmonising together".[34] Despite a mixed review from Rolling Stone at the time of its release, the album was ranked number 86 in the magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time in 2003[35] but was moved down to number 392 in the 2012 version.[36]


13 votes spread across 3 tracks!

6 smilers overwhelmingly decided it was time to make Jojo get back to Arizona.

FINAL THREE TIME!!!

Vote for the song which you feel deserves the title of SURVIVOR from Let It Be.

Again, VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE REMAINING TRACK!!!

Tally on February 11

Two of Us
Across the Universe
Let It Be

Round#1 Dig It Jan 12
Round#2 Maggie Mae Jan 14
Round#3 For You Blue Jan 18
Round#4 Dig A Pony Jan 21
Round#5 One After 909 Jan 24
Round#6 I've Got A Feeling Jan 28
Round#7 The Long and Winding Road Jan 31
Round#8 I Me Mine Feb 5
Round#9 Get Back Feb 8

I love Two of Us. I am glad it made it to the final three. But it's not my favorite.

I SUPER love Across The Universe. (I prefer the version on the Wildlife single with the Apple Scruffs singing backup with Paul and George).

So, predictably, I am voting for Let It Be. It really is a powerhouse track from Paul. Such a moving song. He was truly inspired.

Get your VOTE on!

PAST SURVIVOR WINNERS


The Beatles Survivor #1 Winner: TWIST AND SHOUT
The Beatles Survivor #2 Winner: ALL MY LOVING
The Beatles Survivor #3 Winner: IF I FELL
The Beatles Survivor #4 Winner: NO REPLY
The Beatles Survivor #5 Winner: HELP!
The Beatles Survivor #6 Winner: IN MY LIFE
The Beatles Survivor #7 Winner: ELEANOR RIGBY
The Beatles Survivor #8 Winners: I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND & I FEEL FINE
The Beatles Survivor #9 Winner: A DAY IN THE LIFE
The Beatles Survivor #10 Winner: STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER
The Beatles Survivor #11 Winner: WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS
The Beatles Survivor #12 Winner: HELTER SKELTER
The Beatles Survivor #13 Winner: HERE COMES THE SUN
10  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 1970: The Beach Boys vs. The Beatles on: February 09, 2018, 06:10:16 AM
To repeat, I didn't ask who Spector influenced. It's well-known/ well-written. I'm curious about single specific interest - what's inventive about Spector-producer? I discussed it with KDS initially, he made the mistake to bring up influences too but soon got what the actual question was. Influence & inventiveness is 2 different subjects.
It isn't denial but interest in knowing "his important place in recording history". Asking questions creates discussion. Which I did to get the clear fleshed out answer about Spector's inventiveness. The points in the last post add to the picture as well but, as I said, not Brian's/ everybody's influence by Spector.

RR1, the question you ask is strange. The whole conversation reads like this (to me):

Poster 1: The atom bomb was terrible.
Poster 2: What was so terrible about it? Lots of things kill people.
Poster 1: It killed Thousands of people.
Poster 2: So what?  Candy kills thousands of people too. What's so important about the atom bomb?
Poster 1: Well it's terrible. That is a fact.
Poster 2: What is fact there? That is your opinion. I think candy has killed far more people. What is so special about atom bomb? Tell me specifically.
Poster 1: It has potential to destroy the whole planet.
Poster 2: I have never seen it destroy a whole planet. Again, why single you the atom bomb.
Poster 1: I didn't single it out. I was just making a statement.
Poster 2: Your statement singled out the atom bomb. Everyone always talks about the atom bomb like it has killed the most people in earth's history. Whenever I ask for specifics why or to defend their statement I get the same boring reasons.
Poster 1: Agree to disagree. The atom bomb WAS terrible.

Apply, rinse, and repeat.
 3D
11  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #14: Let It Be on: February 07, 2018, 06:31:56 PM
Currently running a tie between Get Back and Two of Us.

Next  new vote for either of those wins!
12  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 1970: The Beach Boys vs. The Beatles on: February 07, 2018, 04:28:12 AM
The Beach Boys won this year for me. Let It Be is a mixed bag for an album with some really weak moments while Sundlower is one of The Beach Boys finest. No contest.
13  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Worst Vocal Decline on: February 06, 2018, 09:21:16 PM
Bob Dylan - He used to be a real great singer in 60's and 70's, but his voice has obviously declining since the middle of the 80's. Now he sometimes sounds very awful.  But he's managed to come up with stuff that make the most of his declining, somewhat old voice on his albums (Oh Mercy, Love & Theft, recent Sinatra albums etc.) so that's no problem to me.

Agreed. Sometimes I love his old voice, sometimes I can’t believe he chose to record some things (Christmas album).

His album Time Out Of Mind is a masterpiece though - sometimes he really can use that rough voice to benefit the material.

Aw man. Dylan's christmas album is one of my faves.  Cry
14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Do you have any regrets? on: February 06, 2018, 09:16:48 PM
No.

Well I tell you, I do. I do.

 Cry
15  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #14: Let It Be on: February 05, 2018, 02:31:25 PM
The final album (recorded before the final album... if that makes any sense). I prefer Let It Be... Naked... But there it is!  3D

Quote
Let It Be topped albums charts in both America and the UK, and the "Let It Be" single and "The Long and Winding Road" also reached number one in the US. Despite its commercial success, according to Beatles Diary author Keith Badman, "reviews [were] not good".[28] NME critic Alan Smith wrote: "If the new Beatles' soundtrack is to be their last then it will stand as a cheapskate epitaph, a cardboard tombstone, a sad and tatty end to a musical fusion which wiped clean and drew again the face of pop."[29] Smith added that the album showed "contempt for the intelligence of today's record-buyer" and that the Beatles had "sold out all the principles for which they ever stood".[30] Reviewing for Rolling Stone, John Mendelsohn was also critical of the album, citing Spector's production embellishments as a weakness: "Musically, boys, you passed the audition. In terms of having the judgment to avoid either over-producing yourselves or casting the fate of your get-back statement to the most notorious of all over-producers, you didn't."[31]

However, John Gabree of High Fidelity magazine found the album "not nearly as bad as the movie" and "positively wonderful" relative to the recent solo releases by McCartney and Starr. Gabree admired "Let It Be", "Get Back" and "Two of Us", but derided "Long and Winding Road" and "Across the Universe", the last of which he described as "bloated and self-satisfied – the kind of song we've come to expect from these rich, privileged prototeenagers".[32] While questioning whether the Beatles' split would remain permanent, William Mann of The Times described Let It Be as "Not a breakthrough record, unless for the predominance of informal, unedited live takes; but definitely a record to give lasting pleasure. They aren't having to scrape the barrel yet."[33] In his review for The Sunday Times, Derek Jewell deemed the album to be "a last will and testament, from the blackly funereal packaging to the music itself, which sums up so much of what The Beatles as artists have been – unmatchably brilliant at their best, careless and self-indulgent at their least."[33]

In a retrospective review, Richie Unterberger of AllMusic described Let It Be as the "only Beatles album to occasion negative, even hostile reviews", but felt that it was "on the whole underrated". He singles out "some good moments of straight hard rock in 'I've Got a Feeling' and 'Dig a Pony'", and praises "Let It Be", "Get Back", and "the folky 'Two of Us', with John and Paul harmonising together".[34] Despite a mixed review from Rolling Stone at the time of its release, the album was ranked number 86 in the magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time in 2003[35] but was moved down to number 392 in the 2012 version.[36]


11 votes spread across 3 tracks!

8 smilers overwhelmingly voted (very selfishly*) for I Me Mine.

*j/k  Tongue

VOTE for your LEAST FAVORITE track.

Tally on February 7

Two of Us
Across the Universe
Let It Be
Get Back

Round#1 Dig It Jan 12
Round#2 Maggie Mae Jan 14
Round#3 For You Blue Jan 18
Round#4 Dig A Pony Jan 21
Round#5 One After 909 Jan 24
Round#6 I've Got A Feeling Jan 28
Round#7 The Long and Winding Road Jan 31
Round#8 I Me Mine Feb 5

Ninth round is easy because my vote is a left over from round 8.

 Get Back

Get your VOTE on!

PAST SURVIVOR WINNERS


The Beatles Survivor #1 Winner: TWIST AND SHOUT
The Beatles Survivor #2 Winner: ALL MY LOVING
The Beatles Survivor #3 Winner: IF I FELL
The Beatles Survivor #4 Winner: NO REPLY
The Beatles Survivor #5 Winner: HELP!
The Beatles Survivor #6 Winner: IN MY LIFE
The Beatles Survivor #7 Winner: ELEANOR RIGBY
The Beatles Survivor #8 Winners: I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND & I FEEL FINE
The Beatles Survivor #9 Winner: A DAY IN THE LIFE
The Beatles Survivor #10 Winner: STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER
The Beatles Survivor #11 Winner: WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS
The Beatles Survivor #12 Winner: HELTER SKELTER
The Beatles Survivor #13 Winner: HERE COMES THE SUN
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 1969: The Beach Boys vs. The Beatles on: February 03, 2018, 04:45:52 PM
Not very stunning, not very conceited.  Why even do this if there is zero objectivity?  

I dunno. Maybe to have fun?

There are people from all over the world in this forum who have different experiences as to how they learned of the music from the Beach Boys and the Beatles. I enjoy hearing their respective perspectives.
And haven't the Beatles won most of these polls?

Including this one, so far...
17  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #14: Let It Be on: February 02, 2018, 06:47:14 AM
The final album (recorded before the final album... if that makes any sense). I prefer Let It Be... Naked... But there it is!  3D

Quote
Let It Be topped albums charts in both America and the UK, and the "Let It Be" single and "The Long and Winding Road" also reached number one in the US. Despite its commercial success, according to Beatles Diary author Keith Badman, "reviews [were] not good".[28] NME critic Alan Smith wrote: "If the new Beatles' soundtrack is to be their last then it will stand as a cheapskate epitaph, a cardboard tombstone, a sad and tatty end to a musical fusion which wiped clean and drew again the face of pop."[29] Smith added that the album showed "contempt for the intelligence of today's record-buyer" and that the Beatles had "sold out all the principles for which they ever stood".[30] Reviewing for Rolling Stone, John Mendelsohn was also critical of the album, citing Spector's production embellishments as a weakness: "Musically, boys, you passed the audition. In terms of having the judgment to avoid either over-producing yourselves or casting the fate of your get-back statement to the most notorious of all over-producers, you didn't."[31]

However, John Gabree of High Fidelity magazine found the album "not nearly as bad as the movie" and "positively wonderful" relative to the recent solo releases by McCartney and Starr. Gabree admired "Let It Be", "Get Back" and "Two of Us", but derided "Long and Winding Road" and "Across the Universe", the last of which he described as "bloated and self-satisfied – the kind of song we've come to expect from these rich, privileged prototeenagers".[32] While questioning whether the Beatles' split would remain permanent, William Mann of The Times described Let It Be as "Not a breakthrough record, unless for the predominance of informal, unedited live takes; but definitely a record to give lasting pleasure. They aren't having to scrape the barrel yet."[33] In his review for The Sunday Times, Derek Jewell deemed the album to be "a last will and testament, from the blackly funereal packaging to the music itself, which sums up so much of what The Beatles as artists have been – unmatchably brilliant at their best, careless and self-indulgent at their least."[33]

In a retrospective review, Richie Unterberger of AllMusic described Let It Be as the "only Beatles album to occasion negative, even hostile reviews", but felt that it was "on the whole underrated". He singles out "some good moments of straight hard rock in 'I've Got a Feeling' and 'Dig a Pony'", and praises "Let It Be", "Get Back", and "the folky 'Two of Us', with John and Paul harmonising together".[34] Despite a mixed review from Rolling Stone at the time of its release, the album was ranked number 86 in the magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time in 2003[35] but was moved down to number 392 in the 2012 version.[36]


12 votes spread across 4 tracks!

The Long and Winding Road has hit a road block, put up by 5 smilers!

VOTE for your LEAST FAVORITE track.

Tally on February 4

Two of Us
Across the Universe
I Me Mine
Let It Be
Get Back

Round#1 Dig It Jan 12
Round#2 Maggie Mae Jan 14
Round#3 For You Blue Jan 18
Round#4 Dig A Pony Jan 21
Round#5 One After 909 Jan 24
Round#6 I've Got A Feeling Jan 28
Round#7 The Long and Winding Road Jan 31

Eighth round is a tough. Two songs I like equally. One is more iconic and one is more  interesting, musically.

Bah... I think I'll vote off the iconic one: Get Back

Get your VOTE on!

PAST SURVIVOR WINNERS


The Beatles Survivor #1 Winner: TWIST AND SHOUT
The Beatles Survivor #2 Winner: ALL MY LOVING
The Beatles Survivor #3 Winner: IF I FELL
The Beatles Survivor #4 Winner: NO REPLY
The Beatles Survivor #5 Winner: HELP!
The Beatles Survivor #6 Winner: IN MY LIFE
The Beatles Survivor #7 Winner: ELEANOR RIGBY
The Beatles Survivor #8 Winners: I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND & I FEEL FINE
The Beatles Survivor #9 Winner: A DAY IN THE LIFE
The Beatles Survivor #10 Winner: STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER
The Beatles Survivor #11 Winner: WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS
The Beatles Survivor #12 Winner: HELTER SKELTER
The Beatles Survivor #13 Winner: HERE COMES THE SUN
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 1969: The Beach Boys vs. The Beatles on: February 02, 2018, 06:20:50 AM
1969 is  pretty much an easy vote for me. It's not even a contest.

Beatles.
19  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #14: Let It Be on: January 31, 2018, 04:53:54 AM
Hmm... Spector vs. Naked poll would be interesting...

It would be. Do it!
20  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #14: Let It Be on: January 30, 2018, 06:15:31 PM
I do prefer the naked version as well. Sequence is better, production sounds better (the Spector version sounds so dated), the leads are better. It’s just an all round better version.
21  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Cover songs better than their original on: January 30, 2018, 11:06:03 AM
You know Taco too? I decided since nobody replied to this

Taco "Cheek to Cheek", forget Fred Astaire: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_ZQxwox59Y

Such great "retro" voice.

nobody knew him. Sang praises to Taco before & very familiar with his "Ritz" cover. To reiterate, he's blessed with great "retro" voice, perfection to the T articulation.

Agreed on all counts!

I just taught a unit on Irving Berlin and I played Taco for my students.
22  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Cover songs better than their original on: January 30, 2018, 06:20:49 AM
Taco's version of "Puttin' on the Ritz" is pretty awesome.
23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 1968: The Beach Boys vs. The Beatles on: January 30, 2018, 05:25:43 AM
Beatles. “Hey Jude”, “I’m So Tired”, “Blackbird”, “Julia”, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, and many others were just so much better than what the B.B. were doing.
24  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Worst Vocal Decline on: January 29, 2018, 11:45:22 AM
My pics (I'll update with YouTube links if I see fit)

Mariah Carey- Now I've never been a fan. Not really my style of music. At one point, though, she had a whistle tone. Now when she sings her old songs the she can't hold the pitch worth sh*t.

Axl Rose- LOL Next

Nelly Furtado-  She hasn't even attempted the chorus of I'm Like a Bird since the mid-2000s (the background singers usually sing it). Not sure what happened here as to my knowledge she is not the partying type, but she has lost most of her vocal range.

More to come...
Nelly Furtado Still has it
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DCpe_By1Ss

I don't think that video disproves what Billy said. She's not terrible. But her voice  in that video feels like she is out of practice. Not to mention she is throwing the hard parts to the audience most  of the  time.  LOL
25  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #14: Let It Be on: January 28, 2018, 06:58:26 PM
The final album (recorded before the final album... if that makes any sense). I prefer Let It Be... Naked... But there it is!  3D

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Let It Be topped albums charts in both America and the UK, and the "Let It Be" single and "The Long and Winding Road" also reached number one in the US. Despite its commercial success, according to Beatles Diary author Keith Badman, "reviews [were] not good".[28] NME critic Alan Smith wrote: "If the new Beatles' soundtrack is to be their last then it will stand as a cheapskate epitaph, a cardboard tombstone, a sad and tatty end to a musical fusion which wiped clean and drew again the face of pop."[29] Smith added that the album showed "contempt for the intelligence of today's record-buyer" and that the Beatles had "sold out all the principles for which they ever stood".[30] Reviewing for Rolling Stone, John Mendelsohn was also critical of the album, citing Spector's production embellishments as a weakness: "Musically, boys, you passed the audition. In terms of having the judgment to avoid either over-producing yourselves or casting the fate of your get-back statement to the most notorious of all over-producers, you didn't."[31]

However, John Gabree of High Fidelity magazine found the album "not nearly as bad as the movie" and "positively wonderful" relative to the recent solo releases by McCartney and Starr. Gabree admired "Let It Be", "Get Back" and "Two of Us", but derided "Long and Winding Road" and "Across the Universe", the last of which he described as "bloated and self-satisfied – the kind of song we've come to expect from these rich, privileged prototeenagers".[32] While questioning whether the Beatles' split would remain permanent, William Mann of The Times described Let It Be as "Not a breakthrough record, unless for the predominance of informal, unedited live takes; but definitely a record to give lasting pleasure. They aren't having to scrape the barrel yet."[33] In his review for The Sunday Times, Derek Jewell deemed the album to be "a last will and testament, from the blackly funereal packaging to the music itself, which sums up so much of what The Beatles as artists have been – unmatchably brilliant at their best, careless and self-indulgent at their least."[33]

In a retrospective review, Richie Unterberger of AllMusic described Let It Be as the "only Beatles album to occasion negative, even hostile reviews", but felt that it was "on the whole underrated". He singles out "some good moments of straight hard rock in 'I've Got a Feeling' and 'Dig a Pony'", and praises "Let It Be", "Get Back", and "the folky 'Two of Us', with John and Paul harmonising together".[34] Despite a mixed review from Rolling Stone at the time of its release, the album was ranked number 86 in the magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time in 2003[35] but was moved down to number 392 in the 2012 version.[36]


10 votes spread across 4 tracks!

I've Got A Feeling this song is #6 on the loser's list. (6 votes) 

VOTE for your LEAST FAVORITE track.

Tally on January 31

Two of Us
Across the Universe
I Me Mine
Let It Be
The Long and Winding Road
Get Back

Round#1 Dig It Jan 12
Round#2 Maggie Mae Jan 14
Round#3 For You Blue Jan 18
Round#4 Dig A Pony Jan 21
Round#5 One After 909 Jan 24
Round#6 I've Got A Feeling Jan 28

Seventh round is a rerun vpte for me.

I've Got A Feeling is almost ready for my vote. But I just love how John and Paul put their two songs together too much.

So my vote goes to The LONG and LONGING LONG, erm I mean Winding Road.

Get your VOTE on!

PAST SURVIVOR WINNERS


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The Beatles Survivor #2 Winner: ALL MY LOVING
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