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Question: Who sang the best live lead vocal on Sloop John B?
Carl (60's through 90's) - 15 (46.9%)
Al (70's through today) - 9 (28.1%)
Bruce (briefly during the mid 2000's, he did that first verse alone, later Chris Farmer took over) - 1 (3.1%)
Mike (his part in the middle) - 1 (3.1%)
Brian (during the late 70's, early 80's) - 3 (9.4%)
Brian (late 90's to now) - 3 (9.4%)
Total Voters: 31

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« on: May 09, 2007, 10:41:02 PM »

A recent topic was Carl vs. Al on Wouldn't It Be Nice...now whose live lead vocal do you prefer on Sloop John B?

Carl (60's through 90's)
Al (70's through today)
Bruce (briefly during the mid 2000's, he did that first verse alone, later Chris Farmer took over)
Mike (his part in the middle)
Brian (during the late 70's, early 80's)
Brian (late 90's to now)


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« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2007, 10:43:38 PM »

I ran this same poll on the setlist archive back in 1999.  Here are the results (only 36 votes):

Which Beach Boy does the best LIVE lead vocal on SLOOP JOHN B?

 
Mike Love (on select verses) (3) 8%     
 
Carl Wilson (60's-90's) (14) 39%     
 
Al Jardine (70's-90's) (12) 33%     
 
Brian Wilson (70's-80's) (4) 11%     
 
Bruce Johnston (1998-now) (3) 8%     
 
You can view this poll, and other old polls from the setlist archive here:

http://members.tripod.com/~fun_fun_fun/oldpolls.html
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« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2007, 07:27:40 AM »

I've always been very fond of the Carl lead version on Live In London '69('68).
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« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2007, 07:45:25 AM »

Eric just out of interest (since you started this topic) who did you vote for?
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« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2007, 07:48:31 AM »

Carl for me, hands down. Always thought he should have done lead on the official release after hearing his lead from the Pet Sounds box.
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« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2007, 10:57:13 AM »

Eric just out of interest (since you started this topic) who did you vote for?
It was between Carl and Al, but I went with Carl.
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« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2007, 11:42:22 AM »

I love Al's vocals...but I just gotta go with Carl on this one.
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« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2007, 11:46:25 AM »

I voted Al. But the second after I did so I realised that I really do enjoy Mike's section.
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« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2007, 01:06:22 PM »

I voted for Brian, but my favourite is the Knebworth-style Brian-Mike-Carl trade-off of verses.
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« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2007, 02:19:27 PM »

I voted for Carl (60's thru 90's); my favorite filmed one being 1976 on the It's OK NBC TV special.

I couldn't vote for Brian because, too many times, he either came in late or gave away the "Poor cook he got the fits" part...
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« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2007, 02:21:24 PM »

On all songs including the Beach Boys, I always prefer the same vocalist if possible who did the original recording (for better or worse). As many of the groups get older and personal changes force some swapping around of course there is the need to change leads. The BBs were lucky in that Brian and Carl were hard to tell apart at times so could cover those leads in concert.
What I find hard is going to concerts and hearing a lead sung by someone who was not even in the group when that song was recorded.
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« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2007, 03:06:41 PM »

I hear ya TOA....basically: welcome to the mike and bruce show?

at least jeff foskett sounds like brian...but he doesnt sing lead too often...maybe too much on the little girl i once knew
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« Reply #12 on: May 10, 2007, 03:08:25 PM »

Did Brian sing it at the Hawaii 1967 show? I cannot remember off the top of my head.
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« Reply #13 on: May 10, 2007, 03:43:05 PM »

For my money, it's gotta be Carl on WIBN, but Al on Sloop...
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« Reply #14 on: May 10, 2007, 08:27:42 PM »

at least jeff foskett sounds like brian

I disagree. Foskett to my ears sounds A LOT different to a young Brian Wilson.
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« Reply #15 on: May 11, 2007, 03:15:17 AM »

Ok dug out the Hawaii show Brian sings it and for the most part sounds really good. He comes in a little late at one point and the harmonies are little rough but it's the closest to the record.
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« Reply #16 on: May 11, 2007, 04:57:39 AM »

Hands down for me would be Carl.
Just listen to his singing of it on "In Concert '73".
Carl all the way on Sloop John B.

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