My Favorite Non-Sports Sets (Unranked)

Earlier this week, Billy over at Cardboard History ran through his top 30 non-sports sets, concluding with this post on Monday.  He concluded his post by asking readers what their favorite sets were, and that got me thinking about all of the different non-sports set I liked.

I’m not going to rank them (other than re-state what I’d declared to be my favorite), but I thought it would be fun to run through my favorites, anyway.

The one I said was my favorite in the comments on that post was 1961 Topps Sports Cars.  This “Tall Boy” sized set is a thing of beauty, and one I’ve been slowly trying to complete over the past few years (and I need to get back on this one).

A similarly-themed set from Topps is the 1976 “Autos of 1977” set.  This set isn’t as beautiful as the 1961 Sports Cars set, and it’s clear that Topps hadn’t put a lot of effort into the set – the photos and write-ups were came from the card manufacturers and they misspelled “Volkswagen” throughout the set, fer cryin’ out loud – but as a child of the 1970’s I can identify with the cars and I’m confident that if this set had been available where I lived (or at least in the stores I went into in 1976), I would’ve collected the hell out of it.

It doesn’t seem right that a rundown of non-sport sets should be without one of Topps’ illustrated narrative-style sets of the 1960’s.  I’m not a fan of “Mars Attacks” or “Civil War”, but I love the painted Batman sets of the mid-1960’s, especially the initial “Black Bat” series.

I did mention that I’m a child of the 1970’s, and just about anybody who grew up in the 1970’s was a fan of Wacky Packs.  I am certainly no exception.  As this is a sticker set, many kids chose to stick them to various items.  Again, I am no exception.  The blue background in this scan is the looseleaf binder these two are affixed to.

Beatles!  For the purpose of this post, I’m lumping all of the various 1960’s Beatles sets into one category, and I tend to prefer the ones which show them as a band or as a bunch of zany moptops.

…Is your wife interested in Monty Python cards?  Eh?  Monty Python cards, he asked  him knowingly?  Eh?  Eh?  Know what I mean, know what I mean?  Nudge, nudge!

SAY NO MORE!!!!

(I suppose I should say more… This card is from the 1994 Cornerstone Monty Python’s Flying Circus set which frankly tries too hard in spots, but as someone who can honestly say that Monty Python changed my life, I still enjoy this set.)

It doesn’t take an army of Fred Flintsone clones to get me to like the 1993 Cardz Flintsones set.

Yabba.
Dabba.
Doo.

To be fair, it’s not a super-great set and it includes way too many cards from the  spin-offs like “The Pebbles And Bamm-Bamm Show” and the then-current special “I Yabba Dabba Do!”, but there are plenty of cards that make me giggle thinking of the many misadventures of Fred and Barney.

Honorable mention:
As big as a Star Trek fan as I’ve been in my life… more so “then” than “now”… I’ve always felt like there should be a Star Trek set among my favorites. The 1976 Topps Star Trek set would’ve been a favorite of mine had I been aware of it in 1976… but just like with the “Autos of 1977” set, I wasn’t aware of this one until years later.

There was a Star Trek 25th Anniversary set put out in 1991 by Impel which wasn’t bad…

…well, the cardstock was paper thin and the set included “The Next Generation” which was fine, but wasn’t THE ORIGINAL.  \

I hadn’t thought about it before, but maybe I should collect a Star Trek Frankenset.  Hmmm…  As Mirror Universe Spock said, “Captain Kirk, I shall consider it.” Who knows, this could end up as Official Card Collecting Goal #419!

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Custom Card Sunday: Where The Week Took Me, Plus Others From The Files

This has been a crazy week for me, but as I haven’t posted anything in several days I’m going to make this one of those somewhat-dreaded “clearing house” posts. I’ve got three customs I made this week, plus two which have been sitting in unposted drafts, curled up in the corner, silently weeping.

Well, that’s a dark start to a post, isn’t it?

Let’s counteract the sadness with Mookie Betts! The Red Sox outfielder bowled a perfect 300 in a Professional Bowlers Association event, and I felt like this was a custom-worthy event (full disclosure: The image used in the custom is not from the 300 game).

As someone who bowls in a league (and whose delivery is way too inconsistent to even sniff at a 300), I have nothing but respect for a feat like this.

This next custom is for a type of mining truck that has intrigued me since I first saw a picture of it from a mining trade show a few years ago. That picture (which I don’t have access to now) featured somewhere around eight men posing on the built-in staircase (seen running diagonally across the grille) of a Caterpillar 979F. When a truck has a built-in staircase, you know it’s a huge freakin’ truck.

Check out the specs on this monster: 400 ton capacity; 4000 HP; each tire is over 13 feet tall and costs more than $40,000 each. The truck itself costs approximately $5M, but the price varies because naturally when a truck goes for millions of dollars, each is built to the customer’s specs.

The gravel pit background reminds me of 1970’s vintage Doctor Who… One almost expects Tom Baker (the 4th Doctor) to make his way across and encounter some low-budget alien.

…And speaking of Doctor Who… A recent promotional image for the show featured Jodie Whittaker, the upcoming 13th Doctor, shown in character for the first time.

I’d been expecting for a little while that #13 would be played by a woman – I was kinda expecting Olivia Colman but instead got someone else I knew from Broadchurch. One is always apprehensive with a casting change… The aforementioned Tom Baker was my first Doctor, and every one after him has had to win me over… some (Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant) much more successfully than others (Colin Baker). I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of vision Whittaker and new showrunner Chris Chibnall have, and I can only hope that they “GET IT”.

…And now on to the sad, misplaced customs…

I think this Jay Bruce custom was originally part of a post about how 2017 Topps Archives didn’t correctly replicate 1960 Topps… the custom may have lost it’s purpose in life, but it turned out a bit too good to not share.

Finally… One of my favorite promotions of this past season is one put on by… (Sigh)… I hate to admit it when the Atlanta Braves do something I like.  They have this promotion where an ordinary fan is given a big lead in a race against “The Freeze”.  The Freeze is Braves’ groundcrew member Nigel Talton wearing blue spandex and goggles.  Talton impressively fast and is (surprise surprise) a competitive runner.

This clip was my introduction to The Freeze, and remains my favorite moment:

Hey, Kids! Collect U-KNOW-M Stamps — Now In TSR Fun Packs!

That’s right, you get four fun stamps in every pack…

…Featuring your favorite athletes, musicians, actors, historical figures, Nobel Prize-winning economists, game show hosts, cartoon characters, authors, theoretical physicists, sportscasters, members of Congress, mascots and celebrities who are famous for being famous!

You know you’ll like ‘em… because U-KNOW-M!

Here’s your first sheet… Make sure you go to your local VIRT-U-L-MART to pick up the official stamp album!

I fell asleep watching Game 1 of the ALCS on Friday night, woke up for the 9th inning, and ended up watching a fair amount of what followed on  FS1, the Pearl Jam concert film “Let’s Play Two”. I have to admit that even though I’m largely indifferent to Pearl Jam (their music just doesn’t speak to me) it was an interesting film. At the beginning there were shots of the band hanging backstage and I wondered “Who’s this guy hanging with the band, the one with short-cropped hair and glasses looking like Bob Saget’s younger brother?” As it turns out, Saget The Younger turned out to be Stone Gossard, rhythm guitarist for Pearl Jam. This amused me enough that I created a stamp for him.

For those who missed the debacle, the USMNT (U.S. Mutant Ninja Turtles Men’s National Team) were eliminated from World Cup qualification, bringing shame and disgrace on our country for generations to come. I haven’t seen the USMNT lately… and apparently won’t for quite a while… but Christian Pulisic sounds like he’s the future of soccer in the United States. Just the fact that he’s a 19-year-old playing in the German Budesliga impresses the hell out of me.  Maybe things would’ve gone better for the USMNT if the Mutant Ninja Turtles had been sent out to play against Trinidad And Tobago… or at least if Splinter had been the head coach.

I was amused by a t-shirt I saw, one which featured Cookie Monster and says “Straight Outta Cookies”. I like the shirt, but given Cookie Monster’s speech patterns, wouldn’t he say “Straight outta cookie”? …or maybe I’m just overthinking this.

Hagar Ben Ari is the bass player in the house band on The Late Late Show With James Corden. She’s often seen in the background and has this cool vibe about her, but I’d never seen her do anything but play bass and react to things on the show. I’ve been intrigued by her for a while, even more so when Googling turned up only her name, the fact that she’s Israeli and…. um….. she plays the bass.

Hopefully you enjoyed these… let’s see what else is in this particular Fun Pack!

While I have no love for the Washington Nationals, they recently did something I whole-heartedly approve of… They installed a full-blown organ for their organist Matthew Van Hoose (who previously had been using a keyboard).

I grew up listening to Jane Jarvis playing the organ at Shea Stadium, so I feel like a good organist should be part of a baseball game.  It’s been a few years since I’ve been to Nationals Park, but when I return to watch the Mets take on the Nats, I’ll make sure to appreciate Dr. Van Hoose.  I have a feeling, however, that he won’t be playing “Meet The Mets”.


When Nathan Walker took the ice recently, he became the first Australian player in the NHL. I thought that was really cool, and it almost made me want to root for the Capitals again. Almost. You know the rules… I won’t have any thoughts of reconciliation with the Capitals until Ovechkin’s gone.

The absolute best thing about this story is that Walker was congratulated by the Australian ambassador to the United States, a gentleman by the name of – and I am completely serious about this – Joe Hockey. My sources tell me that Mr. Hockey does not spend his winter skating on a frozen-over birdbath, thinking things like “Here’s Joe Hockey at the Stanley Cup Finals…”


If you hadn’t heard, the NBA is allowing teams to wear an advertising patch on their uniforms starting this year. What you may not have known is that the Indiana Pacers will be sponsored by 1994 Fleer Baseball.


The Angels’ Parker Bridwell went 10-3, 3.64 with a 1.198 WHIP. He also went at least 6 innings in 13 of his starts. The Orioles really could’ve used a guy like that in their rotation….

What’s that?

The Orioles had Parker Bridwell and DFA’ed him in April?

Oh.

Saturday Side Trip: Track #14 From The Beatles FrankenAlbums

…And the white flag is out!

This is the last track for the Beatles “FrankenAlbum”, and this time around we’ve got only 8 tracks vying for that coveted final spot. We’ve run out of tracks on A Hard Day’s Night, Sgt. Pepper, Magical Mystery Tour, Disk 2 of the White Album and Let It Be.

Just a reminder that there will be one final Beatle post next Saturday to review this week’s voting and run through a couple of other Beatle-related lists of my devising.

As with previous weeks we’ve got other features and images from the 1993 River Group “The Beatles Collection” card set… like this one:

Recapping the voting from last week… “A Day In The Life” posted an overwhelming win

Here’s where we stand after thirteen tracks:

My FrankenAlbum:

  1. Help
  2. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
  3. You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away
  4. Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
  5. And I Love Her
  6. I Am The Walrus
  7. Can’t Buy Me Love
  8. Strawberry Fields Forever
  9. You Never Give Me Your Money
  10. Things We Said Today
  11. In My Life
  12. Get Back
  13. A Day In The Life

Your FrankenAlbum:

  1. A Hard Day’s Night
  2. Something
  3. I’m Only Sleeping
  4. Medley: Nowhere Man / Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
  5. Medley: And I Love Her / I’ll Follow The Sun / Think For Yourself / Octopus’s Garden
  6. Medley: I Am The Walrus / Let It Be
  7. Here Comes The Sun
  8. Strawberry Fields Forever
  9. Penny Lane
  10. Medley: I’m Looking Through You / I’m So Tired / Lovely Rita / Things We Said Today
  11. In My Life
  12. I’ve Just Seen A Face
  13. A Day In The Life

My Favorite Covers FrankenAlbum:

  1. “Come Together” by Aerosmith
  2. “With A Little Help From My Friends” by Joe Cocker
  3. “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” by The Hooters
  4. “Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey” by Fats Domino
  5. “Sexy Sadie” by Phish
  6. “Tell Me Why” by The Beach Boys
  7. “She Said She Said” by Gov’t Mule
  8. “Porque (Because)” by Grupo Fantasma
  9. “I’ll Cry Instead” by Billy Joel
  10. “For No One” by Chet Atkins
  11. “Good Morning, Good Morning” by Micky Dolenz
  12. “You Can’t Do That” by The Supremes
  13. “Got To Get You Into My Life” by Earth Wind And Fire

If you want to see the prior posts, you can click on the “Beatles FrankenAlbum” link at the bottom of this post.

OK, let’s get to it…

“Golden Slumbers” (Abbey Road) vs. “Money” (With The Beatles)
If not for the rule of following the official track listings, the combination of Golden Slumbers, Carry That Weight and The End would be formidable… but as it is, the dividing line between “Golden Slumbers” and “Carry That Weight” is pretty well arbitrary, so I can’t really go in that direction for a chunk of a track.
WINNER: “Money”

“Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby” (Beatles For Sale) vs. “Don’t Pass Me By” (White Album Disc 1)
These 14 posts make it seem like I hate Ringo… I’ll admit he’s not my favorite Beatle, but for me many of his tracks are enjoyable but generally not outstanding.
WINNER: “Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby”

“Dizzy Miss Lizzy” (Help) vs. “Run For Your Life” (Rubber Soul)
I feel guilty for liking “Run For Your Life” because it’s quite a nasty and misogynistic song. If I remember correctly, even John Lennon came to regret writing it… but it’s a damn catchy song.
WINNER: “Run For Your Life”

“Twist And Shout” (Please Please Me) vs. “Tomorrow Never Knows” (Revolver)
Yikes… This is one of the hardest matchups in the whole shebang. “Twist And Shout” is so iconic and such a perfect end to any album; “Tomorrow Never Knows” is so ground-breaking and awesome… I’m grasping for anything I can latch on to, so I’ll go with the fact that Ferris Bueller didn’t lip synch to “Tomorrow Never Knows” on a parade float.
WINNER: “Twist And Shout”

SEMI-FINALS
“Twist And Shout” over “Money”
“Run For Your Life” over “Everybody Wants To Be My Baby”

CHAMPION
For the first and only time, I’ve got a cover version as the FrankenAlbum track: “Twist And Shout”

Cover Version

This is a bit problematic because out of this week’s eight songs, four are the Beatles covering other artists so I won’t include those songs. That leaves “Run For Your Life”, “Tomorrow Never Knows”, “Don’t Pass Me By” and “Golden Slumbers”. There are good cover versions of “Tomorrow Never Knows” by The Mission (UK) and also by David Lee Roth, but they don’t stray terribly far from the original. All of the covers I know of “Golden Slumbers” are a bit too sappy for my taste. Nobody covered “Run For Your Life” other than Nancy Sinatra and Gary Lewis And The Playboys, and I am not going to go there… Suffice to say, if Nancy’s last name was “Schwartzbaum”, we wouldn’t even be talking about her right now.

I don’t like to do this because one could debate whether it’s a cover when it’s Ringo doing his own Beatles song, but it’s the most interesting version of any of these four songs… and I feel like the Ringo fans should get a little bit of love for me. So… I’m going with “Don’t Pass Me By” from Ringo’s recently-released “Give More Love” album.

To make up for it, here’s The Flying Lizards’ version of “Money (That’s What I Want)”, which was a favorite on The Doctor Demento Show.   For some reason, I used to picture the vocalist as being  a Yoko-ish Japanese woman.


And now, one last time, head to the polls and vote!

Saturday Side Trip: Track #13 From The Beatles FrankenAlbums

Now that we’re in week 13 of this fun little exercise, we’re down to just 10 albums to work with… both “Magical Mystery Tour” and “Let It Be” have fewer than 13 tracks on them. As a result, we’re back to having an odd number of tracks and we’ll have a White Album play-in round for one last time.

As with previous weeks we’ve got other features, plus images from the 1993 River Group “The Beatles Collection” card set… like this one:

Recapping the voting from last week, “I’ve Just Seen A Face” narrowly beat out “Get Back” (my choice), “Polythene Pam” and “You Can’t Do That”.

Here’s where we stand after twelve tracks:

My FrankenAlbum:

  1. Help
  2. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
  3. You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away
  4. Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
  5. And I Love Her
  6. I Am The Walrus
  7. Can’t Buy Me Love
  8. Strawberry Fields Forever
  9. You Never Give Me Your Money
  10. Things We Said Today
  11. In My Life
  12. Get Back

Your FrankenAlbum:

  1. A Hard Day’s Night
  2. Something
  3. I’m Only Sleeping
  4. Medley: Nowhere Man / Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
  5. Medley: And I Love Her / I’ll Follow The Sun / Think For Yourself / Octopus’s Garden
  6. Medley: I Am The Walrus / Let It Be
  7. Here Comes The Sun
  8. Strawberry Fields Forever
  9. Penny Lane
  10. Medley: I’m Looking Through You / I’m So Tired / Lovely Rita / Things We Said Today
  11. In My Life
  12. I’ve Just Seen A Face

My Favorite Covers FrankenAlbum:

  1. “Come Together” by Aerosmith
  2. “With A Little Help From My Friends” by Joe Cocker
  3. “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” by The Hooters
  4. “Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey” by Fats Domino
  5. “Sexy Sadie” by Phish
  6. “Tell Me Why” by The Beach Boys
  7. “She Said She Said” by Gov’t Mule
  8. “Porque (Because)” by Grupo Fantasma
  9. “I’ll Cry Instead” by Billy Joel
  10. “For No One” by Chet Atkins
  11. “Good Morning, Good Morning” by Micky Dolenz
  12. “You Can’t Do That” by The Supremes

If you want to see the prior posts, you can click on the “Beatles FrankenAlbum” link at the bottom of this post.

As before, I’m seeding the tracks in alphabetical order (highest vs. lowest, second-highest vs. second-lowest, etc.)

White Album Play-In Round:
“Rocky Raccoon” (Disk 1) vs. “Good Night” (Disk 2)
Rocky Raccoon is a pretty good song – I actually prefer the Anthology version where Paul screws up (“Schminking?”) – but in this round it benefits from being up against “Good Night”. I don’t often listen to “Revolution 9” and I listen even more rarely to “Good Night”… as far as I’m concerned, The White Album ends with the 30-second song fragment at the end of “Cry Baby Cry”: “Can you take me back where I came from, can you take me back…”
Winner: “Rocky Raccoon”


Round One
“A Day In The Life” (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band) vs. “Yesterday” (Help)
You might think this would be a tough call. Not for me, it isn’t.
Winner: “A Day In The Life”

“Got To Get You Into My Life” (Revolver) vs. “What You’re Doing” (Beatles For Sale)
When I was a kid in 1976, my brother & I were listening to the radio and the DJ came on and said that he was going to play a new single from The Beatles. That was the first time either of us had ever heard “Got To Get You Into My Life”, and silly us, we thought it was a new song… but it actually was a re-release in conjunction with the “Rock ‘N Roll Music” compilation… which, for what it’s worth, was the first Beatles album I ever bought (my brother already had the 1962-1966 and 1967-1970 compilations).
WINNER: “Got To Get You Into My Life”

“If I Needed Someone” (Rubber Soul) vs. “There’s A Place” (Please Please Me)
Both are good songs, but in terms of performances and recordings, “If I Needed Someone” is the Beatles at the top of their game.
WINNER: “If I Needed Someone”

“I’ll Be Back” (A Hard Day’s Night) vs. “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window” (Abbey Road)
WINNER: “I’ll Be Back”

“Not A Second Time” (With The Beatles) vs. “Rocky Racoon” (White Album Disc 1)
WINNER: “Rocky Raccoon”


SEMIFINALS
“A Day In The Life” over “Rocky Raccoon”
“Got To Get You Into My Life” over “If I Needed Someone”

FINALS
“A Day In The Life” over “Got To Get You Into My Life”


Cover Version

I didn’t have time to research any versions I wasn’t already familiar with, and I strongly considered Robert Palmer’s 1980 version of “Not A Second Time”, but in the end I had to go with another song from the “Sgt. Pepper” debacle movie.


And now it’s voting time!


BONUS VIDEO:
In case you ever wondered what would happen if you combined “Yesterday” with “Duck Amuck”:

Saturday Side Trip: Track #12 From The Beatles FrankenAlbums

A couple of notes before we get into this round…

First off, Magical Mystery Tour has 11 tracks, so we’re done with that album. Since, including the two “White Album” tracks, we have a dozen “#12” tracks, I won’t do the “White Album Play-In” round this week.

Second, since it came up in last weeks’ comments, I am doing 14 tracks in total, but there will be a 15th post to conclude the track 14 voting and to wrap things up in general… Just so you all know.

Also, I want to bring attention to the comments from Brett Alan in last week’s post (and hopefully for the next few weeks). He’s creating his own “Solo Beatles” frankenalbums, starting with Ringo last week. Great stuff, if you didn’t see it the first time I highly encourage going back to check it out.

As with previous weeks we’ve got images from the 1993 River Group “The Beatles Collection” card set:

Recapping the voting from last week… “In My Life” won by what, for this series of posts, is a landslide: 7 votes for “In My Life”, 3 votes for “Blackbird” and several other songs with one vote each.

Here’s where we stand after eleven tracks:

My FrankenAlbum:

  1. Help
  2. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
  3. You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away
  4. Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
  5. And I Love Her
  6. I Am The Walrus
  7. Can’t Buy Me Love
  8. Strawberry Fields Forever
  9. You Never Give Me Your Money
  10. Things We Said Today
  11. In My Life

Your FrankenAlbum:

  1. A Hard Day’s Night
  2. Something
  3. I’m Only Sleeping
  4. Medley: Nowhere Man / Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
  5. Medley: And I Love Her / I’ll Follow The Sun / Think For Yourself / Octopus’s Garden
  6. Medley: I Am The Walrus / Let It Be
  7. Here Comes The Sun
  8. Strawberry Fields Forever
  9. Penny Lane
  10. Medley: I’m Looking Through You / I’m So Tired / Lovely Rita / Things We Said Today
  11. In My Life

My Favorite Covers FrankenAlbum:

  1. “Come Together” by Aerosmith
  2. “With A Little Help From My Friends” by Joe Cocker
  3. “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” by The Hooters
  4. “Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey” by Fats Domino
  5. “Sexy Sadie” by Phish
  6. “Tell Me Why” by The Beach Boys
  7. “She Said She Said” by Gov’t Mule
  8. “Porque (Because)” by Grupo Fantasma
  9. “I’ll Cry Instead” by Billy Joel
  10. “For No One” by Chet Atkins
  11. “Good Morning, Good Morning” by Micky Dolenz

If you want to see the prior posts, you can click on the “Beatles FrankenAlbum” link at the bottom of this post.

Round One
“Devil In Her Heart” (With The Beatles) vs. “You Can’t Do That” (A Hard Day’s Night)
I gotta have more cowbell!
Winner: “You Can’t Do That”

“Get Back” (Let It Be) vs. “Wait ” (Rubber Soul)
“Get Back” is the last song on Let It Be, so that’s one fewer album in next week’s voting.

I love “Wait”, but I feel like I have to go with “Get Back” in this case.
Winner: “Get Back”

“I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party” (Beatles For Sale) vs. “A Taste Of Honey” (Please Please Me)
“A Taste Of Honey” is, of course, a cover song… and I hope you don’t hold it against me when I say that I far, far prefer the instrumental version done by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass… but I’m a bit of a “Herb Nerd” anyway.
Winner: “I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party”

“I Want To Tell You” (Revolver) vs. “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)” (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band)
“I Want To Tell You” essentially gets a bye, but I’ll mention one thing about the Sgt. Pepper Reprise… specifically the mono version. I’d heard for years about how Sgt. Pepper was supposed to be SO MUCH BETTER in mono than in the stereo mix. I won’t quibble with the argument, only the magnitude of how much better it is… but one thing I really like is that in the Reprise, the crowd noise gets faded in much faster than on the stereo version, just a step short of flipping a “crowd noise” switch on. It really comes across as  “Yeah, it’s fake, we’re in on the joke”, and for that alone I appreciate the mono version.
…But “I Want To Tell You” still wins.
Winner: “I Want To Tell You”

“I’ve Just Seen A Face” (Help) vs. “Revolution 9” (White Album Disc 2)
I was in high school the first time I heard “Revolution 9”. I had just bought the album (vinyl, because this was 1980 or thereabouts), I was listening to it on my family’s console Hi-Fi and during Revolution 9 I was waiting patiently for “the song to begin”. (Number nine… Number nine… Number nine…) And it went on, and I waited and it went on some more, and a guitar kicked in and I said “Here we go!” but then it just went on with the weird “audio collage”…. Financial imbalance (Must’ve got between his shoulder blades)… The Watusi… The Twist…. Eldorado.

As tremendously strange as it is, it’s filled with “Paul Is Dead” clues (Turn me on, dead man!), so for that alone I appreciate it… but not enough to actually get out of the first round.

Take this brother, may it serve you well.
Winner: “I’ve Just Seen A Face”

“Piggies ” (White Album Disc 1) vs. “Polythene Pam” (Abbey Road)
In their lives there’s something lacking.  What they need’s a damn good whacking!
Winner: “Piggies”


Round Two
“You Can’t Do That” vs. “Piggies”
Winner: “You Can’t Do That”

“Get Back” vs. “I’ve Just Seen A Face”
Winner: “Get Back”

“I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party” vs. “I Want To Tell You”
Winner: “I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party”


Championship Round: “You Can’t Do That” vs. “Get Back” vs. “I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party”
You can’t go wrong with “You Can’t Do That”… And I don’t want to spoil the FrankenAlbum, but after much thought I have to go with “Get Back”. This might become another pick I come to regret, but I’m sticking with it for now.
WINNER: “Get Back”

 

Cover Version

I have to admit, I didn’t know any cover versions of this week’s songs, so I had to go looking for one to feature.  I couldn’t find much that was interesting – maybe one of you can point me towards something better – but I found that the Supremes did an album called “A Bit Of Liverpool” where they covered Gerry And The Pacemakers, The Animals, The Dave Clark Five and, of course, The Beatles.  The audio in this video isn’t the best, but I thought it was a suitable tradeoff to be able to watch the Supremes with bowlers and umbrellas… not really Liverpudlian, but that’s OK, I like it anyway.


And now it’s voting time!

 

Bonus video #1:  HERRRRRRRRRB!!!

Bonus video #2:  Including one of my favorite Allan Sherman lines, “Household Finance took my pants”.

Saturday Side Trip: Track #11 From The Beatles FrankenAlbums

We’re coming down the home stretch of creating a Beatles FrankenAlbum containing my picks for the best song for each track number.  As with previous weeks we’ve got other features and images from the 1993 River Group “The Beatles Collection” card set… like this one:

Recapping the voting from last week… I thought “The Long And Winding Road” would get the most love, but it only got one vote. Nobody dominated the voting and we had a four-way tie with two votes each: “I’m Looking Through You”, “I’m So Tired”, “Lovely Rita” and “Things We Said Today”.

Here’s where we stand after ten tracks:

My FrankenAlbum:

  1. Help
  2. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
  3. You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away
  4. Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
  5. And I Love Her
  6. I Am The Walrus
  7. Can’t Buy Me Love
  8. Strawberry Fields Forever
  9. You Never Give Me Your Money
  10. Things We Said Today

Your FrankenAlbum:

  1. A Hard Day’s Night
  2. Something
  3. I’m Only Sleeping
  4. Medley: Nowhere Man / Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
  5. Medley: And I Love Her / I’ll Follow The Sun / Think For Yourself / Octopus’s Garden
  6. Medley: I Am The Walrus / Let It Be
  7. Here Comes The Sun
  8. Strawberry Fields Forever
  9. Penny Lane
  10. Medley: I’m Looking Through You / I’m So Tired / Lovely Rita / Things We Said Today

My Favorite Covers FrankenAlbum:

  1. “Come Together” by Aerosmith
  2. “With A Little Help From My Friends” by Joe Cocker
  3. “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” by The Hooters
  4. “Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey” by Fats Domino
  5. “Sexy Sadie” by Phish
  6. “Tell Me Why” by The Beach Boys
  7. “She Said She Said” by Gov’t Mule
  8. “Porque (Because)” by Grupo Fantasma
  9. “I’ll Cry Instead” by Billy Joel
  10. “For No One” by Chet Atkins

If you want to see the prior posts, you can click on the “Beatles FrankenAlbum” link at the bottom of this post.

As before, I’m seeding the tracks in alphabetical order (highest vs. lowest, second-highest vs. second-lowest, etc.)

White Album Play-In Round:
“Blackbird” (Disk 1) vs. “Cry Baby Cry” (Disk 2)
A lot of this week’s picks were purely subjective, so I won’t have much to say on some of the individual competitions.
WINNER: “Blackbird”


Round One
“All You Need Is Love” (Magical Mystery Tour) vs. “When I Get Home” (A Hard Day’s Night)
Is it a terrible thing to say that an iconic song like “All You Need Is Love” has not aged as well as other Beatles songs? On one hand, it seems terribly naïve when heard through 21st century ears. But, on the other hand, if there’s anything we need right now it’s a little bit of love.

The end of “All You Need Is Love” always reminds me of the Blue Meanies in retreat at the end of the animated “Yellow Submarine” movie.

Oh, just one more thing… (…says Detective Columbo…): “All You Need Is Love” is the final track on the Magical Mystery Tour album, so the tournament format gets a minor shake-up next week.
WINNER: “All You Need Is Love”

“Blackbird” (White Album) vs. “Tell Me What You See” (Help)
Tight competitition, but I have to go with Blackbird.
Winner: “Blackbird”

“Do You Want To Know A Secret” (Please Please Me) vs. “Mean Mr. Mustard” (Abbey Road)
If Paul had written “Yesterday” a few years later, might it have ended up as part of the Abbey Road medley with the original working lyrics and title of “Scrambled Eggs”?
WINNER: “Do You Want To Know A Secret”

“Doctor Robert” (Revolver) vs. “In My Life” (Rubber Soul)
Although this is a matchup between songs from two of my favorite Beatles albums, it’s not a fierce competition.
WINNER: “In My Life”

“Every Little Thing” (Beatles For Sale) vs. “I Wanna Be Your Man” (With The Beatles)
“I Wanna Be Your Man” was originally given to the Rolling Stones for a single and later recorded by the Beatles with Ringo vocals.
Winner: “Every Little Thing”

“For You Blue” (Let It Be) vs. “Good Morning, Good Morning” (Sgt. Pepper)
Queen Says ‘No’ To Pot-Smoking FBI Members.
WINNER: “Good Morning, Good Morning”

Round Two
“All You Need Is Love” vs. “Good Morning, Good Morning”
I suppose it’s something of a tribute to “All You Need Is Love” that it got this far.
Winner “Good Morning Good Morning”

“Blackbird” vs. “Every Little Thing”
This is another competition of the kind that’s getting more and more common as this goes on: Listen to both songs once, listen to both songs twice, waffle, waffle, waffle, give up and just pick one.
WINNER: “Blackbird”

“Do You Want To Know A Secret” vs. “In My Life”
As much as I love “In My Life”, you’d think I’d have something to say about it.
WINNER: “In My Life”


Championship Round: “Good Morning, Good Morning” vs. “Blackbird” vs. “In My Life”
When put up against these other songs, I have to say… “In My Life”, I love you more.
WINNER: “In My Life”

Cover Version

“Good Morning, Good Morning” by Micky Dolenz

This version is from 2015, but I hadn’t heard it until a couple of weeks ago when I heard Micky on the Sirius/XM Beatles Channel.

‘Honorable Mention’ Cover Which Shockingly Isn’t On YouTube, Otherwise I’d Share It With You

“When I Get Home” by The Hassles
Not familiar with The Hassles? They were a locally-popular band from Long Island in the late 1960’s… but you are familiar with the band’s keyboard player and vocalist, a teenaged Billy Joel. I like this cover version, but I really wish that Billy cut back on all the pseudo-soul vocal interjections… “C’mon! OW! Let me through – SHAAA! Got so many things I gotta do – HUH!“

…But If nothing else, it gives evidence that Billy didn’t come out of nowhere to record “Piano Man”.


And now it’s voting time!