As many of you know by now, I’m applying the “FrankenSet” concept to Beatles albums and creating a Beatles FrankenAlbum containing the (subjectively) best song for each track number. I also have a “covers album” in the works, and voting on the Shlabotnik Report’s readers’ FrankenAlbum, and images from the 1993 River Group “The Beatles Collection” card set… like this one:
Recapping the voting from last week… “Penny Lane” won a tight vote (with relatively low voter turnout, as they say).
Here’s where we stand after nine tracks:
- Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
- You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away
- Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
- And I Love Her
- I Am The Walrus
- Can’t Buy Me Love
- Strawberry Fields Forever
- You Never Give Me Your Money
- A Hard Day’s Night
- I’m Only Sleeping
- Medley: Nowhere Man / Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
- Medley: And I Love Her / I’ll Follow The Sun / Think For Yourself / Octopus’s Garden
- Medley: I Am The Walrus / Let It Be
- Here Comes The Sun
- Strawberry Fields Forever
- Penny Lane
My Favorite Covers FrankenAlbum:
- “Come Together” by Aerosmith
- “With A Little Help From My Friends” by Joe Cocker
- “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” by The Hooters
- “Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey” by Fats Domino
- “Sexy Sadie” by Phish
- “Tell Me Why” by The Beach Boys
- “She Said She Said” by Gov’t Mule
- “Porque (Because)” by Grupo Fantasma
- “I’ll Cry Instead” by Billy Joel
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:
“I’m So Tired” (Disk 1) vs. “Savoy Truffle” (Disk 2)
I love me some good “Paul Is Dead” clues… At the end of “I’m So Tired” there’s a bit of murmuring from John which, if you play it backwards, sounds like “Paul’s a dead man, miss him, miss him, MISS HIM!”
WINNER: “Savoy Truffle”
“Baby It’s You” (Please Please Me) vs. You Really Got A Hold On Me (With The Beatles)
A matchup of two cover versions, so even though I like both, the odds are against either going far.
WINNER: “You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me”
“Baby You’re A Rich Man” (Magical Mystery Tour) vs. “Things We Said Today” (A Hard Day’s Night)
Can’t think of much to say about this, other than when I listened to the songs back-to-back it wasn’t as close of a contest as I thought it would be.
WINNER: “Things We Said Today”
“For No One” (Revolver) vs. “You Like Me Too Much” (Help!)
I’m very glad that George eventually stopped writing songs about how he’s no good and girls should stay away if they know what’s good for them.
WINNER: “For No One”
“Honey Don’t” (Beatles For Sale) vs. “Sun King” (Abbey Road)
Since the subject came up last week in the comments… At one point I gave thought regarding how to handle the songs which run into another, especially side two of Abbey Road. Do I treat Sun King, Mean Mr. Mustard, Polythene Pam and She Came In Through The Bathroom Window as one long track? Do I treat “Sgt. Pepper” and “With A Little Help From My Friends” as one track? I went back and forth for a while, and then decided that this would be the proverbial “slippery slope”. The track listings would stand, regardless of how abruptly they might start or end.
Regarding this particular matchup… As country-fried Ringo goes, this is a good one but I still have to go with Sun King. Mundo paparazzi mi amore…
WINNER: Sun King
“I’m Looking Through You” (Rubber Soul) vs. Savoy Truffle (White Album)
The American version of “I’m Looking Through You” has two false starts before the song kicks in, and I’m sure I wasn’t the only person who was completely surprised to find out that The Beatles didn’t consider this part of the song and were probably annoyed with Capitol Records for including it. “What do you mean, it’s not part of the song? But it works!”
WINNER: “I’m Looking Through You”
“The Long And Winding Road” (Let It Be) vs. “Lovely Rita” (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band)
The perfect version of “The Long And Winding Road” doesn’t exist. The original has all those Phil Spector strings and that awful chorus… but the “Let It Be… Naked” version is a little *too* stripped down. “Long And Winding Road” would seem to be the ‘obvious’ choice for track 10, but thanks to Phil Spector, and because “Lovely Rita” speaks to me more, I’ll go with Lovely Rita over lovely tune. Sitting on the sofa with a sister or two.
WINNER: Lovely Rita
Round Two and Championship Round
This week was full of hard decisions, and I don’t have a whole lot to say about the remaining matchups, so I’ll just list them:
“Lovely Rita” over “You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me”
“Things We Said Today” over “I’m Looking Through You”
“Sun King” over “For No One”
WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER: “Things We Said Today”
Cover Version FrankenAlbum
As we get deeper into this project, the covers are getting a bit harder to decide on. I like this solo guitar version of “For No One” by Chet Atkins, but I’ll be very interested to see what other versions are in the comments.