Saturday Side Trip: Track #10 From The Beatles FrankenAlbums

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:

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

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

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

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”


Round One
“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.


Voting time!

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Saturday Side Trip: Track #9 From The Beatles FrankenAlbums

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… “Strawberry Fields Forever” won a decisive victory, and for the first time my track matches the voting.

Here’s where we stand after eight 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

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

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

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:
“Martha My Dear” (Disk 1) vs. “Honey Pie” (Disk 2)
The White Album is essentially four solo albums combined together, but Paul really pushed the musical boundaries of what makes a Beatles track.  In the case of “Honey Pie”, I’m not sure it belongs on a Beatles album.  I’ll go with the song Paul wrote about his sheepdog instead.
WINNER: “Martha My Dear”


Round One

“And Your Bird Can Sing” (Revolver) vs. “You Never Give Me Your Money” (Abbey Road)
Both of these songs are among my favorite “deep cuts”. I think that “Bird” got cemented into my subconscious as the title music for the syndicated version of the cheaply-made Beatles TV cartoons of the 1960’s, while “Money” is really several song fragments fused together into a killer track.

“Bird” is kind of like the Steely Dan song “Reeling In The Years” in that in both cases it’s not so much the song as it is the awesome guitar work.  I expected to go into this selecting “Bird”, but when I listened to the tracks back to back, I found myself gravitating towards “Money”
WINNER: “You Never Give Me Your Money”

“Girl” (Rubber Soul) vs. “Words Of Love” (Beatles For Sale)
When I was in college I enjoyed antagonizing my friend Scott with my joking interpretation of “Girl”. Scott insisted that it was a song of longing over the titular girl, but I teased him by miming a long drag on a joint whenever John made his wistful intake of breath… at which point Scott would get annoyed and insist that it wasn’t a “drug song”.  Like I said, it was a joke at the time, but over the years I’ve come to the conclusion that, joking or not, I was much closer to John Lennon’s intentions than Scott was.
WINNER: “Girl”

“Hold Me TIght” (With The Beatles) vs. “When I’m Sixty-Four” (Sgt. Pepper)
I like “Hold Me Tight”, but it’s as close as the Beatles come to a filler track. As for “Sixty-Four”, I can’t but help wondering how many people named their children “Vera, Chuck and Dave”. You know *somebody* must have.
WINNER: “When I’m Sixty-Four”

“I’ll Cry Instead” (A Hard Day’s Night) vs. “Penny Lane” (Magical Mystery Tour)
In prior posts I made comments about songs being “overplayed”, but I feel that I should elaborate on what I mean by that.  Being played a lot really wasn’t the problem with those songs….

Have you ever gone on a vacation of a week or more with a very good friend and then by the end you’re ready to kill each other? That’s how it is with me and certain songs… it’s not that I don’t love them, but after repeated exposure they really just need to get the hell away from me for a while.  There are entire albums that are like that for me:  “Dark Side Of The Moon”, “Aqualung”, “Rumors”, there are a couple of others.

Right now for me, Penny Lane is an “Ill-advised long trip with a friend”… but I won’t pretend that it’s not a much better song than “I’ll Cry Instead”.
WINNER: “Penny Lane”

“It’s Only Love” (Help) vs. “P.S. I Love You” (Please Please Me)
I really like the “Live On The BBC” album that got released in 1994, but when the follow-up, “On Air”, was released in 2013, it was largely “been there, done that” for me. One of the few exceptions was “P.S. I Love You”, which I found I enjoyed more than the studio version. It really benefits from the live-in-studio performance.  Either way, it doesn’t stand up to a middle-period love song from John.
WINNER: “It’s Only Love”

“Martha My Dear” (White Album) vs. “One After 909” (Let It Be)
The bridge of “Martha My Dear” – “Take a good look around you…” – saves the song from being overly sentimental. “One After 909” was an early unreleased song that the Beatles dusted off for the sessions which would end up on “Let It Be”.  “One After 909” is by no means a great song, but they seem to have fun playing it and perhaps comes closest to that project’s original intent to “get back” to being a band instead of a bunch of very very good studio musicians. That alone is good enough for me.
WINNER: “One After 909”


Round 2
“You Never Give Me Your Money” vs. “One After 909”
Oh, that magic feeling… Nowhere to go.
WINNER: “You Never Give Me Your Money”

“Girl” vs. “It’s Only Love”
WINNER: “Girl”

“When I’m Sixty-Four” vs. “Penny Lane”
Having Penny Lane and the other Magical Mystery Tour “Side 2” tracks in this FrankenAlbum is something of a cheat, given that The Beatles had nothing to do with the track selection. “Magical Mystery Tour” was released as a double EP in the UK, but in the US Capitol Records expanded it to a full album by adding five songs from singles released earlier that year (1967). When the time came in the late 1980’s to issue the CD’s, they used the original UK albums’ track listings except for Magical Mystery Tour which used the US format.
WINNER: “Penny Lane”


Championship round: “You Never Give Me Your Money” vs. “Girl” vs. “Penny Lane”
My brain tells me I should go with the biggie biggie song “Penny Lane” or at least with the “1962-1966”-worthy “Girl”…. but my gut says to follow the Money. Truth be told, I’m wondering how this would’ve turned out had I chosen “And Your Bird Can Sing” in the first round… but I’m not going back and re-doing these..
WINNER: You Never Give Me Your Money


Cover Version Frankenalbum

I’ll Cry Instead – Billy Joel
This was released in 1983 as a B-Side to the “An Innocent Man” single, and was, I believe, intended as a John Lennon tribute.  It’s a very Beatles-esque cover, but it’s also not a carbon copy of the original… plus I don’t know a whole lot of covers for the tracks covered this week, so Billy wins.

 

And now it’s time for the voting… but just so you’re aware there’s a bonus video at the bottom.


Bonus Material

I took guitar lessons as a kid, but my slow learning curve overwhelmed my patience and I quit… but I still love watching people play. I just get fascinated by the fingerwork and how they get certain sounds out of the instrument and so on. While researching this post, I ran across a series of videos by someone called “Rock With Bock” who does a bunch of Beatles tracks without vocals, but the camera is solely on the instruments and not on the musician.

This is not a completely flawless performance, but it’s fascinating stuff.  I spent far too much time watching his videos this morning.

Saturday Side Trip: Track #8 From The Beatles FrankenAlbums

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… George Harrison’s “Here Comes The Sun” narrowly beat out George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”.

Here’s where we stand after seven 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

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

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

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.) OK, let’s start off the tournament…

White-Album Play-In Round:
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (Disk 1) vs. “Revolution 1” (Disk 2)
“Happiness” is sort of a preview of Side 2 of Abbey Road in that it’s a pastiche of different song bits combined into a song.

For those of you who only know one version of “Revolution”, that’s the single version. “Revolution 1” is the same song, a bit more acoustic, slowed down and with a few “Shoo-be-doo-wops” thrown in for good measure. The video for “Revolution” is a combination of both versions; it’s largely the same as the single version, but with the “Shoo-be-doo-wops” and “Don’t you know that you can’t count me out (in)” of the album version.

Ah, what the heck, here’s the video:

“Revolution 9” is another thing entirely; we’ll address that when the time comes.
WINNER: “Revolution 1”


Round One:

“Any Time At All” (A Hard Day’s Night) vs. “Roll Over Beethoven” (With The Beatles)
WINNER: “Roll Over Beethoven”

“Because” (Abbey Road) vs. “Revolution 1” (White Album)
I’ve said before that my favorite period of Beatledom is the Help / Rubber Soul / Revolver triumvirate…. But Side 2 of Abbey Road is right up there as well.  “Because” has the harmonies, but what I find interesting is that there’s synthesizer on there – at the time a very expensive instrument – and the Beatles use it in a way where it doesn’t sound dated today.
WINNER: “Because”

“Eight Days A Week” (Beatles For Sale) vs. “Within You, Without You” (Sgt. Pepper)
I really like the “Love” album’s mash-up of “Within You, Without You” and “Tomorrow Never Knows”.  This has nothing to do with the matter at hand, but I just figured I’d mention it.
WINNER: Eight Days A Week

“Act Naturally” (Help) vs. “What Goes On” (Rubber Soul)
Ooh, this is a challenge for me. I’m not a huge Ringo fan, especially country-fried Ringo. I’ll go with “What Goes On” because it’s an original instead of a cover.
WINNER: “What Goes On”

“I’ve Got A Feeling” (Let It Be) vs. “Good Day Sunshine” (Revolver)
Today’s British English lesson:  “I’ve Got A Feeling” includes the lines “Everybody had a good year, everybody let their hair down, everybody pulled their socks up, everybody put their foot down”.

According to the Cambridge Online Dictionary, to “pull your socks up” means “to make an effort to improve your work or behaviour because it is not good enough”, and they give the example “He’s going to have to pull his socks up if he wants to stay in the team.”

The dictionary lists it as “UK Informal”, but I’ve known my friend from South Africa to use this phrase.
WINNER: “I’ve Got A Feeling”

“Strawberry Fields Forever” (Magical Mystery Tour) vs. “Love Me Do” (Please Please Me)
Whether you prefer “I buried Paul” or “cranberry sauce”, I’ve got to go with Strawberry Fields Forever.
WINNER: “Strawberry Fields Forever”


Round Two:
“Roll Over Beethoven” vs. “Strawberry Fields Forever”
WINNER: “Strawberry Fields Forever”

“Because” vs. “I’ve Got A Feeling”
A tough decision was involved, but y’know… I’ve got a feeling.
WINNER: “I’ve Got A Feeling”

“Eight Days A Week” vs. “What Goes On”
Under a different tournament seeding, “What Goes On” would not have gotten this far.
WINNER: “Eight Days A Week”


Championship round: “Strawberry Fields Forever” vs. “I’ve Got A Feeling” vs. “Eight Days A Week”
I love all three songs in this championship round in different ways;  Because of the vitamins, fiber and antioxidants, I think I’m going to go Strawberry.
WINNER: “Strawberry Fields Forever”


Cover Version FrankenAlbum

This week’s pick is not only a good version of “Because”, it’s a very interesting version (and a relatively recent one at that).

“Porque” (Because) by Grupo Fantasma

And now it’s voting time!

 

Saturday Side Trip: Track #7 From The Beatles FrankenAlbums

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… For the third straight week, we have a tie: “Let It Be” and “I Am The Walrus”.

Here’s where we stand after six 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

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

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

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.) OK, let’s start off the tournament…

White-Album Play-In Round:
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (Disk 1) vs. “Long, Long, Long” (Disk 2)
George-a-palooza!
WINNER: “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”

Round One:
Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!” (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band) vs. “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (White Album)
I’ll be frank; I’m up against the clock this week, so while I spent time choosing the songs, I don’t have the time or energy to write comments about all of the match-ups.
WINNER: “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”

“Can’t Buy Me Love” (A Hard Day’s Night) vs. “Ticket To Ride” (Help!)
When I was a wee little Shlabotnik, the only definition of the word ‘mad’ I knew was “very angry”. As a result, I didn’t understand when John sang “The girl that’s driving me mad is going away”.  If she makes him angry, why does he even care that she’s gone?  Good riddance to her, I say!

At any rate, this was an insanely difficult choice that I could only make after listening to both songs and then just going with the one which made me slightly happier at that particular moment.
WINNER: “Can’t Buy Me Love”

“Hello Goodbye” (Magical Mystery Tour) vs. “She Said She Said” (Revolver)
“You say ‘why?’ and I say ‘I don’t know’ ” vs. “And she’s making me feel like I’ve never been born” Hmmm…
WINNER: “She Said She Said”

“Here Comes The Sun” (Abbey Road) vs. “Please Please Me” (Please Please Me)
Both are great songs, but “Here Comes The Sun” just comes across as “These lads know what they’re doing”.
WINNER: “Here Comes The Sun”

“Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!” (Beatles For Sale) vs. Please Mister Postman (With The Beatles)
This one is a coin-flip for me, so I’ll go against “Mister Postman” for the sole reason that John didn’t complete the word-playish “Deliver de letter, de sooner de better”.
WINNER: “Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!”

“Maggie Mae” (Let It Be) vs. “Michelle” (Rubber Soul)
This doesn’t even seem a fair fight, “Maggie Mae” isn’t even a complete song.
WINNER: “Michelle”


Round Two:
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” vs. “Michelle”
No-brainer.
WINNER: “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”

“Can’t Buy Me Love” vs. “Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!”
Again… No brainer.
WINNER: “Can’t Buy Me Love”

“She Said She Said” vs. “Here Comes The Sun”
This one was difficult, but I went with George.
WINNER: “Here Comes The Sun”

Championship round: “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” vs. “Can’t Buy Me Love” vs. “Here Comes The Sun”
Again, I just went with the song which I enjoyed listening most at this particular moment in my life. As with many of these matchups, I could start again as soon as I finish the FrankenAlbum and I may well have different tracks represennted.
WINNER: “Can’t Buy Me Love”


Cover Version FrankenAlbum

Chosing a cover version for track #7 was a lot easier than picking the FrankenAlbum song. I went with “She Said She Said” by Gov’t Mule.

I’ve also got a “bonus track” that’s too goofy to not include. My wife and I bought this CD called “Bugs And Friends Sing The Beatles”, and as we’re fans of both the Warner Brother’s cartoons and of the Beatles, we figured it would be a natural. The CD turned out to be a mild disappointment, with the only two worthwhile tracks being the Duck Amuck-ish “Yesterday”, and the track which turns “Hello Goodbye” into the “Wabbit Season / Duck Season” argument it almost seemed destined to be from the start.


And now it’s voting time! Which of these Track #5 songs would you put on a Beatles FrankenAlbum?

Saturday Side Trip: Track #6 From The Beatles FrankenAlbums

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… we have another tie, this time four songs tied with 2 votes each:  “And I Love Her”, “I’ll Follow The Sun”, “Think For Yourself” and “Octopus’s Garden”.

Here’s where we stand after five 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

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

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

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.) OK, let’s start off the tournament…

White-Album Play-In Round:
“Helter Skelter” (Disk 1) vs. “The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill” (Disk 2)
I did a rough draft of this post earlier in the week, and when finalizing the results I’d realized I’d confused “Bungalow Bill” with “Rocky Raccoon”.  Doesn’t matter, the outcome’s the same (although I like all three songs).
WINNER: “Helter Skelter”

Round One:
“Ask Me Why” (Please Please Me) vs. “You’re Going To Lose That Girl” (Help)
“Lose That Girl” resonates with me from my perpetually-single socially awkward years when I fantasized about the day when “I will treat her right and then you’ll be the lonely one”.
WINNER: “You’re Going To Lose That Girl”

“Helter Skelter” (White Album) vs. “Yellow Submarine” (Revolver)
I like Yellow Submarine, but it’s just a shade better than a novelty song.  A very, very good novelty song, but nevertheless…
WINNER: “Helter Skelter”

“I Am The Walrus” (Magical Mystery Tour) vs. “Till There Was You” (With The Beatles)
C’mon, Paul!  A song from ‘The Music Man’?  Seriously?
WINNER: “I Am The Walrus”

“I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” (Abbey Road) vs. “The Word” (Rubber Soul)
This was a hard choice for me, but I’m going with “I Want You” because it’s more honest and emotional than “The Word”.
WINNER: “I Want You”

“Let It Be” (Let It Be) vs. “Tell Me Why” (A Hard Day’s Night)
I’ve heard “Let It Be” too many times, but I’m trying not to let that sway me too much.  I do love the song, but I also don’t go out of my way to listen to it.

At least, given that this is a FrankenAlbum and not a FrankenSingle, we get the album version of “Let It Be” which has the awesome guitar solo missing from the single version.
WINNER: “Let It Be”

“Mr. Moonlight” (Beatles For Sale) vs. “She’s Leaving Home” (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band)
Mr. Moonlight starts off great with the wailed “Mistaaaaaaaaaah Moonliiiiiiiight!” and then rapidly goes downhill from there.  I don’t really care for the song itself;  there are several better songs on the “Live At The BBC” albums, also cover versions with John Vocals, which I like much more. (“Keep Your Hands Off My Baby”, “Soldier Of Love”, “Carol”, “Lonesome Tears In My Eyes”, “I Got To Find My Baby”)

BTW, I found out that The Hollies covered this song before The Beatles did, and I don’t like their version either.
WINNER: “She’s Leaving Home”

Second round:
“You’re Going To Lose That Girl” vs. “She’s Leaving Home”
“She’s Leaving Home” is a little saccharine for me.
WINNER: “You’re Going To Lose That Girl”

“Helter Skelter” vs. “Let It Be”
I went back and forth on these two, couldn’t decided, came to the conclusion that both are worth for the Championship round but neither would win, so I just went with the bigger song.
WINNER: “Let It Be”

“I Am The Walrus” vs. “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)”
What, is he dead?
Sit you down, father.  Rest you.
WINNER: “I Am The Walrus”

Championship Round: “You’re Going To Lose That Girl” vs. “Let It Be” vs. “I Am The Walrus”
As I mentioned, “Let It Be” wasn’t really much in contention, but I went back and forth and back and forth and back and forth on the other two.  The one on top when I hit PUBLISH was…
WINNER: “I Am The Walrus”


Cover Version FrankenAlbum

Even though everybody and their sweet Aunt Petunia has covered “Let It Be”, there weren’t a huge number of covers of this week’s songs that I liked. I decided on The Beach Boys’ version of “Tell Me Why” from the album “Beach Boys Party!”… although this version is from the 2015 release “Beach Boys Party!  Uncovered And Unplugged”


“Beach Boys Party!” is best known for having the song “Barbara Ann” on it, but the concept is kind of interesting. The idea was to make a listening experience like being at a party where the Beach Boys are giving an impromptu performance at a party, but in reality the songs were acoustic versions done in the studio with the party noises overdubbed later.


And now it’s voting time! Which of these Track #5 songs would you put on a Beatles FrankenAlbum?

Saturday Side Trip: Track #4 From The Beatles FrankenAlbums

I think that Track #4 is where this whole “FrankenAlbum” concept starts to get interesting. “Biggie” songs generally don’t show up as the 4th track, so we’re getting into the deeper cuts now.

Before we get into track #4, let’s revisit the voting for the Readers’ FrankenAlbum.  I was somewhat surprised to find that “I’m Only Sleeping” beat out “All My Loving” and “You Won’t See Me”, with four other songs getting a single vote.

Here’s where we stand after three tracks:

My FrankenAlbum:

  1. Help
  2. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
  3. You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away

Your FrankenAlbum:

  1. A Hard Day’s Night
  2. Something
  3. I’m Only Sleeping

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

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

White Album Play in:
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” (Disk 1) vs. “Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey” (Disk 2)

Ob-La-Di! Ob-La-Da! …Will not go FAR!

Earlier this week I was thinking of “Glass Onion”, which was a candidate for the third track last week.  I started singing it in the shower and when I got to the end, my brain filled in the beginning of the next song… the intro to “Ob-La-Di”… and I said “OH, NO NO NO NO NO NO… I don’t care what this is up against, it’s not going anywhere.”

Then, to find out what it would be up against in the play-in round, I started thinking about what came after “Mother Nature’s Son”, the third track on disk 2 of the White Album.  After the end of that song — “Aaaaah, Mother Nature’s sonnnnnnnnn…” —  my brain filled in the beginning of the next song:  “Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey”.

…And I said “Aw, HELL YEAH!!!!”

It’s a rare occasion when “Everybody’s Got Something To Hide…” comes on and I don’t turn it up as loud as circumstances will allow. C’mon c’mon c’mon c’mon c’mon c’mon c’mon c’mon c’mon c’mon!!!!!

If this round were a baseball game, the final score would’ve been something like Everybody – 23, Ob-La-Da – 2.
WINNER: “Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey”

First Round:
Blue Jay Way” (Magical Mystery Tour) vs. “Rock And Roll Music” (Beatles For Sale)
I don’t know what to say about this matchup, other than…
WINNER: “Rock And Roll Music”

“Chains” (Please Please Me) vs. “Oh! Darling” (Abbey Road)
“Chains” is a cover and a typical album track from the first couple of albums. I like it, but it’s not a top song. “Oh! Darling” is a song where Paul leaves everything out in the recording studio.
WINNER: “Oh! Darling”

“Don’t Bother Me” (With The Beatles) vs. “Nowhere Man” (Rubber Soul)
Nowhere Man is pushing the boundaries of ‘overplayed’ for me, but I won’t let that stop the better song from winning.
WINNER “Nowhere Man”

“Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey” (White Album) vs. “Love You To” (Revolver)
I like “Love You To”, but it’s being pushed aside like a quarterback trying to tackle the huge linebacker who’s running an interception down the field.
WINNER: “Everybody’s Got Something To Hide…”

“Getting Better” (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band) vs. “I’m Happy Just To Dance With You” (A Hard Day’s Night)
In my younger days I was painfully shy and had a hard time talking to girls (think of Raj from the earlier seasons of “The Big Bang Theory”)… something which has turned on its ear as I’ve gotten older because I now find it easier to speak to women than to men, especially given that here in Shlabotsylvania, conversation among men often hinges on hunting/guns, fishing/boating and golf… none of which interest me.

ANYWAY, the point of this is that in my single days I spent a lot of time on the outside looking in, and songs along the lines of “Unlike that guy who just wants to get in your pants, I appreciate the hell out of you” really spoke to me. So, while I really like both of these songs and will happily sing along to either when it comes on in my car, I’ve got to go with the one which speaks to me.
WINNER: “I’m Happy Just To Dance With You”

“I Me Mine” (Let It Be) vs. “I Need You” (Help!)
Wow, Track #4 is proving to be heavy on the George. George ended up with a lot of “I’m scum, I’m useless without you, get the hell away from me” songs, didn’t he?  Guess you can’t blame him for wanting to write his own songs (such as the winner of this competition).
WINNER: “I Me Mine”

Round Two:

“Rock And Roll Music” vs. “I Me Mine”
I honestly can’t decide, so I’ll just go with George.
WINNER:  “I Me Mine”

“Oh! Darling” vs. “I’m Happy Just To Dance With You”
I honestly can’t decide, so I’ll just go with George… Again.
WINNER: “I’m Happy Just To Dance With You”

“Nowhere Man” vs. “Everybody’s Got Something To Hide…”
…And the quarterback is picked off AGAIN! He’s at the 30… the 20… the 10… TOUCHDOWN!
WINNER: “Everybody’s Got…”

Championship Round: “I Me Mine” vs. “I’m Happy Just To Dance With You” vs. “Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey”
Sorry, George.  Once I got it down to the final six songs, I knew where this was going. Come on is such a joy.
My pick for Track #4 is “Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey”


Cover Version FrankenAlbum
Guess what? Same song, but different artist. A few years ago I got curious as to whether anybody covered “Everybody”, and I found a version by Fats Domino. I said “Fats Domino? Blueberry Hill? Aint That A Shame? I’m Walkin’? THAT Fats Domino?” But damned if it doesn’t work.

There are a number of other cover versions of this song, including Soundgarden, Kristen Hersh and The Feelies.

And now it’s voting time!  Which of these 4th Track songs would you put on a FrankenAlbum?

 

Saturday Side Trip: Track #3 From The Beatles FrankenAlbums

Before getting into the third track from the three FrankenAlbums (mine, yours and cover versions), I’ll do a recap of the prior two tracks… Starting with the results of last week’s poll. “Something” off of the Abbey Road album won a very tight contest, edging out “Eleanor Rigby”, “The Night Before” and “Yer Blues”.  10 of the 13 tracks got at least one vote.

Here’s where we stand right now:
My FrankenAlbum: 1)  “Help”; 2)  “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)”
Your FrankenAlbum: 1)  “A Hard Day’s Night”; 2)  “Something”
My Favorite Covers FrankenAlbum: 1)  “Come Together” by Aerosmith; 2)  “With A Little Help From My Friends” by Joe Cocker.

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

I decided to shake up the “tournament” seeding this time around. I’ll still have the “White Album Play-In” round, but after that I’m going to seed the songs alphabetically and we’ll see how it works from there. I’m doing this because I wasn’t sure I wanted to continue having the same albums “facing each other” through the entire series… specifically, “Rubber Soul” against “Revolver”, since both albums are favorites of mine and we might be eliminating a song needlessly early. The end result should, in theory, be the same, but this way might be a little less stressful for me.

White Album Play-In:
“Glass Onion” (Disk 1) vs. “Mother Nature’s Son” (Disk 2)
“Son” is a pretty song, but I can’t resist “Onion” calling back to earlier songs. After all, the walrus *was* Paul (despite photographic evidence to the contrary).
WINNER: “Glass Onion”

First Round:
“Across The Universe” (Let It Be) vs. “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away” (Help)
Hmmm… Two John Lennon songs, both among my favorites. Which to choose, which to choose…. HEY! You’ve got to… go with the song from ‘Help’. You can argue with me, but… nothing’s gonna change my vote…. Nothing’s gonna change my vote.
WINNER: “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away”

“All My Loving” (With The Beatles) vs. “You Won’t See Me” (Rubber Soul)
From John vs. John to Paul vs. Paul. It’s not often that I’m going to go against a song from my Holy Triumvrate Of Beatles Albums (Help, Rubber Soul & Revolver), but I think I have to in this case.
WINNER: “All My Loving”

“Anna” (Please Please Me) vs. “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” (Abbey Road)
“Maxwell’s” dark humor was what got me to buy Abbey Road in the first place, and while I like “Anna”, it’s a cover of an Arthur Alexander song.
WINNER: “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer”

“Baby’s In Black” (Beatles For Sale) vs. “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” (Sgt. Pepper)
Oh, dear! What can I do? Baby’s in black… and I’m frankly a bit tired of “Lucy”. However, I don’t think I like “Baby’s In Black” enough to bump “Lucy” out in the first round.
WINNER: “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”

“Flying” (Magical Mystery Tour) vs. “If I Fell” (A Hard Day’s Night)
Well, this is an amusing matchup… “If I fell, I wouldn’t be flying, would I?”

Puff Daddy may think it’s all about the Benjamins, but I’m here to tell you that it’s all about the harmonies, baby.
WINNER: “If I Fell”

“Glass Onion” (White Album) vs. “I’m Only Sleeping” (Revolver)
Make note of this occasion… Two songs from my Holy Triumvirate lose in the first round.
WINNER: “Glass Onion”

Second Round:
“You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away” vs. “Glass Onion”
Gather ‘round, all you clowns. Let me hear you say… that “Glass Onion” is not moving on.
WINNER: “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away”

“All My Loving” vs. “If I Fell”
I honestly can’t chose between these songs, so I’m content to let the more well-known song go to the Championship round.
WINNER: “All My Loving”

“Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” vs. “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”
I loved both of these songs when I was younger, my enthusiasm for both has waned over the years… I’m telling you right now that this competition is fairly well moot because neither one is going to be THE song.
WINNER: “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”

Championship Round: “You’ve Got To Hide…”; “All My Loving”; “Lucy In The Sky…”
The Holy Triumvirate took some shots in the opening round, but “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away” is my pick for Track #3.


As for the FrankenAlbum of my favorite covers, Track #3 is running a bit more obscure than the prior two. My choice is “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” by The Hooters

You might be more familiar with The Hooters from their mid-1980’s hits like “Day By Day”, “And We Danced” and “All You Zombies”.  I first heard their version of “Lucy” on the King Biscuit Flour Hour (a syndicated radio concert show) and that version was the B-side to the “Johnny B” single.  This is a different but very similar version which is a bonus track on the current version of their debut indy label EP Amore.

And finally, here’s the your voting for Track #3… Enjoy!