Topps Done ‘Em Wrong (Chris Taylor Isn’t Alone)

The scandal surrounding NLCS co-MVP Chris Taylor’s absence from any Topps Flagship product has gotten it’s share of attention lately, but Taylor isn’t the only one done dirty by Topps. Not by a long shot.

If you’d missed it, the issue concerns Taylor not being included in 2017 Topps Update, Series 1 or Series 2, despite his becoming a breakout player for the National League champion Dodgers and appearing in 140 games in 2017.

I’d suspected that Taylor is not the only notable omission Topps made.  What I did to confirm my suspicions was to take all of the players listed on the PDF checklists issued by Topps (which had, in between, been loaded into my personal baseball card database) and compare them to a list of players who’d appeared in any games in 2017.

I realize that Topps flagship sets are a commercial product and never really intended to be an exhaustive document of the MLB season… But you’d think that anyone who played enough to qualify for a batting or ERA title would have their own little spot in a combined 1000-card checklist… Right?


So here’s the breakdown… If you take the checklists for Series 1, Series 2 and Update, remove the duplication, the team cards, the combo cards and such, you’ll have 776 different players represented (FYI, this does include the two-player rookie cards from Update as two different players).  On the other side of the equation, there were 1,458 players who appeared in the Majors in 2017, but a pretty decent number of those are “cuppa coffee” guys and September callups.

When I bumped one list against the other, I found that the list of players who did not appear in flagship Topps included five batters with at least 502 plate appearances and 6 pitchers with at least 162 innings pitched.

Some of the players who did appear in flagship include David Ortiz (retired), Angel Pagan (Topps was the only organization which had any interest in him), Derek Holland (who has not pitched 162 innings since 2013) and David Wright (who has not played since 2016 and has not had 502 PA’s since 2014).  Granted, Topps didn’t know that three of these guys wouldn’t make an impact on 2017, but they could’ve held them back for a while.

A little side note… I normally wouldn’t do customs for a during-the-week post, but for a variety of reasons it was easier than scanning, plus some of these guys don’t have a whole lot of cardboard.

First, let’s start with the position players, ranked by the number of games they appeared in.

Whit Merrifield – Kansas City Royals – 145 games

AB – 587; R – 80; HR – 19; RBI – 78; BA – .288; OBP – .324

Merrifield was the starting second baseman for a team that was expected to be competitive in 2017… Granted, the Royals were not, but Merrifield did lead the AL with 34 stolen bases.

Recent Cardboard:  2017 Topps Heritage High Numbers;  2017 Topps Now

Yolmer (Carlos) Sanchez – Chicago White Sox – 141 games

AB – 484; R – 63; HR – 12; RBI – 59; BA – .267; OBP – .319

Yeah, the White Sox stunk this year, and Sanchez didn’t put up amazing numbers, but he didn’t suck either.

Recent Cardboard:  2017 Topps Now, 2017 Topps White Sox team set (as Carlos Sanchez on those 2015 cards — Yolmer is his first name)

Chris Taylor – Los Angeles Dodgers – 140 games

AB – 514; R – 85; HR – 21; RBI – 72; BA – .288; OBP – .354

The previous two players were on losing teams.  I did mention the whole “breakout” and “co-MVP of the NLCS” before, right?

Recent cardboard:  2017 Topps Heritage High Numbers and a poopload of 2017 Topps Now

Tim Beckham – Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles – 137 Games

AB – 533; R – 67; HR – 22; RBI – 62; BA – .278; OBP – .328

I’m willing to give Topps a flyer on this one.  Beckham wasn’t doing much of anything with the Rays in the first four months of the season, but getting traded to the Orioles lit a fire under his butt… Oh, I forgot, Topps Update’s checklist was apparently finalized around the All-Star break.

Recent cardboard:  2015 Topps Heritage

Ben Gamel – Seattle Mariners – 134 Games

AB – 509; R – 68; HR – 11; RBI – 59; BA – .275; OBP – .322

If Ben Gamel put up these numbers with the Yankees, his original organization, he’d be in every freakin’ set that Topps put out.  Tell me I’m wrong.

Recent cardboard:  2017 Topps Heritage High Numbers;  2017 Topps Seattle Mariners team set

…and the fact that he’s in the Mariners team set just pisses me off even more.  The only work Topps had to do to get him in flagship was changing the card number.

Now let’s get to the pitchers, in descending order of innings pitched.

Patrick Corbin – Arizona Diamondbacks – 189.2 Innings Pitched

Games – 33; Record – 14-13; ERA – 4.03; K – 178; WHIP – 1.418

Patrick Corbin had me double-checking my findings… He’s in Heritage, he’s in National Baseball Card Day, he’s in the D-Backs team set, he’s in freakin’ Honus Bonus, for cryin’ out loud… but he’s not in Series 1, 2 or update?  Are ya kidding me???

Recent cardboard:  2017 Heritage;  2017 Topps Arizona Diamondbacks team set;  2017 Honus Bonus Fantasy Baseball;  2017 Topps National Baseball Card Day

Lance Lynn – St. Louis Cardinals – 186.1 Innings Pitched

Games – 33; Record – 11-8; ERA – 3.43; K – 153; WHIP – 1.229

I understand that Lance Lynn missed all of 2016 after Tommy John surgery, but on the other hand he tied for the 2017 National League lead for Games Started.

Recent cardboard:  2017 Heritage High Numbers;  2017 Topps Now

Mike Leake – St. Louis Cardinals and Seattle Mariners – 186.0 Innings Pitched

Games – 31; Record – 10-13; ERA – 3.92; K – 130; WHIP – 1.28

Guys like Beckham and Leake would likely get into Update if Update was an update (and a woodchuck would chuck wood).

Recent cardboard:  2017 Heritage High Numbers, 2017 Topps Now;  2017 Honus Bonus

Dan Straily – Miami Marlins –  181.2 Innings Pitched

Games – 33; Record – 10-9; ERA – 4.26; K – 170; WHIP – 1.299

Dan Straily appeared in Donruss, but not Topps.  Sink your teeth into that.

Recent Cardboard:  2017 Donruss;  2017 Topps Gypsy Queen;  2017 Topps Heritage (with the Reds); 2017 Topps Heritage High Numbers (with the Marlins);  2017 Honus Bonus

Jose Urena – Miami Marlins – 169.1 Innings Pitched

Games – 34; Record – 14-7; ERA – 3.82; K – 113; WHIP – 1.273

A 14-7 record for a 77-85 team?  That’s not too shabby in my book.  Plus nobody in the NL plunked more batters than Urena.

Recent Cardboard:  2015 Topps Update; 2015 Topps Heritage High Numbers

Luis Perdomo – San Diego Padres – 163.2 Innings Pitched

Games – 29; Record – 8-11; ERA – 4.67; K – 118; WHIP – 1.509

In the past 10 years, there have been two pitchers named Luis Perdomo, and both pitched for the Padres.  The first Luis Perdomo pitched in San Diego in 2009 and 2010, for the Twins in 2012, and in independent baseball as recently as 2016.  Tell me that didn’t cause confusion somewhere at some time.

Recent Cardboard:  2017 Topps Stadium Club;  2017 Gypsy Queen;  2017 Honus Bonus

Just to salvage some of the research I did… I originally went looking for players who appeared in 100+ games but didn’t get represented in Topps Flagship.  There are TWENTY-THREE of them all together.  Here are the guys who appeared in 100+ games but didn’t have the necessary plate appearances for this post (in decending order of games):  Greg Garcia, Albert Almora, Ezequiel Carrera, Darwin Barney, Gorkys Hernandez, Wilmer Difo (Are we not men?), Andrew Romine, Guillermo Heredia, Delino DeShields, Matt Davidson, Joey Rickard (Another Oriole left out of flagship?  What a shock), Erick Aybar, Manny Pina, Alen Hanson, Chris Herrmann, Tyler Moore, Austin Barnes (another NL champion Dodger).



Buying Some Time With Recent COMC Purchases

I’m working on a post that’s taking a fair amount of research (hopefully you’ll find it interesting when it hits the blog in a couple of days) so to buy myself some time I’ve got a quickie post involving a number of cards I bought on COMC over the spring and summer and got shipped this past July.

The most significant card I got was this Ozzie Smith rookie card, which I suppose counts as a White Whale because I’ve been on the hunt for a copy which fits in my budget.

This one is off-center and dinged in the corners, but it works for my collection.

I stumbled on this card of HOFer Brad Park with the Detroit Red Wings, which was such an odd concept to me that I had to pull the trigger.

Park finished his career with 2 seasons in Detroit, hardly one of Dime Box Nick’s “Short Term Stops”, which makes me wonder why I don’t remember it.

Niner!  Jeff Conine is one of my favorite all-time Orioles, plus I like MLB Showdown cards, so this next card was a no-brainer.

Conine is known as “Mr. Marlin”, so it was puzzling and disappointing when the Jeter-fronted Marlins got the outgoing regime to fire Conine and some other household-name-y front office guys, and then offered them new jobs with lower responsibility and lower pay. The fact that the new Marlins ownership paid a king’s ransom for the team and have to be cheap with everything else reminds me of pictures I’ve seen of rundown shacks with a BMW parked outside.

I had been pleased to pick up this early Adam Jones card showing him with the Mariners, but then found that I already had it. D’OH!

I enjoy hockey, but these days I’d just as soon watch NCAA as NHL. I was impressed by one game I saw of Jack Eichel when he played for Boston U., so he’s become a player I kinda sorta collect…. plus I just like this card.

Like me, the Nashville Predators’ Anthony Bitetto is from Long Island, so I continued my love/hate relationship with things Lawnguyland by picking up one of Bitetto’s few cards.

Upper Deck Compendium seems to be some sort of all-encompassing 900-card set along the lines of Topps Total, so for that I commend Compendium.

Other Long Islanders currently in the NHL include the Blue Jackets’ Sonny Milano, the Bruins’ Charlie McAvoy and the Devils’ Kyle Palmieri and Keith Kinkaid.  If I didn’t already have far too many goals, I might consider collecting hockey players from LI.

I’ll wrap things up with a 1972 Joe Hague, which filled a 5th Series need in my meandering quest to accumulate 1972 cards and see where I end up.

Custom Card Sunday: And The Offseason Begins!

To use a British slang word I like, I’m chuffed about how this first custom turned out. (Chuffed: Very pleased, delighted)

It came out of the convergence of several ideas, it’s the official kickoff of the 2017-18 TSR “Hot Stove” set, and it’s my first custom of new Mets manager Mickey Callaway!

For those who aren’t familiar with the design or can’t put a finger on the particular year, this is based on 1963 Post Baseball, and will be my particular vehicle for new managers and other customs based on press conference photos.

…And just to allay any fears you might have, these will not replace the faux Kellogg’s cards and cereal boxes of the past couple of winters… Those are coming later.

I’d planned on spacing these out, but what the heck, here’s another Hot Stove custom, this time featuring new Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire, who remains a favorite of mine from his time as an infielder with the Mets in the early 1980’s

Gardenhire takes over for the fired Brad Ausmus and has a long road ahead of him managing the newly-rebuilding Tigers.

Guess what!  These cards come with another sheet of U-KNOW-M stamps!  You love ’em because U-KNOW-M!

Sonequa Martin-Green is currently the lead for the behind-a-pay-wall Star Trek:  Discovery TV series, and before that she was Sasha on The Walking Dead.  I’ve been a Trekker since I was a pre-teen, but I’ve only seen the pilot of this new series.  Can anybody give us a quickie review of the series (so far)?

My inner 7-year-old, who can’t help but snicker over the name of Brazilian soccer star Kaká, was disappointed to find that Kaká had announced that he won’t be back with the MLS’s Orlando City SC next year.  Now who am I going to search for in packs of 2018 MLS cards?

Today (October 29th) is the birthday of Dan Castallaneta, who is best known as the voice of Homer Simpson.  Happy birthday, Dan!

Finally, Halloween is coming this week and I have to admit that I like the Saturday Night Live character David S. Pumpkins (played by Tom Hanks) even though I really can’t explain why.  “Any questions?”

Walking Past 2017 Topps Fire And Grabbing Repacks Instead

Fire!  Fire!  Fire!
Raging all about
Here come the firemen to put the fire out!

A couple of weeks ago when I was looking for packs of 2017 Topps Fire at my various local Target stores, I couldn’t help but sing “The Little Fireman” to myself as I scanned the card aisle.  My family had a well-worn copy of this record, which was on the famous and prestigious “Young People’s Records” label.  You know how it goes; I can’t remember important details about the project I worked on last week, but I can sing “The Little Fireman” despite not having heard it in 40 years.

When I finally did find Topps Fire, the price per card along with some of the reviews I read made me decide that I’d probably enjoy repacks more than Fire, so that’s what I did.  As it turns out, it was a good decision.

I’ll start out with the card which made me pick the one repack: 2014 Panini Classics card of Mets pitcher Rafael Montero.  Not a bad card as Panini cards go.

I got several minor league cards which, value-wise, are complete crap… but I enjoyed them anyway because they’re something different.

Armando Moreno spent five (!!!) years at AA Jacksonville, followed by three years in AAA.  He never made it to the majors.

That Jacksonville Expos logo somehow manages to be both lame and awesome at the same time.

Paul Noce appeared in 70 games with the Cubs and 1 with the Reds… I just liked this goofy shot.

Fernandomania!  Sure it’s junkwax, but it’s still  A nice card. (Fuji properly questioned my use of the term “junk wax”; this isn’t really junk wax, I suppose a better description would be “card I’ve seen an awful lot of over the past 34 years”).

This Hubie Brooks collector did OK by himself.  I got a 1986 Donruss Highlights card…

…Plus this 1991 Stadium Club which I’d needed.  I bought very little of the “high end stuff” in the 1990’s, so my wantlists are still pretty large all these years later.

I also collect Darren Daulton, and although I’m not sure if I need this 1992 Stadium Club card, in light of his recent passing I figured I’d share it anyway.

1995 Stadium Club Tim Wallach… This is a nice shot, so it may not go into the small pile of Tim Wallach cards which I keep saying I’m going to send to the Tim Wallach Guy but never do.

Another nice shot, this one a 1998 Score Shigetoshi Hasegawa.  Until I did the research associated with this post, I hadn’t realized that Hasegawa pitched 9 years in the Majors…. although I suppose I would’ve realized he’d been around that long had I put any thought to it.

DOC!!!!  100% of my Gypsy Queen acquisitions are through repacks and PWE’s… which doesn’t mean they’re not welcome additions to my collections, just that I don’t like Fauxbacco cards enough to actually seek them out.

I may have featured this 2013 Ryan Raburn before… I just love the wide array of facial expressions on the card.

I have a small Rico Brogna collection, but both of these cards were new to me.

This next card threw me for a small loop… From the front, just another 2007 David DeJesus card.

I flipped it over and said “Oh, it’s a red back parallel”… and then I saw the card number – P190 – and said “What the–??”

Came to find out that this is a 2007 Pepsi card. I didn’t know there was such a thing. The set was 220 cards and a pack of 3 cards came in 12-packs of Pepsi products.

My repacks even included a “hit”… relatively speaking, of course. I got a shiny Bowman’s Best card with an on-card signature from a former Orioles 2nd round pick! Yay!

The second-round pick is Corey Shafer, who peaked in Single-A Aberdeen over 10 years ago! Less yay!

On the whole, the repacks I bought didn’t contain a ton of value, but I’m confident that I enjoyed them more than I would’ve enjoyed the pack or two of Fire that I could’ve bought.

Just for the hell of it, I created a “Fire” playlist to go with this post… I’m sure there are other songs which coulda/shoulda been included, this is just the result of a quick search for titles which have the word “fire” in them:
Blood And Fire – Van Halen
Bushfire – The B-52’s
A Campfire Song – 10,000 Maniacs
Chariots Of Fire – Vangelis
Don’t Set Fire (To The Ones I Love) – Godley And Creme
Fire – Jimi Hendrix Experience
Fire – The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
Fire – Ohio Players
Fire And Rain – James Taylor
Fire At Midnight – Jethro Tull
Fire In The Canyon – Fountains of Wayne
Fire It Up – Modest Mouse
Fire On High – Electric Light Orchestra
The Fire Thief – Hem
Fireball – Deep Purple
Fireball Express – Good Rats
Get Started. Start A Fire – Graham Parker
Girl On Fire – Alicia Keys feat. Nicky Minaj
Great Balls Of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis
I’m On Fire – Bruce Springsteen
I’m On Fire – Dwight Twilley Band
Light It On Fire – Cowboy Mouth
Light My Fire – The Doors
Love –> Building on Fire – Talking Heads
Love’s On Fire – Tommy Conwell & The Young Rumblers
Ring Of Fire – Johnny Cash
Serpentine Fire – Earth Wind & Fire
Set the Prairie on Fire – Shawn Colvin
Sit Down by the Fire – The Pogues
Smoke From A Distant Fire – Sanford Townsend Band
The Unforgettable Fire – U2
Walking Through Fire – Mary Chapin Carpenter
We Didn’t Start The Fire – Billy Joel
Wheels On Fire – The Magic Numbers
Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire – Buckwheat Zydeco
Wildfire – Michael Murphey

…but none of them can hold a candle (pun slightly intended) to “The Little Fireman”.

“The Next Mickey Mantle” Ended Up As “The Guy Before The Guy”

I’m going to use this post to continue one series — admittedly one I’ve let lapse a bit — and kick off a new series.

First off, the new series. Earlier this season, I was reading the comments on an article that had something to do with the Yankees, and someone said that Gleyber Torres was the best Yankees prospect since Mickey Mantle. This got two immediate reactions from me: 1) Hyperbole from a Yankees fan? How shocking… and 2) I’m in my 44th season of following baseball and I’ve seen my share of “Next Mickey Mantles” come and go.

But then I paused and thought that it might be fun to do an occasional series on the various “Next Mickey Mantles” who – spoiler alert! – were not Mickey Mantle.  We’re going to start off with Tom Tresh, who was before my time but was among the first, if not the first “next Mickey Mantle”.

Going into the 1962 season, the Yankees learned that starting shortstop Tony Kubek would be called into active military duty, and Tom Tresh won the starting job in spring training.  Tresh had a breakout rookie season, batting .286 with 94 runs, 93 RBI, 26 doubles and 20 homers, even while shifting to left field in August because of Kubek’s return.  Along with his impressive rookie stats, Tresh would make the All-Star team, win Rookie of the Year and continue his performance into the postseason where he hit a game-winning homer in Game 5 of the World Series and making a key catch off of Willie Mays in Game Six.

Tresh stayed in the outfield for 1963, spelling Mickey Mantle when the HOFer was injured, made another all-star team and hit two homers in the World Series against St. Louis.

Over the next few years, Tresh would win a Gold Glove and maintain his hitting prowess, but the Yankees dynasty was crumbling around him as the team went from pennant winners in 1964 to basement dwellers in 1966 (cue Edith & Archie Bunker:  “Those were the DAYS!”)  During Spring Training of 1967 Tresh tore up his knee but had been asked/told to play through it.  This turned out to be a turning point in his career as his performance during the season would suffer greatly and even after post-season surgery, he would never be the same.

…And now to the “Guy Before The Guy” part. During Tresh’s 9 years in pinstripes, he wore #15. His Yankee career ended in June 1969 when his request to be traded to the Tigers was fulfilled (Tresh was from Michigan).  A couple of months later, the Yankees gave #15 to a promising young catcher they’d called up to fill in while backup catcher Frank Fernandez was fulfilling his military obligation… That prospect would go on to be the 1970 A.L. Rookie of the year, 1976 A.L. MVP, a 7-time all-star and 3-time Gold Glove winning Thurman Munson.

The Yankees retired Munson’s number after his tragic death in 1979, so Tom Tresh is the player who had a number before the player for whom the number was retired…. in other words, Tom Tresh was “The Guy Before The Guy”.

I Really Hate That I Don’t Hate These Dodgers

You’ve got to understand one thing… In 40-plus years of following baseball, I’ve never liked the Dodgers.  At all.

I’m not even sure how or why it began.  At the very beginning, of course, I didn’t hate anybody or any team.  Baseball was a wonderful new universe I’d just discovered, everybody was varying degrees of awesome.

(Oh, and before I get too far into this… All of the cards in this post are fairly recent acquisitions which have nothin’ to do with nothin’ other than they feature Dodgers)

When the time came that I started to form negative reactions to teams, the Yankees and Dodgers were the first.  I started out liking the Yankees – local team, yay! – but got turned off when they got arrogant, free-spending and replaced favorite Yanks with poopyheads like Reggie Jackson and Billy Martin.

..But the Dodgers?  The disdain just fell into place, I’ve never really been sure why.

I didn’t get it at home;  I lived in a New York Rangers household where all of the sports animosity was directed towards the Islanders, Flyers and Bruins.

Maybe I picked up on lingering regional resentment at the team which broke the hearts of Brooklynites (many of whom had become my suburban neighbors) not 20 years prior.

Maybe it was just the whole New York – Los Angeles rivalry.

Don’t know why for sure, all I know is that “1976 me” didn’t like the Dodgers, and nothing has ever changed that… especially in 1988 when those friggin’ Bums beat my Mets in the NLCS.

So when the Dodgers took the division this year, I was completely prepared to hate on the Dodgers…

…Until I realized that I like their general style of play, and looked over one of the postseason starting lineups and realized that there wasn’t anybody starting who merited anything approaching hate.

I’ve been a Justin Turner fan since he was with the Mets.  I love the guy, I certainly can’t hate on him.

Turner’s partner in being MVP of the NLCS, Chris Taylor, is another guy I like… I just appreciate the general “Where’d this guy come from?” season he had.

Curtis Granderson hasn’t played much, but he’s another well-liked former Met.

Rich Hill only pitched in 14 games as an Oriole, but something about him made me latch on to him a little bit.

Charlie Culberson, who went 5-for-11 with a triple in the NLCS, is a guy I’d seen a few times in the minors a number of years ago, so he’s one of my “I saw him back when” guys.

Yu Darvish is a deadline pickup, he’s not Dodger-y enough to dislike, plus I’ve always had a soft spot for Japanese players.  Kenta Maeda gets a similar pro-Japanese pass.

Austin Barnes?  I know almost nothing about the guy and he has almost no cardboard, so I was amazed to find out he’d been in 102 regular season games and was one of the top 10 Dodgers in terms of WAR.

Had Cody Bellinger had his outstanding rookie season last year or next year, I’d be saying “ENOUGH with this guy”… but in this case he has the good fortune to be overshadowed hype-wise by Aaron Judge.

When I went through the Dodgers roster from top to bottom, the only two guys who I could muster up a decent “BAH!” for were Yasiel Puig (who admittedly seems to have toned down the showboating which made me dislike him) and former Phillie Chase Utley (In the immortal words of Homer Simpson… “Chase Utley?  Why would I want to do that?”)

So congratulations, Dodgers fans… For what could be the first time ever, I won’t be upset if your team wins it all.

…But I’m still rooting for the Astros.

Beatles FrankenAlbum: The Wrap-Up

Before I get into last weeks’ track voting and the full rundown of this entire exercise, I thought it would be interesting to list the 36 Beatles songs which weren’t “eligible” for the FrankenAlbums:

Tracks 15, 16 and 17 from two albums: (White Album) Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?, I Will, Julia; (Abbey Road) Carry That Weight, The End, Her Majesty

The 30 songs from singles and “Yellow Submarine” which didn’t factor into the FrankenAlbum concept (excludes single versions, German versions and so forth):
All Together Now, Bad Boy, The Ballad Of John And Yoko, Day Tripper, Don’t Let Me Down, From Me To You, Hey Bulldog, Hey Jude, I Call Your Name, I Feel Fine, I Want To Hold Your Hand, I’ll Get You, I’m Down, The Inner Light, It’s All Too Much, Lady Madonna, Long Tall Sally, Matchbox, Old Brown Shoe, Only a Northern Song, Paperback Writer, Rain, She Loves You, She’s A Woman, Slow Down, Thank You Girl, This Boy, We Can Work It Out, Yes It Is, You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

So in our 14th and final vote, “Twist And Shout” narrowly edged out “Tomorrow Never Knows”. Here’s the final track listings:

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
  14. Twist And Shout

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
  14. Twist And Shout

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
  14. “Don’t Pass Me By” by Ringo Starr

Before I wrap this up completely, I thought it would be fun to share two more lists…

In last week’s post, Bret Allen left a comment featuring his Paul McCartney solo FrankenAlbum, and I found it very interesting because he’s clearly coming at Macca from an entirely different angle than I am. The fact that I stopped actively seeking out McCartney albums after 1983’s “Pipes Of Peace” plays a large role in that. I decided to do my own FrankenAlbum just for Paul (FYI, my John, Ringo & George solo collections are even more spotty than with Paul).

Two things I realized in the process… First, while there are a lot of Macca songs that I “like” or “really like”, I hadn’t realized how relatively few solo Paul songs there are which I flat out LOVE.

Second, Paul albums have “poor collation”… For example, there were several hard decisions involved with track #1, but many of the 7th tracks were either filler or songs by other members of Wings (or both).

OK, enough setting of expectations…. Here is…
My Paul McCartney solo FrankenAlbum:

  1. Band on the Run (Band on the Run)
  2. Temporary Secretary (McCartney II)
  3. Love In Song (Venus And Mars)
  4. Spin It On (Back to the Egg)
  5. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey (Ram)
  6. Ballroom Dancing (Tug Of War)
  7. Flaming Pie (Flaming Pie)
  8. Helen Wheels (Band on the Run)
  9. Brown Eyed Handsome Man (Run Devil Run)
  10. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five (Band on the Run)
  11. One Of These Days (McCartney II)
  12. Maybe I’m Amazed (McCartney)

One more list I thought it would be fun to share… This is me making a “Lost” Beatles Album out of my favorite “Not released on an official Beatles record while the band was active” tracks from the various “Anthology” and “BBC” albums)::

  1. Cry For A Shadow
  2. Crying, Waiting, Hoping
  3. I Just Don’t Understand
  4. I’ll Be On My Way
  5. I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry
  6. If You’ve Got Trouble
  7. Leave My Kitten Alone
  8. Lonesome Tears In My Eyes
  9. Nothin’ Shakin’ But The Leaves On The Trees
  10. Ooh! My Soul!
  11. Soldier Of Love
  12. Some Other Guy

If I were to instead pick my two favorite of the bunch and make a “lost single”, it would be “Some Other Guy” with “Cry For A Shadow” as the B-side.

And so, in conclusion…

When I started playing with this FrankenAlbum idea, I had a lot of enthusiasm and I gave some thought to other artists I could do it for… Ones who had a manageable number of studio albums, all of which I owned… Led Zeppelin, Simon & Garfunkel, Billy Joel, Talking Heads and The Police leapt to mind… But as is usually the case with any of these projects I started, I made each post longer and more involved until it was difficult to keep up on it, and if I do another one – no promises here – it won’t be for a while.

That being said, I did really enjoy this and I hope you did as well.