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.

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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!

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!

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.