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Subject: Stones eras/BB/Swan songs/Fabs' Bass and Drums
Date: Sunday, March 11, 2012
Time: 11:34:03 PM
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We enter week 658 of our Stones poll, with this question: When you listen to the Stones, what period of their music do you listen to the most?. We asked a question close to this several years ago, when we asked for your favorite decade of music from the band. This time our choices will be a bit different, as we will chose by the different eras of the band, instead. We have seen four different eras for the Stones in the last 50 years, and you can choose the one you listen to the most by voting here: Stones Weekly Poll.
Last week in the Stones poll we held two polls and asked: Rate the artwork for the white RSVP front cover of Beggars Banquet , and
Rate the artwork for the restroom graffiti front cover of Beggars Banquet.
The reason for two questions last week was because Beggars Banquet had two different covers. The “graffiti cover”, which the Stones wanted to use, was banned by the Stones label, Decca Records, in 1968, and that in turn held up the LPs release for months. That decision by Decca became the stupidest move by a record company since the very same label turned down the Beatles in 1962. This second stupid move cost Decca the Stones, who left the label over it (that and a few other moves of censorship placed on the band). Anyway, most fans dig this cover big time, and in our poll, the top pick, in a landslide, was a “10.0”, receiving 50.6% of the vote. The second place pick was a “9”, at 25.1%.
To view the full, final results from this poll, click here .
The plain white RSVP cover had two problems to it. First and most important, it wasn’t the cover the Stones wanted to use. Second, it looked almost exactly like the solid white cover of the Beatles latest album, and that made it look like the Stones were copying the Fabs again, even if in reality that wasn’t the case. The Stones had no choice and had to release the LP in the end using this cover.
Going by our poll results, most fans overall don’t mind it, as an ‘8” was the top pick for this cover, taking 17.5% of the vote. But this was the first poll were the top pick wasn’t a “10”, plus it also saw a good number of negative votes, in fact, 24.4% gave it a “5” or less rating, which is a sign of disapproval.
Overall, the final votes for this poll, unlike any of the others ones we rated, were close. To view the full, final results, click here .
On to the Classic Rock Poll, where week wise, we enter a big round number, that being week “300”. The question is: What is the best Rock 'n Roll swan song? You think this would be an easy question to come up with songs for, but it wasn’t, not for a few bands anyway, since they had so many different lineups, so many different times. So I ended up not listing all of them. That still didn’t make things easy, since posthumous LPs make a final song hard to pick too, and then even with bands that like the Beatles, who only broke up once, which was their true swan song? “The End”, off of Abbey Road, was the last true song they recorded together as a band and was the last song on that LP. But officially “"Real Love” was their last song released and worked on – but – and a big but, it was worked on years later and with John Lennon long gone, so most fans don’t think as it being their swan song. I’ll go in this poll with the last song released off of Let It Be, which was their last released LP, and the last song they ever played live, “Get Back”.
There are of course many other great swan songs besides “Get Back” listed in this poll. To view the list and vote in the poll, click here: Classic Rock Poll.
Last week in this poll we asked: Of the last original studio albums put out by an artist/band, which one was the best? A very close poll all week long, in the end Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel took the top spot with 7.6% of the vote. Let It Be by The Beatles had one less vote, and placed with 7.4% .
You can check out the full, close final results here. The top 10 songs from this poll will also be listed at the Top Ten Lists Page 6, where, as most of you know, you can see all kinds of other top ten finishes from our polls there.
On to week 53 of the Beatles poll. This week’s question is: From the poll’s list, which song contains the best drumming in a Beatles song? Ringo Starr played the drums on most of their songs of course, but not on all of them. We got 50 songs to choose from in this week’s Beatles poll, to cast your vote, just click here: Beatles Weekly Poll.
Last week in the Beatle’s poll we asked: From the poll’s list, which song contains the best Bass in a Beatles song? Now this turned out to be a very popular question, and boy oh boy were the final results close! As late as this morning we had a six way tie for first place. In the end, “Come Together”, with the Bass played by Paul McCartney, the number 1 pick at 5%, followed by a 5 way tie for second for these songs: “Day Tripper, Dear Prudence, Honey Don't, Rain, and Something”, all with the bass by Paul McCartney, and all sharing 4.6% of the votes.
To check out the full, final results from this poll, just click here. There is also a new page up at the Lennon site for the Beatles favorite list section, where all of these questions in regard to the favorite instruments played in Beatle songs will all be together, just click on this link to see it: Favorite Instruments Heard in Beatle Songs.
Thanks to all of you who take part in all of our weekly and on-going polls!
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