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Subject: Far Away Eyes/ABB/B2B/Best live performance/More
Date: Sunday, October 29, 2017
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Week 953 of the Stones weekly poll is here and as usual, we will run 2 different Stones polls in this one week. So this week’s first question asks this: Rate the Rolling Stones video for "Far Away Eyes" (Click here for the video)
This week we look at the Stones 1978 video for "Far Away Eyes", the great country tune off of Some Girls.The song features Ronnie Wood on pedal steel guitar, Mick on piano, and the other Stones on their usual instruments. The song was one of the last Stones tunes that the Glimmers wrote together, so a true Jagger/Richards song indeed and you can bet the country feel was Keith's doing.
The video was directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, who had directed several videos with the band by this time. Now remember before voting, that it’s the entire video we are voting on here, and not just the song/music. The video is linked to from the voting booth to YouTube, so you can watch it before you vote. Make sure to take the time to watch the video before you vote, to refresh your memory of it. The link to the video can also be found here in this thread (above).
Some interesting comments on the band at the video’s YouTube page, especially the ones written about Charlie's lack of excitement, which shows in the video. Of course, none of that should have anything to do with your voting, unless you looked at his seeming to not want to be there, as a negative thing for the band. But I think most just found it to be funny.
But how will you rate this official video? To vote, just click on: Stones Weekly Poll, and when you get to this page, choose “Poll 1” to vote on this question.
The second Stones poll is where we run the Stones album VS matchups, and this week's question asks this: A Bigger Bang vs Bridges To Babylon, which album do you like the best?
The Big Bang Polls, featuring 2005's A Bigger Bang, returns to the album battlefield this week. Sad to see that this excellent LP has a losing record so far in theses matches, and is way down in 19th place, at 6-11-1. This week it goes up against the studio album released before it, 1997's Bridges To Babylon, which is also not doing well at all in these matchups, with a poor 2-12 record and just 3 spots from the very bottom of the standings. So something has to give this week for one of these 2 LPs.
To see the song list for each album, for A Bigger Bang, click here: ABB, and for Bridges To Babylon, click on: B2B
To cast your vote in this second Stones poll, just click on: Stones Weekly Poll, and when you get to this page, choose “Poll 2” to vote on this question.
At the first Stones poll last week we answered this question: Rate the Rolling Stones video for "It's Only Rock n Roll (But I Like It)" (Click here for the video)
Yet another video well-loved by fans I see, with a ten the top pick, although not by as wide a margin over some of the other picks we have seen in past polls, gathering in 19.6% of the first place vote.
To see the full final results from this one, click on here:Stones Weekly Poll - week 952, poll 1. The top results from this poll will also show up at the Stones’ Fans Top Picks, page 2 , along with the other videos that we have voted on in the last 2 years, so you can compare the video’s outcomes there, along with direct links to each video that we voted on, in case you want to view them again.
Looking back at last week’s second Stones poll, the question was: Dirty Work vs Black ‘n Blue, which album do you like the best?
Yes, another week goes by and we see another landslide win in this poll and another landside loss handed to DW. But this landslide loss was its second best showing ever, picking up 26.1% of the vote! To see the results, just click here:Stones Weekly Poll - week 952, poll 2. Plus, I’ll add the results from this poll to the standings at the Stones VS Page 1, where at the top of the page you can check out the updated standings on how each album has done in these long running VS polls.
Over at the Classic Rock Poll, we enter week 593, and just like as we do at the Stones poll, we vote in 2 poll questions a week in this one too. The first poll’s question this week asks a brand new question: What was the best live performance of a rock song by an artist?
Lot’s to talk about here… This poll list contains 42 songs along with the artists connect to it, that fans and some rock lists have noted as the best live performances of songs from rock artists. The songs/artists listed start out from as early as a 1963 live show with then child prodigy Stevie Wonder, to as late as 2002, when a dying Warren Zevon sang for the very last time.
I was lucky enough to be at one of these 42 shows, on the floor at Madison Square Garden in NYC for Led Zep's "Stairway to Heaven". I also saw the Stones '81 US tour where "Time Is on My Side" comes from, but not at the particular show where the song was played at and recorded, and which we will be voting on here. But do note that none of these best performances were picked by me, but by mainly the artist’s fans along with a list or 2 that I found on line. What I did pick were which songs to include and not include for the poll's list, from what my research found.
More notes on this poll... Like the Beatles and their "Hey Jude" performance that’s listed from The David Frost Show, which was shown on live TV in 1968. One might argue that this wasn't recorded live. But it was, however, it was not made on the TV show that night, and instead recorded the night before, at one of their recording studios, because of all the extras they wanted to use to sing along with them on the song's second half "na, na, na, na na na na" vocals. They sang and played their instruments for the song in 3 takes, with take 1 used on the air. But, as was the same thing that happened to all rock bands (including the Stones) around this time when on TV shows, the show's producers decided to edit out the live music and replace it with the music from the studio cut, while keeping only the vocals live. It should be noted that in the UK, when this was happening, it was actually against the law for musicians and singers to pretend to be playing or singing a song live that they were actually mimicking.
I figure that most of us know that the Stones live performance of "Midnight Rambler", recorded at MSG in '69, and which is listed, wasn't 100% live once it was placed on record, since studio guitars were added on into it later for the live LP Get Your Ya, Ya's Out. So yes, that should be considered I gather, before you compare it to these other cuts, since for the other live songs listed in this poll, for what I know of, that isn't the case, except for Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall" (see my notes below). But if you feel that any of these performances aren't true live performances, then you should not vote for them, even if you like what you hear, period, since we are looking for the best live performances of the songs listed. But IMO, all of the songs listed are live enough, including the Stones MR, and the PF tune, too.
I just had to include the great performance of Ike and Tina Turner live at Madison Square Garden, when they opened for the Stones in 1969. Only problem, the song they performed at that show, that was clearly the best of the lot, was never showed in it's entirely, that being their take of "I've Been Loving You Too Long". Ike and Tina never sang the original lyrics to the song live, therefor I added to the song's title (aka "Shock it to Me", as some know it by) so everybody voting knows for sure which song performance we're voting on here (it's the one shown in the Stones' movie Gimme Shelter, where Tina makes out with the mic on stage). On YouTube, the song is listed under several different titles, including "I've Been Loving You Too Long?", "Loving You", "Gimme Some Shelter", and even just a "?". But it is actually a cover of "I've Been Loving You Too Long", but I have it listed in the poll as "Loving You" only, as it was often called just that when they covered it, since again, Ike, who would sing the first lead to the song, always changed the lyrics to it when he sang and then Tina would repeat anything lyric wise that he would sing. Tina once noted that she never knew beforehand at a show what Ike would sing for the song's lyrics on any one night.
For "Fingertips, Part 2", yes, Stevie Wonder was only known in 1963 as "Little Stevie Wonder", guess cause he was only 12 years old. He had turned 12 just 2 weeks before the performance we are voting on. But the clip I found of this song contains the very beginning of the song, which you don't always hear on the radio of this performance, where he at first just plays the bongos, and then the harp, while at first talking just a bit, but with no singing. Only the part where he starts to sings, which doesn't come up until after the 3:30 minute mark, is what you usually hear of this performance, but the entire 6 minute plus performance of the song is heard in the link to clip.
For Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall", if you do watch the linked to video, the song doesn't start till the 6 minute mark (so keep that in mind), as this was the only clip for the song I could find from this performance. But we are just rating one song for this poll only (which PF fans picked as their best live song). So don't rate this for the others stuff in the video (same deal with the Prince linked to video, too, as “Purple Rain” wasn't the only song sung by him at the Super Bowl; he played parts of a few other songs, too). Oh and also, there's no question that there is piped in backing vocals and other sounds being used here on the PF song, too, but this is supposed to be their best live performance, so say their fans (we'll just see if our poll's fans agree). On, and also, talking about piped in backing vocals, for Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean", this one too, from his Motown 25 Show appearance, had piped in backing vocals on it.
I don't usually link to songs in our polls unless it's a VS poll or unless I'm running a very short non VS poll, since it takes me forever to first find all of the songs online, and then link and code them one at a time into the poll's admin. Plus the more choices, the less likely all the choices will be found on the web, and if I link to most of the choices, well I have to link to all the choices for fairness. Plus, I like to see ya all vote when you first read the poll question. But if there's 42 choices like this week, well, it's gonna take you a few hours to hear everything and then vote (if you play every song linked to). So that's why I don't normally link to a poll choices for a poll like this one. But I did this one time since I had an unexpected extra hour to spare the other day, but then after an hour's work, I was not even half way done coding on all of the songs. So I finished it up on Saturday afternoon, and boy did it take forever to finish. But I'm not gonna lie either, the work was fun to do, since I got to hear all of that great music! Just very time consuming was the only drag. But anyway, I should also note that you can’t click on the songs in the voting booth since there’s more than 10 songs listed in this poll, and the poll’s admin sets up the list on a pull down menu when that’s the case, so to get to the links, you must first go to the archive/results page, and there you can click on each song before you vote.
Now, for our polls, I normally say, don't rate what you see in the video, only what you hear, but for this poll, like as is the same deal for any of our video polls, in these cases, yes, you can vote by what you see, too. Other than, consider that about half of the links for this poll only have music to them, with no video of the actual live performance shown. In those cases, do not hold that against the performance; just close your eyes and imagine what might have been going on up on stage, and only rate the performance by what you hear.
Oh, and one last thing, normally the songs would list in the poll voting booth in alphabetical order, but not this time, since the HTML codes for the links have to be coded first before the song title, so although you don't see the code in the voting booth and only can see the links the code makes, the poll admin still sees whatever the URL address is, and that's how it ends up being populated on the poll list, by whichever song's URL start's off with the lowest letter in it, that's what ends up being listed first.
To cast your vote in this poll, click here: Classic Rock Poll, and when you get to this page, choose “Poll 1” to vote on this question.
At the second Rock poll this week, known better as the Rock VS poll, we will vote on this question: “Little Red Riding Hood” by Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs vs “Werewolves Of London” by Warren Zevon, what song about a wolf/werewolf is better?
I like to run a Halloween related poll question the week that March 31 falls on, and that's this week, so I'm doing that at the Rock VS poll this week. Well, I guess you can say these 2 songs are a bit Halloween related, although not 100%. "Little Red Riding Hood" by Sam the Sham, perhaps not so much, as it's a 1966 takeoff of Charles Perrault's fairy tale "Little Red Riding Hood", which every kid on the planet knows. In this song, the wolf is really just a horny guy who wants to have sex with a very hot Miss Hood, and that's made clear early on in the tune. The song was a major hit single, going all the way to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. This was the band's second hit ("Wooly Bully" was their other #2 hit, a couple of years before).
"Werewolves Of London" was Warren Zevon's biggest selling hit that he had, released in 1977 and hitting the charts in '78 when his Excitable Boy LP came out. Written by Zevon and guitarist Waddy Wachtel (of Keith Richard's X-Pensive Winos), it also featured drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie of Fleetwood Mac playing on the track. The song was an American Top 40 hit, just missing the Top 20 while peaking at #21.
Wachtel played the lead guitar on the track and co-produced the number with Jackson Browne. With its catchy piano playing by Zevon, BBC Radio listeners rated it as having the best opening line ever in a song. To that I say, good pick indeed!
To vote in this poll for the better of the 2 songs, just click on Classic Rock Poll, and when you get to this page, choose “Poll 2” to vote on this question.
In last week’s first Rock poll, we asked: Of the solo artists who were in a major band/duo first, and then went solo, who had the best solo career? (Part 4 of 4)
Michael Jackson was the runaway top pick and I think that was clearly the best choice here.
To see the full final results from Part 4, just click here: Classic Rock Poll 1, week 592, or, to see the Top 10 list from this poll, and other top 10 listings from our past rock polls, go here: Top Ten Lists, Page, 14.
In last week’s VS Rock poll, we answered this question: “Baby Blue” by Badfinger vs “Amie” by Pure Prairie League, which of these 2 songs about a lost love, is better?
The polling here was close, but one song lead for most of the week and held off in the end. To see which song that was, just click here: Rock Poll 2, week 592 You can also check out the final results at the VS Classic poll results page 2, at the Classic Rock site, by clicking here: VS Page 2, List Page 10. Plus no, I never got around to building that new list page that is needed, like I planned to do last week. But a new list page is badly needed and I will get to it this week…. I hope! If I do, that will mean these results from last week might end up on the new page 3, depending on when I get around to doing it. When that happens, there will be a link on page 2 directing you to the new page. But don’t hold your breath waiting on this new page, either. I’m real good at putting off stuff today what I can do tomorrow, or a week later.
We close out this poll post with the Beatles poll, where we enter week 346 and ask this new question: Rate the Beatles official video "Revolution" (Click here for the video)
Some call this one the fourth version of the Beatles song "Revolution", as the song was half redone again for this video to go along with the single released cut, which was also known as the "fast version" of the song, while "Revolution 1" is what the slow version is actually titled (and we won't even talk here about the "Revolution 9" version, other than to say it grew out of the slow take of the song).
But the video take here of the fast (hard rock) version, was sung differently than its single, while using the same music track, which featured John Lennon, who wrote the number, on lead acid guitar. Paul starts off the song's video version with a scream, whereas on the single track it's John, and the backing vocals that Paul and George sing are different from the single too, sang like they were first sung on "Revolution 1", which did come first. I do like that they added that back into the hard rock take of this song's video, as the single lacks these extra backing vocals. Also in the video take, John sings the lyrics "When you talk about destruction, don't you know that you can count me out - in" exactly how he first sang it for "Revolution 1", whereas on the single he drops "in" from the lyric. He couldn’t make up his mind if he wanted to take the peaceful hippy approach in the song, or the more radical, violent Yippie approach. Since this was supposed to be a song about peace, perhaps he should have just gone the hippy route.
Also, Nicky Hopkins' excellent wild piano playing, heard only on the hard rock version, is also heard on the video take of the song, although Hopkins is not in the clip. Paul also adds in extra backing vocals near the end of the video, too, that aren't heard on the single. But this was one fun video (or "mini movie", as the Beatles called videos) to watch when the song first came out, indeed!
Just like at the Stones video poll, remember before voting, that it’s the entire video we are voting on here, and not just the song/music. The video is linked to from the voting booth, so you can watch it before you vote. Make sure to take the time to watch the video before you vote, to refresh your memory of it. The link to the video can also be found here in this thread (above).
To vote in this poll and rate this official video for this song, please go here: Beatles Weekly Poll.
In last week's Beatles poll we asked: Rate the Beatles official video for 'A Day in the Life' (Click herefor the video)
Do you think this video was good enough to get a 10? To find out, just go there: Beatles Weekly Poll – week 345. Or, you can check out the final results at the: Beatles Movie page , which is located at the domain’s Lennon Site. I’m likely gonna rename that page, since in time it will have a lot more videos listed there than movies.
So another poll post is now taken care of. I can’t believe November starts Wednesday! How did October go by so fast? Or even September for that matter? It doesn’t feel like it’s November already, the weather‘s been real warm here, although snow is in our forecast for Monday night thru Halloween. I got my wood pile all cut, stacked, and finished today, so I’m all ready. No football for me today, as my team should lose on Monday night this week instead of on Sunday.
I thank all of you who took the time to vote in our 5 weekly polls both this week and last week!
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