Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Watamushi, Jun 18, 2018.
Your ratings for Deep Purple:
Today's song is H.E.L.P is on the Way, an outtake from 1970 that was finally released on Good Vibrations box set in 1993:
H.E.L.P Is On The Way.
I like the song, but it's not that exciting for me.
The lyrics are actually my favorite part of the song -- of course, they are very non-commercial for 1977; again, I think that a lot of this stuff fits in better with the late 90s/early 00s Indie scene. The sound also has that obvious Stephen Desper stamp on it and thus kind of doesn't fit here in the late seventies. I include it on a Landlocked playlist of "goofy" songs from 1970-1971 to counterpart my Surf's Up playlist; where I think it fits better, at least musically, in that context.
However, it's ten million times better than "Santa's On His Way", which it morphed into. I think, though I definitely prefer "Take a Load Off Your Feet", which is Al's re-write of this.
Not much of a melody, the keyboards are interesting at first but with repetition are less so. It’s boring, although some of the lyrics are funny and as noted by Lance are the best part of the song. There’s a mix of this somewhere - on the Landlocked boot? - with banjo prominent in the mix and I prefer that version, although I couldn’t find it on YouTube. A generous 2/5 for this.
Fairfax and 3rd. Stop at the Radiant Radish to get your 45 RPM single of this song (b/w "I Just Got My Pay").
Dig the call and response section here. Great melody and interesting lyrics to boot.
We did H.E.L.P. after Sunflower, right? There's no difference between that version and the Adult/Child version, correct?
Anyway, here's what I said previously about the song:
HELP is not a song I go out of my way to cue up but when it comes on, it makes me smile (no pun intended).
It doesn't quite reach the heights of a 4 for me but a (high) 3/5.
I don't think it musically fits Adult/Child.
I think it's great fun and catchy.
Enjoy the backing vocals.
Always liked this tune and like Pawnmower says, the bv's are well done. I would have liked to hear Al do this instead of Mike straining to make the high notes. I'm giving this favorite a 4/5.
A fun song somewhat out of place. For what it is: 4
I just realized we all talked about H.E.L.P Is On It's Way as a bonus track for Surf's Up or something.
I went and checked to find I'd missed rating a few of those Sunflower bonus songs. With the health theme, H.E.L.P. Is On the Way" fits better (sorta) with this group of songs, and gives Mike a lead vocal. Brian wasn't finished, or ready to turn in a new project. If it's true what I read Mike said about Brian and Reynolds' offerings, he had already decided he could do a better job and went on to do the underwhelming M.I.U. album with Al. Brian wasn't ready for that, either. Dennis and Carl weren't interested to try. Dismissing all of these wonderful songs was a bad decision.
"H.E.L.P. Is On the Way" did get a new mix. I like the one with the banjo upfront better, too. In either version I can't go higher than a 3/5, 6/10.
Page 155. After Sunflower.
At least I was consistent. I looked back and I gave it a 2/5 back then as well.
H.E.L.P. is another one that will benefit from a remix when we get a 1970 copyright dump. The version on the GV Box has always sounded a little murky to these ears but the song isn't half bad. 3/5
Yeah, six out of ten would be a better rating.
Collated ratings for Pet Sounds:
Wouldn't It Be Nice 4.7
You Still Believe In Me 4.8461538
That's Not Me 4.6923076
Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulders) 4.7692307
I'm Waiting for the Day 4.833333
Let's Go Away For Awhile: 4.5454545
Sloop John B 5
God Only Knows 4.7333333
Hang On to Your Ego 4.1666666
Here Today 4.7272727
I Just Wasn't Made For These Times 4.9166666
Pet Sounds 4.7777777
Caroline, No 4.888888888
Pet sounds as album: 5
Average song: 4.7382369
Trombone Dixie 4.2857142
Collated ratings for SMiLE
Our Prayer 5
Heroes and Villains [SMiLE Sessions version] 4.8181818
Do You Like Worms 4.2727272
I'm In Great Shape 2.2857142
The Old Master Painter/You Are My Sunshine 3.2
Cabin Essence 4.7222222
Look (Song for Children) 3.4545454
Child is Father of the Man 4
Surf's Up 4.9166666
I Wanna Be Around/Workshop 2.5
Wind Chimes [SMiLe Sessions Versions] 4.5454545
The Elements: Fire 4.4166666
I Love to Say Da-Da 3.25
Good Vibrations 5
Average by Song: 3.9902063
Oh, I completely forgot about that. Thank you all for reminding me.
I've just checked to find out we've also discussed Games Two Can Play, so that song will be skipped this time.
Your ratings for H.E.L.P Is On The Way:
Today's song is It's Over Now, which was released on Good Vibrations box set in 1993:
Our Ratings for Christmas Album
Little Saint Nick 4.555555
The Man with All the Toys 4
Santa's Beard 3.2857142
Merry Christmas Baby 3.2222222
Christmas Day 2.85
Frosty the Snowman 3.5
We Three Kings of Orient Are 4
Blue Christmas 3.5
Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town 2.25
White Christmas 2.4
I'll Be Home For Christmas 4.5
Auld Lang Syne 4.33333333
Average vote by song: 3.5660686
The Lord's Prayer 3.5
The Things WE Did Last Summer 4.3333333
Collated ratings for SMiLE bonus tracks
Your Welcome 3.375
Tune X 2.5714285
I Don't Know 2.5
He Gives Speeches 3.5
Fantastic song, the "normal-speed" version from Made In California is my go-to version, of course. Of course, this doesn't sound like the Beach Boys, but it's got Carl, Brian and Marilyn on it. I really like the string arrangements, that sort of swell up over Marilyn's vocal. Yes, it's maudlin and packed with self-pity, but you know...sometimes that works.
Has someone given this song to Engelbert? Johnny Mathis?
I'd be in for this even if it was a stock standard ballad, but the "Shades of Blue" tag brightens the whole picture.
It's a 5/5 easy for me. Bit of a window into some imagined late 70s where Brian was writing for Carl or others the way Barry Gibb and Bacharach were at the time.
Are we doing the Carl solo albums cum 1981-1983?
I might do that myself...
Shouldn't we add "New England Waltz" as a bonus discussion?
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