|Asbury Park skyline 2015|
By Lhcollins (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0
(http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Where am I now? I'm in New Jersey, my ultimate destination on this trip, and I will be here for a week or so before I head back home with another week in East Tennessee after which it will be a beeline back to Los Angeles. All good things must come to an end, but for now I've got some good times in the weeks ahead. Come to think of it, life is always pretty darn good for the most part so I guess wherever I am things are just fine.
Our journey across Canada was amazing and everything went according to schedule. We especially enjoyed the cool weather we experienced while we were there. Looks like 90 degree temps in the upcoming week, but that goes with summer I guess.
Now on with my BOTB results...
Battle of the Band Results!
My most recent Battle of the Bands pairing was between two what I thought might be similar sounding versions of a song that possibly has only been recorded these two times. Fortunately many voters caught the differences "Can I Go" is a pleasant song in a genre that is typically labeled as psychedelic or sunshine pop/rock. But the song could also be easily categorized in the same genres as the music of Burt Bacharach or Sergio Mendes. It's the sound of that peace and flowers late sixties.
I happen to enjoy this style of music, but perhaps it sounds a bit dated to younger listeners. I've had this song in my "someday" line-up since almost the beginning of my participation in BOTB and now seemed like an appropriate time to use it. Either version suits me. This is one of those "my favorite is whichever one I happen to be listening to at the moment" types of songs. But since this is a battle that calls for choosing a favorite, I need to come up with a preference.
Being a fan of orchestral music with big arrangements, the Collage version is in a style that I enjoy. However, the more urgent pacing of the guitar work throughout the Roger Nichols version along with some very cool orchestral arrangement makes me lean more toward that version. My vote is for Roger Nichols and the Small Circle of Friends. Most of the voters agreed with my choice.
This race pulled out of the gate at an even pace, but Roger Nichols and his Small Circle of Friends quickly took the lead and never looked back after that.
Roger Nichols 15
The Collage 5
Next Battle Monday August 1st
My next Battle of the Bands match will be similar to this previous one with an obscure song that to my knowledge has only two recorded versions--one by a band who by name might seem to by very well known and the other by a band that in its heyday was very popular, but not often heard now. It's another sunshiny psychedelic genre song from an early "rock opera" concept album that predates The Who's Tommy.
Next Friday I'll have a Flashback Friday post that will be a lead-in to my BOTB. In the meantime, I'll be doing my best to visit your blogs in whatever downtime I have. Bear with me--my road computer situation is not always the best.
Are you at home or on vacation? Are you beating the heat? With clues I provided, do you have any ideas about my next BOTB song choice?