What is the best song on this collection of 1968 hits off a promo CD from my local grocery store chain ?

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Crimson and Clover - Tommy James & The Shondells 25
Cloud Nine - The Temptations 11
Hurdy Gurdy Man - Donovan 10
Do You Know the Way to San Jose - Dionne Warwick 6
Going Up the Country - Canned Heat 5
Stoned Soul Picnic - The 5th Dimension 4
Love Is All Around - The Troggs 2
Midnight Confessions - The Grass Roots 2
Yummy, Yummy, Yummy - Ohio Express 2
This Magic Moment - Jay & The Americans 1
Do It Again - The Beach Boys 1
Young Girl - Gary Puckett & The Union Gap 1
Stormy - The Classics IV 0


budo jeru, Sunday, 14 April 2019 21:52 (two months ago) Permalink

cloud nine, no hesitation

Jaki Liebowitz (rushomancy), Sunday, 14 April 2019 21:54 (two months ago) Permalink

Tough choice between Crimson and Clover and Hurdy Gurdy Man for me - voting the latter.

dorsalstop, Sunday, 14 April 2019 22:02 (two months ago) Permalink

First three pretty close for me, but "Crimson and Clover."

clemenza, Sunday, 14 April 2019 22:06 (two months ago) Permalink

Cloud Nine

Timothée Charalambides (cryptosicko), Sunday, 14 April 2019 22:16 (two months ago) Permalink

Not Dionne's best, so I'm not voting for it. Torn between "Yummy Yummy Yummy" (my first punk record and the one that permanently polluted my brain) and "Hurdy Gurdy Man"...think I'm voting the latter.

if i wanted to live in holland i would have packed up and pissed of (I M Losted), Sunday, 14 April 2019 22:20 (two months ago) Permalink

"Yummy Yummy Yummy" (my first punk record
Wait what?

dorsalstop, Sunday, 14 April 2019 22:27 (two months ago) Permalink

OMG dude, that cover totally belongs in the Vampire Weekend “Global Coffeehouse Aesthetic” thread

get your hand outta my pocket universe (morrisp), Sunday, 14 April 2019 22:50 (two months ago) Permalink

I'm a sucker for anything Dionne did in the 60s, so San Jose wins, but Cloud Nine is a close 2nd. Unlike the later,preachier Norman Whitfield numbers (looking at you, Ball of Confusion), this one actually allows the listener to infer the critique of drug use, while also sketching out exactly *why* someone stuck in a dire situation would turn to them for escape. And the bit where Eddie Kendricks sings "I wanna say I love the life I live /and I'm gonna live the life I love" feels to me like a precursor to the "When you're high/you never wanna come down" part in Welcome to the Jungle in offering the teensiest bit of nirvana in what is otherwise a hellscape (but a rockin' one in both songs!)

As for some of the rest: I swear I've seen Yummyx3 referred to without irony as a punk song in other places, and I can't disagree. Always thought the Canned Heat song was 2 years later. Stormy has a nice vibe to it, as do all the Classics IV hits. Midnight Confessions has a genuine aura of desperation that peeks through the programmatic music - I never thought to check if anyone's done a cover of it with more feeling than the GRs were capable of displaying. Young Girl was aptly described once (on here? by the AV Club?) as "unctuous" but I'll always associate it with an old Ralph Snart comic where he sings it in a punk band, but changes every use of 'girl' to 'maggot' before going into a guitar-smashing frenzy. A great bit of cognitive dissonance.

gjoon1, Monday, 15 April 2019 11:51 (two months ago) Permalink

hey, don't blame norman whitfield. he didn't start the fire.

Jaki Liebowitz (rushomancy), Monday, 15 April 2019 12:50 (two months ago) Permalink

It was always burning
Since the world's been turning

willem, Monday, 15 April 2019 13:20 (two months ago) Permalink

do it again. it does not sound like from 1968. it is more adventurous. like a roxy music song it is comprised of a couple of quite different parts. there is also some pretty hard blues riffing in there, quite uncommon for the beach boys.

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 15 April 2019 14:03 (two months ago) Permalink

Crimson and Clover, Do You Know the Way to San Jose, Love Is All Around, Yummy Yummy Yummy, Going Up The Country, lots of other cool tunes

timellison, Monday, 15 April 2019 18:40 (two months ago) Permalink

Was 'Hurdy Gurdy Man' all the way until I saw the Temps.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Monday, 15 April 2019 18:48 (two months ago) Permalink

crimson & clover vs cloud nine, probably crimson & clover

to halve and half not (voodoo chili), Monday, 15 April 2019 18:56 (two months ago) Permalink

is it the original recordings, recordings by the original artists, or the cub foods house band renditions?

andrew m., Monday, 15 April 2019 18:56 (two months ago) Permalink

Source of "Going up the Country" if anyone's never heard it (and, yes, that is a pan flute):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1yhaBsD8Vw

timellison, Monday, 15 April 2019 19:09 (two months ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Saturday, 27 April 2019 00:01 (one month ago) Permalink

I love Crimson and Clover and Going Up the Country but it's Hurdy Gurdy Man in the end

Dan S, Saturday, 27 April 2019 00:13 (one month ago) Permalink

"Do You Know The Way To San Jose?" Several years ago, a good friend from Frisco volunteered that he did not know, not at all. Back in the day heard it as a nice, good-hearted older lady (late-20s) from the 50s, sandbagged by the 60s. She's hopeful though.

dow, Saturday, 27 April 2019 01:38 (one month ago) Permalink

lol

Dan S, Saturday, 27 April 2019 01:44 (one month ago) Permalink

do it again. it does not sound like from 1968. it is more adventurous. like a roxy music song it is comprised of a couple of quite different parts. there is also some pretty hard blues riffing in there, quite uncommon for the beach boys.

― je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Monday, April 15, 2019 9:03 AM (one week ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

not voting for the song but i think this is pretty otm. those guitars at the beginning are something else

budo jeru, Saturday, 27 April 2019 03:21 (one month ago) Permalink

going to offer my thoughts on all the songs before the poll closes but for now i’ll just say i’m surprised that nobody has spoken up about “stoned soul picnic” — a really special song imo

budo jeru, Saturday, 27 April 2019 03:23 (one month ago) Permalink

Midnight Confessions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

buttigieg play the blues (crüt), Saturday, 27 April 2019 03:24 (one month ago) Permalink

:Stoned Soul Picnic" is really great

Dan S, Saturday, 27 April 2019 06:00 (one month ago) Permalink

not voting for the song but i think this is pretty otm. those guitars at the beginning are something else

There aren't any guitars at the start of "Do It Again"?

Freddie Starr (Hitler in shorts) (Tom D.), Saturday, 27 April 2019 10:51 (one month ago) Permalink

Well, he did say they are “something else”

breastcrawl, Saturday, 27 April 2019 10:55 (one month ago) Permalink

Listened to all of these as an experiment in memory, would've picked Ohio Express before but now it's undoubtedly 'Hurdy Gurdy Man.'

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Saturday, 27 April 2019 16:45 (one month ago) Permalink

not voting for the song but i think this is pretty otm. those guitars at the beginning are something else

There aren't any guitars at the start of "Do It Again"?

― Freddie Starr (Hitler in shorts) (Tom D.), Saturday, April 27, 2019 5:51 AM (seven hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yeah i was going off memory, it's been a while, for some reason i thought as a kid that those sound were super metallic chunky guitars, i guess it's just drums and a synth ? whatever it is, it sounds cool

budo jeru, Saturday, 27 April 2019 18:21 (one month ago) Permalink

perfect songs:

Crimson and Clover - Tommy James & The Shondells
Love Is All Around - The Troggs
Hurdy Gurdy Man - Donovan
Do It Again - The Beach Boys
Stoned Soul Picnic - The 5th Dimension
Cloud Nine - The Temptations
Stormy - The Classics IV

very very good songs:

Do You Know the Way to San Jose - Dionne Warwick
Yummy, Yummy, Yummy - Ohio Express
This Magic Moment - Jay & The Americans
Midnight Confessions - The Grass Roots
Going Up the Country - Canned Heat
Young Girl - Gary Puckett & The Union Gap

i think it has to be "crimson and clover" -- just an incredibly beautiful piece of pop music

a close runner-up is "stoned soul picnic" -- i love this song. as a kid it just evoked this rich, magical world of sounds and images. what does it mean to surry down ? what do you do at a stoned soul picnic ? "red yellow honey sassafras and moonshine" ?? yes please !! and just the effortless groove with the wandering electric keyboard figure and the piano chirps. i never get sick of hearing it.

budo jeru, Saturday, 27 April 2019 18:32 (one month ago) Permalink

is it the original recordings, recordings by the original artists, or the cub foods house band renditions?

― andrew m., Monday, April 15, 2019 1:56 PM (one week ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

sorry i forgot to answer that this is the original recordings and that "crimson and clover" is the singles edit.

budo jeru, Saturday, 27 April 2019 18:36 (one month ago) Permalink

I was a little kid in 1968 and I thought "Yummy, Yummy, Yummy" was terrible then and I still do

"Cloud Nine" gets my vote but "Crimson and Clover" would also be a worthy winner

Brad C., Saturday, 27 April 2019 19:15 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah i was going off memory, it's been a while, for some reason i thought as a kid that those sound were super metallic chunky guitars, i guess it's just drums and a synth ? whatever it is, it sounds cool

It's just drums, but run through a very short delay which gives them a kind of metallic sound - easy to do with digital delay, not so easy to accomplish in 1968 though!

Freddie Starr (Hitler in shorts) (Tom D.), Saturday, 27 April 2019 19:21 (one month ago) Permalink

Just now came back and noticed that my magnificent maiden post, in praise of "Crimson and Clover," is not here. Something like "Voted for 'Crimson and Clover'; it is thee psych-pop fold-in-flowering" of the whole list's appeal, incl. cool sensuous commercial mastery etc., can even/especially see the lost lady from the 50s finally getting out of her Falcon and wandering around this image of innocence---but also dig Joan Jett's version, bringing the hidden garage raunch out, "Yeahhhhhhh," though not disturbing the ritual vibe. Canned Heat's Al Wilson could have found more shades too.

dow, Saturday, 27 April 2019 19:38 (one month ago) Permalink

from the 50s and San José (or is she from there? Maybe it's something new for her---prob beats Woodstock.)

dow, Saturday, 27 April 2019 19:42 (one month ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Sunday, 28 April 2019 00:01 (one month ago) Permalink


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