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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Poll Closing Date: Sunday, 28 April 2019 00:00 (in 5 days)


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

budo jeru, Sunday, 14 April 2019 21:52 (one week ago) Permalink

cloud nine, no hesitation

Jaki Liebowitz (rushomancy), Sunday, 14 April 2019 21:54 (one week ago) Permalink

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

dorsalstop, Sunday, 14 April 2019 22:02 (one week ago) Permalink

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

clemenza, Sunday, 14 April 2019 22:06 (one week ago) Permalink

Cloud Nine

Timothée Charalambides (cryptosicko), Sunday, 14 April 2019 22:16 (one week 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 (one week ago) Permalink

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

dorsalstop, Sunday, 14 April 2019 22:27 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week ago) Permalink

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

Jaki Liebowitz (rushomancy), Monday, 15 April 2019 12:50 (one week ago) Permalink

It was always burning
Since the world's been turning

willem, Monday, 15 April 2019 13:20 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week ago) Permalink

crimson & clover vs cloud nine, probably crimson & clover

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

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


timellison, Monday, 15 April 2019 19:09 (one week ago) Permalink

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