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Craig Benfer

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  1. To me, it seemed very obvious it was a marriage whose members had grown apart. They were essentially staying together for the children at this point, but not happy. I think it's easiest to see that with George. He wasn't the same guy that he was in the beginning years of the group. While Paul was still writing for the Beatles, and John seemed halfhearted about writing at all....George was writing a lot of songs and keeping most of them for himself. Think about it for a second. They were under pressure to come up with 14 new songs and Paul seemed very stressed about it, but at no point do you ever hear him ask George what he had stockpiled. He asks John to come up with a few, but not George. I think George was tired of feeling very secondary to Paul & John by this point. All it takes is for one person to be unhappy, and it usually becomes contagious. The unhappiness was spreading and it wasn't fun for them anymore. They were losing interest in the Beatles, and Paul was getting frustrated that this was happening.
  2. You hear a transistor radio playing.
  3. I was periodically checking to see if the board was up and running again, probably on average every other day. On the day that you called, I wasn't at my desk and had left my cell phone lying there. When I returned, I saw that I had missed a call and heard your message. I immediately logged on to see that the site was active again.
  4. That was a pretty good read, except there were some inaccuracies....especially referencing their last album as "Party's Over" instead of 'Starting Over".
  5. I saw the Moodies at the Spectrum in Philadephia in 1981 during their Long Distance Voyager tour. One of the best concerts of my life.
  6. I'm partial to "Hi Infidelity". Love that album. So many of my top songs come from it. Once again, there really isn't a whole lot separating #1 from #20 on my list. These are all A+ or A songs to me. (and many more A's not on the list) 1. Time For Me To Fly 2. Keep On Loving You 3. Someone Tonight 4. Ridin' The Storm Out (Live) 5. I'll Follow You 6. Don't Let Him Go 7. Can't Fight This Feeling 8. Sing To me 9. Someone Tonight 10. In My Dreams 11. Follow My Heart 12. Roll With The Changes 13. Keep Pushin' 14. Out Of Season 15. Take It On The Run 16. Every Now And Then 17. Live Every Moment 18. Keep The Fire Burning 19. Girl With The Heart Of Gold 20. 157 Riverside Avenue (Live)
  7. When I created my REO playlist, I included the first six songs on my list. I remembered that "Meet me On The Mountain" was close to making it, and after giving the album another listen, I might add it. I really don't care for the last two songs. Here are my rankings: 1. Back On the Road Again A 2. Only The Strong Survive A- 3. Drop It B+ 4. Heavy On Your Love B- 5. Easy Money B- 6. Rock & Roll Music B- 7. Meet Me On The Mountain C+ 8. I Need You Tonight D 9. Take Me D
  8. Sorry to hear. It really is a tough situation when we have to watch our parents go through this.
  9. Kirk...it's probably going to make my Top 10 too. I saw ELO in Pittsburgh in 2019. Great great show! Ranks as one of my favorites concerts I've ever been to. His 2017 "Wembley or Bust" album is one of my favorites. Like Mike Haag said above, it intensifies the listening enjoyment if you've experienced it in person. It allows you to ascertain how well the album captures the real thing. I think the Guess Who's "Running Back Through Canada" does the same thing for me. I saw that tour when they expanded it to the U.S. Great show and I'm thinking it might make my Top 10.
  10. Oh man! Sorry to hear that Lew. A friend from my past found me here several weeks ago, and we've been doing a lot of private messaging. One of the things he wrote was... "I am a great believer in everything happening for reasons we can't imagine. I believe that was a life lesson that I learned just when I needed to. I have had a few of those in my time and they always made me a better version of me. ....things that happened and seemed like the end of the world, only to end up bettering my life in the end." Yep. Life throws things at us occasionally that knock us out of our comfort zone. In the end, we seem to adapt and come out of it in a better place.
  11. Another one that doesn't make my Top 10, but I admit I've always liked is Barry Manilow Live. (I know....it's supposed to be ROCK albums)
  12. A monumental task it would be to rank my favorite Live Albums. The ones that have already been mentioned are all good IMO. Don't know how a list of the Top 50 Live albums can be made and exclude REO's "You Get What You Play For". That would definitely make my Top 10 List. Another one that would make my list, but not mentioned anywhere so far is Head East Live from 1978. I have also always liked Bob Seger's "Live Bullet" even though it probably doesn't make my Top 10. "Wings Over America", "Frampton Comes Alive" & UFO "Stranger's In The Night" and Raspberries "Pop Art Live" are shoe-ins to make my list. So I guess I've mentioned six that would be in my Top 10. Now to come up with the other four. Hmmm.
  13. Bump....this thread needs to be read at least once a year. Wish the stuff that Lew posted on Sweet's site was recorded here.
  14. One thing I have definitely noticed with artists, especially the older ones. As long as they keep performing, it seems they are able to keep their voice. The minute they stop, they lose it in a hurry. I suspect that with the lack of touring because of Covid, this has happened to quite a few singers. He may be able to bounce back a bit if he starts performing regularly again.
  15. #4: 1. Who wrote the hit song All Along The Watchtower? 2. Which song by the Who begins "I know you've deceived me, now here's a surprise"? 3. What Tom Jones hit in 1965 was the theme to a film which featured Peter Sellers and Woody Allen? 4. What are the first four words in the opening line of the Simon & Garfunkel song entitled America? 5. What group recorded the 1978 LP entitled Pieces Of Eight? 6. What are the names of the three characters in Barry Manilow's hit Copacbana.
  16. You are right susie. Standings After Game 3:
  17. You hear a transistor radio.
  18. Hard to call someone an Anti-Vaxer that got the vaccine.
  19. Yes they did, and I'm not hiding.
  20. As you know Mike, I'm a rule breaker. But mp3 Bingo was my original.
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