You know me with these “same name, different songs” battles. Here we have three different songs named “On The Beach.”

Neil Young

Title track from his 1974 album.


From their 1973 album Side 3.

Chris Rea

Title track from his 1986 album. The song was released as a single twice: in 1986, when it reached #57 on the British singles chart, and in 1988, when it reached #12 in the UK and #9 on the Adult Contemporary chart in the US.

Those are the contestants. Here’s what you do:

  1. Listen to the three songs.
  2. Decide which song you like the best.
  3. Vote for your favorite by leaving me a comment with your choice. If you feel like telling us why, feel free.
  4. Then, visit the other participants and vote in their Battles:

I’ll tally the votes and announce the winner next Saturday, August 22, so be sure and cast your vote by then.

The lines are now open. Good luck to Neil Young, The Raspberries, and Chris Rea!

14 thoughts on “BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “On The Beach”

  1. So hard, I love Niel Young, the Raspberries were excellent too but it has to Be Chris Rea, as I’m unwell and the virus stopped all thoughts of holidays Chris had me and hubby dancing on the Beach šŸ˜€


  2. It’s going to be The Raspberries for me. I couldn’t get more than 30 seconds of Neil Young in without wanting to shut it off immediately. Chris Rea had a cool vibe to it, but I’m all about the 70’s – so The Raspberries get my vote!

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  3. John,

    I’m definitely going with THE RASPBERRIES! For a split second I thought I would pick Chris Rea but after the instrumental lead in, his song I lost interest and Neil Young did nothing at all for me. Great battle, my friend. Enjoy your weekend!!

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  4. JOHN ~

    Both recordings were pretty good, but I most definitely preferred the Chris Rea version. I’m not really familiar with his stuffs, but I liked that cool, moody style he was using for this song. It definitely had an “’80s” sound to it, but good ’80s – NOT that terrible bad ’80s sound!

    Guest BOTB Boter: Judge Al Bondigas (my brother)
    After more than two decades in Phoenix, the judge has left Airheadzona and now lives here with me in Willoughberry. He is contributing a bote for The Raspberries.

    ~ D-FensDogG

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  5. I wasn’t familiar with the latter two songs though I like the artists.

    In spring of 1975 I was living in a cabin in the mountains in Tennessee and sometimes prone to deep reflection bordering on depression as I pondered my future. The Young On the Beach album was on frequent rotation on my tiny portable plastic record player in my room of that cabin. Especially this song “On the Beach” I would play repeatedly when I wanted to wallow in depression.

    Since it evokes so many good and bad memories and because I like the song I’m going with Neil Young.

    I’ve got a Battle this time that I’ll be particularly interested in hearing your opinion based on your musical knowledge.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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