This round, I have two songs that are named “On The Beach” (and neither is The Beach Boys’ version–I learned my lesson after the last round).

Boz Scaggs

Neil Young

There are our contenders. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Listen to the two 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:

Voting is open for this round until next Monday, August 8, 2022 at noon Eastern time, when I’ll count the ballots and announce the winner.

The lines are now open. Good luck, Boz and Neil!

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

  1. Hi, John!

    Thanks for visiting Shady’s Place, good buddy! I figured you wanted me to vote in your latest band battle, and I’m glad I didn’t miss these two excellent renditions of a song I am hearing for the first time, “On The Beach.” Both versions are worthy of competing in a contest of this kind, because both veteran artists are great singers, songwriters and musicians. I can’t say anything negative about either recording, and therefore I am going to focus on what I liked best about Boz Scaggs’ blues. I favor it’s purity and simplicity. His soulful voice reminds me of Joe Simon, and I felt no pain as I drifted along to the guitar-driven instrumental interlude. The recording is grade-A, and I give my vote to Boz Scaggs.

    Enjoy your weekend, good buddy. I look forward to seeing how your battle turned out when the polls close on Monday.

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  2. While this kind of depressing song does suit Neil Young, I am stunned that Boz Scaggs would even attempt it. Assuming the lapse in judgment was temporary, I’m still voting for Boz πŸ˜‰

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  3. What Dan Antion said.
    I can’t believe I’m voting for Neil Young because A) I don’t like most of Neil’s stuffs (and this has nothing to do with his politics… which I also dislike) and B) I generally DO like Boz Scaggs.

    But Boz nearly put me to sleep with this one. And Neil had enough musical dynamics going on (subtle though they was) that I found this melancholy, confessional ballad interesting, to some degree.

    A very surprised me delivering a gift to Neil Young.

    ~ D-FensDogG


  4. I’m surprised that this song has been covered by any other major artist. This song has a lot of memories for me as I used to listen to this album a lot when I was alone during the time I was sharing a mountain cabin with 3 friends. This was a wonderful time for me, but it was sometimes very melancholy so this album was perfect for those times.

    I love what Boz did with the song and my initial response that I liked it better than Neil’s version, But then I listened to Neil’s version after not having heard it for quite some time. No, I still like Neil’s depressive version.

    Give my vote to Neil Young.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  5. My God was that depressing! Two of the most gloomy songs I have ever heard. At any rate, I will pick Boz Scaggs.

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