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A better Greatest Hits collection for Paul
10 January 2014
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^^I don't think they started going veggie until late '70s, and even then it probably wasn't overnight.

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Now, I haven't heard all of Paul's work but this is my closest list right now. I'll probably update it as my collection grows.

SIDE ONE

1. Band on the Run

2. Live and Let Die

3. Ever Present Past

4. New

5. My Love

6. Junk

7. Maybe I'm Amazed

SIDE TWO

1. Sing The Changes

2. Calico Skies

3. Queenie Eye

4. Jet

5. Dance Tonight

6. Here Today

7. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five

 

So, thoughts?

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8I'd throw myself off a building 3 seconds after Dance Tonight started just to escape it. It's bad enough on its own but after Jet!! You can only push a man so far. Seriously, i hate Hold Me Tight but Dance Tonight... That crappy mandolin intro, the shit lyrics, the dreadful whistling. After the dreadful Driving Rain and Freedom the next song new of Paul's i heard was Dance Tonight. A huge mistake.

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11 January 2014
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I don't mind Wingspan in concept as mentioned above - nice to have all the actual hit singles on one CD and interesting stuff on the other - I just think the 'interesting' stuff wasn't well chosen and had too much off a couple of albums.

11 January 2014
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meanmistermustard said
a-hard-days-night-ringo-8I'd throw myself off a building 3 seconds after Dance Tonight started just to escape it. It's bad enough on its own but after Jet!! You can only push a man so far. Seriously, i hate Hold Me Tight but Dance Tonight... That crappy mandolin intro, the shit lyrics, the dreadful whistling. After the dreadful Driving Rain and Freedom the next song new of Paul's i heard was Dance Tonight. A huge mistake.

Wait, that's a mandolin? I always thought it was a ukulele. 

The song is there for relief. Not that the rest of the album's particularly sad. 

And the lyrics aren't that bad. It's catchy, not the most profound song, but catchy.

Oh, and I really like Jet.

 

To trcanberra,

What do you think a Beatles Wingspan might look like?

Actually, I do believe I'm going to create a thread on that. Where to put it though? I'm thinking Songs

 

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11 January 2014
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^ Nice topic idea.  Songs, Yesterday & Today, Albums - any of those spots should do?

I like Dance Tonight as well - mmm and I seem to like quite different stuff - lucky they put it all out there.

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meanmistermustard said
a-hard-days-night-ringo-8I'd throw myself off a building 3 seconds after Dance Tonight started just to escape it. It's bad enough on its own but after Jet!! You can only push a man so far. Seriously, i hate Hold Me Tight but Dance Tonight... That crappy mandolin intro, the shit lyrics, the dreadful whistling. After the dreadful Driving Rain and Freedom the next song new of Paul's i heard was Dance Tonight. A huge mistake.

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11 January 2014
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meanmistermustard said
a-hard-days-night-ringo-8I'd throw myself off a building 3 seconds after Dance Tonight started just to escape it. It's bad enough on its own but after Jet!! You can only push a man so far. Seriously, i hate Hold Me Tight but Dance Tonight... That crappy mandolin intro, the shit lyrics, the dreadful whistling. After the dreadful Driving Rain and Freedom the next song new of Paul's i heard was Dance Tonight. A huge mistake.

I agree with this paragraph... except for Hold Me Tight, which I love. :-D

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Ahhh Girl said

meanmistermustard said
a-hard-days-night-ringo-8I'd throw myself off a building 3 seconds after Dance Tonight started just to escape it. It's bad enough on its own but after Jet!! You can only push a man so far. Seriously, i hate Hold Me Tight but Dance Tonight... That crappy mandolin intro, the shit lyrics, the dreadful whistling. After the dreadful Driving Rain and Freedom the next song new of Paul's i heard was Dance Tonight. A huge mistake.

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I'd make sure i had a parachute or one of those bouncy crash landing things they have for such events was below. I'm not going to kill myself over a song. If i was it would have been after having sat thru Barry White's Just The Way You Are, quite possibly the most boring, tedious, life-sucking song ever recorded, and that means beating The Carpenters which is quite an achievement (I had to play Tomorrow Never Knows as soon as possible so to remember music could be interesting).

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meanmistermustard said

Ahhh Girl said

meanmistermustard said
a-hard-days-night-ringo-8I'd throw myself off a building 3 seconds after Dance Tonight started just to escape it. It's bad enough on its own but after Jet!! You can only push a man so far. Seriously, i hate Hold Me Tight but Dance Tonight... That crappy mandolin intro, the shit lyrics, the dreadful whistling. After the dreadful Driving Rain and Freedom the next song new of Paul's i heard was Dance Tonight. A huge mistake.

Not the Apple rooftop we all hope.

I'd make sure i had a parachute or one of those bouncy crash landing things they have for such events was below. I'm not going to kill myself over a song. If i was it would have been after having sat thru Barry White's Just The Way You Are, quite possibly the most boring, tedious, life-sucking song ever recorded, and that means beating The Carpenters which is quite an achievement (I had to play Tomorrow Never Knows as soon as possible so to remember music could be interesting).

How very sensible of you, mmm. We will call the firemen with their tarp if you ever do feel the need to jump. What's the closest fire station to the Apple rooftop? We need to get them on speed dial.

11 January 2014
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meanmistermustard said

and that means beating The Carpenters which is quite an achievement

Aw, not cool, man. :-P

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parlance said

meanmistermustard said

and that means beating The Carpenters which is quite an achievement

Aw, not cool, man. :-P

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Sorry but i find they took songs like Help!, Ticket To Ride, Please Mister Postman and Jambalaya and turned them into bland, safe beige, lacking any flavour; same goes for their best known songs Top of the World & Close To You (the two i can remember off the top of my head). A band/duo i've never got. 

 

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11 January 2014
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Ahhh Girl said

meanmistermustard said

Ahhh Girl said

meanmistermustard said
a-hard-days-night-ringo-8I'd throw myself off a building 3 seconds after Dance Tonight started just to escape it. It's bad enough on its own but after Jet!! You can only push a man so far. Seriously, i hate Hold Me Tight but Dance Tonight... That crappy mandolin intro, the shit lyrics, the dreadful whistling. After the dreadful Driving Rain and Freedom the next song new of Paul's i heard was Dance Tonight. A huge mistake.

Not the Apple rooftop we all hope.

I'd make sure i had a parachute or one of those bouncy crash landing things they have for such events was below. I'm not going to kill myself over a song. If i was it would have been after having sat thru Barry White's Just The Way You Are, quite possibly the most boring, tedious, life-sucking song ever recorded, and that means beating The Carpenters which is quite an achievement (I had to play Tomorrow Never Knows as soon as possible so to remember music could be interesting).

How very sensible of you, mmm. We will call the firemen with their tarp if you ever do feel the need to jump. What's the closest fire station to the Apple rooftop? We need to get them on speed dial.

We can call the FireMAN.a-hard-days-night-george-10 They can do Sing the Changes to help you feel better.  (I wanted Paul there, but there were none that fit. So here ahdn_paul_06)

 

 

And then Paul can launch into Jet and Dance Tonight just for you, mmm.

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meanmistermustard said

parlance said

meanmistermustard said

and that means beating The Carpenters which is quite an achievement

Aw, not cool, man. :-P

parlance

Sorry but i find they took songs like Help!, Ticket To Ride, Please Mister Postman and Jambalaya and turned them into bland, safe beige, lacking any flavour; same goes for their best known songs Top of the World & Close To You (the two i can remember off the top of my head). A band/duo i've never got. 

 

To each their own, of course. My first/second grade teacher loved them, and played their music during our quiet time, and I fell in love with them too. I didn't like all their covers, but I think Karen had one of the most hauntingly beautiful voices, and as a kid I modeled my own on hers. I was known for performing a Carpenters songs at our annual block parties, and "Ticket To Ride" was one of them. :-D

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Another I'd consider that's not really talked about much anymore is 'Girl's School', it's a great rocker much in the same vain as 'Hi Hi Hi'.  I bought the single when it came out, and rarely played the B-Side which was 'Mull of Kintyre', which I later grew to appreciate much more.  It's quite strange how 'Mull of Kintyre' became one of (if not THE) biggest selling single of all-time in the U.K., yet it did absolutely nothing here on the other side of the Atlantic where the population and radio stations elected 'Girl's School' as the A-Side...:-)

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Ahhh Girl said

meanmistermustard said

Bungalow Bob said

meanmistermustard said
Sally G is a cracking song…

Would really like Paul to do a C&W album, i read recently that Paul and Linda recorded some stuff with Johnny Cash in the 80's, why has that not been released? 
 

This is an intriguing idea. If not Paul himself, maybe a random group of country musicians should put together an album of his existing music done in the style. Besides the obvious songs, like "I've Just Seen A Face," Paul has written a lot of tunes that would lend themselves to country and western arrangements, like "Another Girl," "I Will," and "I'm Looking Through You." What the heck, now that I think about it, some of John's songs sound a little country, too, like "I Don't Want To Spoil The Party," and "I'm A Loser." So, it would be a Beatles country album. Which is pretty darn far off-topic.

A "Greatest Hits" compilation of an artist with a catalogue as vast as Paul McCartney's is a daunting task. It's much easier with the one-hit-wonder bands. :)

It depends on how the initial "Greatest Hits" concept is perceived and compiled. Are we talking solely hit singles that got somewhere in the UK and US charts or a best of that enters into the world of album tracks, b-sides and other oddities? The former approach would be a damn fine release (especially if we skip over the 80's collaborations with Michael and Stevie - and arguments there as whilst they were huge sellers they have aged terribly) and maybe could be contained within a 2cd set. The later you're looking at a 2-cd highlights release alongside a multi-disc box and tons of arguments about what was included and what was omitted from both.

Yep. We would need a "an even better than better greatest hist collection from Paul" thread.

 

Well, @Ahhh Girl, look who participated in a discussion of Paul's Country Western-influenced songs about a year ago.

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Excellent work, @georgiewood. Thanks for finding that conversation. What else would you add to the list?

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A Greatest Hits collection, is, by definition, going to be the chart hits. Something like (if I miss one I'm sorry):

  • Maybe I'm Amazed
  • Uncle Albert
  • Another Day
  • My Love
  • Live and Let Die
  • Band On The Run
  • Jet
  • Listen to What the Man Says
  • Let Em In
  • Silly Love Songs
  • Mull of Kintyre
  • Coming Up
  • Ebony and Ivory
  • Say Say Say
  • No More Lonely Nights

I'm not saying that's his best work - far from it. But a greatest hits CD would be that track listing, essentially.

As if it matters how a man falls down.'

'When the fall's all that's left, it matters a great deal.

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Some people have used this thread for chart hits and some have used it as the OP set out - you pick your favorites. Joe would have to threaten to delete my account before I would sit down and attempt to pick my favorites for a Greatest Hits collection. I would go mad because I couldn't include everythink I like. I would have to leave out some songs and that would leave me with feelings of regret the next morning.

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Dave Gorman did a brilliant section of one of his 'Modern Life is Goodish' shows on the Greatest Hits concept using Scouting For Girls' one as his example ending up with about 5 songs on it.

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