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Back To The Egg
12 January 2014
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[Thought of posting in another thread but didn't know which one and as we don't have a Back To The Egg thread why not create one.]

 

Currently half way thru the Back To The Egg TV Special (posted over at the Beatles Video of the Day) which is promo's for a number of tracks from the alnum of the same name and screened on BBC 1. 

The details for the special reads:

The Back to the Egg TV special was a program containing music videos from the Wings album Back to the Egg (1979). It was first broadcast on BBC1 on June 10, 1981, two years after the album had been released. Two of the videos ("Goodnight Tonight" and "Baby's Request") were released on The McCartney Years DVD boxset in 2007. However, the special in its original form has yet to be released on DVD.
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"Getting Closer"
"Baby's Request"
"Old Siam, Sir"
"Winter Rose/Love Awake"
"Spin It On"
"Again and Again and Again"
"Arrow Through Me"
"Goodnight Tonight"

This particular version has been transferred from an old video cassette tape of the UK TV screening.

It's very enjoyable, well worth watching, and of course the music is excellent (its also cute to see Paul feed a horse with sugar out of his jacket pocket).

Back To The Egg is such a good album.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLgE8xQ4OIQ

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12 January 2014
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Will also add the Rockestra special since its from the same LP.

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12 January 2014
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Love the little musical intro "Reception" that opens the album.

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12 January 2014
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Back to the Egg is a good album. It's not my favorite Wings album but it's not nearly as bad as it's been made out to be...a lot of that was down the the critical drubbing it got by people who, for whatever reason, had a hair across their arses when it came to Paul. There are some weak tracks on there but there's some great stuff, too: Getting Closer, To You, Arrow Through Me, Old Siam Sir, Spin It On, Baby's Request. Also, Paul was dead-wrong in his argument with the record company...Goodnight Tonight and Daytime Nighttime Suffering absolutely *SHOULD* have been on the album! Fantastic songs, both.

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17 January 2014
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DrBeatle said
[snip] Also, Paul was dead-wrong in his argument with the record company...Goodnight Tonight and Daytime Nighttime Suffering absolutely *SHOULD* have been on the album! Fantastic songs, both.

DrBeatle, perhaps you, acmac, or someone can help me out with Daytime Nighttime Suffering. It just sounds to "happy" and "upbeat" for the words/lyrics. There's such a disconnect in my mind between the presentation and the theme of the song that makes me not want to like it. Discord. Dissonance. Incongruent. But, it sure is a darn catchy tune.

21 January 2014
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I disagree...the verses certainly sound happy/major key even though the lyrics are a bit down, but then it slips into a slightly more aggressive, downbeat/minor key section (the part where he's singing about the river and all that). Very effective songwriting, I think. It's sort of a happy-sounding sad song similar to Another Day, in my view.

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21 January 2014
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DrBeatle said
I disagree...the verses certainly sound happy/major key even though the lyrics are a bit down, but then it slips into a slightly more aggressive, downbeat/minor key section (the part where he's singing about the river and all that). Very effective songwriting, I think. It's sort of a happy-sounding sad song similar to Another Day, in my view.

I'll give it another go with your comments in mind. Thanks, DrBeatle.

 

22 January 2014
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You're welcome! And I hope my post didn't come across as snarky! I was just trying to describe how I view the song. I realize to each their own so I'd be curious to hear your opinion :D

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22 January 2014
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DrBeatle said
You're welcome! And I hope my post didn't come across as snarky! I was just trying to describe how I view the song. I realize to each their own so I'd be curious to hear your opinion :D

You're cool, DrBeatle. I'm glad you see the song that way and defended your position succinctly and eloquently. I hate to ever question Paul and his musical decisions. He's the genius after all. I just need to be a more astute listener; he deserves that. So, I really, really will take your comments in with me to the next session of listening to that song. I'm sure my ears, mind, and heart will be more open. Hum...isn't there a thread that has been started recently about converting people to liking a song :-)

And, the more I think about it, I think your comparison to Another Day is very apt. Perceptive.

 

23 January 2014
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Who do you guys think Gettting Closer is about? Written in '74. Love the platform of album side one being sunny side up and side two being over easy. He always had clever album platforms. 

 

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kezron9 said

Who do you guys think Gettting Closer is about? Written in '74. Love the platform of album side one being sunny side up and side two being over easy. He always had clever album platforms. 

 

 

Getting Closer is a great song. Even Costello last years praised the song in an interview. Judging from the new tapes discovered (apparenty recorded at Dustin Hoffman's house in Spring 1973) the song was recorded around 1972-73 on piano. Hearing the version taped in Jamaica with Hoffman, the song is now taking shape. Paul is on acoustic. Initially recorded during the Back to the Egg sessions with Laine sharing lead vocals with Paul, the track is one of the best on the album, IMHO. Laurence Juber recalled that he struggled with the guitar solo at the end, and finaly the riff was Paul's idea.

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10 April 2014
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Does anyone know what the second part of this line means in Arrow Thru Me: "You wouldn't have found a more down hero, If you'd had started at nothing and counted to zero."

Surely if you start at nothing than you are already at zero so even if she went searching for a hero then her search wouldnt have lasted that long, perhaps a second, two if she struggles.a-hard-days-night-paul-9

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10 April 2014
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meanmistermustard said
Does anyone know what the second part of this line means in Arrow Thru Me: "You wouldn't have found a more down hero, If you'd had started at nothing and counted to zero."

Surely if you start at nothing than you are already at zero so even if she went searching for a hero then her search wouldnt have lasted that long, perhaps a second, two if she struggles.a-hard-days-night-paul-9

I think it's just for dramatic effect, mate ;-)

 

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DrBeatle said

meanmistermustard said
Does anyone know what the second part of this line means in Arrow Thru Me: "You wouldn't have found a more down hero, If you'd had started at nothing and counted to zero."

Surely if you start at nothing than you are already at zero so even if she went searching for a hero then her search wouldnt have lasted that long, perhaps a second, two if she struggles.a-hard-days-night-paul-9

I think it's just for dramatic effect, mate ;-)

 

A lot of McCartney's lyrics don't make sense. This to me is just another example!

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10 April 2014
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meanmistermustard said

[Thought of posting in another thread but didn't know which one and as we don't have a Back To The Egg thread why not create one.]

Wasn't there one where trcanberra (I think) spoke of buying some special edition through ebay and then we all made dumb egg puns?

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10 April 2014
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Von Bontee said

meanmistermustard said

[Thought of posting in another thread but didn't know which one and as we don't have a Back To The Egg thread why not create one.]

Wasn't there one where trcanberra (I think) spoke of buying some special edition through ebay and then we all made dumb egg puns?

I have memories that he was going to buy the standard cd and the dealer pulled out of the sale. I would do a search but looking for back might take a bit of time to find it. Oh, wait google search deluxe edition.

*scrambles around*

No it was a box set and we were our normal understanding sympathetic selvesa-hard-days-night-john-7 - thread link alert

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A gold star and an apple apple01 for mmm for finding the thread.

That was a fun conversation!

11 April 2014
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The best thing about the album is this. If you can't read it

 

Dear Art Dept.

I got a test pressing from the factory of our new album but they sent two single-sided discs, so I decided to stick them together. I got my super glue out, lined the two records up and stuck them, but I got it wrong and when I tried to play it the hole in the middle didn’t fit. I tried to pull it apart but the record broke, so I ended up throwing it on the fire. After about 5 minutes of vinyl-smoke filling the room I picked it up and threw the whole thing out into the garden.

Anyway, the next day I took some photos and I thought it might be a good idea to use the burnt record as part of your advertising campaign. Let me know what you think.

All the best,

Paul McCartney

Dear Paul

We got your idea and feel we may be able to work it in somewhere, but think that our campaign says it all.

Art Dept.

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I thought someone had burned it as they thought it was rubbish. 

Good on you Paul.a-hard-days-night-paul-5

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Finally found this on youtube. Not in as such good sound quality as on 'Eggs Up' but still a fabulous outtake.

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