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Best post-Beatles McCartney songs
13 January 2012
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As well seen on this website, there are some differences of opinion as to which Beatle songs are best.

But, in my experience, those differences pale in comparison to Macca's post-Beatle work.

So here are the songs I'd want to take with me on a desert island (with honorable mention to a number of others).

Maybe I’m Amazed       Every Night      Junk

Another day (interesting bass line as seen on YouTube)      Live and let die 

Heart of the country                 Dear Boy (exercise in overlapping melodies)

Monkberry moon delight       Junior’s farm                        1985

Deliver your children            Don’t let it bring you down

Big barn bed                       One more kiss 

Venus and Mars                  Listen to what the man said (live version)

San Ferry Anne                    Rockestra                          Summer's Day Song

Winter Rose (unfortunately attached to Love Awake)       Daytime nighttime suffering 

Take it away                      Dress me up as a robber       Say Say Say (I know, I know - but I like it)

My brave face                    Put it there                         Hope of deliverance 

The lovers that never were       Good times coming         Footprints 

Lonely Road                    The world tonight                   Somedays 

Back on my feet                Most of Chaos and Creation..             Sing the Changes

 

Worst songs:

Silly Love Songs (lyrics kill it)            My Love (Live version not bad)     With A Little Luck (with a little yuk...)

No More Lonely Nights                     Girlfriends (sorry, Michael Jackson)

So Bad (yes it is)                             Freedom

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Interestingly i prefer love awake over winter rose. Would agree with So Bad but there is a fan mix that fixes that awful soppy macca and makes it into a fine song. And if you havent heard it, there is a cool outtake of Silly Love Songs without the saxes. Ive heard Freedom once (more times than copies i own) and that was more than enough. A truly dreadful period in Pauls discography was that Driving Rain era.

 

Great Macca songs in my opinion (tho i will have missed some).

 

Summers Day Song       On The Way                Letting Go      Ninteen Hundred And Eight Five       

Country Dreamer          Heaven On A Sunday         Love Come Tumbling Down        Same Love         Great Day       

Dont Be Careless Love           No More Lonely Nights (Playout and Ballad)        With A Little Luck           This One

That Day Is Done         Every Night          Waterfalls        The Lovers That Never Were    We All Stand Together             

Too Many People              Another Day                 Here Today       The Pound Is Sinking      Sally G       Wild Life

      Tomorrow           Dear Friend                  Beware My Love                 Hi, Hi, Hi                  Maybe Im Amazed      

      Somebody Cares               Girlfriend          Arrow Through Me        Pipes Of Peace          That Would Be Something       

 

And the macca songs i would happily bury 10,000 feet underground and then pour concrete over

 

Jet (i loathe this song)               Dance Tonight (shockingly cringeworthy)                  Say Say Say          Ebony And Ivory

All tracks on Driving Rain and Press To Play                      The beatles revisits on Give My Regards To Broadstreet        Helen Wheels              Kreen Akore          

 

As for great non macca wings songs

 

Medicine Jar              Time To Hide                  Must Do Something About It              Again and Again and Again          

No Words (more Denny than Paul)              Deliver Your Children    Cook Of The House (yes im aware its Linda)

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13 January 2012
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You don't like Jet? Really?

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Joe said:

You don't like Jet? Really?

 

Yip. Every time i hear it i detest it a little bit more.

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Speaking of Jet.. I think I didn't mention it. Paul's concerts in Mexico in 2010 were held in Foro Sol. That stadium is near Mexico City's international airport.

 

The interesting tidbit: A radio host mentioned that when Paul was singing Jet, the noise of an airplane heading to the airport was heard over. He said it was quite cool. a-hard-days-night-paul-11

 

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I missed out Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey in the best macca songs category.

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14 January 2012
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"A truly dreadful period in Pauls discography was that Driving Rain era."

You really think these:

 

are dreadful? I like most of the songs on Driving Rain (which isn't really an era, is it?). I admit I'm not fond of the title song, but I think the rest are pretty on par for the follow-up to Flaming Pie and precursor to Chaos and Creation. It's more of a pop album with some good introspective tunes thrown in the mix. I think it's a strong album for this late in his career...not as good as Chaos and EA, but still pretty decent. Despite its misguided preachiness, I still find Freedom catchy, too, though I think I'm one of the only people in the world who does (except my mom...it was playing in my room, and she said she really liked it...I thought it was odd that of all the Paul songs from his latter period that I listen to, she commented on this one that no one really likes).

I'll come up with a list later. It'll be almost as hard as doing a Beatles list (or maybe harder because there are just soooooo many songs in Paul's catalog).

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I have no problem with Driving Rain. I always give Macca credit for exploring different styles. His fluff too commonly veers into the trite, but sometimes it's just fun.

I would put "Lonely Road" at the top of my McCartney-under-rated list...

The "lonely" message reminiscent of Eleanor R. resonates with me - I think it comes off as heartfelt - I love the melody progression and the arrangement (great bass, naturally).

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These are only favorites, because I really can't think of a song of his right now that I can't stand.

Oo You                             Maybe I'm Amazed       Another Day         Back Seat of My Car         

Monkberry Moon Delight     Tomorrow                   Wild Life               Love Is Strange   

Little Lamb Dragonfly          Jet                             Rock Show           Magneto and Titanium Man   

Venus and Mars                 Warm and Beautiful      Mull Of Kintyre     With A Little Luck

Temporary Secretary          Arrow Through Me       Old Siam Sir         Dress Me Up As A Robber

Soily                                Pipes of Peace             The Other Me       Average Person

This One                           Little Willow                Calico Skies          Angry ?

She's Given Up Talking       Fine Line                     English Tea          Too Much Rain

Mr. Bellamy                       Nod Your Head ?         Summer of '59      I Can't Imagine

Silly Love Songs                 Ebony and Ivory          Say Say Say          We All Stand Together        

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19 January 2012
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As said previously i like it when Paul doesnt do the normal Paul stuff but there is always a line, as there is with anything. I find Driving Rain to be total guff, be it non-Paul like guff (guff, in Scotland, meaning absolute rubbish). Maybe i see it as an era as it seemed that long trying to listen to it.

As From A Lover To A Friend was the first single i listened to it on a few occasions but i found it incredibly dull, i even bought the cd single - £2 completely wasted.

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My favorite post-Beatles Paul song is definitely Back Seat of My Car. And as of right now I'm a big fan of Mrs. Vandebilt. JUST because of the "Ho! Eh Oh! Ho! Eh Oh!" that kinda reminds me of Greek line dancing. Weird comparison but listen to it and you'll know what I mean. :D  

 

And I really like Paul's solo stuff (including his Wings' stuff). I haven't really the entire catalogue but I seem to be getting there. Which reminds me of another good one, Getting Closer. THAT is a great one. heart 

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I Look at the Floor said: "My favorite post-Beatles Paul song is definitely Back Seat of My Car"

"Back Seat of My Car" would be in my "honorable mention" category.

What's fascinating, is that Paul can be heard playing that song during the Get Back sessions in January '69.

The song didn't make it onto Abbey Road, didn't make it onto Let It Be, didn't make it onto McCartney, didn't make it onto Wild Life, didn't make it onto any single, and FINALLY surfaced on Ram - as the LAST song!

Based on that pedigree, you'd think it was a pretty weak song.

But I agree somewhat with I Look at the Floor. I wouldn't call it my favorite (or even my favourite), but it's really not bad.

Would be interested to know what anyone else thinks.

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paulsbass said:

meanmistermustard said:

As said previously i like it when Paul doesnt do the normal Paul stuff

Then you should LOVE Press to play (apart from the title track and Only love remains).

I said:

As said previously i like it when Paul doesnt do the normal Paul stuff but there is always a line, as there is with anything.

 

and Press To Play not only crosses the line but sets up camp, vandalises the area, destroys the little monument that has been afforded only thru kind donations by the public, and then departs leaving rubbish all over the place.

 

And Must Do Something About It is a good song but not a great song, Time To Hide is far superior in my opinion.

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I said:

As said previously i like it when Paul doesnt do the normal Paul stuff but there is always a line, as there is with anything.

 

and Press To Play not only crosses the line but sets up camp, vandalises the area, destroys the little monument that has been afforded only thru kind donations by the public, and then departs leaving rubbish all over the place.

... while making passersby puke in their cars and never enter that city ever again. Horrible album.

As if it matters how a man falls down.'

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paulsbass said:

meanmistermustard said:

And Must Do Something About It is a good song but not a great song, Time To Hide is far superior in my opinion.

 

*cough*, well that's not MY opinion - it's YOUR'S!

I said it was my opinion.

I quote:

meanmistermustard said:

 

As for great non macca wings songs

               Must Do Something About It

 

A little inconsistent, are we?

 

Paulbass, tastes change, songs rise and fall depending on where we are (bored, sad, happy, tired, thrilled etc), how life is going, and what we are currently in to. Sometimes we love a song and at other times we feel blazey towards it. I have always found Time To Hide and Must Do Something About It brilliant back to back (they segue effortlessly into each other on WATSOS, an album which i love) but on their own Time To Hide is, in my opinion, a far better song.

 

One of the reasons why i get shivers down my spine when thinking about Press To Play is that irritating "talk more talk, chat more chat" sequence. And the album isnt helped by having Spies Like Us as a bonus track, that song sucks more than the film. However Once Upon A Long Ago is a fabulous heavily underrated Paul song (the long version being another bonus track). 

Another is that the album stinks from 100 feet away.

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Look, if that turns out to be the case Paulsbass, I will gladly admit to being wrong. But it's just not to my liking. In the slightest. Oh well.

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To meanmistermustard, mr. sun king ct, paulsbass: see opening sentences of this thread.

It's truly remarkable!

McCartney obviously appeals to a spectacular range of tastes (as did the Beatles).

Personally, I never cared for Press to Play - except "Stranglehold," "Good Times Coming/Feel the Sun" (I love the musical arrangement at the end), and "Footprints" (beautifully haunting). But, hey, each to his own.

Nobody's commented on Paul's color sketches for each song on this album. I find it fascinating how involved he was (is) with the arrangement, production and instrumentation of his songs. I think this explains his ventures into classical music.

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Paulbass, i called MDSAI a great song on the 13th January, i then called it a good song on the 3rd of February so hardly the same day.

And i didnt know i was in a fight.

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Hey, guys, how about smoking from the Pipes of Peace?

(Now there's a sub-par album IMHO...)

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"Into the Sky with Diamonds" said:

Hey, guys, how about smoking from the Pipes of Peace?

(Now there's a sub-par album IMHO...)

Even I'm not too crazy about Pipes of Peace. I don't even think I've listened to the whole thing all the way through. I do like the title song, but I think The Other Me is quite bad. Dustbin lid, anyone? Also, he and Michael Jackson just don't mesh for me.

As for Press to Play, I was fully expecting to hate it when I first listened to it, but I was surprised that I genuinely liked it. I love However Absurd, Footprints, Tough on a Tightrope, It's Not True (especially the version without all the production). The experimentation on the album is like a pre-Fireman treat. And I love me some Fireman. The only song on it that I don't like is Press, and like paulsbass said, even it is catchy. I just think it's a weird little song, and not in a good way.

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