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Flowers In The Dirt
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11 April 2011
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I'm just listening to this album for the first time, and I must say, so far it's much better than I expected. Any other opinions?

11 April 2011
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One of my favorite McCartney albums. He wrote very meaningful songs on this album including: 'We Got Married', 'Put It There' and 'This One'

After 'Pipes Of Peace' and 'Press To Play' he really needed to have a strong album and this one delivers.

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11 April 2011
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I've not listened to it since the early 90s, but I *wish* he'd issued the original Elvis Costello collaboration tapes instead of polishing up the songs with his band. Apparently the first recordings were a lot more basic and instant-sounding.

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11 April 2011
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Oh, I love this album!!! It has a great opening 6. But I love the Costello duet.

As if it matters how a man falls down.'

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

11 April 2011
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A friend of mine loves this album so much, that her nickname on internet is FlowersintheDirt.  Another Paul album I need to get. a-hard-days-night-paul-10

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11 April 2011
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You really do. I'm listening to it now.

As if it matters how a man falls down.'

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

11 April 2011
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paulsbass said:

My brave face (Smash opener!!)

I love that song! It's probably a hereditary thing. My mom loves Elvis Costello, so the McCartney-McManus songwriting credit was too much to resist.... 

Sort of related: Once we heard "My Brave Face" playing in the grocery store. We started dancing along, of course. I'm lucky enough to have a family of hardcore Beatles fans. 

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11 April 2011
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MMM, what does your mom think of You Want Her Too? It features them duetting, after all!

As if it matters how a man falls down.'

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

12 April 2011
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I especially like This One, it almost reminds me of Calico Skies, my favorite Paul song.

9 July 2011
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I keep noticing that people think that "My Brave Face" sounds like a Go-Go's song, if you know who they are. They were fronted by singer Belinda Carlisle. 

 

The promo video for MBF, co-written by Elvis Costello (the pair also wrote "Veronica" for Costello's 1989 album, Spike), features at the beginning a speech by a Japanese Beatles fanatic (who claims to want to collect everything the Beatles ever did), who in the end is arrested. Am I led to think this Japanese Beatles fan is Issei Sagawa (or one of his relations), who is one of the subjects of the Rolling Stones' 1983 song, "Too Much Blood"?

 

~Ben

8 March 2012
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I agree it's really much better than I expected! I really enjoy listening to it from time to time, so why not? :) btw I think ClassicTVMan's comment about Issei Sagawa and Too much Blood is really interesting... I have to agree!

And I love the name! "Flowers in the Dirt" is such a hopeful name, don't you think? This is the reason why postal flowers always give people much hope :)

14 July 2014
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Listening to the various b-sides singles from the album. The numerous mixes and edits of Ou Est Le Soleil are pretty uninteresting (sounds like someone has added a saw to the mixes for some reason) but the Club Lovejoys mix of This One is good with notable differences with the vocals and instruments throughout and the alternate Figure of Eight (released on the single) is well worth hearing (best i can find is this 12" on youtube); not as good as the album version however.

Also got reaquainted with the fabulous ballad 'Same Time Next Year' which i played over and over when i first found it on the 'Put It There' cd single. There are some fabulous tracks in Pauls back catalogue that have been buried over the years, this is one of them.

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Thanks, never heard that song before. Not bad; not great. I'll take it over some of his other songs, but not good enough for Flowers.

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Same Time Next Year was never intended to be on FitD, it has been lying around for nearly 10 years before it saw its release on the 'Put It There' single, same as with many of the b-sides from the 'Flaming Pie' LP. I'm too lazy to type, information on it taken from here

A song Paul had recorded in 1978 and remixed in 1980. Another piece for his "Cold Cuts" project.

The song was recorded as the title track for the film Same Time Next Year in 1978, a movie that starred Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn. The number was rejected in favour of 'The Last Time I Felt Like This' by Marvin Hamlisch, because it was said that Paul's number 'gave away too much of the plot'. Paul's 'Same Time Next Year' was eventually issued on 5 February 1990 as a bonus track on the CD and 12" vinyl singles of 'Put It There'.
It was also released on disc #2 of the Japanese release of "Flowers In The Dirt".

Paul recorded the number at Rak Studios on 5 May 1978, with Laurence Juber making his first appearance as a member of Wings; it was co-produced by Paul and Chris Thomas. The following day it was
completed at Abbey Road Studios with a 68-piece string section, in an arrangement by Paul and Fiachra Trench.

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Came across this special that was aired on PBS in 1989

 

 

[x-posted to the Paul interviews thread]

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23 October 2014
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It’s pure and absolute joy to listen to Flowers in the Dirt. You have a beautiful ballad like Distractions, a masterpiece like My Brave Face, touching songs like Put It There (written about something Paul’s father used to say), great pop like This One.

24 October 2014
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I still haven't listened to this album yet! Well, I don't have school today...a-hard-days-night-paul-5

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Bulldog said

I still haven't listened to this album yet! Well, I don't have school today...a-hard-days-night-paul-5

Have a listen, @Bulldog. I think you will find it well worth your time.

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