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Give My Regards To Broad Street
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11 January 2014
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Was looking into No More Lonely Nights as the album version is different to the single (tho only with pointless dialogue and sound effects so proved unnecessary). What i did come across was a track called Goodnight Princess which had gotten overlooked. Yet another Paul song that is fab, i love that old style music so loving this.

If anyone knows of any others that Paul has done (i have the Country Hams material as found as bonus tracks on Speed of Sound) please let me know. 

Note: mja also mentioned this track way up there ^^^ somewhere.

 

Oh, must have missed that. Normally when folks post/mention tracks from Broad Street i turn off.

It was actually my first ever CD by a Beatle - together or solo.  Can't recall why now - but I know I seem to like it a LOT more than you :)

 

11 January 2014
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trcanberra said

meanmistermustard said

trcanberra said

meanmistermustard said
Was looking into No More Lonely Nights as the album version is different to the single (tho only with pointless dialogue and sound effects so proved unnecessary). What i did come across was a track called Goodnight Princess which had gotten overlooked. Yet another Paul song that is fab, i love that old style music so loving this.

If anyone knows of any others that Paul has done (i have the Country Hams material as found as bonus tracks on Speed of Sound) please let me know. 

Note: mja also mentioned this track way up there ^^^ somewhere.

 

Oh, must have missed that. Normally when folks post/mention tracks from Broad Street i turn off.

It was actually my first ever CD by a Beatle - together or solo.  Can't recall why now - but I know I seem to like it a LOT more than you :)

 

Wouldn't be difficult. I'd be more than satisfied if the sessions had resulted in one 12" single consisiting of

A-side: No More Lonely Nights (Ballad)

B-side: Goodnight Princess, No More Lonely Nights (Playout Version)

 

 

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10 May 2014
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Relistened to this a couple of days ago and my over-riding thought to every track on the album is why? It reminds me of those horrible compilations that feature new recordings of classic songs by one or more members of the original band, either that or an artist who's made the album as some kind of tribute to Paul's work but fails miserably.

As said before the re-recordings are utterly pointless and far inferior to the originals (Here, There & Everywhere does feature a new subtle orchestral part but which adds nothing to it) and of the new tracks only NMLN is of any real quality. No Values and Not Such A Bad Boy are pure hackwork with lazy lyrics, half-hearted vocals and very average production, Eleanor's Dream could have been something with more work but ends up going nowhere slowly via a long convoluted (is that the right word?) detour, and Goodnight Princess is a nice instrumental track in the same musical vein as Honey Pie and You Gave Me The Answer but not worth shelling out for the album.

It is interesting  that the one Wings tracks Paul goes back to and modernises is Silly Love Songs which was a huge a-hard-days-night-paul-11 to his critics who were having a go at him after My Love saying his music was too soppy (Band on the Run can be heard in the film but its the Wings recording).

And going back to NMLN, on the album the ballad is sandwiched between movie dialogue and sound effects whilst the playout version is longer but not in a good way as it feels its been stretched out to fill in time rather than offer anything to the mix included as the single b-side. If you want NMLN (and it is such a good song with a cracking Dave Gilmour solo at the end of the ballad version and some excellent singing by Paul on both) get Wingspan which includes both the single versions and a whole load of songs you will listen to (better to have a good song twice than a crap one at all).

 

Overall its best to avoid this. I will be from now on.

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10 May 2014
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^ Why?

They were making a film, film's have soundtracks.  I suspect he was very busy on the movie at the time which is why there were so few new songs and they sound a bit rushed - though I like them a bit better than you do.  I agree on Eleanor's Dream - it is the one track I almost skip when listening.  I really like the version of Wanderlust on this.

Financially, I guess it did ok though his rep took a hammering.

11 May 2014
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I know a soundtrack was required but that shouldn't be an excuse for music that is severely lacking in originality, imagination or quality. Was there such a need to meet set deadlines that Paul couldn't have pushed them back spent a few more months to work on it?

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I'm having a Paul McCartney day and this is the album I'm listening to first. It's highly underrated in my opinion. There are some really good songs on it.

"This Beatles talk bores me to death." --John Lennon
20 May 2015
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I too start from the position of being a Beatles and McCartney fan, one who clearly recalls when Beatlemania first took hold in the UK.

I remember eagerly looking forward to Magical Mystery Tour on Boxing Day 1967, and being increasingly embarrassed as it went on. Even to my 15-year old Beatle-besotted brain it was clear that, excepting only the musical sequences, it was very, very bad. The lesson which came across loud and clear was that, while the Beatles were undoubtedly in a class of their own as far as writing songs was concerned, they were very, very bad at writing films. And, let's be fair, the lion's share of the responsibility for the Magical Mystery Tour travesty rested with McCartney.

I guess in 17 years the memory must have faded a bit, and he forgot that lesson.

Broad Street taught it to him again, though.  In spades.

You can't write films, Paul. Stick to music.

The music is mostly fine. The Yesterday/Here There And Everywhere/Wanderlust medley is attractive but suffers, perhaps, from thematic disunity. Ballroom Dancing works as a sequence, although it leaves you wondering "Why?". Silly love songs - interesting variation on the original arrangement, a good look spoilt by the idiotic breakdancer. So bad - a straightforward, successful group performance. Most of the covers are fairly redundant, with little variation from their sources. Extending Eleanor Rigby into a dream fantasy sequence and creating an orchestral development for it is by far the most interesting and imaginative idea in the whole film - unfortunately, the sequence itself is so corny and takes itself so seriously that it doesn't work - marks for effort here, though.

The multitudes of old pals/guest stars who wander through the proceedings must have gone on to wonder if doing a favour for a friend was too high a price to pay for a blot of this magnitude on their CVs.

A word in favour of the US DVD - two sided, it has 4:3 and widescreen on the two sides, no extras, and WONDERFUL sound.

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I put both films into the "so bad they're good" category. I don't even know that MMT is necessarily BAD...it's just bizarre.

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20 May 2015
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I'm trying to locate this interesting quote from a critic, but I can't find it...the idea was that Broad Street was a psychodrama whereby Paul was exorcising his demons/unresolved issues with Lennon, who he unconsciously saw as a father figure/critic, and asserting his independence. I guess the lost tapes signify the hold Lennon had over Paul's creativity.

This is why Paul changed the lyrics of Here, There And Everywhere to "I need a love of my own." He needed to have a love of his own, not a love associated with John or The Beatles.

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21 May 2015
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I didn't like the film at all (some of it was total cringe)  but "no more lonely nights" is an absolute beauty. I love that song.

21 May 2015
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Just wondering: In the "Yesterday" busking sequence, it looks like he's playing the Framus Zenith. Does anyone know for sure?

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