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20 August 2012
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Into the Sky with Diamonds said

I just discovered "Simple As That" a McCartney charity release (anti-drug). It's a bonus track on Pipes Of Peace.

OK, impossible to read that without snickering: Paul McCartney, anti-drug zealot! (And the album title makes it even funnier if you think about it!)

Not totally on topic, but I was surprised to just recently learn that "Wonderful Christmas Time" never charted in the USA. Which is a surprise because I remember it being a big hit here in Canada. Usually it's only songs by Canadian performers that chart here but not south of the border.

Also, does "Girls' School" (b-side of "Mull Of Kintyre") show up anywhere?

I remember George saying 'Blimey, he's always talking about “Yesterday”, you'd think he was Beethoven or somebody' - Paul McCartney

20 August 2012
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vonbontee said

Into the Sky with Diamonds said

I just discovered "Simple As That" a McCartney charity release (anti-drug). It's a bonus track on Pipes Of Peace.

OK, impossible to read that without snickering: Paul McCartney, anti-drug zealot! (And the album title makes it even funnier if you think about it!)

Not totally on topic, but I was surprised to just recently learn that "Wonderful Christmas Time" never charted in the USA. Which is a surprise because I remember it being a big hit here in Canada. Usually it's only songs by Canadian performers that chart here but not south of the border.

Also, does "Girls' School" (b-side of "Mull Of Kintyre") show up anywhere?

We got flipped! It is ironic, isn't it...Though, I don't think Paul ever really got into heroin, and he saw what it did to John.

And Pipes Of Peace...lol. That is a funny coincidence.

I think the general consensus is that Wonderful Christmastime is a horrible song...but I like it. I liked it before I knew it was Paul because I like Christmas songs at Christmas. But it doesn't surprise me that it never charted.

Girl's School charted in the US, but I don't know if it is on any other album. I got it from a McCartney B-sides torrent.

 

Edit: We didn't get flipped. I just didn't read ITSWD's post clearly enough. Forgive my redundancy.

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I expect that a lot of the "Wonderful Christmastime" hate comes from folks who can't stand Xmas music in general, can't stand hearing the same songs 1000 times each December - a sentiment I can totally sympathize with - for 30+ years. I've always thought it was really cool, the way it bounces and burbles along. Not quite as good as Stevie Wonder's similar synthesized funk (like "Higher Gound" or "Boogie On Reggae Woman"), but that's what it reminds me of, all the same. I guess it is a bit repetitive, as far as that goes.

I remember George saying 'Blimey, he's always talking about “Yesterday”, you'd think he was Beethoven or somebody' - Paul McCartney

20 August 2012
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There are tons of little obscure Macca gems that I love and wish had been on albums. A Love For You, from the Ram sessions, is amazing and should have been on the record, contains one of his best vocal performances too. I'm also a big fan of Cage, which would have been very welcome as a replacement for the poorer songs on Back To The Egg. Then there's the beautiful sitar-laden Tragedy, and 1882, which started off as a nice little melancholic piano waltz but was turned into a rock song for Wings '72 tour, didn't really work.

I'm also fond of the unfinished reggae tune Unbelievable Experience, although apparently Paul brought that in for the Tug Of War sessions and George Martin told him it wasn't up to par and he had to write some higher quality material for the crucial record to test his relevance in the '80s. Always nice to think that there's at least one person in the music industry who'll tell him what's worth recording and what's not!

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I really like "3 Legs" off of Ram for some reason. It apparently tends to be the most hated song on the record; I can see why considering its competition. 

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7 September 2012
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Peace In The Neighbourhood from Off The Ground is a really good track, completely forgotten about that. Maybe could have been faded out a bit earlier but still a fine song. The Lovers That Never Were is one of my favourite Paul songs ever.

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8 September 2012
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I'm probably most curious to hear the Red Rose Speedway outtakes from when it was planned to be a double album... which is why I wish they'd pick up the pace with these reissues!  a-hard-days-night-paul-3

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More than likely RRS would be the same pattern as McCartney II with original line-up and then the extra tracks from the rejected double lp on a third cd of the super deluxe edition.

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27 September 2012
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Some fabulous tracks released around Flaming Pie but not on that album: I Love This House, Broomstick, Atlantic Ocean, Love Come Tumbling Down, Squid & Same Love.

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This thread makes me realize how many songs I still haven't heard!

Not sure if "Soily" counts as obscure, but it's an amazing song that should have been given a proper rocking studio recording.  The bootleg studio versions I've heard have paled in comparison to the Wings Over America version, and especially the Rockshow version, which has a different vocal that I prefer to the album.  It's one of Paul's best rockers, in my opinion.

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