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Paul and Wings finally getting respect!
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19 June 2013
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Just wanted to share something that happened this morning 8)

 

I went to my local record store on the way to work this morning to pick up the 2CD remaster versions of McCartney and McCartney II (I didn't have them physically yet...now I just need to buy the 2CD Band On The Run to have them all on CD so far). I have a BUNCH of store credit saved up so I figured might as well! The fellow that runs the store is a guy probably my dad's age (~60) who is always wearing a fedora and has longish salt-and-pepper hair, stubble, hipster horn-rimmed glasses, wears flannel shirts over t-shirts, ripped jeans, boots...he looks like a typical 60s hippie burnout (don't get me wrong, he's a SUPER nice guy, I've known him for years, but that's what you think when you first see him). When I took the discs up to pay, he said "hey, a couple of GREAT ones here!" I said yeah, about time I got them on remaster. He said "McCartney has some GREAT demos on the bonus disc!" and also said "have you checked out Wings Over America yet?" I told him I had the remaster already and said the sound was so much better than the original, to which he agreed. Just then the young kid working there who had been on the phone hung up and saw what I was getting and said "haha, I was *just* on the phone ordering more McCartney stuff from the distributor!" I told them I was seeing him at Fenway next month and the older guy said "shit, he's playing Fenway? Wish I'd known. Enjoy the show!"

It's funny because I never in a million years would've guessed he'd like Paul and Wings. Usually when I go in and he's working, there's either heavy classic rock (AC/DC, etc) or avant garde jazz or new indie (Killers, Arctic Monkeys, etc) playing over the speakers. To say I was shocked would be an understatement! :lol:

I left with a big smile on my face...it's been a revelation the last few months how many people I run into, in person or on the internet, young and old, who are REALLY into Wings and solo Paul. It's almost like they're not afraid to admit it anymore because people realize now that it's *really* great music. It's SO nice to see his solo stuff, but ESPECIALLY Wings, finally getting the props they deserve.

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19 June 2013
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I was 13 when Band On The Run was released, and I can tell you Paul & Wings were respected by the public and FM radios in Westchester New York. The 1973-76 period was clearly Paul being the ex-Beatle taking center stage. Paul & Wings were right up there, only outdistanced by Led Zep and Pink Floyd. Paul & Wings had nothing to envy from Deep Purple, the Stones, Boston, Manfred Mann, Fleetwod Mac, Jefferson Airplane, Aerosmith, Queen, Eagles, Genesis, Yes... If you mean respect from the press, that's another story. Who cares, I was too thrilled to read or listen to critics. I simply bought Wings records.

20 June 2013
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21 June 2013
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"Please don't bring your banjo back, I know where it's been..  I wasn't hardly gone a day, when it became the scene..  Banjos!  Banjos!  All the time, I can't forget that tune..  and if I ever see another banjo, I'm going out and buy a big balloon!"

 

21 June 2013
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Into the Sky with Diamonds said
We've had this discussion on this Forum in the past, but one of the major issues of the day was McC's insistence on having his photographer-wife as a full member of his band.

It's hard to take a band seriously when one of the main members is not a musician in any sense of the word. This is particular true when you're talking about an ex-Beatle whose work is always being compared to his prior work. It really looked like he himself wasn't taking his music seriously.

Of course this was not an issue for fans who came of age in the 70s with Wings (or later) and were NOT comparing them to the Beatles.

Lennon faced a similar issue, but in his case both he and wife thought she had a special talent.

With Linda's passing and the passing of time, she's come to be seen in a much more favorable light

 

True, but in Paul's favor, he wanted her in the band just so they could always be together. And Linda was *always* letting people know she knew she wasn't a musician and that she was only doing it so she and Paul (and the kids) could be together all the time. Unlike John, who was always trying to fucking shove Yoko down everyone's throat to try and make people like her. Funny story from 2 days ago: I was listening to Lennon's "Live Peace In Toronto 1969" album and when the last song, John John (Let's Hope for Peace) came on (and if you don't know, it's literally 15 minutes of Yoko shrieking over guitar feedback), after a minute of it, my 3 1/2 yr old son covered his ears and said "Dad, I don't like this, turn it off."  I cannot tell you how proud I was at that moment :lol:

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21 June 2013
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