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Paul McCartney & Wings
18 August 2011
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CranberrySauce
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The sad thing is I own only bits and pieces of Macca's solo work (thanks to iTunes), but I do have a live album (Back in the U.S.) that has a fair amount of his solo work/work with Wings. I've been meaning to purchase Band on the Run for ages now, and I'm addicted to the title track. 

 

*17* Paul wants me to purchase it, too…

Because the wind is high, it blows my mind.
18 August 2011
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meanmistermustard
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I got the Band On The Run 2 disc as it was only £2 more than the single cd. The bonus tracks are that great, apart from Country Dreamer, a mccartney gem.  Tho none of my family can bare Jet.

Overall i prefer the wings catalogue to his solo output. Flowers In The Dirt was a great return to form after the mediocre Pipes of Peace and the abysmal Broad Street (1 worthwhile song) and Press To Play (nothing at all). Shamefully it only lasted for that 1 album.

As for Wings, Speed of Sound is a fave due to the vocals by the other band members, i like all the songs that Denny sang lead on throughout Wings.

But yes, Wings was Pauls backing band. Democracy wasnt the way of the band. Didnt one of the guitarists (i forget who) quit because he wanted to do alternate solos each night for My love in concert and Paul said no.

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
18 August 2011
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Okay, devil's advocate. Look at Chaos and Creation, Memory Almost Full, Electric Arguments, Good Evening NYC. I've heard most of Paul's work, and there is no drop of quality I can trace to Wings. Because Wild Life sucks.

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
18 August 2011
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meanmistermustard
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I found Memory Almost Full to be a bore with nothing going for it at all. However any change of liking Memory was drained by the trully awful drivel of Dance Tonight. The song i chose to use as my break when seeing Paul live last year. Hated it the first time i heard it, never grew on me, saw the video, hated it more.

 

I love Wild Life tho. Strange how opinions change.

 

I really need to get Chaos and Creation but cant find any enthusiasm to do so. I was one of the ones who bought Driving Rain full price. Any one who did deserves some slack.

 

There were moments on Flaming Pie that were classic macca.

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
31 May 2012
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   Taken as a whole, yes, his wings output is better by percentage. I personally love everything Wings ever did almost as much as The Beatles. Although, RAM – McCartney – and McCartney II are just as good as anything Wings did. RAM is his best I think and it's almost a Wings album. It was his first album with a band again and it promted him to start Wings. All he needed was Denny! Wings greatest collections always include Uncle Albert and Another Day from the RAM sessions. Plus, two songs on Red Rose Speedway are actually RAM session tracks: Little Lamb Dragonfly and Get On the Right Thing I believe.
   I just love the fact that Paul started another band because he loved working in a group setting. I enjoy the fact that he even let the members get envolved in writting and singing some tunes as well (obviously not to the extent of The Fabs). And I think it's great that Wings were selling out stadiums right along side 70s greats like Zeppelin and Floyd! They rocked hard when they wanted to and did it really well.

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31 May 2012
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meanmistermustard said
I found Memory Almost Full to be a bore with nothing going for it at all. However any change of liking Memory was drained by the trully awful drivel of Dance Tonight. The song i chose to use as my break when seeing Paul live last year. Hated it the first time i heard it, never grew on me, saw the video, hated it more.

I really need to get Chaos and Creation but cant find any enthusiasm to do so. I was one of the ones who bought Driving Rain full price. Any one who did deserves some slack.

Memory Almost Full is like Chaos and Creation-lite; repeating of ideas which garnered critical acclaim but with a far messier and less inspired execution, in the same way you could argue Venus and Mars is Band on the Run-lite. I'm sure you won't be disappointed by Chaos and Creation, 90% of the songwriting is tip-top and producer Nigel Godrich had the balls to actually tell Paul when the songs were sub-par so the material is filtered for quality, something I would imagine only George Martin has ever done before. Not to mention the "ambient", gloomy production which really adds to the sound. I can't recommend it enough. It's pretty unorthodox as McCartney music goes, but I think that's why it's held in high regard.

SHUT UP - Paulie's talkin'
31 May 2012
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Yip I need to get past my reservations and get C&CITB. Its just that as soon as i think of Driving Rain and Memory Almost Full i break out into cold sweats. When i next see it cheap i'll pick up a copy.

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
31 May 2012
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Into the Sky with Diamonds
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If I could take but one McCartney album with me it would be Chaos and Creation. (Ask me again next year)

Except for "Follow Me" it's a great album start to finish. It's the "weighty-ist" of all his works. Even the little musical fade-out at the very end has some great little melodies.

Granted, I've listened to the others so often that they don't quicken my pulse as much.

Given time, I'm sure  Chaos and Creation will settle in among my other favorites.

(I admit it's missing a rocker)

"Into the Sky with Diamonds" (the Beatles and the Race to the Moon – a history)
2 June 2012
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GeorgeTSimpson
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I love the wings, they're my favourite band next to the beatles. Paul solo is also amazing (maybe i'm amazed, another day), but all in all I think the wings were better (complete band on the run and venus and mars album, mull of kintyre, live and let die, silly love songs

Once there was a way to get back homewards. Once there was a way to get back home; sleep pretty darling do not cry. And I will sing a lullaby
10 July 2012
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I just wanted to share this amusing GIF of Paul in the Wings era….I CAN'T STOP LAUGHING. brian-epstein I love this man!

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