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Paul's voice at it's "peak"
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For some reason when I clicked on parlance's last post, it took me back to the "Golden Slumbers" video then I saw my comment I lodged so long ago (a little over one year ago), which I was about to say but then I found myself saying it so much better back then!  I also noticed that during that concert while Paul was singing, due to the nature of the equipment set-up, the keyboard and the microphone, he had to keep leaning forward and straining his neck to get close to the mic, which has got to affect one's voice slightly.


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It's hard for me to say when his voice hit its peak. He had incredible vocal range right from the very first singles they recorded, and the versatility was obviously there very early on - he could belt out the screaming "I Saw Her Standing There," sing the impossibly high harmonies on "Please Mr. Postman," and tone it down for the melodic "Till There Was You."

To me, it seems like his voice just got better well into the 70's, and his versatility exploded. I don't notice the first hints of thickening vocal chords and more choked-sounding high notes until the Flowers In The Dirt album, which was late 80's.

It would be an interesting project to chart his vocal range and see what limits he hit throughout his career. The lowest sung note I can remember him hitting is the low A in "Rocky Raccoon" ("hit young Rocky in the eyyyyye"). The highest falsetto scream or "woo" I can think of is probably in "Oh Darling" when he hits that soprano A note after "when you told me ..." - and he hit that note somewhat regularly ("Why Don't We Do It In The Road??", the end of "Hey Jude", the chorus of "Maybe I'm Amazed"). The highest full-voice note that he hits, as far as I can remember, is the high C# in the "my little lady-y-y-y-yeah" at the end of "Jet."

That's a ridiculous range, crossing at least four octaves. It's amazing.

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I'd probably go for the early to mid-2000's was when it started fading (i think its still strong on 'Flaming Pie'), however for someone in their 70's its pretty damn good. The problem is that folk are comparing a singer in their 70's to the same singer in their 40's; its obviously not going to be as good but what the hell do folk expect?

It still irritates me heavily that some say Paul should retire. Bullshit. If he wants to go on singing till he's no voice and sounds like Bob Dylan on a bad day then so be it. Will it sound good, probably not, but it shouldn't diminish his standing as a music Great, and if he enjoys it then good on him.

As for seeing him live you will have a blast. If i could get to see him i would without a second thought and not for one millisecond of the concert would i be thinking "oooh, he missed a notea-hard-days-night-paul-7".  It's PAUL frigging MCCARTNEY!!!!a-hard-days-night-paul-5

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Paul happy to do it for you, Linde and JPM-Fangirl.

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Your first post was just fine, JPM-Fangirl. I could tell you still love McCartney's singing.

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