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Ranking Paul's Studio Albums
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In my opinion here is my list of Paul's 23 studio albums.

  1. Chaos and Creation In The Back Yard
  2. Band On The Run
  3. RAM
  4. Memory Almost Full
  5. Flowers In The Dirt
  6. Tug Of War
  7. Back To The Egg
  8. London Town
  9. Off The Ground
  10. Venus And Mars
  11. Flaming Pie
  12. Mccartney I
  13. Pipes Of Peace
  14. Driving Rain
  15. Red Rose Speed Way
  16. Run Devil Run
  17. Kisses On The Bottom
  18. Press To Play
  19. Give My Regards To Broad Street
  20. Choba B CCCP
  21. Wild Life
  22. Wings At The Speed Of Sound
  23. Mccartney II

Now I'd like to see how you would rank this diverse and interesting collection of albums by Paul  ahdn_paul_02

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3 September 2013
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Wouldn't Electronic Arguments and the like also be Paul studio albums despite being credited to the Fireman? Or are we going into debateable territory like what is a Wings album and what is a Paul McCartney and Wings album?

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3 September 2013
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I haven't listened to any of the fireman albums except Electric Arguments, if I were to add that it would be at number 12 but i though not to include them along with the many classical and experimental records Paul has made over the years.

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4 September 2013
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Sorry, but to me, not one song on Chaos and Creation holds a candle to even the lesser songs on the first five McCartney albums (and when I say "lesser" I only mean "slightly less than stellar").

My ranking would at least have these top ones (in descending order):

1. Ram

2. Red Rose Speedway

3. Band on the Run

4. Wings Wild Life

5. McCartney (I)

6. Venus and Mars

7. London Town

8. Speed of Sound

9. Tug of War

10. Memory Almost Full

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Delighted to see some love for Wild Life which is usually pointed and laughed at and called rude names before having stones thrown at it. As mentioned before never heard Chaos and Creation before due to horrific listening experiences with Memory Almost Full and Driving Rain. Keeping meaning to pick up a copy but never do.

Its also in no particular order.

Fave 6

  • McCartney II
  • Tug of War (omitting Ebony and Ivory from all historical trace)
  • Speed of Sound
  • Band On The Run (skipping Jet occasionally)
  • Wild Life
  • Flowers in the Dirt

Notable 4

  • Ram
  • Off The Ground
  • Flaming Pie
  • Venus and Mars

Charged with Crimes Against Music

  • Give My Regards To Broad Street (pardoning No More Lonely Nights)
  • Memory Almost Full
  • Driving Rain

Everything else is a hodge podge featuring classic songs and automatic skippers.

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4 September 2013
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I haven't heard much since around 1984 so it's a bit hard for me to comment (I WILL rectify that).  Of the ones I have / had once:

1. Band On The Run

2. Ram

3. Venus and Mars

4. London Town

5. Red Rose Speedway

6. Give My Regards To Broad Street

7. Wild Life

Yes, that's all I had back then.  I have McCartney and McCartney II on the shelf now waiting for their turn (I just bought around 30 Beatles CDs / DVDs / blurays so I'm taking a while to catch up).  I no longer have #s 4, 5 and 7 - wouldn't mind having them again and lots of the other CDs.  I just wish there was a retail store that had them in stock so I could buy the odd one here and there, otherwise I will need to save up some money for a big web purchase to optimise shipping.

4 September 2013
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Do you know what? Despite being a giant Macca fan, I had never listened to McCartney straight through until just now. Crazy, I know! And I really like it; I'd always loved "Junk" and "Amazed" (of course), but the rest of the tracks work much better together. It'll be a great driving/cooking/painting CD. And I have your thread to thank! So thanks. :)

That aside, this was a fun game and a good idea. Here is my very gut-driven, unscientific list; I didn't think seriously about how to compare records with standout-favorite-tracks against records with more general-solid-albumness. Also, after the top three, I don't feel categorical about hierarchy, so the color-coding indicates tiered groups with changeable ranking.  

  1. Ram
  2. Electric Arguments
  3. McCartney II
  4. Flaming Pie
  5. Band on the Run
  6. McCartney
  7. Flowers in the Dirt
  8. London Town
  9. Off the Ground
  10. Venus and Mars
  11. Chaos and Creation in the Backyard
  12. Memory Almost Full
  13. Tug of War
  14. Kisses on the Bottom
  15. Run Devil Run
  16. Back to the Egg
  17. Wild Life
  18. Red Rose Speedway
  19. Wings at the Speed of Sound
  20. Choba B CCCP
  21. Driving Rain
  22. Press to Play
  23. Broadstreet
  24. Pipes of Peace

I think my only "controversial" choice is the relatively low placement of "Chaos," which I've never been as fond of as most fans/critics.

4 September 2013
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An underrated song from McCartney (I) is "Man We Was Lonely".

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Funny Paper said
An underrated song from McCartney (I) is "Man We Was Lonely".

I'll keep an ear out for it - I'm almost at that one (well, if you discount the 13 other CDs I need to listen to first).

 

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I've not really delved into the solo McCartney catalogue yet (I'm barely one year old as a Beatles fan, too much ground to cover). Have heard Band on the Run, Chaos and Creation and McCartney. I'm surprised that McCartney I doesn't even feature on most of your lists. Imho it's quite pretty, a little on the self-indulgent side and overall, rather enjoyable. His other solo albums must be fantabawesome then! need.to.check.them.out --> more ground to cover --> I'm never gonna be done...

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Macca 1 is a decent album but suffers from Kreen Akore which is dreadful, Mommy Miss America does nothing, and Teddy Boy is still the same piece of nonsense it was on Anthology 3 (thank goodness Paul took it for himself and it fell from Let It Be).

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I'm not going to go through all of them, there's too many and I listen to some MUCH more than others, but my top 10 is (in no particular order other than RAM always being #1):

 

1. RAM

2. Band on the Run

3. Venus and Mars

4. McCartney II

5. McCartney

6. Tug of War

7. Red Rose Speedway

8. Flaming Pie

9. London Town

10. Chaos and Creation in the Backyard

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meanmistermustard said
Macca 1 is a decent album but suffers from Kreen Akore which is dreadful, Mommy Miss America does nothing, and Teddy Boy is still the same piece of nonsense it was on Anthology 3 (thank goodness Paul took it for himself and it fell from Let It Be).

Good God!  Teddy Boy is a great song.  Sure, it doesn't hit you over the head with flashy pyrotechnics, but sometimes it's nice to have a subtle, soft, understated song.

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Teddy Boy might be soft and subtle but I find it nonsense garbling. Maybe I have been tainted by the endless rehearsals and having John take the piss out of it stuck in my head but it goes nowhere and offers nothing.

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meanmistermustard said
Teddy Boy might be soft and subtle but I find it nonsense garbling. Maybe I have been tainted by the endless rehearsals and having John take the piss out of it stuck in my head but it goes nowhere and offers nothing.

That's another song which I prefer the Anthology version since Paul giggles his way through it.

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1. RAM
2. McCartney II
3. Band On The Run
4. Wildlife
5. Chaos & Creation in the Backyard (I LOVE "Fine Line", "How Kind of You", "Friends To Go"- the rest to me is pretty good)
6. McCartney I
7. Venus and Mars
8. Back To The Egg
9. Red Rose Speedway
10. Tug Of War
11. Wings at the Speed of Sound
12. Press To Play

Those are the only one's I've really given the proper amount of time to listen to.

(I LOVE Electric Arguments- so that'd definitely be high up there if we hadn't said not too)

 

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1. Band On The Run
2. Ram
3. Flaming Pie
4. Tug of War
5. Venus and Mars
6. Off The Ground
7. Red Rose Speedway
8. Chaos and Creation
9. Flowers In The Dirt
10. McCartney

Most of the rest are pretty weak and/or inconsistent, so I won't bother ranking them. 

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Not wanting to start a whole new thread so will post here.

 

Listened to Red Rose Speedway as part of my journey through Paul's solo career taking in as much as possible. Second listen to it in under 3 months and it has grown on me a lot.

Aside from the opening and closing tracks its a decent album, nothing amazing but has some really good tracks on it, sadly no real ballsy rockers which would have lifted it a notch.

Single Pigeon is pleasant enough, the brass which comes in at the end being the highlight.

Loop (First Indian on the Moon) reminds me of Koreen-Akore but far more interesting with all the sounds in it (the drums being fun to listen to).

Not a huge fan of Little Lamb but Dragonfly (it was two songs stuck together wasn;t it) was the surprise of the listen with a fantastic Paul vocal and backing harmonies. Will add this to my 'play often' pile of Paul tracks.

My Love, One More Kiss, Get On The Right Thing & When The Night have always been very enjoyable tracks to sing along to (some folk say My Love is too schmaltzy but its classic Paul with a great medley, fabulous guitar solo (by Henry McCulloch) and a really nice understated orchestral score. If you want sickly overindulgence check out Thank You Darling, an outtake from the recording sessions of the album (yet i like it, the main riff which keeps reappearing is so damn catchy and gorgeous). 

The opening, Big Barn Bed, is total empty filler and one that totally fails to muster anything, which is never good. Little more than filler.

The medley is where any goodwill towards the album fades. Far too long (at 3 minutes it would have been ok as it would be over-with quickly (something the Beatles got spot on with Maggie Mae, Dig It etc), but at 9(!) minutes its been put on the rack, stretched out and used as an instrument of torchure), repetitive, underwritten (not just Hold Me Tight but also Power Cut (the solo of which is appalling), and sounds far too pleased with itself, especially at the end when all four tracks run into each other. Lazy Dynamite is the only section i'd be willing to listen to if extracted. 

 

Maybe some of the proposed but ultimately rejected double album would have been an improvement, The Mess to give the album a heavier sounding guitar-laden track, Denny Laine's I Would Only Smile, and the excellent I Lie Around (it's intro alone being such a great listen (love the baa'ing sheep)), which was put on the b-side of Live and Let Die (making it one of Paul's strongest singles).

 

Overall tho, 7 out of 9 is a damn good return.

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In My Opinion:

1-Ram

2-Band on the Run.

3-Chaos and Creation.

4- Venus and Mars.

5- Flaming Pie.

6- Flowers In The Dirt.

7- Tug Of War.

8- Red Rose Speedway.

9- Speed Of Sound.

10 - Wild Life.

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Of the ones I've heard in full more than once or twice:

1. Ram
2. Band On the Run
3. McCartney
4. McCartney II (expanded version)
5. Tug of War
6. Wings Wild Life
7. Red Rose Speedway

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