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The Speedway medley- yes or no?
5 November 2012
6.17pm
Ben Ramon
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The four-song eleven-minute medley at the end of Red Rose Speedway is a divisive piece- I've heard it slated into the ground for being boring, overlong, repetitive and saccharine, as well as woefully inadequate compared to the Abbey Road medley, but I rather enjoy sections of it and it is relentlessly melodic; I often get the entire suite stuck in my head. "Hold Me Tight" is fairly agonising, though; not only did Paul apparently forget he'd written a song with the exact same title ten years prior, but could he REALLY not have replaced the lyrics with something a little less lazy and insipid?

What's the forum's opinion on the record's finale?

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5 November 2012
7.06pm
Von Bontee
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Oh, that medley..."Hold Me Tight" really ruins it for me - "Power Cut" is all right, but by the time it rolls around, it's too late for me to get any enjoyment out of it. I really wonder if the double album Paul had originally planned wouldn't have worked out better.

Also, I've gotta say that "Red Rose Speedway" has one of the stupidest album covers I've ever seen! Especially compared with "Wild Life"'s lovely pastoralism. (But that's just my personal taste; I love the similar covers of John and Yoko's POB albums as well.)

One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!" -- Paul McCartney
5 November 2012
7.25pm
Funny Paper
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What's not to like?

 

Even the weakest link, Lazy Dynamite, has some great singing by Paul, and the chord transition to Hands of Love is so cool.  The "circle of fifths" chord structure with its offbeat variant of Hold Me Tight is a pleasure to listen to.  I could go on trying to articulate why I like the medley, but it seems silly, like trying to explain in scientific, psychological and philosophical detail why I like coconut ice cream.

 

It seems that some people have to find some kind of "greatness" or "depth" in a song to esteem it, and they forget the more elemental experience of enjoying it.  I find this whole medley quite enjoyable musically.  Sure, it doesn't rise to the level of the Abbey Road medley; but just because a nice vase of carnations isn't a Palace Rose Garden doesn't mean it's not good in its own right.

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5 November 2012
7.56pm
Von Bontee
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Hey, I don't necessarily need much depth! But I do like for a piece of music to strike me as tuneful. "Hold Me Tight" doesn't. Really, nothing about it makes me want to hear it again.

One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!" -- Paul McCartney
5 November 2012
8.09pm
Ben Ramon
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It is extremely sickly, but the harmonies, general feel and production do pull it through for me, and it's worth waiting for the moment when all the themes come together with Paul's roars of "baby I love you!" at the end of Power Cut. Quite fond of the bouncy Hands of Love too- it's the first two sections, sadly, which make it more tedious than it needs to be.

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5 November 2012
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I do like Lazy Dynamite and Power Cut a lot (the vocals and playing are really catchy), if they were available as separate songs they would be up there as great Paul songs. Cant stand Hold Me Tight as it goes nowhere yet lasts what seems a decade and the lyrics are awful, truly dreadful. Hands of Love gets annoying quickly especially that awful vocalised solo. Its a shame as with some thought it could have been a good ending to the album butI dont listen to Red Rose Speedway often anyway. there are some good songs but overall its just too low key, its missing a kick, some energy, for my liking.

Cant believe Paul has written 2 different tracks called Hold Me Tight and both are appalling.

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12 November 2012
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No.

12 November 2012
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I guess I'm biased about liking "Hold Me Tight" because it's such fun to play bass notes along with --

 

A - Bb - Bm - Caug5 - C#m - D (dip down from D to A to F# to hit the following G)

 

G -- C -- F -- Bb -- Eb -- Ab -- Db -- Gb -- B -- E -- E7 (pause, back to A)

 

All the connecting notes a bass player can cook up to link from chord to chord is just so much fun!

 

P.S.: I never listen to the song without playing bass notes along with it.

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12 November 2012
7.58pm
Von Bontee
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Ben Ramon's right: It's very bizarre how Paul could totally space on already using the title "Hold Me Tight".

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