8 January 2012
in your opinion what are your top 3 macca solo albums mine would be
3: tug of war: following on from the disappointing mccartney 2 tug of war shows paul back at his best. being the first album made after the death of john lennon it contains the highly emotional here today. also includes greats songs such as the duet with stevie wonder ebony and ivory and take it away.
2. ram: to me this could be White Album number 2 great songs on here uncle albert, ram on etc.
1. band on the run: what a album not a bad song on it, great vibe to this album and a joy to listen to
peace and love folks
In no particular order:
McCartney II. Yes, I know. I've seen this record dragged through the dirt countless times, but I love it. Paul at his most utterly eccentric and whacked-out, alone in the studio and doing whatever he wants for the second time. Also very ahead of its time in terms of blending influences- disco, electronic music and synth-pop, with acoustic ballads, hints of reggae, glammy plastic funk in the style of Sparks or Talking Heads? Arguably nobody but Macca could have pulled this off. "Darkroom" I could take or leave but the rest of it is glorious, particularly the synth ballads "Waterfalls" and "Summers Day Song."
Red Rose Speedway. Another one which doesn't garner much respect, but I think I'd take it over Band on the Run (heavenly as that album is). There's certainly a romantic, piano-driven Broadway feel hanging over a lot of Speedway but it doesn't bother me: every melody is superb and the production sparkles. Besides, how can people complain about "My Love" when you've got the groovy hard rock numbers "Big Barn Bed" and "Get On The Right Thing" to balance it out? Not to mention my favourite post-Beatles McCartney song of all, "Little Lamb Dragonfly." It's a shame the copyright issues prevented Paul from putting "Live and Let Die" on this record.
Ram. Everything is top-notch on this album, he really pulled out all the stops. Those incredible walls of vocal harmony, the bass playing, the incendiary guitar work. Easy to get lost in the mad Dadaist lyrics. But possibly the best thing is Paul's lead vocals on this record; he switches vocal personalities so easily from song to song and pulls them off so convincingly, going from freewheeling country bluesman on "3 Legs" to countless different things on "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey", to sweet balladeer on "Dear Boy" and "Heart of the Country", to wild screaming rocker on "Smile Away" and "Monkberry Moon Delight", to Elvis impersonator on "Eat at Home." One of my favourite records ever, and my contender for the second finest ex-Beatle record after John's Plastic Ono Band.
Wow, that's really 2 unusual choices...I love Big barn bed but never though much of RRS, neither of MCII, though I love Waterfalls, Coming up, Check my machine and Secret friend.
I certainly wouldn't call Speedway and McCartney II the best in any way, they're personal favorites. If I were to do a top three which I'd consider to be best, I'd go with Ram, Band on the Run and Tug of War (possibly Chaos and Creation replacing Tug of War).
Back to the egg/Venus and Mars: Both huge favourites. Both with not so many hits, but you gotta love the rockfeeling of the rockestra tracks or "Spin it on" or "Old Siam, Sir", and the playfulness of songs like "Magneto and Titanium man" or "You gave me the answer" or the epic opener "Venus and Mars/Rockshow" which opened Paul's last tour.
I've always thought Back to the Egg was a bit dinosaurish what with the attempts to be hard, punky and New-Wavesque, especially with the bloated Rockestra, although as usual some top-notch songs ("Getting Closer", "After the Ball/Million Miles", and of course "Daytime Nighttime Suffering" was written around that point). Venus and Mars though, I think is superb and a worthy followup to Band on the Run in a lot of ways.
1 May 2011
My own 3 personal favourites are
Wild Life - unpolished edges and underwritten in places but the songs themselves are fabulous (omitting bip bop, mumbo is just noise but still good to listen to). Dear Friend is a gem with Paul reaching out to John. Other highlights well the others - I Am Your Singer is a gorgeous duet with Linda that doesnt outstay its welcome by 1 second.
Wings At The Speed Of Sound - the whole is far greater than the parts.
Macca 2. The different types of music make this a true highlight in Pauls catalogue, underrated by the critics but the fans know how good it is. Paul was clearly enjoying himself with his new instruments and his freedom from Wings.
I would have included Band On The Run but i detest Jet.
12 April 2012
My 3 favourite mccartney solo albums are: band on the run, ram and venus and mars. Tug Of War would be number 4, McCartney and Wings at the Speed of Sound number 5
22 May 2012
RAM - That's probably my favorite. (If it's my favorite, then it's my pick for best. I see no difference between the two.). Great songs, all of 'em. Smile Away is the best of the bunch and Monkberry. Two very odd McCartney songs. But, odd was what he did best. Saw him live in 2010 and he did Ram On by request. Made my night! And the Thrillington album just adds to it's allure. The delux box set is the tits!
McCartney II - I think this is McCartney's weirdest record without a doubt, but that's why I love it! On The Way is a groovy blues that won't quit, so much reverb. And Temporary Secretary is one my Wife and I can't help but dance to. Her favs are Waterfalls and Coming Up. We even prefer it to the Wings' live version. (Almost a tie with Back to The Egg or Red Rose Speedway, but it just barely wins!)
10 August 2011
For me, it would have to be "Top 10" I'll rank in layers
-Chaos and Creation at the top. I echo Paulsbass's assessment (lot of "s"s here).
-Flaming Pie, Band on the Run, Flowers, Wings at the S of S
-Ram, McCartney I,Tug of War, Venus and Mars, London Town are a little more uneven
-Off the Ground, McCartney II, Back to the Egg, Press to Play, Memory Almost full, Electric Arguments even more uneven (with really good stuff on all of them)
-Pipes of Peace, Red Rose S, a couple of solid songs
-Wildlife Can't think of a good song. (meanmistermustard: Will revisit "My Friend" and "I am your singer")
Then of course there are all the concert albums....
5 November 2011
RAM is definitely my favorite of Paul's albums. There isn't one song on RAM that I don't love. I got the deluxe set on Tuesday, and it's pretty amazing. I stopped listening to the album for a while so when I got it it would be all that much greater, and it was.
Tug of War is my next favorite Paul album, and it actually might even be better than RAM, although I am not quite sure on that one. There is not one song I do not absolutely love on this one, either. The songs are all just so happy too, so it makes me pretty jumpy when I listen to it. Favorites on this one are The Pound is Sinking and Dress Me Up As A Robber, which is the song that got me so big on this album.
Another of my favorite albums by Paul is Wild Life. Fantastic album, and if Tomorrow wasn't on it, I don't know if it would even be this high on the list. I am totally obsessed with this album at the moment, although I think now it might be going back to Ram partly because I just got the remaster. but yeah, great album.
Other ones that could very easily be in the top three are Band on the Run, Chaos and Creation in the Backyard and Venus and Mars; hard to choose only three favorites.
15 June 2011
1) Band on the Run: my favourite, evry second is worth listening to
2) Flaming Pie: I just love all the songs, they have great Macca quality and Beatles influence
3) Ram: Paul made such a great album even right after the Beatles break-up. My favourite track is definetly The Back Seat of My Car. Marvelous.
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