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7 February 2014
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Mincer Ray
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PeterWeatherby said

Into the Sky with Diamonds said
But I've been fooled by McCartney before ... The man's got a million voices.

There you go. Exactly, spot-on, couldn't agree more. This stands out especially in his solo work, the way he uses different tonal/timbre ranges and colors. Here's just a partial list, off the top of my head, where (in my opinion) each of these voices that he uses is different from the others:

  • "Monkberry Moon Delight" (Ram album) - it's one of his raucous, screamy voices, but it's still mid-range and different from ...
  • "Long Tall Sally" - this is his upper-range scream, more like Little Richard (who he was, by his own admission, trying to mimic)
  • "Back Seat of My Car" (Ram album) - again, it's a very throaty, almost "Elvis" tone, but this time is way up in the vocal register
  • "So Bad" (Give My Regards To Broad Street album) - yet another completely unique sound, with the very high falsetto that's also very light and airy, almost like what he used when he sang "Girlfriend" and was trying to mimic Michael Jackson

I'm sure others can think of more examples. But the point is, by his own admission, Macca often deliberately used to change his voice in order to imitate other artists. He had that ability, and that was part of his writing and performing process, so I think it's a mistake to say "well, this line sounds like John, so just trust your ears, case closed."

 

 

You are completely correct; Paul had one of the most versatile voices in all of pop/rock.  And I am really trying to be thoughtful here because it is an interesting topic.  But listening to all of those tracks you listed above, they are diverse, but I still know it is Paul. I do not think that I have ever been "fooled" by a track.  Even when Paul did *his* own "John"--like when he doubles on some songs--it never sounds like the "in summer" line.  We cannot know for sure short of a scientific voice analysis, but I believe in evidence not hunches, and the empirical evidence suggest to me that it is John. As with most human endeavors, we could be wrong. But I am betting Nate Silver would place the John likelihood at 90%.  

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7 February 2014
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Yeah, I get that. But I've seen fans doubt when someone who was *there* says something.  See Geoff Emerick on the "ahhs" on A Day in Life and Harrison on his comments about playing bass on "Old Brown Shoe."  So, if Paul said "yeah, John sang that" or "I sang that," people here would still doubt it just like people doubt John sang the ahhs despite Emerick and about bass on Old Brown Shoe despite what George said, etc etc,  So what good would any documentation do?

I am not being snarky or negative... just sayin'  

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17 February 2014
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PeterWeatherby said

 

I've always really gotten into the way he bites into that first line: "Why Don't We D-Do it in The RRoad" - really sends the primal message of the song across, to me anyway.

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17 February 2014
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And then one day you find,/ Ten years have gone behind you... 

Faster than the blinking of an eye, like a flash you could miss it going by. 

(Okay, okay, enough with the quotes...) 

Half of what I say is meaningless... but I say it just to fill the other half with Beatlerubbish. 
 
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