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Linda McCartney Songs (Wide Prairie)
12 August 2023
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meanmistermustard said
 

I love the “More than an a-side, less than a c-side. My little b-side, b-side to seaside” section of ‘B-Side To Seaside’. 

I’d really love to imagine that at one point before release, Paul had occasion to announce that “…we have to decide if “Seaside” is a B-side, or an A-side.” 

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20 August 2023
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On another thread, @kelicopter wrote about “Love Is Strange” —

Love Linda’s vocals – “a-yeah yeahhh!”

There are many other examples, many other songs, where Linda’s contribution is not just passable, but a positive asset — pretty much any song you could pick from among the first 5 McCartney albums (“Wings” or not).  I’d go so far as to say Linda should win a posthumous “Underrated Backup Singer of All Time” award.

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^^I 100% agree. A while back I was making yet another attempt to work my way through Paul’s discography, and I realized when I got to Flaming Pie and heard “Great Day” just how much I had missed Linda’s vocals on Paul’s post-Wings stuff. Paul’s such a technically proficient singer that he has the Technically Good Singing nailed down, so it’s very appealing to have his voice balanced out by Linda’s imperfect-yet-supremely-charming vocals. They blend oddly well.

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One of my favorite blends —

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I like Wide Prairie, it’s an interesting and pleasant enough little group of songs, and a nice tribute.

As for Linda’s vocals, I couldn’t care less if she’s not a great technical singer.  Rock and roll is largely a music of the people, and normal people can express their emotions through it, they don’t have to necessarily be the most talented person in the room.  I think Linda’s voice is a nice instrument, most especially for harmonizing with Paul.  Their blended voices give a unique sound that is pleasing to the ear and a nice trademark for them and for Wings.  She shines in that role more than as a lead singer, but so what?  If she wants to get up and sing one once in awhile, I have no problem with that.

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