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Linda's singing on RAM
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I don't understand why Linda gets so much flack for her singing, especially on this album.  Ok, so she's not the best singer in the world.  Who says all singers have to be?  What about Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix?  They aren't known for having amazing voices, but they still have their unique qualities.  I love the rawness of Linda's singing, its great.  It's so real.  That's what I love about the RAM album, the raw quality is has to it.  It's the best. I honestly like every song on the album.

I know she got flack in general for pairing up with Paul musically.  I just put myself in her shoes.  "Hi, I'm Paul McCartney.  How would you like to marry me, have my babies, and be in my band?"  Ummmm....  YUP.   :)  Who could say no to that?  She had a lot of passion and I think she did a great job.  She's a great inspiration for me because I am 29, and I am just learning now to play guitar.  It's never too late!  🙂

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I like how Linda harmonises with Paul. Music isn't really Linda's passion but at least she tried to learn how to play the keyboard. Who am I to say that Linda can't sing, I can't sing too. 

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Gerell said
I like how Linda harmonises with Paul. Music isn't really Linda's passion but at least she tried to learn how to play the keyboard. Who am I to say that Linda can't sing, I can't sing too. 

I agree, I really like how they sound together.  I also really enjoy "I've Just Seen A Face" on the Wings over America album, with Linda's harmonies.  

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I don't understand why Linda gets so much flack for her singing, especially on this album.  Ok, so she's not the best singer in the world.  Who says all singers have to be?  What about Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix?  They aren't known for having amazing voices, but they still have their unique qualities.  I love the rawness of Linda's singing, its great.  It's so real.  That's what I love about the RAM album, the raw quality is has to it.  It's the best. I honestly like every song on the album.

I know she got flack in general for pairing up with Paul musically.  I just put myself in her shoes.  "Hi, I'm Paul McCartney.  How would you like to marry me, have my babies, and be in my band?"  Ummmm....  YUP.   :)  Who could say no to that?  She had a lot of passion and I think she did a great job.  She's a great inspiration for me because I am 29, and I am just learning now to play guitar.  It's never too late!  🙂

Thanks for putting this post up.  I'm surprised there wasn't a post like this before (maybe there is, I didn't search the archives yet...)  I agree that Linda's voice is pleasing, though I wouldn't call its good qualities "raw".  To me she has a pleasingly girlish tonality, almost like "cheese and white bread" if that makes any sense -- but it often fits fine.

The best use of her voice on Ram, in my opinion, is on the song eponymous with your nickname -- "Longhaired Lady": especially those little refrains

"or is this the only thing you want me for..."

I love the way she so richly pronounces FORRRRRR

However, her vocal contributions didn't end with Ram.  On the following album, Wings Wild Life, I think her sing-a-long/harmony with Paul on "I Am Your Singer" deserves special mention: that's my favorite of all Linda efforts (and I believe she is also accompanying Paul on recorder -- there are two recorders being played there).

Moving on to Red Rose Speedway, she does well on "Power Cut" and "Hands of Love".

On Band On The Run, she's good on the title track, as well as "Bluebird" and "Mamunia" -- songs where listeners might not even be aware of how her vocals are adding something unique.  The best use of her on that album to me is "Hell on Wheels".

Paul obviously had a good ear for what could be used to the advantage of his songs; and I think he put Linda's voice, with any limitations it had, to good use.

I'm sure I'm leaving out other songs.  I'd have to listen to "Silly Love Songs" again, as I recall her voice is especially audible there.

P.S.:  From everything I've seen (numerous interviews, or instances where she's being filmed along with Paul and the kids), Linda was her own person and strong-willed and very centered: she didn't need to be bossy or overbearing to compensate for some weakness of character -- nor was her laid-back attitude to be mistaken for being a passive shy wallflower. 

Paul told this story of the first time he really came to appreciate Linda, after they had been going out for a little while, back as the Beatles were winding down.  They decided to take a drive into the country, and he was confessing to her that he felt kind of guilty not going back to the city to work with the band that day, but he told her he just felt like he needed a rest.  And she just turned to him and said, "You're allowed."  Paul says that really stuck with him.

 

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There is a similar thread which discussed Linda's contribution to Pauls career and whether it was a help or a hinderence entitled 'Did Linda help or hurt McCartney's career?'

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Her vocals on Long Haired Lady is one of my favorites (hence my username).  heart

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LongHairedLady said
Her vocals on Long Haired Lady is one of my favorites (hence my username).  heart

I wholeheartedly agree, there's a sensual hint in the tone of her voice in the song, maybe because of the double tracked effect. I don't know how she managed to pull that off as far as I know I see Linda is an innocent young lady.

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The other song I mentioned, "I Am Your Singer" is I think the only song where Paul lets Linda sing a line or two without just being in the background or harmonizing.

Here, have a listen to a snippet of it:

http://swf.tubechop.com/tubech.....cid=860218

 

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Funny Paper said
The other song I mentioned, "I Am Your Singer" is I think the only song where Paul lets Linda sing a line or two without just being in the background or harmonizing.

Here, have a listen to a snippet of it:

http://swf.tubechop.com/tubech.....cid=860218

 

I am listening to it right now and since it's a double track, (Some People Never Know, I am Your Singer) her voice really changes the mood of my playlist.

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you mean the mood of that album's other songs?

 

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Funny Paper said
The other song I mentioned, "I Am Your Singer" is I think the only song where Paul lets Linda sing a line or two without just being in the background or harmonizing.

Here, have a listen to a snippet of it:

http://swf.tubechop.com/tubech.....cid=860218

 

 

Right!  I almost forgot about that one.  Very cool. 

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Funny Paper said
you mean the mood of that album's other songs?

 

I mean her voice is good for a change since I listen to the same voices over and over lol.

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Gerell said
 

Funny Paper said
you mean the mood of that album's other songs?

 

I mean her voice is good for a change since I listen to the same voices over and over lol.

Ah -- a mood change in a good way.

This brings to mind other scenarios or questions/topics:

1) What McCartney (or even Beatles) songs would have been good sung by Linda?

2) Imagine Linda and Yoko Ono doing a cover version of "A Day In The Life" -- Yoko doing the John part (and adding her crazy screams), and Linda doing the "Woke up, got out of bed, dragged a brush along my hair" part.yoko-ono_01

I suddenly noticed -- there's no Linda smiley!

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From the same era as Ram, I really really like her harmonizing with Paul on Another Day, during those "don't stand her up..." etc section. Really nice.

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From the same era as Ram, I really really like her harmonizing with Paul on Another Day, during those "don't stand her up..." etc section. Really nice.

Oh I love those, best parts of the song.  I always forget that weren't released with RAM, because I have the newer version on my computer which has Another Day, plus Oh Woman Oh Why.  I also have RAM on vinyl which does not have them. ahdn_paul_01

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Don't forget Linda singing the "La-las" on the single "Mary Had a Little Lamb" -- and here she's also playing bongos!

http://swf.tubechop.com/tubech.....cid=864681

 

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Paul speaking about Linda's singing on 'Dear Boy'.

"What I liked about Linda’s singing was the tone of her voice – I’d never worked singing with a woman before, so I liked this idea of her range. I first found out she could sing and could sing well in the studio when we were finishing off my track ‘Let It Be’ with The Beatles. She and I were living near the studios and I went in one night to put some harmonies on it, and there was one high harmony I wanted to do, but it was just about out of my range. I said, 'Do you want to try it?' and I told her the line, and she tried it. It worked really well, you know. If you listen to it now – the high harmony on The Beatles’ ‘Let It Be’ – that’s Linda doing it. So I knew it could work.

"On something like ‘Dear Boy’, which was more complex – on ‘Let It Be’ it was basically one high note – on this there were more melodic lines so it was quite complex to do, but I could see that she could do it. So we just took the time. I put my part on, and then encouraged Linda to just take it easy, relax, put a good performance in, which she did. And years later, some of my really cool, professional friends who knew what was good and what wasn’t, would listen to those harmonies and point them out and say, ‘Those are really great harmonies’. I remember Elton John commenting on that, and I remember Michael Jackson commenting on that."

If anyone is interested there is a really good outtake of 'Dear Boy' with Linda on vocals, i think it was on the 'Ram' deluxe DVD.

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I'm sorry to be the contrarian in this thread, but I generally don't appreciate Linda's voice. To me, her parts are often too high in the mix, sometimes so much it drowns out the main vocal. I can't help but notice the bum notes, either. And let's face it: there were plenty of those. She sounds good on some songs too, that's true. But in general, I am not a fan of her voice. I know Paul wouldn't agree, but I don't think he's particularly objective. To me, many of the Wings songs would have been more enjoyable if Linda hadn't sung on them. Some songs, I don't listen to at all. 

I think I should add that I prefer male singing voices in general. There are very few female singers I like. And Linda... well, as much as I think she was a great lady, she just wasn't a very good singer. Neither am I, though, so there's that.

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Mademoiselle Kitty >^..^< said
I know Paul wouldn't agree, but I don't think he's particularly objective. 

That made me grin a little. You have a point. 

I think I should add that I prefer male singing voices in general. There are very few female singers I like. 

Well, I kind of agree. Unfortunably I happen to be a littlefemaley singer myself a-hard-days-night-paul-10 but I don't sing like most littlefemaley singers do so... 

 
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I agree Mme Kitty! Her backing vocals are annoying. I like her vocals when they sort of blend with Paul's, like in Hey Diddle, but otherwise, it's pretty okay okay, sometimes annoying as well. 

She hasn't got a great lead voice like she herself admitted, but it's tolerable, and I really like Seaside Woman so very much that I really don't mind who is singing it xD

Quite frankly, I don't think the collaboration with Linda would've happened if the partnership between John & Yoko wouldn't have happened.

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