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McCartney and Ram -- contain curiously ingrown folk songs
7 June 2014
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While these two albums contain "normal" pop rock songs ("Maybe I'm Amazed ", "Uncle Albert ", etc.) they also contain interesting experiments in folk:

Ram On

Heart Of The Country

Junk

Teddy Boy

-- and others.  They seem to be curious little gnomes covered in moss in the corner of an overgrown garden out of the way of the world. 

I wish Paul had continued to indulge this one sub-genre in later albums. 

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7 June 2014
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I agree... sometimes. Too much of that stuff can get boring. In my opinion, McCartney stays just barely above boring because the first side is loaded with songs like that.

Teddy Boy and Heart Of The Country , though, are both classics (again, in my opinion - in fact, I don't even really know what Teddy Boy is about; it just has a killer melody.)

EDIT: My opinions of this album have radically changed since this post. I now find this a wonderful album, and actually one of Paul's best.

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8 June 2014
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Personally, I like the way McCartney balances the songs per se with those little instrumental experiments. "Teddy Boy " has always made me shiver with irritation, however.

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Personally, I like the way McCartney balances the songs per se with those little instrumental experiments. "Teddy Boy " has always made me shiver with irritation, however.

I agree with the instrumental comment, mostly. Kreen-Akrore was totally unnecessary in my opinion, and only really adds four minutes of fluff after one of the best songs Paul ever wrote. It should have been unreleased and replaced by... something else, or maybe even nothing. "Singalong Oo You?"

And I know a lot of people dislike Teddy Boy ... it's probably the lyrics, which I don't really remember.

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9 June 2014
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Musically, "Teddy Boy " is inspired.  Plus it pleases me.  One can, nevertheless, predict when a certain song will annoy some people.  Some songs & genres are like that.  Some people for example listen to some Chicago songs like "If You Leave Me Now" and make the international sign for gagging.

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9 June 2014
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Yeah, "Kreen-Akrore" is the other lowlight for me too. It's "interesting" in conception but pretty tedious.

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Teddy Boy goes nowhere and does nothing; its just there - filling in a gap on an album. Paul's vocal is so empty giving off the feeling of going thru the motions. Koreen-Akore is another that goes nowhere and does nothing for the majority of it, the little drum part being the one interesting bit.

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As far as I'm concerned, there are only 3 fully formed songs on McCartney: "Maybe I'm Amazed ;" "Every Night " and "Man, We Was Lonely" (though I suppose a convincing case could be made for both "Junk" and "Teddy Boy " as well).  The rest are basically doodles -- not that that's a bad thing; it lends the album its character.

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