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Miscellaneous questions about Paul McCartney
5 March 2023
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I wonder if it reflects the changes in recording equipment and technology.

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I guess to refute that possibility we’d need recordings of acoustic guitar work in the late 60s that sound crisp, and the reverse, recordings in 80s and 90s that sound used.  I can’t think of any examples of the former off hand, but I know James Taylor’s guitar sounds used on his albums in the 80s and 90s.  I prefer the used sound myself.  When I buy new strings, I don’t get real enjoyment from playing until after a couple of months of regular playing has “de-crisped” that brittle metallic sound.

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I agree, I prefer the warmer sound of Paul’s earlier recordings myself in most cases (a notable exception being “Calico Skies”, where I think the brighter sound perfectly suits the song, and also I’m not sure that song wasn’t slowed down by half a step, which would lend it a warmer sound).

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Yes, warmer is a good word.  Also comfortably worn, like a trusty pair of shoes.  If they get too worn and get holes, it’s time to go back to the guitar store!

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Over the years I’ve noticed Paul with all kinds of animals — his horses, lambs, rams, his dogs — but it occurred to me I’ve never heard of nor seen pics of him with …  cats.  Did he / does he own any cats?

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21 July 2023
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Awwww, I’d love for Paul to embrace me like that. 

Oh, my, where’s that Paulette fan!?!?

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Thanks @Ahhh Girl !  Do you know what he names/named his cats?

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Sea Belt, I know that John and Paul bought the cats for eachother and I THINK they were named after the characters in their shakespear skit 

Ahhh Girl, thank you for picture of Paul haha… he has recently become my favourite. I love him so much <3 

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Paul also had a cat Tiger and 3 kittens, whom he named Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Thisbe gave birth to them 

@Neely, thank you very much, I didn’t know they bought cats for each other. Where can I read about it? 

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I’m about halfway through Joe’s pages on the Beatles and drugs.  On page 3 he goes into that infamous night with the dentist John Riley and LSD.  Then it dawned on me:  all the descriptions conspicuously leave out Paul!  Was Paul not there that night — not only at the dinner with the LSD, but when they went out clubbing afterward?  Why not?

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Hm, interesting question, where were Paul and Ringo (and Jane/Mo) during that evening? 

Guess we’re not sure to know, just as we’ll never find out what George and Ritchie were doing for themselves on July 6/57 while John and Paul were formally introduced…

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I really don’t know much about the cats thing, but I did find this picture.

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Pretty much gave up buying McCartney albums after the 1980’s due to diminishing returns, only getting Memory Almost Full which I found disappointing, Dance Tonight being the honorable exception; and McCartney III because I liked the first two in the series. My question is: are there any tracks from the 90’s onwards that you’d consider the equal of Paul’s Beatles output and worthy of investigation? Thanks.   

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Have you listened to Egypt Station?

24 November 2023
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Old Soak said
Pretty much gave up buying McCartney albums after the 1980’s due to diminishing returns, only getting Memory Almost Full which I found disappointing, Dance Tonight being the honorable exception; and McCartney III because I liked the first two in the series. My question is: are there any tracks from the 90’s onwards that you’d consider the equal of Paul’s Beatles output and worthy of investigation? Thanks.   

  

So you missed maybe his strongest album period!! 😀

I really loved Flowers In The Dirt (as well as “Press To Play “, which I find underrated).

Off The Ground ” was too slick for me, although it does have good songs and Paul had a great vibe with his band.

But “Flaming pie” was one his best albums ever, very acoustic, the last album with Linda’s voice, and the ONE album that Jeff Lynne did NOT “Jeff Lynned” to death! So many great, nice songs on that one.

“Run devil run” was just a fun album to give Paul the opportunity to jam on some old favourites with Dave Gilmour and Ian Paice!! Some great vocals on that one, though.

“Driving rain” has some nice songs too, but it kind of lacks the spirit, and all the love songs are for Heather Mills, so…

“Chaos and creation” might be his best solo-album ever, it’s defiinitely up there. Such personal, intimate songs, played by himself almost entirely. Just fantastic.

“Memory almost full” is not as great, but still very good. “Dance tonight” was a nice single, but it’s the weakest song on the album, imo. Since it’s your favourite, I guess we have different taste. “Ever present past” is my favourite.

Kisses On The Bottom ” is a nice, smooth jazz album, if you like that, get it! I just wish they’d put “Baby’s request” on the official album!

“New” is also really good, but it doesn’t hit as hard as CACITBY. Still many good songs on it.

I really don’t get “Egypt station” – although it was No. 1 I don’t like it as much as the others, his voice is also not as good anymore. The fast tracks are the best.

I didn’t even listen to “McCartney III ” because I was scared that his voice was now gone even in the studio…

So I think you still got some gems to explore.

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I am really late in discovering this thread, but going right back to the cats photos – as a lover (sadly, not in the best sense!!) of Paul! – I am delighted to see him cuddling cats and kittens!

In my many decades on this planet I’ve come to the conclusion (and I hope it doesn’t sound sexist or offensive to any sensitive person!) that men who like cats are good guys and the sort of people I like to know.heart

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I’m kinda late to the cat thing, but I did find this paul-mccartney-thumb_gif
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It occurred to me that — with two exceptions — I’ve never seen (or heard) Paul in a live concert screaming with the abandon he has done on records numerous  times over the years throughout his Beatles career and into his solo career.  The two exceptions are “I’ve Got A Feeling ” from the rooftop concert; and “Kansas City ” from their early 60s days.  However, neither one of these two reaches the ecstatic level he achieved in so many recordings over the years.

Edit:  Make that three exceptions, because I recall a live “event” where the Beatles sang “Hey Jude ” surrounded by an audience and during the long outro, Paul is definitely “letting it all hang out” screaming wise.

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Old Soak said
Pretty much gave up buying McCartney albums after the 1980’s due to diminishing returns, only getting Memory Almost Full which I found disappointing, Dance Tonight being the honorable exception; and McCartney III because I liked the first two in the series. My question is: are there any tracks from the 90’s onwards that you’d consider the equal of Paul’s Beatles output and worthy of investigation? Thanks.   

  

Same, it happens to the best of them. Luckily nothing the four of them have done afterwards will ever change my opinion about the geniuses they were in The Beatles and some of the excellent early solo material. 

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I really like New album, speaking of his material after the 90s. It’s pretty underrated.

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