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Paul McCartney & Wings
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Celebrated_Mr_K
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2 July 2010 - 1.54am

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the wonderful guitar on "No More Lonely Nights" comes courtesy of Pink Floyd's David Gilmour.

Other observations:

I've got the original vinyl LP, "London Town."  "Mull Of Kintyre" is not on it. "With a Little Luck" was a hit single off the album.  I thought the song was a little too sweet at first, but it grew on me to the point I really liked it...has some interesting rhythmic things going on with the synthesizers, matched by Paul singing with both urgency and restraint at the same time.

"Tug Of War", on the album of the same name, is a pretty good song, and one of Paul's post-Beatles best.  It captures the worry of 1980s nuclear weapons escalation as well as the Tug Of War in human personal relations.

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2 July 2010 - 1.57am

Another good Paul song is "Coming Up."  I was a little disappointed he didn't include it in his "Up and Coming" setlist.

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2 July 2010 - 2.13am

Celebrated_Mr_K said:

Another good Paul song is "Coming Up."  I was a little disappointed he didn't include it in his "Up and Coming" setlist.


Also a little ironic, isn't it?

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2 July 2010 - 1.55pm

Celebrated_Mr_K said:

"Tug Of War", on the album of the same name, is a pretty good song, and one of Paul's post-Beatles best.  It captures the worry of 1980s nuclear weapons escalation as well as the Tug Of War in human personal relations.


 

Hasn't that also got Pipes Of Peace on it? That might be my favourite Paul solo song.

Interesting that a lot of these are PM songs rather than Wings ones. I suppose people might not really think there was much of a difference.

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2 July 2010 - 2.03pm

I was thinking that.  It's easy to see the transitions from The Beatles to Wings to his solo stuff...early Wings is very Beatles-like, early Macca is very late Wings-like...but "No More Lonely Nights" is really different to "Maybe I'm Amazed" or "Band On The Run" for instance.  There definitely is a big difference.

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Von Bontee
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2 July 2010 - 6.56pm

I've been listening to a lot of McCartney/Wings recently and it's pretty hit-or-miss. "Band On The Run" and "Venus & Mars" are excellent; "Wild Life" and "Red Rose Speedway" are pretty bad. He's got a better track record with singles, I think, despite some embarrassments like "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" and (yeesh!) "Mary Had a Little Lamb".

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Von Bontee
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2 July 2010 - 7.26pm

Celebrated_Mr_K said:

"With a Little Luck" was a hit single off the album.  I thought the song was a little too sweet at first, but it grew on me to the point I really liked it...has some interesting rhythmic things going on with the synthesizers, matched by Paul singing with both urgency and restraint at the same time.


 That one annoyed me - the bridge sounded a lot like "For No One" recycled

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2 July 2010 - 7.30pm

Von Bontee said:

He's got a better track record with singles, I think, despite some embarrassments like "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" and (yeesh!) "Mary Had a Little Lamb".


 Hi Von -I never heard Macca's "Mary Had a Little Lamb". Is it anything like Stevie Ray Vaughan's version?

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Von Bontee
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2 July 2010 - 9.11pm

Sadly, no.  Haven't heard it in years, but I recall SRV's "Mary Had..." as being fairly funky.

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3 July 2010 - 3.52am

True story about Stevie Ray Vaughn:

Stevie Ray dies and goes up to Heaven.  He's greeted by fellow Texan Buddy Holly, who says, "Stevie!  Dude!  Come on, we got a band!"

Buddy takes Stevie Ray to a golden studio.  Stevie Ray is stunned at the sight of the band warming up.  There's Jimi Hendrix picking out an incredible riff on his guitar.  John Lennon is going over some rhythm guitar lines and humming "Lucy in the Sky".  Janis is working out her chops, singing harmony with Kurt.  Brian Jones is there. 

"Holy shit, Buddy!" Stevie Ray says.  "Get me a guitar.  Heaven's Band is FANTASTIC!"

"Ah, it's not all that wonderful," Buddy replies.  He points to the drummer.

Karen Carpenter says, "Okay, "Close to You", on three."

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3 July 2010 - 4.15am

Celebrated_Mr_K said:

True story about Stevie Ray Vaughn:

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3 July 2010 - 6.02am

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3 July 2010 - 6.03am

Celebrated_Mr_K said:

Karen Carpenter says, "Okay, "Close to You", on three."


 

Aaahahahaha that's really funny! I'm gonna tell that joke to my cool friends. a-hard-days-night-george-9 It's a little depressing too, but still.. a-hard-days-night-john-6?

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8 July 2010 - 5.29am

Well, from Wings I love a lot of songs...

 

. 'Band On The Run'

. 'London Town'

. 'Mrs. Vandebilt'

. 'Best Friend'

. 'Cafe On The Left Bank'

. '1985'

. 'My Love'

. 'C Moon'

. 'Hi Hi Hi'

. 'Listen To What The Man Said'

. 'She's My Baby'

. 'Let 'em In'

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8 July 2010 - 4.39pm

Joe said:

Celebrated_Mr_K said:

"Tug Of War", on the album of the same name, is a pretty good song, and one of Paul's post-Beatles best.  It captures the worry of 1980s nuclear weapons escalation as well as the Tug Of War in human personal relations.


 

Hasn't that also got Pipes Of Peace on it? That might be my favourite Paul solo song.

Interesting that a lot of these are PM songs rather than Wings ones. I suppose people might not really think there was much of a difference.


 

'Pipes' was on the following alnbum (called Pipes Of Peace)

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8 July 2010 - 4.41pm

wingspan81 said:

Well, from Wings I love a lot of songs...

 

. 'Band On The Run'

. 'London Town'

. 'Mrs. Vandebilt'

. 'Best Friend'

. 'Cafe On The Left Bank'

. '1985'

. 'My Love'

. 'C Moon'

. 'Hi Hi Hi'

. 'Listen To What The Man Said'

. 'She's My Baby'

. 'Let 'em In'


 

All Good Ones! My fav is Beware My Love (played loud)

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23 December 2010 - 10.20pm

How many feel that Paul did his best stuff with Wings in the 70's as opposed to his solo output. I am not counting 'Ram' because in my opinion, this was the beginning of Wings though not credited as such with Denny Siewell on drums. (Ram is one of the best albums I have every heard)

It seems my favorite songs are in this period: Big Barn Bed, Beware My Love, I've Had Enough, Getting Closer, Letting Go, Band On The Run & Jet.

Let me know your thoughts. It's a shame the band changed members so many times. I heard that a lot of that was do to Paul being a perfectionist.

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23 December 2010 - 11.17pm

I love all of Paul's solo work. His before-Wings and after-Wings are great, with amazing albums like Ram (which I count as before-Wings) and Memory Almost Full. His works in a group (Wings or Fireman) are equally superb. His works in the 90's are mediocre at best. I don't like Press To Play or Run Devil Run as much as Band On The Run or Chaos and Creation. Just my two cents.

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mithveaen
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24 December 2010 - 1.00am

I haven't heard all Paul's solo work to say an opinion.. but I love Band On The Run. I bought it as a Christmas present to myself and I don't regret it.

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MeanMrsMustard
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24 December 2010 - 1.04am

Grrrrr.... I need to get Band On The Run....

 

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