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Paul's Voice
4 September 2019
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I've been listening to a podcast recently, called "Screw it, We're Just Going to Talk About the Beatles".  Decent podcast, not the best, but the topics are interesting.  They had a couple of shows where the host played Beatles albums for a friend who had never listened to a Beatles album before.  He played him Abbey Road and The White Album , and got his comments as he listened.

The guy's name was Eugene.  I want to note that his impressions were overall very favorable, but he did have his criticisms (nothing wrong with that).  Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but it's kind of hard for me to understand people who don't fully appreciate the Beatles' genius, it's hard for me to see their point of view, it's like madness to me.  One of his criticisms was that some of the songs sounded like something Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem would play, from the Muppets.  Songs like Octopus' Garden, Maxwell's Silver Hammer , and Wild Honey Pie .  That kind of irked me but I can see what he's saying.

But what really had me baffled was his comments on Paul's voice on Oh! Darling and Why Don't We Do It In The Road.  He basically said he would like these songs if someone else had sung them.  He felt that Paul's voice on these came across as inauthentic, forced, soulless imitations of great blues singers.  Obviously Paul was influenced by blues singers, but to me this is just Paul pulling out his rock voice.  And to me, both John and Paul have two of the greatest rock voices in music history.

He also noted that he didn't mind when John tried this, it came across as more honest.  Now I agree John's does the "rock" voice better than Paul, although Paul's voice is more versatile, I think, he can sing more nuanced styles.

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It's a shame that Paul is losing his voice now. Saw him on concert a couple of years ago and, along with Egypt Station, is not very strong anymore.

I believe that John wanted to sing Oh! Darling as her felt he would have done it better.

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While I do agree @JW OBoogie (and welcome!) - it's only natural that as you age you lose your vocal agility - when I saw Paul less than 2 years ago he surprised me with his ability to still hit the top note in Hey Jude

But yes, he is losing some of the stuff that made him really great 50 year ago.

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5 September 2019
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I think Paul's voice was still fine around 'Memory Almost Full '

Whatever.......I'd still rather see and hear him sing his songs than anyone else.

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JW OBoogie said
It's a shame that Paul is losing his voice now. Saw him on concert a couple of years ago and, along with Egypt Station, is not very strong anymore.

I believe that John wanted to sing Oh! Darling as her felt he would have done it better.

  

Is there a clip of John singing it somewhere? 

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Paul’s voice has certainly changed with age but it’s really not quite as bad as some people (coughcoughmyfather) would make you think- when I saw him in July I was shocked at how good he still was. He played for like 3 1/2 hours and I barely saw him take a sip of water. 

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5 September 2019
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Paul's voice may have withered a bit with age (only natural), but at least we still have him around.  Small price to pay.

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I still feel this way (as I stated on 22 May 2017).

AG said

When I have been on a more recent Paul kick, listening to his Beatles songs sounds odd until I get adjusted.

I don't try to compare his current voice to his younger voice. I enjoy both for what they are. I like them both.

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I agree that it is better to have Paul still around even though his voice is not as strong. Despite the vocal issues, he rocked for 3 hours straight. I couldn't stop smiling!

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