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We All Stand Together - The Paul McCartney Appreciation Thread
16 May 2015
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It's crazy to think that Paul McCartney would need an appreciation thread on a Beatles website (apologies if one already exists here). He's only the most successful singer-songwriter-musician ever going back to the beginning of the rock'n'roll era (maybe ever - period.)

Putting aside his commercial success however, critically speaking he takes his hits. Our own 2014 ranking of Beatle songs reflects this.

The article below from Beatles Radio puts it well.

So this thread is dedicated to a discussion of McCartney's contributions to the Beatles and to the world of music.

An icon he may be, but sometimes Paul McCartney doesn’t get the respect he deserves, maybe because next to sarky, saintly Lennon, he can’t help but look like a bit of a sentimental old softie. But it’s worth remembering that as a fan of experimental composer Stockhausen in his youth and a dabbler in electronica as one half of The Fireman in his autumn years, Macca has always been an experimenter and a technological first-adopter, keen to embrace new techniques and unafraid to appear a little silly in the process. That, in a nutshell, is the story of ‘McCartney II ’, his quirky, synth heavy second solo album, released 35 years ago this weekend. In 1979, with Wings gradually disintegrating, McCartney sat alone at home in his farmhouse in East Sussex surrounded by some state-of-the-art equipment – new synths, sequencers, and a hired Studer 16-track tape machine. The self-produced and largely self-performed result was playful, experimental – and greeted with a decidedly mixed reception. Here's its story...

Read more at http://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-b.....iZyHDws.99

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It fascinates me that Paul McCartney , the most commercial-minded and crowd-pleasing one, was the one who was into the avant-garde scene early. It bums me out that he never got around to releasing to the public some really out-there solo stuff back when they were all still in the drug-crazed 60s, the way John/Yoko and George released their experimental solo work of 1968-1969 (whatever the ultimate value of their experiments; personally, I think the results were interesting.) I like to imagine that Paul has a complete personal cache of YEARS worth of weird stuff that he never intended for public consumption, stuff he recorded just to amuse himself. 

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I see that article caught your eye, too, @Into the Sky with Diamonds. I posted it over in the McCartney II thread http://www.beatlesbible.com/fo.....4/#p175276

Do I appreciate Sir Paul McCartney ? You bet your Beatles music I do. He was my gateway into The Beatles. I collected a lot of his solo albums first then worked my way backwards in time. AND, as a result of all of that music, he was also my gateway to meeting all of you. Some people say that Paul should quit touring. I appreciate the fact that he is still Out There. If I hadn't seen him in concert, I may have gone through my life Beatles-less paul-mccartneya-hard-days-night-ringo-14

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I think an appreciation thread is in order. I've been surprised and saddened to see quite a bit of Paul bashing going on at this very forum. Hadn't expected that, to be honest. 

 

Anyway, I love Paul. Yeah, he can be awkward, and I'm not even going to pretend he's a saint because everyone knows he's not always very nice (to put it mildly). But all in all, I think he's a great person and a fabulous artist. His versatility never ceases to amaze me. He's definitely a source of joy in my life. His much hated Frog Chorus is one of my happiest memories in a shitty childhood and for that, I thank him. Whenever I'm upset or stressed, listening to music is my way to relax. Needless to say I'd have a lot less to relax to if he hadn't become the guy he is today. So yeah, much heart from me to Paul 🙂 

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I know what you mean by "Paul-bashing" @Mademoiselle Kitty >^..^< but there is a difference in slating him for anything and everything and admitting you don't like everything he's done. However this thread is not the place for that or discussing the merits.

I've always loved his frog work. "We All Stand Together" is still one of my favourites in Paul's catalogue and i doubt most who do say its beyond unlistenable have actually listened to it outside of the preconceived perception that its rubbish. The actual lyrics are great (especially "play the game, fight the fight, but whats the point on a beautiful night") and Paul and George M's orchestral work is up there with the best they've ever done. [By the way the cartoon is pretty good as well.]

Anyone who has been going as long as Paul has will have has some low moments and misguided steps but considering everything he has done and how varied it is it stands up incredibly well to scrutiny. I severely doubt you can say the same for Paul's contemporaries who have been going for such a period of time.

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I have said my share of negative things about the Paul, but I am in the midst of a Paul-athon right now. I will post the albums that I listened to for those who are curious as to what I listen to when I listen to Paul. I get really good energy from listening to Paul's music. It's very refreshing and makes me happy.

Oh, and I will not come here to say negative things about Paul, as others do in the Yoko Appreciation thread.

P.S. I was going to create a thread like this if I didn't find one. I was looking for a place where we could just share things about Paul.

P.P.S. It's also interesting how our differing perspectives make us see things. Being a John fan, I feel that I am in the minority on this forum. It seems to me that people celebrate Paul much more on this forum than they do John (or at least it was that way when I first started posting).

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I have said my share of negative things about the Paul, but I am in the midst of a Paul-athon right now. I will post the albums that I listened to for those who are curious as to what I listen to when I listen to Paul. I get really good energy from listening to Paul's music. It's very refreshing and makes me happy.

Oh, and I will not come here to say negative things about Paul, as others do in the Yoko Appreciation thread.

P.S. I was going to create a thread like this if I didn't find one. I was looking for a place where we could just share things about Paul.

P.P.S. It's also interesting how our differing perspectives make us see things. Being a John fan, I feel that I am in the minority on this forum. It seems to me that people celebrate Paul much more on this forum than they do John (or at least it was that way when I first started posting).

I think there is a greater general feeling of wanting to give praise to Paul whilst be more grounded over John due to how they are wrongly represented and portrayed in general - John as the hard innovative rebel, saint and genius; Paul soft, fortunate and always in John's shadow. 

Same as why Paul feels he has to talk himself up whilst re-correcting history.

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Which Paul albums I like depends on my mood, but this is what I was interested in today:

Give My Regards To Broad Street
McCartney II
Tug Of War
Return to Pepperland
Pipes Of Peace

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Don't know where to put this but i found it fascinating …………I'd seen the Parkinson show with Paul……..But this is the rehearsal…...

Lovely 'Yesterday ' and a great LAWR……I'm a fan of that.

 

It's followed by some more Paul….stuff.

 

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@Wigwam  Fabulous!

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*AHHH PAUL* 

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And yes, I appreciate Paul. Not necessarily his solo/Wings music, and he has his unfavourable moments, but I appreciate him, very much. The man freaking never stops (nor do I want him to!), and whatever else you may think about him, you've got to admire that. And for someone who is as much on the toppermost of the poppermost as he was, is, and always will be, he's a pretty decent guy. I appreciate that. 

*places warding spells to protect the subject from the harm of even supposing it*

And when he joins a certain two of those bandmates in the other place, it will be without question the worst day of my life.

And as his birthday is soon to arrive (by soon I mean in three weeks) I  will certainly be appreciating him on paper, with a pencil in hand. 

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I love his Wings music as much as his Beatles work. That's 20 years of solid hits! a-hard-days-night-paul-11

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And yes, I appreciate Paul. Not necessarily his solo/Wings music, and he has his unfavourable moments, but I appreciate him, very much. The man freaking never stops (nor do I want him to!), and whatever else you may think about him, you've got to admire that. And for someone who is as much on the toppermost of the poppermost as he was, is, and always will be, he's a pretty decent guy. I appreciate that. 

*places warding spells to protect the subject from the harm of even supposing it*

And when he joins a certain two of those bandmates in the other place, it will be without question the worst day of my life.

And as his birthday is soon to arrive (by soon I mean in three weeks) I  will certainly be appreciating him on paper, with a pencil in hand. 

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His solo/Wings work is damn fine. Isolate it from his work with the Beatles and see it for what it all is and its up there with any other artist who has ever recorded. To have been part of the Beatles is incredible. To have given up everything with Wings and after is incredible, even if taking into account the less than average.

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-14 Okay, fine, I'll go have a solo/Wings field day! I was just planning to wait till his birthday, as it seemed appropriate. And by the second bit that mmm bolded I meant something along the lines of what 

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<snip>Yeah, he can be awkward, and I'm not even going to pretend he's a saint because everyone knows he's not always very nice (to put it mildly). <snip>

I'm just a stick-to-the-Beatles person generally. NOTHING wrong with that a-hard-days-night-john-7 

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I shudder at the thought of all the terrific music the world would have missed out on if Paul had quit making albums after The Beatles broke up. a-hard-days-night-ringo-14

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On this forum, I think Paul is the most appreciated Beatle. . .ahdn_paul_01

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@Starr Shine? observed 
On this forum, I think Paul is the most appreciated Beatle. . .ahdn_paul_01

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On this forum, I think Paul is the most appreciated Beatle. . .ahdn_paul_01

That's a relatively recent development! John and George have both had their periods of most-popular.

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*places warding spells to protect the subject from the harm of even supposing it*

And when he joins a certain two of those bandmates in the other place, it will be without question the worst day of my life.

... 

Seconded.

I was buying a compact camera Yesterday , because I know my Nikon DSLR won't stand a chance of making it inside the venue. I had a rather pleasant chat with the shop assistant (first time I actually noticed someone flirting with me too, but I'll try to stay-on-topic) about the gig and Paul in general. He ws really impressed Paul was still going strong at his age, and said he'd considered going to the show but since it was sold out in 15 minutes, he didn't have any tickets. He really helped me get the best possible camera for the occasion, agreeing with me it's likely to be the last chance to see him live. He might stop touring soon, or *that other thing* might happen and I shudder at the mere thought of it. I think it's a good thing to be aware that we're talking about an old man, and realising that day will come for him just as definitely as it will for any of us. But I completely agree it'll break my heart into a million pieces and just thinking about it makes me sad. So, I try not to. heart

Oh, and @Beatlebug, I agree with the others. Many of the Wings tunes are incredible. I've got a Premium Spotify account, and I've made a playlist of all his post-Beatles work. First time I heard All You Horse Riders, I nearly died laughing. It's the same style as Temporary Secretary , including the weird American accent, and definitely one of his more "Out There" tunes. But then there are so many gems that are singable, danceable, and just plain great! I've made another playlist of songs most likely to be played on tour, and have been listening nearly non-stop to that so I'll know the lyrics. I definitely won't stop listening to those songs after the show. In fact, I've started buying the albums instead of just streaming them. No, I don't like each song equally (and some not much at all), but that's normal.

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