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9 November 2012
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Have to alter my list as completely forgot about Another Day and Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey. So Mama's Little Girl is out and its a top 11. Sorry but cant omit any of the others.

1. Live And Let Die
2. No Words
3. With A Little Luck
4. Beware My Love
5. Wild Life
6. I Am Your Singer (a gorgeous duet with Linda)
7. Another Day
8. Medicine Jar (not a Paul lead vocal but a fabulous rocker)
9. C Moon
10. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
11. Hi Hi Hi

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9 November 2012
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meanmistermustard said
Have to alter my list as completely forgot about Another Day and Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey.

Neither of those songs are by Wings.

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10 November 2012
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meanmistermustard said

6. I Am Your Singer (a gorgeous duet with Linda)

Interesting that you should pick that song- I really love the footage in Wingspan of a happy and hirsute Paul and Linda rehearsing it on the farm. With a simple acoustic the chord progression is made more obvious and it really is a beautiful one. However, to my ears, the arrangement on Wild Life really does it no justice at all, with Linda singing slightly flat, thumping tom-toms and a flute solo.

Anywho, for a revised top 10, featuring a strangely disproportionate amount of songs beginning with L:

1. Little Lamb Dragonfly (ridiculously underrated song, stands up to some of Paul's best work with the Beatles if you ask me)

2. Daytime Nighttime Suffering (again, a fantastic pop single, why hidden away as the B-side to the inferior Goodnight Tonight?)

3. Tomorrow (the best song from Wild Life, with some of his best vocals to boot)

4. Band On The Run

5. Live And Let Die

6. Love in Song

7. Let 'em In

8. Let Me Roll It

9. Don't Let It Bring You Down (about the only song I really like from London Town)

10. Beware My Love

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10 November 2012
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Unknown you are right. That will be why i didnt go near Ram in the first play. I was thinking of the Wings Greatest album which they are included on when they came to mind. So its back to the original 10 with Mama's Little Girl. Makes life easier.

Ben Ramon.
Disco was still quite the thing when Goodnight Tonight came out which might be why it was the a-side and Daytime Nighttime Suffering the flip. Ive never settled on which is better, both have some good moments.
Tomorrow is a fabulous song and possibly should have been on my list as well - but what to omit?

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11 November 2012
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meanmistermustard said
 

Ben Ramon.
Disco was still quite the thing when Goodnight Tonight came out which might be why it was the a-side and Daytime Nighttime Suffering the flip. Ive never settled on which is better, both have some good moments.
Tomorrow is a fabulous song and possibly should have been on my list as well - but what to omit?

I do like Goodnight Tonight, the refrain is ridiculously catchy and the prominent bassline adds nicely to the disco flavour, but I could do without the middle section with the conga solos and vocoder babbling. Daytime Nighttime Suffering has always struck me as more interesting from a songwriting perspective, some great hooks and harmonies in every section.

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In no particular order:

•Listen To What the Man Said

•Mrs. Vanderbilt

•Beware My Love

•Letting Go

•Magneto and Titanium Man

•Must Do Something About It

•Junior's Farm

•1985

•Spirits Of Ancient Egypt

4 July 2013
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In no particular order...

 

If it was a Top 16, I would have also added these:

  • Single Pigeon 
  • Get On The Right Thing
  • One More Kiss
  • C Moon
  • Blue Bird
  • Mull Of Kintyre

So basically Red Rose Speedway and Band On The Run.heart

"Please don't bring your banjo back, I know where it's been..  I wasn't hardly gone a day, when it became the scene..  Banjos!  Banjos!  All the time, I can't forget that tune..  and if I ever see another banjo, I'm going out and buy a big balloon!"

 

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Ben Ramon said

meanmistermustard said

6. I Am Your Singer (a gorgeous duet with Linda)

Interesting that you should pick that song- I really love the footage in Wingspan of a happy and hirsute Paul and Linda rehearsing it on the farm. With a simple acoustic the chord progression is made more obvious and it really is a beautiful one. However, to my ears, the arrangement on Wild Life really does it no justice at all, with Linda singing slightly flat, thumping tom-toms and a flute solo.

Were they not singing "Hey Diddle" in that scene?

"Please don't bring your banjo back, I know where it's been..  I wasn't hardly gone a day, when it became the scene..  Banjos!  Banjos!  All the time, I can't forget that tune..  and if I ever see another banjo, I'm going out and buy a big balloon!"

 

4 July 2013
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LongHairedLady said

Ben Ramon said

meanmistermustard said

6. I Am Your Singer (a gorgeous duet with Linda)

Interesting that you should pick that song- I really love the footage in Wingspan of a happy and hirsute Paul and Linda rehearsing it on the farm. With a simple acoustic the chord progression is made more obvious and it really is a beautiful one. However, to my ears, the arrangement on Wild Life really does it no justice at all, with Linda singing slightly flat, thumping tom-toms and a flute solo.

Were they not singing "Hey Diddle" in that scene?

Both. Go to 4:15 in this video - like I said, it's a beautiful rendition which to my ears has a lolt more going for it than the studio recording.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....ZT5XeeOOWo

 

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4 July 2013
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Ahh, I forgot about that part!  Thanks for sharing, love those videos!  a-hard-days-night-john-6

"Please don't bring your banjo back, I know where it's been..  I wasn't hardly gone a day, when it became the scene..  Banjos!  Banjos!  All the time, I can't forget that tune..  and if I ever see another banjo, I'm going out and buy a big balloon!"

 

5 July 2013
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I have to disagree strenuously about "I Am Your Singer".  I just watched the video, and while it's interesting to see Paul and Linda singing it out in the grass with just an acoustic guitar, to me Linda's voice is inferior there compared with what she does on the album.  The "flat" tonality she has is good for the song (and btw, she's "flat" in the video too).

The album's version also is improved by the addition of that electric guitar playing chords with an interesting reverb echo effect.  The tom-toms are perfect -- a dead sound, nicely accenting beats.

And finally, that's not a "flute" on the album version -- there are two recorders there, played by Paul and Linda, often harmonizing.

 

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5 July 2013
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Well I'll have to agree to disagree - I've always found the song as it is on Wild Life to come across limp, tacky and under-rehearsed, especially following its far more accomplished cousin Some People Never Know.

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5 July 2013
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In no particular order my favourites are:

  • My Love
  • Let Me Roll It
  • Band On The Run
  • Mrs. Vanderbilt
  • Tomorrow
  • One More Kiss
  • Some People Never Know/I am Your Singer
  • Wild Life
  • Mull of Kintyre
  • Junior's Farm (10 tracks already =o)
  • Silly Love Songs
  • RRS Medley ( Hold Me Tight - Lazy Dynamite- Power Cut)
  • The Mess
  • Bluebird
  • Country Dreamer
  • 1985
  • I Lie Around
7 July 2013
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Call Me Back Again - Venus And Mars
   What a fucking GROOVE! Reminds me of "Oh! Darling". Great bass line and Macca's voice friggin' RIPS (literally)!
Old Siam Sir - Back To The Egg
   Come on...Heavy Metal Macca?!?! Kick-ass guitar riff in the after chorus.
Let Me Roll It - Band On The Run
   People said it sounded like the Plastic Ono Band...please...John wished! Yoko wished! Another slick groove.
She's My Baby - At the Speed of Sound
   Cheesy but swingin'. Another sweet bass line.
Letting Go - Venus And Mars
   Sludgy Rock 'N' Roll. Who says that Lennon was the rocker? Cool horn section. Nice use of the word Lucifer.
Soily - Wings Over America
   It's too bad he never made a studio version of this one! It rocks just as hard as Zeppelin ever did.
Magneto and Titanium Man - Venus And Mars
   A song about Marvel villains (cool!) Makes you bounce from the get go.
Piccasso's Last Words - Band On The Run
   This one prooves that Macca is a true artist. It's cubism through music (Piccasso's painting
   style). It recalls previous songs from the record and connects it to the whole (just as artsy as Pink Floyd ever dreamed of being). 
   More great bass playing from the man himself.
Red Rose Medley - Red Rose Speedway
   Cheesy, sappy, trite, contrived...anything negative ever said about Macca...this track has it all! It's for those of us that love Paul for never
   apologizing for being Paul.
last but not least:
Live And Let Die
   It was great live! Not because of the pyro-technics but because it's simply an amazing fucking song! This track alone proves the Paul
   McCartney is the greatest song-writer of our time.
   

  

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I only heard part of tracks on the Venus And Mars album via the Rock Show and I've got to say I don't understand the fuss about it, they're good enough tracks for me.

7 July 2013
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RIGBY mentioned "Picasso's Last Words".  I really like two parts in it:

1)  the "three o'clock in the morning, I'm getting ready for bed" part -- great singing melody and cool chords

2) those Frenchy interludes -- wonderful low clarinet playing (Denny Laine, quite a talented guy); very clever chords created by Paul: and a nice touch using that French talking that sounds like an old radio.

P.S.: A bit of trivia about this song.  Paul said many years ago that he wrote this song just after Picasso died (April 8, 1973).  Not ony that, Paul was vacationing in the Caribbean and he and Linda ran into the actor Dustin Hoffman.  Dustin was impressed by Paul's ability to write songs at the drop of a hat, so he challenged him to write one about Picasso.  And Paul did.

 

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7 July 2013
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I've never been much of a fan of Picasso's Last Words. I like the "three o'clock in the morning" section that Funny Paper mentioned and it has a lovely melody in general, but the rambling latter section with the reprises of Jet and Mrs Vanderbilt really takes focus and momentum out of the album for me.

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7 July 2013
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I like the reprises because they give the song and the album the feel of a soundtrack, a sense of connection and recurring themes. And I'm a lover of soundtracks and musicals like Paul, and out of all the 70s output I've heard, I tend the favor the music he was doing close to the time of "Live And Let Die," when he seemed to continue in that cinematic mode.

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Too tough to pick only 10! Here are mine in no particular order:

 

1. Jet

2. Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five

3. Venus And Mars/Rockshow

4. Daytime Nighttime Suffering

5. Big Barn Bed

6. My Love

7. Beware My Love

8. The Mess

9. Love is Strange (a cover, but I love it!)

10. Call Me Back Again

 

honorable mention: Soily, Mrs. Vandebilt, Bluebird, Letting Go, Listen to What the Man Said, Little Lamb Dragonfly, Let 'Em In, Getting Closer, London Town, Cafe On the Left Bank, Junior's Farm, Hi Hi Hi, C Moon

 

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I won't do a Top 10, but I'd like to give a shout-out to 2 lesser-known Wings tracks that no has mentioned yet that I consider highly underrated: "Some People Never Know" and "You Gave Me the Answer."

BTW, is it actually "Mrs. Vandebilt" (as it's been spelled on nearly all releases), or is it indeed "Mrs. Vanderbilt"?  a-hard-days-night-paul-4

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