C/D Paul McCartney Solo

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I like the way "Rough Ride" sits in the album. McCartney goes to Propaganda-land. It definitely sounds like it was written in an afernoon but still pretty cool due to its Horn/Lipson glossiness. YMMV of course depending on how much you dig Horn/Lipson.

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Tuesday, 28 March 2017 21:47 (two years ago) link

I love Propaganda, Horn and Lipson and feel confident in saying that song eats it.

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 29 March 2017 00:07 (two years ago) link

Shifting gears, I'm digging into Pipes of Peace on Spotify. Notwithstanding its rep as "leftovers from Tug of War," this is a more interesting and experimental record than it is given credit for – certainly more interesting than its predecessor's somewhat unremarkable exercise in formalism and LA Express smooth jazz. Paul's melodic touch is in good form throughout – I've always been a fan of "So Bad" (which received pretty heavy airplay on MTV IIRC) and "The Other Me" is a minor hidden gem. "Average Person" could be straight off London Town were it it for the more modern production. Also both MJ collabs, "The Man" in particular, are high quality. All told, there's less filler on this than any other post-1975 Paul record I can think of.

Also, given that his slide into 80s survivor mode would otherwise feel almost too easy, I appreciate the left turns on this record: the Linndrum sound, the sawing Martin orchestrations on things like "Keep Under Cover," and the weird mashup that is "Tug of Peace."

Demos on the expanded version, particularly on oddball stuff like "It's Not On," show he was very much on his game – and point to some of the studio experiments he'd be exploring in the years ahead.

A pleasant if extremely belated discovery.

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 29 March 2017 15:05 (two years ago) link

Hmm. I completely disagree, to be honest, especially about the comment about it having less filler than any of his post-1975 albums... I think Pipes of Peace is one of McCartney's weaker albums, although it has a fair amount of highlights on it. It's certainly down there near the bottom of the pile for me. What he really should have done was release the best of the stuff as an EP, and perhaps bundled it with Tug of War as the Pipes of Peace EP.

I'd say 'Pipes of Peace', 'Say Say Say', 'So Bad' and 'The Man' were the keepers. Destroy the rest without hesitation.

The Roger Waters Experience (Turrican), Wednesday, 29 March 2017 15:13 (two years ago) link

Yeah that's what I thought ... and then I re-listened to it. Far more holds up than I remembered.

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 29 March 2017 15:16 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

I don't listen to Driving Rain as often as some of McCartney's other LP's, so it's been quite pleasant to revisit how fucking awesome 'Rinse the Raindrops' is.

...so music and chicken have become intertwined (Turrican), Wednesday, 12 April 2017 21:17 (two years ago) link

'rinse the raindrops' is incredible, but you have to stop the album before 'freedom' starts playing

fucking pop records (Autumn Almanac), Thursday, 13 April 2017 00:18 (two years ago) link

it's like following a banquet with shitty vanilla ice cream

fucking pop records (Autumn Almanac), Thursday, 13 April 2017 00:18 (two years ago) link

I couldn't agree more. 'Freedom' is def. bottom of the pile McCartney for me. Something like 'Rinse the Raindrops' though, shit! ... when McCartney leaves us and the obituaries are being written and people finally dig deep into his post-Beatles discography, they're gonna hear things like 'Rinse the Raindrops' and go "fuck! I never knew McCartney was doing stuff like that!" and I'll be like "told ya!"

...so music and chicken have become intertwined (Turrican), Thursday, 13 April 2017 00:30 (two years ago) link

four months pass...

New Swede Mason is relevant

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4EcRPlaXoQ

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 26 August 2017 18:59 (one year ago) link

fantastic

yellow is the color of some raisins (Doctor Casino), Saturday, 26 August 2017 19:15 (one year ago) link

it has been a long time since i've seen something as funny

niels, Sunday, 27 August 2017 01:20 (one year ago) link

eight months pass...

That is hilarious. A friend just sent me the Swedemason clip and I came here to post it and ... that's the most recent post, from almost a year ago.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 27 April 2018 15:08 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

New single:

Paul McCartney’s latest single is produced by Ryan Tedder and has a chorus that goes “I just wanna/Fuh You” https://t.co/UGy3MNKCM7

— Stephen Thomas Erlewine (@sterlewine) August 15, 2018

I don't know what to say other than I find it ... very catchy.

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 15 August 2018 19:20 (one year ago) link

just another in a v long line of embarassing Macca sexual innuendos

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 15 August 2018 19:34 (one year ago) link

"fuh" doesn't even rise to the level of innuendo

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Wednesday, 15 August 2018 19:40 (one year ago) link

Ha! I like the fact that McCartney is still doing shit like that at the age of 76.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Wednesday, 15 August 2018 20:23 (one year ago) link

this is the age of the horny septuagenarian

ghost beef (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 15 August 2018 21:31 (one year ago) link

I'm sure our British fans will hate this, but I thought it was pretty fun, and even kinda moving:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjvzCTqkBDQ

DJI, Wednesday, 15 August 2018 21:34 (one year ago) link

fans members

DJI, Wednesday, 15 August 2018 21:39 (one year ago) link

The new song sounds like something Ed Sheeran would toss off and discard for being too sappy. It's not like it's Paul's first ever misstep, of course, but even at his worst he's always sounded like he's following his own ideas, this isn't even that.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 15 August 2018 23:07 (one year ago) link

That’s about the least charitable reading of this possible but it may not be far off. Throughout McCartney’s solo career he has followed his various muses – one of which is to do “his” version of artists he admires. It’s led to some of his best stuff (“Arrow Thru Me” = Aja-era Steely Dan, “Summer Day’s Song” = BaAS-era Eno) and plenty of pablum. Perhaps this is his Sheeran nick. Or maybe it’s just his Viagra-era update of “Press.” Regardless, I love that he’s still doing it.

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 16 August 2018 01:34 (one year ago) link

“I just wanna fuh ... YOUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!”

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 16 August 2018 12:56 (one year ago) link

FUH! All Night!

DavidLeeRoth, Thursday, 16 August 2018 13:33 (one year ago) link

it really sucks

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 16 August 2018 13:40 (one year ago) link

Maybe he's calling back to this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5S80fSH0V9c

Eliza D., Thursday, 16 August 2018 13:44 (one year ago) link

His voice is near enough Fuh'd at this point.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 16 August 2018 18:13 (one year ago) link

right there
that's it
YES

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 16 August 2018 18:17 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

what is this shit
https://open.spotify.com/album/7piDt78gLATzAQv5JtQ4I7?si=pIvG0pnuTCmYQAqmixrXug

niels, Tuesday, 25 September 2018 07:22 (ten months ago) link

five months pass...

Love how the solo in "Maybe I'm Amazed" is the best George Harrison approximation he could do. Also the muted guitar in the second verse (I think -- about 2:15). Never paid attention to this song, but really digging it (this week).

john. a resident of evanston. (john. a resident of chicago.), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 03:00 (five months ago) link

Man, I've taken "Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey" for for my entire life. There's so much to love in it -- the chirping, the harmonies ("allllbehhhrt...ahhhhl daaaay"), his voice in the Admiral Halsey part, "leetle leetle gypsy get around"...What a song.

john. a resident of evanston. (john. a resident of chicago.), Thursday, 21 March 2019 01:32 (four months ago) link

If pushed, that or "Another Day" would be my POO Macca solo song.

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Thursday, 21 March 2019 05:28 (four months ago) link

four months pass...

I'm finally going out and listening to all of the Beatle's solo records. "Monkberry Moon Delight" was a nice find off of RAM. I kinda think that Paul is trying to get a Leon Russell thing going in the verses, but it's a bit more over the top. Kinda gets almost a Tom Waits kinda sounding growl at points.

earlnash, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 23:06 (five days ago) link


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