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« Reply #25 on: February 23, 2017, 12:43:49 AM »

I just got "Chaos And Creation In The Backyard" a few days ago. I haven't listened to it yet. To be honest, I was fairly disappointed with "Driving Rain", and I kind og gave up collecting and following his solo career. I absolutely LOVE the song "My Valentine". I would put it up against his greatest songs, like "My Love", "Let It Be", and "The Long And Winding Road".
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« Reply #26 on: February 23, 2017, 02:37:06 AM »

I'd avoided solo McCartney stuff for years (except for Band on the Run, which was unavoidable). 

Then I bought the debut solo, which is a wonderful uncut gem. 

Much later, with a little help from feelsflow, I found myself listening to (and enjoying) Off the Ground.

I may just take it from there...   
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« Reply #27 on: February 23, 2017, 05:10:48 AM »

I just got "Chaos And Creation In The Backyard" a few days ago. I haven't listened to it yet. To be honest, I was fairly disappointed with "Driving Rain", and I kind og gave up collecting and following his solo career. I absolutely LOVE the song "My Valentine". I would put it up against his greatest songs, like "My Love", "Let It Be", and "The Long And Winding Road".

I like about half of Driving Rain.  The opening song, Lonely Road, really had me optimistic when I first heard the album, but then it settles into MOR McCartney pretty fast.  I do like the album closer Rise the Raindrops.  I used to really like Freedom when it first came out, but I think I was still too caught up in post 9-11 Patriotism to realize that it's a pretty mediocre song.  Good message, so so execution. 
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« Reply #28 on: June 28, 2017, 04:09:48 AM »

I've just discovered a Macca album I'd never even heard of----McCartney II.

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

It sounds very cool so far! I get the impression it's not held in very high esteem though. Any thoughts, anyone?
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« Reply #29 on: June 28, 2017, 05:00:37 AM »

I've just discovered a Macca album I'd never even heard of----McCartney II.

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

It sounds very cool so far! I get the impression it's not held in very high esteem though. Any thoughts, anyone?

Yes, I enjoy the album. I put it on when I'm looking for something a little more far out there. It's definitely an experimental album for Paul and, as far as I know, was not held in much high regard for quite a while. But in retrospect, I think people quite rightly view it as a good example of McCartney trying out some new things. I like On The Way, Waterfalls, Summer's Day Song, and One of These Days the best.
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« Reply #30 on: June 28, 2017, 05:34:34 AM »

I've just discovered a Macca album I'd never even heard of----McCartney II.

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

It sounds very cool so far! I get the impression it's not held in very high esteem though. Any thoughts, anyone?

Yes, I enjoy the album. I put it on when I'm looking for something a little more far out there. It's definitely an experimental album for Paul and, as far as I know, was not held in much high regard for quite a while. But in retrospect, I think people quite rightly view it as a good example of McCartney trying out some new things. I like On The Way, Waterfalls, Summer's Day Song, and One of These Days the best.

Thanks, CSM. Kind of what Trans was for Neil Young then. I'll keep listening. :=)
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« Reply #31 on: June 28, 2017, 06:50:07 AM »

I've just discovered a Macca album I'd never even heard of----McCartney II.

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

It sounds very cool so far! I get the impression it's not held in very high esteem though. Any thoughts, anyone?

Yes, I enjoy the album. I put it on when I'm looking for something a little more far out there. It's definitely an experimental album for Paul and, as far as I know, was not held in much high regard for quite a while. But in retrospect, I think people quite rightly view it as a good example of McCartney trying out some new things. I like On The Way, Waterfalls, Summer's Day Song, and One of These Days the best.

Thanks, CSM. Kind of what Trans was for Neil Young then. I'll keep listening. :=)

Yes! Great comparison.
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« Reply #32 on: June 29, 2017, 10:41:33 AM »

I've just discovered a Macca album I'd never even heard of----McCartney II.

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

It sounds very cool so far! I get the impression it's not held in very high esteem though. Any thoughts, anyone?

I LOVE this album. First heard it down in NYC, imagine walking through the village with "On the Way" blasting in your ears. DAMN.
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« Reply #33 on: July 03, 2017, 10:24:45 AM »

I've just discovered a Macca album I'd never even heard of----McCartney II.

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

It sounds very cool so far! I get the impression it's not held in very high esteem though. Any thoughts, anyone?

Love the album, since it's just Paul experimenting. "Temporary Secretary" is one of my favorite Paul deep cuts. He's played it live a few times in recent months, which is so cool.
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« Reply #34 on: August 06, 2017, 01:27:49 PM »

I've listened to quite a bit of of Paul's solo stuff over the years, but there's so much of it that I haven't heard or barely heard (mostly his 80's work and beyond). And The Beatles are my favorite band (Beach Boys are 2nd), so naturally I'd be interested in his solo career. One of the first albums I loved was his Back in the US tour CD from 2002, he sang a mix of solo and Beatles songs and it actually introduced me to The Beatles music as well.

So far, for me:

McCartney: Great debut. Yeah it's fragmentary, under-produced, and annoyingly unfinished at times (would've loved a full length version of The Lovely Linda or more lyrics to That Would Be Something). But that's part of the charm for me: even half-baked McCartney stuff was better than almost anything else out there. The melodies throughout are beautiful, and the fully realized tracks are breathtakingly brilliant (Maybe I'm Amazed, Junk, Every Night, Teddy Boy). Not to mention he plays all the instruments and does most of the vocals himself. Amazingly talented man.

Ram: Good, but not as memorable as McCartney for me. I love 'Heart of the Country', gorgeous vocals, and can't get enough of the crazy 'Monkberry Moon Delight'. 'Too Many People' rocks as well, but some of the rest is solid rock 'n roll but not his best.

Redrose Speedway: I enjoy 'My Love' but haven't heard too much of the album to have an opinion yet.

Wildlife: Quite good in a 'McCartney' way: under-developed, but still flashes of brilliance of everywhere. Only he can make songs called 'Bip-Bop' and 'Mumbo' work. The title track is nice, I like 'Love is Strange' and 'Dear Friend'. Not his best and I can see why a lot of people might not like it, but I do.

Band on the Run: My favorite album of his so far, the title track, 'Jet', 'Let Me Roll It', 'Helen Wheels' and one of is best overlooked gems, 'Bluebird, which is hauntingly beautiful. The lyrics are a little weak at times, but I can't criticize his melodic sense, or his singing and instrumental chops. Brilliant.

I've heard a lot of his other solo songs as well from say 'Back to the Egg', 'Venus and Mars' and 'McCartney II', plus his more recent stuff, but I want to listen to the actual albums again before I start forming my opinions. I think overall I enjoy Paul's solo career the most, but I think John at his best was even better. The thing is that Paul was more prolific, the guy has recorded music basically non-stop since like the late 50's. :D So naturally he has 'more' songs I like simply because he recorded more, but he also has 'more' songs that I don't like than John as a result as well. Hmm. I'll have to think about this. As for George, All Things Must Pass is brilliant, and I heard Living in the Material World but wasn't too impressed, which sorta turned me off to listening to anymore albums of his, but I'll have to give his other work a chance soon.
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« Reply #35 on: August 07, 2017, 06:23:42 AM »

Paul was more prolific, but I think John and George have more quality than quantity in their solo catalogs. 

I think Paul has a lot of great songs in his post Wings catalog, but many of the albums are a little inconsistent.
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« Reply #36 on: August 07, 2017, 08:23:39 AM »

I think Paul's Beatles work gets in the way a lot. Wild life on its own would be an alright album but in light of what he did as a beatle it just seems too lightweight and some of his other stuff also feels that way to me (just my opinion)
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« Reply #37 on: August 07, 2017, 09:02:56 AM »

Little Lamb Dragonfly is Paul's best solo track. Fite me.
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« Reply #38 on: August 07, 2017, 01:03:54 PM »

Paul was more prolific, but I think John and George have more quality than quantity in their solo catalogs. 

I think Paul has a lot of great songs in his post Wings catalog, but many of the albums are a little inconsistent.
Yeah, you have to sort through a lot of rubbish to find the occasional gem like Hope of Deliverance or My Brave Face. All of the ex-Beatles did pretty well in the first half of the 70's, though. All of them were having hit singles, and turning out quality material, despite the occasional lapses like Some Time in NYC. I hear McCartney as Paul's own version of a Wild Honey type album. Wildlife also has a similar vibe. So I guess that would make Ram his Sunflower? Or maybe that honor belongs to Red Rose Speedway?
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« Reply #39 on: August 07, 2017, 01:10:15 PM »

Paul was more prolific, but I think John and George have more quality than quantity in their solo catalogs. 

I think Paul has a lot of great songs in his post Wings catalog, but many of the albums are a little inconsistent.
Yeah, you have to sort through a lot of rubbish to find the occasional gem like Hope of Deliverance or My Brave Face. All of the ex-Beatles did pretty well in the first half of the 70's, though. All of them were having hit singles, and turning out quality material, despite the occasional lapses like Some Time in NYC. I hear McCartney as Paul's own version of a Wild Honey type album. Wildlife also has a similar vibe. So I guess that would make Ram his Sunflower? Or maybe that honor belongs to Red Rose Speedway?

Yeah, Hope of Deliverance and My Brave Face are great. 

One McCartney song that nobody talks about is the ten minute Rinse the Raindrops at the end of the Driving Rain album.  I found that song interested as it's Paul and his band having some fun, and he's kinda breaking away from the "paint by numbers Paul" songs he usually does. 
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