Sunday, October 14, 2012

Paul McCartney interview 1968



In this 1968 BBC interview, Paul talks about what the Beatles are really all about and their importance in the grand scheme of things. Includes a few rare clips of the band in the studio.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Back Seat of my Car



Some nice orchestration on this, has that George Martin feel to it.

Too Many People



Album track off of "Ram." It's amusing to reflect that Paul got a lot of flack upon release of the this album, especially some snide comments from his former bandmates, but, over time, this album's rep has grown to the point that many think this is among Paul's best work.

Bluebird

Album track off of "Band on the Run." Listening to tracks like this really hammers home how important Linda was to the Wings sound. Maybe not the most polished singer, she contributed.

Some People Never Know



Off of "Wild Life," the debut album of Wings. Nice harmonies on this track.

Bip Bop



Off of Wings' first album, "Wild Life." Kind of a throw-away song, though, as with just about any Paul song, there are those who claim this is one of his top compositions. "Wild Life" is a fun album, not full of big hits but with interesting sounds.

Picasso's Last Words



Another classic off of "Band on the Run.'

Mamunia







One of the most under-rated songs in the entire career of Paul McCartney.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

You are My Sunshine - Tonight Show



Not the best recording, but shows Paul fooling around with the guitar on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Classic Paul Interviews.

A few fun Paul interviews, the first with Michael Parkinson, the second with a local reporter in Quebec. These first two both are interesting, but Paul seems a lot more amused by the second one. The reporter rather bluntly and successfully gets Paul to show his respect for all things Quebecian (Celine Dion, French, local history and culture). Oh, and Paul sings "Yesterday" in the first clip.





And here's another, from 1984, with Johnny Carson. It practically defines the word "awkward."



Here's one with Bryant Gumbel in 1982 in which Paul talks very openly about the tight bond among the Beatles and having Linda in "Wings." This would have been during his "Tug of War" days.




Here's one with Paul and Linda on a morning chat show during the promotion of "Broad Street." Kind of an awkward interview, Linda particularly seems very stiff. However, Paul gives some interesting observations about working with Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Thursday, April 19, 2012

It's Not True (audio only)



Two versions for your delectation, one the final cut above, the other a rough cut that is sort of a stripped-down mirror of the album track. Off of the under-rated Press to Play album.

In general, I'm not a big fan of Paul when he uses that girly, high-pitched voice that approaches falsetto. So, this isn't one of my faves, but it is nicely done anyway and has a nice sax part which isn't something Paul does a lot of.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Man We Was Lonely



Paul took a lot of criticism about his 1970 first solo album, "McCartney," but who wouldn't if they were being compared to the Beatles (Harrison and Lennon were all too quick to criticize this album)? This is a fine song, better appreciated now, I think. Paul is in fine voice, he's not trying to prove anything and is simply being mellow, and Linda chips in some nice backing vocals. This is Paul being homespun and simple, something that John (into social issues) and George (into his own spirituality) couldn't appreciate at that time.

This sounds like it could have fit in nicely on the White Album, next to Rocky Raccoon, Bungalow Bill, Martha My Dear, Happiness is a Warm Gun and pretty much everything else on it. It has a folksy feel that also complements Paul's later Monkberry Moon Delight. Comparing anyone's first effort, even Paul McCartney's, on his own to another act's culminating masterpiece "Abbey Road" was completely ridiculous and petty at the time and still is.

I've Just Seen A Face Wings Live 1975



Some classic Wings, with Linda proving that she CAN sing without studio tricks if given the proper presentation, preparation and material. No autotune, no isolated mic, and a difficult harmony amidst a raucous crowd, I'd say she did fine.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

My Valentine - featuring Natalie Portman & Johnny Depp

Second appearance by Ms. Portman in a Paul video - perhaps she's a fan? Or he is of her? Or both? And same with Depp?

In any event, you don't get better talent than Portman and Johnny Depp in your music video!

Blue Sway



Paul shows that his recent foray into jazz wasn't a one-shot affair, as this song from 20 years ago gets a new video. Nice underwater imagery to accompany the easy-listening tune.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Friday, March 30, 2012

Paul in Rotterdam 24-3-2012 HD

McCartney in Rotterdam



Nice production throughout, his lead guitarist rocks, sounds perfect. Paul can still hit those notes, reports of the demise of his voice are premature.

"Something," Ahoy Rotterdam 24-3-2012 HD

Paul's Tribute to George Harrison



This is off his very successful "Fireman" cd from a few years ago. It is nice to see an artist of his caliber who treats his fans with respect by dressing like it is an important occasion. Very rare these days.

The Night Before [Live at Ahoy, Rotterdam - 24-03-2012]

Paul looking very dapper in his Beatles business suit. Nice performance, the concert must have been awesome.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Paul Handling an odd fan onstage

Paul allows a local celebrity or performer or... something ... on stage for a promo that he turns into a humorous bit as she overstays her welcome. Hard to know how much, if any, of this was planned, though I highly doubt just anyone can simply waltz on stage at a McCartney show and do whatever they want. Who knows, maybe he met her earlier that day and gave her a break to plug whatever it is she is plugging. Oh, this is from his March 24 2012 Rotterdam show.