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