Thursday, April 26, 2012

You are My Sunshine


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Paul McCartney was in Stefano, London, UK on 7 September 1988 for a documentary. Paul breaks into an a capella rendition of "You Are My Sunshine" at the 1:09 mark of the above video. He notes afterward:
As a kid, whenever I was a bit depressed, I'd always reach out for a guitar. I still do. That's how I discovered music can heal. It can do more than just ease the pain. It can throw a lifeline to kids who can't be reached any other way. That's the power of music.
Not the best recording, but it shows Paul singing with kids, which is relatively rare for him. There also are versions of "Every Day," "Rave On," "Martin Can Sing" and "Give Me Your Love." This is a nice clip for anyone who wants to see a slightly different side of Paul beyond the big rock star who only sings his own pop music hits.



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Monday, April 23, 2012

Classic Paul Interviews.


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Paul McCartney on the BBC, 1967.

Just for something different, here are a few classic and fun Paul McCartney interviews. Paul McCartney very well may be the most interviewed person in history - at the very least, he is a contender for that title. If you look at them carefully, you can see certain patterns developing over time.

The first with Michael Parkinson, the second with a local reporter in Quebec. Paul sings some great old tunes in the first clip. It's interesting to see him without his usual band, which he didn't hire until a few years later. The second interview is from VH1 in 1995.




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



Next up is an interview from 1982 in which Paul discusses, among other things, the first song that he ever wrote.




Here's one from a 1967 BBC interview with Paul not looking nearly as polished as he does in his many later interviews. Paul's accent is still quite thick and he sounds a bit like John Lennon circa 1970, a bit rebellious and confined by his image and situation. These early interviews (relatively speaking) are fabulous for seeing what Paul McCartney is really all about before he learned to hide it behind the "peace and love" persona. He's obviously working hard at this time to improve, but at the same time hasn't outgrown his roots.



Below is one with Paul and Linda on a morning chat show hosted by Noel Edmonds 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. It's amazing to see how may interviewers Paul McCartney has outlasted in his career - virtually all of them, in fact.



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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Back in the USSR - Red Square


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Paul McCartney plays Red Square, 24 May 2003.



Paul McCartney performed in Red Square on 24 May 2003. Paul wrote "Back in the USSR" at the height of the Cold War as a sardonic play on the Beach Boys' "California Girls."

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The Beatles took a fair amount of heat for the seemingly pro-Soviet song, but it was a standout on the White Album and all done in fun.

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The Beatles were banned in the USSR for many years, but their music did seep across the border regardless. Often, this was at some risk to both the seller and the buyer.

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I bet that when he wrote "Back in the USSR," Paul never imagined he would get the chance to play it in Red Square.

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With the Soviet Union gone and some Russians a bit wistful about it, the meaning of "back" may have switched a bit for some listeners.

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"Back in the USSR," in fact, now may have a very different meaning for some listeners than it did in 1968. The contacts that Paul built up during this appearance in Moscow, during which he personally met with Vladimir Putin, came in handy years later when Paul helped to secure the release of some Greenpeace activists captured while interfering with whaling operations.



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Thursday, April 19, 2012

It's Not True from Press to Play


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"It's Not True" is a track from Paul McCartney's "Press to Play" that also was the B side for the "Press to Play" single. The single was a minor hit for Paul, hitting No. 21 in the United States and No. 25 in the United Kingdom. Two versions are included here for your delectation, one the final cut above, the other a rough cut demo version that is sort of a stripped-down mirror of the album track.

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"It's Not True" isn't one of my favorite McCartney recordings. It is repetitive and long at 5:35, a deadly combination. After a few minutes you may be prone to go, "Okay already, I believe you, it's not true, shut up already." However, "It's Not True" is nicely done anyway and has a nice sax part which isn't something Paul incorporates in his songs very often. It was recorded at Hog Hill Studio, Rye, the United Kingdom in March/May 1985 and released in 1986 (and reissued in 1993). "It's Not True" apparently has appeared only on its original album and various bootlegs and never been performed in concert. So, we may assume from those two facts that Paul considers "It's Not True" to be mediocre album filler without much popularity. However, inevitably, you will find someone who just loves it, so it is worth a listen - at least once.



The lineup for "It's Not True":
  • Paul McCartney: Backing vocals, Bass, Electric piano, Vocals
  • Eric Stewart: Electric guitar
  • Jerry Marotta: Drums
  • Carlos Alomar: Electric guitar
  • LaBouche: Backing vocals
  • Lenny Pickett: Saxophone
Paul produced "It's Not True" with Hugh Padgham.

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It's not true
It's not true
It's not true

Some people say she's a bad girl
Some people think she's a fool
Some people tell me she's no good
But I'm telling you, "It's not true, it's not true, it's not true"

They say that my girl's a mad girl
No saying what she might do
Some people tell me she's crazy
But I'm telling you, "It's not true, it's not true, it's not true"

It's not true
Ooh, ooh, ooh, they've been talking to the fellas
Ooh, ooh, ooh, have they never heard of jealousy?
Ooh, ooh, ooh, if she helps me write the melody
I'll let the words take care of themselves

It's not true, it's not true, it's not true

It's not true
Ooh, ooh, ooh, they've been talking to the fellas
Ooh, ooh, ooh, have they never heard of jealousy?
Ooh, ooh, ooh, if she helps me make the memories
I'll let the words take care of themselves

Some people say she's a loser
Some people tell me that she's through
Some people say I don't love her
But I'm telling you, "It's not true, it's not true, it's not true
What they're saying about her isn't true"

Don't you know it isn't true?
Oh no, no, no, no
Ooh, it isn't
Oh, it's not true

It's not true
It's not true
It's not true


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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Man We Was Lonely


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"Man We Was Lonely" is an album track from Paul McCartney's first solo album, "McCartney." 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? George Harrison and John Lennon were all too quick to criticize "McCartney." However, "Man We Was Lonely" was a fine song.

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"Man We Was Lonely" is 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.

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Paul had this to say at the time:
The chorus ("Man We Was Lonely") was written in bed at home, shortly before we finished recording the album. The middle ("I used to ride...") was done one lunchtime in a great hurry, as we were due to record the song that afternoon. Linda sings harmony on this song, which is our first duet together. The steel-guitar sound is my Telecaster played with a drum peg.
Linda does make a fine contribution, her first.

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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.

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I've Just Seen A Face Wings Live 1975


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Paul McCartney singing "I've Just Seen a Face."



"I've Just Seen a Face" is an old Beatles classic, and Paul wasn't in the habit of playing them during the 1970s. 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.

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

My Valentine - featuring Natalie Portman & Johnny Depp


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"My Valentine" is a single from Paul McCartney's February 2012 "Kisses on the Bottom" album. It is an original McCartney composition, one of only two on the album (the other songs are American standards). The black-and-white music video features the second appearance by Natalie Portman in a Paul McCartney video. Apparently, Paul and she are fans, she's had dinner at his place, etc.  Johnny Depp also appears in the music video - he later appears in the "Queenie Eye" music video.

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In any event, you don't get better talent than Portman and Johnny Depp in your music video! While not a big favorite among many McCartney fans because it is another of his oft-mediocre steps outside the pop genre in which he became famous, "My Valentine" did relatively well for Paul on the charts in various countries. It peaked at No. 23 in Japan, made the Adult Contemporary Chart in the United States at No. 19, and appeared on the United Kingdom pop chart at No. 136. As usual with Paul's commercial offerings, the album did much better: "Kisses on the Bottom" peaked at number 3 on the UK Albums Chart and at number 5 on the US Billboard 200.

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Blue Sway


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"Blue Sway."



Paul McCartney wrote a melody during the first "McCartney II" sessions in June/July 1979. However, Paul did not use the track and shelved it for about thirty years (when you are Paul McCartney you can shelve things for 30 years and eventually get back to them). Ho hum, another melody that went nowhere.

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Finally, McCartney decided to use the old track. In 2010, he used footage from award-winning surf filmmaker Jack McCoy to create a music video (actually, it may have been the other way around) for his previously unreleased track.

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Now, the tune is called "Blue Sway." McCoy's footage provides nice underwater imagery to accompany the easy-listening tune. The footage is shot off Tahiti's Teahupoo reef.

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McCartney released the music video on the bonus DVD included in the McCartney II album released on June 14, 2011, by MPL and Concord Music Group. "Blue Sway won "Best Music Video" at NYC BE FILM Short Festival.

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"Deeper Shade of Blue."

McCoy, for his part, included the "Blue Sway" video on his film "Deeper Shade of Blue."


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Friday, April 6, 2012

Best Love by Steve Martin and Paul McCartney


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Paul McCartney sings on Steve Martin's album "Rare Bird Alert."



While promoting his 2011 bluegrass album "Rare Bird Alert," Steve Martin talks about recording with Paul McCartney. It turns out that Paul McCartney sang on a song, Best Love, that Steve wrote with his band Steep Canyon Rangers. Wouldn't you know it, Steve Martin has a funny anecdote about Paul. Steve also explains the different parts of a banjo.

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Okay, below is the song. It's not a very remarkable song, aside from the fact that it features Paul McCartney and Steve Martin.


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Sunday, April 1, 2012

"Ob-la-di-ob-la-da," then "Back in the USSR," live, Ahoy Rotterdam March 24, 2012


Paul McCartney in Rotterdam, March 24, 2012.




Paul McCartney took his band to Rotterdam on 24 March 2012 and did his usual thorough job. Performing at Ahoy Rotterdam, Paul gave a rousing version of his old hits, with two encores. These videos give a good idea of what it is like to sit in the back of the concert hall and take it all in.


Paul McCartney setlist at Ahoy Rotterdam:
Hello, Goodbye
(The Beatles song)
Junior's Farm
(Wings song)
All My Loving
(The Beatles song)
Venus and Mars
(Wings song)
Rock Show
(Wings song)
Jet
(Wings song)
Drive My Car
(The Beatles song)
Sing the Changes
(The Fireman song)
The Night Before
(The Beatles song)
Let Me Roll It
(Wings song) (with Foxy Lady snippet)
Paperback Writer
(The Beatles song)
The Long and Winding Road
(The Beatles song)
Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five
(Wings song)
My Valentine
(full band debut, first time in public)
Maybe I'm Amazed
I've Just Seen a Face
(The Beatles song)
I Will
(The Beatles song)
Blackbird
(The Beatles song)
Here Today
Dance Tonight
Mrs. Vandebilt
(Wings song)
Eleanor Rigby
(The Beatles song)
Ram On
(Paul & Linda McCartney cover) (Played by request)
Something
(The Beatles song)
Yellow Submarine
(The Beatles song) (Short impromptu version, played by request)
Band on the Run
(Wings song)
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
(The Beatles song)
Back in the U.S.S.R.
(The Beatles song)
I've Got a Feeling
(The Beatles song)
A Day in the Life
(The Beatles song) (with Give Peace A Chance snippet)
Let It Be
(The Beatles song)
Live and Let Die
(Wings song)
Hey Jude
(The Beatles song)

Encore:
The Word
(The Beatles song) (With All You Need Is Love Snippet)
Day Tripper
(The Beatles song)
Get Back
(The Beatles song)

Encore 2:
Yesterday
(The Beatles song)
Helter Skelter
(The Beatles song)
Golden Slumbers
(The Beatles song)
Carry That Weight
(The Beatles song)
The End


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