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Title: What was Pauls last great song?
Post by: tkitna on March 19, 2012, 01:15:38 AM
Kevin got me thinking about this. What do you consider to be Pauls last great song that he wrote? I'm going to have to really think about this before I post.
Title: Re: What was Pauls last great song?
Post by: nimrod on March 19, 2012, 01:24:59 AM
Im sorry Paul/Wings fans but for me it was Maybe Im Amazed.

An absolutely brilliant song......superb !!
Title: Re: What was Pauls last great song?
Post by: tkitna on March 19, 2012, 02:34:30 AM
Im sorry Paul/Wings fans but for me it was Maybe Im Amazed.

An absolutely brilliant song......superb !!


That was his first album. (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-laughing010.gif)
Title: Re: What was Pauls last great song?
Post by: tkitna on March 19, 2012, 02:40:52 AM
I've said on a few different occasions that 'Too Much Rain' was his best offering in some years, but I dont know if I could go as far as classifying it as a GREAT song.

The search continues.
Title: Re: What was Pauls last great song?
Post by: nimrod on March 19, 2012, 06:40:37 AM
That was his first album. ([url]http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-laughing010.gif[/url])


he's written some good songs since then, but IMO nothing 'great'
Title: Re: What was Pauls last great song?
Post by: tkitna on March 19, 2012, 07:45:24 AM
he's written some good songs since then, but IMO nothing 'great'

I know, but it struck me funny as hell. I know your stance on the solo stuff and to mention a song on his very first album was the ultimate irony. Its perfect. I'm still laughing.
Title: Re: What was Pauls last great song?
Post by: nimrod on March 19, 2012, 09:17:14 AM
 ha2ha
Title: Re: What was Pauls last great song?
Post by: blmeanie on March 19, 2012, 11:53:15 AM
I think Band on the Run was likely the last "great" song.  Many very good songs and enjoyable songs along the way however.
Title: Re: What was Pauls last great song?
Post by: Ovi on March 19, 2012, 12:26:44 PM
Maybe 'Tug of War'?
Title: Re: What was Pauls last great song?
Post by: glass onion on March 19, 2012, 10:45:16 PM
i like 'riding to vanity fair'.that's a good one.pretty recent.but maybe the last 'great' one of pauls' was 'coming up'.remember folks that this is about opinions.before the bullets start flying. ;D
Title: Re: What was Pauls last great song?
Post by: Hello Goodbye on March 19, 2012, 11:01:25 PM
i like 'riding to vanity fair'.that's a good one.pretty recent.but maybe the last 'great' one of pauls' was 'coming up'.remember folks that this is about opinions.before the bullets start flying. ;D

It's hard to believe that it's been 32 years since Paul gave us Coming Up. 

I agree with you, glass onion.  Indeed it was the most recent Paul song I included in my selections in the The Best Of The Solo Beatles thread.  It was very popular when it was released and everyone seemed to be singing it to themselves.  The video was ingenious and probably accounted for that.
Title: Re: What was Pauls last great song?
Post by: jamesbjorkman on March 20, 2012, 01:53:51 AM
I dunno, I liked "My Valentine."  I thought "Dance Tonight" was memorable.  If you just go by single sales you would have to go back to the '80s, but while he hasn't done well in that format for twenty years he has done some terrific work during that time.
Title: Re: What was Pauls last great song?
Post by: blmeanie on March 20, 2012, 11:34:35 AM
I dunno, I liked "My Valentine."  I thought "Dance Tonight" was memorable.  If you just go by single sales you would have to go back to the '80s, but while he hasn't done well in that format for twenty years he has done some terrific work during that time.

I liked, really liked a lot of songs over the years, but Hall of fame (great) worthy songs for me have been missing since Band on the Run.

If you consider most musicians would be thrilled for one or two truly great songs in their career and Paul (and the boys) have dozens, not too bad.
Title: Re: What was Pauls last great song?
Post by: Joost on March 20, 2012, 12:27:54 PM
Define "great"... Are we talking about Let It Be/Hey Jude/Penny Lane "great", or anything well above average?
Title: Re: What was Pauls last great song?
Post by: jamesbjorkman on March 20, 2012, 08:15:21 PM
It is not to my personal taste, but I think Paul's "Mull of Kintyre" remains the top-selling commercial single in the UK.  That has to rank.  "Say Say Say" may be royally hated by many, but you can't argue with its worldwide popularity.  "Silly Love Songs" practically defined the summer of '76.  After that, it gets into personal taste.  "Wanderlust" and "Calico Skies" are gems that nobody knows, in fact, half of "Tug of War" is great imho.  "Band on the Run" was his post-Beatles highlight, but I don't think that's the only great thing he's done in 40 years, that's setting the bar a little high for any man or act.
Title: Re: What was Pauls last great song?
Post by: Hello Goodbye on March 20, 2012, 08:21:07 PM
"Silly Love Songs" practically defined the summer of '76.

Spring and summer here in the Northeast.

Welcome to the Forum, jamesbjorkman!


Title: Re: What was Pauls last great song?
Post by: jamesbjorkman on March 20, 2012, 09:01:41 PM
Thanks!

Oh, I thought of one that has to be considered great.  Do you know how difficult it is to become a seasonal that is played year after year after year.  "Wonderful Christmastime" is a great song.
Title: Re: What was Pauls last great song?
Post by: Yeshelloitsmehereagain on March 20, 2012, 11:10:48 PM
'My Valentine' is pretty damn good. It's never a million seller but it's great according to me. That's all that matters... I like 'I Want To Come Home' and 'Sing The Changes' too. Jenny Wren, alot of Chaos...
Title: Re: What was Pauls last great song?
Post by: In My Life on March 21, 2012, 05:43:02 AM
"Silly Love Songs" practically defined the summer of '76. 

Yes! Every summer when I was growing up had that one special song and this was it that year. That was a great summer; the highlight was turning 13. Too bad I don't get that excited about my birthday anymore.  ;D
Title: Re: What was Pauls last great song?
Post by: Bobber on March 21, 2012, 09:27:25 AM
There's one of more songs on almost every album by Paul that I like and that I think are really good. His last GREAT song? That's pretty hard to tell. Maybe even Hey Jude. Maybe I'm Amazed and Band On The Run come to mind. Maybe 1985.
Title: Re: What was Pauls last great song?
Post by: Yeshelloitsmehereagain on March 21, 2012, 02:50:56 PM
Of course it all depends on how you measure greatness. Is it singles sales? You'd probably have to go back to '87 for that, is it just personal opinion? I guess that's more it. Of course if you are now a middle aged stick in the mud where things are never as good as they was when you were a young 'un then that is going to taint your views somewhat. Is it not?

If you say Band On The Run, Maybe I'm Amazed etc then maybe 30/40 years of hearing them and the memories of youth have some bearing on your opinion...

I mean Silly Love Songs is a heck of a catchy melody, it's quite loveable yes, but it's no way as affecting as say a Jenny Wren or Calico Skies or even some even more obscure recent b-sides.

60/70 year olds don't get as much air-play as 20/30 year olds...

Blah blah...

Back To The Egg is still, on the whole, cheese disco balls pap. But then I wasn't around then...
Title: Re: What was Pauls last great song?
Post by: topperking99 on March 21, 2012, 07:33:10 PM
I think there are 2 criteria to this question - Paul has had a solo and a Wing's career after the Beatles. So maybe pick one from Wings & one from his solo career which would include "McCartney" to "Kisses on the Bottom" since there are a couple of originals on his latest.
So, from his solo career: Too much rain
Wings: Jet
Thanks
Title: Re: What was Pauls last great song?
Post by: tkitna on March 22, 2012, 12:44:01 AM
Geez, I made this harder than it was. After reviewing Pauls solo work backwards, I came upon this one. Its only my favorite tune he's ever written. Wonder why I didnt just blurt that out to begin with.

Paul McCartney - Flaming Pie: Somedays (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnC9UmFrdkw#)
Title: Re: What was Pauls last great song?
Post by: tkitna on March 22, 2012, 12:49:33 AM
i like 'riding to vanity fair'.that's a good one.pretty recent.


(http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-laughing004.gif)  Thats the only song on 'Chaos' that I dont like. Why am I cursed? I find it too slow and boring.
Title: Re: What was Pauls last great song?
Post by: glass onion on March 23, 2012, 09:35:54 AM
([url]http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-laughing004.gif[/url])  Thats the only song on 'Chaos' that I dont like. Why am I cursed? I find it too slow and boring.
;sorry
Title: Re: What was Pauls last great song?
Post by: tkitna on March 23, 2012, 10:43:52 AM
Please, dont apologize to me. I'm the odd one out as usual.  ha2ha
Title: Re: What was Pauls last great song?
Post by: Gary910 on March 23, 2012, 02:53:12 PM
I'm the odd one out as usual.

No....!!!! Really????
Title: Re: What was Pauls last great song?
Post by: tkitna on March 23, 2012, 08:08:43 PM
No....!!!! Really????

If I didnt know any better, i'd swear that I sensed a little bit of sarcasm here.  ha2ha
Title: Re: What was Pauls last great song?
Post by: Hombre_de_ningun_lugar on March 24, 2012, 03:29:15 AM
Last great song: "Band On The Run"
Last unforgetable song: "Maybe I'm Amazed"
Last immortal song: "Let It Be"
Title: Re: What was Pauls last great song?
Post by: jamesbjorkman on March 25, 2012, 05:40:24 PM
Wow, immortal song, that bar is ratcheted up there pretty high now.  How many songwriters ever craft an immortal song?  I'd say Paul has over half a dozen great songs, though.  Yesterday, Hey Jude, Let it Be, Band on the Run, Eleanor Rigby, Maybe I'm Amazed, Silly Love Songs, Wonderful Christmastime, Coming Up, My Valentine, Calico Skies, I'm sure I could come up with more but those are off the top of the noggin.  And yes, despite it being recent, My Valentine is superb, classic, a standard in the making that crooners will be singing long after Lady Gaga's trash is rendered obsolete.
Title: Re: What was Pauls last great song?
Post by: tkitna on March 26, 2012, 12:41:36 AM
Nah, I dont mean the last immortal song he may have written, I just mean, what was the last song you thought was actually great.

Title: Re: What was Pauls last great song?
Post by: nimrod on March 26, 2012, 01:56:50 AM
Nah, I dont mean the last immortal song he may have written, I just mean, what was the last song you thought was actually great.



the froggy chorus
Title: Re: What was Pauls last great song?
Post by: Hello Goodbye on March 26, 2012, 02:31:23 AM
the froggy chorus


That was good!


(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_DZDLF5Sw3y8/SxAOVomwvFI/AAAAAAAAAJ8/yuJqfLCuFBo/s1600/3354678270_1caf595099.jpg)


Title: Re: What was Pauls last great song?
Post by: nimrod on March 26, 2012, 04:54:11 AM
is that the latest Wings member ?   ha2ha
Title: Re: What was Pauls last great song?
Post by: jamesbjorkman on March 26, 2012, 06:45:37 AM
That's another one that never seemed to make it across the Atlantic, I guess frogs can't jump that far.  ;)
Title: Re: What was Pauls last great song?
Post by: Yeshelloitsmehereagain on April 15, 2012, 10:34:01 PM
We All Stand Together, is a better tune than anything on Pipes Of Peace. But it's not exactly the song you want to get caught in your brain. Haha.

Anyway, I'm listening to this...
Paul McCartney - My Valentine [Live at Ahoy', Rotterdam - 24-03-2012 - FIRST TIME LIVE] (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbLrHNd0ocY#ws)