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What are your top 5 favorite Paul solo albums?
« on: August 05, 2011, 05:20:39 PM »

Not including Wings albums. Just solo!

Yeah, I know this will be difficult. But here goes...

1. Driving Rain - The underrated classic of the past decade. Experimental, progressive, ambient, psychedelic, just off the wall in a way that somehow works. Paul's voice is gritty, but it works here.
2. McCartney II - Yeah, I like this album for the same reason that I like Driving Rain. It's his most experimental album, and flows in a great way.
3. Ram - Need I say more? Genius.
4. McCartney - Another classic, that has always been stated.
5. Flaming Pie - Reminds me of a Beatles album, in the way the songs came together. Also features Ringo on drums.

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Re: What are your top 5 favorite Paul solo albums?
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2011, 01:42:47 AM »

RAM
Flaming Pie
Chaos And Creation In The Backyard
Tug Of War
Off The Ground

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Re: What are your top 5 favorite Paul solo albums?
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2011, 10:25:05 PM »

1. Tug Of War
2. Ram
3. Flowers In The Dirt
4. Flaming Pie
5. Chaos And Creation In The Backyard
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Re: What are your top 5 favorite Paul solo albums?
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2011, 02:26:09 PM »

Assuming we're talking studio albums and not compilations of hits types such as Wings over America or the greatest hits.


Band on the run
Venus and mars
Ram
McCartney
London town
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Re: What are your top 5 favorite Paul solo albums?
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2011, 06:37:59 PM »

Ahh so difficult...

1) Back to the Egg/Band on the Run (I know that's cheating ;sorry )
2) Ram
3) Red Rose Speedway
4) Venus and Mars
5) (OK, there's too many good ones) Err.... Tug of war??

There's too many I like! This was painful  ;D
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Re: What are your top 5 favorite Paul solo albums?
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2011, 06:51:24 PM »

No Wings albums guys. Just solo Paul.

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Re: What are your top 5 favorite Paul solo albums?
« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2011, 07:59:09 PM »

Yeah, if I was including Wings albums, my list would be drastically different!
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Re: What are your top 5 favorite Paul solo albums?
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2011, 02:27:16 PM »

Oops sorry. In that case.

Ram
McCartney
Tug of War
McCartney II
Flaming pie
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Re: What are your top 5 favorite Paul solo albums?
« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2011, 12:33:08 AM »

1) Driving Rain/RAM - I wore these both out when I got them.  Took several listens to fully get into either, though.  In both cases, there was TREMENDOUS payoff for doing so.
2) Memory Almost Full  - Bellamy is a masterpiece.  I love when he allows himself to get a little "weird"!  It has great rock bits (Mama), and the touching, poignant parts didn't come off as forced, like I thought they would.  When his voice strains in places, that even works...because it suits the material perfectly.
3) Flaming Pie - He was on creative fire again thanks to the Anthology project.  I feel this awakened him.
4) Tug of War - Too many weak songs to be ranked higher.  But another creative peak, imo, touched off by John's death.
5) Chaos and Creation - Quite good, but in my opinion, overproduced by Nigel Godfrey.  The collection of songs could possibly be tops on the list, but I really feel they had too much soul stripped from them.  Left me feeling a little "meh" after repeated listenings.  I'm so Glad Paul trusted his gut and didn't follow the critical acclaim this album had, or we would never have "Memory Almost Full" the way he wanted it.

All in all, it's been a creative re-emergence for Paul in the last 15 years or so.  I'm happy for him because I had completely written him off by then.  My criteria for choosing my Top 5 was a) which had the most impact when I first got it, b) which has held up the most upon repeated listenings, and c) which has MERITED the most random listenings.  Ie, which of his solo material am I more likely to just find myself popping in for a long drive.

Glad to see Driving Rain getting some love in here.  It's fascinating to me how big of a schism there is between Macca fans regarding his newish material.  "Flowers in the Dirt" also left me underwhelmed and totally hasn't aged well, imo.  Which is weird because I really like Costello too.  My thinking was maybe Elvis tried a little too hard to be the "John Lennon" to Paul, instead of just being himself.  But it must be terribly hard to be a Beatle fan and NOT do that!
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