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Reasons For Negative Reactions To Linda's Singing?
« on: April 12, 2012, 05:06:09 AM »

Ok, so I was watching some Wings videos from the '76 American Tour, and I found that there are ALOT of comments about how Linda's singing is, quote on quote, "terrible". Why is there such a blacklash for this? I mean, I have read that it was alot worse when Wings were just starting out, ex. the 'dog with Wings' joke, alot of negative reviews for the pre-BOTN albums, etc.

Because, to be honest, I really actually quite like her singing backup for Paul, and I do enjoy the few numbers where she takes the lead vocal.  :) (But still, that's only my opinion.)

Still, any thoughts?
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Re: Reasons For Negative Reactions To Linda's Singing?
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2012, 05:27:51 AM »

Linda's singing is one of the reasons I cant listen to Wings records, just not my cup of tea.
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Re: Reasons For Negative Reactions To Linda's Singing?
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2012, 08:22:04 AM »

Michael Jackson liked them...acc. to Paul a/w.  :) I think when they're treated they sound good and obviously it helps if the song is a classic. Her 'soup and puree' b/v's on Monkberry moon delight are sublime but then that is a classic song.
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Re: Reasons For Negative Reactions To Linda's Singing?
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2012, 08:28:47 AM »

It wasn't always good to be honest.

Linda McCartney Sings!
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Re: Reasons For Negative Reactions To Linda's Singing?
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2012, 10:10:55 AM »

oh my word...i knew that existed but i have never listened to lindas' vocals on that until now.good grief.all i can say is she must have been bloody muted on the control desk for the out-front p.a,and that is just her moniter mix.she sounded BLOODY AWFUL.i've heard better at my local at chucking-out time on a friday night.
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Re: Reasons For Negative Reactions To Linda's Singing?
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2012, 04:47:48 PM »



This is an old game, the "isolated mic to show how fake she is."  When you can't even hear yourself because of the crowd noise and you are nervous and out of breath, it's not hard to sound like a Karaoke reject.  The wonder is all the studio tricks that get these girls sounding good at all, and the fact that guys like Paul can belt difficult stuff out without tricks.

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Re: Reasons For Negative Reactions To Linda's Singing?
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2012, 06:50:28 PM »

Linda's singing is one of the reasons I cant listen to Wings records, just not my cup of tea.

Same here. And I do like Band On The Run, but Linda's vocals is one of its low points in my opinion.
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Re: Reasons For Negative Reactions To Linda's Singing?
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2012, 07:25:26 AM »

This is an old game, the "isolated mic to show how fake she is."  When you can't even hear yourself because of the crowd noise and you are nervous and out of breath, it's not hard to sound like a Karaoke reject.  The wonder is all the studio tricks that get these girls sounding good at all, and the fact that guys like Paul can belt difficult stuff out without tricks.

Of course you're right. On the other hand: by the time of this recording monitor sets were not bad at all and she had been in the music business long enough to get to monitor alright for her voice. I do like Linda's harmonies on most Wings recordings tho, but as a lead singer (especially Cook Of The House) she is just not good enough.
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Re: Reasons For Negative Reactions To Linda's Singing?
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2012, 03:30:29 PM »

I love her harmonies and I think she is the reason Wings has a signature sound. She isnt good all the time, but count me as a fan.

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Re: Reasons For Negative Reactions To Linda's Singing?
« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2012, 09:32:20 PM »


Right. She has a natural quality. Not a trained singer sound. I think that adds a lot of charm to it all.

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Re: Reasons For Negative Reactions To Linda's Singing?
« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2012, 11:09:27 PM »

Of course you're right. On the other hand: by the time of this recording monitor sets were not bad at all and she had been in the music business long enough to get to monitor alright for her voice. I do like Linda's harmonies on most Wings recordings tho, but as a lead singer (especially Cook Of The House) she is just not good enough.

I completely agree, Linda never should have sung any leads.  But Paul wanted Wings to be a group, not a backing band.  In his experience, everyone in a group had their chance to sing at some point.

She was good as a backup.  She helped give Wings its distinctive signature sound, a sound I personally like, and simply being there as a female gave the group an added dimension.

I think there was a (maybe subconscious) competition/rivalry with Lennon/Yoko on this "wife as singer" score.  It's interesting that after Lennon's death, one of the first things Paul did was disband Wings, and we seldom (if ever) heard any lead vocals from Linda again.

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Re: Reasons For Negative Reactions To Linda's Singing?
« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2012, 12:07:53 AM »

I love her harmonies and I think she is the reason Wings has a signature sound. She isnt good all the time, but count me as a fan.

I think the opposite, she ruins the sound and sure as hell stops me listening, fair enough if Paul wanted her on stage, just take away her mike, i dont think the keyboard was plugged in anyway

cant decide who was worse, her or yoko
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Re: Reasons For Negative Reactions To Linda's Singing?
« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2012, 12:35:17 AM »

cant decide who was worse, her or yoko

Think about what you just said. Good lord man.

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Re: Reasons For Negative Reactions To Linda's Singing?
« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2012, 01:18:27 AM »

Think about what you just said. Good lord man.

 :o I agree
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Re: Reasons For Negative Reactions To Linda's Singing?
« Reply #14 on: April 14, 2012, 02:25:31 AM »

Think about what you just said. Good lord man.

I actually like Yoko's voice on a couple of things
Happy Xmas & Bungalow Bill
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Re: Reasons For Negative Reactions To Linda's Singing?
« Reply #15 on: April 14, 2012, 03:30:25 AM »

I think the opposite, she ruins the sound and sure as hell stops me listening, fair enough if Paul wanted her on stage, just take away her mike, i dont think the keyboard was plugged in anyway

cant decide who was worse, her or yoko


This might help you decide, Kev...


The Mike Douglas Show with John Lennon, Yoko Ono & Chuck Berry [1972]




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Re: Reasons For Negative Reactions To Linda's Singing?
« Reply #16 on: April 14, 2012, 03:34:42 AM »

Right. She has a natural quality. Not a trained singer sound. I think that adds a lot of charm to it all.

 :)



I agree.
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Re: Reasons For Negative Reactions To Linda's Singing?
« Reply #17 on: April 14, 2012, 03:42:17 AM »

Bungalow Bill

Oh my God Kev. I just dont know what to say. Her voice sounds like the wicked witch in Snow White during that song. I cant believe that appeals to you, but to each their own.

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Re: Reasons For Negative Reactions To Linda's Singing?
« Reply #18 on: April 14, 2012, 04:28:50 PM »



Here's some classic Yoko for you fans.  "No, No, No."  Title is perfect!

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Re: Reasons For Negative Reactions To Linda's Singing?
« Reply #19 on: April 15, 2012, 12:07:33 AM »

This might help you decide, Kev...


The Mike Douglas Show with John Lennon, Yoko Ono & Chuck Berry [1972]

please dont think for a minute I like Yoko as a singer, I dont need to watch any videos Barry :) if she was ever in tune on a record (Happy Xmas) it was because the producer did take after take and spliced the good bits together, as Jack Douglas did on Double Fantasy..

truth be known I cant stand either



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