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I was thinking today while driving that paul has never performed "Rocky Racoon" "Martha My Dear" or "I will" live. Must be nice to have so many great songs, you can never do half of them.

Marv, I have got to get you a copy of "Return To Pepperland." It's the best thing he never released. I love DNS as well.

Lew, I was just thinking in terms of radio airplay and stuff. They just always seem to pick a dud.

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Listened to the new one today for the first time. It's gonna have to grow on me. There are a few things that I'm finding interesting. Driving Rain didn't do a thing for me and it still doesn't. Though I did love the Flaming Pie album on the first listen. I thought I read somewhere that this new one was supposed to come with a DVD on the making of the album. If so, mine does not have it. But like I said before, McCartney doesn't have to prove a thing to anybody, I have nothing but respect for the man.

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Brian, yes, some very good workon the McGear album. Had a copy on cassette a long time ago, but it got stolen. That's on my list of CD reissues to get.

Speaking of Mike McGear, it was interesting hearing him talk on the radio here, about a year or so ago. Liverpool was awarded the "Cultural Captal of Europe" for 2008, and the first thing Mike does is call this radio station in Seattle.

Talked by phone on-air, for about 10 minutes or so which was amazing.

Of course, this is at about 2am our time, due to the time difference. And it happens that I was on my way to work, and listening to this while I was driving. What timing!!

hbecstacy, happened to be on my way to work this morning and "Jet" comes on the radio. Just dawned on me that Paul is actually doing the drums! Ya know, he is a pretty good drummer....really like the drumnming on that song...

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On further listening, "Fine Line" is still the best song. "Jenny Wren" is a pretty good acoustic ballad and "English Tea" is growing on me. There are a lot of other VERY INTERESTING musical moments sprinkled throughout the CD, but I just find Paul's melancholy melodies too "adult" for me. I am sure all of the four star reviews dig that about the new CD but I simply refuse to grow up and sit around my CD player with a glass of wine, listening quietly as it spins. I'm still listening to the GREAT music I listened to when I was growing up. And I remember playing an album like RAM for the first time or BAND ON THE RUN or VENUS AND MARS and liking each of those IMMEDIATELY. One spin is all it took to fall in love with those LPs. I hate the fact that I have to force myself to listen in the hopes that I'll see the "maturity." Screw the maturity! I want "Junior's Farm!"

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Bernie...Its the same as comparing I Want To Hold Your Hand and A Day In The Life...One is sheer excitement while the other is a discerning listen...Neither is bad...Music is a mind altering or complimenting tool, depending on what emotional plane you are currently persuaded to...Dont fight it...Go with it...Wizard of Oz and Casablanca are the same kind of analogy...Chocolate cake vs. steak...Both are great..."Man cannot live by bread alone, frequently there must be a beverage involved"...

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Its the same as comparing I Want To Hold Your Hand and A Day In The Life...

Not really. "A Day In The Life" is musically accessible. The melody, instrumentation and harmonies may be more complex than "I Want To Hold Your Hand" but the song is an instant YES! on first listen. Some of McCartney's new music, equally complex is a bit too dark and the melodies are not at all hummable IMHO.

Bernie

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Oh well,I tried...To me, the whole Sgt. Pepper thing was an acquired taste as opposed to instant gratification...In terms of Eric Carmen,to me, there were very few moments, initially, on BOATS that were as satisfiying as the first solo album, but many, many listens later did I GET IT...Keep listening Bern...At least to the numbers that he is doing live...Guaranteed that the others will seep into your brain and you will BEA(sic) hooked...

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bernie,i noticed your word "dark" in your statement..by george your gettin it..i mean,paul never touches his dark side and that in itself has been long overdue in his songs..to john it was very easy for him to do that,therefore i think in a weird way,its refreshing for paul to come to terms w/this..granted,some of the new stuff is skippable,but theres some very good stuff too..also u dont have to drink wine to listen to paul,i bet most are beer drinkers (just a joke!!)

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Completely fair, Lew.

I was trying to make a point about "Dark Paul" vs. "Dark John." John didn't have any dark numbers on DOUBLE FANTASY or MIND GAMES that I remember. The closest to a dark song on WALLS AND BRIDGES was "Nobody Loves You (When You're Down and Out)" but that's not so dark. The PLASTIC ONO BAND album was virtually ALL dark ('cept perhaps for "Hold On."

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bernie, your point is well made. the difference between john and paul i believe is that lennon wrote what he felt and people were in tune with it...i think paul writes w/hit singles in mind...(have not heard the new cd yet). this is why i think paul has the rep of being the "lighter" of the 2 song writers. paul is at his worst when he tries to "do" john....."freedom"...YUK...

lennons "dark" or social side came naturally, because that was his interest and it showed....

he also had a cutting wit..... you mentioned "nobody loves you"....after singing several times "i'll scratch your back and you scratch mine"... he changes the second line to "you'll knife mine".....that was john

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If Paul had been the one killed, we would be ridiculing John and deifiying Paul...I love them both, but John's solo stuff was never as good as Paul's...He had so many spotty albums and his light moments were as embarrasing as Paul's...Oh Yoko, Only People,One Day At a Time,Angela, Tight A$...If McCartney had written Love or Beautiful Boy, he would be getting hammered by the critics

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...but John's solo stuff was never as good as Paul's...He had so many spotty albums and his light moments were as embarrasing as Paul's...Oh Yoko, Only People,One Day At a Time,Angela, Tight A$...

Call me nuts (many do), but I rather enjoy "Oh Yoko" and "Only People."

Of course, I also number RAM and BACK TO THE EGG as among Paulie's finest recorded moments...

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