One Paul and one John…it’s a solo-Beatles-double-feature-picture-show weekend!

My Love – Paul McCartney & Wings (1973) HQ Audio Remaster HD Video

“My Love” was released in the spring of 1973 on the second album by Paul McCartney and Wings and was credited to “Paul McCartney and Wings”. The album was released in 1973 after the relatively weak commercial performance of the band’s debut Wild Life, which had been credited only to the then-unknown Wings. Red Rose Speedway reached number 1 on the Billboard 200.

Recording for Red Rose Speedway started in March 1972. The album was initially planned as a double album, and McCartney decided to include some unreleased songs that had originally been recorded during the Ram sessions prior to the formation of Wings. Two of those songs, “Get on the Right Thing” and “Little Lamb Dragonfly,” eventually appeared on the final album.

The album was cut down to a single album by McCartney due to a recommendation by Henry McCullough, as an attempt to release a more commercial and less expensive record. “Live and Let Die”, the title song to the James Bond film of the same name, was recorded during the sessions for this album, but would instead be released on the Live and Let Die soundtrack album. “I Would Only Smile”, which remains unreleased, was covered by Laine on a solo album. “Mama’s Little Girl” was recorded during the sessions and would later turn up as the B-side of the single “Put It There” in 1990.

In March 1973, “My Love” was released as the lead single for the album, and became a UK Top 10 hit at number 9, and US number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard Adult Contemporary charts. It raised expectations for the album, which shot to number 5 in the UK when it appeared and went to number 1 in the US. It featured a 12-page booklet stapled into the gatefold featuring pictures from the Wings tours. Its cover design—with the cover shot of a Harley-Davidson shovelhead engine by Linda McCartney—was by Eduardo Paolozzi, while the back cover of the album contains a Braille message of “We love ya baby” for Stevie Wonder.

Won’t say much about the album ‘cept I love it enough to have started videos for several songs (notice in my video for “Little Lamb Dragonfly” I mentioned a couple of others I was plugging away on at the time….can’t even really remember what I’d started for those, and I’m afraid to look! LOL!). I’m sure I’ll get around to more Red Rose Speedway goodness soon enough, but a quick “My Love” was too hard to resist…a long time favorite that was takes me right back the sunny summer of 1973, when it battled the airwaves with George’s “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)”….man, they sounded great together on the AM radio and I always imagined them as new tracks from The Beatles new record!?!?! I hope you enjoy the result. Thanks as always for checking the vids!

[Lyrics]
And when I go away
I know my heart can stay with my love
It’s understood, it’s in the hands of my love
And my love does it good

Wo wo wo wo, wo wo wo wo
My love does it good

And when the cupboard’s bare
I’ll still find somethin’ there with my love
It’s understood, it’s everywhere with my love
And my love does it good

Wo wo wo wo, wo wo wo wo
My love does it good

Oh, I love, oh, my love
Only my love holds the other key to me
Oh, my love, oh, my love
Only my love does it good to me

Wo wo wo wo, wo wo wo wo
My love does it good

Don’t ever ask me why
Lord, I never say goodbye to my love
It’s understood, it’s everywhere with my love
And my love, she does it good

Wo wo wo wo, wo wo wo wo
Wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo
My love does it good

Oh, I love, oh, my love
Only my love does it good to me

Wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo

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Stand By Me – John Lennon (1975) HQ Audio Remaster HD Video

“Stand By Me” was released on John Lennon’s sixth solo album, Rock ‘N’ Roll, in February of 1975.

Wanted to edit John’s performance on The Old Grey Whistle Test to the remastered track…the original vid is amazing as John is having a great time taking the opportunity during non vocal portions to talk to the audience a bit during the last part of the song and basically just John being John. I edited those sections out to match the feel of the performance to the studio track, There were maybe a couple places where I might have improved the lip-sync, not too bad though…considering how tough John made it to match up! 🙂 As always thanks for watching and I hope you enjoy the vid!

****From Wiki:
Recording the album was problematic and spanned an entire year: Phil Spector produced sessions in October 1973 at A&M Studios, and Lennon produced sessions in October 1974 at Record Plant Studios (East). Lennon was being sued by Morris Levy over copyright infringement of one line in his song “Come Together”. As part of an agreement, Lennon had to include three Levy-owned songs on Rock ‘n’ Roll. Spector ran away with the session recordings, later being involved in a motor accident, which left the album’s tracks unrecoverable until the beginning of the Walls and Bridges sessions. With Walls and Bridges coming out first, featuring one Levy-owned song, Levy sued Lennon expecting to see Lennon’s Rock ‘n’ Roll album.

The album was released in February 1975, reaching number 6 in both the United Kingdom and the United States, later being certified gold in both countries. The album was supported by the single “Stand by Me”, which peaked at number 20 in the US, and 30 in the UK. The album was Lennon’s last until 1980; he took a hiatus from recording to raise his son, Sean Lennon.

Although some critics derided the album as “a step backward”, The Rolling Stone Album Guide wrote that “John lends dignity to these classics; his singing is tender, convincing, and fond.” AllMusic described the album “as a peak in [Lennon’s] post-Imagine catalog: an album that catches him with nothing to prove and no need to try”.

The album was released on 17 February 1975 in the US, and a few days later in the UK, on 21 February 1975. It reached number 6 in both the United Kingdom and the United States. On 10 March and 18 April 1975, in the US and UK respectively, “Stand by Me” was released as a single, backed with “Move Over Ms. L”, a song that was meant to appear on Walls and Bridges but cut from the final line-up. Peaking at 20 number in the US and number 30 in the UK Lennon promoted the song by appearing on the BBC TV show Old Grey Whistle Test, which also featured an interview by Bob Harris. A second single, “Slippin N Slidin”/”Ain’t That a Shame” (Apple 1883), was announced, promotional copies were pressed, but was never released. “Ya Ya”, backed with “Be-Bop-A-Lula”, was released as a single only in Germany, peaking at number 47 on the Media Control Charts. Lennon said the following about Rock ‘n’ Roll: “It started in ’73 with Phil and fell apart. I ended up as part of mad, drunk scenes in Los Angeles and I finally finished it off on me own. And there was still problems with it up to the minute it came out. I can’t begin to say, it’s just barmy, there’s a jinx on that album.”

Lennon planned to use some of his childhood drawings for the cover of his oldies album, and production had already begun when Lennon switched gears, so the artwork was used instead for Walls and Bridges. In September 1974, May Pang attended the first Beatlefest convention at Lennon’s behest, and met Jürgen Vollmer, an old friend of the Beatles from Hamburg, Germany, who had photographed the band from their Hamburg days. He was selling some striking portraits, and Pang immediately phoned Lennon to tell him of her find. Reuniting with Vollmer in New York, Lennon chose one of his photos for the album’s cover.

The photo depicts Lennon in a doorway with three blurry figures walking past him in the foreground. Those figures are Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Stu Sutcliffe.

As always HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art contributed to this new art…THANK YOU!!!! And THANK YOU for watching!

[Lyrics]
When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we’ll see
No I won’t be afraid, no I won’t be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

And darlin’, darlin’, stand by me, oh now now stand by me
Stand by me, stand by me

If the sky that we look upon
Should tumble and fall
And the mountains should crumble to the sea
I won’t cry, I won’t cry, no I won’t shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

And darlin’, darlin’, stand by me, oh stand by me
Stand by me, stand by me, stand by me-e, yeah

Whenever you’re in trouble won’t you stand by me,
Oh now now stand by me
Oh stand by me, stand by me, stand by me

Darlin’, darlin’, stand by me, stand by me
Oh stand by me, stand by me, stand by me

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It Doesn’t Work Out If You Don’t Work At It. (One more from Sir Paul and I promise to stop….for awhile….maybe!? ;-)

We Got Married – Paul McCartney (1989) HQ Audio Remaster (Full Album Version w/David Gilmour solo)

“We Got Married” was released on Paul McCartney’s eight solo album (16th if you count the Wings albums…and who was Wings, really?….so yeah, I’ll say his 16th solo album! LOL!), Flowers In The Dirt, in the late spring of 1989.

Flowers In The Dirt Upon was considered a major return to form for McCartney because he was embarking on his first world tour since the Wings Over the World tour in 1975–76. The album was also celebrated due to its musical quality, which earned McCartney some of his best reviews in years. The album gained number 1 status in the United Kingdom.

The album was moderately successful, and produced several hit singles (particularly “My Brave Face”, the last US top 40 hit by any ex-Beatle).

This album was easily the best thing Paul had done since Tug Of War, seven years earlier. It was somewhat startling to hear Paul back to such strong form when this album was released and this is still one of my favorite McCartney albums. “We Got Married” was always my favorite song on the album….does David Gilmour’s guitar solo break have anything to do with that? What do you think?! 😉

I saw Paul for the first time when he was on this tour….it was incredible. Is there anyone who consistently gives more of themselves to their fans at every single show than Paul McCartney? I doubt it.

So anyway, it’s not been a good couple of weeks for videos……I FINALLY finished my first video for a Led Zeppelin track (yeah, I hear ya guys! LOL!) and was disappointed to realize that it isn’t going to happen right now…..so I needed to find a nearly finished video to upload. I had wanted to do a video for “We Got Married” which would use the full album version of the song (the official video is nearly a minute shorter and misses some of the best bits of the song!). My original video featured some nice video clips of wedding/couples edited into the original video which I’d created new effects for, but it still had some work to do. I decided to just take out the wedding stuff and use the original video with the new effects, with a few edits to fill out the album version (and to repeat Paul and Hamish duo on the outro).

Hope you enjoy it….thanks for checking it out!

[Lyrics]
Going Fast, Coming Soon
We Made Love In The Afternoon.
Found A Flat, After That
We Got Married.

Working Hard For The Dream,
Scoring Goals For The Other Team,
Times Were Bad, We Were Glad
We Got Married.

Like The Way You Open Up Your Hearts To Each Other,
When You Find A Meeting Of The Minds.
Just As Well Love Was All We Ever Wanted,
It Was All We Ever Had.

Further On In The Game,
Waiting Up Till The Children Came.
Place Your Bets, No Regrets,
We Got Married.
We Got Married.
We Got Married.

Nowadays Every Night Flashes By
At The Speed Of Light,
Living Life, Loving Wife,
We Got Married.

I Love The Things That Happen
When We Start To Discover
Who We Are And What We’re Living For,
Just Because Love Was All We Ever Wanted
It Was All We Ever Had.

It’s Not Just A Loving Machine,
It Doesn’t Work Out
If You Don’t Work At It.

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Sir Paul. Band On The Run. Let Me Roll It, glow-in-the-dark bouncy balls…..what more do you want?

“Let Me Roll It” was released in the winter of 1973 on the Band On The Run album, which was the fifth Paul McCartney album since The Beatles, and his third with his band Wings.

So yeah, this video is a fine example of what happens when you are working on two videos at a time and wires get crossed and you end up working effects to the wrong album art. It’s happened to me numerous times before and I’ve been able to undo the knot before the video was too far along…my recent video for Queen’s “I’m In Love With My Car” started out a video for “Drowse” and I realized I was using the wrong cover
after a couple of effects were finished. I was able to plug in the correct album art in After Effects and luckily it worked nicely with both covers….you’ll see the other art in the eventual video for “Drowse”. In this case I was working with a couple of McCartney tracks from two different albums in the same project. I had the balls, circles, rolling concept for “Let Me Roll It” and ended up building sequences using the album art from Venus And Mars (the other song I was working on was “Love In Song”). These sequences worked nicely with that album art since it was better suited for masks and effects…the art from the front cover and back cover included balls, circles, etc. I just merrily focused on layering more and more effects into the “Let Me Roll It”
video using the Venus And Mars art. Unfortunately in this case (mainly because for some strange reason I always associate “Let Me Roll It” with Venus And Mars…it just
sounds like it should sit between “Letting Go” and “Call Me Back Again” 😉 I never even realized my error until I had the finished video about halfway uploaded and started to write the description…and as I was typing “Venus And Mars” for the album it hit me! I immediately stopped the upload and corrected the title information. I thought briefly about a redo eliminating the Venus And Mars art and replacing it with Band On The Run art, (or converting this video to “Love In Song” but Lennon wouldn’t work there) but I was in way too deep with this one and the effects really wouldn’t work with the other art anyway so I’d basically have to start over….not gonna happen…and anyway, I really liked the way this vid looked already. I did take about 15 minutes and substituted some art from Band On The Run in a few places (the original stuff looked more consistent and I preferred it and the BOTR stuff sticks out like a sore thumb) but hey, at least there is some tie into the Band On The Run album now?! Stay tuned for
“Love In Song”…featuring of course, Band On The Run album
art! LOL! Joking of course….maybe?! 😉 Enjoy.

[Lyrics]
You Gave Me Something, I Understand,
You Gave Me Loving In The Palm Of My Hand
I Can’t Tell You How I Feel
My Heart Is Like A Wheel
Let Me Roll It
Let Me Roll It To You
Let Me Roll It
Let Me Toll It To You

I Want To Tell You
And Now’s The Time
I Want To Tell You That
You’re Going To Be Mine

I Can’t Tell You How I Feel
My Heart Is Like A Wheel.
Let Me Roll It
Let Me Roll It To You
Let Me Roll It
Let Me Roll It To You

I Can’t Tell You How I Feel
My Heart Is Like A Wheel
Let Me Roll It
Let Me Roll It To You
Let Me Roll It
Let Me Toll It To You