On The Way – Paul McCartney (1980)

On The Way – Paul McCartney (1980) FLAC Remaster 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“On The Way” was released on the Paul McCartney II album in the spring of 1980. I wasn’t a huge fan of this record when it was released…based on the single (“Coming Up”) that was released just prior to the album my expectations were very high and there was simply too many (even for Macca) slight & fluffy filler tracks to give the album much cohesiveness. This album has become quite a cult favorite and has many fans, I’ll admit that time seems to have been very kind to this record, I like it more now than I did then…maybe it just caught up to it? In 2003, Mojo placed the album at number 26 on their list of the “Top 50 Eccentric Albums”. In 2011, NME included the album on their list of “101 Albums to Hear Before You Die,” whose list entries were selected by different musicians; McCartney II was picked by Austin Williams of Swim Deep.

I’d not given much thought about doing this tune, and this video was really kind of an accident as an experiment for another song led me to drop in “On The Way” audio as a replacement. The frequency reactions I’d created for the other tune were left intact, and I really should have made adjustments to this songs frequencies so that the response would have produced a better result with the reaction….but it’s not too far off and works alright I think…for what it is?

FROM WIKI: After the releases of what turned out to be Wings’ final album, Back to the Egg, McCartney went north to his farm in Scotland to begin some private recordings in July 1979. The first song he recorded was “Check My Machine” as a way to test the equipment, hence its title. By sessions’ end, he had recorded over 20 songs. With no immediate use for the recordings, he put them aside for the time being and returned to work with Wings in order to prepare for a UK tour that November and December. Simultaneously with the performances (which included the new “Coming Up”), Paul McCartney released his first solo single since 1971, the festive Top 10 UK hit “Wonderful Christmastime” b/w “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reggae”. The A-side was recorded during the McCartney II sessions, while its flip side had been cut in 1975. However, upcoming events were about to change McCartney’s plans with Wings.

After years of visa refusals due to his past marijuana busts, Japan had finally allowed McCartney, and thus Wings, to perform. It would be McCartney’s first time playing there since 1966 with The Beatles, and anticipation was running high with Wings’ tour completely sold out. However, upon his arrival in Tokyo on 16 January 1980, a search of McCartney’s luggage revealed a bag containing 219 grams of marijuana, prompting his immediate arrest and eventually cancelling the tour. After a nine-day jail stay, McCartney was released and returned home to his Scottish farm. Deciding to put Wings on hold while he contemplated his future, he now decided to issue his solo recordings from the previous summer.

McCartney II was released in mid-May to mixed reviews; many critics found the album, with its experimental, synth-based compositions and its handful of instrumentals, slight. That did not stop it from reaching #1 in the UK and #3 in the US. The next single, the introspective “Waterfalls”, was a UK Top 10 hit, but failed to make an impact in the US. Despite its less-than-rapturous critical reaction, McCartney II has continued to remain a favourite of McCartney devotees.

The initial issue of this album on compact disc featured “Check My Machine” and “Secret Friend” as bonus tracks. The two songs were originally released as the B-sides of “Waterfalls” and “Temporary Secretary”, respectively. In 1993, McCartney II was remastered and reissued on CD as part of “The Paul McCartney Collection” series with Wings’ 1979 hit “Goodnight Tonight” added as a third bonus track.

When the new remastered version was released in 13 June 2011 as part of the Paul McCartney Archive Collection, the album re-entered the UK charts at number 108. END WIKI.

[Lyrics]
[Verse 1]
Well, you know I’ll always love you
But it would have been a lie
If I said that I could please you
Every moment that I try

[Chorus]
Wouldn’t want to see you crying
So l hope you don’t mind the things I say
On the way

[Verse 2]
Well, we’ve been traveling for a long time
And we finally finished here
Though I said some things to hurt you
Well, it was only out of fear

[Chorus]

[Verse 3]
Well, you know I’ll always love you
Everything will be alright
If I know you don’t mind the things I say
On the way
L know you don’t mind the things I say
On the way
Well, you know I’ll always love you
Everything will be okay
If I know you don’t mind the things I say
On the way

Shake it, baby, don’t break it

Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five – Paul McCartney & Wings (1973) HD Flac HD Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five” was released on Paul McCartney and Wings’ third studio album, Band on the Run, in December of 1973. A brilliant track from one of the true masterpiece solo Beatle album. Play this one loud on good headphones or audio rig for full effect!

The video features the wild “Lullaby of Broadway” short film-within-a-film (from Busby Berkeley’s 1935 film “Gold Diggers of 1935”), which I edited for the track (the audio is sourced from a 96KHz/24bit HD FLAC of the 2010 Archive Edition Remaster Edition). I tried to clean up the low-res video I had, stretched it for widescreen and gave it the bluish tint for effect. Stay calm and party on like it’s Nineteen Hundred and Thirty-Fi…I mean EIGHTY-FIVE! 😉

Band on the Run marked the fifth album by Paul McCartney since his departure from the Beatles in April 1970. Although sales were modest initially, its commercial performance was aided by two hit singles – “Jet” and “Band on the Run” – such that it became the top-selling studio album of 1974 in the United Kingdom and Australia, in addition to revitalizing McCartney’s critical standing. It remains McCartney’s most successful album and the most celebrated of his post-Beatles works.

The majority of Band on the Run was recorded at EMI’s studio in Lagos, Nigeria, as McCartney wanted to make an album in an exotic locale. Shortly before departing for Lagos, however, drummer Denny Seiwell and guitarist Henry McCullough left the group; with no time to recruit replacements, McCartney went into the studio with just his wife Linda and Denny Laine, doubling on drums, percussion and most of the lead guitar parts himself as well as bass. On arriving, it was discovered that the studio was below standard, and conditions in Nigeria were tense and difficult; the McCartneys were robbed at knife-point, during which a bag containing unfinished song lyrics and demo tapes was taken. After the band’s return to England, final overdubs and further recording were carried out at AIR Studios in London.

In 2000, Q magazine placed it at number 75 in its list of the “100 Greatest British Albums Ever”. In 2012, Band on the Run was voted 418th on Rolling Stone’s revised list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. A contemporary review by Jon Landau in Rolling Stone described the album as “with the possible exception of John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band, the finest record yet released by any of the four musicians who were once called the Beatles”.
It was Paul McCartney’s last album issued on the Apple label.

More about the video:
The “Lullaby of Broadway” sequence tells the story of Broadway Baby who plays all night and sleeps all day. It opens with a head shot of singer Wini Shaw against a black background, then the camera pulls back and up, and Shaw’s head becomes the Big Apple, New York City. As everyone rushes off to work, Shaw returns home from her night’s carousing and goes to sleep. When she awakens, that night, we follow her and her beau (Dick Powell) from club to club, with elaborate large cast tap numbers, until she is accidentally pushed off a balcony to her death. The sequence ends with a return to Shaw’s head, as she sings the end of the song. Of all the musical numbers Berkeley created in his career, he named this as his personal favorite.

[Lyrics]

On no one left alive in 1985, will ever do
She may be right
She may be fine
She may get love but she won’t get mine
‘Cause I got you
Oh, oh I, oh oh I
Well I just can’t enough of that sweet stuff
My little lady gets behind
(Shake it, baby, don’t break it)
Oh my mama said the time would come
When I would find myself in, love with you
I didn’t think
I never dreamed
That I would be around, to see it all come true
Whoa oh oh I, oh oh I
Well I just can’t get enough of that sweet stuff
My little lady gets behind
Ah no one left alive in 1985, will ever do
She may be right
She may be fine
She may get love but she won’t get mine
‘Cause I got you
Oh oh I, oh oh I
Well I just can’t get enough of that sweet stuff
My little lady left behind

From Paul’s Off The Ground album…C’Mon People

C’Mon People – Paul McCartney (1993) FLAC Remaster HD 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“C’Mon People” was released in February 1993 on Paul McCartney’s ninth solo studio album under his own name (maybe his 17th or 18th studio album counting all his releases with Wings, etc….the guy is prolific to be sure! and in his case of course that’s very good thing!). This was the last track on the album and (in large part to the (then) unlisted bit of the song it faded out into), it was probably my favorite from the first time I heard the record.

Off The Ground was one of my very least favorite Macca albums when it was released (as a huge fan of the previous album, Flowers In The Dirt”, it was a major letdown at the time, to me at least), but in the time since I’ve become much more fond of it. There were some really great tracks recorded during the sessions which didn’t make the album, but which made appearances on various singles and were eventually compiled and released in Germany and The Netherlands on the 2 disc Off the Ground: The Complete Works. This would have been a much greater album if a few of the tracks which made the cut were exchanged for a few which didn’t!

I had started vids for a couple of tracks which didn’t make the studio release (including the full version of the snippet of “Cosmically Conscious” which played as an unlisted track at the end of “C’Mon People”….it was always probably my favorite groove from the album) but they aren’t ready yet so I decided to do a quick rework for the “C’Mon People” video for HD using the FLAC audio track from the album. It’s a really great video, the strange effects I’ve added are there mainly to make it look better in HD….it sounds AWESOME! ;-)….and I hope you enjoy it…..THANKS FOR WATCHING!

The lead single, “Hope of Deliverance”, was released in the last week of December 1992 and the album followed on 2 February 1993. Off the Ground was the first Paul McCartney album to not contain a sizeable US hit single since Wings’ Wild Life in 1971. The album’s first single barely reached number 18 in the UK, where “C’Mon People” became a minor hit as well.

In the US, the album’s title track also entered Adult Contemporary chart at number 27. Singles from Off the Ground floundered on the US and the UK charts. However, “Hope of Deliverance” achieved commercial success elsewhere. It became McCartney’s first international hit single since “Say, Say, Say” with Michael Jackson in 1983, cracking the top 5 on the charts in over five European territories except his homeland and selling over 250,000 copies just in Germany.

In the United Kingdom, the album itself debuted at number 5 and quickly fell off the chart, spending only 6 weeks inside the top 100. In the United States, it peaked at the number 17 on the Billboard 200 with the first-week sales of only 53,000 copies, managing to receive Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. Although it met with mixed reviews from critics and suffered from lackluster sales in the UK and North America, the album fared better in other key markets such as Spain.

In some countries like France and Japan, it was able to surpass its predecessor Flowers in the Dirt in cumulative sales. In Germany, Off the Ground has been McCartney’s best-selling album there, spending 20 weeks on the top-ten and eventually achieving Platinum for shipments of over half a million copies.

Some weeks after its release, McCartney launched “The New World Tour”, taking in many successful shows across the globe during the summer months. These gigs were documented on the album Paul Is Live, which followed at the end of 1993.

The feet on the album cover are of McCartney, his wife Linda and his touring band.

[Lyrics]
Well We’re Going To, Yeah We’re Going To
Get It Right This Time.
We’re Going To Really Going To
Raise It To The Sky.
People Are Ready To Forgive A Few Mistakes
But Let’s Get Started, Form A Party
Don’t You Know How Long It Takes!

C’mon People Let The Fun Begin.
We’ve Got A Future And It’s Rushing In.
Call All The Minstrels From The Ancient Shrine.
Pass Down The Message That It’s Right This Time.

Well I’m Trying To, Yeah I’m Crying To
Lay It On The Line.
We’re Trying To, Really Dying To
Get It Right This Time.
So Many Yearning For The Way It’s Gonna Be.
Believe It When You See It Happening To You.,
You Know It’s Real.

C’mon People Let The World Begin.
We’ve Got A Future And It’s Charging In.
We’ll Make The Best Of All We Have, And More.
We’ll Do What Never Has Been Done Before.
Oh Yeah.

Well I’m Going To, Yeah I’m Going To
Get It Right This Time.
I’m Going To, Really Going To
Raise It To The Sky.
I Must Admit I May Have Made A Few Mistakes,
But Let’s Get Started, From A Party
Don’t You Know How Long It Takes!

So C’mon People Let The Fun Begin.
We’ve Got A Future And It’s Rushing In.
Call All The Minstrels From The Ancient Shrine.
Pass Down The Message That It’s Right This Time.
Oh Yeah.

C’mon People Let The World Begin.
We’ve Got A Future And It’s Charging In.

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Some People Wanna Fill The World With Silly Love Songs. And What’s Wrong With That?

Silly Love Songs – Paul McCartney & Wings (1976) 2014 Archive Edition FLAC Remaster HD Video

“Silly Love Songs” was released in March 1976 on Wings’ fifth studio album, Wings At The Speed Of Sound. If you recall the summer of ’76 (sympathies if you don’t! 😉 you remember “Silly Love Songs” and “Let “Em In” were on the radio every 5 minutes! Of course there was so much great music in the air in those days!

I’ve been wanting to do a concept vid for the track, but until then, here is the official video touched up a bit (considering the footage that was surely available for the video…it’s pretty half-assed, I hope Paul didn’t pay too much for it! LOL!)…….the audio track uses the 2014 McCartney Archive Collection remaster for Wings At The Speed Of Sound….if you’re a Macca fan you would most likely appreciate the serious sonic improvements from the McCartney Archive Collections albums, these things sound amazing! This is my fourth video for a track from the album: “Warm and Beautiful” https://youtu.be/7mExY7R27fU “San Ferry Anne” https://youtu.be/Usw-QAAR3Xo “She’s My Baby” https://youtu.be/HcIlYOLk1QQ

The album was recorded at Abbey Road in two different sessions: first sessions took place in August/September and October 1975, with work resuming in January–February 1976. During the playback of “Must Do Something About It”, Paul heard drummer Joe English sing the song and decided to have him take the lead vocal. In “Cook of the House”, McCartney handled double-bass, while “Silly Love Songs” was arranged in a disco-style, in a similar fashion to Al Green’s “Sha La La”

Wings at the Speed of Sound was released in late March 1976 and received somewhat lukewarm critical reviews. Rolling Stone’s reviewer saw this record as something of a concept album, describing it as “A Day with the McCartneys”. The introduction, “Let ‘Em In”, is sometimes perceived as an invitation for the listener to join the McCartneys on this fantasy day, with explanation of their philosophy (“Silly Love Songs”), a lunch break (“Cook of the House”), and a chance to get to know McCartney’s friends (Denny Laine in “The Note You Never Wrote”, Jimmy McCulloch in “Wino Junko”, etc.).

The album went to number 2 in the United Kingdom (and was the 4th best-selling album of 1976). It became McCartney’s most successful American chart album, spending seven nonconsecutive weeks at number 1 throughout the summer (and blocking the Beatles’ then-new compilation Rock ‘n’ Roll Music, which reached number 2). Wings at the Speed of Sound sold 3.5 million copies worldwide.

Much of the album’s success can be attributed to its two smash singles. “Silly Love Songs”, a response to his critics and one of McCartney’s biggest hits, followed the album in April, and became one of 1976’s biggest-selling singles. This was followed in July with “Let ‘Em In”, which also scaled the singles charts. Amid all this, Wings finally went to North America for the Wings Over America Tour, playing McCartney’s first shows there in ten years (after The Beatles’ last tour in 1966) to euphoric reaction; a few selections from Speed of Sound were included.

Wings band member Denny Laine covered “Time to Hide” and “The Note You Never Wrote” in 1996 on his album Wings at the Sound of Denny Laine.

[Lyrics]
You’d Think That People Would Have Had Enough Of Silly Love Songs.
But I Look Around Me And I See It Isn’t So.
Some People Wanna Fill The World With Silly Love Songs.
And What’s Wrong With That?
I’d Like To Know, ‘Cause Here I Go Again
I Love You, I Love You,
I Love You, I Love You.

I Can’t Explain The Feeling’s Plain To Me; Say Can’t You See?
Ah, She Gave Me More, She Gave It All To Me
Now Can’t You See, What’s Wrong With That
I Need To Know, ‘Cause Here I Go Again
I Love You, I Love You.

Love Doesn’t Come In A Minute,
Sometimes It Doesn’t Come At All
I Only Know That When I’m In It
It Isn’t Silly, No, It Isn’t Silly, Love Isn’t Silly At All.

How Can I Tell You About My Loved One?
How Can I Tell You About My Loved One?

How Can I Tell You About My Loved One?
(I Loveyou)
How Can I Tell You About My Loved One?
(I Loveyou)
[Repeat And Fade]

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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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Solo Beatle 2fer! 1 from the “funny” one & 1 from the “cute” one (well…kinda)!

Lady Gaye – Ringo Starr (1976) HQ Audio HD Video

Lady Gaye” was released in the fall of 1976 on Ringo’s Rotogravure, Ringo Starr’s fifth solo album and his last to involve all his old bandmates before John Lennon’s death in 1980.

This has always been my favorite Ringo Starr album, and it still holds a special place in my memory because I used to listen to it so much when it was released…and I still do frequently today! Ringo had some other really good solo records in my opinion, Stop and Smell The Roses (1981) and, especially Time Takes Time (1992)…and most of his releases after that one, up to today, are actually quite good….but more often than not, when I listen to a Ringo album, it’s Ringo’s Rotogravure.

“Lady Gaye” is one of my favorite tracks, it’s just a really cool song, and I think a beautiful message…with a standout arrangement and great guitar solo Jesse Ed Davis. Jesse played on several George, John and Ringo solo records and his work was always special….this is my favorite solo he contributed to any of their work….tasty! 😉

As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art contributed to this new art….THANK YOU!!!

…and Special HUGE THANKS to:
https://www.youtube.com/user/SillyconDropMUA
for the really cool clip and pic!

[Lyrics]
Lady gaye,
I know you’ll never, ever change your way,
There is no one who’s been through more than you
And still come through with love to spare,
You really care,
You lovely lady, you.

Lady gaye,
You’re really not the woman you portray,
Well, i don’t mean that disrespectfully,
For you have always shared your home
With all who’ve come to love you like i do,
To love you like i do.

It’s time that all you people turned to look,
And take a leaf out of this lady’s book.

Lady gaye,
When morning comes there’s nothing left to say,
But you have shown me what life’s all about.
It’s time to shout your praises ’round,
They’ll never knock you down,
We love you, lady gaye.

Well, it’s time to shout our praises ’round,
They’ll never knock you down,
We love you, lady gaye,
We love you, lady gaye,
We love you, lady gaye, (love you)
We love you, lady gaye, (love you)
We love you, lady gaye, (love you)
We love you, lady gaye. (love you)

(i love, i love, i love, i love, i love you,
I love, i love, i love, i love, i love you,
I love, i love, i love, i love, i love you,
I love, i love, i love, i love, i love you)

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And since it was on Youtube way before I started this blog….here’s my first Ringo video (for another track from Rotogravure) ….”Pure Gold”

Ringo Starr – Pure Gold (1976) [1080p HD]


Again And Again And Again – Paul McCartney & Wings (1979) HQ Remastered Audio

“Again And Again And Again” was released in the spring of 1979 on Wings’ seventh and final studio album, Back To The Egg. It was written by and sung by Denny Laine.

Each solo Beatle record release has some strong memory for me….in the case of Back To The Egg, I remember hearing the single “Getting Closer” before the album release and thinking that we were in for a really special record.

The album itself proved to be something less than I had hoped. In addition to the album, as was often the case, I also purchased the cassette (yeah, I did more than my share to support the music!)….and it was in my car that I probably listened to this particular record the most….and I remember spending more time fast-forwarding and fast-reversing Back To The Egg, than was the case with most albums.

Really although I listened to it alot, it never seemed to stick as an album…it was just too disjointed, there was too much variation, the thing didn’t seem to fit together….and it always seemed extremely slight. Even then it seemed that the whole was somehow less than the parts that made it up? Anyway included in the bits that I never fast-forwarded through (“Getting Closer”, the two medleys, “Old Siam, Sir” and “So Glad To See You Here”) was Denny’s “Again And Again And Again”….it’s still one of my favorite track on the album.

This video was something I started quite awhile back when I was experimenting with lower resolution video and some things that might make it look better. I cleaned it up as best I could and worked in some effects that I thought would work best with this video….mainly to highlight the yellow field around the band.

Anyway, although parts of the video look pretty good, the sky (in some portions worse than others) was a problem. I was so busy experimenting with the video I didn’t realize that I actually had a slightly better quality version of this video that might have worked better, and I considered a re-do with the better quality video, but by then I was ready to move on to something else, and didn’t want to take the time to re-render and match the audio from the higher quality version….I’m sure as usual, once it’s been up awhile I’ll regret not taking the extra time to make it better! 😉 Watch it at 720p on smaller screen for best effect!

[Lyrics]

No you don’t want to be the little woman
I love. No, no, no, no. I love.
Now you don’t wanna stay in my school
You don’t wanna be the one that’s cool.
You don’t wanna be the little woman I love.

You’re up all night and we can let it hang out right. (Yeah!)
I said good-bye to all my expectations the day you walked out of my life.

Winter time is coming now
Gimme a sign if you can somehow.

Make it clear where you’re heading for
Will I see you someday at my door?

Taking it all into consideration
Love’s a game I never win.
I’ve been in very simil’r situations,
Again and again and again.

Oh, no. Now you don’t wanna be the little woman
No, you don’t want to be the little woman
I love. No, no, no, no. I love.

Now you don’t wanna stay in my home
You just wanna be on your own.
You don’t wanna be the little woman I love.
Take it away!
[guitar solo]
Ah, yeah!

Well things were fine all the summer long
Then things changed, so where did we go wrong?
We can run but we cannot hide
In the greener grass on the other side.

Taking it all into consideraton,
Love’s a game I never win.
I’ve been in very simil’r situations,
Again and again and again.

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….oh, like gravy…down to the last drop!

“She’s My Baby” was released in the early spring of 1976, on Paul McCartney & Wings’ fifth studio album, Wings At The Speed Of Sound. I bought every solo Beatle record when they were released, and I used to love to think about each of the songs as it might have sounded if it had been recorded by The Beatles…where the synergy and dynamic of those four forces combined…..this little track (It’s Paul in a kinda “When I’m 64”, kinda “Your Mother Should Know”, kinda “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” mode) was another of my favorites from Wings At The Speed Of Sound. It’s the third track I’ve done for one of the lesser known diamonds on that record, along with “Warm And Beautiful”, and “San Ferry Anne”. Paul must truly dream melody like no one else!

After a series of concerts in Australia in November 1975, Wings took a break from the tour to spend the holidays with their families and in January 1976 booked time at Abbey Road Studios in London to record Wings at the Speed of Sound. It was the first time McCartney had recorded an album in England since Red Rose Speedway. Due to the tour commitments, Wings were not afforded the opportunity to record in another locale. By the end of February, the album was complete, and Wings went back on the road.

Around the time of the studio sessions for Wings at the Speed of Sound, McCartney was facing criticism for Wings simply being a vehicle for himself. He encouraged each of the band members to contribute a song during the sessions, though this would become one of the reasons for the criticism of the album. McCartney had previously attempted to create a democratic album in Red Rose Speedway, though it would be rejected by his record label.

Engineer Peter Henderson later commented, “I remember one of my first engineering jobs, working with Paul McCartney on Wings at the Speed of Sound — he’d do two vocal takes and ask, ‘Which is the better one?’ And when he played guitar, he’d really lean into it and give it everything he got.” Two tracks (“The Note You Never Wrote” and “Warm and Beautiful”) were arranged by Fiachra Trench.

Wings at the Speed of Sound was released in late March 1976 and received somewhat lukewarm critical reviews. Rolling Stone’s reviewer saw this record as something of a concept album, describing it as “A Day with the McCartneys”. The introduction, “Let ‘Em In”, is sometimes perceived as an invitation for the listener to join the McCartneys on this fantasy day, with explanation of their philosophy (“Silly Love Songs”), a lunch break (“Cook of the House”), and a chance to get to know McCartney’s friends (Denny Laine in “The Note You Never Wrote”, Jimmy McCulloch in “Wino Junko”, etc.).[6]

The album went to number 2 in the United Kingdom (and was the 4th best-selling album of 1976). It became McCartney’s most successful American chart album, spending seven unconsecutive weeks at number 1 throughout the summer (and blocking The Beatles’ then-new compilation Rock ‘n’ Roll Music, which reached number 2).

Much of the album’s success can be attributed to its two smash singles. “Silly Love Songs”, a response to his critics and one of McCartney’s biggest hits, followed the album in April, and became one of 1976’s biggest-selling singles. This was followed in July with “Let ‘Em In”, which also scaled the singles charts. Amid all this, Wings finally went to North America for the Wings Over America Tour, playing McCartney’s first shows there for ten years (after The Beatles’ last tour in 1966) to euphoric reaction; a few selections from Speed of Sound were included.

Wings band member Denny Laine covered “Time to Hide” and “The Note You Never Wrote” in 2007 on his album Performs the Hits of Wings.

As usual, HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art made this new art possible (especially Russell Patterson for his classic “Where there’s smoke there’s fire” art-deco illustration!)..THANK YOU!

[Lyrics]
My baby, she comes out at night,
she’s takin’ me by surprise,
She’s my baby.
Like gravy, down to the last drop,
I keep mopping her up
Oh yeah, she’s my baby.

She’s my baby in the morning time,
when the sleep is in her eyes,
and the world is waking up,
she has a rhythm,
oh believe me, I ain’t lyin’;
She’s a woman.

She’s a lady in the evening time,
when the stars are in the sky,
that’s the time she changes back into a kitten,
oh believe me, I ain’t lyin’.

She’s my baby.
She’s my baby in the morning time,
when the sleep is in her eyes,
and the world is waking up,
she has a rhythm,
oh believe me, I ain’t lyin’;
She’s a woman.

She’s a lady in the evening tiem,
when the stars are in the sky,
that’s the time she changes back into a kitten,
oh believe me, I ain’t lyin’.

Ooh, like gravy,
sown to the last drop,
I keep moppin’ it up,
moppin’ it up, yeah,

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

A love so warm and beautiful never fades away…

Just came across the information that Wings live triple album from 1976, Wings Over America, will be the next release in Paul McCartney‘s Archive Collection reissue campaign.  woa

Wings: Wings Over America – Paul McCartney Archive Collection deluxe edition (3 CDs + Wings Over The World DVD): May 28, 2013.

VERY excited to pick this one up, one of my favorite live albums of ever!  If the remastering is anything like what I’ve heard on the earlier albums in the series, it should be well worth the purchase.  Can’t wait to hear that incredible live Paul bass!

Wings at the Speed of Sound was released a few months before WOA and besides the amazing hit songs, there were other goodies buried in the vinyl grooves.

Some captures from the video:

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