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My Three Favorite Albums By Paul

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      Driving Rain, Choas and Creation in the Backyard, Memory Almost Full. I am not sure why I love these three so much. Maybe for Driving Rain is because I got to see him in concert for when he did a tour after he made that album. For Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, a lot of those songs describe me and how I feel. And for Memory Almost Full, hard to say why I love it so much. I love all of Paul's albums but for some reason I am hooked onto these three especially and they mean a lot to me. Paul is just incredible. He writes songs that I can at least relate to and understand. A lot of what he feels in his songs in these three albums is also what I feel a lot of the time depending upon what kind of mood I am in. Today I put on Driving Rain and I sat there listening to it and I was like just WOW. It got me pumped up! Paul is amazing. Even when I put an album on that I have not listened to by Paul in awhile like Off the Ground or Flaming Pie, when I hear it I feel wide awake and pumped up with energy. His music is a life savor.

      you can share your top three favorite albums here too if you want if there is not already a thread like this....not sure if there was or not.

        Tug of War. After that it's a 3-way tie between Chaos, MAF and Flaming Pie. Favorites among those 3 change depending on my mood.

          Are you guys only counting solo albums, in other words, no Wings?

            Nancy R:Are you guys only counting solo albums, in other words, no Wings?

            Good point Nancy but if we count Wings then we've got to count the Beatles as well.

            So based solely on solo albums,my choice is....and I'm not even going to count Ram here:

            1. Chaos And Creation In The Backyard
            2. New
            3. McCartney II

              Bruce M.:Tug of War. After that it's a 3-way tie between Chaos, MAF and Flaming Pie. Favorites among those 3 change depending on my mood.

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              Bruce, If you are talking the 1980's to the present, I agree with you on the choices above. I also love Tug of War which for some reason, many seem to overlook.

              After revisiting FITD over the last few weeks, I would put "Flowers" in the mix as well. While Paul's lesser albums often have specific points of brilliance, but for his best and my personal favorite albums I go by consistency. All of these albums stated, have many very good to great tracks on the whole. Yes, they all seem to have a clunker or two, but I'm talking as a whole.

              Because Paul's career after the Beatles could never approach his work and especially the overwhelming mass appeal with the Fabs (this would go for the other Beatles as well) I view Paul's entire solo work as being underrated as a whole. There are so many people who liked the Beatles a lot, but don't really know songs like Wanderlust, Somebody Who Cares, Put It There, This One, Somedays, Young Boy, Jenny Wren, Too Much Rain, Only Mama Knows, The End of the End etc. etc.

              I have a boomer friend who loved the Beatles but it's like he totally lives in the past. He will throw Revolver, the White Album etc. on his car CD player all the time but never even consider buying a terrific album like Tug of War. Believe it or not, I think there are a lot of people like that. They remember the "good old music days" but won't invest any time in "newer music" even on artists they once loved. That is why Paul's main way to make money (besides royalties) is to go out on tour. Because there are so many people who want to live in the past (the nostalgia mindset) and will invest a lot of money to see him, he believes he has to play such a heavy Beatles setlist. I guess it makes sense but as quite a few of us on this site have pointed out, Paul really shortchanges his Solo career.

                For me the best albums are

                - CAC
                - BOR
                - Flaming Pie

                if Solo Paul only

                - CAC
                - Flaming Pie
                - Tug of war

                  maccasfangirl30:Driving Rain, Choas and Creation in the Backyard, Memory Almost Full. I am not sure why I love these three so much. Maybe for Driving Rain is because I got to see him in concert for when he did a tour after he made that album. For Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, a lot of those songs describe me and how I feel. And for Memory Almost Full, hard to say why I love it so much. I love all of Paul's albums but for some reason I am hooked onto these three especially and they mean a lot to me. Paul is just incredible. He writes songs that I can at least relate to and understand. A lot of what he feels in his songs in these three albums is also what I feel a lot of the time depending upon what kind of mood I am in. Today I put on Driving Rain and I sat there listening to it and I was like just WOW. It got me pumped up! Paul is amazing. Even when I put an album on that I have not listened to by Paul in awhile like Off the Ground or Flaming Pie, when I hear it I feel wide awake and pumped up with energy. His music is a life savor.

                  you can share your top three favorite albums here too if you want if there is not already a thread like this....not sure if there was or not.

                  These three are my favorites to listen to even though TOW is better than Driving Rain IMO. I have always liked Driving Rain, very guitar oriented album. I absolutely adore McCartney's vocal on "Lonely Road" and "About You" is one of his best rockers ever. I also saw him live on that tour and the songs sounded great. As I have said before, CHAOS is his best album and it has no clunkers. I understand it is fairly somber record but sometimes it fits the mood of the day for me. Is there a best acoustic McCartney song than "Jenny Wren"? MAF is a great album to listen to when you are in a good mood. Songs like "Ever Present Past","That Was Me" and "Dance Tonight" make you want to sing along and dance. "Only Mama Knows" rocks and IMO "House of Wax" is haunting and needed to be played live more than once.

                  Finally, these three albums show McCartney has been in great form since the year 2000. Add EA and "New" into the mix and it is hard to say there has been another period in his career where he written this well for as long a period of time.

                    NEW
                    Ecce Cor Meum
                    Electric Arguments

                      1. RAM

                      2. Memory Almost Full

                      3. Pipes of Peace

                        If you start from the beginning of his solo career, 1970, my 3 favorites are:

                        Band On The Run
                        Flaming Pie
                        New

                          Not including Wings, my favorite three (currently):

                          1. Memory Almost Full
                          2. Flaming Pie
                          3. Run Devil Run

                          Those are in no particular order. They seem to be what I find myself listening to the most.

                            It would be too difficult to choose just three... my favorite music of his is whatever I happen to be listening to at the time I like them all.

                              LadyLeslie:It would be too difficult to choose just three... my favorite music of his is whatever I happen to be listening to at the time I like them all.

                              That's sort of how I feel. My 13-year-old daughter is on a Wings kick so that is going pretty much non-stop right now since it's spring break here.

                                Flaming Pie
                                Memory Almost Full
                                Twin Freaks
                                C&C
                                Electric Arguments
                                New

                                Wings Venus & Mars
                                Speed of Sound
                                Band on th eRun

                                  Solo

                                  Ram
                                  Memory Almost Full
                                  McCartney

                                  Wings

                                  Back To The Egg
                                  Venus And Mars
                                  Red Rose Speedway

                                  right now,,,,,,

                                    SOLO
                                    McCartney (1970)
                                    Ram (1972)
                                    Mccartney II (1980)

                                    WINGS
                                    Band on the Run (1973)
                                    Venus and Mars (1975)
                                    London Town (197

                                      Would I be taking things too literally to nominate?:

                                      Abbey Road
                                      The White Album
                                      Sergeant Peppers

                                      Probably.

                                      pre-1980:

                                      Band on The Run
                                      Venus and Mars (prefer listening to this this than Band on the Run, although Band on the Run is a better 'complete' album)
                                      Ram/Back to the Egg (Ram a better balanced album but I love listening to the rawness of that egg)

                                      solo:

                                      Tug of War

                                      By a mile

                                      and then:

                                      Well then it becomes a choice between the best and my favorite. They are different.

                                        toris:Would I be taking things too literally to nominate?:

                                        Abbey Road
                                        The White Album
                                        Sergeant Peppers

                                        Probably.

                                        pre-1980:

                                        Band on The Run
                                        Venus and Mars (prefer listening to this this than Band on the Run, although Band on the Run is a better 'complete' album)
                                        Ram/Back to the Egg (Ram a better balanced album but I love listening to the rawness of that egg)

                                        solo:

                                        Tug of War

                                        By a mile

                                        and then:

                                        Well then it becomes a choice between the best and my favorite. They are different.

                                        Well, what are they? Flaming Pie has to be one of them!

                                          Nancy R:

                                          toris:Would I be taking things too literally to nominate?:

                                          Abbey Road
                                          The White Album
                                          Sergeant Peppers

                                          Probably.

                                          pre-1980:

                                          Band on The Run
                                          Venus and Mars (prefer listening to this this than Band on the Run, although Band on the Run is a better 'complete' album)
                                          Ram/Back to the Egg (Ram a better balanced album but I love listening to the rawness of that egg)

                                          solo:

                                          Tug of War

                                          By a mile

                                          and then:

                                          Well then it becomes a choice between the best and my favorite. They are different.

                                          Well, what are they? Flaming Pie has to be one of them!

                                          Well, Nancy, this is a difficult one to answer.... Flaming Pie will be there.... have a very special fondness for that album..... and it did get me into Abbey Road studios!.... but a great album.... love Beautiful Night..... Chaos and Creation is perhaps one of the best albums he has released, but not one my favourites... I find it too dark, and I'm a simplistic man who likes an album which is a balance of rock-pop-ballads.... At the time I really loved New but in retrospect may have overrated it.... but maybe not... notice my indecision?..... when it comes to "favourites", I still go back to my days of listening to an album on repeat and repeat (and repeat).... and this album is nowhere near his best, but I cannot help but have fondness for.... Press to Play..... at the time I listened to it non-stop, bought it on album, cassette and this new thing called CD..... it is nowhere near his best... but it is one of my "favorites"..... even with the ordinary Pretty Little Head on it....

                                            My 3 favorite albums by Paul?

                                            You're the One
                                            Surprise
                                            So Beautiful Or So What

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