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Was No More Lonely Nights Paul's last classic?

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      I define classic as being both very popular & high quality. My Brave Face could be considered but it was such a minor hit even when it came out. I was listening to NMLN today on the radio, and the song gets better with time. I'm surprised it hasnt been covered yet by a major artist.

        JoeySmith:I define classic as being both very popular & high quality. My Brave Face could be considered but it was such a minor hit even when it came out. I was listening to NMLN today on the radio, and the song gets better with time. I'm surprised it hasnt been covered yet by a major artist.

        Not sure if it's his last classic (once upon a long ago was top 10 in 1987.. i'd definately consider that if classic means great song *and* a hit) - but it certainly IS a classic. I wish Paul would treasure this song, it was a huge hit, and is timeless, sang and played brilliantly, and it was the first Paul single i ever bought in October 1984 (age 9!)

          Well, NMLN charted high , did well in sales.
          I am afraid I never heard it until I listened to Wingspan CDs.
          Now FourFive Seconds w/ Kanye West charted high.
          Myself, personally I think many of the songs from Flaming Pie are much better than
          NMLN, but that's my opinion. I think FP is brilliant. Actually brilliantly sad, as dear Linda was ill then.

            Nah, not a classic. Decent song but nothing all that special. Sometimes classics take a while to be discovered. "It's a Wonderful Life" wasn't considered a classic till it started getting regular TV airings a couple decades after its original release. I like to think that "Somedays" and "Little Willow" (to pick 2 obvious examples) will someday be recognized as the classics they are.

              I think that 'Hope Of Deliverance' is a classic also

                ValeRigby:I think that 'Hope Of Deliverance' is a classic also

                That's his biggest best seller. Definitely a classic

                  Class melody
                  Class lyric
                  Class performance
                  ..........this is Paul's most recent classic. :-)

                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fwXAvSA-CM

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                      ewanme:

                      ValeRigby:I think that 'Hope Of Deliverance' is a classic also

                      That's his biggest best seller. Definitely a classic

                      I understand it is "Mull of Kintyre" UK
                      And "Silly Love Songs" US

                      Now those two are definitely classics.

                        No More Lonely Nights, Beautiful Night, and Calico Skies were the last songs that are up to par for me with anything he wrote as a Beatle (such as Yesterday, Here, There & Everywhere, I Will, etc.)
                        There are other solo songs I love too, like Little Willow and Appreciate.

                          Kestrel:Class melody
                          Class lyric
                          Class performance
                          ..........this is Paul's most recent classic. :-)

                          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fwXAvSA-CM

                          .

                          You picked a song I hate and that is not commercially popular, but ok

                            Nancy R:No More Lonely Nights, Beautiful Night, and Calico Skies were the last songs that are up to par for me with anything he wrote as a Beatle (such as Yesterday, Here, There & Everywhere, I Will, etc.)

                            Completely agree. NMLN is my favorite solo song, along with Maybe I'm Amazed, because it does hold up to his best work. It's a shame he hasn't embraced the song in his shows. Although I was tickled to hear it in the pre-show music for the Detroit show last October.

                              DeniseLM227:

                              Nancy R:No More Lonely Nights, Beautiful Night, and Calico Skies were the last songs that are up to par for me with anything he wrote as a Beatle (such as Yesterday, Here, There & Everywhere, I Will, etc.)

                              Completely agree. NMLN is my favorite solo song, along with Maybe I'm Amazed, because it does hold up to his best work. It's a shame he hasn't embraced the song in his shows. Although I was tickled to hear it in the pre-show music for the Detroit show last October.

                              it has very high vocal notes
                              plus great solo by Dave Gilmour

                                JoeySmith:I define classic as being both very popular & high quality. My Brave Face could be considered but it was such a minor hit even when it came out. I was listening to NMLN today on the radio, and the song gets better with time. I'm surprised it hasnt been covered yet by a major artist.

                                I agree..
                                it was the last classic
                                in the definition of (very popular & high quality)

                                he made a lot high quality ballad songs like "That Day is Done, Calico sky, Beautiful nights"
                                but was not that famous or popular, only to Paul fans!

                                  Ammar:

                                  DeniseLM227:
                                  Nancy R:No More Lonely Nights, Beautiful Night, and Calico Skies were the last songs that are up to par for me with anything he wrote as a Beatle (such as Yesterday, Here, There & Everywhere, I Will, etc.)

                                  Completely agree. NMLN is my favorite solo song, along with Maybe I'm Amazed, because it does hold up to his best work. It's a shame he hasn't embraced the song in his shows. Although I was tickled to hear it in the pre-show music for the Detroit show last October.

                                  it has very high vocal notes
                                  plus great solo by Dave Gilmour

                                  I was also thinking that was the reason he has never performed the song live - out of his vocal range. Or, it brings up bad memories about the film!

                                    Too Much Rain is up there and My Valentine too for me as of recent

                                      strbfields4ever:

                                      ewanme:
                                      ValeRigby:I think that 'Hope Of Deliverance' is a classic also

                                      That's his biggest best seller. Definitely a classic

                                      I understand it is "Mull of Kintyre" UK
                                      And "Silly Love Songs" US

                                      Now those two are definitely classics.

                                      Yes. But on worldwide sales combined , it's 'Hope Of Deliverance'

                                        Yes. I would consider it one of Paul's last classics in terms of sales and quality here in the states. I consider it one of Paul's top songs.

                                          edcrawf:Yes. I would consider it one of Paul's last classics in terms of sales and quality here in the states. I consider it one of Paul's top songs.

                                          Are you referring to Hope Of Deliverance?

                                            NMLN is typical of his 80's pap. Better than most of his 80's rubbish, but only slightly.

                                            That period from 82 through 87 was his nadir. In an attempt to move with the trends instead of setting them, he totally lost his way.

                                            Thankfully he recovered. I remember hearing Back On My Feet for the first time and thinking, the title is spot on! His first decent song in ages.

                                            ...and that was the start of hauling himself out of the mire. But make no mistake, sure he was still Paul McCartney, but during that period he was pretty much a musical lightweight.

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