Just a few more notes about the Pipes of Peace Podcast. As usual, I was rushing out the door yesterday and didn't have time to edit my previous post so please forgive some of my typos and poor sentence structure.
I agree with Chris and Ryan's summary on the 1st half (Side 1) of Pipes of Peace. For me it was pretty solid. After the nice opening title track (great George Martin production), the rest of Side 1 in my opinion was good. On top of the 2 guilty pleasure Pop styled songs (Say Say Say and So Bad), I think "The Other Me" and "Keep Under Cover" are both hidden gems and really underrated in retrospect.
But for an album to be considered very good or great (top tier or strong mid tier McCartney) the 2nd half (or Side B for the traditional album listeners) has to be just as strong. As I said previously, this is where Pipes of Peace fails in my opinion. After a few plays I really got tired of "The Man" (the other Paul and Michael Duet) and later on Side 2, I thought Average Person, Hey Hey and Tug of Peace (both individually and as a collection) were really inferiior Paul. On Tug of Peace, it sounded like Paul was trying too hard to connect this album with Tug of War but it sounded so forced. I think one of the reasons that the final track, Through Our Love, is such a "lost classic" is that it is difficult (especially for traditional album listeners) to weed through such inferior "Paul" tracks to even get to Through Our Love. I personally feel that this track is one of the best songs on the album and definitely a hidden gem. I like "Through Our Love" from beginning to end with Paul's georgeous vocal and George Martin great production. One of Paul's best Solo ballads in my opinion.
Similar to Red Rose Speedway, Pipes of Peace doesn't come close to a top tier McCartney album because of the bad 2nd half. Contrast that with top tier Mccartney albums (e.g. Band on the Run, Venus and Mars, Chaos and Creation etc.) where the 2nd half is just as good as the 1st half. If Paul does ever come out with an Anthology Type "By Decade"Compilation filled with unreleased material, B-sides, lost and hidden album tracks, rare recordings etc., the Pipes of Peace era would certainly have its share of potential 80's tracks. Songs that are definitely "lost gems" in my opinion are Through Our Love, The Other Me and Sweetest Little Show. Some of the outtakes that would be great on a compilation for the "true" fans from the era would be Ode to a Koala Bear, Simple As That (the original song), It's Not On, Unbelievable Experience, Same Time Next Year and a few others. Really hope that McCartney's team will someday dig into his vast vaults and get us some tasty rare recordings. As a great example on the Back to the Egg Podcast, Chris and Ryan dug out a version of "Love Awake" written a few years before the finished album version and it was fantastic.
Can't wait to hear the upcoming Flowers in the Dirt Podcast!!!