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Posted by Yankeefan2

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      https://www.bigissue.com/culture/making-mull-of-kintyre-paul-mccartney-takes-us-to-high-park-farm-40-years-on/

        Sad to see such a glowing article with such a glaring factual error: "It was never released as a single in America." Of course it was, a theoretical double-A side with "Girls' School" -- which, for some obscure reason, Capitol Records seemed to promote more heavily.

          oobu24 wrote:

          I thought he was going to sell it at one time.

          https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2450431/How-Mull-Kintyre-lost-magic-Paul-McCartney.html

           

          http://www.rayconnolly.co.uk/pages/journalism_01/journalism_01_item.asp?journalism_01ID=172

          Had to laugh at that Daily Mail article. Danny Laine????

            Bruce M. wrote:

            oobu24 wrote:

            I thought he was going to sell it at one time.

            https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2450431/How-Mull-Kintyre-lost-magic-Paul-McCartney.html

             

            http://www.rayconnolly.co.uk/pages/journalism_01/journalism_01_item.asp?journalism_01ID=172

            Had to laugh at that Daily Mail article. Danny Laine????

            They screwed up and called him Danny once in the 1972 Wings Over Europe program book that came with the RRS  super deluxe set! The RRS book had a couple of glaring errors in the beginning. They were talking about Paul’s age and it should have said he was closing in on 31. Then later should have said he was 15 when he met John. What idiot proofread that intro?

              Ah this is an old article , I’ve read it . I wonder when was the last time he was there ...

                Bruce M. wrote:

                Sad to see such a glowing article with such a glaring factual error: "It was never released as a single in America." Of course it was, a theoretical double-A side with "Girls' School" -- which, for some obscure reason, Capitol Records seemed to promote more heavily.

                I'm not sure if Capitol promoted "Girls' School" more heavily or if "Mull of Kintyre" just wasn't going anywhere. Regardless. It was a massive hit throughout the world, but we Americans just didn't know or seem to care what a Mull was. If few are listening, the record company is going to try something else. It sounded like a British pub song, and I'm sure it was played and sung many a time in just such an environment in England and all of Europe and Australia. "Girls' School" rocked hard, but I'm not all that certain people knew what it was about either. I don't know how heavily Capitol promoted it.  It didn't do much.  One thing for sure, while those two songs were his output for 1977, that rocker was much better than the one he put on "London Town" in 1978..what was it, "I've Had Enough" which was lifeless in comparison?  I never liked that song.  

                  Beatles4Ever&Ever wrote:

                  Bruce M. wrote:

                  Sad to see such a glowing article with such a glaring factual error: "It was never released as a single in America." Of course it was, a theoretical double-A side with "Girls' School" -- which, for some obscure reason, Capitol Records seemed to promote more heavily.

                  I'm not sure if Capitol promoted "Girls' School" more heavily or if "Mull of Kintyre" just wasn't going anywhere. Regardless. It was a massive hit throughout the world, but we Americans just didn't know or seem to care what a Mull was. If few are listening, the record company is going to try something else. It sounded like a British pub song, and I'm sure it was played and sung many a time in just such an environment in England and all of Europe and Australia. "Girls' School" rocked hard, but I'm not all that certain people knew what it was about either. I don't know how heavily Capitol promoted it.  It didn't do much.  One thing for sure, while those two songs were his output for 1977, that rocker was much better than the one he put on "London Town" in 1978..what was it, "I've Had Enough" which was lifeless in comparison?  I never liked that song.  

                  In L.A., where I lived at that time, radio only played Girls' School. That doesn't usually happen if the record company is promoting the other side of the single, but I have no inside knowledge. Funny what you say about Girls' School: I always thought it was one of Paul's more uninspired rockers and always liked I've Had Enough better. But of the three songs, I'll take Mull.

                    Bruce M. wrote:

                    Beatles4Ever&Ever wrote:
                    Bruce M. wrote:

                    Sad to see such a glowing article with such a glaring factual error: "It was never released as a single in America." Of course it was, a theoretical double-A side with "Girls' School" -- which, for some obscure reason, Capitol Records seemed to promote more heavily.

                    I'm not sure if Capitol promoted "Girls' School" more heavily or if "Mull of Kintyre" just wasn't going anywhere. Regardless. It was a massive hit throughout the world, but we Americans just didn't know or seem to care what a Mull was. If few are listening, the record company is going to try something else. It sounded like a British pub song, and I'm sure it was played and sung many a time in just such an environment in England and all of Europe and Australia. "Girls' School" rocked hard, but I'm not all that certain people knew what it was about either. I don't know how heavily Capitol promoted it.  It didn't do much.  One thing for sure, while those two songs were his output for 1977, that rocker was much better than the one he put on "London Town" in 1978..what was it, "I've Had Enough" which was lifeless in comparison?  I never liked that song.  

                    In L.A., where I lived at that time, radio only played Girls' School. That doesn't usually happen if the record company is promoting the other side of the single, but I have no inside knowledge. Funny what you say about Girls' School: I always thought it was one of Paul's more uninspired rockers and always liked I've Had Enough better. But of the three songs, I'll take Mull.

                    Bruce, again we agree! 👍

                      Mull of Kintyre was HUGE in Australia. I recall it very well, and I wasn't all that old at the time, but it was HUGE. It was great that he played that in his recent concerts in Melbourne. A real highlight.

                      Its lack of US airplay/support is confounding. Especially when Paul/Wings were still riding a huge wave.

                      I've Had Enough.... I love that rocker. I put it in the same treasured basket as Smile Away.

                        Nancy R wrote:

                        Bruce M. wrote:
                        Beatles4Ever&Ever wrote:
                        Bruce M. wrote:

                        Sad to see such a glowing article with such a glaring factual error: "It was never released as a single in America." Of course it was, a theoretical double-A side with "Girls' School" -- which, for some obscure reason, Capitol Records seemed to promote more heavily.

                        I'm not sure if Capitol promoted "Girls' School" more heavily or if "Mull of Kintyre" just wasn't going anywhere. Regardless. It was a massive hit throughout the world, but we Americans just didn't know or seem to care what a Mull was. If few are listening, the record company is going to try something else. It sounded like a British pub song, and I'm sure it was played and sung many a time in just such an environment in England and all of Europe and Australia. "Girls' School" rocked hard, but I'm not all that certain people knew what it was about either. I don't know how heavily Capitol promoted it.  It didn't do much.  One thing for sure, while those two songs were his output for 1977, that rocker was much better than the one he put on "London Town" in 1978..what was it, "I've Had Enough" which was lifeless in comparison?  I never liked that song.  

                        In L.A., where I lived at that time, radio only played Girls' School. That doesn't usually happen if the record company is promoting the other side of the single, but I have no inside knowledge. Funny what you say about Girls' School: I always thought it was one of Paul's more uninspired rockers and always liked I've Had Enough better. But of the three songs, I'll take Mull.

                        Bruce, again we agree! 👍

                        This is getting scary!

                          Living in New Jersey (Philadelphia side) I clearly remember radio playing "Girls' School" back around 1977 although it didn't do that well (barely making the Top 40 I believe).  I remember going to my favorite diner with friends where you could  play hit songs individually at your table (including current singles and B-sides) and that is where I first heard "Mull of Kintyre".  I played "Mull" because I had never heard the song and I immediately loved the melody and lyrics.  Never bought the single but any diner (NJ was big on Diners) I visited that had your table's individual jukebox,  I always played "Mull".  I  always thought that Paul and Capitol not insisting on including "Mull of Kintyre" on the London Town album (especially on a US edition) was a huge mistake.

                          Fast forward to 1990 and 2002 when I first saw Paul "live",  I also never understood why Paul didn't play "Mull of Kintyre" on his US tours for the US audience.  Talk about a song that never got its due in his biggest record selling market! 

                          "Mull" would have been perfect to play in 2002 where the overwhelming majority of US shows were inside arena concerts which would have been a perfect setting for an acoustic number like "Mull".  This was also after Linda's death where Paul wasn't promoting an album at the time.  In my opinion, it  would of had a perfect opportunity to reintroduce the US audiences to a song that was a major hit practically everywhere except in the US.  It could have been a "new" Macca "live" single similar to when Paul put out "Maybe I'm Amazed" in a live version right after his 1976 tour.

                          Even back in 2002, Paul had his head scratching moments relative to his tour setlists.  Besides the miss opportunity of never playing "Mull of Kintyre",  why  Paul didn't play a few of his great songs off of Flaming Pie (Beautiful Night, Little Willow etc. ) still baffles me.       

                            Bruce M. wrote:

                            Beatles4Ever&Ever wrote:
                            Bruce M. wrote:

                            Sad to see such a glowing article with such a glaring factual error: "It was never released as a single in America." Of course it was, a theoretical double-A side with "Girls' School" -- which, for some obscure reason, Capitol Records seemed to promote more heavily.

                            I'm not sure if Capitol promoted "Girls' School" more heavily or if "Mull of Kintyre" just wasn't going anywhere. Regardless. It was a massive hit throughout the world, but we Americans just didn't know or seem to care what a Mull was. If few are listening, the record company is going to try something else. It sounded like a British pub song, and I'm sure it was played and sung many a time in just such an environment in England and all of Europe and Australia. "Girls' School" rocked hard, but I'm not all that certain people knew what it was about either. I don't know how heavily Capitol promoted it.  It didn't do much.  One thing for sure, while those two songs were his output for 1977, that rocker was much better than the one he put on "London Town" in 1978..what was it, "I've Had Enough" which was lifeless in comparison?  I never liked that song.  

                            In L.A., where I lived at that time, radio only played Girls' School. That doesn't usually happen if the record company is promoting the other side of the single, but I have no inside knowledge. Funny what you say about Girls' School: I always thought it was one of Paul's more uninspired rockers and always liked I've Had Enough better. But of the three songs, I'll take Mull.

                            laugh  Different strokes for different folks.  I liked the driving guitars on "Girls' School" and thought "I've Had Enough" had no tune, no hook. It sounded like Paul was trying too hard to come up with a rocker and just couldn't quite get there.   But, yes, "Mull......." was the best.  For me, it was and is Paul's "Hey Jude."  

                              Beatles4Ever&Ever wrote:

                              Bruce M. wrote:
                              Beatles4Ever&Ever wrote:
                              Bruce M. wrote:

                              Sad to see such a glowing article with such a glaring factual error: "It was never released as a single in America." Of course it was, a theoretical double-A side with "Girls' School" -- which, for some obscure reason, Capitol Records seemed to promote more heavily.

                              I'm not sure if Capitol promoted "Girls' School" more heavily or if "Mull of Kintyre" just wasn't going anywhere. Regardless. It was a massive hit throughout the world, but we Americans just didn't know or seem to care what a Mull was. If few are listening, the record company is going to try something else. It sounded like a British pub song, and I'm sure it was played and sung many a time in just such an environment in England and all of Europe and Australia. "Girls' School" rocked hard, but I'm not all that certain people knew what it was about either. I don't know how heavily Capitol promoted it.  It didn't do much.  One thing for sure, while those two songs were his output for 1977, that rocker was much better than the one he put on "London Town" in 1978..what was it, "I've Had Enough" which was lifeless in comparison?  I never liked that song.  

                              In L.A., where I lived at that time, radio only played Girls' School. That doesn't usually happen if the record company is promoting the other side of the single, but I have no inside knowledge. Funny what you say about Girls' School: I always thought it was one of Paul's more uninspired rockers and always liked I've Had Enough better. But of the three songs, I'll take Mull.

                              laugh  Different strokes for different folks.  I liked the driving guitars on "Girls' School" and thought "I've Had Enough" had no tune, no hook. It sounded like Paul was trying too hard to come up with a rocker and just couldn't quite get there.   But, yes, "Mull......." was the best.  For me, it was and is Paul's "Hey Jude."  

                              Yes, I agree with both of you that "Mull" was the best.  And that is why Paul and record companies baffle me.  Paul missed 2 golden opportunities...#1 not including "Mull" on London Town (at the least on a USA edition) and #2 not performing "Mull" at his  indoor US shows in 2002.  Everybody wanted to see Paul in the US and 2002 was the perfect time to reintroduce "Mull" to the US masses.  Even over the last few years when Paul's voice has considerably declined, he could sing "Mull" pretty well.  Just think how well Paul could sing "Mull" in 2002.  Because "Mull" wasn't played by US radio in 1977 doesn't mean it's not a great song and he shouldn't sing it in the US.  Just crazy in my opinion... where was Paul's adventurous spirit  that he had on his Wings Over America tour in 1976.  

                                B J Conlee wrote:

                                Beatles4Ever&Ever wrote:
                                Bruce M. wrote:
                                Beatles4Ever&Ever wrote:
                                Bruce M. wrote:

                                Sad to see such a glowing article with such a glaring factual error: "It was never released as a single in America." Of course it was, a theoretical double-A side with "Girls' School" -- which, for some obscure reason, Capitol Records seemed to promote more heavily.

                                I'm not sure if Capitol promoted "Girls' School" more heavily or if "Mull of Kintyre" just wasn't going anywhere. Regardless. It was a massive hit throughout the world, but we Americans just didn't know or seem to care what a Mull was. If few are listening, the record company is going to try something else. It sounded like a British pub song, and I'm sure it was played and sung many a time in just such an environment in England and all of Europe and Australia. "Girls' School" rocked hard, but I'm not all that certain people knew what it was about either. I don't know how heavily Capitol promoted it.  It didn't do much.  One thing for sure, while those two songs were his output for 1977, that rocker was much better than the one he put on "London Town" in 1978..what was it, "I've Had Enough" which was lifeless in comparison?  I never liked that song.  

                                In L.A., where I lived at that time, radio only played Girls' School. That doesn't usually happen if the record company is promoting the other side of the single, but I have no inside knowledge. Funny what you say about Girls' School: I always thought it was one of Paul's more uninspired rockers and always liked I've Had Enough better. But of the three songs, I'll take Mull.

                                laugh  Different strokes for different folks.  I liked the driving guitars on "Girls' School" and thought "I've Had Enough" had no tune, no hook. It sounded like Paul was trying too hard to come up with a rocker and just couldn't quite get there.   But, yes, "Mull......." was the best.  For me, it was and is Paul's "Hey Jude."  

                                Yes, I agree with both of you that "Mull" was the best.  And that is why Paul and record companies baffle me.  Paul missed 2 golden opportunities...#1 not including "Mull" on London Town (at the least on a USA edition) and #2 not performing "Mull" at his  indoor US shows in 2002.  Everybody wanted to see Paul in the US and 2002 was the perfect time to reintroduce "Mull" to the US masses.  Even over the last few years when Paul's voice has considerably declined, he could sing "Mull" pretty well.  Just think how well Paul could sing "Mull" in 2002.  Because "Mull" wasn't played by US radio in 1977 doesn't mean it's not a great song and he shouldn't sing it in the US.  Just crazy in my opinion... where was Paul's adventurous spirit  that he had on his Wings Over America tour in 1976.  

                                While I loved "Mull" (just love bagpipes - ha ha), I don't think it is radio friendly so that could be the reason "Girls School"  was promoted by Capitol. BTW - Count me as a fan of "I've Had Enough" - lol. That being said, I agree "Mull" should have been included on London Town and played live in US at least in some cities. Ok, maybe you can't get musicians to play bagpipes at every concert but you could do it in places like NYC. Kind of reminds me with how "Fleetwood Mac" did "Tusk" at certain concerts when they could have a marching band with them. 

                                  B J Conlee wrote:

                                  Beatles4Ever&Ever wrote:
                                  Bruce M. wrote:
                                  Beatles4Ever&Ever wrote:
                                  Bruce M. wrote:

                                  Sad to see such a glowing article with such a glaring factual error: "It was never released as a single in America." Of course it was, a theoretical double-A side with "Girls' School" -- which, for some obscure reason, Capitol Records seemed to promote more heavily.

                                  I'm not sure if Capitol promoted "Girls' School" more heavily or if "Mull of Kintyre" just wasn't going anywhere. Regardless. It was a massive hit throughout the world, but we Americans just didn't know or seem to care what a Mull was. If few are listening, the record company is going to try something else. It sounded like a British pub song, and I'm sure it was played and sung many a time in just such an environment in England and all of Europe and Australia. "Girls' School" rocked hard, but I'm not all that certain people knew what it was about either. I don't know how heavily Capitol promoted it.  It didn't do much.  One thing for sure, while those two songs were his output for 1977, that rocker was much better than the one he put on "London Town" in 1978..what was it, "I've Had Enough" which was lifeless in comparison?  I never liked that song.  

                                  In L.A., where I lived at that time, radio only played Girls' School. That doesn't usually happen if the record company is promoting the other side of the single, but I have no inside knowledge. Funny what you say about Girls' School: I always thought it was one of Paul's more uninspired rockers and always liked I've Had Enough better. But of the three songs, I'll take Mull.

                                  laugh  Different strokes for different folks.  I liked the driving guitars on "Girls' School" and thought "I've Had Enough" had no tune, no hook. It sounded like Paul was trying too hard to come up with a rocker and just couldn't quite get there.   But, yes, "Mull......." was the best.  For me, it was and is Paul's "Hey Jude."  

                                  Yes, I agree with both of you that "Mull" was the best.  And that is why Paul and record companies baffle me.  Paul missed 2 golden opportunities...#1 not including "Mull" on London Town (at the least on a USA edition) and #2 not performing "Mull" at his  indoor US shows in 2002.  Everybody wanted to see Paul in the US and 2002 was the perfect time to reintroduce "Mull" to the US masses.  Even over the last few years when Paul's voice has considerably declined, he could sing "Mull" pretty well.  Just think how well Paul could sing "Mull" in 2002.  Because "Mull" wasn't played by US radio in 1977 doesn't mean it's not a great song and he shouldn't sing it in the US.  Just crazy in my opinion... where was Paul's adventurous spirit  that he had on his Wings Over America tour in 1976.  

                                  His biggest missed golden opportunity was not releasing Maybe I’m Amazed as a single in 1970! 

                                    Nancy R wrote:

                                    B J Conlee wrote:
                                    Beatles4Ever&Ever wrote:
                                    Bruce M. wrote:
                                    Beatles4Ever&Ever wrote:
                                    Bruce M. wrote:

                                    Sad to see such a glowing article with such a glaring factual error: "It was never released as a single in America." Of course it was, a theoretical double-A side with "Girls' School" -- which, for some obscure reason, Capitol Records seemed to promote more heavily.

                                    I'm not sure if Capitol promoted "Girls' School" more heavily or if "Mull of Kintyre" just wasn't going anywhere. Regardless. It was a massive hit throughout the world, but we Americans just didn't know or seem to care what a Mull was. If few are listening, the record company is going to try something else. It sounded like a British pub song, and I'm sure it was played and sung many a time in just such an environment in England and all of Europe and Australia. "Girls' School" rocked hard, but I'm not all that certain people knew what it was about either. I don't know how heavily Capitol promoted it.  It didn't do much.  One thing for sure, while those two songs were his output for 1977, that rocker was much better than the one he put on "London Town" in 1978..what was it, "I've Had Enough" which was lifeless in comparison?  I never liked that song.  

                                    In L.A., where I lived at that time, radio only played Girls' School. That doesn't usually happen if the record company is promoting the other side of the single, but I have no inside knowledge. Funny what you say about Girls' School: I always thought it was one of Paul's more uninspired rockers and always liked I've Had Enough better. But of the three songs, I'll take Mull.

                                    laugh  Different strokes for different folks.  I liked the driving guitars on "Girls' School" and thought "I've Had Enough" had no tune, no hook. It sounded like Paul was trying too hard to come up with a rocker and just couldn't quite get there.   But, yes, "Mull......." was the best.  For me, it was and is Paul's "Hey Jude."  

                                    Yes, I agree with both of you that "Mull" was the best.  And that is why Paul and record companies baffle me.  Paul missed 2 golden opportunities...#1 not including "Mull" on London Town (at the least on a USA edition) and #2 not performing "Mull" at his  indoor US shows in 2002.  Everybody wanted to see Paul in the US and 2002 was the perfect time to reintroduce "Mull" to the US masses.  Even over the last few years when Paul's voice has considerably declined, he could sing "Mull" pretty well.  Just think how well Paul could sing "Mull" in 2002.  Because "Mull" wasn't played by US radio in 1977 doesn't mean it's not a great song and he shouldn't sing it in the US.  Just crazy in my opinion... where was Paul's adventurous spirit  that he had on his Wings Over America tour in 1976.  

                                    His biggest missed golden opportunity was not releasing Maybe I’m Amazed as a single in 1970! 

                                    True but at least he released the live version of it as a single years later.