I've been referencing this great Paul Channel/Playlist from Spotify several times recently. I thought I would highlight some of my favorite (and mostly unknown) songs on this Playlist in case some haven't heard it. If you have a Spotify account, it is easy to pull up.
I think "This is:Paul McCartney"was put out by Spotify right around the time Egypt Station was being released in 2018. Almost all the ES songs are on this channel along with a small dose of Beatle songs done "live" by Paul and Band at Abbey Road Studios and for Spotify. To me, it wasn't the "live Beatle tracks" that make this Playlist special. We've heard them countless times before with a far better Paul vocals. It is the wide variety of Solo Songs that Spotify added to the channel that I find so delightful and great to hear. They are almost all original album studio versions so they sound great. They do have many of Paul's big Solo and Wings hits on this playlist but it was the more "deep cuts" that I love to hear.
Here's a list of some of my favorite "deeper cuts" on this channel:
Only Love Remains - I love this ballad from Press to Play. Because this album sold so poorly, even many of Paul fans don't know it. Lyrically, I think it is better than both My Love and No More Lonely Nights (both of those are on this playlist).
This Never Happened Before - One of my favorites from Chaos and Creation
Friends to Go - Another favorite from Chaos and Creation
Only Our Hearts - This great Paul song gets lost as the "other" Paul penned song on his "Kisses" album. Yes, "My Valentine" is a great song but I think this one is just as good. Paul's singing is terrific on it and Stevie Wonder's harmonica solo is out of this world
Arrow Through Me - Probably my favorite track on Back to the Egg. Love Paul's "soul" styled vocal and the great horns.
Magic - Again, probably my favorite track on "Driving Rain". Love Paul's lyrics about the day he me Linda and should be much better known.
Hope for the Future - This fairly recent "single"is great in my opinion
The Girl is Mine (Paul and Michael Jackson) When this song was playing on Top 40 radio back in the day i thought it was "cheesy" but hearing it now on Spotify with much better sound reproduction has me appreciating the song much more. I remember way back on the radio thinking that during the talking part of the song how cheesy Paul and Michael sounded but I do like the song many years later. Their singing is top notch! I love the way Paul sings at the end...I Don't Believe It!
Put It There - Always one of my favorites on Flowers in the Dirt
No Other Baby - Always one of my favorites on Run Devil Run
Too Many People - One of the best "Ram" songs
Save Us - One of my favorites on the "New" Album
The Other Me - One of my favorites on Pipes of Peace. Like Paul's "soulful" singing
You Tell Me - One of my favorites on Memory Almost Full
Too Much Rain - One of Paul's greatest Solo song period imho
Junk - a highly underrated song on Paul's first album
Jenny Wren - Great Solo song from Chaos and Creation
My Brave Face - Another one of Paul's great Solo songs written with Elvis Costello
Sing the Changes - Another great Solo song from Paul's work with the Fireman
Every Night - Great, great song right below Maybe I'm Amazed imo from the same album
This One - One of my favorites on Flowers in the Dirt
Heart of the Country - Another great one from Ram
The End of the End - Love this track with great lyrics on Memory Almost Full
New - Terrific "beatlesque" title track from the "New" Album
One of these Days - Great song on McCartney 2
Pipes of Peace - I am appreciating this great song much more after years have gone by. Great production by George Martin
I have not added a lot of Paul's big hits to the above list, but they of course sound great as part of this playlist. I think many of you can see why I'm enjoying listening to all these songs any time I want while I'm riding on my bike or walking.