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Posted by B J Conlee

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      Not a good day. The national news was depressing as hell, and my San Francisco home -- indeed, most of California, was enveloped in such a thick amber-orange haze from the wildfires that it never actually seemed like daylight.

      And then I listened to this and felt like the world might just survive.

        Bruce M. wrote:

        Not a good day. The national news was depressing as hell, and my San Francisco home -- indeed, most of California, was enveloped in such a thick amber-orange haze from the wildfires that it never actually seemed like daylight.

        And then I listened to this and felt like the world might just survive.

        God, I love that song! (of course written by Pau!) ❤️ 

        I can't imagine what you guys are going through in CA! If it's not the heat, it's fires, or earthquakes! 

          Bruce M. wrote:

          Not a good day. The national news was depressing as hell, and my San Francisco home -- indeed, most of California, was enveloped in such a thick amber-orange haze from the wildfires that it never actually seemed like daylight.

          And then I listened to this and felt like the world might just survive.

          Such of a beautiful song full of hope, love it as well.  Have seen a couple of photos from friends in that area. One said it was so dark that the streetlights stayed on and there was orange through the darkness. Another friend in Concord area had ashes raining down and the day started off pitch black and then went to an orange, making it look like Mars. They had to get a hepa air purifier for the house, the air quality was so poor.

          Am praying you all make it through without any fires! 

           

            "On the Wings of a Nightingale" is one of my favorite "unreleased" Paul songs along with "Yvonne".  As far as released Macca songs that always make me feel good, I always like to hear "Put It There" and/or "Little Willow".

              B J Conlee wrote:

              "On the Wings of a Nightingale" is one of my favorite "unreleased" Paul songs along with "Yvonne".  As far as released Macca songs that always make me feel good, I always like to hear "Put It There" and/or "Little Willow".

              Little Willow makes me sad since I know he wrote it for Maureen after she died. It's a beautiful song, though - one of my favorites! 

                This is great song and was perfect fit for the Everly Brothers. There is a youtube clip of demo McCartney did of this song, I always wished (lol) that he would have done this live as part of the acoustic part of his show. The demo should also be on an Solo McCartney Anthology album if he ever does one, talk about "deep" cut -lol. See link of youtube clip.

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9q-Q8nUOaLY

                  B J Conlee wrote:

                  "On the Wings of a Nightingale" is one of my favorite "unreleased" Paul songs along with "Yvonne".  As far as released Macca songs that always make me feel good, I always like to hear "Put It There" and/or "Little Willow".

                  The official video for "Little Willow" is wonderful, see link below.

                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDdXSNdcncY

                    Yankeefan2 wrote:

                    This is great song and was perfect fit for the Everly Brothers. There is a youtube clip of demo McCartney did of this song, I always wished (lol) that he would have done this live as part of the acoustic part of his show. The demo should also be on an Solo McCartney Anthology album if he ever does one, talk about "deep" cut -lol. See link of youtube clip.

                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9q-Q8nUOaLY

                    Thanks Yankeefan for putting up this great Paul demo and Youtube video.

                    Some interesting tidbits about the song "On the Wings of a Nightingale".  Back in the late 70's, the Everly's had  one of their infamous"falling outs" and tried unsuccessfully to go "solo".  Fast forward to the early 80's and EB's record company tried to get them to reconcile.  Their idea was a "comeback album" and do a worldwide tour starting  in England where they were always hugely popular.  They decided to hire Dave Edmunds as the "producer" for the album.

                    Dave obviously was a big Everly Brothers and Beatles fan and had recently worked with Macca on Paul's movie/soundtrack "Give My Regards to Broadstree".  One of my favorite scenes in the movie was seeing Paul and his Band (including Dave Edmunds playing guitar) doing 2 new rocking Paul songs..."Not Such a Bad Boy" and "No Values".  I love both songs and in my opinion 2 more "hidden gems" in Paul's discography.

                    Dave Edmunds had the daunting task of not only "producing" the Everly's big "comeback" album (EB84) but coming up with a "new" Everly's song and 1st single off the new Album.  What did Dave do?  He went to his old friend Paul McCartney and convinced him to write a song for his old idol's Don and Phil.  A new song and "single"for their comeback album and tour was cruicial and Paul came up "aces" in my opinion.  The song sounds so "Everly Brothers" in my opinion and there is no doubt Paul was the perfect songwriter for them.

                     

                     

                      B J Conlee wrote:

                      Yankeefan2 wrote:

                      This is great song and was perfect fit for the Everly Brothers. There is a youtube clip of demo McCartney did of this song, I always wished (lol) that he would have done this live as part of the acoustic part of his show. The demo should also be on an Solo McCartney Anthology album if he ever does one, talk about "deep" cut -lol. See link of youtube clip.

                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9q-Q8nUOaLY

                      Thanks Yankeefan for putting up this great Paul demo and Youtube video.

                      Some interesting tidbits about the song "On the Wings of a Nightingale".  Back in the late 70's, the Everly's had  one of their infamous"falling outs" and tried unsuccessfully to go "solo".  Fast forward to the early 80's and EB's record company tried to get them to reconcile.  Their idea was a "comeback album" and do a worldwide tour starting  in England where they were always hugely popular.  They decided to hire Dave Edmunds as the "producer" for the album.

                      Dave obviously was a big Everly Brothers and Beatles fan and had recently worked with Macca on Paul's movie/soundtrack "Give My Regards to Broadstree".  One of my favorite scenes in the movie was seeing Paul and his Band (including Dave Edmunds playing guitar) doing 2 new rocking Paul songs..."Not Such a Bad Boy" and "No Values".  I love both songs and in my opinion 2 more "hidden gems" in Paul's discography.

                      Dave Edmunds had the daunting task of not only "producing" the Everly's big "comeback" album (EB84) but coming up with a "new" Everly's song and 1st single off the new Album.  What did Dave do?  He went to his old friend Paul McCartney and convinced him to write a song for his old idol's Don and Phil.  A new song and "single"for their comeback album and tour was cruicial and Paul came up "aces" in my opinion.  The song sounds so "Everly Brothers" in my opinion and there is no doubt Paul was the perfect songwriter for them.

                       

                       

                      Thanks for the info BJ! Well said! 

                        B J Conlee wrote:

                        Yankeefan2 wrote:

                        This is great song and was perfect fit for the Everly Brothers. There is a youtube clip of demo McCartney did of this song, I always wished (lol) that he would have done this live as part of the acoustic part of his show. The demo should also be on an Solo McCartney Anthology album if he ever does one, talk about "deep" cut -lol. See link of youtube clip.

                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9q-Q8nUOaLY

                        Thanks Yankeefan for putting up this great Paul demo and Youtube video.

                        Some interesting tidbits about the song "On the Wings of a Nightingale".  Back in the late 70's, the Everly's had  one of their infamous"falling outs" and tried unsuccessfully to go "solo".  Fast forward to the early 80's and EB's record company tried to get them to reconcile.  Their idea was a "comeback album" and do a worldwide tour starting  in England where they were always hugely popular.  They decided to hire Dave Edmunds as the "producer" for the album.

                        Dave obviously was a big Everly Brothers and Beatles fan and had recently worked with Macca on Paul's movie/soundtrack "Give My Regards to Broadstree".  One of my favorite scenes in the movie was seeing Paul and his Band (including Dave Edmunds playing guitar) doing 2 new rocking Paul songs..."Not Such a Bad Boy" and "No Values".  I love both songs and in my opinion 2 more "hidden gems" in Paul's discography.

                        Dave Edmunds had the daunting task of not only "producing" the Everly's big "comeback" album (EB84) but coming up with a "new" Everly's song and 1st single off the new Album.  What did Dave do?  He went to his old friend Paul McCartney and convinced him to write a song for his old idol's Don and Phil.  A new song and "single"for their comeback album and tour was cruicial and Paul came up "aces" in my opinion.  The song sounds so "Everly Brothers" in my opinion and there is no doubt Paul was the perfect songwriter for them.

                         

                         

                        Rolling Stone magazine listed this song as one of the 12 Essential Everly Brothers tracks, see link.

                        https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/the-everly-brothers-12-essential-tracks-19781/bye-bye-love-1957-226811/

                          I prefer Paul singing "Nightingale," I like his version and his singing on this the best. Not knocking the Everly's, though.

                            I must say Paul's rough demo of On the Wings of a Nightingale doesn't do much for me. The Everlys version is perfect, and the song fits them like the proverbial glove (when Paul puts his mind to it he's a genious at writing for other singers). The thing is just such a burst of joy and a perfect reunion song for a band that had at that point been split up for a decade.

                            I must say the Rolling Stone list is good, but misses another essential tune from the EB '84 reunion: The First in Line is just exquisite.

                            For those wondering about things in California: Well, the light is less surreal but the smoke is still bad enough to make the air unhealthy in big hunks of the state (what a pity breathing isn't an optional activity). But it's about as bad in Oregon and Washington now. Horrifying.

                              Bruce M. wrote:

                              I must say Paul's rough demo of On the Wings of a Nightingale doesn't do much for me. The Everlys version is perfect, and the song fits them like the proverbial glove (when Paul puts his mind to it he's a genious at writing for other singers). The thing is just such a burst of joy and a perfect reunion song for a band that had at that point been split up for a decade.

                              I must say the Rolling Stone list is good, but misses another essential tune from the EB '84 reunion: The First in Line is just exquisite.

                              For those wondering about things in California: Well, the light is less surreal but the smoke is still bad enough to make the air unhealthy in big hunks of the state (what a pity breathing isn't an optional activity). But it's about as bad in Oregon and Washington now. Horrifying.

                              McCartney's version was rough demo but still neat hearing him do it IMO. I agree it was just perfect for the Everly Brothers with their voices/harmony.  Once again I agree with you, "The First In Line" was beautiful song.  EB84 was really an excellent album, not sure if it was their last on.  Sorry to hear about the conditions in California, hang in there !!

                                Yankeefan2 wrote:

                                Bruce M. wrote:

                                I must say Paul's rough demo of On the Wings of a Nightingale doesn't do much for me. The Everlys version is perfect, and the song fits them like the proverbial glove (when Paul puts his mind to it he's a genious at writing for other singers). The thing is just such a burst of joy and a perfect reunion song for a band that had at that point been split up for a decade.

                                I must say the Rolling Stone list is good, but misses another essential tune from the EB '84 reunion: The First in Line is just exquisite.

                                For those wondering about things in California: Well, the light is less surreal but the smoke is still bad enough to make the air unhealthy in big hunks of the state (what a pity breathing isn't an optional activity). But it's about as bad in Oregon and Washington now. Horrifying.

                                McCartney's version was rough demo but still neat hearing him do it IMO. I agree it was just perfect for the Everly Brothers with their voices/harmony.  Once again I agree with you, "The First In Line" was beautiful song.  EB84 was really an excellent album, not sure if it was their last on.  Sorry to hear about the conditions in California, hang in there !!

                                The Everly Brothers did two more albums after "EB '84": "Born Yesterday" (1986), which I have and which is quite good -- maybe even better than "EB '84"-- and "Some Hearts" (1988), which I haven't heard.  Here's the title song from "Born Yesterday." They were so good.

                                  Bruce M. wrote:

                                  Yankeefan2 wrote:
                                  Bruce M. wrote:

                                  I must say Paul's rough demo of On the Wings of a Nightingale doesn't do much for me. The Everlys version is perfect, and the song fits them like the proverbial glove (when Paul puts his mind to it he's a genious at writing for other singers). The thing is just such a burst of joy and a perfect reunion song for a band that had at that point been split up for a decade.

                                  I must say the Rolling Stone list is good, but misses another essential tune from the EB '84 reunion: The First in Line is just exquisite.

                                  For those wondering about things in California: Well, the light is less surreal but the smoke is still bad enough to make the air unhealthy in big hunks of the state (what a pity breathing isn't an optional activity). But it's about as bad in Oregon and Washington now. Horrifying.

                                  McCartney's version was rough demo but still neat hearing him do it IMO. I agree it was just perfect for the Everly Brothers with their voices/harmony.  Once again I agree with you, "The First In Line" was beautiful song.  EB84 was really an excellent album, not sure if it was their last on.  Sorry to hear about the conditions in California, hang in there !!

                                  The Everly Brothers did two more albums after "EB '84": "Born Yesterday" (1986), which I have and which is quite good -- maybe even better than "EB '84"-- and "Some Hearts" (1988), which I haven't heard.  Here's the title song from "Born Yesterday." They were so good.

                                  Wow, that was so beautiful. Thanks for sharing it !!

                                     

                                     

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                                      Wow, great thread!

                                      Never heard "On the Wings of a Nightingale" let alone the demo, very sweet song and understandably special. 

                                      And I'll echo the sentiments for "Little Willow." The 17year-old family dog died last month, and with the "Flaming Pie" release, "Little Willow"quickly became a touchstone during those sadder moments. Sush a simple beautiful song.

                                      Two Septembers ago, I was in a funk but excited that a new McCartney was around the corner. When he released "I Don't Know" it was like all my insecurties were his too, and it made it okay to be feeling a little lost. That song will always feel like a pat on the shoulder.

                                        AlienGirlWorx wrote:

                                        Wow, great thread!

                                        Never heard "On the Wings of a Nightingale" let alone the demo, very sweet song and understandably special. 

                                        And I'll echo the sentiments for "Little Willow." The 17year-old family dog died last month, and with the "Flaming Pie" release, "Little Willow"quickly became a touchstone during those sadder moments. Sush a simple beautiful song.

                                        Two Septembers ago, I was in a funk but excited that a new McCartney was around the corner. When he released "I Don't Know" it was like all my insecurties were his too, and it made it okay to be feeling a little lost. That song will always feel like a pat on the shoulder.

                                        I hear what you're saying about "I Don't Know".  I love the song and it just continued to grow with me.  Love the melodic changes throughout the song, the lyrics as well as Paul's suble bass.  One of Paul's best solo songs period in my opinion.  Always makes me feel better when I hear it.  Sadly,  I haven't heard it on any generic playlist except Spotify's "This is Paul McCartney"which is an all Paul playlist.