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      When Abbey Road came out, one reviewer -- I forget who, alas -- commenting on "Oh! Darling" wrote, 'One of these days Apple has got to release an album called "Paul McCartney Sings Rock 'n' Roll.'" So, if they did, what tracks would you put on it? Here's my list -- one CD, 14 songs:

      1. Getting Closer

      2. Lonely Road

      3. I Saw Her Standing There

      4. Back in the USSR

      5. Only Mama Knows

      6. Honey Hush

      7.  Eat At Home

      8. Oh! Darling!

      9. I'm Down

      10. The Mess

      11. Shake a Hand

      12. Helter Skelter

      13. Letting Go (Wings Over America version)

      14. Hi Hi Hi (Wings Over America version)

        These are a couple I would substitute for a couple of your's. I can't even remember how Lonely Road or Shake a Hand go. Had to Google them, sorry. I can't remember also when I last listened to Driving Rain or Run Devil Run. I know, I'm a terrible solo Macca fan! 😂

        Day Tripper

        Get Back

         

          I would add Monkberry Moon Delight, Oh Woman Oh Why & Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five. 

            Bruce M. wrote:

            When Abbey Road came out, one reviewer -- I forget who, alas -- commenting on "Oh! Darling" wrote, 'One of these days Apple has got to release an album called "Paul McCartney Sings Rock 'n' Roll.'" So, if they did, what tracks would you put on it? Here's my list -- one CD, 14 songs:

            1. Getting Closer

            2. Lonely Road

            3. I Saw Her Standing There

            4. Back in the USSR

            5. Only Mama Knows

            6. Honey Hush

            7.  Eat At Home

            8. Oh! Darling!

            9. I'm Down

            10. The Mess

            11. Shake a Hand

            12. Helter Skelter

            13. Letting Go (Wings Over America version)

            14. Hi Hi Hi (Wings Over America version)

            Very good list but I would add some of my personal favorites like "Beware My Love", "Brown Eyed Handsome Man", "About You" and "Soily".

              Kestrel wrote:

              I would add Monkberry Moon Delight, Oh Woman Oh Why & Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five. 

              Ooh, good ones! 👍

                Yankeefan2 wrote:

                Bruce M. wrote:

                When Abbey Road came out, one reviewer -- I forget who, alas -- commenting on "Oh! Darling" wrote, 'One of these days Apple has got to release an album called "Paul McCartney Sings Rock 'n' Roll.'" So, if they did, what tracks would you put on it? Here's my list -- one CD, 14 songs:

                1. Getting Closer

                2. Lonely Road

                3. I Saw Her Standing There

                4. Back in the USSR

                5. Only Mama Knows

                6. Honey Hush

                7.  Eat At Home

                8. Oh! Darling!

                9. I'm Down

                10. The Mess

                11. Shake a Hand

                12. Helter Skelter

                13. Letting Go (Wings Over America version)

                14. Hi Hi Hi (Wings Over America version)

                Very good list but I would add some of my personal favorites like "Beware My Love", "Brown Eyed Handsome Man", "About You" and "Soily".

                About You - another one from Driving Rain I had to Google! 😂

                  I knew this would bring out some interesting responses. Tastes definitely vary. Personally, I could go several lifetimes without ever hearing Monkberry Moon Delight again.

                    A great thread, this. I will mix it up. I’ll go the 14 song listing.

                    But, no doubt, this could change at an instant. Just going on memory here, and I am sure I will have forgotten many... but:

                    Oh! Darling (top 5 Beatles track for me)

                    She’s A Woman

                    I’ve Got a Feeling

                    Why Don’t We Do it in the Road

                    Sergeant Peppers…. (it is a great rock song)

                    Oh Woman Oh Why

                    Spin it On

                    Maybe I’m Amazed (the original – it rocks)

                    So Glad to See You Here

                    Stranglehold

                    Smile Away

                    I’ve Had Enough

                    Rock show

                    Helen Wheels

                     

                      NJR wrote:

                      Yankeefan2 wrote:
                      Bruce M. wrote:

                      When Abbey Road came out, one reviewer -- I forget who, alas -- commenting on "Oh! Darling" wrote, 'One of these days Apple has got to release an album called "Paul McCartney Sings Rock 'n' Roll.'" So, if they did, what tracks would you put on it? Here's my list -- one CD, 14 songs:

                      1. Getting Closer

                      2. Lonely Road

                      3. I Saw Her Standing There

                      4. Back in the USSR

                      5. Only Mama Knows

                      6. Honey Hush

                      7.  Eat At Home

                      8. Oh! Darling!

                      9. I'm Down

                      10. The Mess

                      11. Shake a Hand

                      12. Helter Skelter

                      13. Letting Go (Wings Over America version)

                      14. Hi Hi Hi (Wings Over America version)

                      Very good list but I would add some of my personal favorites like "Beware My Love", "Brown Eyed Handsome Man", "About You" and "Soily".

                      About You - another one from Driving Rain I had to Google! 😂

                      "Driving Rain" may not have been a great album but still had a few pretty good songs on it . The album was guitar oriented IMO and did have some very good McCartney vocals (Lonely Road, About You). 

                        I would stick "Girls School" in there somewhere, this flip side to "Mull of Kintyre" is great and should have been a big hit....at least in America where "Mull..." was dismissed.  The rest of the world got it, massive hit, but we didn't know what a Mull was and seemingly didn't care much to find out or to listen to a song about one.  wink

                          So glad Bruce started this topic...a Paul McCartney sings "Rock and Roll" CD.

                          Here is my "All Solo" Paul Rock and Roll CD

                          In no particular order:

                          1. Oh Woman Oh Why - great B-side to Another Day; great rocker and vocals

                          2. The Mess -  "live at the Hague"...great Henry McCullough bluesy guitar solo and should have been on Red Rose Speedway

                          3. Best Friend "live in Antwerp" another track that should have been on the 2nd half of Red Rose Speedway.  Who sings early Rock and Roll better than Paul?

                          4. Give Ireland Back to the Irish - great protest song and rocker that was banned in Great Britain.  Would have made Wildlife a much better album imo.

                          5. No Other Baby - great Paul cover on Run Devil Run and the "live" version done at the Cavern Club was even better

                          6. Try Not to Cry - a Paul original on Run Devil Run...The "live version at the Caven Club is  even better than the studio.  Love David Gilmour's guitar solo

                          7. Shake a Hand - another Paul cover on Run Devil Run and the live version at the Cavern Club is even better.  So glad that Bruce had this one on his list.

                          8. Run Devil Run - another Paul original and the title cut on Run Devil Run with great Paul vocals.

                          9. Lonely Road - great opening track on the Driving Rain CD...so glad Paul did it "live" on his subsequent tour.

                          10. About You - agree totally with Yankeefan and a great rocker on Driving Rain.

                          11. Sing the Changes - great "live version" when Paul appeared " live" in New York City at Citi Field.  The best version imo. Love the way Paul gives NYC a little "nod" by adding it to the lyrics.  Also love Abe's drumming!

                          12. Slidin - great rocker on McCartney 3 and just as good as Helter Skelter imo.

                          13. Only Mama Knows - great rocker on Memory Almost Full and so glad Paul did it "live" quite a bit.

                          14. The Pound is Sinking - great rocker on Tug of War; love Paul's vocals.

                          15. Flying to My Home - a great rocker that should have been on Flowers in the Dirt imo.

                          16. Beware My Love - a great rocker on "At the Speed of Sound"

                          Of course I could have added a couple more tracks but I think this would be a great CD.  Thanks

                           

                            He's got sooo many great songs it is always hard to pick. Here's a few to add to (or duplicate) all of the above lists.

                            Beware My LoveAngryMomma Miss AmericaNothing For FreeHunt You Down/Naked/C-LinkNineteen Hundred And Eighty FiveRockestra So Glad To See You HereBig Barn Bed

                              B J Conlee wrote:

                              So glad Bruce started this topic...a Paul McCartney sings "Rock and Roll" CD.

                              Here is my "All Solo" Paul Rock and Roll CD

                              In no particular order:

                              1. Oh Woman Oh Why - great B-side to Another Day; great rocker and vocals

                              2. The Mess -  "live at the Hague"...great Henry McCullough bluesy guitar solo and should have been on Red Rose Speedway

                              3. Best Friend "live in Antwerp" another track that should have been on the 2nd half of Red Rose Speedway.  Who sings early Rock and Roll better than Paul?

                              4. Give Ireland Back to the Irish - great protest song and rocker that was banned in Great Britain.  Would have made Wildlife a much better album imo.

                              5. No Other Baby - great Paul cover on Run Devil Run and the "live" version done at the Cavern Club was even better

                              6. Try Not to Cry - a Paul original on Run Devil Run...The "live version at the Caven Club is  even better than the studio.  Love David Gilmour's guitar solo

                              7. Shake a Hand - another Paul cover on Run Devil Run and the live version at the Cavern Club is even better.  So glad that Bruce had this one on his list.

                              8. Run Devil Run - another Paul original and the title cut on Run Devil Run with great Paul vocals.

                              9. Lonely Road - great opening track on the Driving Rain CD...so glad Paul did it "live" on his subsequent tour.

                              10. About You - agree totally with Yankeefan and a great rocker on Driving Rain.

                              11. Sing the Changes - great "live version" when Paul appeared " live" in New York City at Citi Field.  The best version imo. Love the way Paul gives NYC a little "nod" by adding it to the lyrics.  Also love Abe's drumming!

                              12. Slidin - great rocker on McCartney 3 and just as good as Helter Skelter imo.

                              13. Only Mama Knows - great rocker on Memory Almost Full and so glad Paul did it "live" quite a bit.

                              14. The Pound is Sinking - great rocker on Tug of War; love Paul's vocals.

                              15. Flying to My Home - a great rocker that should have been on Flowers in the Dirt imo.

                              16. Beware My Love - a great rocker on "At the Speed of Sound"

                              Of course I could have added a couple more tracks but I think this would be a great CD.  Thanks

                               

                              I like your list and like you said nobody sings early rock better than  McCartney. Revisit the "Russian" album and listen to him sing rock classics like "Lucille" , "Twenty Flight Rock" and "Ain't That A Shame" and his voice is incredible.  Hope all is well BJ.  

                                Beatles4Ever wrote:

                                I would stick "Girls School" in there somewhere, this flip side to "Mull of Kintyre" is great and should have been a big hit....at least in America where "Mull..." was dismissed.  The rest of the world got it, massive hit, but we didn't know what a Mull was and seemingly didn't care much to find out or to listen to a song about one.  wink

                                Girl's School is great!

                                Not as great as Mull... of course... 

                                  For me, this list has to be original compositions... and not covers. 

                                  And if we talk rock n roll..... 

                                  Not his greatest song.... to some... but "Name and Address" is great rock n roll.  

                                  I love it.

                                  Over to you, Elvis. 

                                   

                                    oobu24 wrote:

                                    He's got sooo many great songs it is always hard to pick. Here's a few to add to (or duplicate) all of the above lists.

                                    Beware My LoveAngryMomma Miss AmericaNothing For FreeHunt You Down/Naked/C-LinkNineteen Hundred And Eighty FiveRockestra So Glad To See You HereBig Barn Bed

                                    Oobu...love "Hunt You Down, Naked" as an addiltonal choice.  Forgot about that one.

                                      toris wrote:

                                      For me, this list has to be original compositions... and not covers. 

                                      And if we talk rock n roll..... 

                                      Not his greatest song.... to some... but "Name and Address" is great rock n roll.  

                                      I love it.

                                      Over to you, Elvis. 

                                       

                                      The title of the thread says "Paul McCartney Sings Rock And Roll" and since he has recorded covers I think it is fine to include them. If you want your list to only be originals  than so be it.

                                        Yankeefan2 wrote:

                                        B J Conlee wrote:

                                        So glad Bruce started this topic...a Paul McCartney sings "Rock and Roll" CD.

                                        Here is my "All Solo" Paul Rock and Roll CD

                                        In no particular order:

                                        1. Oh Woman Oh Why - great B-side to Another Day; great rocker and vocals

                                        2. The Mess -  "live at the Hague"...great Henry McCullough bluesy guitar solo and should have been on Red Rose Speedway

                                        3. Best Friend "live in Antwerp" another track that should have been on the 2nd half of Red Rose Speedway.  Who sings early Rock and Roll better than Paul?

                                        4. Give Ireland Back to the Irish - great protest song and rocker that was banned in Great Britain.  Would have made Wildlife a much better album imo.

                                        5. No Other Baby - great Paul cover on Run Devil Run and the "live" version done at the Cavern Club was even better

                                        6. Try Not to Cry - a Paul original on Run Devil Run...The "live version at the Caven Club is  even better than the studio.  Love David Gilmour's guitar solo

                                        7. Shake a Hand - another Paul cover on Run Devil Run and the live version at the Cavern Club is even better.  So glad that Bruce had this one on his list.

                                        8. Run Devil Run - another Paul original and the title cut on Run Devil Run with great Paul vocals.

                                        9. Lonely Road - great opening track on the Driving Rain CD...so glad Paul did it "live" on his subsequent tour.

                                        10. About You - agree totally with Yankeefan and a great rocker on Driving Rain.

                                        11. Sing the Changes - great "live version" when Paul appeared " live" in New York City at Citi Field.  The best version imo. Love the way Paul gives NYC a little "nod" by adding it to the lyrics.  Also love Abe's drumming!

                                        12. Slidin - great rocker on McCartney 3 and just as good as Helter Skelter imo.

                                        13. Only Mama Knows - great rocker on Memory Almost Full and so glad Paul did it "live" quite a bit.

                                        14. The Pound is Sinking - great rocker on Tug of War; love Paul's vocals.

                                        15. Flying to My Home - a great rocker that should have been on Flowers in the Dirt imo.

                                        16. Beware My Love - a great rocker on "At the Speed of Sound"

                                        Of course I could have added a couple more tracks but I think this would be a great CD.  Thanks

                                         

                                        I like your list and like you said nobody sings early rock better than  McCartney. Revisit the "Russian" album and listen to him sing rock classics like "Lucille" , "Twenty Flight Rock" and "Ain't That A Shame" and his voice is incredible.  Hope all is well BJ.  

                                        Aside from singing as Paul McCartney, I've always thought Paul's ability to channel Little Richard, Elvis, Buddy Holly, Fats Domino, etc., was kind of extraordinary. Not many singers can pull that off.

                                          Yankeefan2 wrote:

                                          toris wrote:

                                          For me, this list has to be original compositions... and not covers. 

                                          And if we talk rock n roll..... 

                                          Not his greatest song.... to some... but "Name and Address" is great rock n roll.  

                                          I love it.

                                          Over to you, Elvis. 

                                           

                                          The title of the thread says "Paul McCartney Sings Rock And Roll" and since he has recorded covers I think it is fine to include them. If you want your list to only be originals  than so be it.

                                          I started the thread. I included covers in my list. It's "Paul McCartney Sings Rock 'n' Roll," not "Paul McCartney Writes rock 'n; Roll." -

                                            I did preface it with... "For me".... I am guilty of always excluding covers in a "Best Of" when it comes to the Beatles, as a group or as individuals. I am not sure if it is conscious or sub-conscious. But... it happens.  

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