Kathryn O:I thought it was an album Paul released. but I don't give MTV any credit for anything. I mean, they haven't played music in years
I have video of this performance on a old VHS tape but it would be nice if it was officially released one day on DVD/Blu-ray. I assume MTV would have the rights but the audio CD was released by EMI/MPL .
Like a few of Macca's so called lesser albums I find that with time and on reflection they improve greatly in my opinion. About 5 years ago I decided to revisit McCartney II and found I could appreciate tracks I didn't like so much like Bogie Music & Temporary Secretary. Even Darkroom, while still a throwaway, still has a quirky charm to it.
Cilla recorded a number of Lennon/McCartney songs
Love Of The Loved ( The Beatles version was for Decca Audition)
It's For You (Paul wrote it especially for Cilla)
Step Inside Love (Paul wrote it especially for Cilla as her TV Show theme)
For No One
The Long And Winding Road
Across The Universe
In My Life
Also she did Paul's Junk
and John's Oh My Love
I think she may of also done She's Leaving Home and Eleanor Rigby but not sure.
The White Album was their ninth UK album not including compilation Oldies.... but Goldies.
The album is just a brilliant mix of genres. I know people always dismiss Revolution #9 but the cacophony of sound somehow fits the mood of the album and the mood of the times. The way it merges with the extremely lush Goodnight somehow makes an appropriate end for the album.
I am sure there were millions of 17 year old girls back then that wished they were the girl in question.
If you want see creepy check out marital history of Jerry Lee Lewis - a rocker from the 50's.
I have always loved Linda. She was such a versatile singer. One of the first rock/country singers to turn to the old standards and did a trilogy of albums with Nelson Riddle & his Orchestra which were all excellent. Unfortunately she now has Parkinson's Disease and is unable to sing anymore. Nice photo below of Paul & Linda with Peter Asher and Linda Ronstadt.
Audley's Piano:She is an undoubtedly YES! Kind of forgotten along the way by the media, but never by me. Not since Stone Ponies/Different Drum.
She is always good to hear from, and sang one of The Saddest songs of all time, "Long, Long Time" which was a hit for her. And it still packs a wallop.
That song Long Long Time is sure a tear jerker. And Linda's sings it with so much emotion and power. Another fave of mine is Someone To Lay Down Beside Me a minor hit from the Hasten Down The Wind album (great album) . She was forgotten a bit in a later years but I have most of her work and will always treasure it.
I just think of MSH as another in a long line of Paul's character songs like Michelle, Elanor Rigby, Lovely Rita, Rocky Raccoon, Hey Jude, Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey and more recently Mr. Bellamy etc etc. George Harrison was amazed how Paul could come up with these characters and storys. Maxwell.... I think it could of been a single as it is a great sing-a-long kind of song in the Yellow Submarine vein but with a darker story.
I am not sure if the Revolution 9 title was decided before the finding of the tape of an engineer announcing 'This Is EMI test tape number 9' or whether it was titled with the # 9 specifically because of this parts inclusion. John said the repeated number 9 phrase is used just as joke. The number 9 as well as being John's birth date day it was supposedly his special number according to numerology which apparently John and Yoko were into. Also The Beatles' White Album is the ninth original UK album so I wonder if this had any significance.
I always took the line as John saying that Paul was surprised how successful Sgt, Pepper was. Because it was such a departure from their earlier stuff. Paul probably wondered if their younger teen fans would get it and how the critics would treat it. Although Revolver was a big step along the way and Rubber Soul and even Help ! showed signs of the maturing of their music, Pepper was the album that broke them completely with the Moptop/Beatlemania era.
As for How Do You Sleep, I think it is a particularly nasty and hurtful attack on his once great friend . OK Paul had a couple of veiled digs on RAM but remember John started it on Plastic Ono Band. Later on Lennon I think greatly regretted doing it as he said in interviews that he really didn't mean what he said about Paul and the lyrics reveal more about his own state of mine. Sure he was angry with Paul but he was also dealing with his own demons.