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Paul McCartney performs a rare version of Blackbird in this video from 1968.

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  1. Avatar Beat Girl wrote:

    Love those Hello Goodbye shoes. Hoping he plays this tomorrow in Glasgow! Reckon he’ll treat us Scots to Mull of Kintyre at least though 🙂
    xx

  2. Avatar Michael wrote:

    Fantastic.

    I love how Abbey Road always looks so shitty, like a parochial school in Muncie, Indiana.

  3. Avatar Michael wrote:

    Beat Girl, we expect a full report on the gig! I’m envious; never seen any of ’em in concert.

  4. Avatar Ed Park wrote:

    I should add: “Via [the great] Rob Sheffield” (on Facebook)

  5. Avatar Pidpoo wrote:

    Growing up in the concert decade of the seventies I made a great point of seeing George and later the great wings tour then. Later I saw macca several more times and ringo two times. Seventies was truly Macca’s red hot decade….he reinvented himself to musical styles popular but out of necessity and extreme critic and Beatles fan dissing….early to late wings went from then popular hippie screaming, garage band rock, to breakthrough FM. Albums before wings tour and AM to perfect disco fusion silly love songs just before massive disco wave and to punk egg with one rural RRSW and one urban album to coming up electronica. See Rock Shoe Macca songs for a GREAT concert, best I’ve seen in fifty years of concerts and many acts seen .

    I started buying up massive Beatles collections from old fans but in early seventies on collected all solo Beatles singles regular and pic sleeves, albums and mags and books. That wings concert converted me from first a George then a John fan to a Paul fan and got tired oof their immature press fussing about him and ganging up on him. I see regular wings dissing on this blog from folks who grew up in later era. Seventies was a different era folks not around then don’t get….macca and kinda dressed seventies, hippie earlier, shag hair and sweaters with big hearts, glitter and satin on tour but shorter hair and black jacket and jeand by late seventies Paul was RED HOT, made an album every two years….and listening to all macca solo, released unreleased and bootlegs and wings really holds up and sounds undated. It was as if other Beatles were stuck in sixties in music and style but macca was contemporary.

    There are bootleg mixes of some of those songs exceeding releases. The seventies and eighties Paul unreleased techno and released electronica as well as Rupert proved that far and way he had the most extraordinary genre range ….one reason he is today called a musical genius and a Mozart. It’s probably generational, but I resent the wings snobbery on this blog….Beatles fans and critics had it in the seventies but his massive world wings sellout shows REALLY impressed the regular press.

  6. Avatar Pidpoo wrote:

    I want to add that us is the only good Beatles blog I have found with the most interesting comments and threads. However, the generalized double standards applied to Paul later group and all his solo as is applied to the others does bother be about this blog. I realize folks differ in taste and opinions and all Beatles group and solo songs aren’t equal but prolific, stylistically adventurous Paul always takes the hardest hit. It is exactly because he is so stylistically varied as opposed to being more genre restricted that the others that his stuff, even his seventies solo stuff continues to sound fresh. Except for a very few John and George beautiful ballads, Paul is the only solo Beatle I want to continue to listen to now, and not just his beautiful melodies and Paul’s stuff continues to sound fresh and timeless….I even enjoy the now dated disco fusion song he did and the dated electronica and techno because it continues to sound fresh.

    • Nancy Carr Nancy Carr wrote:

      It might surprise you to hear that we’ve gotten pushback from some readers for being too pro-McCartney. Let me assure you that Beatles fans of all persuasions, including unrepentant Paulaholics, are welcome here!

  7. Avatar Hologram Sam wrote:

    Schrödinger’s Beatle blog. Simultaneously pro and anti-McCartney.

    I like seeing all the different viewpoints. They help me think of the Beatles and Wings and POB in ways I hadn’t before. Sometimes I agree, sometimes I disagree, but it’s always fascinating reading.

  8. Avatar Pidpoo wrote:

    Again, as a somewhat older Paul fan, I see the recycled Paul was or is too comfortable opinions in certain eras. Funny, because I thought all of them too comfortable when noted the others recycling their styles. Those dissing now the late eighties and early nineties Paul forget that flowers in the dirt was a popular and good album that got Paul back to touring and off the ground a musically varied album that fans like. By late eighties and early nineties, music industry was album not hit single driven and neither of these albums charted that high but are considered good and hold up with Paul fans.

    The old trite….Paul is too happy and can’t do ram type angst art has been recycled since the seventies when he was desperately trying to reinvent himself several times despite set backs. I read where even Paul himself disses some of his wings work but had he not broken through in a big way in seventies as did by band on the way would probably have folded. Solo Beatles had extreme pressure on them to succeed in seventies yet still dominated charts before other three Beatles folded and disco knocked them out. Kudos to the commenter on a different thread about merit of band on run album and 1985 song. Band was wings big break through album and began a US number one streak and the rock critic and fans Paul too comfortable dissing but Paul had to get a generation of younger fans so severely dissed in seventies.

    I have been trolling a PIDtard recently who is gleefully pulling up those venomous John fanboy Paul does crap seventies and eighties reviews in an effort to prove Paul is dead and even pulled up the old critic review something missing from solo Paul music to which I responded was what was missing from all solo Beatles music, the other Beatles.

    Now I have seen a Paul ruined all later Beatles albums with s crap song, and funny the Paul is dead troll said same thing when later Paul gave Beatles genre variation of pub songs, cabaret songs, broadway sounding songs, Victorian English songs. Paul had cover of Beatles then and I remember those songs being considered ultra cool as only Beatles dared expand their genre range then. No one but Beatles dared do these genre expanded songs, and Paul did them best. Other Beatles began to hate them and displayed some apparent jealousy but group and solo gave Paul widest range. Where I grew up I read lofty rock critics but my friends and siblings missed the memo that evolving wings were uncool, adapting Paul in eighties and nineties was uncool because decades had changed.

    Before I discovered his great unreleased eighties techno and nineties reggae I thought Paul was cool as the most evolving adapting solo Beatle and his rock and roll classics late nineties era was sung with guttural soul. When he evolved into mellowed out but excellent stages after 2000, he was still able to perform and play with the young singers. His current album sounds so contemporary the kids like it and it shot to number one.

    I see Paul is dead and Beatles fans like dissing Paul and wanting message music of the sixties, Eleanor rigby in 79 and pining over my salamander lyric when trust me no one wanted Eleanor rigby concept rock lyrics in 79. I see folks reviewing stuff who don’t know types of music like Morse goose was a wings seventies prog rock song and melody maker kids way younger than me claiming McCartney missed the mood with London Town in 78 before new wave hit, when this gal remembered disco fading and am and fm radio completely mellow and with a little luck was number one in America and number 5 in England.

    I see folks younger than me with no concept of these decades dissing solo Beatles in these decades. Once George finally quit singing like Dylan too high, he got a good number one album, cloud 9, and he had a good super old fart band that got on mtv, the wilburys. Other solo Beatles always had t perform live hidden behind other superstars and George solo, which I saw, with Ravi half the show, but there was old macca with a shifting line up for different reasons wings band, and some songs and albums he did with another, two black singers and Costello FITD album. For those of you thinking these efforts too corny and inferior, eighties were a zany, pop time, Macca was in his forties and Costello and macca had different styles but did some good work together.

    I liked all solo Beatles then, rotated my favorite and collected in The Beatles throughout these decades but missed all these cool memos as lived in the south I guess. Early seventies anti Paul reviews so bad I soon learned to enjoy his solo stuff anyway. Like all later Beatles even and solo stuff he did some weaker stuff but was situational to the era and styles then. I have news for you, all solo Beatles did weaker stuff despite John or campaign that he was coolest, he was late to the left wing causes because war winding down and all things must past many songs done with help of later Beatles John and Paul. Other Beatles folded by the time Paul started to break through in 73 and some very good stuff on those albums and folks are buying up and complimenting those expensive box sets.

    I had to get on The Beatles blogs and read comments from younger fans and the Paul is dead crowd to see how vastly superior other solo Beatles who were way more stuck in the late sixties rotation mode and ringo who has done a good recent album and an earlier good song with McCartney but these folks had to enlighten me all over again as to how uncool and comfortable Paul was. It was John who did tge middle age man domestic bliss double fantasy and was reviewed that way until he died.

    In sixties I was a John fan, solo was a George and John fan but it was Paul’s great solo music that won me over and did not like how solo Beatles, rock press and Beatles fans stacked the deck against him. Despite all of this he survived and thrived, adapted and I began to admire him as much for this as for his music. Once old John and George fanboy stuck in the late sixties retired new critics re-evaluated all of his solo music and vastly upgraded it. Kudos to the commenter on this blog saying band on the run, I would add other strong wings albums and good songs, but for that commenter especially citing McCartney 2 and accompanying singles as ahead of gozilla and ahead of techo house and deep house. Besides George sixties electronic sounds, Paul only Beatle going into it with wings use of mini moog, coming up electronica that got John back to studio, new age ocean, blue and sway and fireman, electric argument and reef, ultra cool music, so sounds like the man always got out of his safe space, his use of auto tune and contemporary recent albums and singles have offended old Beatles and Paul fans. As I eventually like him as the most adaptable contemporary Beatle all along, even when efforts then seen as failures, I am glad I moved past the late sixties and even my favorite Paul and solo Beatles decade, the seventies.

    • Nancy Carr Nancy Carr wrote:

      Thanks for sharing how your view of Beatles solo music, and Paul McCartney, evolved over the years. The good news, I’d say, is that McCartney has gotten more respect in the past several years, partly due to his touring. He gives good show, as even some of his detractors must admit.
      .
      I especially appreciate McCartney’s story songs and songs of empathy. As an English major and lifelong literature lover, I’m fascinated by characters, narratives, and the opportunity to understand someone else’s experience, even vicariously. And I think that’s something that fascinates McCartney as well.
      .
      My own feeling is that we will always have trolls and mean-spirited conspiracy theories; for my own sanity, I give them, whether they are Beatles-related, politics-related, or whatever else, an increasingly hard pass. “The love you take is equal to the love you make” seems like better and better advice to me as the years pass.

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