Thursday, September 15, 2016

There's Just No Pleasing Some People (Part Deux)

"Long Tall Sally" from the just out Hollywood Bowl album.

Apart from how exciting the thing is overall, I must admit that over the years I've forgotten just how great a singer Paul McCartney is. I mean, jeebus h. christ on a piece of challah toast, that vocal is simply astounding.

Gonna see the movie tomorrow, and there's nothing you can do to stop me.


Gummo said...

In older interviews you can see how it used to annoy Paul that he was thought of as the ballad singer while John was considered the rock singer.

When they were both more versatile than that. John sang & wrote some incredibly sweet soft songs and McCartney can (still!) rock out with the best of'em.

Ken J Xenozar said...

McCartney defined rock singing for many people. I think McCartney and Stevie Wonder are probably among the most influential/copied singers I can think of. And the fact that he sounds as good as he does at this stage is astounding to me.

BG in Q said...

Paul sang "Kansas City", too.

Anonymous said...

As usual, the bootleggers still have the official record company beat. After 50+ years, Capitol still doesn't give us a single complete show from any of the three dates. They continue to cobble 1964 and 1965 shows together, which from, this point in time, approaches criminal. Giles had better tapes to work with than his father but I think he processed much of the rawness out of the performances. It sounds fucked with. It's too obvious. It's like colorizing the Ed Sullivan Shows.

Midnight Beat put out all three complete shows in 1997. Since that time, other bootleggers have taken various approaches to their projects, such as giving us the original Capitol acetate version and those with completely unedited chatter between songs. I think some of the more recent boot versions have more adrenaline and raw excitement. My boot version of She's a Woman" from the 30th kicks ass over Giles'. Ringo does some real cool stuff on the drums and it's more distinct. Also, "Boys" live from 1964 rocks!

VR - shreddin' the gnarl

steve simels said...

Recording has been all downhill since the industry switched from acoustic to electrical recording in the late 20s.

Dave said...

What did you think of the movie, Steve?

Dave F

buzzbabyjesus said...

Paul is great. And has somehow maintained a degree of grace.

I agree with VR that there's something fishy in the sound, "colorizing Ed Sullivan" is a good description.

I have the original lp, and it was never any fun to listen to.