Friday, November 7, 2008

Macca Live 2010 Side Two

The next portion should be an "acoustic" set. Giving the audience a chance to catch their breath. Everybody, sit down, and get comfortable.

7. ANOTHER DAY

Paul's debut solo single, and beautiful, simple ode to Linda, just admiring her going about her day. Another deceptively brilliant song that would be great to hear live.

8. LONDON TOWN

A nice little ditty, the title track from Wings' 1978 album. It was a mellow record recorded after Wings became one of the rocks' biggest bands at the conclusion of their record-breaking world tour. It's like an aural warm, fuzzy blanket.

9. BIKER LIKE AN ICON

Arguably the best song from 1993's Off The Ground album. A great, if unusual, song that got some attention when the album was originally released. Great example of Paul's unique songwriting style, especially in the lyrics.

10. EVERY NIGHT

1970's McCartney is one of my all-time favorite albums. Here's another touching love song for Linda. Paul has done this one live, but not recently.

11. WITH A LITTLE LUCK / COUNTRY DREAMER / SALLY G / RAINCLOUDS

If it were up to me, I'd include one of Paul's great acoustic B-sides in this slot. His mid-1970's songs like "Sally G" and "Country Dreamer" continue the warm feeling of the McCartney sessions. "Rainclouds", the B-side of "Ebony and Ivory", also has a similar feel. However, this has a more meditative feel, which would be appropriate as McCartney was working on this track with George Martin on December 9, 1980. "With A Little Luck" might be a more obvious choice, since it was a big hit single. My thought was that Paul could shake up the set list a bit, and alternate these four songs.in this slot.

12. MULL OF KINTYRE

This was a massive hit in the U.K., where it dislodged The Fabs' "She Loves You" as the biggest single ever. In the U.S., it was NOT a hit. Capitol Records even tried to promote the other side - the rocking "Girls' School" - but was only moderately successful.This may have been one of the factors leading to McCartney's subsequent departure from Capitol to Columbia Records. On recent tours, Paul only performed this in North America when he was in Canada.It's time for us Yanks to hear this classic track in concert.

1 comment:

clooneytyler said...

Wow, you've got this side DOWN. Biker Like an Icon! Yes!!! Ram is one of my fav post Beatle offerings from Paul. I crank up SMILE AWAY in the Jeep every day, but Linda's presence in these songs is so necessary that they just wouldn't work. Great choices for 2010 Side Two!!