Love the Beatles. But.........

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  1. BK Verbs

    BK Verbs Gold Supporting Member

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    I find myself listening to Wings much more frequently. There's a live Wings show on VH1 Classic right now. Made me realize that I actually click on Wings a lot more than the Beatles.

    That's all.
     
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    Rimbaud Tarnished Silver Gold Supporting Member

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    Oh yeah, Linda ws a real talent...:)
     
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    Not me. I like a lot of Paul's post-Beatles work, but his best albums have been made without Wings. Even Band on the Run, while nominally a Wings album, is really just Paul, Linda, and Denny. That one aside, his best albums of the '70s were McCartney and Ram. And immediately after ending Wings in the early '80s, Paul made one of his best albums, Tug of War.

    Wings did have some great singles, though. "My Love", "Listen to What the Man Said", "Silly Love Songs", "London Town", "Mull of Kintyre" (again just Paul, Linda, and Denny, plus bagpipes), the live version of "Coming Up"... the albums just didn't tend to be all that strong.
     
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    The only Wings albums I've dug into are "Band On The Run", "Venus And Mars" and "Back To The Egg", but I enjoy them all the way through.

    "Wings Greatest Hits" is stellar.
     
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    McCartney is amazing. Still rocking at 73 years old.
     
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    BK Verbs Gold Supporting Member

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    They are currently going nuts on a pair of Ovation 12 strings.
     
  7. Bluesful

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    It's the opposite for me.

    I was thinking the other day about who had the best post Beatles output (with 'best' being subjective of course). For me the answer was comfortably George, I think they all produced some great stuff post Beatles, but I dig George's stuff way more.
     
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    Cool man, I also find myself listening to music that isn't The Beatles more often than I listen to music that is.
     
  10. StratoCraig

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    I don't think any of the Beatles were all that consistent in their solo careers. John, Paul, and George all produced at least one or two great albums, and Ringo had a couple of very successful albums in the '70s (which I have not heard in their entirety, so I can't judge them). All of them also put out some disappointing records. Paul has been by far the most prolific, and he's had a real late-life creative resurgence which John and George sadly did not get a chance at.

    My estimations, based on what I've heard:

    John
    Best: Plastic Ono Band (though his half of Double Fantasy comes close in its own way)
    Worst: Some Time in New York City

    Paul
    Best: Tough call, but I'll go with Tug of War (Runners-up: Ram, Flaming Pie, Chaos and Creation, New)
    Worst: Also a tough call... I'll say Wild Life

    George
    Best: All Things Must Pass (but props to Brainwashed also)
    Worst: Gone Troppo

    Ringo
    Don't know, haven't listened to his solo records aside from the hit singles
     
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    Flaming Pie is an awesome record that isn't perhaps that well known amongst his catalogue.
     
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    "Run Devil Run" was pretty good as well.
     
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    Well...Paul writes music to be enjoyed....
     
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    I'll take Macca pretty much anyway he plays it...but the Fab Four still rate numero uno for me.

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    I liked Paul's Beatles work much better than post Beatles. I mean, post Beatles he did write song complex tunes and showed his stuff, but his Beatlesness seemed to have left him so that was kind of a bummer. :huh On the other hand, John had some really great tunes post Beatles. Woman could have been a Beatles tune, maybe Imagine too. George came up with some really good stuff post Beatles too. And considering he wrote 'It Don't Come Easy' and a few other big hits for Ringo's solo career, he blossomed / was held back until late.

    Paul put so much material out there post Beatles, I really haven't listened to it all other than what is on the radio .... so I'm sure I'm missing a lot.
     
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    Run Devil Run was killer... not surprising considering the lineup.

    I'd add Driving Rain to that list as well.
    There's a couple of songs on there that aren't my favorite, but to me, the album is at the very top of his current-era output.
    It was the very beginning of his current band (minus Brian). It has a fresh and energetic but unforced vibe, and with excellent (to my ear) production without any real contemporary cliches. There's plenty of space and clarity, not just sonic overload.
    I think that album will hold up very well with time.
     
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    Vanity Fair was stuck in my head for about a month sometime last year. And another vote for Run Devil Run, and another vote for Ram, and another vote for.... I'll just stop there.
     
  18. daacrusher2001

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    Ya know, I like both Beatles and post Beatles from all four guys. Harrison has always been my favorite and I really like a lot of his work after the Beatles.

    McCartney's ability to compose songs blows me away. Wings was a great band. I can't say I like the Wings music better than the Beatles work he did...its just different.

    Some of what you guys mentioned I haven't even listened to. I'm gonna go check some of it out.
     
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    Paul's post-Beatles output was inconsistent but I think some it was brilliant.

    Another Day
    Uncle Albert
    Junk
    Maybe I'm Amazed
    Too Many People
    Jet
    Band On The Run
    My Love

    -bEn r.
     
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    While I like George's post Beatle music better than the others, I still hear the magic as a band that's missing from all their solo music. The Beatles were greater than the sum of its parts.
     
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