A Global Army of Veteran Rockers
Credit due for Gail Manchester's thread...
A band or an artist you have loved deeply releases something so horrifying, it's enough to make you want to chuck all their previous output into the dumpster.
Example: Dylan and "Lay Lady Lay". Yeah, sure, he's got an explanation for the whole "Nashville Skyline" vocal affect, but it rubbed a lot of people (myself included) the wrong way.
Cheap Trick - The entire "The Doctor" album
Dearly love Kate Bush, but hated most of "The Red Shoes." Why on Earth was she hanging out with Prince and Eric Clapton?
Come to think of it, I really liked the early Bangles stuff, and thought associating with Prince ruined THEM, too. Maybe I just can't stand Prince!
This one will surely start a fight..."Dear God" by XTC. In my book, not cool at all. I'm sure some of you love it. Great band with several excellent albums, but I just fly for the channel button any time that one comes on the radio.
As much as I love Eric Clapton it was buying this previously unheard by me album that made me grimace.
LOVE Sir Paul..loved him with the fab four, LOVE this one song..hate most everything he did solo including his newest entitled (for PITY"S-SAKE) Kisses on the Bottom..WTH Paul?!) and with Wings..difficult to choose only one...Ebony and Ivory..Silly Love Songs...Let Em In...so I'll post this one single bearable song and not torture my fellow tribesters with the rest of the awful lot. YOUR WELCOME!
Ok..I kind of like Maybe I'm Amazed too..a little..but thats it.
Gail - At some point, I decided to gather up all the best post-Beatles solo work of all four and create "Best Of" boxed sets for myself. Well, Ringo's fit comfortably onto one CD...some fun stuff there, but of course, not exactly earth-shattering. By the way, seek out "As Far As We Can Go" from Old Wave...a wonderful track written by Russ Ballard. I doubt most fans have heard it.
The John comp was more of a struggle than I had imagined. Of course, the catalog was cut shorter than the others, but there were some pretty lean albums in there from which to choose primo material. Two CD's...which I admit I rarely listen to.
George's solo career IMHO waxed and waned, but lots of high points, easily requiring a three-CD set. I listen often. By the onset of Ono, I had switched my allegiance from John to George, and I always felt an affinity for the man after that. He had a wonderful sense of humor on top of his musical talent. Did some nice session work as well...his tracks with Nicky Hopkins and Harry Nilsson were really tasty...heck, even his playing on Cheech & Chong's "Basketball Jones" was superb! I warmly recommend the Carl Perkins & Friends DVD - George plays his scouse a$$ off in that show!
So where am I going with this? To my surprise, as I sifted through the dreck of Mary Had a Little Lamb, Let 'Em In, and Ebony and Ivory, I found song after song on Wings and Paul's solo albums that I had to put on his comp. From early stuff like "Junior's Farm," "Maybe I'm Amazed" and the gorgeous "Every Night," through his more solid albums like Band on the Run and Venus & Mars, little forgotten gems like "Don't Let it Bring You Down" on London Town and "Only Love Remains" from Press to Play, I was surprised to see Paul's track list pile up. Lots of good covers from CHOBA B CCCP and Run Devil Run (too cool having Ian Paice on drums and Mick Green on guitar!) and some great live tracks with his most recent stage band...well, guess what? FOUR CD's. I kid you not. Really challenged my perception of him and his career...but I had to dig a bit to get there. I'm only suggesting he's been better than you might have thought.
Eric..Patience my friend..read in that underground rag RS that Ringo 2012 is underway....
Kind of hoping the magnetic poles reverse before the release date..would venture being catapulted into space would be a tad bit more pleaant that that album.
Regarding Paul...perhaps..I don't want to get kicked out of the "Paul is Cute"..(not dead yet) club.. so will consider your well written opinion..although taking advice from someone on double secret probation...well...
Eric, glad you found that much solo-George to dig.
All Things Must Pass is a masterpiece and I dug Material World a bit.
It was an edited experience thereafter for me, but still some gems.
(....btw, in however limited a role, some of the drums and percussion on there were handled by a pre-Yes Alan White and a pre-Genesis Phil Collins...)
My sister was in love with George and if you remember that Extra Texture album that had the orange cover and the great song "You" on it....there was a great large head-shot pic of George on the sleeve, and as soon as I got it home, she made me cut up the sleeve and put it on her wall.
Not surprised you found that much Macca to dig.
He's perfectly solid for me up thru Wings Over America period or maybe even London Town...love that tune Mull of Kintyre...
I am trying to picture 'It Don't Mean a Thing if If it Ain't Got That Swing" coming out of this dude's pie hole...
Ever notice that a good artist's worst song is usually their biggest hit? I used to think that Steve Miller could produce great rock and roll songs in his sleep. He must have been having a nightmare when he created this one. The video only reinforces my theory ...