Would "Maybe I'm Amazed" have been a number 1 hit if it was released as a single from "McCartney"?

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  1. Pizza

    Pizza Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    I remember checking all the local record stores for the single, "Maybe I'm Amazed," when the "McCartney" album was released. No one had it though a couple had a labeled space for it. I was confused as it was getting heavy rotation on the radio. I don't remember when I discovered there was no actual single but I do recall being shocked. It is still my favorite Paul McCartney solo song.

    I believe it would have been an easy number 1 hit but there are plenty of other songs I feel as strongly about that didn't hit the top spot. What do you folks think?
     
  2. blutiga

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  3. theMess

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    I don't see why not; it is a great McCartney ballad, and it would have been released hot on the heels of two other McCartney ballad hit songs. The promotion that it would have received as the first solo single released by Paul would have helped it become a hit.
     
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  4. videoman

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    It would have stalled at #2 like "Live and Let Die"
     
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  5. ukrules

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    I much prefer the live version...it was a single.
     
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  6. ralph7109

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    It would have been - easily.
    I also think Paulie would have recorded it differently - perhaps a bit more polished - if he was going to do that.
     
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  7. Spaghettiows

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    It was a Beatles-worthy single.

    If it had been released as a Beatles single with a bit of George Martin polish, no doubt it would have been as big, or almost as big, as Hey Jude.
     
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  8. Dylancat

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    For sure.
    It was a Top ten years later in the live version.
     
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  9. lightbulb

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    No doubt; at least a Top Five - depending on whatever singles were competing.

    It has so many positives going for it:
    Post-Beatles momentum and feel, a love song, highly memorable melody and lyrics, Great soaring guitar solo, trademark stellar vocals by McCartney...
     
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  10. hello people

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    Nah

    Rhyming maybe with amazed is always career suicide

    :righton:
     
  11. theMess

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    That must be why Paul's solo career tanked in 1970.............Oh wait......:D
     
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  12. hello people

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    Yeah he limped along til around 1980 and then he forgot how to write good songs.

    He's been in a 37 year slump

    :righton:
     
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  13. the sands

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    Maybe/maybe not. It's kind of unpolished, the recording?
     
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  14. ralph7109

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    Paul's lyrics sometimes leave a lot to be desire.

    His rhyming, however, is top notch (seriously).

    But he wasn't trying to rhyme "Amazed" with "Maybe" in that song.

    "Line" with "Time" ; Man" or "Woman" with "Understand"; "Song" with "Wrong" - yes.

    But he wasn't trying to rhyme "Amazed" and "Maybe" - they are in the same line right after each other.
     
  15. wildstar

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    A #1 hit single? Probably yes (depending on the chart competition during those weeks), but if so it probably would have been at the expense of the McCartney album reaching #1 as I'm sure a significant number of those album sales were driven by the fact that Maybe I'm Amazed (easily the best song on the album - by a massive margin) wasn't available as a single.
     
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  16. Zeki

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    Here's US top 10 for week of April 25, 1970. There's Let it Be, Instant Karma and Come and Get It, so, yeah, I think it would have had a good chance at hitting #1.

    1 2 ABC –•– Jackson 5 (Motown)-7 (1 week at #1)
    2 1 LET IT BE –•– The Beatles (Apple)-6
    3 3 SPIRIT IN THE SKY –•– Norman Greenbaum (Reprise)-9
    4 4 INSTANT KARMA (We All Shine On) –•– John Ono Lennon (Apple)-9
    5 9 AMERICAN WOMAN / NO SUGAR TONIGHT –•– The Guess Who (RCA)-6
    6 5 LOVE GROWS (Where My Rosemary Goes) –•– Edison Lighthouse (Bell)-10
    7 7 COME AND GET IT –•– Badfinger (Apple)-12
    8 8 LOVE OR LET ME BE LONELY –•– The Friends Of Distinction (RCA)-8
    9 6 BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER –•– Simon and Garfunkel (Columbia)-12
    10 16 TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME –•– Tyrone Davis (Dakar)-6
     
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  17. hutchenstance

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    I think it would have hit #1.....

    i always love hearing Faces play it and Rod introduce it
     
  18. Chuckee

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    A bit old by then though, not the live version, but most knew the studio version.
     
  19. qwerty

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    Yes. Why didn't they release it? - McCartney would have retained a lot more post-Beatles credibility.

    It was following his tradition of big production ballads, that had previously had acclaim: Hey Jude, The Long and Winding Road, Let it Be.

    And it was clearly the best song (i.e., the most developed and most produced song) in what I find a very patchy album (I know many disagree with that opinion).
     
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  20. fallbreaks

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    Yes - but only if it wasn't also competing with Let it Be and the Long and Winding Road in the charts.
     
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  21. hello people

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    You're talking about conventional end of the line rhyme...which isn't a crime of course. Mayyyyybe and amaaaaaaze rhyme. No accident they are used together like that.

    That's how Paul rolls.

    :righton:
     
  22. fallbreaks

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    It would have gone head-to-head with the singles of Let it Be (early March) and the Long and Winding Road (early May). The McCartney album was released in mid April. If he could have held on for a few months like the others requested, he might have gotten a single release and his first big solo hit.
     
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  23. Jackson

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    It's a number 1-hit with me.:)
     
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  24. Brian Kelly

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    I actually never heard "Maybe I'm Amazed" until the live version on WINGS OVER AMERICA became a hit, but I do think it would have been a #1 hit had it been released back in 1970.
     
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  25. Zeki

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    I posted the top 10 for week of 25th . My view is just the opposite of yours, that it wouldn't be a negative at all.
     

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