What's the best Paul McCartney album?

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  1. EchoStars24

    EchoStars24 Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    West Hartford, CT
    What's the best Paul McCartney album?
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  2. LeBon Bush

    LeBon Bush Hound of Love

    Band on the Run. So many good memories and brilliant songs on that disc :)
  3. 12stringbassist

    12stringbassist Basso Profundo

    Manchester UK
    It's a difficult one.

    The obvious answer is 'Band on the run', but I voted for 'Choba B CCCP', as it's the one I'd pick out and play these days. 'Venus and Mars' through to 'Press to play' were all really patchy albums. 'Flowers in the dirt' was another highlight and everything after that has been really patchy too, though I do like 'Run Devil Run', as again he sounds like he is enjoying himself some of the time.
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  4. Guy Smiley

    Guy Smiley Forum Resident

    Even Flowers, good as it is, isn’t perfect. Actually, it nearly is for the first ten songs. End the original album with “That Day Is Done” and you have an album almost as good as Band on the Run. Almost.

    Choba B CCCP is excellent, but since it’s all covers I can’t call that one Paul’s best (I went with BotR). I wish he’d done more straight-ahead rock & roll like that when doing all original songs. He sounds more committed, and as you say enjoing himself, on that album than most of his others.

    His more recent albums are pretty great too. Chaos, Memory, and New are all wonderful (Couldn’t care less about “Kisses”). So is Electric Arguments, which should probably be on this list too.
  5. EchoStars24

    EchoStars24 Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    West Hartford, CT
    There wasn't enough room for The Fireman/classical
  6. sunking101

    sunking101 Forum Resident

    Yorkshire, England
    Band On The Run and Ram. I voted Ram.
  7. oxegen

    oxegen Forum Resident

    Dublin, Ireland
    McCartney for me ( always )
  8. 905

    905 Forum Resident

    Southern IL
    That one and McCartney are probably my two favorites.
    When I was a teen in the early 90s I played the cassettes over and over, and now I'm a recently turned middle aged man and I still turn to those two.
  9. Bingo Bongo

    Bingo Bongo No music, no Life

    Didn't even bother going down the list. RAM!
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  10. Maestro63

    Maestro63 Forum Resident

    Wow really a lot of turds on that list. That being said band on the run is his peak
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  11. originalsnuffy

    originalsnuffy Forum Resident

    Upper Midwest, USA
    Surprised that Ram is beating out Band on the Run
  12. samthesham

    samthesham Forum Resident

    Moorhead MN
    Band On The Run.I like Lennon-P.O.B. as the greatest solo Fabs but B.O.T.R. is the most consistently entertaining. 40+ yrs later and its as much fun as ever to listen to this pop
    masterpiece. It has everything great about PM musical talent.
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  13. yarbles

    yarbles Too sick to pray

    The one with Bip Bop
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  14. samthesham

    samthesham Forum Resident

    Moorhead MN
    The 60s&70s are definitely over.That's the reason.
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  15. Deano6

    Deano6 Forum Resident

    Plymouth, NC, USA
    London Town for me. A archive edition for this and Back To The Egg would be very welcome for the new year.
  16. vitorbastos123

    vitorbastos123 Forum Resident

    Ram and Venus and Mars to me(even though the other members of Wings are really present in the album).
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  17. Ram is a masterpiece and the most Macca of them all, however my favorite is II
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  18. Rob Hughes

    Rob Hughes Forum Resident

    Chaos and Creation in the Backyard. That's the one I listen to most often and it always amazes me. Incredible arrangements, assured composition, and wonderful musical weirdnesses. Love it. RH
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  19. Psychedelic Good Trip

    Psychedelic Good Trip Forum Resident

    New York
    Love McCartney & Wild Life but really love the Ram.
  20. Brian Kelly

    Brian Kelly 1964-73 rock's best decade

    BAND ON THE RUN is the best. No weak songs and at least half the songs are classics.
    RAM, FLAMING PIE, and TUG OF WAR are 2, 3, 4 on my list.
    RAM is a really fun album. It is hurt by having a really weak song (3 Legs) and one too many rocking nonsense songs (Smile Away and Monkberry Moon Delight).
    FLAMING PIE contains 3 of Paul's all-time best songs (Calico Skies, Somedays, and Little Willow) and some outstanding pop (Young Boy being the best) and a great appearance by Ringo (Beautiful Night). The rest is good, but not quite up to the level of those songs.
    TUG OF WAR also has a very strong upside. One of Paul's very best (Wanderlust) and several just a tier below that (Tug Of War, Take It Away, Ballroom Dancing, Here Today, Ebony And Ivory-yes think it is great!). Hurt by 80's production at times.
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  21. Zoot Marimba

    Zoot Marimba And I’m The Critic Of The Group

    Ran without a doubt.
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  22. gonz

    gonz Forum Resident

    Phoenix, AZ
    Greatest hits (wings)
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  23. Jason W

    Jason W Forum Resident

    Mill Valley, CA
    I'm a big fan of Flaming Pie. Lots of great tunes, sense of fun, emotional weight, and he sounds sincere.
  24. 905

    905 Forum Resident

    Southern IL
    Actually, I probably listen to II the most
  25. Holy Diver

    Holy Diver Forum Resident

    Band on the Run, for me.

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