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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Top 5 Songs: Paul McCartney's Flaming Pie



Well it's finally Thursday bitches, and that means we near the end of another week.
Hopefully it hasn't been too traumatic for you, and oh, what's that? Yes, Easter is this Sunday as well.
So yeah, Easter eggs, bunnies, and Jesus. Sounds like the usual fun but dysfunctional mix doesn't it?;)

I was kind of wondering just what to talk about today for the Top 5 list. To be honest unless I already have a particular artist or album in mind, I usually just wait to the last minute to pick a topic.
And thus that's what brings us to today's album: Sir Paul McCartney's 1997 album, Flaming Pie.


At the time it was his first solo studio album in 4 years. after having just completed work on the 1995 Beatles Anthology box set. Well he recorded this album over a two year span, and won much deserved critical praise and acclaim for Calico Skies.

5). "The World Tonight"


It's nice little video right? Paul's clearly having fun, and so it seems to be the case on this song and next one as well, Well actually the whole album, since he wanted to just have fun and jam while making this record.
It's a fun song, and definitely a signature sounding one from Sir Paul at this stage of his career.

4). "Beautiful Night"

Hey, this one's a really nice one. It was an older song left over from Paul's last collaboration with fellow Beatle Ringo Starr from '86, and it just sounds really nice hearing them riff off one another. With some beautiful musical arrangement and extra by former Beatles producer George Martin, you have what doesn't sound that far off from a what could be a lost Beatles song. Yeah it's that good. And what a cool video too right?


3). "Flaming Pie"

The title and song were both taken from a funny story John Lennon told a reporter one time in 1961 when asked how the Beatles got started. Here's his(then) usual response to the question:
"Many people ask what are Beatles? Why Beatles? Ugh, Beatles, how did the name arrive? So we will tell you. It came in a vision--a man appeared in a flaming pie and said unto them "From this day on you are Beatles with an A." "Thank you, Mister Man," they said, thanking him."

This is still a fun song, and you can just tell by listening to it, that Sir Paul had a hell of a lot of fun making this.


2). "Great Day"

True, it's probably now recognized due to being in that Chase Sapphire credit card commercial, but any exposure to Paul McCartney songs is still a win/win for me. With backing vocals from his dear departed first wife Linda, this song is pure McCartney in the purest sense; from the arrangement to the lyrics to the vocals, you just can just tell a Sir Paul song when you hear it. And this one's no different. I love it.

1). "Calico Skies"

Yeah, I'm just gonna' say it; I love this song. Again, it's pure McCartney, and what he does best besides writing pop songs, is writing love songs. I don't know where he gets his inspiration from, but he always seems to have the magic touch when it comes to this stuff.  Seriously, how can you not love the way he mixes in images and themes of war with love? It's just a sweet, sweet song, that's simple and to the point, yet also fully expressive and detailed about how he feels about his special someone. Great, great song.

And that's me. You know the drill, if you have a Top 5 list from this album, or just any old favorite 5 songs from Paul McCartney, feel more than free to type 'em out in the comment section.

Have a great Easter weekend folks, and don't fill up too much on those chocolate easter eggs you scamps;)

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