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Old 04-08-2019, 07:15 PM   #1
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Confused Of The Beatles that went solo...

...why do I feel that Paul McCartney had the most success in his solo career?

When I hear Lennon's solo music, it seems he tries to recycle his songs..."Instant Karma" has hints of "Revolution" and "All You Need Is Love".
When I hear Harrison's solo music, it seemed he peaked at "All Things Must Pass" but never got that magic back!
When I hear Ringo's solo music...well...his music is interesting. Too bad he never had a #1 album...

Is it just me?
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I agree. It may be selection bias but I think Paul definitely had the best post-Beatles songs. Even with the Beatles it seemed he was the best songwriter in the group.
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Of the Beatles that went solo... I only bought Ringo Starr's "You're Sixteen" and if you are counting Wings "Live and Let Die" on 45 rpm. Funny thing is they both came out in 1973
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I agree. It may be selection bias but I think Paul definitely had the best post-Beatles songs. Even with the Beatles it seemed he was the best songwriter in the group.
And the lowest moment of Paul McCartney was Press to Play and Off the Ground...but many of those songs sound VERY original...though I do hear some REM influence in this song....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kc1nQFhQ9nw

But John Lennon's "Watching the Wheels" has some similarities with "Imagine"...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVXR2LYeFBI
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McCartney is the best songwriter of the four, but having said that, he has a lot of lame songs too. I've never followed The Beatles all that much, but Paul was fairly creative during the Wings period from 1973-76 with several good songs on the charts, "Band On The Run", "Jet", "Junior's Farm", "Listen To What The Man Said", all good stuff. Only Paul could write a catchy melody to simple lyrics like, Someone's knockin' at the door, somebody's ringin' the bell, do me a favor, open the door and let 'em in.
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I have to ask. “Of The Beatles that went solo”? Didn’t all The Beatles go solo? Who didn’t
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All four IMO were really good as solo artists ! But Paul was more mainstream. More pop hits/top 10 type hits than the other three! That is why he seemed like he did better/was more popular! But I think all four did pretty well on their own!
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George Harrison had a few good songs on the charts during the 70's. What Is Life, Crackerbox Palace, and Blow Away are my favorites.

John Lennon songs- I like Instant Karma, Mind Games, and Whatever Gets You Thru The Night.

Ringo Starr songs- I like Photograph and The No No Song but that's about it.
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...why do I feel that Paul McCartney had the most success in his solo career?

When I hear Lennon's solo music, it seems he tries to recycle his songs..."Instant Karma" has hints of "Revolution" and "All You Need Is Love".
When I hear Harrison's solo music, it seemed he peaked at "All Things Must Pass" but never got that magic back!
When I hear Ringo's solo music...well...his music is interesting. Too bad he never had a #1 album...

Is it just me?
What's also strange is that Lennon's posthumous 1984 track "Nobody Told Me There Would Be Days Like These" is a retread of "Instant Karma".
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Ringo Starr songs- I like Photograph and The No No Song but that's about it.
My favorite and least favorite solo Beatle's songs are both by Ringo.

Favorite - "It Don't Come Easy"
Least favorite - "Wrack My Brain"
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My favorite and least favorite solo Beatle's songs are both by Ringo.

Favorite - "It Don't Come Easy"
Least favorite - "Wrack My Brain"
The thing I've noticed about Ringo's hit songs is that most of them have a silly sound, maybe he's trying to put some humor into his music but generally it doesn't appeal to me. "Photograph" is the one hit where he attempts to sound serious and I think it's easily his best song.
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Has Paul made a good song in the past 30 years? If you think he has made a good song please let me know and I will listen to it. A song that will make me go kind of wow--why have I not heard that before
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I think that Paul's stuff is more .. generic. Like you had to like George's stuff or not - it was definitely a specific taste.

Pete Best didn't go solo, by the way.
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I think McCartney ran out of steam in 1976 after the two hits Silly Love Songs and Let 'Em In. I haven't cared for any music he's done since then.
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Has Paul made a good song in the past 30 years? If you think he has made a good song please let me know and I will listen to it. A song that will make me go kind of wow--why have I not heard that before
Paul has spoken about this. It's not an easy thing to write a "great" song, even for him. He needs motivation. And what motivation does he have? Even he says, if I wrote Hey Jude or Let it Be today, so what? Would anyone really care?

Paul now writes OK songs. But he did write one great song, and that was to John, Here Today. He didn't perform it for awhile. If you've ever seen Paul do it in person, it's unforgettable. He often breaks up during the song. I've seen him perform it many times including at this show opening Citifield. He does it towards the end of the show. I was lucky enough to see both opening shows and sit right in front of Paul.

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