10 Underappreciated Paul McCartney Songs
Ten songs from Paul McCartney's solo career that just don't get the love they deserve.
"When I'm Sixty-Four"? That's so six years ago. Paul McCartney turns the big 7-0 today, June 18.
With that in mind, you'll probably come across a host of online tributes that laud the former Beatle's longevity, countless achievements and best-loved songs.
But while the masses will most likely praise "Band on the Run," "Maybe I'm Amazed," "Live and Let Die" and "Silly Love Songs" (well, maybe not "Silly Love Songs"), I'd like to draw attention to 10 tracks from McCartney's solo career -- a career that started 42 years ago, by the way -- that just don't get the love and attention they deserve in 2012.
They are presented in chronological order, according to their official release dates.
"Oh Woman, Oh Why," B-side of "Another Day" (Paul McCartney, 1971)
In February 1971, McCartney released "Another Day," his first single as a solo artist. It was a mostly acoustic, observational, "Eleanor Rigby"-style affair -- just light and fluffy enough for John Lennon to take a swing at in "How Do You Sleep?" from Imagine.
On its flip-side, however, was "Oh Woman, Oh Why," a fun yet lonely-sounding bluesy rocker in the key of A. McCartney's gritty, screaming vocal, which is right up there with his work on "Oh! Darling," adds a healthy dose of authenticity to the track. The fake gunshot sounds have the opposite effect.
The song is the first in a long line of non-album McCartney B-sides that includes "The Mess," "I'll Give You a Ring," "Sally G," "Flying to My Home," "I Lie Around" and "Rainclouds." It has been included on several CD incarnations of Ram, including the 2012 Ram Special Edition.
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