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I’ve always wished Linda never joined Wings. She (and they) would have been better off as band photographer.
I’m with you on that one, Karen.
Always thought Paul pushed her to be in the band. Wasn’t he also accused of writing songs under Paul and Linda McCartney to avoid paying $$$ to Apple in the very early seventies.
I can actually see Pauly doing something like that HaHa !!
Nothing wrong with Linda in Wings, folks. Let it be.
I doubt if Paul would admit it, but if John had never made a record with Yoko, then we would have never seen RAM by Paul & Linda McCartney. Which only means that Paul saw John as the cutting edge of the industry knife…and everything else as dull!
I always wondered if Paul ever wanted to give Linda the week off!
(for an album or two). Would she take it personally? Would she understand how much her ‘presence’ changes the product? Does ‘another day’ have to mean every day…every year…every record?
I love Linda…but, it wasn’t for her presence on the records.
(I think she would have understood completely…and NOT even cared! I think Paul was not sure…and so avoided the situation…completely)
It’s funny, i guess i come at this from a different angle, i’m a second gen fan, and was a Wings fan first, and probably still foremost, so to me Linda is like Ringo is to some Beatle fans, i guess some think the Fabs could have had anyone technically amazing as their drummer, but, Ringo was perfect for the Fabs, and that’s how i see Linda .. perfect for Paul/Wings .. besides, i really can’t imagine my favorite music without her.
I never said I would change any of it. “Hands across the water…” just wouldn’t be the same. ETCETERA! I’m in favor of respecting Paul’s decision-making integrity. It must have been one of the biggest decisions of his life.
I must admit, the ‘Wings’ tag has only ever meant ‘Paul McCartney'(solo) to me…the exact same way ‘Paul & Linda McCartney’ has. She was a lot of things, already…I reckon that it’s possible she was exactly what the music needed. Only Paul knows for sure. Perhaps, Paul never considered Yoko’s function(in John’s music). It might be that when he brought Linda into the music, Paul was actually replacing John. John provided Paul with honesty more than musical ideas. Maybe that’s what he needed Linda for. In those terms, he made the most perfect choice.
Finally, I WAS a Pro-WINGS advocate…for a moment. The Speed Of Sound album was obviously NOT a Paul McCartney solo album. It was a great balance and blend of ALL talents in the band. They ALL sounded great. I was VERY interested in what was going to happen next. Well, you know what that turned out to be. Dead…at the speed of sound. Wings Over America killed the group-album…mach-five with no parachute…we’re goin’ down. That’s called breaking the sound barrier, for sure!
Linda on Ram is brilliant. Her quirky vocals provide a great contrast to Paul’s sweet vocals. And if people here are going to repeatedly celebrate Yoko and her quirky voice, I don’t see why they can’t appreciate what Linda brought to Paul’s solo work.
That said, while I love Linda on Ram (and on the places where she sings on McCartney II and on Flaming Pie), I think it would have been much, much easier on Paul as an artist and on Wings if Linda wasn’t in the band, and had instead acted as band photographer and press manager. She took a lot of grief that she didn’t need to take over this, and so did Paul.
But some of that grief was due to the rabid sexism of male rock critics and fans. It’s interesting how male punk artists who couldn’t sing well and could barely play guitar were celebrated for that, and yet a woman up on stage learning her craft as she goes was some sort of abomination.
I agree with Louise; I miss Linda’s voice on Paulie’s albums now.
As for “Speed of Sound”, I don’t think having everyone sing a number was a great idea. Mostly forgettable tunes when everyone wanted Paul was a step backwards. “Wings Over America” was a fantastic album that documented what we now know was one of the last great tours of the Classic Rock era (even if it was elegantly overproduced in the studio later). It’s by far the best of Paul’s live albums, and blows “SoS” out of the water.
Louise, totally agree, there is/was a fair streak of sexism when it came to Linda, and Yoko. Men have become icons for having a lot less ‘talent’ than Linda ever had to produce. Part of the reason i’m drawn to Linda, and why i love her so much is the fact that she didn’t play nice, she didn’t conform. Call it the naivety of being a stoner, whatever it was, i love that here was a person who didn’t give a shit, was shown middle C, thrown on stage in front of thousands of people, didn’t conform her fashion, still raised her kids without neglect (shout out to Courtney Love). Tell me what other female was doing that in 1971, besides the ‘pro’s’ like Suzie Q etc. It’s SO much easier to asign street cred to a Sid or Courtney, not that Linda needs it, but it takes a smarter and less lazy person to offer up Linda as a case for ‘Cool’.
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