Monday, September 29, 2014

Classic A Side - Wings - Maybe I'm Amazed!

It seems that lately I have only been pulling obscure new-to-me singles out for a spin. I decided to switch things up today and try an old favorite. A record doesn’t have to be rare to be loved at my home.

This morning’s single was Maybe I’m Amazed by Paul McCartney’s post Beatles band Wings. While it was initially released on his debut solo album ‘McCartney’ (not released as a single in Canada… at least initially), this Wings recording is a live version which appeared on their 1977 live album entitled Wings Over America.

McCartney himself said during a London Q&A that this is the song that he would like to be remembered for.

It`s one of those songs that I always take for granted, appearing on most live recordings I have heard as well as being in constant rotation on Top 40 radio. This morning, when I sat back and actually focused on it rather than just having it in the background, I was quickly reminded of how great this song actually is. Everything from the solo piano intro to Paul hitting his high notes during the chorus, it’s put together like a true masterpiece. Of course my favorite is when the music always stops in the middle of the chorus for Paul to run up a piano scale solo, still gives me chills.

But let’s not forget the most important part of this song. Paul spilled the secret on his appearance on the Simpsons that “if you play Maybe I`m Amazed backwards, you`ll find a recipe for a ripping lentil soup”.


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