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Apr. 18th, 2007 @ 07:28 am Rant #17
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From:abromeds
Date:April 18th, 2007 01:44 pm (UTC)
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Well, I do sort of agree... that Paul may very well have put out better music had he not had a "security blanket" around all the time. He might have felt more pressure to excel, he may have felt more accountable to his band for the stuff he brought into the studio. That makes sense to me.

But OTOH, would he have had enough confidence to perform? I don't think he would have, at least in the very early 70s. He wasn't particularly stable around that time, so I think he genuinely needed Linda up on stage with him then. And Linda did say "no" at first, and would regularly ask to be "let go" from the band; it was Paul who insisted. And I don't think either of them were ever under any delusions as to why she was there: she was there for Paul's peace of mind, period.

And she did gradually become a little less involved post-Wings, though again, as you said, I rather wish Paul had been able to really go it alone before then. I don't mean that in a harsh or critical way; I wish that for both their sakes.

Then again, I'm glad Paul's music was not his number one priority. I'm sure it suffered from being a distant second to his family, but that's as it should be, and I respect Paul's attitude there.

And it's not like the guy's been a huge disappointment, heh, I love Paul's solo music -- maybe only a quarter of it, but when he's done 50-whatever albums, that's plenty! ;P.

So...?

Interesting topic! I'm interested in what others have to say... :)
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From:zyzzybalubah
Date:April 18th, 2007 02:02 pm (UTC)

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I'll never understand why Paul had such insecurity as a solo artist right after the break up. Especially since he really carried the bulk of some of the Beatles biggest successes (Revolver, Sgt. Pepper, Abbey Road & Let it Be, maybe that one was not such a success). After the split, he really should have kept working with George Martin and carried on like normal since he was doing a lot by himself by the end of the Beatles anyway.
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From:abromeds
Date:April 18th, 2007 02:25 pm (UTC)

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I can completely understand it. Not only was he suddenly without the three guys who had been his best friends, they were angry with him and had rejected him ("I want a divorce, like the one I got from Cynthia"). He felt "fired." Plus he was dealing with a pretty intense case of depression which had been brewing for 2-3 years, fueled by his breakup with Jane, estrangement from his family (another "rock" which had fallen out from under his feet), the pressures of fame, and way too much drugs/booze. How could he not feel insecure?

he really should have kept working with George Martin and carried on like normal

What an interesting idea! I would love to see the results of that. But I can understand why he didn't want to, or felt that was simply not an option. George Martin himself was a bit fed up with the Beatles at that point, wasn't he?
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From:zyzzybalubah
Date:April 18th, 2007 02:34 pm (UTC)

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I don't believe George Martin was fed up with Paul because Paul was the only one who wanted to keep making albums how they had always done it. Plus, Paul had always had the tightest working relationship with George Martin so I'm sure G.M. would've kept producing him.

Did you ever hear the story about how G.M. essentially made Paul audition before he would produce Tug of War? I guess G.M. had been less than thrilled with the last few Paul albums at that point and wanted to hear what new material he had before he would agree to produce him.
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From:padawansguide
Date:April 18th, 2007 02:42 pm (UTC)

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According to the Emerick book there was even tension between GM and Paul - Paul was very particular about how he wanted things musically and there wasn't much that George could offer at that point. I think GM needed a break from anything Beatle related after those last few contentious albums..
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From:chester_bnngton
Date:April 18th, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC)

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For what I've read, if GM said "This should be done it this way" Paul would turn and say "Ok then we're going to do it this other way" xD
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From:minds_opaque
Date:April 19th, 2007 04:17 pm (UTC)

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That's true, they often disagreed on how to do things, but it wasn't personal, maybe because GM was so diplomatic. I think though that GM wasn't looking forward to more of those discussions after the last few albums.
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From:abromeds
Date:April 18th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)

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I think GM needed a break from anything Beatle related

Well-said! :) And I'm sure Paul felt the same.
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From:abromeds
Date:April 18th, 2007 02:43 pm (UTC)

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No, I've never heard the "Tug of War" story! Heh, good for GM. :)

Yeah, I assume GM's relationship with Paul was better than with the others, but he still might not have wanted to hop right back in the saddle with him after all that drama, you know? I don't know, though, obviously; perhaps he'd have been willing. But I suspect they all would have preferred a break from each other, some more adamantly than others. :)
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From:padawansguide
Date:April 18th, 2007 02:44 pm (UTC)

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That's true - Paul is only human - to us he might look like a musical demi-god, but I'm sure he's got his insecurities just like anybody else. It's actually probably not a bad thing - imagine how unbearable it would be for someone that talented to be totally full of theirselves and aware of their awesomeness!
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From:zyzzybalubah
Date:April 18th, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)

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"imagine how unbearable it would be for someone that talented to be totally full of theirselves and aware of their awesomeness"

LOL. I guess that's true. I just wish he could've found some middle ground between massive insecuiry and massive egomania.

I'm really curious to hear what his new CD will sound like after all the recent drama he's been through.
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From:abromeds
Date:April 18th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)

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I just wish he could've found some middle ground between massive insecuiry and massive egomania.

Hee, amen! Though it seems those things often go together. :/
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From:minds_opaque
Date:April 19th, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC)

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Of course the millions of fans aren't enough--they don't really know him. If your friends and family say you suck and people you don't know love you, which would you believe?

Of course, in this case, the fans were right!
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From:coocoo4oc_slash
Date:February 7th, 2009 12:52 pm (UTC)

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It is. Up until a certain point. Then you just want to shake some sense into cute little head of his.
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From:minds_opaque
Date:April 19th, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC)

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Well, he was insecure because he thought that really it was all that magical amalgam of the four of them, or John, but not him. He really felt that without them, he was nothing. Clearly not true, but I can see why he thought that.

BTW, whoever made that comment about massive insecurity and massive egomania below was brilliant. I totally agree, and of course, they tend to go together.
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From:padawansguide
Date:April 18th, 2007 02:40 pm (UTC)
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I agree totally!
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