Paul the vocalist - when did he peak

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Paul the vocalist - when did he peak

Postby mhnso » Mon Aug 12, 2013 6:23 am

Lately Ive noticed some concerns about Pauls current vocacrange. For sure he can t reach all the notes the way he used to and the voice sometimes sound like a less flexible instrument than before. Judging from clips from tour his voice is far from shot-he still is a great singer with a more limited range-something natural concerning the mans age.
Question is when macca reached his peak as a vocalist. He did many wonderful vocals with the Beatles but personally I think mid and late seventies were his absolutely peak as a singer. During that period he still had the flexibility and range as with the fab four but added a maturity and awareness that makes some of his singing from this period absolutely fantastic.
WOA for me is the absolutely proof of this. Maybe I'm amazed, Long and winding road and Beware my love some good examples. I doubt if Pauls ever cut some better vocals than these and some other tracks from this period.. Maybe some stuff from Run devil run reach this level - maybe-
What s your opinion about Pauls best vocal performances
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Re: Paul the vocalist - when did he peak

Postby EddieV » Mon Aug 12, 2013 10:06 am

Late sixties (Oh Darling)

Mid seventies Wings Over America (Call Me Back Again)

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Re: Paul the vocalist - when did he peak

Postby chris » Mon Aug 12, 2013 2:10 pm

I'm going to agree with you two...WOA was probably his best period.

Great timing for this thread...I recently was in a conversation comparing John and Paul's voice. It was generally agreed that early on in the Beatles, John's voice was stronger. But Paul's voice seemed to get stronger as he passed 30...where John's voice got noticeably weaker and thinner
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Re: Paul the vocalist - when did he peak

Postby lobbybobby » Mon Aug 12, 2013 7:27 pm

Abbey Road and Ram in the studio. WOA live. Slam dunk
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Re: Paul the vocalist - when did he peak

Postby efghijiloveyou » Mon Aug 12, 2013 8:46 pm

I'd say mid sixties to mid seventies was his peak as far as range. This is his most impressive period to me, however as Paul as aged new layers are revealed as some of his skills fade, but it doesn't quite make up for the loss of range.
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Re: Paul the vocalist - when did he peak

Postby mr h atom » Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:16 pm

...on the next album....or, maybe, the one after that :-D

oh...alright...i agree with everything everyone has said....none of you are wrong....all make good, valid points

seriously...

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Re: Paul the vocalist - when did he peak

Postby jgkojak » Sun Aug 18, 2013 3:07 am

I have to say that his peak came around 1971 w/Ram -
Think about the vocal styles/punch packed into
Oh Woman Oh Why
Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
Dear Boy
Back Seat of My Car
and of course
Monkberry Moon Delight

Unfortunately, we don't have a lot of a-list material like this to judge until 2 years later (Band on the Run)

I divide Paul's vocals into these categories
62-64 ***** Young Paul, still hadn't fully mastered his range
65-66 ******** Mastered his range, but not his craft
67-68 ********* Approaching his peak
69-71 ********* Peak -- Abbey Road, Maybe I'm Amazed through Ram
72-75 ******** Post-peak - I notice a little less mmmph in things like Call Me Back Again
76-79 ******** Post-touring - some rough edges appear from being taxed on tour so much
80-85 ******* Post-wings - not touring but clearly lost some power
86-90 ****** Last great era - the Tripping... tour really took it out of his voice
91-96 ***** Noticable difference especially in range of voice (Hamish hit the high notes on tour for him)
97-04 ***** Still a great voice, but lost range and some power
05-09 *** Becoming a shadow of his former voice - he has the experience to pull most stuff off
10 - present ** not Dylan, but very very wobbly at times - probably impacting his songwriting in terms of what he can present
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Re: Paul the vocalist - when did he peak

Postby glassonion » Sun Aug 18, 2013 1:56 pm

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Re: Paul the vocalist - when did he peak

Postby bravefan » Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:29 am

I agree with lobby. That period really showed what he could do and he sounded great. That said he sounded pretty good in Indy on the Out There tour. The exception was Here Today.
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Re: Paul the vocalist - when did he peak

Postby mr h atom » Tue Aug 20, 2013 12:49 pm

i bow to the superior intelligence, jg :salute a little rough on the 'old' boy...but spot on nonetheless...

with age has come some interesting things...it'll be very interesting to listen for those nuances and how that is all dealt with when the new album gets released...
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