EF, let me revise a bit.
RAM was a great album.
BAND ON THE RUN was a great album that has taken on an almost mythical Beatles quality-like rep. Sorry. It isn't. It IS a great solo Paul album (I know it says Wings, but come on...it was Paul and Denny and Linda).
MCCARTNEY had some truly fine songs on it: Maybe I'm Amazed (obviously), Every Night, Man We Was Lonely, even Junk. It also had a lot of filler.
WILD LIFE I actually like a lot of. Some People Never Know is a great, under-rated McCartney ballad. Love that song! Tomorrow is really good, but somehow, I just feel it could have been recorded better. I LOVE the energy of Mumbo. Love is Strange is a nice stab at reggae.
RED ROSE SPEEDWAY has some really good songs (see my comments earlier).
AT THE SPEED OF SOUND is just not a good album. The two hit singles might have been popular radio fodder, but that's when top 40 was sinking fast (the early stages of disco taking over). Let Em In was a hit. And that's just not a very good song. Silly Love Songs is a well constructed, clever song, but it's very lightweight. I know people love it. I don't. The rest of that album was just forgettable, or bad. Too democratic, as well. Vocals for everyone in the band. I want Paul McCartney, not Joe English or Jimmy McCulloch or Linda or even Denny Laine singing.
WINGS OVER AMERICA is a great live album. I wasn't including live albums. I didn't know that counted. However, I will say this: I had a bootleg of that tour that a friend and I played over and over and over again (after we had gone to see Paul and the band at Madison Square Garden-- twice!), and the bootleg was much more representative of what kind of hard-edged sound that band had. On Wings Over America, Paul brings his bass WAY WAY UP, and buries the guitars (both Jimmy's and Denny's). Having gone to those shows, and having listened endlessly to the boot, I can tell you that, although WINGS OVER AMERICA was a nice thing to have as a souvenier of the tour, it really didn't reflect what that band sounded like live. They rocked live. WOA sounds a bit anti-septic in comparison.
LONDON TOWN was a letdown. Some fine songs, including the title track. But, I remember hearing Name & Address on WNEW-FM in NY (anyone remember when they were around and the best rock station in the country?) just before the album's release. It was HOT! I mean, it rocked! It literally came out of the speakers of the radio. Really, really hot, rocking sound. Then, I buy the album, and it sounded like a balloon with all the air sucked out of it. It sounded DEAD. The energy was gone. The sound was soft. I don't know what the hell happened. I had read, I think, that Paul regretted putting so much material on vinyl (as far as minutes of music), because it tended to go "soft" or something. I think I know what he meant. That album just sounds DEAD to me. But, with some good songs, among them being Don't Let It Bring You Down.
BACK TO THE EGG had a much better sound, and more energy. Some good stuff on their, but very inconsistent, and all over the place. I LOVE After The Ball/Million Miles. I LOVE Winter Rose/Love Awake. I LOVE Baby's Request. I like bits of Getting Closer, except for the horrible moog fade. Kills the song for me. And, Spin It On had potential...but he got way too cutesy with the production. That could have REALLY sounded hard and punkish (which was the intent, I believe), but it ended up sounding silly, with these frilly sound effects and just it's overall production sound.
Now, you're right about the singles. There were a LOT of good singles. Hi, Hi, Hi is one of my favorite Paul rockers, as is Helen Wheels, and Junior's Farm. I love Girls' School,as well. I like Daytime Nighttime Suffering. I admired him doing Give Ireland Back To The Irish, and I LOVE LIttle Woman Love. I like C Moon. Live And Let Die is a classic! I even like Mary Had A Little Lamb!
I was NOT a fan of Goodnight Tonight, however. Another Day was ok, I guess. But, overall, the singles were excellent.
So, does that clarify things a bit?
in years to come/they may discover/what the air we breathe and the life we lead are all about/but it won't be soon enough for me