Tuesday, November 09, 2010

The Vocal Stylings of Paul McCartney

Although John Lennon is a better 'rock and roll' singer, Paul has a much bigger range of styles. Way bigger.

First off, there's the sweet Paul ('Mother Nature's Son') and the black/R&B Paul ('Long Tall Sally'). As a matter of fact, Paul's the only Beatle who could do the 'black thing'. Can you imagine Lennon or Harrison doing something like the break in 'I've Got a Feeling' ("All these years I've been wandering around, wondering how come nobody told me", etc.)?

Lennon said he thought Paul should've let him do the vocals for 'Oh Darling', which while interesting, is completely wrong. It's totally a Paul vocal.

And while we're at it, Paul did a lot of other styles, often on obscure tunes. The 'frog in throat' vocal on 'Tomorrow' (from Wild Life), the screaming on 'Monkberry Moon Delight', the falsetto on 'Girlfriend' as well as funny voices like on 'Uncle Albert' and 'Famous Groupies'. He could also throw in a country twang like on 'Sally G' or 'Rocky Raccoon'.

And there's a lot more odd-stylings from Paul, like 'She's a Woman', for example.

I'd like to see him do more of that kind of thing on his newer songs. But I guess we can't have everything.


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