Badman wrote: ↑
Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:53 pm
I agree that Plastic Ono Band is Lennon's best solo record, and I think that Unfinished Monkey Business is Ian Brown's best too.
Things is though, that I'm a massive Beatles fan, way beyond anorak level, and same with the Roses, and yet I'm just not that interested in any of the solo careers of members of either band. It's possible that there are Ian Brown albums that I'd like more than UMB, but I don't know because I haven't heard them. Similarly, I've never bothered with Lennon other than POB and some of Imagine (Crippled Inside is excellent). In both men's cases, their work appears to become increasingly sloppy, lazy and self-parodying as they drifted further away from their creative foils, barring the odd decent single.
Squire and McCartney fare even worse; Do It Yourself was one of the most crushing disappointments of my life up to that point, and I'm afraid I don't have anything good to say about TCE or Marshall's House. The music was bland, the lyrics too often unconvincingly arch and faux-intellectual and seemingly written without regard for metre or melody. And enough has been said about his voice already, but for me the worst thing about it is that it seemed laboured, manneredmannered and dishonest
, like his lyrics actually. McCartney solo...well, let's just say that it's a curious thing that easily the two most musically talented men in their respective bands can lose it so comprehensively when left to their own devices.
My Beatles/Roses comparison ends there, since neither Reni nor Mani have produced an album as magnificent as All Things Must Pass, or provided the voice over for kids' tv show.
Good earlier McCartney albums:
Band On The Run
Good earlier Lennon albums:
Live Peace In Toronto
That's your lot. Depending on how much you like Wings, you can ignore Macca's entire 70s and 80s, with the exception of "McCartney II" which is mega. In fact, you can pretty much ignore his 90s too, until you get to Flaming Pie. Then things get better. "Chaos and Creation in the Backyard" is also definitely worth your time, as is "New". Definitely check out "Liverpool Sound Collage" as well - a virtual "new" Beatles track is created!
But "Ram" is by far the best one, and some critics believe it to be the true successor to Abbey Road as it captures the spirit of the Beatles. You can't describe Lennon's moany songs about his dead mother or Harrison's songs about god as capturing the Beatles spirit.
Ringo has a great solo single called "It Don't Come Easy" which George played on.
I don't think I've ever even HEARD Lennon's Mind Games and Walls & Bridges, and I'd be a massive Beatles anorak too. They just don't appeal to me. Double Fantasy was ruined by 80s production but the the "stripped down" remix is actually really good.
*generic Stone Roses comment to bring post back on topic* Seahorses, meh.