I say that about half of the songs released today by so called somebodys. It will be good to get a new album from McCartney in 2013. He has some good producers and George Martin's son Giles Martin producing over half the songs on the album.
Yes it would be hard to give up that life of touring and music making. He could just go back to the studio and make music. It would be easier on his voice. His fans would understand and continue to buy his music. I know I will no mater how old. Tony Bennett is eighty and still making music for his fans. To me Sir Paul McCartney is the best. But someday it will come to an end.
Still not as bad as the Beach Boys. My brother and I saw and infomercial of their latest album on Netflix. I have never witnessed anything so embarrassing in my life. It was like a satirical piece you would see on SNL. They carted them all out and they looked all looked like death warmed over, with absolutely no vocal abilities left. And then they would play cuts from the album, and each song sounded exactly like the last one, and the vocals had a weird "autotune" quality to them. It was hilarious!!! The sad thing is, there are those that would buy this cr@p, praise it and stroke Mike Love's massive, no talented ego.
McCartney would have been fine, if for the past how many years, he had just stuck with songs like let it be, instead of doing vocal shredding songs like "Helter Skelter". The vocal chords can not take that kind of abuse. Tony Bennett was always a crooner, so it's not surprising the his voice had aged well...or better.
Okay, I MUST respond to this thread (even if no one is listening at this point): 1) Gary S. Corday's comment was EXACTLY what I said- "Doubleback Alley". I thought that was weird. 2) Donald Inks, it's not about embarrassing himself or satisfying his ego (I mean really- I seriously can't think of anyone less in need of money or recognition). There's a (famous?) quote of Paul's saying that he originally (in the Beatles) planned to retire at 30, since playing rock & roll beyond that age is embarrassing. Then he reached 30 and said 40, then 50. Finally, he had to admit to himself that he would do music "until he drops!" The point is, it's an extension of who you are. It's your passion- to give up is like death. For most of us, that's hard to understand. 3) Pete, Tony Bennett is 87, and I saw him live about 2 years ago. Make no bones about it- in terms of pure vocal ability, Tony wins hands down, even 16 years older. That's just a fact. 4) MaxwellEdison, you are TOTALLY wrong about the new Beach Boys, but that notwithstanding, this is a McCartney forum. My advice is to not pretend to have an opinion of an album when a) the only exposure you had to it was samples from an infomercial, and b) when you clearly have personal issues with members of the band and were not open to liking it in the first place.
I heard a quote also that they said , The Beatles thought it would be over with by the time they were around twenty four years old. Ringo was going to be a hair stylist or own a hair salon. I know Tony Bennett has a great voice at his age. I'm sure McCartney will sing and record as long as he can.
"SingingDesigner says: 4) MaxwellEdison, you are TOTALLY wrong about the new Beach Boys, but that notwithstanding, this is a McCartney forum. My advice is to not pretend to have an opinion of an album when a) the only exposure you had to it was samples from an infomercial, and b) when you clearly have personal issues with members of the band and were not open to liking it in the first place."
I cannot be TOTALLY wrong, due to the fact that it is my subjective opinion. Say what you want about Paul, at least he did not base his whole career on "Surf Music"...that is what is truly embarrassing. Brian Wilson realized this, which is why he wanted to take them in a different direction, "Pet Sounds", but Mike Love was certainly less than supportive in that endeavor. Due the fact that it was a bruise to Mike Love's giant ego. Simply because Brian went with another lyricist, because, guess what...he wanted to do something other that "Surf Music". So yes...Mike Love is a talentless pile of human excrement.
AS we are speaking of MUSIC, (including QUALITY and CONTENT) and ALSO taking into consideration with PAST accomplishments and musical integrity... your comment: "I'm sure McCartney will sing and record as long as he can. " DOES, in fact, ring true! For as long as the "die-hard-no matter-what" delusional fans follow "Sir Paul" and spend their hard earned money on lackluster crap. EVERYONE reaches their PEAK in life. The SMART ones KNOW when to leave the proverbial stage...and retire in glory with deserved accolades. That being said, in today's devolution of the arts and music in general: YOU PEOPLE that feed the ego of has-been are not helping one wit.
@Donald Inks, I don't understand why you're so upset and hostile about this, but you're obviously passionate about your feelings. I only hope that, when you reach 65 years of age, you change your mind and realize you're simply too old to have the same feelings on this topic.
@MaxwellEdison, a few slight BB corrections (I've read a lot about the band). Mike did want to return to commercial pop music (not specifically "surf" music) but that was less because of his ego than his greed. They had a fan base that they alienated with Pet Sounds, and they never really got back until the 1970s, and no Beach Boy loved the money more than Mike. Pet Sounds should have been a Brian solo album (almost was) as much as "Smile". Also, Mike wasn't Brian's only lyricist/collaborator pre-Pet Sounds.
I may not agree with your opinion of the last Beach Boys album (which I expected to fully hate and AMAZINGLY ended up really liking it) but I will not argue with your opinion of Mike. When you know the story of the band, you know that Mike was a cocky, selfish guy.
For myself I bought his music as it came out through the years after The Beatles went their solo ways. I just enjoyed his music with or without a band. Wings or PM and Wings, what ever. what has he had in the last thirteen years of solo albums about five or six, with out the classial music and live cds. Buying one McCartney album or cd on average every two years won't empty my wallet. I don't buy it all any more. Fans that are older already have most of his work as it came out through the years.