Paul McCartney. I think when the dust clears, the CD "Wingspan" makes the case very well. All very unique hits where none sounds like the other. Self-penned lyrics. Wide vocal range. "Heart of the Country" falsetto way more authentic than the somewhat laughable "Bennie and the Jets" outro.
Not to mention, all the great songs since then, like around half the songs on "Chaos and Creation in the Backyard", and "Dance Tonight" is modern classic of his as well.
"Hope of Deliverance", another post-Wingspan classic.
Elton John is a most dynamic artist, with many great songs for many great occasions, and a very powerful unique voice etc.; but I think McCartney edges him out on the universal appeal. And even on piano, he plays "Maybe I'm Amazed", "Nineteen Hundred Eighty-five", etc.
And just the "Band on the Run" album as a whole, really makes a great case.
... A guy who can write so many good songs so different from each other in so many different genres deserves the award.
I agree that he should have won, and a lot for that reason above.
To me, it's not just that he can write the songs in so many genres, but come up with very high quality songs in so many genres.
"Jet" - Confident power rock song packed with great hooks.
"Goodnight Tonight" - If we're going to be stuck with disco, why not something with Spanish guitars, great hooks, and real percussion?
"No More Lonely Nights" - And if we're going to be stuck with love ballads by groups like Chicago, Phil Collins, etc., how about one as high quality as this?
"Wonderful Christmastime" - A synth-tune that gives Kraftwerk, Soft Cell, etc. a run for their money.
"Silly Love Songs" - Transforms all the seventies sap songs into a powerhouse bass-driven song, with an amazing vocal breakdown that makes even Linda sound good. Not to mention, a clever light-hearted lyric, something like Chuck Berry would do.
"Live and Let Die" - Very effective action cinema, with an amazingly tasteful reggae break. If you're a director of an action film, how in the world can you ask for a better song than this for engaging an audience?
"Heart of the Country" - Incorporates country and jazz with very clever scat mimicked by the guitar. I can't name another song like it.
"Too Many People" - Pop rock with some psychedelic, and a great Lennon imitation.
"Maybe I'm Amazed" - Maybe this song sums it all up, as far as do-it-yourself on songwriting, instrumentation, performance, melodies, soul, variation of styles, etc.
elophile: OH, Yes! Will you take a little sip when no one is looking?
Jun 23, 2020 20:10:41 GMT
Horacewimp: I’ll check and see if he takes sugar ::smileys-thumbs-951446::
Jun 23, 2020 20:47:50 GMT
elophile: I bet he takes honey... good for the vocal chords!
Jun 26, 2020 0:41:49 GMT
elophile: And no milk. You don't want to get all phlegmy...
Jun 26, 2020 0:42:37 GMT
Grroosss: Well. I discovered r/ELOcirclejerk and the ELO Discord yesterday. Lots to offer (and fans my age!) but too much chaos to take in all at once... Feels good to be back home ::animated-smileys-hug-008::
Jun 30, 2020 22:06:28 GMT
BSJ: Circlejerk is waaaaaay out there!
Jun 30, 2020 22:53:00 GMT
Helmut83: Is there an ELO Discord? Good data, Grroosss! Gotta check it out, I've been a regular at discord since about two months ago when quarentine boredom drove me there.
Jul 5, 2020 3:12:01 GMT
Helmut83: I couldn't find it though. Maybe you got mixed up with Reddit?
Jul 5, 2020 3:18:29 GMT
orioles70: hope all good forum members saved some fireworks to set off tonight for 50th anniversary festivities, I personally arranged for a comet to arrive right on schedule, try to Zoom in with your telescope and see the bright orange and blue streamers
Jul 14, 2020 1:58:56 GMT
BIuebird: Hello forum friends! I apologize for my long absence, we've had quite a bit of stressful stuff going on.
Jul 14, 2020 13:49:08 GMT
Horacewimp: Hey BIuebird great to see you back hope you are keeping well ::c0112::
Jul 14, 2020 14:16:05 GMT
BSJ: Hi BIuebird! Happy to see you! ::t31232::
Jul 14, 2020 18:05:14 GMT