Thursday, August 1, 2013
Maybe You'd Be Amazed.....
It wouldn't be right to have a 40th Reunion Class CD without a hit from Paul McCartney, who's still touring and wowing his fans so many years later. Sir Paul was in Tennessee just last June for the Bonnaroo Festival and he had a concert at the Bridgestone Areana just a few years back that was a highlight of my live-performances-seen career (take that one off the bucket list).
The song I want to feature is "Maybe I'm Amazed." It was suggested by Janet Schneider in our class and it has a very interesting history.
The song written by McCartney in 1969 and was included on one of his first solo albums, "McCartney," which was released in 1970. Paul did the lead vocals and played all the instruments. His late wife, Linda, did the background vocals. Paul also dedicated the song to her for the help she gave him in dealing with the breakup of the Beatles.
He declined to release the song as a single at that time. In fact, the original studio version has been put out on its own. It did get a lot of air time being played right off the album back in 1970 and McCartney's band, Wings, later released a live version during its 1976 tour of the U.S. It went as high as the Top Ten on the charts. It's also been ranked #338 on Rolling Stones list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and is considered perhaps McCartney's best love song. Here he is, courtesy of YouTube, as he played his tribute to Linda during a concert in Red Square in Moscow...
McCartney told reporters in 2009, "Maybe I'm Amazed" is the song he would like to be remembered for in the future. So if it's good enough for Paul, then I'd say it's good enough for our CD.