Paul wrote:That's a toughie. But the song that all round always does it for me is Orange Fell. I love the words, and the recording has so many things that just work for me (the squeaky chair, the backwards guitar through a Leslie in the second verse, the lyrical drum fills in the end section, the 12 string that joins in at the end, Frank's weird run up before the very end, and that last chord!). I wish we could get Ray Shulman back for another album. Man, was he good!
j.r.douglas wrote:very tough.. impossible, in fact.. my opinion would be different every time... today's favourite would be "The Perfect Reminder" written, played and sung by Paul. It reminds me of the late night bus journey from the Irvine pubs to our Kilmarnock studio. Our 'I've Seen Everything' period is one I look back on fondly.. we had returned from long USA and UK tours and had become a confident and powerful band so when we took to the studio or to the page it was with a lot less of our previous insecurities. We revelled in our own character and Paul's song exemplifies that atitude.
DifferentFrank wrote:My initial reaction to the idea of not having a set, firm opinion of what constituted one's favorite was surprise: I mean, although I work in a different industry (marketing research) I thought I'd have no problem identifying the best analysis I ever did. But on reflection I decided to pull that reply, because I remembered it's perfectly reasonable for someone to waver in their selection of some other artist's best, and therefore it's perfectly reasonable to waver in what you consider your own best... different works have different advantages, and the choice might vary according to what you consider important at the time if you're the sort who varies their priorities as they seek variety.
But I myself can point to a specific report and say it was my best, or a song I wrote and say it was my best. The danger, as I said in my pulled post, is that the characteristics of what you identify as your best become a model, and you start to make the characteristics a goal rather than making the overall outcome the goal. It's like the guy who only has castanets: after a while every song starts to be written with a Flamenco feel.
phil spector wrote:
Nae offence DifferentFrank, but this reads like the sort of gobbledegook that regularly gets caught in the spam filter on my blog.
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