|Silly Love Songs|
|Produced by Paul McCartney|
|Released on April 1, 1976|
|UK CHART POSITION #2 . . . US CHART POSITION #1 . . . GOLD RECORD (6/11/76)|
|Find it at GEMM|
|4256 wo. picture sleeve
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S uch is the state of man’s misunderstanding that “Silly Love Songs” has become Paul McCartney’s “Imagine” -- the song most likely to commemorate his passing on tv and radio (though “Let It Be” and “Yesterday” will invariably be trotted out as well). As much as the song extolls simplicity, behind it is another rich and complex arrangement that the artist sugarcoats only through exceeding skill. John Lennon, by comparison, seemed to earn the muse’s favor by hard-won inches, thus many attributed Paul’s graceful leaps as the beneficiary of lower hurdles. He was (and remains), simply, a consummate songwriter. Of course he took advantage of his gifts to toss off half-baked goodies like “Cook of the House,” which gave Linda McCartney a rare vocal lead, but the mediocrity of the one shouldn’t diminish the grandeur of the other, and “Silly Love Songs” is a grand song. Note that it’s unlikely Paul took such a dim view of his own artistry, but was more likely poking fun at his detractors. Let’s hope the pundits and talking heads get the joke before they perpetuate the stereotype.
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|US/CAN||April 1, 1976||Capitol||7"||4256||picture or standard black label|
|UK||April 30, 1976||MPL||7"||21785|
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