George Harrison called this Paul McCartney song “sensational” even though he didn’t like its 1970s music.

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During an interview, George Harrison revealed that he liked some aspects of Paul McCartney’s songs but not others. George said that one of the songs Paul wrote in the late 1970s was “sensational.” George also revealed what his relationship with Paul was like after the Beatles broke up.

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What George Harrison thinks of working with Paul McCartney

In a 1979 interview with Rolling Stone’s Mick Brown, Brown asked George if he was less musically compatible with Paul than any other Beatle. “Yeah, well now we don’t have any issues with people anymore, and it’s kind of nice to see it,” said George. “But I don’t know if I was in a band with him, how it would work.”

George revealed why he thought working with Paul was a challenge. “It’s like we all have our own songs to do,” said George. “And my problem was that it would still be very difficult to participate in the act, because Paul was very arrogant in that regard. When he succumbed to playing one of your songs, it always felt good. George said he should play instruments on 59 of Paul’s songs before Paul listens to any of his songs.

Paul McCartney of The Beatles sitting at the piano

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George Harrison rated this song by Paul McCartney and Wings as a standout on 1 of their albums

Brown asked George what he thought of Paul’s current music. “I think it’s harmless,” said George. “I’ve always preferred Paul’s good melodies to his screaming rock’n’roll tunes.”

George revealed he liked one of the songs from Paul McCartney and Wings album the city of london, but he didn’t like the music Paul was putting out at that time very much. “The air that I found sensational on the the city of london the album was ‘I’m Carrying’ but all the loud and beaty stuff that I don’t like at all, ”said George. “But it’s not just with Paul’s music, it goes on all levels. I’m not a fan of that kind of punky, heavy, metallic stuff. I like a beautiful melody.

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The way the world reacted to the song that served as the A-side of “London Town”

Paul McCartney and Wings released “I’m Carrying” on the B-side of their single “London Town”. “I’m Carrying” was not a success; however, “London Town” became a modest success. It reached No. 39 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained on the charts for eight weeks. The Official Charts Company reports that “London Town” peaked at No.60 in the UK and remained in the ranking for four weeks.

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The album the city of london has become considerably more successful. It peaked at No.2 on the Billboard 200 and stayed on the chart for 28 weeks. According to The Official Charts Company, it reached No.4 in the UK and lasted 23 weeks. George was not in all of the music Paul published at this time; however, the public seemed to react well to the city of london.


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