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1997-Apr-07: Young Boy promo out

From what I got to know, the CD promo singles were delivered to radio stations last Saturday by courier.

Throughout this day, I could hear the song "Young Boy" on several radio stations, several times. They also mentioned that this song was written within less than two hours while Linda was discussing some cooking things.

It's marvellous! An instant number one single! It's a very catchy McCartney tune, with a slight similarity to Hope of Deliverance but it's much better. The lyrics are simple and honest and very pleasing. The quality of this song matches Paul's Beatles output. The impact of the song reminds me of "Come And Get It" - it just will stick in your head and you'll be humming it all day long.

Now, I haven't heard "The World Tonight" but I can only guess why Sir Paul has chosen to release a different single in the US first. Maybe it's because Hope Of Deliverance failed in the US (I think because of the "teaching" lyrics), maybe it's because he feels he has to issue something "rockier" there, first. Or is it the fact that both Young Boy and The World Tonight will be part of the new movie "Father's Day" - this way both songs can be out as singles immediately. Well, time will tell.

My review of "Young Boy"

"Young Boy" is a pretty fast song, although there's a break towards the end and there's a big change in tempo at one point until the end.The song starts off with four instrumental measures, two of which with nice "Spanish" sounding guitar melody. Basically, it's has an acoustic feel on it (with acoustic guitars over the stereo image) but in fact it's more a rocker - there's also an electric rhythm guitar, great (Beatle-esque) bass lines, drums/percussion etc. You feel that it's powered by a "McCartney-rhythm-engine." ;-) Sir Paul is drumming himself and he does an exceptionally good job! The great bass lines are back. Great guitar hooks around everywhere. A great "middle-eight" solo by Steve Miller, towards the end either played in harmony on two strings or joined by Paul(?). After the tempo change the song is rather slow, features a hammond organ (some say it's similar to the organ in "A Whiter Shade of Pale") and the drumming becomes more obvious (lots of work on the tom-toms, I think). The basic drum effects sound just a little compressed la Jeff Lynne, and there are backing vocals in the first half which are run through a slightly ELO-ish sounding vocoder (and include 3 Pauls and one Jeff?). But one has to listen for these things - they are not really obvious but greatly add to the quality of the song. According to all reports, this song is produced by Paul himself, not by Lynne. Paul's voice? Well, seems to be manually double-tracked, at least in places. Paul's voice is in excellent shape - young and fresh, like he was the Young Boy himself. He sounds at least as good as on the 1982 hit album Tug of War - which might be surprising after all these years. Young Boy has a very "full" sound. The bass/rhythm/guitar work just kicks! The best example for the "perfect pop song" with clever arrangement and song flow.


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