Maybe I'm Amazed

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"Maybe I'm Amazed"
Song by Paul McCartney
from the album McCartney
Published Northern Songs
Released 17 April 1970
Recorded 22 February 1970
Genre Rock
Length 3:49
Label Apple
Songwriter(s) Paul McCartney
Producer(s) Paul McCartney
McCartney track listing
Audio sample

"Maybe I'm Amazed" is a song written by Paul McCartney that was first released on his 1970 album McCartney. McCartney dedicated the song to his wife, Linda, who had helped him get through the break-up of the Beatles.

Although the original recording has never been released as a single, a live performance by McCartney's later band Wings, from the live album Wings over America, was. This version became a top-ten hit in the United States and reached number 28 in the United Kingdom.[1][2]

In 2011, Rolling Stone magazine ranked "Maybe I'm Amazed" number 347 on its “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” list.[3]

History[edit]

McCartney wrote the song in 1969, just before the Beatles' break-up. He credited his wife Linda with helping him get through the difficult time.[4] Although most of his debut solo album was recorded at his home in London, McCartney recorded "Maybe I'm Amazed" entirely in EMI's Number Two studio in Abbey Road, on the same day as he recorded "Every Night".[5] He played all the instruments: guitars, bass, piano, organ and drums. Although McCartney declined to release the song as a single in 1970, it nonetheless received a great deal of radio airplay worldwide.[5] A promotional film was made, comprising still photographs of McCartney, his wife Linda and stepdaughter Heather,[5] which first aired in the UK on 19 April 1970 on ITV in its own slot, and as a part of an episode of CBS Television's The Ed Sullivan Show.[6]

The original studio version of the song finished with a fade instead of a full ending, but McCartney later composed an ending that can be heard on the live versions of the song. McCartney first performed this live with Wings, in Châteauvallon, France, on 9 July 1972.[7]

Regarded as one of McCartney's finest love songs, it achieved the number 347 position in the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" list compiled by Rolling Stone magazine in November 2004.[8] In a late 2009 Q&A with journalists held in London to promote his live album Good Evening New York City, McCartney said "Maybe I'm Amazed" was "the song he would like to be remembered for in the future".[9]

Reception[edit]

In a contemporary review for the McCartney album, Langdon Winner of Rolling Stone described "Maybe I'm Amazed", as "a very powerful song", that states "one of the main sub-themes of the record, that the terrible burden of loneliness can be dispelled by love."[10] Winner continued to describe the track as "the only song on the album that even comes close to McCartney's best efforts of the past. It succeeds marvelously."[10]

Live version[edit]

"Maybe I'm Amazed"
Maybe I'm Amazed.jpg
Single by Wings
from the album Wings over America
B-side "Soily"
Released 4 February 1977
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1976
Genre Rock
Length 5:11
Label Capitol
Songwriter(s) Paul McCartney
Producer(s) Paul McCartney
Wings singles chronology
"Let 'Em In"
(1976)
"Maybe I'm Amazed"
(1977)
"Mull of Kintyre"
(1977)
"Let 'Em In"
(1976)
"Maybe I'm Amazed"
(1977)
"Mull of Kintyre"
(1977)

A live recording from the 1976 album Wings over America was released as a single by McCartney's band Wings[4] on 4 February 1977 and reached number 10 in the US on the Billboard pop charts,[11] and number 28 in the UK.[12] Versions of the song can be heard on several other live McCartney albums including Back in the U.S. and Back in the World. "Maybe I'm Amazed" has become a centrepiece of McCartney's concerts, along with "Band on the Run" and "Live and Let Die", live versions of the song are available on the 2011 reissue of McCartney.

Track listing[edit]

7"[edit]

  1. "Maybe I'm Amazed" – 5:11
  2. "Soily" – 5:10

12" US Promo, Record Store Day 2013 EP[edit]

Side A

  1. "Maybe I'm Amazed - Short Version (Mono)" – 3:43
  2. "Maybe I'm Amazed - Album Version (Mono)" – 5:11

Side B

  1. "Maybe I'm Amazed - Short Version (Stereo)" – 3:43
  2. "Maybe I'm Amazed - Album Version (Stereo)" – 5:11

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1977) Peak
position
Canada RPM Top Singles[13] 9
Japanese Singles Chart 61
UK Singles Chart 28
US Billboard Hot 100 10

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1977) Position
Canada[14] 96

Personnel[edit]

McCartney studio version

Wings Over America live version

Covers[edit]

  • London-based band Fickle Pickle released "Maybe I'm Amazed" as a single[15] in August 1970[16] and had a Top 40 hit with it in the Netherlands the following year.[17]
  • Faces performed the song at the Fillmore East in 1970 which was released on their album Long Player. A studio recording was released as a single prior to the live album.[18]
  • On 27 May 2011, the official Paul McCartney YouTube channel held a "Maybe I'm Amazed Cover Competition", in which users submitted video responses of themselves covering the song, the winner being the user whose video gained the most 'likes'. On 28 June 2011, YouTube user "Troubleclef" was named winner of the contest.[19][20]
  • Billy Joel covered the song for the tribute album The Art of McCartney.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Paul McCartney Charts and Awards". allmusic. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Official Charts: Paul McCartney". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Maybe I'm Amazed in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Maybe I'm Amazed by Paul McCartney Songfacts". songfacts.com. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "Paul McCartney: Maybe I'm Amazed | The Beatles Bible". beatlesbible.com. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  6. ^ Miles, Barry; Badman, Keith, eds. (2001). The Beatles Diary After the Break-Up: 1970–2001 (reprint ed.). London: Music Sales Group. ISBN 978-0-7119-8307-6. 
  7. ^ "Song – Paul McCartney". paulmcartney.com. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  8. ^ The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time [dead link], Rolling Stone November 2004, and is the only solo McCartney song to make the list.
  9. ^ The song Paul McCartney would like to be remembered for Archived 29 November 2009 at the Wayback Machine. dead link, Época magazine article on the 2009 press Q&A (in Portuguese)
  10. ^ a b Winner, Langdon (14 May 1970). "McCartney". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 21 July 2017. 
  11. ^ "Paul McCartney singles". allmusic. Retrieved 12 August 2010. 
  12. ^ Calkin, Graham (200). "Paul McCartney - Maybe I'm Amazed". jpgr.com. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  13. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  14. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  15. ^ Fickle Pickle at Discogs
  16. ^ Fickle Pickle, Maybe I'm Amazed at 45cat.com
  17. ^ Chart history at Top40.nl
  18. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Long Player". allmusic.com. 
  19. ^ Winner announcement on Paul McCartney Website Archived 6 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine. 28 June 2011 official website update
  20. ^ Troubleclef's cover of "Maybe I'm Amazed" on YouTube
  21. ^ "The Art of McCartney - Various Artists". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 September 2017. 

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