Paul McCartney – All the Best! (1987) and Wings Greatest (1978)

Collecting money. Collecting knowledge and experience. Collecting books one has read. Collectors – kings of numismatics, chocolate-wrapper millionaires. Collecting fame – one more poem, one more rôle. Lists of women. Boyfriends in reserve. 

The notches on a sniper’s gun. Collecting suffering – look what I have been through and endured! Travel. Chasing vivid impressions. Discoveries, conquests, economic growth. The one who has hoarded more is better, grander, more cultured, more intelligent, more popular.

And amidst this universal hoarding: ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit.’ – Andrey Sinyavsky from Unguarded Thoughts (1965)

Double-sided poster included in Wings Greatest

When I found these two Macca comps over the past year, a pound each at the Lyminge Garage Safari and Canterbury Red Cross respectively, I already possessed: the latter on cassette; a CD of Wingspan, which includes every song on both records; 7″ or 12″ singles of each track (multiples in some cases), bar “Pipes of Peace” (which I own on its parent Lp).

What kind of sickness is this?

Published in: on September 9, 2012 at 10:46 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. Poor old Macca – always the butt of jokes…

    • More an indictment of the grasping pack rat than Sir Paul.

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