The "War and Peace" sessions had some real excellent songs, but otherwise these songs were more
or less deserving of their b-side status.
Rainclouds - lovely song, and it's a shame that it was hidden on a b-side. Everyone should be able to hear this song.
Ode to a koala bear - the lyrics are a little silly, but again this should have been at least an album track, since it's much better than most of what is on the "Pipes of Peace" album.
We all stand together - this may be as childish as a song can get, but I love the melody, the animal sounds and Paul's singing on this one.
I'll give you a ring - I wonder if this song was re-recorded from scratch or if Paul only re-did some parts before releasing it. It's not Paul's best, but the melody is nice and the lyrics are no worse than on any other love song. The musical backing is what makes this song for me.
I love this house - I'm glad that this song finally was released on the Flaming Pie singles, but I certainly do not agree with producer Foster that it's better than "We Got Married". Just a fun rocker.
Simple as that - for once with Paul, it's the lyrics that save this song. I think the musical backing is fairly annoying.
Wonderful Christmastime - one of those songs that return once a year on the radio. As far as Christmas songs go, this is one of the better ones. The lyrics are appropriate for the season, and children's choirs cannot be avoided, can they? All in all, quite a good effort.
Check my machine - it's okay for the first verse or two, but then it really gets annoying and repetitive.
Twice in a lifetime - there are some moments in this song, but on the whole, it doesn't grab me.
Spies like us - at times this is quite fun, but it's too repetitive and lightweight.
Hanglide - not very exciting instrumental. The melody is nothing special.
Secret friend - this is way too far out for me. Experimentation is good, and I applaud Paul for being so eager to do it, but this song is nothing for me. Way too long.