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Choba B Cccp Russian Album

Paul Mccartney Audio CD
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1. Kansas City
2. Twenty Flight Rock
3. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
4. I'm In Love Again
5. Bring It On Home To Me
6. Lucille
7. Don'y Get Around Much Anymore
8. I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday
9. That's All Right Mama
10. Summertime
11. Ain't That A Shame
12. Crackin' Up
13. Just Because
14. Mignight Special

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It's not McCartney's most musically accomplished album, but Choba B CCCP--that's "Back in the USSR" to you and me--is a loose and loopy bit of rock & roll nostalgia that's at least as much fun to listen to as it was to make. Originally intended as a Cold War-busting Soviet Union-only release, popular demand finally brought it to Western ears, and it's a good thing it did. McCartney was always the Beatles' best Little Richard-inspired shouter and this album allowed him to revisit those days on covers of "Kansas City", "Lucille", "Ain't That a Shame", and "Crackin' Up", among others. Most of the tracks sound like first takes, but that's in keeping with the vintage material, which was originally recorded in much the same way. Who says they no longer make 'em like they used to? --Daniel Durchholz

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4.0 out of 5 stars Yes, it's me June 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album was originally released exclusively in the Soviet Union. It received an American release because it was being widely bootleged anyway. It was recorded over two days in 1987 and consists of old songs from the pre-Beatles era. The songs have a very off-the-cuff unpolished feel to them. It feels like Paul just got together with some of his buddies and had a blast playing some of his old favorites. (For all I know, that may be what actually happened). It's a fun album, and Paul's fans should dig it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best solo Beatle record! Feb. 26 2003
Format:Audio CD
Most solo Beatle records can't be compared with the golden days of The Beatles in any way: usually the composing is sloppy, the arrangement too over-worked and the singing too manered. But here is Paul - in 1987 - singing as good as he ever did in The Beatles! It is true that none of the material on this record is written by him - but that is one the reasons that this record is so excellent as Paul-material from the eighties is mostly terrible!
The record was made in two days - just as in the early Beatle days, so if you prefer the over-polished sound Paul indulged in in the eighties this record is not for you. But if you enjoy the charm and tightness of stuff like "The Beatles at the BBC", this record is a jewel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Try a Combination Sept. 7 2002
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No, this is not as good as "Run Devil Run," but then again, not a single song is a repeat. We hear great versions of the classics "Ain't That A Shame," "That's All Right Mama," "Twenty Flight Rock," and "Lucille." All in all, not a bad album.
But once again its competitor "Run Devil Run" comes into play, so what's the best answer? Not too long ago I burned a CDR that was a combination of these two albums, as well as some Beatles performances:
1.Rock And Roll Music ("Beatles For Sale") 2.All Shook Up ("Run Devil Run") 3.Brown Eyed Handsome Man ("Run Devil Run") 4.Long Tall Sally ("Pastmaters 1") 5.Roll Over Beethoven ("BBC") 6.Hippy Hippy Shake ("BBC") 7.That's All Right Mama ("The Russian Album") 8.Twenty Flight Rock ("The Russian Album") 9.Ain't That A Shame ("Tripping The Live Fantastic") 10.Hound Dog ("John Lennon Live In New York City") 11.Twist And Shout ("Beatles Anthology 1") 12.Party ("Run Devil Run")
That works, so rather than put down this album for the junk, I say take out the good songs and mix them with other material.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Were you fortunate to have a copy of this on LP? March 10 2002
Format:Audio CD
I was one of those who had this LP and loved it when I received it from a friend in the Soviet Union. It was a very special gift.
Paul McCartney was one of the youths who was turned on and transformed by Elvis and the sound of Rock and Roll of the mid 1950s. This interest in Rock and Roll lead him to discover and love other stars such as Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Eddie Cochran, Fats Domino etc. While growing up, he would cover songs by these artists with various friends and bands such as the Quarrymen and the Silver Beatles with John Lennon and George Harrison. His love of this music carried on through the years with The Beatles, where he wrote songs in the style of these artists and also covered some of their songs and continued throughout the rest of his career. CHOBA B CCCP is a tribute to his roots in music and a special gift to the citizens of the Soviet Union.
In 1988, Paul McCartney became the first artist to release an album exclusively in Russia with CHOBA B CCCP (Back in the USSR). The idea for the album came from Paul in the summer of 1987. He wanted to release an album of Rock and Roll classics from the '50s, which he recorded with a temporary substitute band in two days and released it through unauthorized sources. In other words, he wanted to make his own "bootleg." His record company did not accept his idea, but his manager, Richard Ogden, didn't forget his idea. That Christmas, Ogden had a group of the albums made with covers printed in the Russian language. McCartney thought that it would be a great idea to release the albums only in Russia. A deal was made with Melodya, the Russian state record label, to press 400,000 copies of the album.
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3.0 out of 5 stars DECENT REMAKES OF SONGS THAT JUST AREN'T HIS March 5 2002
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Choba B CCCP is essentially a 50-50 mixed bag of songs: half of them in which it was apt for McCartney to perform, the other half he should have left alone. Among his best are Kansas City, Lucille, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, and the slow rendition of Summertime, which is so much better than the cheesy fast version that you hear on oldies radio stations. Midnight Special is also decent, where McCartney is in his aloof, easygoing mode.
The rest of the cuts simply do not cut it. McCartney, as you would tell if you listened to his own remake of Ain't That a Shame , is no Fats Domino. He's Paul McCartney! And Ain't That a Shame is just not a song for Paul McCartney to perform, in the same sense that Love Story is just not a Stephen King novel. In other words, there are good formats that, despite being good, can be disasatrous if you try to make them compatible with the skills of certain gifted and talented artists.
All in all, some remakes of 1950's classics belong to the McCartney catalog. Some do not. Choba B CCCP is decent, but his similarly themed release that would be recorded a decade later, namely Run Devil Run, is better.
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Choba B CCCP is essentially a 50-50 mixed bag of songs: half of them in which it was apt for McCartney to perform, the other half he should have left alone. Read more
Published on March 5 2002 by JON STRICKLAND
2.0 out of 5 stars Not that bad, but English title is ludicrous.
I didn't really mind the songs on this album. They reminded me a lot of the Star Club tapes or the Decca auditions (although not as memorable). Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2002 by Michel Boto
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album of covers
These are covers of songs that Paul likes. He gives a great performance on this one. One of my favorite Paul albums. Read more
Published on June 21 2001 by Michael L
2.0 out of 5 stars I TRY to like this album!
Loads of old rock 'n' roll songs played worse than the originals! Ok that's a bit harsh, but the only reason to buy this record is when you love classic 50's music...! Read more
Published on April 2 2001 by Neil Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars Roots Rock
Originally only released in the USSR, this much bootlegged album was finally in the US after much clamor for it. Read more
Published on Feb. 12 2001 by P Magnum
5.0 out of 5 stars McCartney channels American kinfolk
It has been little noted, but will be long remembered, I think, what a corking song stylist Paul McCartney really is. Read more
Published on March 25 2000 by C. Cleveland
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Idea, Pedestrian Execution
McCartney singing rock, pop and jazz classics sounds like a great idea. Unfortunately, these arrangements are ordinary, and the recording sounds sloppy. A shame.
Published on Dec 24 1999 by Richard E. Upton
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong with Paul singing classic r'n'r
A fun album, with macca in fine vocal form as he tears through a set of '50s rock'n'roll chestnuts. Entire album recorded in two days. Read more
Published on Oct. 29 1999 by TheBandit
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