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PAUL MCCARTNEY Flaming Pie (1997 UK 14-track CD album which includes the single releases The World Tonight Young Boy & Beautiful Night picture booklet with images taken by Linda McCartney CDPCSD171)
Just when everyone has given up on Sir Paul's ever releasing another decent pop song, he turns around and surprises us all with his best album since the mid-1970s. After working on the Beatles' Anthology series, he was reminded of the standards of music he'd long forgotten and was pressed to meet them. Even Jeff Lynne, who helped on much of it, kept himself very much in the background, and let Mac do the right thing, playing and singing most everything, with some help from Ringo and guitarist Steve Miller, whose presence was a mixed blessing. Even if the songs don't scale the heights of the Glory Years, they remind us of the true talent that was McCartney once again. A pleasure to the ears. --Chris Nickson
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Bob Dylan in a recent interview has said there's really only one person in music today that to him is absolutely stunning. That person, naturally, is Paul McCartney. ""I'm in awe of McCartney. He's about the only one that I am in awe of. He can do it all. And he's never let up... He's just so damn effortless." (Taken from a Rolling Stone interview from summer 2007).
High praise from someone so iconic as Bob Dylan. The last ten years for both McCartney and Dylan have proven them to be the most interesting artists of their generation currently recording. Over the last decade, both Dylan and McCartney have had a massive resurgence in their careers. While each are following their own idiosyncractic paths, both have proven themselves to have remarkable fertile songwriting during this stage in their careers.
And here's the trick. Both are the best at what they do. Sure, you can't imagine Paul McCartney being able to pull of the effortless aural history lessons in songs Dylan has been doing, each steeped in the American tradition and that "Old, Weird, America" of the Anthology of American Folk Music. Come on, could Paul really write "Nettie Moore", "Ain't Talkin'", "Mississippi", "Things Have Changed," "Tell Ol' Bill", or the masterpiece "Cross the Green Mountain"? But then again, you can't see Dylan writing the effortless melodic pop masterpieces McCartney written in FLAMING PIE, DRIVING RAIN, CHAOS & CREATION IN THE BACKYARD (one of my favorite albums of the 2000s), or MEMORY ALMOST FULL.
When FLAMING PIE hit the stores in 1997, four years separate it from McCartney's previous studio offering, OFF THE GROUND. A lot happened during those four years, namely, The Beatles multi-media project THE ANTHOLOGY.Read more ›
Just as "McCartney" was created during the hazy period he was trying to define himself after the Beatles, and "McCartney II" surfaced after his jail experience in Japan, "Flaming Pie" shows a more vulnerable, less cheeky McCartney, and with good results.
Unlike a lot of Wings albums, or "Tug of War" or "Pipes of Peace", this album doesn't just yield one or two songs for the "It's got a beat AND you can dance to it!" crowd. Instead, the lyrics reign here, introspective, haunting at times.
Not that some of the songs don't rock! How could they not with Jeff Lynne and Steve Miller helping out? Even fellow Two-tle, Ringo, helps out with Beautiful Night. But since it's his voice in addition to drums, that's an element of sentiment, not one of quality.
The unusual production of some cuts, like the Victrola in "Souvenir", reminds one of the days the Beatles were experimenting with all kinds of sound at Abbey Road.
My one disappointment about this CD happened a couple years after its release. "Little Willow" shows up here, dedicated to a friend who'd died of cancer and her children. Only a bit of detective work would reveal that this friend was Maureen Starkey, Ringo's ex-wife, and the kids Lee and Zak. But after Princess Diana was killed and a memorial album put together for her, the song Paul "donated" in her memory was....Read more ›
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This is a good album from Paul McCartney, but not great. The flaming pie title comes from the story that John Lennon had a dream when the Beatles were looking for a band name that... Read morePublished on July 15 2013 by Mark Andrew Brown
His best long play since the 1970's? You must be kidding. Clean the wax out of your ears. Much of his 1970's output (Wild Life, Speed Of Sound, London Town, Back To The Egg) was... Read morePublished on Dec 2 2012 by Phantom Gtowner
Where have I been?! Discovered this album in a personal interview with Paul McCartney in a book called "Popular Singing" by Donna Soto-Morettini. Read morePublished on May 19 2011 by Doily
I know how long and versatile has been (and still is, thank God!) his musical production... some times even irregular... BUT THIS IS ONE OF HIS BEST! Read morePublished on June 12 2004 by ADB
Paul McCartney's fellow ex-Beatle Ringo Starr participated in this recording as did Steve Miller,who sang a duet with McCartney on USED TO BE BAD. Read morePublished on April 29 2004 by andy8047
Ahhh... Flaiming Pie! Thank you Paul McCartney for this album. Before I start this review I must state that this is my personal favorite of all paul albums.. Read morePublished on Sept. 15 2003 by Andy Anderson
This is one of my favorite solo McCartney albums, and is, in my opinion, one of the best examples of that work. Read morePublished on July 22 2003