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Mccartney II [Import]

Paul Mccartney Audio CD
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1. Coming Up
2. Temporary Secretary
3. On The Way
4. Waterfalls
5. Nobody Knows
6. Front Parlour
7. Summer's Day Song
8. Frozen Japanese
9. Bogey Music
10. Darkroom
11. One Of These Days

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Japanese Version featuring a Limited Edition LP Style Slipcase for Initial Pressing Only.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More lo-fi McCartney coming up! April 6 2004
Format:Audio CD
After being busted for drugs in Japan in 1980, Paul McCartney's Wings cancelled the rest of their tour and broke up. Paul was on his own again. So what did he do? He bought a tape machine, got out his synthesizers, let his hair down and by himself recorded his goofiest and sloppiest album to date.
That doesn't neccessarily mean it's bad. "Temporary Secretary" is probably one of of the funniest things anyone's ever made with an analog sequencer. The single "Coming Up" is catchy all the more because of its sped up chorus. "Bogey Music" is danceable features slowed down backup vocals. "Darkroom" is a funky little ditty, with hiccuping percussion and innuendo streaked lyrics.
Though despite all the weirdness, there are a few tracks that are pretty normal, albeit more lo-fi than Pauls proper studio albums. "Nobody Knows" is a straight up piece of gritty rock'n'roll, and "On the Way" is a slow bluesy haze, the sort of thing you'd expect to hear in a smoke-filled club.
When John Lennon heard this album, it's said, he made the comment that Paul sounded sad. It's true there is a melancholy streak on McCartney II. It's a resigned, tired, burnt out sadness. Can't really blame Paul, after all that had happened to him that year. "Waterfalls" is an aching ballad made all the more with it's low electronic backdrop. The plodding mellotron tune "Summer's Day Song" in some ways could be Paul expressing his need to escape the pressures of his life at the time. "Someone's sleeping through a bad dream/tomorrow it will be over". The subdued acoustic "One of These Days" also has a similar feel. "One of these days when the day just takes too long/I'm going to sing my song and see.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paul shows his dark side Oct. 21 2003
Format:Audio CD
Definitly on "McCartney II" Paul is much more uncommercial and unfriendly for listeners ear than ever...but this makes this album special and interesting - with each listening you will discover many more great moments here than well known funky "Coming up"...
The best songs here are "Waterfalls" - charming and moving love ballad and another ballad "One of these days" which could have been included even to gentle folk-influenced "McCartney" album from 1970.
"Frozen jap" is introvertic and dark jappanese styled song with pounding drums and very dark mood...so is bluesy "On the way"
"Bogey music" and "Everybody knows" are funny bluessy rock and rollers..."Bogey..." sounds experimental bacsue of creepy Residents like echoed vocals.
This album is one of Paul's most interesting works from eigthies...the synth sound's and trance beat are propably the begenning of trance-techno music era ("Secret friend"!!!).
recomended to own!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly great, once the shock wears off March 17 2003
Format:Audio CD
When I first heard McCartney II, I was in junior high and had been turned on to "Coming Up" after seeing Paul perform live in concert. The studio version of "Coming Up" took me completely by surprise. The mood was much different than the live version, more like pure unguarded fun.
The entire album is pure unguarded fun. It is the sound of Paul McCartney unwinding in the studio and just doing what comes naturally. The sound of the recordings take some getting used to, but once the shock wears off, you may find yourself in a truly enjoyable sound-world, where cold-sounding synths provide neat little proto-ambient-techno textures. It may be difficult to imagine or even accept Paul McCartney playing music that hasmore in common with Joy Division and Suicide than the Beatles, but make no mistake, it all sounds natural, unforced, and infinitely more FUN than anything Joy Division or Suicide ever did. Not that I am slagging them -- both are/were great, just more 'serious' than someone like Paul McCartney, who prefers to keep matters light.
So obviously, this album will not appeal to everyone. However, if you have an open ear and enjoy a little adventure, McCartney II just might be your cup of tea. As you can tell, it's one of my favorites by Sir Paul, right up there with Ram and Band on the Run.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paul McCartney At His Most Experimental Aug. 5 2003
Format:Audio CD
Aside from the quizical "Bogey Music and the eccentric
raggae of "Dark Room" "McCartney II" is a one-man-band album
that toys quite expertly with electronics and synthesized
new-wave rock.The classic pop of "Coming Up" is here,so is the
funny "Temporary Secretary".Three electronic instrumentals-the
funk-orientated "Front Parlour" and "Frozen Jap" and the long,
eerie latin-inflected "Secret Friend'-are easy standouts.He also
experiments with rudimentary sampling in "Check My Machine".The
emphasis on humor and silliness here is a welcome change from
Paul's "silly love songs",even if there are a few of those here
too.But this is still a pleasant change of pace.
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5.0 out of 5 stars looking forward to mccartney 3 ! Dec 18 2000
By steve
Format:Audio CD
.... This follow up to his debut post-beatle collection is Mccartney at his most experimental and playful. Its a real home -made effort and he uses synthesisers to great effect. The vocoder effect to his voice on the brilliant COMING UP creates a sound unheard of on any other of his other recordings . Together with quirky instrumentals, his BEST BALLAD of all time(INCL BEATLES!) -the stunning WATERFALLS, the incredibly catchy TEMPORARY SECRETARY , the dreamy bluesy ON THE WAY, along with the laid back ballad ONE OF THESE DAYS(with a lovely LINDA harmony) this is an ESSENTIAL PURCHASE for any real lover of music!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A really good box-set for every McCartney's fan
A really good box-set for every McCartney's fan. The sound is fantastic and the packaging excellent. Of course, the price is higher than you could expect.
Published 3 months ago by Javier Diaz Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Remasters-especially a full package like this
When the original album came out, I played it a couple of times only, didn't like coming up much either, but hearing the new remaster one, I fell in love with the whole package and... Read more
Published on July 9 2011 by Richard T. Daoud
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad second
Nowhere near as spontaneous and immediate as the first one, this one is more well produced with better realized songs. Read more
Published on June 23 2011 by J. Doran
3.0 out of 5 stars If you liked it the first time - you will still like it.
McCartney II is one of those records that seems to divide fans - sharply. I always thought that it was an interesting record when it came out. Read more
Published on June 17 2011 by GtheK
1.0 out of 5 stars Paul What were You Thinking/Smoking?
Simply put the worst piece of s**t ever put out by a major artist. Paul what were you thinking/smoking?
Published on March 9 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Paul's Synthesizer Album
'McCartney II' has never been a popular album. Most people view it as a failed experiment or a mere oddity. Read more
Published on March 1 2004 by Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars McCartney..Not For The Small Minded Masses!
This LP is very very awsome! McCartney does a nice blend of 5am morning disco, new wave, rock and pop! So what if Paul was loaded on drugs while making this! Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2004 by Jimmy Michaels
1.0 out of 5 stars Paul in need of inspiration...
And it took John Lennon's death shortly after this was released for Paul to write meaningful tunes again (like "Here Today" on Tug of War). Read more
Published on Feb. 1 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Robert Crosbie is an Idiot
How could you possibly say this is better than Tug of War? I know opinions are like spleens (everybody's got 'em), but where Tug of War had polish and emotion, this album is... Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2003 by Robert Workman
4.0 out of 5 stars McCartney goes techno
After Wings great ending album "back to the egg" which featured most of 70-ties rock stars as guests (Bonham,Gilmour,Thowsend) Paul loced himself in Home-studio with some... Read more
Published on Oct. 28 2003 by Mike Chadwick
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